Reviews are sponsored; the articles are unbiased, the opinions my own.

  • 17 May 2021

    Brockmans for the gift of Charity

    Buy a Brockmans Gin gift pack, help a charity Brockmans Gin is supporting gin lovers and helping a good cause by offering a discount on its popular gift pack whilst donating to charity. Those shopping at the Brockmans online shop can take advantage of an exclusive deal: buy a gift pack comprising a 70cl bottle...

  • 14 May 2021

    Flowering Netherlands – More than Tulips

    We love those fresh Spring colours of tulips which are synonymous with the Netherlands.  It’s not a native of that small northern country but it does so very well there. Tulip mania reared its floral head in the Dutch Golden Age when the cost of some bulbs of the trendy tulip reached amazing heights. That...

  • 13 May 2021

    ChicP Hummus – For Hummus Day and Every Day

    It’s Hummus Day! Well, who knew? But if every other mode of employment, family member, alcoholic beverage or dog can have its day then there is every reason to pronounce a ‘Hummus Day’ too! ChicP present a range of truly addictive spreads that work as meal ingredients as well. Founded by Hannah McCollum, ChicP is...

  • 12 May 2021

    Pico – a kick of spice

    An authentic taste of modern India The ‘Pico’ concept saw the light of day in a café off Baker Street in London. The co-founders discovered that 1.3 billion people living in India had access to only 3 brands of ketchup! They planned to launch a new delicious and diverse brand of sauces for India. After...

  • 10 May 2021

    Burpee for National Vegetarian Week

    The Burpee Seeds Europe have the perfect courgette and recipe to shout about on this ‘National Vegetarian Week’. Courgette ‘Butterstick’ is a beautiful summer hybrid variety that has prolific plants with single-stem habit and a long harvest period.  It has superb performance, flavour, and wide adaptability. Sow: March-MayGermination: Up to 21 days Harvest: June –...

  • 10 May 2021

    Scottish Distillery Staycation

    Scottish distillery visits are a coastal staycation dream Staycations don’t mean compromising. Head to Scotland this Summer or early Autumn where Dunnet Bay Distillers is opening its doors for a gin and vodka tasting experience in its newly refurbished, coastal-themed Tasting Room. The coastal themed venue features Boat Shed booths, each of which seats 2...

  • 06 May 2021

    Hampshire Cheese Company – the aroma of excellence

    Hampshire Cheese Company is an award-winning artisan cheesemaker which can give any continental competitor a run for its €. The company has joined those producing the best cheeses in the world, and that must surely be something of which to be proud. It’s the home of the celebrated Tunworth and Winslade cheeses, which will be...

  • 03 May 2021

    Dream destinations – in cocktails

    Summer approaches, but we may not be approaching that runway to reach some much-loved holiday destination. So, perhaps it’s time to mix a staycation cocktail or two, and dream. Brockmans Gin, with its 11 botanicals sourced from around the world, offers style, sophistication, and a promise of better times to come.  The heady mix of...

  • 28 Apr 2021

    Fortnum & Mason: Time for Tea

    Fortnum & Mason is an institution in one of the best neighbourhoods of London. It is a food emporium which, in my opinion, compares favourably with other such establishments. It has been around for almost as long as we have been drinking tea in Europe. This delightful book is written by award-winning food writer Tom...

  • 26 Apr 2021

    Dunnet Bay Distillers appoints Sarah Lyons as Environment Manager

    Pictured: Sarah Lyons, Environment Manager    A small, Scottish distillery has big plans for improving its environmental impact. Dunnet Bay Distillers has appointed Sarah Lyons to a newly created position of Environment Manager – an impressive move for a small company, underlining the company’s commitment to sustainability. The Distillery produces the award-winning spirits, Rock ...

  • 21 Apr 2021

    Get ready for Summer with World of Zing’s Cocktail Party Pouche

    World of Zing is new to me, but they will be on many a lip this summer. They are the pioneers of craft bottled cocktails, and are bound to be invited to al fresco get-togethers this year. They have launched their Cocktail Party Pouches just in time to enjoy this summer, with its longed-for freedoms....

  • 20 Apr 2021

    Burpee – Courgettes … Sow Now, Scones Later

    The Burpee Seeds Europe team know a ‘Sure Thing’ when they breed it!  This green, tasty,  nutrient-packed joystick of a veggie can be ready to harvest just 48 days from sowing!  So sow now and scoff later when you enjoy some beautiful scones with a cuppa in the garden this summer! Courgette ‘Sure Thing’ This...

  • 19 Apr 2021

    Brockmans Gin and Tea

    Time for Tea & Gin – an alternative to G&T G&T is wonderful; but tea with gin can be a delicious new alternative. For the past few years, tea has been experiencing a renaissance (Source: National Tea Day*). And as we ease out of lockdown, where the comfort of tea has been valued even more,...

  • 16 Apr 2021

    Pinestone tea in recipes

    Pinestone tea – a light alternative Tea drinking culture in China is not only a key part of people’s social and leisure time but also an important aspect of any mealtime. You may be surprised to know that different teas are best drunk with specific foods, just like fine wines. Rich and satisfying Chun Mee...

  • 14 Apr 2021

    Squeaky Bean – healthy and delicious

    No-guilt and tasty meatless meals It’s been a year of shock and re-evaluation. The last twelve months were 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....

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