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  • 26 Nov 2020

    Classic Cocktails: The Home Bartender’s Guide

    Classic Cocktails: The Home Bartender’s Guide to Mixing Spirits, Liqueurs, Wine and Beer 150 Sensational Drink Recipes Classic Cocktails: The Home Bartender’s Guide to Mixing Spirits, Liqueurs, Wine and Beer – 150 Sensational Drink Recipes is a bumper volume and a comprehensive reference for all keen home mixologists. Cocktails and mocktails Stuart Walton has penned...

  • 25 Nov 2020

    The Cherry Tree Delivers

    It’s almost ‘that time of year’ again. Yes, Christmas, Xmas, the Festive Season, the Holidays, Yuletide. Whatever one calls it those days are just around the corner. This year has been a strange one and we should all celebrate the fact that 2020 will soon be consigned to history! There is a philosophy that suggests...

  • 23 Nov 2020

    Brockmans Hot Apple Punch

    Another Delicious and festive cocktail from Brockmans Gin Hot Apple Punch 50ml Brockmans 25ml lemon juice Warmed apple juice Cinnamon stick to garnish. Stir Brockmans and lemon juice in a glass mug and add warmed apple juice. Garnish with a stick of cinnamon. WHERE TO BUY Brockmans Gin (RRP £34) is  stocked by ASDA, Booths,...

  • 20 Nov 2020

    Geomag Construction

    Geomag – the irresistible pull It’s true, dear reader, I have consistently insisted that I should be the lone writer for Mostly Food & Travel Journal. But sometimes one must bow to a higher authority and pass the pen to a specialist, a consultant, the proper man for the job. In this case an engineer...

  • 19 Nov 2020

    Italian Wines – Now and Later

    It’s been a strange year, but it has had the bonus of allowing us to appreciate such things as one’s garden, home-cooked meals – and wines. Italian wines are getting noticed again! Italian wines have often been overlooked and that is a shame as there are many superb bottles to explore. Massimago Profasio 2013, a...

  • 17 Nov 2020

    British Museum UK exhibition on Thomas Becket’s life, death and legacy

    2020 is the 850th anniversary of the murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury Year-long programme of Becket events unveiled British Museum to host first ever major UK exhibition on Thomas Becket’s life, death and legacy A year-long programme of events marking the 850th anniversary of one of the most shocking crimes in European history,...

  • 16 Nov 2020

    Brockmans Bold Fashioned

    Here is another delicious Christmas cocktail from Brockmans Gin Bold Fashioned 45ml Brockmans Gin 10ml Zucca Rhubarb Amaro 3 dashes of Rhubarb bitters 2 dashes Angostura bitters A strip of orange zest studded with cloves to garnish. Combine the Brockmans Gin, Rhubarb Amaro and bitters in a mixing glass and stir. Fill a  Collins glass with ice and pour over the mixture.  Garnish with the strip of...

  • 14 Nov 2020

    Cafe Spice Namaste Big News

    Café Spice Namaste Team to leave Prescot Street premises at the end of January 2021 Loyal Café Spice Namaste patrons launch Friends of Café Spice Namaste Appeal Timed to coincide with the actual date of Café Spice Namaste’s 25th anniversary on 14th November, three of the iconic Indian restaurant’s staunchest patrons have launched a heartfelt...

  • 13 Nov 2020

    Baking at the 20th Century Café

    Iconic European Desserts from Linzer Torte to Honey Cake This book can’t fail! Baking at the 20th Century Café: Iconic European Desserts from Linzer Torte to Honey Cake is the book for which many of us have been waiting. If food lovers have visited either Vienna, Budapest or Prague they would have had not only...

  • 11 Nov 2020

    Buttermilk Fudge and Chocolate – without Butter or Milk

    All-round confectionery pleasure It will soon be Christmas and those festive days are usually laced with sweet treats to bring joy to all the family …well, apart from those who want a dairy-free diet. Buttermilk is a curiously named company with a mission to spoil everybody equally. The whole family can share Buttermilk have created...

  • 09 Nov 2020

    Brockmans Hot Ginger Toddy

    Here is another delicious Christmas cocktail from Brockmans Gin Hot Ginger Toddy 50ml Brockmans Gin 6 dashes of Orange Angostura bitters Premium ginger beer – gently warmed. Garnish: orange wedge or peel, studded with cloves, a Star Anise and a Cinnamon stick. Mix the cocktail ingredients and pour into a heat-proof glass or glass mug. Garnish with...

  • 06 Nov 2020

    Oppo – a lighter treat

    Oppo Brothers produce award-winning ice creams and they are healthier than many others on the market. The tubs are up to 60% lower in calories.  Because they are also lower in sugar you can treat yourself more often. My dear reader will know that I seldom cover freefromslightinswithouts – and ‘wholesome’, which is often the...

  • 05 Nov 2020

    Nederlands Fotomuseum opens Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photograph

    On 21 January 2021, the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam will open the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography, where 100 photographs will be on display. All the images have iconic value due to their social and artistic significance, and together they tell the story of photography in the Netherlands, from its beginnings to the present...

  • 05 Nov 2020

    Cook Up A Winner With Tomato Nagina with Burpee

    Let your Guy Fawkes Night go with a tasty bang of flavour this year by cooking yourself this Catherine Wheel of deliciousness! Grow these flavourful Nigina tomatoes from Burpee. We will all certainly be getting cosy at home this November 5th, so whether you are having an indoor firework retro treat (we know we are!)...

  • 04 Nov 2020

    History of Money – Cowries to Crypto

    Cowries to Crypto: The History of Money, Currency and Wealth Cowries to Crypto: The History of Money, Currency and Wealth is a delightful book bound to raise a smile at any time of year. This Christmas we need a grin even more than ever. Money is important to all of us. But what exactly is...

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