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Middle eastern restaurants serve mint tea with a meal as a matter of course because it is an aid to digestion. Serve it in dainty little glasses – you’ll pick some up quite cheaply in IKEA. If you don’t own a teapot, make it in a saucepan instead.

DRINKS How to read a wine label

Wine labels are the only way you can tell what’s in the bottle, unless you have a recommendation from a wine critic or a friend. You’ll find the hard obligatory information such as the alcohol content and the volume as well as the softer non-regulated content explaining how the wine should taste, what foods to drink it with and what temperature it’s best to serve it at.