Monthly Archives: December 2013

‘The Heart of England’

“Strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles everybody.”         ~Samuel Pepys Christmas is a time for feasting, and there has certainly been plenty this year, as we have wined and dined on a daily basis with those of … Continue reading

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The Cuisine of Korea: food as medicine

Korea :  land of mountains, forests, Communism and kimchi. Korean cuisine has a history dating back centuries. Since 300BC, it has been heavily influenced by the Chinese, particularly in regards to its medicinal aspects. According to Taoist philosophy, health is … Continue reading

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Yasmin Newman: author, chef and cultural attaché

As a food writer and a foreigner in the Philippines, I have really tried to get to know the local cuisine. Quite different from any other South East Asian or pacific island cuisine I have come across, I knew very … Continue reading

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In the Spirit of Christmas

Welsh poet Dylan Thomas wrote ‘it always snowed at Christmas.’ Maybe this was the case in northern Europe, but not in the Antipodes, where the seasons are upside down, and Christmas arrives in the height of summer.  In Australia there … Continue reading

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Simple Pleasures

“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, … Continue reading

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