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Orzotto: From plot to plate

It's spring but the leeks I planted in the allotment last year are still going strong. I dug up several leeks this week to make an orzotto, which is basically leek risotto done with orzo pasta rather than arborio rice. The recipe is about as simple as you can get. Fry...

Boozy evening

Boozy evening

My daughter celebrated with an eclectic mix of budget wines

On the way back

On the way back

After a swim in the Gulf of Megara, oil refineries and Athens traffic

Visiting Koroni

Visiting Koroni

Koroni has some great restaurants and two excellent wine shops

Beach excursions

Beach excursions

Amazing beaches. Tsapi beach was our favourite. 7 km down a steep hill.

Sandy Pylos and Around

Sandy Pylos and Around

Across to “sandy” Pylos, then great food at Elia after we were caught in the rain

Ancient Nemea and vines

Ancient Nemea and vines

We visited the ancient stadium where the Nemean games were held, then looked around some Nemean wineries

Driving Down

Driving Down

We drove down from Athens through the Nemea wine region

Bluebells

Bluebells

The bluebells are out again in Sussex but they won’t last forever

Apple blossom

Apple blossom

After a cool spring, the buds on our apple tree have burst into blossom

Café Binnenvisser

Café Binnenvisser

we had an amazing five course menu and interesting orgaanic /naturaal wines at this Amsterdaam restoorant

Damascena

Damascena

Middle Eastern breakfast in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

Birmingham’s Canals

This is a link to my Flickr photos of the canals https://www.flickr.com/photos/194093719@N07/51554234884/in/photostream

Morels

Morels

Morels from Lewes food market. Not wild but still delicious.

Labyrinth

Labyrinth

The Ashmolean’s Labyrinth exhibition is full of hidden treasures

Baclava

Baclava

A sweet Greek dessert made from filo pastry, fruit and honey.

Snowdrops

Snowdrops

Spring is around the corner when the snowdrops blossom

Ethiopian food

Ethiopian food

Delicious Ethiopian casserole with Injera near the Elephant and Castle

Côtes de Gascogne

Côtes de Gascogne

Newspapers have made a big deal about this wine. It’s not bad, but also not exceptional.

Latest wines

Latest wines

My latest 5 wines are all red, including a Ribera del Duero, Bordeaux, Gamay from Cotes Lyonnais, a Cotes du Rhone and a South African Pinot Noir

Shiitake mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms are wildly popular in Japan where they are said to have medicinal properties

Firefighters

Firefighters

The Firefighters statue near St Pauls Cathedral is a moving tribute to the bravery of this emergency service

Lewes Castle

Lewes Castle

Lewes Castle is a striking reminder of the town’s medieval heritage

Winter Frost

Winter Frost

The delicate frost covered all the plants in our garden. Snow followed hours after I took these photo.

Saudi Here We Go

Saudi Here We Go

Riyadh turned out to be much more interesting than expected.

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Halloween

Halloween

The Celtic festival of Samhain is a highlight of the pagan year

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