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EasiYo Yogurt Making

EasiYo Yogurt Making

We all know about healthy eating. Yes, we have heard the message, but do we do it? Well, that’s another matter. Yogurt is an accessible and delicious addition to our daily diet, and we can make it at home with an EasiYo  yogurt-making kit so there is never the excuse that we forgot to buy…

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Green Chicken Curry (Kaeng Kheaw Waan Kai)

Green Chicken Curry (Kaeng Kheaw Waan Kai)

This recipe has been generously contributed by Executive Chef Roberto Conrad and Chef Pan of Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, Thailand The rich coconut milk base paired with chunks of chicken, round Thai eggplant, and chillies is a recipe for delicious culinary comfort! Grab a bowl of freshly steamed rice and green curry, and enjoy…

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Four Pillars Chardonnay Cask Gin

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…

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Shore Seaweed Puffs

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…

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Ken Hom’s Vegan friendly Sichuan Dan Dan Noodles

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…

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Ion8 Leak-Proof Steel Vacuum Flask

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…

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

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…

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

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…

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Four Pillars Sherry Cask Gin

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…

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Thai Taste Red Curry in a Hurry

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…

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Devil’s Margarita

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…

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Incredible Inspirational Gardens of Todmorden

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…

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Brockmans Warm Winter Mull Cocktail Recipe

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…

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Brockmans Herbal Sour

Brockmans Herbal Sour

Brockmans Herbal Sour is delicious at any time of the year. The tarragon is aromatic and fresh and the ginger warming. Ingredients 50ml Brockmans Gin 25ml Lemon Juice 12.5ml Gomme White of one egg 3 or 4 slices of Fresh Ginger Large Fresh Tarragon Sprig and more for garnish Method Muddle a large sprig of…

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Gousto Tuna Corn and Pasta Bake

Gousto Tuna Corn and Pasta Bake

The Cheesy Tuna and Sweetcorn Pasta Bake recipe from Gousto is a substantial and thoroughly family-friendly dish. It’s said to be for 2 adults and perhaps 3 kids, but they would all have to be ravenous. This makes a huge platter of food and it even comes with salad. A couple of food boxes of…

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Thai Taste Green Curry and a competition

Thai Taste Green Curry and a competition

Thai cuisine is popular all over the world and it’s easy to see why.  It is a tempting and vibrant blend of spicy, salty, bitter, sour and sweet flavours which create a tapestry of taste. The company, Thai Taste, offers kits to make some classic dishes with all those delicious elements. These Thai Taste kits…

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Clase Azul Reposado Tequila

Clase Azul Reposado Tequila

Handmade and individually painted, each bottle of Clase Azul is a unique and charming work of ceramic art. In the small Mexican town of Santa Maria Canchesda, over 100 artisans are employed just to produce these trade-mark bottles. The beautifully handcrafted flasks of Clase Azul are statuesque and are indeed meant to be kept and…

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Hayman’s Sloe Gin – review

Hayman’s Sloe Gin – review

Hayman’s Sloe Gin is a classic with the fresh fruitiness of the autumn. This plum-coloured gin displays great balance on the palate with gin at its centre, but being neither too sweet nor too tart. The berries are macerated for several months to allow the characteristic flavours to infuse. This well-crafted Sloe Gin is perfect…

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Gousto King Prawn Linguine

Gousto King Prawn Linguine

The Simple King Prawn, Garlic and Chilli Linguine recipe from Gousto makes a rather classy dish. It’s perfect for a family dinner for 4 very hungry folks (recipes for 2 are available as well). It would even work as a starter for 6, as these portions are generous. Who are Gousto and why be interested…

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Monsigny Brut Champagne from Aldi

Monsigny Brut Champagne from Aldi

It’s the Festive Season and thoughts turn to fizz. Supermarket shelves are filled with bottles of sparkling wine from Europe and the New World. Let us not be wine snobs, dear reader! There are a great many very good Cavas and Proseccos out there, and even some ‘sparkling wine of mixed origin’, to tempt both…

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