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Burpee Feta Pie with Squash

Burpee Feta Pie with Squash

There is nothing that shows affection more than a delicious home-cooked meal, and if some of the ingredients have also been homegrown…this will surely earn brownie points in the garden and kitchen! Burpee Europe breeds the perfect varieties with which a whole array of recipes can be achieved, one of which is the gorgeous Squash…

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Love Yourself at Home

Love Yourself at Home

These are strange times. Until recently we could go out to cafes and restaurants… and even food shops. Those days will return, but life goes on and we all need to find healthy meals that won’t need too much social interaction. Love Yourself is a premium food delivery company and that food is cooked and…

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Remelluri Organic Winery – travel review

Remelluri Organic Winery – travel review

The mountains have been here for 80 million years; humans have been using the mountains for a lot less time than that, but nevertheless for a long time, historically speaking. The Romans used one of the peaks as a military fort. Later, in the 14th century, a monastery was built that gave birth to this…

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From Pot to Plate with Burpee Toms

From Pot to Plate with Burpee Toms

We all want to eat better, and saving some money would be a bonus. So how can we do both? Growing your own fruit and veg is a simple way of achieving those targets, and its fun, too! Having little space is no excuse for not growing a few delicious crops. There are varieties which…

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ALDI Premium White Rum

ALDI Premium White Rum

ALDI Premium White Rum is bound to be popular with all those bar flies who are now confined to home. They will want a spirit that is versatile and perfect for a host of rum-based cocktails. It needs to have a mild flavour, but it equally needs to be full-strength. Keen price is also appealing…

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Wild and Game Isolation Pies

Wild and Game Isolation Pies

Wild and Game, the not-for-profit and favourite company of mine, are putting game on the menu across the UK. They have released a special self-isolation pack of frozen game meals, delivered straight to your door and designed to get people through self-isolation. Each £25 pack provides 14 days of dinners! I have enjoyed these pies…

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Black Cow Vodka

Black Cow Vodka

Black Cow Vodka! A nice name and the untutored might imagine that a cow was chosen just as a pretty motif. But the truth is that cows are a key component of this spirit. No, this vodka isn’t made from beef but rather from the milk donated by those aforementioned cattle. A spirit made from…

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STRYYK – Not Vodka

STRYYK – Not Vodka

It’s a new age. We worry about the planet, bush fires, floods, and living cleaner and leaner. That thrust is also found in bars. Legless lads and pavement-hugging princesses are no longer considered cool, with those lost nights closely followed by equally disastrous mornings. STRYYK – Not Vodka could solve both those aforementioned undignified problems….

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Mahiki – coconut rum – taste of the Islands

Mahiki – coconut rum – taste of the Islands

Mahiki? It certainly sounds Polynesian! It is actually a prominent nightclub and bar as well as a rather good drink. The clear glass bottle has great shelf appeal. The peach/pink liqueur is complemented by a thoughtfully designed label. It’s from the creative mind of British fashion designer Henry Holland, and is emblazoned with Polynesian coconut…

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ChicP Hummus – a fresh look

ChicP Hummus – a fresh look

Founded by Hannah McCollum, ChicP is a company that is taking a fresh look at a vegetarian favourite. This young company was set up to expand the ‘healthy dips’ offering in supermarkets. Hummus has become something of a staple with those who love the flavour and texture of chickpeas. But ChicP has enhanced that standard…

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Wild and Game Mallard

Wild and Game Mallard

Slow Cooked Mallard from Wild and Game …with Fruit Jelly Duck is a wonderful meat but sometimes a large bird can be a little too much for an intimate dinner à deux. Mallards are a small variety and one, with side dishes, is perfect for two discerning diners. The mallards can be found at Wild…

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Davenport’s Chocolates for Easter

Davenport’s Chocolates for Easter

Shops have been awash with Easter chocolate since Boxing Day. Eggs have filled shelves for a couple of months. There is confectionery to thrill every sweet-loving kid. But eggs to impress a discerning adult are as rare as hen’s teeth! Davenport’s Creative Artisan Chocolates come to the rescue! Davenport’s artisan chocolatier, Jane Williams (neé Davenport),…

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Old Hopking Spiced Gold Rum from ALDI

Old Hopking Spiced Gold Rum from ALDI

Many, in the past, viewed ALDI as something of a bargain-basement supermarket, but that perception is changing. Yes, they sport attractive price tags on their goods but that, at least in my experience of the spirits department, doesn’t indicate a lowering of standards – just of the price. Old Hopking Spiced Gold Rum is another…

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Brockmans Gin helps shake up Mother’s Day

Brockmans Gin helps shake up Mother’s Day

A gift Idea from Brockmans   Gin used to be known as ‘mother’s ruin’. We now know that possibly the best way to spoil your mother on Mother’s Day (22 March 2020) is to buy a stylish bottle of gin – or help her shake up a great cocktail. Brockmans is a 40% ABV gin…

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Wild and Game Pies

Wild and Game Pies

Yes, I love cooking, but I don’t want to be chained to the range when time doesn’t allow. There are plenty of pre-prepared foods out there to take some of the strain from our hectic lives, but it’s important to seek out the best quality – the foods that are as good as one would…

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White Chocolate Coconut Truffles – recipe

White Chocolate Coconut Truffles – recipe

These White Chocolate Coconut Truffles are delicious and a bit different from the usual dark chocolate truffles to follow a fine dinner. A tray of both would be rather smart, though. For Christmas a garnish of dried cranberries would be beautiful. For Easter perhaps top with an edible violet. The coconut element makes these a…

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San Floriano Prosecco from ALDI

San Floriano Prosecco from ALDI

Get your skates on. This San Floriano Prosecco from ALDI is on offer and when it’s gone, it’s gone! Many of us are looking for the perfect bottle of sparkling wine to share with someone special or a prospective partner for St. Valentine’s Day.  ALDI’s San Floriano Prosecco DOC is now just £4.99 and that…

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Happy Valentines from Lily O’Brien’s

Happy Valentines from Lily O’Brien’s

Where did the time go? The Christmas tree pine needles are still stuck in the carpet and now the next special event is on one’s near horizon. Yes, it’s soon to be St. Valentine’s Day! Lily O’Brien’s have quality chocolates that could solve the gift-giving dilemma: the Chocolate Desserts Collection. This indulgent box of perfectly…

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Cawston Dry Sparkling Water with a twist

Cawston Dry Sparkling Water with a twist

When we are little kids we crave fizzy drinks. We delight in sticky sweetness and flavours that were never found in the natural world. We grow older and our tastes change. We have more regard for our bodies and the environment. Cawston Dry Sparkling Water is an attractive adult on the soft drinks shelf. Pleasingly…

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Aldi Wagyu Burger

Aldi Wagyu Burger

Supermarket Aldi is launching 100% British Wagyu Beef Burgers in stores nationwide. Don’t miss them, as when they are gone, they are gone. But what actually is Wagyu beef? This originated in Japan with several breeds of cattle being able to produce this style of meat. Wagyu is known for is characteristic fine marbling which…

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