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Ramekins and Wine – The Perfect Pairing

Ramekins and Wine – The Perfect Pairing

Marrying food and wine This is a delicious concept for wine lovers and for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Ramekins & Wine have constructed the simplest way to appreciate great English wines at home, these being paired with the ideal small bites. Ramekins & Wine would be an outstanding gift for folks…

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Montezuma’s Have Christmas Chocolate-Covered

Montezuma’s Have Christmas Chocolate-Covered

Your favourite chocolate but deliciously festive Wait! What’s that noise? It’s the sound of sleigh bells …or is it the contented munching of some lucky person enjoying a bite of Montezuma’s Christmas goodies? Montezuma’s have plenty of holiday items from which to choose. There is something to suit every taste and one could always consider…

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Blue Aurora Ice Wine

Blue Aurora Ice Wine

Blue Aurora was born at Lutton Farm. It’s family-run on the border between Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. A lovely part of the country, and the land is evidently perfect for the production of soft fruits. Lutton Farm was originally a livestock and arable farm with a small pick-your-own fruit patch. In 1981, brothers Stephen and James…

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Liberation Cocktails 4-Can Gift Pack

Liberation Cocktails 4-Can Gift Pack

Liberate yourself this Christmas with Liberation Cocktails It’s here again! The Season of Goodwill – but I don’t think word had got around yet! It will soon be Christmas with the threat of all that entertaining. And Liberation Cocktails are here to lighten at least the beverage burden in delicious fashion. Liberation Cocktails’ smart and…

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binary botanical

binary botanical

Beer for Wine Lovers binary botanical beers are somewhat unique. Truth to tell, I was not expecting to enjoy a beer which was designed to appeal to wine-lovers. Manipulations of a successful format often don’t work. But I was surprised… pleasantly surprised! With just half the calories and alcohol of wine, sugar-free and vegan, binary…

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Plant-based fish is Moving Mountains®

Plant-based fish is Moving Mountains®

Moving Mountains® launches plant-based fish fillets Well, that was a surprise. Convincing vegan fish! I have been a food product reviewer for the past 17 years and for 15 of those I avoided plant-based anything. I felt so sorry for vegans and vegetarians who were presented with foods that lacked appropriate texture and any taste….

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Decorrum Rum

Decorrum Rum

Artful in every way It’s getting on to autumn and we are looking for drinks with pleasing warmth and bold character. Yes, a rum could fit the bill. That would revive memories of sun-kissed beaches, soft Caribbean breezes, the sound of breaking waves – and Manchester rooftops. Perhaps we should do a literary rewind here….

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Montezuma’s – deliciously ethical

Montezuma’s – deliciously ethical

Helen and Simon Pattinson started Montezuma’s in 2000 with just one small chocolate-making machine. From the start a Business Done Properly policy was at the heart of the business and that covers everything from the way they work with suppliers, how much packaging they use, how they dispose of waste, to sourcing ethically produced ingredients….

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Fireheart – Nespresso® Compatible Compostable Pods

Fireheart – Nespresso® Compatible Compostable Pods

A delicious Surprise Here we are again! Somebody sending me Nespresso® Compatible pods. But wait! These are different. These pods are compostable. And there is more – I actually like the Fireheart coffee! It’s probably not a good idea to send a tea drinker coffee to review. I always find it bitter and lacking in…

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Mainbrace – Splicing two rums

Mainbrace – Splicing two rums

Mainbrace: yes, the name conjures visions of pirates and adventures on the high seas. But this particular Mainbrace is a Cornish-based rum brand that was launched in October 2019. The eponymous rum is even more exotic than that beautiful south-west corner of Britain. The brand name of Mainbrace comes from the naval term ‘to splice…

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Lizi’s Granola

Lizi’s Granola

Lizi’s was founded in 2003 with a focus on healthy living and wholesome foods, and to create nutritious cereals that would also be delicious. The original recipes were created by founders Dr Mick Shaw and his wife, Lizi. Lizi’s became the first cereal brand in the UK to measure the Glycaemic Load of their products,…

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Glen Moray – classic single malt

Glen Moray – classic single malt

120 years of Glen Moray whisky Glen Moray in the heart of Speyside has been around for 120 years. It all began in 1897, when the Elgin West Brewery, which had made local ales since 1830 was transformed into the whisky distillery we see today.  The company continued to upgrade its facilities and in the…

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At Home with Romulo

At Home with Romulo

A Finish-at-Home Meal Kit for Two If you are a regular reader (and why wouldn’t you be?) then you will already know that Romulo Café and Restaurant in London is a favourite culinary haunt. But now I can enjoy their outstanding food even when I can’t sit at one of their tables. Yes, I will…

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Diplomático Mantuano – a good mix

Diplomático Mantuano – a good mix

Diplomático Mantuano is appealing even before one lifts the cork. It has shelf presence with an old-fashioned brown glass flask shape and sepia label offering a sketch of a handsome bearded gentleman.  Don Juancho is the man behind the company logo. Don Juan Meléndez (“Don Juancho”) is the inspiration behind Diplomático rums. He was born…

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Itsu crispy seaweed thins with sriracha

Itsu crispy seaweed thins with sriracha

Itsu offers a contemporary take on Asian food, and a bit of inspiration too. These delicate sriracha seaweed thins are made from the same green sheets you would have enjoyed around your sushi, but with additional flavouring. A light snack and healthy too The fresh seaweed is harvested from the crystal-clear waters off the coast…

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Peatheart – rich and smoky

Peatheart – rich and smoky

Single Malt from the Highlands The AnCnoc (pronounced a-nock) label was born a few years after Inver House Distillers bought the Knockdhu distillery, which had been established in 1894. The first official bottling of AnCnoc was released in 1993, and by 2013 the core range was established. The distillery takes advantage of the historic peatlands…

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Haskap Berries – a superfood and a superdrink

Haskap Berries – a superfood and a superdrink

Haskap berries are the nutrition industry’s best-kept secret and are set to be the biggest superfood trend for Summer 2021. Don’t worry if you have never heard of it. I had not either, but I am glad to have had the introduction. Haskap berries really do have health benefits. They have one of the highest…

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Minuty Prestige – a warm weather blush

Minuty Prestige – a warm weather blush

A rosé summer There can be nothing better than a mellow summer evening. We enjoy light drinks and equally light food. Delicate salmon hues are found in both flowers and wine. The weather is warm but we hope the wine is chilled, and we would be delighted if the bottle was a blushing Minuty Prestige…

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Dumpsie Dearie Jam with Afternoon Fizz

Dumpsie Dearie Jam with Afternoon Fizz

Charlottes Brown’s Dumpsie Dearie Jam Dumpsie Dearie sounded to me just like the shouts of mums to a toddler who has scraped a knee on the pavement or had a fall from the park slide. Dumpsie Dearie is in fact a jam which is both delicious and Victorian. Nobody seems to know the origin of…

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Long Barn and Pommery

Long Barn and Pommery

What do you do to treat the special woman in your life? Give chocolates? Always acceptable. Offer flowers? Yes, that’s charming. Do the washing up? Now you are talking! But how about some old-fashioned pampering? A pairing of a Long Barn lavender candle and soap with a glass of Pommery English sparking wine on the…

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