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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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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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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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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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Brockmans Gin – A cut above

Brockmans Gin – A cut above

Yes, it’s trending. Gin is ubiquitous in every bar throughout the nation. It is loved by young sippers who have irrevocably banished the dusty reputation of ‘Mother’s ruin’.  Gin is presented as a key component in every guise of cocktail, from fruity and floral to spicy and exotic. These often-colourful libations may mask a fairly…

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The ultimate kitchen thermometer

The ultimate kitchen thermometer

Professional Secrets have the ultimate kitchen thermometer and it’s just the perfect time of year when such a thing will be most appreciated. Think of that Christmas Turkey and how good it can be …and how bad it can be. I confess! For years I never felt the need to use a kitchen thermometer. I…

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Figgy’s Christmas Pudding

Figgy’s Christmas Pudding

There can be nothing more iconic at Christmas than the pudding. One might argue that the turkey should have that festive accolade, but let us consider the history of Christmas dinner. Queen Victoria celebrated Christmas with enthusiasm, and her husband Prince Albert introduced German Christmas trees. Charles Dickens was also instrumental in creating the vision…

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Gousto West African Stew

Gousto West African Stew

West African-style Chicken Maffe with Brown Rice is quite a mouthful, but a delicious one.  It’s another vibrant recipe from Gousto. Who are Gousto and why be interested in them? They are a company delivering food boxes and they are one of the best-value suppliers around. They have a host of recipes that are just…

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Hydro Flask – a hot gift

Hydro Flask – a hot gift

Call me picky but to my mind a hot drink should be just that – HOT! If a travel mug suggests that your beverage of choice will remain steaming to the last drop then that’s exactly what I expect. But we all know that these promises are seldom met. Hydro Flask has been something of…

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Nicolas Feuillatte Travel Bag Réserve Exclusive Brut Rosé

Nicolas Feuillatte Travel Bag Réserve Exclusive Brut Rosé

This classic Brut Rosé by celebrated Champagne House Nicolas Feuillatte would make a perfect gift for any lady. Note I say ‘lady’ rather than ‘girl (but over the age of 18)’. Think Audrey Hepburn rather than Barbie. Think Givenchy rather than Woolworths. Founded in 1976 in the heart of the Côte des Blancs, in the…

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