Picture behind the story #21 “Murdering Chillies” in Kathmandu!


My sister in law decided she wanted to make some chilli pickle so asked her husband, Dr Madan, to go out early morning and buy enough to make a few jars. We drove out to the Swayambhu area (Monkey Temple) because apparently this is where two ladies sold their only crop on the side of … Continue reading Picture behind the story #21 “Murdering Chillies” in Kathmandu!

It’s not about the wine! Postcard from Loire, France


Our travels renewed, some will be pleased to hear, as we arrive at Fontevraud L'Abbeye for a few days. The fact that the whole area is filled with plantings of Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc is a complete coincidence as we only come here so Dr C can spend every day shopping in … Continue reading It’s not about the wine! Postcard from Loire, France

Alsace, a foodie photographer’s dream, a nibbler’s nightmare!


Is there any finer place than the Alsace region of France for food, wine and architecture? Wine tasting is a delight with friendly Cooperatives in Turckheim and Ribeauville, family domaines in towns and villages surrounded by the vines, and bars and restaurants selling the local wines by the glass, carafe and bottle often with the … Continue reading Alsace, a foodie photographer’s dream, a nibbler’s nightmare!

Escargots and Volnay a perfect match in Burgundy


Not to everyone’s taste, but on our wine travels in France I just can’t get enough escargots, snails to most of us! All part of my “think local, eat and drink local” and I’ve had them in several different guises notably either simply with garlic butter or even in a massive pie! What wine to … Continue reading Escargots and Volnay a perfect match in Burgundy

Wine Wednesday: The Prawn and the Picpoul!


Picpoul de Pinet is one of the lesser known, but rising stars of the white wine world. Grown in the Languedoc region of France it is a fantastic accompaniment for any seafood or as a chilled aperitif on a warm summers day. Still bargain value at under a £tenner a bottle!