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Pimenton Roasted Chickpeas

Pimenton Roasted Chickpeas

From Whole Foods Market   Serves 24 The salty, naturally creamy flavor of these addictive snacks is wonderful served with beer or sparkling wine. They also make a good substitute for croutons on a salad. Ingredients with an asterisk (*) are available as Whole Foods Market Brands. Ingredients 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained…

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Brockmans Cosmopolitan for Valentines Day

Brockmans Cosmopolitan for Valentines Day

Brockmans Gin – in the pink for Valentine’s Day When love is in the air, a cocktail should be in your hand.  Darkly seductive Brockmans Gin, the gin like no other, is famed for its blueberry and blackberry notes. For Valentine’s Day,   pour some of this delicious spirit from its black bottle and create some…

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Pea, Salted Yoghurt and Mint Salad

Pea, Salted Yoghurt and Mint Salad

From BBC Food   Throw these ingredients together as a last-minute quick warm salad, or cook the peas in advance and refresh.   Ingredients 200g/7oz peas, out of their pods 1 long red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled, finely chopped ½ lemon, juice only ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil sea…

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Pea Gnudi

Pea Gnudi

From BBC Food   Try this stripped down ravioli recipe by Simon Rimmer – classic gnudi is ravioli without the pasta casing.   Ingredients 225g/8oz peas, cooked, cooled, roughly chopped 500g/1lb 2oz ricotta, drained 1 tbsp freshly chopped mint 100g/3½oz parmesan 500g/1lb 2oz fine semolina extra virgin olive oil salt and freshly ground black pepper…

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Autumn Moon – Hakushika Sake Cocktail

Autumn Moon – Hakushika Sake Cocktail

Autumn Moon is another delicious Hakushika Sake Cocktail Glass: Cocktail glass Garnish: Lime wedge or lime peel Ingredients: ・HAKUSHIKA Sake 30ml ・Cassis liqueur 15ml ・Fresh lime juice 15ml Method: (shake) Fill all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and mix gently with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge or lime peel and serve….

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British Fresh Whole Turkey from ALDI

British Fresh Whole Turkey from ALDI

It’s the Holiday season! By that I don’t just mean Christmas: there is also New Year and beyond, too! Turkey can fit the bill for so many occasions, and ALDI offers quality and budget-friendly birds. Turkeys were first domestically raised in ancient Mexico. There are many explanations for the name “turkey”, and I like the…

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Pan-fried Leeks with Sprouts, Whole Chestnuts & Sage

Pan-fried Leeks with Sprouts, Whole Chestnuts & Sage

From Sainsbury’s   Bring out the natural nutty flavour of sprouts with whole chestnuts, leeks and earthy sage.   Serves: 8 Preparation time: 5 Minutes Cooking time: 12 Minutes   Ingredients: 25g unsalted butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 10g fresh sage leaves, shredded, reserving 4 whole leaves to garnish 500g leeks, sliced thickly on the…

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Parsnips with Cumin

Parsnips with Cumin

From BBC Food   If you’re a fan of parsnips, you’ll love this side dish, which adds a heady edge to the natural sweetness of one of the best-loved of root vegetables.   Ingredients parsnips, peeled and halved lengthways 3 tbsp olive oil 1½ tsp ground cumin 4 tsp fresh thyme leaves   Method Preheat…

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Holiday Favourites and Bubbly from Jelly Belly

Holiday Favourites and Bubbly from Jelly Belly

Where did that year go? Still getting the pine needles from last year out of the carpet pile and now it’s time to shed anew! Jelly Belly started as a confectionery company in the US in 1869. It’s still a family-owned company and since 1960 they have been famed for their jelly beans. They are…

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Cranberry Fizz from Morrisons

Cranberry Fizz from Morrisons

From Morrisons Cranberry Fizz is a fruity, fizzy thirst-quencher will go down a treat with your festivities. Ingredients 100ml orange flavour liqueur 1 litre carton cranberry juice finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange 1 bottle of sparkling wine Method Pour the orange flavour liqueur into a large jug, stir in the cranberry juice…

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The Brockmans  75

The Brockmans  75

The Brockmans 75 is a simple and festive cocktail for the holidays Ingredients 50ml Brockmans Gin 25ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice 15ml Sugar syrup Champagne, Prosecco or good quality English sparkling wine Twist of lemon zest to garnish Method Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add the Brockmans Gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup…

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The New Icons – Aldi Unveils its Premium Wine Range

The New Icons – Aldi Unveils its Premium Wine Range

ALDI is now enjoying popularity among discerning wine lovers. This supermarket has become celebrated for its collection of good-quality good-value wines, and now a new range caters to the increased demand for premium and classic wines. Enter The New Icons Premium Wine Range. Examples of famous classic bottles are included in this creditable array. Amongst…

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Mushroom Kale Noodle Kugel

Mushroom Kale Noodle Kugel

From Whole Foods Market   Serves 8   This hearty dish features mushrooms, kale and egg noodles, bound with cottage cheese and sour cream for richness. Use a variety of mushrooms in place of the button mushrooms, if you like.   Ingredients 2 tablespoons unsalted Butter, plus more for buttering 1 (16-ounce) package Wide Enriched…

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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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