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Squeezing Miso Tasty

Squeezing Miso Tasty

Japanese food is more popular than ever. Sushi has been the go-to dish for many, but real Japanese food is far more complex and delicious than cold fish and rice. Miso is the cornerstone of the Japanese pantry and now we can all find a convenient tube to enhance recipes from both East and West….

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Lapsang Souchong Mustard, Cheese and Red Onion Meringue Tart – recipe

Lapsang Souchong Mustard, Cheese and Red Onion Meringue Tart – recipe

This Mustard, Cheese and Red Onion Meringue Tart makes use of a mustard made with tea! It was the Portuguese Princess Catherine who, in 1662, brought Lapsang Souchong tea to England. Her passion for Lapsang Souchong helped to promote the tea in her new home, where the drink became fashionable. The East India Company’s Lapsang…

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Karma Bites

Karma Bites

Sounded more like a threat than a snack – Karma Bites. They were in fact light and airy puffed and flavourful lotus seed nibbles, and new to me. Lotus seeds, also called fox nuts or makhanas, come from a plant called Euryale Fox which grows in the still waters of ponds over much of Asia….

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A’Rom Moulin Coarse Salt – product review

A’Rom Moulin Coarse Salt – product review

Aimed at the informed palette, simple condiments are raised to dizzy heights with these carefully selected gourmet salt and pepper combinations. Each A’Rom Moulin is all the more tantalising for the addition of highly flavoured luxury ingredients. A’Rom Moulin – a mouthwatering array Season sophisticated summer salads and raise the barbecue bar with freshly-milled combinations…

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Spiced mango chutney

Spiced mango chutney

From Sainsbury’s Fantastically quick and easy homemade mango chutney.   Serves: 6 Preparation time: 10 Minutes Cooking time: 25 Minutes   Ingredients 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 1/4 teaspoon dried chilli flakes 1 tablespoon sunflower oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped 2 medium mangoes, peeled and cut in small chunks 3 tablespoons…

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Always Home: A Daughter’s Recipes and Stories

Always Home: A Daughter’s Recipes and Stories

One may not recognise the author, Fanny Singer, but any food lover will know of her mum, Alice Waters. Always Home: A Daughter’s Recipes and Stories is a soft and charming memoir offering an intimate view of a celebrated chef. Alice Waters is an American chef and restaurateur and the owner of Chez Panisse, a…

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Alcoholic gums with Spirit

Alcoholic gums with Spirit

Smith and Sinclair Alcoholic Gummies I admit it, I was curious but dubious. Smith and Sinclair Alcoholic Gummies seemed to promise so much – although so do wine gums and they are nothing to write home about. Smith and Sinclair produce an array of Alcoholic Gummy gift boxes. I tried the Whiskey Club selection and…

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Brockmans for Fathers Day

Brockmans for Fathers Day

Brockmans stay-at-home cocktail making treats, ordered without having to set foot out of your home,  is a great solution to the Father’s Day (Sunday 21 June 2020) gift conundrum. Whether he needs a stylish and delectable bottle of gin or some cocktail making gadgets to improve his at-home cocktail creations, Brockmans Gin – The Shop…

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PEP Kitchen delivers

PEP Kitchen delivers

PEP Kitchen delivers hearty meals Joe and Ben of PEP Kitchen have introduced me to some of the very best food, and meals that are frozen, and conveniently delivered to your very door. Note that VEGAN isn’t right up there in the first sentence, the reason being that it’s all about the quality of the…

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ALDI Castellore Prosecco Frizzante DOC

ALDI Castellore Prosecco Frizzante DOC

For many people ALDI has become the go-to shop for wines and spirits as well as groceries. They are consistently offering good value products and that includes Castellore Prosecco Frizzante DOC for summer quaffing. This is a semi-sparkling frizzante wine so in other words it has fizz but the bubbles are a little less lively…

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Mr Freed Tortilla chips

Mr Freed Tortilla chips

Mr Freed Gluten-Free and Vegan Tortilla Chips OK, I confess, I am not usually particularly interested in the ‘free-from’ market. Yes, it’s a concern for many who have dietary issues, but I want to cover simply good food products. Mr Freed Tortilla Chips fit that bill, as well as being gluten-free and vegan. It’s refreshing…

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Goat’s Cheese and Tomato Tart with Burpee Europe

Goat’s Cheese and Tomato Tart with Burpee Europe

Goat’s Cheese and Tomato Tart, pea shoots, fresh herbs and balsamic reduction is the full name of this delicious summery recipe from the collaboration between Burpee Europe and Valerie Hamelin, Chef Consultant Serves 4 people Ingredients: 1 pre-rolled puff pastry sheet 2 or 3 large tomatoes (e.g ‘Big Daddy’ or ‘Big Pink’ or ‘Big Mama’…

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Bites of ChicP Veggies

Bites of ChicP Veggies

Here we are again with a fresh offering from one of my favourite young companies – ChicP. They have become celebrated for their pots of unique and delicious hummus but now they are presenting something a little more solid: ChicP Veggie Bites! These addictive nuggets will likely ween your family away from less healthy options….

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Brockmans Tom Collins

Brockmans Tom Collins

Make-at-home cocktails: Sometimes, tradition is best. This is one of those times. If you’re having cocktails at home, shake up this smooth and elegant Tom Collins cocktail. Made with Brockmans Gin, the super-premium gin with notes of blueberries, blackberries and bitter-sweet orange peel, this cocktail is quick to create and needs ingredients you may already…

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Pretty Princess – Sake Cocktail from Hakushika

Pretty Princess – Sake Cocktail from Hakushika

Pretty Princess is a Sake Cocktail from Hakushika in Japan. Calpis is a drink that one can find in Japanese speciality shops. Glass: Cocktail glass Garnish: Improvise Ingredients: ・HAKUSHIKA Sake 30ml ・Peach liqueur (Peachtree) 15ml ・Cranberry juice 15ml ・Calpis (undiluted) 10ml Method: (shake) Shake all ingredients gently in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a sugar rimmed cocktail…

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Tropical Cinnamon Leaf Log – recipe

Tropical Cinnamon Leaf Log – recipe

Tropical Cinnamon Leaf Log is perhaps the ultimate sophisticated adult Rocky Road. The recipe replaces the cookie bits and marshmallows with dried exotic fruits. One could vary the proportions of these that I have suggested and even change a few. Dried cherries would work well, as would candied orange peel. Ingredients for Tropical Cinnamon Leaf…

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Burpee cooks Gnocchi

Burpee cooks Gnocchi

Happy #NationalVegetarianWeek and this recipe from Burpee Seeds Europe is the perfect way to celebrate! Pan-Fried Potato Gnocchi, Sautéed Honeycomb Tomatoes and Spinach (devised by Valerie Hamelin Chef Consultant) is the latest recipe from Burpee Europe. They support gardeners with their seeds to allow all of us to grow a little closer to our food….

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Black Cow Milk Punch

Black Cow Milk Punch

Black Cow Vodka makes some delicious cocktails and here is one that is perfect at any time of year. Black Cow Milk Punch Makes 6 small servings 150ml Black Cow Vodka 200ml delicious fresh whole milk 200ml of finest double cream 30ml honey (more or less to taste) 1/2 a vanilla bean, split & scraped…

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Pasta Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette

Pasta Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette

Its early summer and we crave lighter foods. Burpee Europe have seeds for peppers so one can have delicious veggies with no food miles. Recipe written for Burpee Europe by Valerie Hamelin. Pasta Salad with Sweet Vinaigrette A light meal on its own, or a tasty side dish.Ingredients:225g Penne pasta or your favourite pasta shape.240ml…

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The Brockmans Bramble for a Stay-at-Home Zoom ‘Party’

The Brockmans Bramble for a Stay-at-Home Zoom ‘Party’

With the aim of raising our spirits during this difficult time, Brockmans Gin brings the next in its series of easy to create, stay-at-home cocktails: the Brockmans Bramble. Brockmans has released a video showing just how to create a perfect version of this classic cocktail hosted by Brockmans’ Brand Ambassador, Mike:  https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-zp81Di9HM You may just…

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