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  1. That's good to hear, @liuzhou - feels like the petition did the job. Personally my fear is that the move to BBC Good Food is the first step towards charging for this content at a future date.
  2. The BBC has announced far reaching cuts in order to make the cost savings ordered by the Government. The BBC website is a key target and a range of areas such as travel and food will be hard hit. BBC Food's vast library of over 11,000 recipes is going to be culled. This is a much loved and used website and a precious resource for people across the country providing easy, free and importantly independent information on a vast range of foods and recipe options. The database provides inspiration for those with a few ingredients to come up with meal ideas and cook from scratch. Surely it is madness to remove such a comprehensive archive which has taken years to create, not to mention time and money. Whilst maintaining and developing it undoubtedly takes investment, simply retaining the archive in its current form is surely not an overly expensive task, especially measured against the meagre cost savings and the loss to the community, as evidenced by the outcry on social media. We plead with the BBC to keep the recipes and find cost savings elsewhere. https://www.change.org/p/bbc-save-the-bbc-s-recipe-archive?recruiter=543074450&utm_source=petitions_show_components_action_panel_wrapper&utm_medium=copylink
  3. Amazingly our local Waitrose (UK supermarket chain) had Carpano Antica Formula! The range of vermourths they stock is definitely expanding (increasing interest in cocktails?) - not long ago all I could find was Martini & Rossi. It ended up in the best Manhattan I've ever made - with Wild Turkey.
  4. Interesting article about MGP and the "distilleries" that essentially re-brand their stuff. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/07/28/your-craft-whiskey-is-probably-from-a-factory-distillery-in-indiana.html
  5. Strange Fruit

    If it was on the "imported weirdness shelf", could this be....?
  6. I haven't tried this method but this link ( http://fox13now.com/2012/12/07/stove-top-creme-brulee-12-07-12/) seems promising.
  7. Interesting article on this subject on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24346381) generally agreeing that there is low risk in using raw eggs. What actually caught my eye was this I have to say I agree re: the taste imparted to a cocktail - I do not like it either. Perhaps others can comment whether raw egg is an essential element that cannot be compensated for by the technique referred above...any idea as to what that is?
  8. A couple of recent Guardian reviews reminded me why I generally enjoy reading Mr Rayner. With him, the reader usually gets a sense of the excitement and enjoyment when an experience is good (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/sep/15/le-manoir-aux-quat-saisons-restaurant-review) and a sense of genuine disappointment when it is poor (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/sep/22/leon-de-bruxelles-restaurant-review).
  9. Recipes that Rock: 2012 and 2013

    It just so happens that I have a candidate - Sea bass with crushed potatoes and fennel cream sauce. The sauce especially is just delicious.
  10. You could try Opera Tavern - it does lovely tapas and is pretty well located for a pre-theatre meal.
  11. Favorite Food and Drink Apps

    I have used InMyBar on my iPad for a while now and find that it does most things that I need from a cocktail app. From your description, it may be a good fit for you as well. Some things that I find useful A reasonably comprehensive ingredient list to which you can easily add new ones. You can mark those that you have in your bar or define and add new ones A number of pre-defined cocktail recipes. I am not too bothered by the recipes themselves as I usually modify them to suit me - here the ability within the app to clone an existing drinks recipe comes in handy. You can also create new cocktailsCertain drinks can be marked as favourites and accessed easily - I tend to use this a lot when I am wondering what to makeYou can identify what ingredients are missing for any of your favourite cocktails for the next shopping tripIdentify all the cocktails you can make from the available ingredients in your barUnfortunately they do not have an Android version of InMyBar. There does not appear to any similar Android app on Google Play - so if anyone has any recommendations I would be interested to hear. (for the sake of clarity, I'm just an average punter and have nothing to do with the developers of the app )
  12. Visited the Remy Martin estate in Cognac last week and picked up a bottle of Coeur de Cognac (the visit is good fun BTW - with a tasting of the VSOP and XO at the end)
  13. I have been a user for years, have cooked a number of recipes from the website and find it a really useful place to find interesting 'cheffy' dishes. A thumbs-up from me.
  14. Andrew James Vacuum Sealers

    Not quite the answer you were hoping for but I would certainly recommend the Magic Vac as an alternative - it is roughly the same price (http://www.creamsupplies.co.uk/alice-magic-vac-vacuum-packing-sealer-home-use-/prod_2481.html?category=). I have used it for over a year and it works very well. I have not used non-brand bags, but I do not see why generic bags would not work.
  15. Have a look at this video of a large paella mixta being made...
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