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Christmas Jerk Ham – recipe

Christmas Jerk Ham – recipe

Here’s something that is both traditional and exotic – ham, but vibrant, spicy and memorable, and sure to become a family favourite.   Ingredients: 3kg smoked gammon joint 4 cloves of garlic – crushed 3 Scotch Bonnet chillies (very hot, so try just one if you don’t like heat) 1 large onion – chopped 4…

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Mozzarella Bruschetta with Shaved Fennel and Courgette

Mozzarella Bruschetta with Shaved Fennel and Courgette

From BBC Food   To make this rustic nibble daintier, cut rounds from the toast with a cookie cutter and pile a little topping onto each.   Ingredients ½ small fennel bulb, herby tops reserved 1 small yellow courgette small bunch fresh mint, torn into pieces ½ orange, skin removed, thinly sliced into rounds ½…

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée 13 From ALDI

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée 13 From ALDI

The eponymous area is centred on the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône wine region in south-eastern France. It is one of the most celebrated appellations from the southern part of the Rhône Valley, and prized vineyards are located around Châteauneuf-du-Pape and in the surrounding villages. Very reasonable price Châteauneuf-du-Pape can be either red or…

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Capsulier Lite for your coffee-lover

Capsulier Lite for your coffee-lover

It’s almost here! Christmas! But the excitement can be somewhat tempered by the prospect of gift-giving. What would make original and thoughtful delights for under the tree? Capsulier Lite comes to the rescue. Many of us are proud owners of coffee makers. The sort with those small capsules is popular and I wouldn’t want to…

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Leakproof is the Answer this Christmas

Leakproof is the Answer this Christmas

Ion8 led the way for sustainability long before other similar companies, and its partnership with Friends of the Earth shows that Ion8 is now well established. They have a strong ethos to design great-looking bottles that contribute to sustainable living all year round. Replacing single-use bottles is the aim, but Ion8 has gone a few…

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Lily O’Brien’s Dessert Collection for Christmas

Lily O’Brien’s Dessert Collection for Christmas

Lily O’Brien’s Dessert Collection chocolates are now available in a bumper 625g box. This huge round presentation will be the perfect Christmas gift for any discerning lover of fine chocolates. I have been a supporter of this Irish company from the very first exquisitely crafted choc. That’s going back a few years now and I…

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Feast on Wild Game this Christmas

Feast on Wild Game this Christmas

Unless we are vegetarian it’s likely we will enjoy at least a few meals containing meat each week. Christmas and New Year are those days when we want special meals made with the best ingredients. Wild and Game is a company that can help with some of the finest meat on the market. Game is…

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Stokes for Christmas – and beyond!

Stokes for Christmas – and beyond!

It will soon be Christmas – a time of joy but also of culinary anxiety! One wants to provide comforting food. Delicious food. Well-presented food. Stokes might not be on hand to cook the turkey, but they do support those little additions that help elevate the festive season’s tables. Stokes was founded in 2004 by…

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Besos de Oro Original Liqueur

Besos de Oro Original Liqueur

Here is something a little different for Christmas. Besos de Oro Original Liqueur. Yes, a cream liqueur …but without cream. It’s perfect for those with allergies as this delicious drink is free from gluten, dairy, lactose, nuts, soya – and it’s suitable for vegans. I am always somewhat wary of the ‘free from’ products as…

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Hearty Minestrone Soup

Hearty Minestrone Soup

From Whole Foods Market   Serves 6 to 8 Packed with vegetables, beans and pasta, this soup is a meal in itself. Serve Hearty Minestrone Soup with crusty bread and a green salad. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 6 cups low-sodium vegetable broth 1 cup…

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Grilled Mackerel with Spicy Yuzu Citrus and Pepper Paste – recipe

Grilled Mackerel with Spicy Yuzu Citrus and Pepper Paste – recipe

Mackerel is a common name applied to a number of different species of fish. They are found in both temperate and tropical seas, mostly living along the coast or just offshore, making them easy to catch. They are high in omega-3 oils and so a healthy fish. Before the 19th-century development of putting fish in…

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The Bisschopsmolen and a Pie

The Bisschopsmolen and a Pie

Nestled in the historic streets of Maastricht is the Bisschopsmolen or, in English, the Bishop’s Mill. It truly was once a mill and its reputation grinds on in the guise of its bakery and restaurant. The mill was built in the 7th century and has had different roles since its construction. In the 11th century…

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Merchant Gourmet Aromatic Persian-Style Quinoa and Lentils

Merchant Gourmet Aromatic Persian-Style Quinoa and Lentils

We might well love good food, but so few of us actually have time to cook nutritious dishes. We get home and it’s often too easy to send out for a take-away or settle for a piece of toast. But there are options, and Merchant Gourmet have a selection of foods that will aid the…

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Grilled Veggie and Goat’s Cheese Wraps

Grilled Veggie and Goat’s Cheese Wraps

From Whole Foods Market Serves 4   This is a great recipe for using leftover grilled vegetables. They’re wonderful for a summer supper or wrap in waxed paper for picnics or on-the-go.   Ingredients 1/2 pound button mushrooms, grilled 1 red bell pepper, cut in pieces and grilled 1/2 large eggplant, cut in chunks and…

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TheChefClub Professional Performance Knife

TheChefClub Professional Performance Knife

People often say that if they had a new kitchen they would be a much better chef. They believe that if they had a whole rack of knives, they would become the next Gordon Ramsay. In fact, one needs just the space for a prep area and a few knives – but they must indeed…

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Lemon Prosecco Cocktail recipe

Lemon Prosecco Cocktail recipe

Lemon Prosecco cocktail is a lovely drink for summer garden parties. Its light and refreshing and you don’t have to use the finest fizz for this one. Lemon Prosecco Cocktail recipe 1 bottle of  dry prosecco For the Lemon simple syrup: 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1/4 cup lemon juice Champagne glasses for serving Lemon peel…

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Irish Peppercorn Studded Burger, Tricolour Slaw & Sweet Potato Wedges

Irish Peppercorn Studded Burger, Tricolour Slaw & Sweet Potato Wedges

Irish Peppercorn Studded Burger, Tricolour Slaw & Sweet Potato Wedges Serves 4 Ingredients For the peppercorn burger 500g Irish minced beef – rump, blade or chuck steak (with at least 20% fat content) 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tbsp tomato puree 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander 1 tbsp black peppercorns, cracked…

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Chicago Town’s First Cheese-Filled Crust Pizza

Chicago Town’s First Cheese-Filled Crust Pizza

The launch of Chicago Town’s First Cheese-Filled Crust Pizza is sure to excite Chicago Town fans. And this is where I am expected to state that I have always been a lover of their products, and continue by waxing lyrical about Friday nights spent watching a movie and enjoying a Chicago Town pizza. Well, here…

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Meater+ review

Meater+ review

The name might not initially offer much of a clue as to what exactly Meater+ might be. No, dear cynical and lonely reader, it’s not a dating agency for carnivores, but rather the best kitchen gadget I have ever found. We eat meat at home, but not very often. When we do, that meal is…

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Speakeasy Ice Cream

Speakeasy Ice Cream

Speakeasy Ice Cream has been created especially for adults with discerning palates. Speakeasy combine rich ice cream with some favourite alcoholic drinks for some exceptional dessert enhancements. These small tubs are far from the plastic-boxed frozen ice creams that fill the freezer counters of every supermarket. Yes, they have their place, but Speakeasy Ice Creams…

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