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  • 08 Mar 2021

    Didsbury Gin won’t ruin Mother’s Day

    The Didsbury Gin founders are indeed gin connoisseurs. Liam Manton and Mark Smallwood wanted to present a range of gins which were contemporary and vibrant. Mark has a passion for gin and creating cocktail menus in Manchester restaurants and bars. Following the production of a small batch of gin in Liam’s front room in Didsbury,...

  • 03 Mar 2021

    Mummy Meagz has Eggs!

    Meagan Boyle founded her company in 2003. She is Mummy Meagz and, along with her daughter Willow, opened Blondes Coffee Shop in Cottingham, East Y Yes, it’s the most important Christian event of the year but for many it’s about the chocolate. Vegans, until recently, have had to miss out on many Easter treats but...

  • 02 Mar 2021

    Mothers Day Gin and Vodka Cocktails

    Mum’s the Word – favourite cocktails for Mother’s Day The co-founders and creators of Rock Rose Gin and Holy Grass Vodka, made by the Dunnet Bay Distillery, are celebrating Mother’s Day in style. The UK’s most northern mainland distillery is run by Claire Murray and Martin Murray, and they will be serving some deliciously thoughtful...

  • 02 Mar 2021

    Wine Viña Leyda Reserva Syrah 2019

    Value and quality Viña Leyda Reserva Syrah 2019 is a creditable and great value wine which will be available at Co-op stores from 5th March. It’s priced at an exceptional £8.25 and this offer runs until 23rd March; after this time the wine will return to a very reasonable £12.00 per bottle. Viña Leyda Reserva...

  • 01 Mar 2021

    Sharpham Cheese – Garlic and Chive and Brie

    I could live without chocolate; I could live without wine (but I wouldn’t want to); and I could live without hair colour; but I could never have a complete and meaningful existence without cheese. Luckily, I have made the acquaintance of a company called Sharpham Cheese, so I won’t need to. There is so much...

  • 26 Feb 2021

    Gin Cocktails for Mother’s Day with Brockmans

    Hampers and Gin Cocktails for Mother’s Day and Easter revels Mother’s Day: Sunday 14th March 20201; Easter Sunday: 4th April 2021 Celebrate Mother’s Day, Easter and the start of Spring with some delicious gin cocktails.  We bring you some ideas from Brockmans Gin which beautifully combine the botanicals from across the world that gives this...

  • 24 Feb 2021

    Nero at The British Museum

    27 May – 24 October 2021 at the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery  Nero (r. AD 54–68), the last male descendant of Rome’s first emperor Augustus, succeeded to the throne aged only 16. During his reign of nearly 14 years, he murdered his own mother, his first wife, and allegedly his second wife; it has even been...

  • 22 Feb 2021

    Mexgrocer for Mezcal and More

    Being home and entertaining at home is the new and not always appreciated normal. We have found our kitchens as well as our drinks cabinets, and we are taking more interest in both cooking and cocktails. Positives indeed in these months of fear and disappointment. Mexgrocer has added to our battery of ingredients for dinner...

  • 19 Feb 2021

    Pommery Brut Rosé Champagne

    For any special occasion Madame Pommery, the inventor of Brut Champagne, created a style which has endured and is perfect for the contemporary palate. She was known as ‘Lady of the Roses’ and the bottle with its blush pink label reflects that title – Pommery Brut Rosé Champagne. The company of Pommery and Greno was...

  • 17 Feb 2021

    Sharpham Cheeses

    Sharpham Cheese – Garlic and Chive I could live without chocolate; I could live without wine (but I wouldn’t want to); and I could live without hair colour; but I could never have a complete and meaningful existence without cheese. Luckily, I have made the acquaintance of a company called Sharpham Cheese, so I won’t...

  • 15 Feb 2021

    Beroni Pasta – Frozen and in Waitrose

    In these strange times we are looking for comfort, and that will likely come in the shape of pasta – different shapes of pasta. Beroni now offers their frozen pasta at Waitrose for speed, convenience and a great deal of warming comfort. UK shoppers can now get their first taste of fresh frozen pasta from...

  • 12 Feb 2021

    Juici Jerk at home

    Such strange times! But at least we have taken more interest in food, and some of the population have discovered what a kitchen is for. The UK’s first restaurant-style Caribbean DIY meal kit has been launched by London-based Caribbean kitchen Juici Jerk, and they are offering nationwide delivery. Times have been tough for many businesses...

  • 10 Feb 2021

    Campari and Chocolate

    Campari, the classic red – with chocolate Campari is the iconic bitter spirit, with a distinctive red hue that is a point of delicious difference from its competitors. It has a wide audience of lovers of that classy evening encounter called aperitif.   It’s that time before dinner when one partakes of a glass of something...

  • 08 Feb 2021

    Vadasz: adding zest and character

    More than a garnish A decade or so ago, Nick Vadasz created his range of Eastern European inspired pickles and ferments. These have now been joined by more condiment delights from even further east. It all started when he was making quesadillas on a market stall, and found his garnish of pickles to be the...

  • 05 Feb 2021

    Squeaky Bean – ducks the meat

    No guilt and delicious meatless meals It’s been a year of shock and re-evaluation. 2020 was full of tragedy and loss, but there have been positives and they will endure, even when lockdowns are thing of the past. We spend more time in the kitchen and we pay attention to what we eat. Squeaky Bean...

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