James Aitchison


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How to fry bacon without making a mess

September 16, 2017

Like pretty much every self-aware millennial, I’m a big fan of bacon. Salty, crisp, and meaty it’s pretty much everything I want in a protein. And, while I draw the line at things like bacon-infused bourbon, there are very few savoury dishes that don’t benefit from the inclusion of a little — or a lot — of cured pork.

 

My love for bacon is, however, tempered somewhat by the absolute hatred I have for having to wipe up all the grease and grime..

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How to remove hot pepper oils from your hands

September 16, 2017

My worst cooking mishap involved chili peppers. I was heading to a pool party and had just finished preparing Peruvian style chicken with a spicy green dipping sauce. The recipe required several diced jalapeño peppers, which I diligently hand sliced before adding to the food processor.

 

Once I had finished preparing the meal, I washed my hands and went to put in my contact lenses. As soon as the first lens touched my eye, I knew I had made a..

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A beginners guide to orange wine

September 16, 2017

Today, we’re going to put aside reds and whites and look at something a little different: orange wine. Despite the name, orange wine contains no actual oranges; instead, it is the result of leaving grape juice in contact with the skins and seeds for a prolonged period of time. This results in a white wine with a noticeably orange hue.

 

While there is something undeniably fascinating about it, the color itself is not orange wine's main selling..

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How to make your own pumpkin spice latte

September 8, 2017

It’s September and that can only mean one thing. Yes, it’s the time when everyone goes crazy for the iconic red and brown colors that only appear once a year. No, I’m not talking about the fall leaves, I’m of course talking about the pumpkin spice latte. This — to me — mystifyingly popular drink makes an appearance for one month of the year and is pined for by enthusiasts for the remaining eleven.

 

There was a hint of controversy this year..

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A beginners guide to Petit Verdot

September 8, 2017

This week, we’re looking at another fairly obscure wine packed with character and flavor: Petit Verdot. This intense vintage has seen a steady increase in popularity over the last few years and is well regarded for its rich color and unusual taste. A bit of a “love it or hate it” wine, those on the lookout for something a little different should definitely give it a try.

 

Petit Verdot is a bit of a New World wine success story. The grape was..

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The secret to perfectly scrambled eggs

September 8, 2017

If you’ve ever successfully cooked scrambled eggs, you’re already aware that as far as cooking challenges go, they’re about on par with boiling water or cooking rice. However, as simple as scrambled eggs are to make, they can still be improved upon with a little extra know how. Now, I would never consider myself an expert on the subject. But, I have cooked more scrambled eggs than I can count and have found that there is one sure-fire way to..

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Five wine faults and how to spot them

August 31, 2017

Nothing can put a damper on a well planned dinner party like spoiled wine. Just recently, I found myself to be the unlucky owner of a corked bottle of red. Fortunately, I wasn’t entertaining so the only people who were severely put out by this development were my wife and myself. Still, it was a frustrating and disappointing experience to open up a carefully chosen bottle only to be treated by an awful, damp aroma.

With that in mind, I thought..

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Four foods you should never pair with wine

August 31, 2017

Arguably, one of the best things about wine appreciation is experimenting with food pairings. Nothing brings out the subtle flavors and tastes of a good bottle of wine like a well chosen meal or foodstuff. Sadly, though, there are a few food items that just don’t work with wine. Here’s a few surprising morsels that should never, ever be paired with wine.

Chocolate

 

The first no-go food pairing is arguably the most tragic. Yes, sadly chocolate..

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A beginners guide to Nebbiolo wine

August 31, 2017

As much as I appreciate light and crisp wines in the summer months, sometimes I just want something full-bodied and flavorful. That’s why I’m particularly partial to Nebbiolo wines from Italy's Piedmont region. These unusual wines are notable for their complex flavors, intricate subtleties, and delicate aromas.

 

As mentioned, Nebbiolo grapes are grown in the Langhe area, which is part of the broader Italian Piedmont vineyard region. Within..

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Meet the most refreshing drink on earth: Coffee fizz!

August 26, 2017

A glass of iced or cold brew coffee can really cut through the summer heat, but when it comes to refreshment I’ve always found them to be somewhat lacking. You see, as much as I love cold caffeinated beverages, they’re still superseded in the refreshment department by an ice-cold glass of soda. There’s just something about the combination of sugar and bubbles that provides relief in a way that cold coffee can’t.

 

Of course, it’s not a great..

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