Marks & Spencer’s Celebrity Hell

Never mind the ad campaigns, M&S is still great for food and booze, says wine correspondent Henry... We should have guessed that Marks & Spencer was in trouble again from their recent advertising campaign. One can imagine desperate executives at head office shouting: ‘dammit John! We’ve got Mirren, Westwood and Twiggy, ... Read More...

Sour milk, chocolate and ginger cake

Got some horrible old milk in your fridge? Just turn it into something lovely!... There’s something smugly pleasing about turning an inedible lump of food waste that was destined for the bin into a slab of tasty sponge cake. Albeit, only smugly pleasing if I ignore the fact that I allowed ... Read More...

Pidgin French

Henry passes on a useful tip for Anglophones trying to handle French wine terms... When I was taught French at school, we learnt it orally for the first year. I remember how shocked I was when I saw written French for the first time. It looked nothing like it sounded. The ... Read More...

A frying pan breakfast

Today we're delighted to welcome top foodie blogger Jassy Davis back to The Dabbler. Here she makes a breakfast that's not for the easily flustered... A favourite pastime when I was growing up was driving around the new estates erupting like boils along the A3 and touring the show homes. Boxy ... Read More...

The Good Non-Pub Guide

Henry wonders whether a 'Good Pub Guide' actually has any pubs in it... Due to the capricious workings of the UK Border Agency, we went on holiday to Norfolk last year rather than France as originally planned. One of the highlights of the trip was the pub next door to our ... Read More...

Whatever happened to Aussie plain-speaking?

Dabbler drinks correspondent Henry Jeffreys is disappointed to find that even the Australians have succumbed to wine marketing gibberish... Last year the BBC documentary Chateau Chunder charted the rise of the Australian wine in Britain, and what really shone out of it was the Australian genius for marketing and plain speaking. Now you probably ... Read More...