James Aitchison


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How to make a perfect omelet

October 28, 2017

Omelettes are sneaky things: on the surface they seem pretty simple and easy to make, but in practice, they are really difficult to get right. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve ruined plenty of omelets in my time. Over the years, however, I’ve managed to perfect my methods and can now whip up a pretty good omelet without fail. Here’s how I do it.

Keep it simple

 

The trick to making a good omelet is to keep things simple, don’t over..

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A beginners guide to coffee: Arabica and Robusta

October 28, 2017

Even if you’ve only had a passing interest in coffee, chances are you’ve heard the terms “Arabica” and “Robusta” mentioned in relation to coffee. Far from being a single crop, there are in fact two distinct species of coffee beans each with their own unique characteristics.

 

Arabica

 

There’s a reason coffee companies will proudly declare that their beans are 100% Arabica, this is due to the fact that Arabica beans are considered to be the..

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A beginners guide to Carignan wine

October 22, 2017

Today we’re going to looking at a wine that beautiful pairs with all the wonderful flavors of fall: Carignan. This wine is mostly produced in Southern France and is often used as a blending grape. It’s also grown to a lesser degree in Spain and Italy. In the past, Carignan was unfairly considered to be a lesser wine. However, in recent years, vineyards have started to embrace the wine's powerful flavors and are producing a number of highly..

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Three white wines to enjoy in the fall

October 22, 2017

The leaves are falling from the trees and crunching underfoot, the days are getting shorter, and all the fall-themed flavors are in abundance! As the seasons turn and the temperature needle starts rapidly dropping, we find ourselves stepping away from our favorite summer drinks and foods. I know summer is truly over when I switch from iced to hot coffee. Similarly, for many wine lovers fall is the perfect season to switch from chilled white..

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Three fall-themed punches to get you in the holiday spirit

October 22, 2017

Regardless of whether you're hosting a Halloween party, a Thanksgiving event, or a plain old social gathering, punch is a pretty much perfect communal beverage. Tasty, affordable, and abundant, punch is a convenient and fun way to keep your guests hydrated — not to mention mildly inebriated!

So if you’re on the lookout for some suitable fall-themed concoctions, look no further! Here are three punch recipes that will keep your holiday party..

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A beginners guide to Tempranillo wine

October 12, 2017

Today we’re going to be looking at — and hopefully tasting — the quintessentially Spanish Tempranillo. This grape is primarily grown in Spain and Portugal and is a common ingredient in other wines such as Rioja and Syrah. While not particularly common, Tempranillo is also made into a single varietal wine.

 

Over 80% of Tempranillo production takes place in Spain with the remaining 20% occurring in Portugal, Argentina, Australia, and the United..

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Keep the chills at bay with homemade mulled wine!

October 12, 2017

It’s mid-October which means it’s time we finally accepted the fact that yes, it is officially fall, and yes, it is getting colder. However, the shorter days and colder nights shouldn’t necessary be cause for mourning and sadness. While the chills are nothing to celebrate, one of the benefits of the colder seasons is that it gives us the excuse to enjoy all the warm, hearty food and drinks denied to us by the swealtering summer!

 

Mulled wine..

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How to make sense of coffee shop menus

October 12, 2017

Regardless of whether you’re new to the world of espresso drinks or a seasoned caffeine head, deciphering the menu at a coffee shop can be pretty overwhelming. I worked as a barista for three years and even I find myself a little befuddled when gazing at all the various combinations at my local espresso bar.

Well, if you find yourself struggling to figure out the difference between a latte and an au lait, this guide is for you! Here’s a simple..

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A beginners guide to Sémillon wine

October 6, 2017

Another week, another wine! Today, we’re going to be looking at the third largest grape crop in France: Sémillon. This golden grape is used in the production of dry and sweet white wines. It’s also a crucial element in White Bordeaux blends and is the main ingredient in Sauternes dessert wines.

 

While it’s primarily known as a grape of France, where over 28,000 acres are dedicated to it, Sémillon is grown throughout the world. Australia is..

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How to make perfect sunny-side up eggs

October 6, 2017

Over-easy or sunny-side up? As far as I’m concerned there’s only one answer to that question: Sunny-side, obviously! It wasn’t always the case though. For the longest time, I preferred my fried eggs over-easy and hard with a texture somewhere between a hockey puck and a sponge. Fortunately, over time I have seen the error of my ways and now enjoy a perfectly soft sunny-side up egg.

 

As enjoyable as sunny-side up eggs are to eat, in my..

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