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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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Grandma Crunch – more than breakfast

Grandma Crunch – more than breakfast

I am not a great cereal eater. Bowls of sugary floating goods first thing in the morning just doesn’t appeal. I am an adult and left such pleasures behind several decades ago. Grandma Crunch has an alternative with added benefits. This is indeed a grown-up snack which one could enjoy with milk or without. Grandma…

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Giddy Nibbles – Baked by You!

Giddy Nibbles – Baked by You!

Giddy Nibbles are delicious savoury cookies. These unique biscuits are the inspired brainchild (or is that children?) of two friends who love baking. The range of tempting savoury goodies adds so much to a cheese and fruit platter at the end of a dinner party. None of your usual dry Scandinavian crackers here. Or they…

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Berry Bros. & Rudd – The Perspective Series 1

Berry Bros. & Rudd – The Perspective Series 1

21-year-old Blended Scotch Whisky It’s days like these when I love my job. Spirit tasting and evaluating becomes a pleasure. It’s summer and we are enjoying some very hot days, but somehow Berry Bros. & Rudd – The Perspective Series 1 Blended Scotch Whisky has this sipper conjuring a leather armchair, log fire and shelves…

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Haskap – the Purple Superfood

Haskap – the Purple Superfood

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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Nuet Dry Aquavit

Nuet Dry Aquavit

The name Aquavit has its roots in the Latin aqua vitae, meaning “water of life”, just like brandy being referred to as eau-de-vie.  The name comes from early distillers believing spirits had healing qualities. It was thought to help ward off both disease and old age! I am not sure that works, but these days…

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itsu – Chilling for Summer

itsu – Chilling for Summer

itsu’s NEW supermarkets products   I love itsu! They never disappoint and they have just launched some new temptations. lucky katsu hotsu’potsu (Tesco, RRP £2.75) hotsu’potsu brings you a steaming gyoza noodle soup ready in minutes, featuring itsu’s best-selling vegetable fusion gyoza, authentic rice noodles, vegetables and a hand-crafted katsu broth. Simply add water and…

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CAMPARI – make Dad’s Fathers Day!

CAMPARI – make Dad’s Fathers Day!

Its Dad’s special day, although every day should be Fathers Day. He loves cocktails and the weather (we hope) will be conducive to some interesting libations in the garden. CAMPARI is a classic and it’s versatile, so a bottle of this red delight will likely tick a lot of beverage boxes – and earn you…

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Sweet SWICILY

Sweet SWICILY

A cocktail companion It’s really summer now. We are enjoying a little more freedom but we have learnt a thing or two over this past year. We have discovered what that extra room is for. It’s called a kitchen and it came with the house. Now we spend time there baking, cooking and exploring cocktails….

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Pommery – with English Sparkle

Pommery – with English Sparkle

English Wine Week now officially marks the start of summer as it falls across the Summer Solstice and Midsummer Day, from 19th to 27th June 2021. It’s been a long, cold and wet spring and we are all ready to celebrate.  Champagne Pommery is doing just that with its English sparkling wine, Louis Pommery England….

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Wagamama – Every Bowl Makes A Difference

Wagamama – Every Bowl Makes A Difference

wagamama launches new cook at home range with a commitment to donate all of their profits to mental health charity partner YoungMinds wagamama announces the launch of an exciting new cook at home range with all their profits to be donated to charity partner YoungMinds. The new range was inspired by the overwhelmingly positive fan…

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Negroni in a Bottle Bar and Shop

Negroni in a Bottle Bar and Shop

Xhulio and Natalie are a husband-and-wife team with a passion for bottled cocktails. Those bottles have great shelf appeal, offering the promise of delicious contents. In December 2017 they opened Bottle Bar and Shop in Catford, South London. They have made a success of their enterprise even in these strange times. In 2019 they won…

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UK’s first Gluten-Free Avocado Wrap

UK’s first Gluten-Free Avocado Wrap

New Gluten-Free Avocado Wrap and High Protein Wraps This Summer BFree have launched a new addition to its wraps range. The UK’s first Gluten-Free Avocado Wrap and Highest Protein Wrap go on sale by ‘free-from’ pioneers BFree, the innovative gluten- and wheat-free baked goods brand. With 10 years’ experience in creating award-winning free-from bakery goods…

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Charlie and Ivy’s Bread Dippers

Charlie and Ivy’s Bread Dippers

Dipper Tasting Set It will soon be Father’s Day and that comes with the usual dilemma: What to buy? It was socks last year.  He must have loved them. They are still in the bag; must be keeping them for best! Charlie and Ivy come to the rescue with the perfect gift solution for any…

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Whiskey Lover’s Cocktail Collection for Dad

Whiskey Lover’s Cocktail Collection for Dad

A Travel Pack for home or away A little over a year ago I would have scoffed at the prospect of a Travel Pack of cocktails. But now I can understand the appeal. Not, of course, for consuming while in charge of a vehicle but certainly once one has reached one’s hotel …even if it’s…

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BBQ Delivery

BBQ Delivery

Quality and variety Oh, deep joy! Lockdown will soon be a nasty memory, and summer is just around the corner. I will celebrate the ability to go out by staying in. At home, but we will be with plenty of people who have come out to enjoy a rather classy BBQ thanks to 44 Foods!…

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Pots of Wheyhey

Pots of Wheyhey

We could all do with a little Wheyhey at the moment. Indeed, if you have a passion for ice cream then a little Wheyhey is exactly what you can have! Wheyhey is a company that produces healthy and delicious frozen treats which are available in large and small tubs. The mini pots are perfect for…

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ChicP Hummus – For Hummus Day and Every Day

ChicP Hummus – For Hummus Day and Every Day

It’s Hummus Day! Well, who knew? But if every other mode of employment, family member, alcoholic beverage or dog can have its day then there is every reason to pronounce a ‘Hummus Day’ too! ChicP present a range of truly addictive spreads that work as meal ingredients as well. Founded by Hannah McCollum, ChicP is…

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Pico – a kick of spice

Pico – a kick of spice

An authentic taste of modern India The ‘Pico’ concept saw the light of day in a café off Baker Street in London. The co-founders discovered that 1.3 billion people living in India had access to only 3 brands of ketchup! They planned to launch a new delicious and diverse brand of sauces for India. After…

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