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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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Fortunella – London’s exotic liqueur

Fortunella – London’s exotic liqueur

One glance at the Fortunella Golden Orange Liqueur bottle will lead the prospective sipper to expect something a little different, a refined taste, a well-crafted spirit, a nod to London and its history …and that’s before one even pulls the traditional cork stopper. The name Fortunella refers to the lucky discovery of the fragrant and…

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Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri From BBC Food   The sweetness of fruit and the kick of lime make this classic Strawberry Daiquiri a real crowd pleaser of a cocktail. Ingredients 4 fresh strawberries, plus ½ strawberry to garnish 2 tsp white sugar 35ml/1½fl oz white rum 1 tbsp strawberry liqueur 25ml/1fl oz lime juice Method Place the…

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Fudge Kitchen for Father’s Day and Every Day

Fudge Kitchen for Father’s Day and Every Day

It’s soon going to be Father’s Day and there is that dilemma. Men are often difficult when trying to find the perfect gift. Socks are handy but not exactly original. Chocolate is always appreciated but perhaps you used that idea for Mother’s Day. But I bet some quality fudge will hit the spot. Fudge Kitchen…

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Wild and Game to promote year-round game eating at the Game Fair 2019

Wild and Game to promote year-round game eating at the Game Fair 2019

Game Fair at Hatfield House, July 26-28 Wild and Game, the Somerset-based not for profit company working to turn the UK into a nation of game eaters, will promote eating game in summer at this year’s Game Fair at Hatfield House, July 26-28. While game season is traditionally the time to enjoy game, Wild and…

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Sidecar Cocktail recipe

Sidecar Cocktail recipe

Sidecar is a delicious and classic cocktail with both sweet and sour elements. Vary the ratio of these to find your perfect combination. Ingredients 1 oz. Cognac 1/2 oz. Orange liqueur 1/2 oz. lemon juice 1/2 oz. simple syrup   Method Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake till well-chilled and strain into…

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Lily O’Brien’s large Personalised Keepsake Photo Box

Lily O’Brien’s large Personalised Keepsake Photo Box

Lily O’Brien’s has done it again. They present wonderful gift ideas for every occasion, but they are also perfect for those ‘be good to me’ days. Just in time for Father’s Day they are offering a Personalised Keepsake Photo Box. One can upload one’s chosen snaps and Lily does the rest! This sturdy and well-designed…

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Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin from ALDI

Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin from ALDI

Is this getting monotonous? I keep saying ‘ALDI has done it again!’ and ‘Another winner from ALDI’. But they do seem to have the edge when it comes to quality spirits at an attractive price. Here we have Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin from the ALDI shelves and it doesn’t disappoint. The bottle is flat-sided…

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Bayou Bar Hurricane Cocktail

Bayou Bar Hurricane Cocktail

Bayou Bar, the first permanent offering from London’s renowned Street Food Union team launched earlier this year is serving up a carefully selected small but perfectly formed range of cocktails in tribute to their New Orleans inspired roots. The drinks menu, created by the team’s mixologist Toby Steinberg, delivers authentic drinks like The Hurricane, The…

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Old Hopking Dark Rum

Old Hopking Dark Rum

Many, in the past, viewed Aldi as something of 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 the price. Old Hopking Dark Rum is another Aldi gem….

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