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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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9 MILE VODKA

9 MILE VODKA

The MBG Group has introduced a new Super Premium Vodka brand. It is curiously called 9 MILE VODKA (I note the bold use of capitals), and that name has more to do with the USA than countries more typically associated with this clear spirit. Following the sale of the Three Sixty Vodka brand in 2005,…

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Chamarel Rhum Distillery – Mauritius

Chamarel Rhum Distillery – Mauritius

Mauritius is a beautiful island but there is still that temptation to stay within the confines of one’s luxury and well-appointed resort. That would be a shame as there is so much to see here. There is history aplenty and also celebrated rhum. No that’s not a spelling mistake but rather an indication that this…

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Paella and Sweet and Sour from Charlie Bigham

Paella and Sweet and Sour from Charlie Bigham

It all started in 1994 when, in a maverick move, Charlie Bigham quit his job to go travelling in India. Captivated by the tastes, colours, textures and aromas of the cuisine, he decided to set up a food business. By 1996 he had done just that. After perfecting three dishes in his home kitchen –…

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Pearson’s Arms Pineapple and blood orange gin Martini

Pearson’s Arms Pineapple and blood orange gin Martini

Here is a delicious cocktail from Pearson’s Arms in Whitstable. It’s their Pineapple and blood orange gin Martini. Its a strong one! Ingredients 40ml malty blood orange gin 20ml Kings Ginger Liqueur 10ml Cointreau  10ml fresh lime juice  Pineapple juice Method Shake hard with pineapple juice and ice till chilled and frothy Visit the Pearsons…

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Fresh as Summer Rosé

Fresh as Summer Rosé

It’s summer and sometimes the sun peeps through the clouds. When it does our thoughts turn to al fresco dining and garden parties. Fizz is often the beverage of choice, but how about something that looks beautiful, tastes of summer fruits and even matches flowery sun dresses? Roséfine from Marrenon The teardrop bottle with a…

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Lily O’Brien’s Crispy Butterscotch Discs

Lily O’Brien’s Crispy Butterscotch Discs

My favourite chocolatier, Lily O’Brien’s, has come up with a convivial treat for the summer …or any time. It’s a delicious new range of Share Bags which would be just perfect to take on a picnic or with coffee after an al fresco meal. The new collection includes Crispy Butterscotch, Mega Milk Chocolate, Dark Belgian…

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Chilli and Ginger Gin from ALDI

Chilli and Ginger Gin from ALDI

It seems an unlikely marriage between a popular chain supermarket and Eden Mill. They are producers of Scottish small-batch craft gins. Those who frequent the beverage aisles of ALDI will expect a bargain and those who are familiar with Eden Mill will expect quality. One gets both in this unique stoneware bottle which seems to be the distillery’s trademark…

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Lambic – the sweet taste of a sour beer

Lambic – the sweet taste of a sour beer

OK, I had not heard of Lambic and that’s mainly because I am not a big beer drinker, but this was something of a revelation …and a delicious one. Lambic is a style of beer brewed mainly in the Pajottenland region of Belgium. These beers include gueuze and kriek lambic, which are both striking and…

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Pickering’s Gin & British Airways

Pickering’s Gin & British Airways

Pickering’s Gin & British Airways create world’s first sky-high gin Botanically engineered to enjoy at 30,000ft In a world first, Edinburgh based Pickering’s Gin, have created a gin that has been specifically developed to be enjoyed at altitude. The gin is available to drink onboard on all short haul flights and through the High Life…

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