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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We’re spoilt for choice now with all the great salad ideas coming into your inbox and in every foodie magazine so there is no excuse for boring salads….. but you really can’t go past a ‘Mango Salsa’ as a quick and super-tasty side salad to go with anything barbecued or chargrilled. Just remember the colours:…

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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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A day out with family and friends needn’t cost the equivalent of the GDP of a small country! Make a zucchini slice or quiche ( or even simpler do some Hunting and Gathering at the Deli of your choice) come on out for a wine tasting and stay for lunch. Wines are available for consumption…

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