Food and Drink

In no particular order:


Hotel Chocolat; Chocolate Arthouse (Dorset); Lily O’Brien; Droste Pastilles; Italy’s Venchi and Oliva.

Bouvet Ladubay

We discovered this sparking red wine when touring Saumur and visited their cellars. It is best served cold and is delicious.  They also make a white and rose and Majestic sell all three.


For me, when I worked in Hanoi and was taken to a western looking coffee shop I tried coffee from Vietnamese beans (with milk) and thought it the best I had ever tasted.  So smooth.  My colleague was given a bag of ground coffee to take home and I was really envious but he wouldn’t swap it for the silk scarf I was given. Surprising in Moscow, when we purchased a snack from a window in the wall, we chose a coffee to go with it and it was one of the best I’d had…

The Laverstoke Cocktail

We went to the Bombay Sapphire distillery and completed a Masterclass where we made this cocktail and I love it.  The recipe is on this link:

Almond Croissants

wp_20170208_001The best ever are sold at The Maltings in Farnham.  Of course almond is good for you I tell myself as I eat this humongous croissant!


Steak Frites

I always order this from Café Rouge or Cote.  However, Cote do a fab tasting salad: tomato, basil and shallot.  And I have even asked Café Rouge to stick basil on their tomato salad – which they kindly did…..

Any Lebanese Food

I’m easily pleased when it comes to choosing from a Lebanese Restaurant menu.  My favourite option is to choose a number of starters.

Jeremy’s casseroles

Say no more……

Cioccolati Italiani gelato.

Until you’ve tasted it you’ll never believe gelato can be so good.

Ready Meal

My favourite is from the Cook range : Moroccan Lamb Tagine. It is the spices that I love with this dish and served with cous cous of course.


Whether it is Stollen, Simnel cake, Neideregger chocolates (chocolate covered marzipan) or treats from Lidl at Christmas time: I love marzipan.  I made my own from a Nigel Slater recipe (ground almonds, caster sugar and water) and entered these marzipan fruits in the local show last year.

Any outside dining with a view

I love to dine outdoors especially where there is a fabulous view like here overlooking Lake Como at the Bellavista Restaurant, Brunate at ‘aperativo time’ (left) or a coffee at Sherringham’s Two Lifeboats (a pub)  (right)

Or here at Porthminster Beach Café right on the beach with amazing food to boot…