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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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Chameleon Colour Changing Water Bottle

Chameleon Colour Changing Water Bottle

Here is an interesting item. It won’t be shipped till January 2019 but it will be worth buying and putting by for the summer. Chameleon Colour Changing Water Bottle will add colour to your commute! This metal bottle actually changes colour when one fills it with cool water. The thermochromic ink reacts to cold temperatures:…

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Personalised Round Pink Hip Flask – Gin Love

Personalised Round Pink Hip Flask – Gin Love

It’s trending! Anything to do with gin is popular just now, and there are so many different bottles to try – traditional gins, floral gins, spicy gins, and sweet gins. Gin makes a perfect gift, but it’s a bit like buying perfume for a friend. It’s tricky to buy such a personal gift and get…

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Festive Fragrance from Best Kept Secrets

Festive Fragrance from Best Kept Secrets

Well, where did that year go? Here we are, weather cooler, shops fuller, gift ideas harder to come by. Yes, it must be nearing Christmas time! But there are wonderful presents out there, and you won’t have to go pounding pavements to find them. Visit Best Kept Secrets to find fragrances and candles for the…

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Skinny Lager

Skinny Lager

I am usually not a great lover of ‘free-froms’ or ‘lite-somethingorother’; strangely, ‘healthier’ brings visions of beige, tasteless and likely not to be repeated. But it seems there are products out there that do deserve a try, and with unexpectedly good results. Skinny Lager is said to be full strength and full flavour with a…

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Diforti – sweet temptations

Diforti – sweet temptations

Here it is again! Seems like the pine needles from last year’s Christmas tree have just been extracted from the carpet, and mince pies are back in the shops! Where did that year go? Now, I am a lover of a good mince pie, and a Christmas would not be complete with out a box…

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The Root 7 G & Tea set

The Root 7 G & Tea set

The Root 7 G & Tea set is a rather beautiful glass teapot with two matching cups. The fabulously sophisticated design, by master mixologists, is of high-quality rainbow-tinted borosilicate glass with a shimmering gold script. That glass is ideal for both boiling-hot water and the coolest of iced gins and tonics, with perhaps a few…

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El Dorado 12-year-old Rum

El Dorado 12-year-old Rum

A small glass of El Dorado 12-year-old Rum by Demerara Distillers will waft the lucky sipper back to the days of sailing ships and sugar plantations, and perhaps some romantic pirates. Guyana has always produced rich rums, and this bottle is a fine example of what many of us would view as an adult and…

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With Gousto and ready to go

With Gousto and ready to go

OK, I am a serious (sometimes) food writer, so you expect me to do everything long-hand and suffer for my art? But why? Who has time? We have Gousto! It’s easy to be a food snob these days. We are almost encouraged to be that way. Use the farmers’ market (if we have one), go…

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Wild and Game for Christmas

Wild and Game for Christmas

It’s that time of year again! We are in gift-giving mode but much of our festive energies are spent on meal planning. The big Christmas lunch is usually a traditional affair so, despite the stress, it’s all sorted. But there is another meal that demands a bit more consideration: Teatime! Wild and Game have the…

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Abelha Organic Cachaça

Abelha Organic Cachaça

Abelha means ‘bee’ in Portuguese and the striking label offers a swarm of them on this bottle of Abelha Organic Cachaça. It speaks to one of summer days, nature, wholesome pleasures, and all of those happen to be found in Brazil from where this characterful spirit hails. Cachaça is a popular spirit which some describe…

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Foxhole Gin review

Foxhole Gin review

Well, what a surprise. A bottle of Foxhole Gin arrived. The event was no surprise, but the shelf appeal was. There are so many new gins around, but this one grabbed my attention before the nose or palate could evaluate quality. Each Foxhole Gin bottle is screenprinted by hand with a precious-metal ink, which is…

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Shorn goes on Tour to California

Shorn goes on Tour to California

It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to California. Well no, really we are making plans for Christmas, but that celebrated wine-producing state might actually be part of our celebrations.  Wine brand Shorn launches Californian wines in a pouch. Shorn, that wine-loving sheep, is usually found looking out from bottles of New Zealand…

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Maestro Dobel Diamante Multi-Aged Tequila

Maestro Dobel Diamante Multi-Aged Tequila

Tequila has long been popular in the US, north of the border from Mexico, the land of its origin. It is now rather trendy in Europe, where its unique taste is prized in cocktails. But there are some tequilas that are so well-crafted that they deserve to be enjoyed alone or simply in the company…

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Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

There are several popular varieties of cocktail cherry. Most of them are bright enough to read a book by and sticky enough to become the candy of choice of any 5-year-old with a sweet tooth. No, not all cherries are created equal, so it’s worth doing some homework and buying the best. That would be…

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