Archive For June 2021

Haskap – the Purple Superfood

Haskap – the Purple Superfood

Haskap berries are the nutrition industry’s best-kept secret and are set to be the biggest superfood trend for Summer 2021. Don’t worry if you have never heard of it. I had not either, but I am glad to have had the introduction. Haskap berries really do have health benefits. They have one of the highest…

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Burpee – Grow Your Own Picnic

Burpee – Grow Your Own Picnic

It is that time of year when we are all enjoying the great outdoors, which must mean tucking in to picnics with gusto too … hurray!  And as the mode du jour for 2021 is bringing the inside out…it is not only food that we can grow for our dining table in the sun, but…

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Perfect Pasta at Home

Perfect Pasta at Home

Bring Italy to your kitchen with over 80 quick and delicious recipes. Perfect Pasta at Home is perhaps the most deliciously practical cookbook I have reviewed in quite a while. Many of us are finding cash a bit tight these days but we have had months of rediscovering the hob, and we want to continue…

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Nuet Dry Aquavit

Nuet Dry Aquavit

The name Aquavit has its roots in the Latin aqua vitae, meaning “water of life”, just like brandy being referred to as eau-de-vie.  The name comes from early distillers believing spirits had healing qualities. It was thought to help ward off both disease and old age! I am not sure that works, but these days…

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itsu – Chilling for Summer

itsu – Chilling for Summer

itsu’s NEW supermarkets products   I love itsu! They never disappoint and they have just launched some new temptations. lucky katsu hotsu’potsu (Tesco, RRP £2.75) hotsu’potsu brings you a steaming gyoza noodle soup ready in minutes, featuring itsu’s best-selling vegetable fusion gyoza, authentic rice noodles, vegetables and a hand-crafted katsu broth. Simply add water and…

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Do Not Alight Here

Do Not Alight Here

Walking London’s Lost Underground and Railway Stations On your journey into London, whether dulled by the daily trudge into work or thrilled by the once-a-year expedition,  you’ll stare from the train window at the confusion of tracks, bridges, tunnels and platforms, and once in a while you might just wonder, “How did it all get…

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Brockmans – ‘The Properly Improper Gin’

Brockmans – ‘The Properly Improper Gin’

Summer Cocktails made with ‘The Properly Improper Gin’ Summer nights call for The Properly Improper Gin, Brockmans, and some new fruit-filled cocktail recipes to make evenings a little unconventional, a little different, and a great deal of fun. The Brockmans Gin mixologists have developed two cocktails designed for those who shy away from the conventional….

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CAMPARI – make Dad’s Fathers Day!

CAMPARI – make Dad’s Fathers Day!

Its Dad’s special day, although every day should be Fathers Day. He loves cocktails and the weather (we hope) will be conducive to some interesting libations in the garden. CAMPARI is a classic and it’s versatile, so a bottle of this red delight will likely tick a lot of beverage boxes – and earn you…

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Nederlands Fotomuseum – Images In The Gallery Of Honour Of Dutch

Nederlands Fotomuseum – Images In The Gallery Of Honour Of Dutch

Nederlands Fotomuseum Reveals 99 Iconic Images In The Gallery Of Honour Of Dutch The development of 180 years of photography On 9 June, the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam opened the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography to the public and welcomed His Majesty the King for a visit to the museum. As one of the…

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Sweet SWICILY

Sweet SWICILY

A cocktail companion It’s really summer now. We are enjoying a little more freedom but we have learnt a thing or two over this past year. We have discovered what that extra room is for. It’s called a kitchen and it came with the house. Now we spend time there baking, cooking and exploring cocktails….

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The Negroni: A Love Affair with a Classic Cocktail

The Negroni: A Love Affair with a Classic Cocktail

In 2019 the celebrated Negroni cocktail turned 100 years old.  The mixed drink revival has introduced a new audience to this iconic classic. The drink’s proportions consist of equal measures of Campari, gin, and sweet vermouth. It’s not difficult for the home barman/woman to master, him/herself. It has a timeless elegance and wide appeal. The…

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Pommery – with English Sparkle

Pommery – with English Sparkle

English Wine Week now officially marks the start of summer as it falls across the Summer Solstice and Midsummer Day, from 19th to 27th June 2021. It’s been a long, cold and wet spring and we are all ready to celebrate.  Champagne Pommery is doing just that with its English sparkling wine, Louis Pommery England….

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Wagamama – Every Bowl Makes A Difference

Wagamama – Every Bowl Makes A Difference

wagamama launches new cook at home range with a commitment to donate all of their profits to mental health charity partner YoungMinds wagamama announces the launch of an exciting new cook at home range with all their profits to be donated to charity partner YoungMinds. The new range was inspired by the overwhelmingly positive fan…

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Gazoz: The Art of Making Magical, Seasonal Sparkling Drinks

Gazoz: The Art of Making Magical, Seasonal Sparkling Drinks

At last! It’s summer and we can finally enjoy entertaining in the garden. But heat and alcohol don’t mix. Your guests will thank you for offering some exciting non-alcoholic drinks, grâce à Gazoz. Gazoz: The Art of Making Magical, Seasonal Sparkling Drinks is a beautifully photographed book full of unique, healthy and fresh drinks from…

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Negroni in a Bottle Bar and Shop

Negroni in a Bottle Bar and Shop

Xhulio and Natalie are a husband-and-wife team with a passion for bottled cocktails. Those bottles have great shelf appeal, offering the promise of delicious contents. In December 2017 they opened Bottle Bar and Shop in Catford, South London. They have made a success of their enterprise even in these strange times. In 2019 they won…

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UK’s first Gluten-Free Avocado Wrap

UK’s first Gluten-Free Avocado Wrap

New Gluten-Free Avocado Wrap and High Protein Wraps This Summer BFree have launched a new addition to its wraps range. The UK’s first Gluten-Free Avocado Wrap and Highest Protein Wrap go on sale by ‘free-from’ pioneers BFree, the innovative gluten- and wheat-free baked goods brand. With 10 years’ experience in creating award-winning free-from bakery goods…

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Charlie and Ivy’s Bread Dippers

Charlie and Ivy’s Bread Dippers

Dipper Tasting Set It will soon be Father’s Day and that comes with the usual dilemma: What to buy? It was socks last year.  He must have loved them. They are still in the bag; must be keeping them for best! Charlie and Ivy come to the rescue with the perfect gift solution for any…

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Thyme for Gin – Rock Rose Gin Launches Summer Mini-Hamper

Thyme for Gin – Rock Rose Gin Launches Summer Mini-Hamper

  Pictured: The Rock Rose Lemon Thyme Collins Cocktail Rock Rose Gin is launching a Summer Cocktail Box. The mini-hamper, priced at only £20 (+P&P) from https://www.dunnetbaydistillers.co.uk/shop/ contains just about everything you need to create Rock Rose Lemon Thyme Collins cocktails – perfect for basking in the sun. The Summer Box launches on 1 June…

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