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A new star in French wine

french wine

La Livinière is a little-known French wine appellation that is a star in the making. Part of the Minervois, one of the bigger appellations of the Languedoc, La Livinière’s vineyards are east of the walled city of Carcassonne. La Livinière stands out from the mass of the Minervois for its red wines, which are a

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Simple steps to brewing loose tea

brewing loose tea

Brewing loose tea is easy, and it is also one of the most crucial factors in drinking better tea, beyond starting with better loose tea in the first place. It doesn’t take long to make, no longer than brewing a pot of coffee. Let’s get started with the basics with John Bickel of Zester Daily.

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Whole grains help weight loss reveals study

whole grains

A US study has shown eating whole grains can help people lose weight.

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In Spanish Catalonia, A Cheese Maker’s Touch Is The Magic

Spanish Catalonia

High up in the Spanish Pyrenees in Catalonia, a new generation of artisan cheese makers is at work. Some were born and raised in the region, often from farming backgrounds with ready-made herds of goats, sheep or cows. Finding it a struggle to make a living from selling milk or meat, they turned to cheese

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Recipe: black sticky rice pudding with strawberries by Spirit House

black sticky rice

With its rich, nutty flavour and chewy texture, black sticky rice is another sweet that is usually eaten for breakfast or as an afternoon snack. Certainly, it is not found on a dessert menu in Thailand. Strawberries are grown commercially in the north of Thailand and though not a usual complement to this dish, the

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Swiss Syrah – brilliant wines showcase an alpine secret

Swiss Syrah

Swiss Syrah? Who would have thought it? When 15 wine professionals gathered recently for a vertical tasting of the top Syrah cuvée from the cellars of Domaine Jean-René Germanier in the Valais, Switzerland, few of us knew what a treat was in store reports Sue Style.

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Recipe: green tea matcha pistachio bliss balls

green tea matcha

This is a simple and absolutely gorgeous recipe which also makes for a delicious gift if you package it up for your loved ones! The stunning green colour comes both from the pistachios and also the Zen Green Tea matcha powder. Matcha is pure green tea leaves stone ground into a fine powder- it has the

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Mango yoghurt cake with labne and cinnamon almonds

Mango Yoghurt Cake

Juicy, slippery, sweet mangoes are in abundance during the summer months.  The goddess of tropical fruits, small or large, juicy and succulent; they will leave a definitely mark on your palate.

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Spicy food may lead to longer life study reveals

spicy food

Eating spicy food may lead to a longer life, according to a new US study.

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Rosemary lamb skewers and carrot turnip salad with rosewater pistachio dressing

lamb skewers

As we prepare to get together this Australia Day, The Dietitian’s Association Australia has just launched a new website, full of recipes, healthy eating tips and nutrition information to share with your mates.  As you are The Retiree’s mate we wanted to share some of the delicious recipes with you as well.

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