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  • 15 Feb 2019

    Four Pillars Chardonnay Cask Gin

    Yes, gin is trending and has been for a while. Shelves are filled with bottles of crystal-clear and water-white gin; but then there are a very few that have another hue. Four Pillars Chardonnay Cask Gin is indeed one of those celebrated bottles! Four Pillars distillery in Australia is all about gin. They have a...

  • 13 Feb 2019

    Shore Seaweed Puffs

    Seaweed is considered a super healthy food and that’s a secret that has been known to the Japanese for centuries. But these days people are more familiar with the delicate flavour. It’s the green wrap that we enjoy around our sushi. Shore Seaweed Puffs are a delicious snack and the Sweet and Smoky version has...

  • 11 Feb 2019

    Ken Hom’s Vegan friendly Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles

    Lee Kum Kee have some of the best Chinese ingredients available in the UK. Celebrated Chef, Ken Hom, takes advantage of these vibrant flavours in his recipe for spicy Vegan friendly Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles. Serves four Ingredients 225g (8oz) whole wheat noodles 110g courgette, finely chopped 2 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Chilli Garlic Sauce...

  • 08 Feb 2019

    Ion8 Leak-Proof Steel Vacuum Flask

    ‘Reusable’ – that’s the buzzword these days. I have heard the statistic of around 2000 plastic bottles per year could be discarded by the average family. Well, not sure if I would agree with that estimation, but it’s undeniable that lots of people throwing away lots of plastic isn’t a good idea. One could consider...

  • 07 Feb 2019

    Lily O’Brien’s Crispy Hearts – for Valentine’s Day

    Where did the time go? The Christmas tree pine needles are still stuck in the carpet and now its the next special event. Yes, its soon to be Valentine’s Day! Lily O’Brien’s have quality chocolates that could solve gift-giving dilemmas. I discovered Lily O’Brien’s Crispy Hearts a couple of years ago and they have made...

  • 06 Feb 2019

    The Moorcock Inn at Norland Moor

    It’s some kind of prejudice, I guess. It’s just that I didn’t expect to discover such a restaurant in a spot that seemed so difficult to find by car. One could easily miss this rather isolated inn (OK, so I come from London) which might be mistaken for a cosy cottage with its own car...

  • 04 Feb 2019

    Bri-nese dishes for the Year of the Pig with Lee Kum Kee

    East meets West as Ken Hom & Gizzi Erskine create Bri-nese dishes for the Year of the Pig  The Year of the Pig begins on 5 February 2019 – and to mark Chinese New Year, Lee Kum Kee has brought together the best of Chinese and British cuisine to inspire and celebrate the mix of...

  • 01 Feb 2019

    Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin

    Yes, gin is trending and has been for a while. Shelves are filled with bottles of crystal-clear and water-white gin; but then there are a very few that have another hue. Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin stands out! Four Pillars distillery in Australia is all about gin. They have a selection of gins and two...

  • 30 Jan 2019

    Thai Taste Red Curry in a Hurry

    Thai Taste Red Curry comes in a packet. ‘No!’, I hear my trusting and loyal reader cry! ‘This pre-prepared dinner-helper can surely not be promoted by our favourite food writer?’ Well actually, yes. I am doing just what they do in Thailand – buying the curry paste from experts. Thai cuisine is popular all over...

  • 28 Jan 2019

    Devil’s Margarita

    Devil’s Margarita is a deliciously different cocktail from The Plough Inn, Lupton   Ingredients 75ml tequila 25ml lime juice 25ml sugar syrup Red wine to top up   Method Fill a martini glass with ice to chill whilst you make the drink. Put tequila, lime juice and sugar syrup in a shaker over lots of...

  • 25 Jan 2019

    Incredible Inspirational Gardens of Todmorden

    The landscape around Halifax is a blanket of rolling hills and moorland, dotted with small towns and villages that give a nod to both its industrial and its farming heritage. There are plenty of striking views at any time of year and, significantly, there is also a spot where locals can interact with their vegetal...

  • 23 Jan 2019

    Holdsworth House – dining

    Holdsworth House Hotel is found along a rather anonymous road halfway between Leeds and Manchester, and not far from Halifax. It makes the ideal base for visiting Yorkshire’s Brontë Country and Calderdale’s beautiful and dramatic hills and moors. It’s a stone’s throw from the Lake District, one of Britain’s best-loved regions. This is one of...

  • 21 Jan 2019

    Half Day Phuket City Tour

    Thailand is an easy country to love. A popular part of that land is Phuket and there is more to that region than just its glorious beaches. Any visitor would miss so much if they didn’t take a little time and a little tour. A half-day Phuket City excursion will show another and more traditional...

  • 18 Jan 2019

    Brockmans Warm Winter Mull Cocktail Recipe

    What san-gria is to summer, this crowd-pleasing punch is to winter. Brockmans Warm Winter Mull: so much more interesting than mulled wine. Mull over the joys of the season whilst this sharing-recipe prepares itself in a slow-cooker, filling the room with a wonderfully festive aroma. Brockmans Warm Winter Mull SERVES 6 150ml Brockmans Gin 1...

  • 16 Jan 2019

    The Good Hotel Guide 2019

    The Good Hotel Guide 2019 is the leading independent guide to hotels in Great Britain and Ireland. It enjoys that position as it is written for those looking for impartial advice on finding a great hotel in which to stay for a holiday, a short break or for a special occasion. This well-respected guide has...

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