Here at HILL OF PROMISE a roast leg of lamb is a regular on the menu, no matter what the season. In summer, it doesn’t have to be the traditional hot roast + veggies with the little chef on the verge of heat exhaustion! Sliced, warm roast lamb dances very well with various salads, from…

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You asked for a post to let you know the 3 RIGHT HANDS FORTIFIED RED is back on the self so here it is! Just as luscious and syrupy as always. Great with a sharp cheddar and muscatel grapes or whatever takes your fancy. If you aren’t in the area, get a friend who’s passing…

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Some dishes come and go in cycles, some never go out of fashion. I feel this way about a QUICHE. The Little Cellar Rat is gluten intolerant and over time has adapted recipes to suit. Sometimes it is a bit of trial and error and usually involves finding the right flour. This has been the…

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The Little Cellar Rat is not a lover of gadgets – kitchen or otherwise – but does a little Happy Dance when she comes across one that is fit for purpose and makes a job quick and easy. She likes to share her finds with other Foodies and GOTY (Gadget of the year 2019) has…

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The prolonged dry conditions have showcased which plant varieties will tolerate the lack of regular watering. One species which has shown its resilience is the IVORY CURL (or BUCKINGHAMIA.) Have you been intoxicated by its glorious perfume? We’ve been calling it the CARAMEL TOPPING TREE for decades because that’s what the perfume immediately makes you…

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When the Festive Season seems to be all about chocolate, the freshness of citrusy Lemoncello on Ice is a definite thirst quencher. Choose your favourite glass, add chuncks of ice and pour in a dash or two of LEMONCELLO. Sicilian LIMONCELLO is 40%, whereas our LEMONCELLO is 20%. Adding a twist of lemon, lime or…

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There’s nothing quite like the ambience of a working winery when it comes to a relaxing, fun and informative ‘day out’ for groups of 15 or more. Tastings of our wines and fortifieds (all preservative-free and made with pride, passion and a respect for tradition), a smattering of wine ‘fun facts’, some food matching suggestions….…

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I’ve always wanted to know: why the word for Christmas in French is ‘Noël? The word Noël comes from the French word ‘noël’ meaning ‘the Christmas season’ and is a variation of the Latin word ‘natalis’ which in Western Christian traditions references the birth of Christ. The word Noël first appeared in English sometime in…

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I don’t know about you, but I tend to enjoy a ‘side dish’ of trivia and background details with my food and drink. If you too are so inclined, join me for the occasional post on the stories behind the names and origins of various foods. A shepherd, a nymph and an abandoned lunch! For…

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This has to be one of the most delightful times of the whole year as clouds of mauve fill the landscape. We are privileged to have several very old Jacarandas forming the canopy in our old garden. The sprinkling of fallen flowers that form a mauve carpet bring sheer joy to both the eye and…

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