My uncle who was in the Navy and regularly travelled to some of the hottest places in the world would always say ‘there is nothing more refreshing than a Gin and Tonic’.
William Hogarth’s engraving Gin Lane, as reproduced by Samuel Davenport for his 1807 collection of Hogarth’s works. A response to the Gin Craze that hit London in the 18th century. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It may be strange to think that what is now classed as a rather sophisticated drink of choice is enjoyed by the armed forces to cool them down, however the combination of gin and tonic is actually something we have the army to thank for. In India and other tropical regions malaria was a persistent problem, and in the 1700’s it was discovered that quinine could be used to treat the disease, although the bitter taste was unpleasant. British officers in India in the early 19th century took to adding a mixture of water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine in order to make the drink more palatable. (more…)
We have a small veg patch at The Wild Boar which Laura has been lovingly tending to. This year the beetroot has been extremely good. We planted a one of the most popular varieties of beetroot called Boltardy and harvested them when they were the size of golf balls. Bolt-resistant, this variety of beet can be sown earlier than many other varieties and as long as it’s under cloche protection it can be sown as soon as the soil warms up at the start of the year.
Lancaster House Head Chef, Damien Ng.
Lancaster House Head Chef, Damien Ng, shows us how to make a simple, but tasty summer dessert.
With the temperatures finally warming up, and the increased availability of fresh, summer fruit now upon us, we find ourselves turning more to lighter, chilled desserts to tempt our palette. With this in mind, here’s an incredibly easy and quick-to-make pudding that the whole family should enjoy which celebrates the arrival of summer. It’s so easy; you can even get the kids involved without the risk of a ‘Kitchen Nightmare’.