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The Cherry Tree Delivers

The Cherry Tree Delivers

It’s almost ‘that time of year’ again. Yes, Christmas, Xmas, the Festive Season, the Holidays, Yuletide. Whatever one calls it those days are just around the corner. This year has been a strange one and we should all celebrate the fact that 2020 will soon be consigned to history! There is a philosophy that suggests…

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Brockmans Hot Apple Punch

Brockmans Hot Apple Punch

Another Delicious and festive cocktail from Brockmans Gin Hot Apple Punch 50ml Brockmans 25ml lemon juice Warmed apple juice Cinnamon stick to garnish. Stir Brockmans and lemon juice in a glass mug and add warmed apple juice. Garnish with a stick of cinnamon. WHERE TO BUY Brockmans Gin (RRP £34) is  stocked by ASDA, Booths,…

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Geomag Construction

Geomag Construction

Geomag – the irresistible pull It’s true, dear reader, I have consistently insisted that I should be the lone writer for Mostly Food & Travel Journal. But sometimes one must bow to a higher authority and pass the pen to a specialist, a consultant, the proper man for the job. In this case an engineer…

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Italian Wines – Now and Later

Italian Wines – Now and Later

It’s been a strange year, but it has had the bonus of allowing us to appreciate such things as one’s garden, home-cooked meals – and wines. Italian wines are getting noticed again! Italian wines have often been overlooked and that is a shame as there are many superb bottles to explore. Massimago Profasio 2013, a…

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Baking at the 20th Century Café

Baking at the 20th Century Café

Iconic European Desserts from Linzer Torte to Honey Cake This book can’t fail! Baking at the 20th Century Café: Iconic European Desserts from Linzer Torte to Honey Cake is the book for which many of us have been waiting. If food lovers have visited either Vienna, Budapest or Prague they would have had not only…

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Buttermilk Fudge and Chocolate – without Butter or Milk

Buttermilk Fudge and Chocolate – without Butter or Milk

All-round confectionery pleasure It will soon be Christmas and those festive days are usually laced with sweet treats to bring joy to all the family …well, apart from those who want a dairy-free diet. Buttermilk is a curiously named company with a mission to spoil everybody equally. The whole family can share Buttermilk have created…

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Brockmans Hot Ginger Toddy

Brockmans Hot Ginger Toddy

Here is another delicious Christmas cocktail from Brockmans Gin Hot Ginger Toddy 50ml Brockmans Gin 6 dashes of Orange Angostura bitters Premium ginger beer – gently warmed. Garnish: orange wedge or peel, studded with cloves, a Star Anise and a Cinnamon stick. Mix the cocktail ingredients and pour into a heat-proof glass or glass mug. Garnish with…

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Oppo – a lighter treat

Oppo – a lighter treat

Oppo Brothers produce award-winning ice creams and they are healthier than many others on the market. The tubs are up to 60% lower in calories.  Because they are also lower in sugar you can treat yourself more often. My dear reader will know that I seldom cover freefromslightinswithouts – and ‘wholesome’, which is often the…

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Cook Up A Winner With Tomato Nagina with Burpee

Cook Up A Winner With Tomato Nagina with Burpee

Let your Guy Fawkes Night go with a tasty bang of flavour this year by cooking yourself this Catherine Wheel of deliciousness! Grow these flavourful Nigina tomatoes from Burpee. We will all certainly be getting cosy at home this November 5th, so whether you are having an indoor firework retro treat (we know we are!)…

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Brockmans Hot Collins

Brockmans Hot Collins

Here is another delicious Christmas cocktail from Brockmans Gin Hot Collins 50ml Brockmans Gin 25ml Lemon juice 15ml Agave syrup or honey 100ml Boiling water Garnish: grapefruit zest studded with cloves and a Cinnamon stick Mix all ingredients and pour into small mug or thick, heat-proof glass. Garnish with the clove-studded Grapefruit zest and Cinnamon…

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Teriyaki Chick’n Vegan Gyoza by Itsu

Teriyaki Chick’n Vegan Gyoza by Itsu

Itsu has long provided beautiful and healthy food from their restaurants. These have a focus on Japanese dishes and the culinary art of delicious simplicity. They continue that ethos with their Teriyaki Chick’n Vegan Gyoza, the first ‘vegan meat’ gyoza, and they are addictive! But what are Gyoza? There can surely be few of us…

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Seeds Garden Kit from Kikkerland

Seeds Garden Kit from Kikkerland

It’s been a strange year and Christmas will likely continue in the same vein. But these times have given us the chance to re-evaluate our lives and what matters. Our gardens have become a focus and Kikkerland have a little Seeds Garden Kit that will remind the lucky recipient of summer days. This is a…

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Birch Gin

Birch Gin

There are so many gins on the market these days. Spirits are enjoying a classy revival not seen since the ’20s. Justin Birch of Wadhurst, East Sussex has spent a decade perfecting his eponymous Birch Gin. Well, that was 10 years well spent! In 2010 Justin moved from Singapore to be greeted by the UK…

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Brockmans Gin When Ginger Met Ruby

Brockmans Gin When Ginger Met Ruby

Another Delicious and festive cocktail from Brockmans Gin When Ginger Met Ruby 40ml Brockmans Gin 20ml Ruby Port Top with Ginger Ale Grapefruit or freshly grated nutmeg Pour over large ice cubes into a short glass. Garnish with grapefruit zest or a grating of nutmeg. WHERE TO BUY Brockmans Gin (RRP £34) is  stocked by…

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Young Living Essential Parsley Cocktails

Young Living Essential Parsley Cocktails

It’s that time of year again! Summer is over and the lush greens of the garden have faded. Young Living Essential Oils have a host of culinary oils including Parsley, and it’s perfect not only for salad dressings but cocktails as well – and those mixed drinks will remind one of warmer seasons. Parsley pairs…

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Brockmans Clove Actually

Brockmans Clove Actually

On the first day of Christmas, my true love brought to me…Brockmans Gin Clove Actually. This is a delightfully spicy interpretation of a classic G&T with an attractive garnish to start your festive season in style. Clove Actually 50ml Brockmans Gin Top with good quality tonic Garnish: blueberries or clove-studded grapefruit Pour over large ice…

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From Mountain to Sea

From Mountain to Sea

Welsh chef Kate Probert, who runs a cookery school in Gower and previously won guidebook recognition for two much-loved Welsh restaurants, has released her first book. From Mountain to Sea is a perfect Christmas present for any Francophile or food lover. It contains a beautiful collection of French-inspired recipes, interspersed with stories of Kate’s life…

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Hawthorn’s Gin Helps Out

Hawthorn’s Gin Helps Out

Mix a cocktail, donate to charity – Hawthorn’s Gin helps out Ahoy there. It’s Hawthorn’s Gin Happy Hour A gin created from a recipe discovered in a Hampshire naval war hero’s diary, is inviting you to try some tantalising Autumn cocktail recipes. And as if discovering this multi-award-winning gin wasn’t enough, for every bottle you…

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Aloha 65

Aloha 65

Well, shame on me! I looked at the pale blue bottle with 1950s surfer and tiki-bar tones and was determined that this wasn’t going to be my cup of tea. But wait! A little sip and one’s mixologist’s mind is racing. A second taste has one detecting an exotic tapestry of flavours. 65 attempts British…

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Burpee North African Aubergine Moussaka

Burpee North African Aubergine Moussaka

The Brand New Aubergine ‘Genie’ It is time to banish those 1980’s memories of soggy ratatouille (whilst waiting in anticipation for your dessert of Arctic Roll) and herald the aubergine for what it truly is….one of the most interesting vegetables to grow and eat!  As a staple of many recipes in cuisines from Europe, Asia…

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