Archive For May 2020

Bites of ChicP Veggies

Bites of ChicP Veggies

Here we are again with a fresh offering from one of my favourite young companies – ChicP. They have become celebrated for their pots of unique and delicious hummus but now they are presenting something a little more solid: ChicP Veggie Bites! These addictive nuggets will likely ween your family away from less healthy options….

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Kröller-Müller Museum reopens on 1 June 2020

Kröller-Müller Museum reopens on 1 June 2020

Great news! One of my favourite museums is opening again! The Kröller-Müller Museum reopens on 1 June! Lisette Pelsers, director of the Kröller-Müller: ‘We are delighted to be able to receive our visitors again. We want to offer them a safe, but also enjoyable and relaxed visit. The peace and space of our sculpture garden…

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Brockmans Tom Collins

Brockmans Tom Collins

Make-at-home cocktails: Sometimes, tradition is best. This is one of those times. If you’re having cocktails at home, shake up this smooth and elegant Tom Collins cocktail. Made with Brockmans Gin, the super-premium gin with notes of blueberries, blackberries and bitter-sweet orange peel, this cocktail is quick to create and needs ingredients you may already…

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How to raise a loaf and fall in love with sourdough

How to raise a loaf and fall in love with sourdough

Has it something to do with the lockdown? Seems like everybody is baking and a few are showing off their latest sourdough loaf. There is no need to feel left behind as How to raise a loaf and fall in love with sourdough is a book penned to give assistance to the novice who might…

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Pretty Princess – Sake Cocktail from Hakushika

Pretty Princess – Sake Cocktail from Hakushika

Pretty Princess is a Sake Cocktail from Hakushika in Japan. Calpis is a drink that one can find in Japanese speciality shops. Glass: Cocktail glass Garnish: Improvise Ingredients: ・HAKUSHIKA Sake 30ml ・Peach liqueur (Peachtree) 15ml ・Cranberry juice 15ml ・Calpis (undiluted) 10ml Method: (shake) Shake all ingredients gently in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a sugar rimmed cocktail…

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Tropical Cinnamon Leaf Log – recipe

Tropical Cinnamon Leaf Log – recipe

Tropical Cinnamon Leaf Log is perhaps the ultimate sophisticated adult Rocky Road. The recipe replaces the cookie bits and marshmallows with dried exotic fruits. One could vary the proportions of these that I have suggested and even change a few. Dried cherries would work well, as would candied orange peel. Ingredients for Tropical Cinnamon Leaf…

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Bali: more than a beach – travel review

Bali: more than a beach – travel review

Sure, Bali is something of a tropical paradise. It was once only visited by Australians but these days, with regular flights with Singapore Airlines and their subsidiaries, Bali is open to the whole world. The very name ‘Bali’ conjures visions of palm trees, azure sea lapping on golden sands (words like poetry, aren’t they?). But…

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Brockmans Gin’s Rewards for Wards

Brockmans Gin’s Rewards for Wards

Brockmans Gin’s ‘Rewards for Wards’ raises £13,700+ for NHS staff   Brockmans Gin’s ‘Rewards for Wards’ initiative has raised £13,740.00. The scheme supported frontline health care workers by donating money to Meals for the NHS. Organisers of the scheme to feed NHS frontline workers have been ‘blown away’ by the generosity of Brockmans Gin and…

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Closer to Vermeer and the Girl

Closer to Vermeer and the Girl

New discoveries and insights from the international scientific examination of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. The scientific examination of Johannes Vermeer’s world-famous painting, known as Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665), has yielded new discoveries and insights. By employing multidisciplinary research, an international team of scientists has brought us closer to the artwork…

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Burpee cooks Gnocchi

Burpee cooks Gnocchi

Happy #NationalVegetarianWeek and this recipe from Burpee Seeds Europe is the perfect way to celebrate! Pan-Fried Potato Gnocchi, Sautéed Honeycomb Tomatoes and Spinach (devised by Valerie Hamelin Chef Consultant) is the latest recipe from Burpee Europe. They support gardeners with their seeds to allow all of us to grow a little closer to our food….

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Black Cow Milk Punch

Black Cow Milk Punch

Black Cow Vodka makes some delicious cocktails and here is one that is perfect at any time of year. Black Cow Milk Punch Makes 6 small servings 150ml Black Cow Vodka 200ml delicious fresh whole milk 200ml of finest double cream 30ml honey (more or less to taste) 1/2 a vanilla bean, split & scraped…

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Pasta Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette

Pasta Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette

Its early summer and we crave lighter foods. Burpee Europe have seeds for peppers so one can have delicious veggies with no food miles. Recipe written for Burpee Europe by Valerie Hamelin. Pasta Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette A light meal on its own, or a tasty side dish.Ingredients:225g Penne pasta or your favourite pasta shape.240ml…

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The Brockmans Bramble for a Stay-at-Home Zoom ‘Party’

The Brockmans Bramble for a Stay-at-Home Zoom ‘Party’

With the aim of raising our spirits during this difficult time, Brockmans Gin brings the next in its series of easy to create, stay-at-home cocktails: the Brockmans Bramble. Brockmans has released a video showing just how to create a perfect version of this classic cocktail hosted by Brockmans’ Brand Ambassador, Mike:  https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-zp81Di9HM You may just…

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On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen

On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen

On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen is the long-awaited cookbook from Chef Jeremy Fox. He is the chef’s chef who has a reputation for having a winning way with veggies, and now he brings his passion to domestic kitchens across the globe. In 2008 Jeremy opened Ubuntu in Napa, a restaurant which celebrated…

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