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Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée 13 From ALDI

Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée 13 From ALDI

The eponymous area is centred on the village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône wine region in south-eastern France. It is one of the most celebrated appellations from the southern part of the Rhône Valley, and prized vineyards are located around Châteauneuf-du-Pape and in the surrounding villages. Very reasonable price Châteauneuf-du-Pape can be either red or…

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Capsulier Lite for your coffee-lover

Capsulier Lite for your coffee-lover

It’s almost here! Christmas! But the excitement can be somewhat tempered by the prospect of gift-giving. What would make original and thoughtful delights for under the tree? Capsulier Lite comes to the rescue. Many of us are proud owners of coffee makers. The sort with those small capsules is popular and I wouldn’t want to…

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Leakproof is the Answer this Christmas

Leakproof is the Answer this Christmas

Ion8 led the way for sustainability long before other similar companies, and its partnership with Friends of the Earth shows that Ion8 is now well established. They have a strong ethos to design great-looking bottles that contribute to sustainable living all year round. Replacing single-use bottles is the aim, but Ion8 has gone a few…

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Lily O’Brien’s Dessert Collection for Christmas

Lily O’Brien’s Dessert Collection for Christmas

Lily O’Brien’s Dessert Collection chocolates are now available in a bumper 625g box. This huge round presentation will be the perfect Christmas gift for any discerning lover of fine chocolates. I have been a supporter of this Irish company from the very first exquisitely crafted choc. That’s going back a few years now and I…

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Feast on Wild Game this Christmas

Feast on Wild Game this Christmas

Unless we are vegetarian it’s likely we will enjoy at least a few meals containing meat each week. Christmas and New Year are those days when we want special meals made with the best ingredients. Wild and Game is a company that can help with some of the finest meat on the market. Game is…

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Stokes for Christmas – and beyond!

Stokes for Christmas – and beyond!

It will soon be Christmas – a time of joy but also of culinary anxiety! One wants to provide comforting food. Delicious food. Well-presented food. Stokes might not be on hand to cook the turkey, but they do support those little additions that help elevate the festive season’s tables. Stokes was founded in 2004 by…

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Besos de Oro Original Liqueur

Besos de Oro Original Liqueur

Here is something a little different for Christmas. Besos de Oro Original Liqueur. Yes, a cream liqueur …but without cream. It’s perfect for those with allergies as this delicious drink is free from gluten, dairy, lactose, nuts, soya – and it’s suitable for vegans. I am always somewhat wary of the ‘free from’ products as…

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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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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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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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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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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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