You might notice that a few things have changed around here. Wine and Olives has had a mini-makeover; I’ve wanted to shake things up for a while, but I still wanted to keep the blog as clean as possible. It hasn’t changed a huge amount – I think it now looks more professional and I’ve (hopefully) made it easier to keep in touch across various different channels. I do value all of your opinions, so please do let me know your thoughts on what I hope is the new and improved blog. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t start the... Read More
Happy New Year to you all! It’s been a busy few days over here spending four days away from home and getting ready to go back to work after two weeks off. On 30 December we packed up the car for a 3.5 hour road trip to Port Patrick. The plan was to spend four days with 10 of our friends in two apartments joined on to the Port Patrick Hotel, all in the name of saying goodbye to the old year and hello to the new one. Port Patrick is a picturesque little seaside village. Rows of houses painted... Read More
Sorry for my lack of posting recently. The general busyness of the festive season teamed with a chest infection means that I’ve had to take things a whole lot slower than I normally would. At this time of year, I don’t know anyone that doesn’t look back over the year and reflect on the good, the bad, and how they hope to make things different for the next 12 months. I can say with all honesty that when I think about 2014, all I end up with is a huge smile on my face. Why? Well, if you are a... Read More
Hot chocolate is one of those drinks I only enjoy in December. A bit strange, I know, but although it’s not strictly a Christmas drink, I seem to associate it with this time of year. That said, because I drink it so little, when I have it, I want it to be really indulgent, just like this hazelnut hot chocolate I made for AO Life. There’s not so much as a spoonful of hot chocolate powder to be found in this luxurious drink, but real, proper chocolate. Intrigued? Pop on over to AO Life to find my recipe.
The name of my blog is a bit of a give away that I like wine. No, scratch that, I love wine. Being brought up in an Italian family, there has always been wine on the table, designed to enhance each and every meal. So when Humble Grape got in touch and offered to send me a couple of bottles of vino rosso, I couldn’t say no. What I really love about Humble Grape is how accessible they make wines. There is a lot of snobbery around the what’s, where’s and how’s of this age-old drink, but Humble Grape’s philosophy... Read More
Scotland is known for its cold weather at this time of year. The chilly, dark days and nights can make it hard to eat healthy, when all I really want to do is indulge in comfort food. But one area where I haven’t fallen off the wagon is breakfast. I’ve been eating a steaming hot bowl of porridge or oatbran every morning, which isn’t only a healthy way to start the day, but it really warms me up. Here are 10 different toppings I regularly add to my porridge: 1.Peaches baked with vanilla and cinnamon (pictured above) 2. Blueberries and... Read More