Cocktail of the week: Bo Bech’s bittersweet ginseng

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Once you’ve acquired a taste for it, there’s no going backServes 130ml Kamm & Sons (see introduction)20ml red vermouth – I use Punt e Mes10ml orange curaçao liqueur – I use Giffard’s5ml CampariKamm & Sons is a British spirit that...

Cocktail of the week: Aji margarita

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Using chilli-infused tequila gives the classic drink a bit more of a kickTo make the infused tequila, use any brand you have to hand. It’s preferable to use fresh jalapeño, because you want...

Cocktail of the week: Zuma’s lillet blanc

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A luxurious white wine aperitif with fig liqueur, whisky and bubbles that is sure to cheer up any dark February eveningServes 150ml Lillet Blanc15ml fig liqueur – Figaro, ideally, but if you can’t find that,...

Get stuck into the marmalade debate

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The Duchess of Argyll | Fortnum & Mason shoppers | Bird spotting | Sugar content of jamI assume that if the BBC drama about the Duchess of Argyll is screened (Report, 31 January)...

Meera Sodha’s vegan recipe for lentil rasam with roast red cabbage

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A dal buzzing with spices topped with sweet charred cabbage, guaranteed to revive you when you’re feeling sluggishThere are dals to comfort and dals to revive. Rasam is a reviver, the kind of...

Brasserie of Light, London W1: ‘It knocked the cynic right out of me’ –...

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A twinkling 1940s Hollywood movie set that doubles as a glitzy brasserieAlmost everything about Brasserie of Light, a new restaurant at Selfridges in London, sounded atrocious. My mistrust of fancy restaurants hastily tagged on...

Dry January is almost over – time to try a new wine

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Given the range of delicious options, why not find alternatives to your regular tipple?I was chatting to a friend the other day and discovered that he only ever buys one wine (the Wine Society’s...

Dry January: it’s never been easier to go alcohol-free

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Shunning the booze this month? Luckily, supermarket shelves are now stacked with tasty alternatives to keep you on the wagonSo how is it going for those of you who are doing dry January?...

A time of celebration and preparation in the allotment

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There’s no planting yet this year, but there’s still much pleasure to be had in planningEpiphany 2019. The high tide has turned, the winter just starting to ebb, though there’ll be dark days to...

Growing pains: how the climate crisis is changing British gardens

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Across Britain, gardeners are facing the challenges of an unstable climate: extreme weather, unpredictability and prospering pests – and trying a range of solutions to copeOn a dank day in January, a small...