Posts Tagged “chocolate”

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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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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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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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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Lily O’Brien’s for a Mega Easter

Lily O’Brien’s for a Mega Easter

Lily O’Brien’s Mega Milk Chocolate Egg  and more Yes, it’s almost Easter and chocolates are on our near horizons. It’s true that it’s a religious celebration but it’s also very much associated with sweet treats for the kids, Easter Egg hunts and chocolate bunnies, and those very sickly cream-filled eggs. Luckily Lily O’Brien’s comes to…

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The Exquisite Edition – Mother’s Day by Lily O’Brien’s

The Exquisite Edition – Mother’s Day by Lily O’Brien’s

Well, that came around quickly! Just finished getting the pine needles out of the carpet from the Christmas celebrations; the dustman hasn’t even collected the champagne bottles (OK, so it was prosecco) from Valentine’s; and now it’s Mother’s Day looming! Lily O’Brien’s comes to the rescue. When it comes to gifts, mums are, for many…

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Lily O’Brien’s Crispy Hearts – for Valentine’s Day

Lily O’Brien’s Crispy Hearts – for Valentine’s Day

Where did the time go? The Christmas tree pine needles are still stuck in the carpet and now its the next special event. Yes, it’s soon to be Valentine’s Day! Lily O’Brien’s have quality chocolates that could solve gift-giving dilemma: Crispy Hearts. I discovered Lily O’Brien’s Crispy Hearts a couple of years ago and they…

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Divine Chocolate Introduces Cocoa From São Tomé

Divine Chocolate Introduces Cocoa From São Tomé

Divine Chocolate Introduces New Organic High Cocoa Rich & Dark Range Featuring Fabulous Feelgood Flavours And Cocoa From São Tomé, West Africa Divine Chocolate, the international Fairtrade company co-owned by farmers, introduces its first ever organic dark chocolate range. The new range is made with acclaimed high quality cocoa sourced from smallholder farmers in São…

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Lily O’Brien’s Collections for End-of-Term Thank You’s

Lily O’Brien’s Collections for End-of-Term Thank You’s

It will soon be the end of the school summer term for kids across the UK. What better gift than some superb chocolates for that hard-working teacher? My favourites are Lily O’Brien’s Collections. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to chocolate. There are bars and buttons for kids and superb chocolatey works of…

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Raisin and Cocoa – Biscuits by Elizabeth Shaw – product review

Raisin and Cocoa – Biscuits by Elizabeth Shaw – product review

The name Elizabeth Shaw immediately brings to mind those wonderful Mint Crisps (review to follow shortly). She started making them in 1937 and they have not fallen out of fashion. These days there is a new range of delicious treats under the Elizabeth Shaw banner, and they still have that high quality one has come…

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Antwerp for a Belgian Break – Things to do! – travel review

Antwerp for a Belgian Break – Things to do! – travel review

Antwerp is the capital of the Belgian province of Flanders. It is one of the most populous cities in Belgium, although the old city centre gives the impression of a much smaller and more intimate town. It is about 40 kilometres north of Brussels, and only 15 kilometres from the border with The Netherlands. The…

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Lily O’Brien’s Caramel Jewels Collection – review

Lily O’Brien’s Caramel Jewels Collection – review

Irish-flavoured chocolates These really are little gems. Anyone who loves caramel will appreciate these beautifully crafted and delicious chocs from a lady called Lily. Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates are made by a real O’Brien, although actually a Mary. It all started as a mini enterprise launched from her Kildare kitchen in 1992. The new chocolate box…

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Wasabi Chocolate Truffles – recipe

Wasabi Chocolate Truffles – recipe

This recipe is embarrassingly simple but will likely get you a heap of compliments. Anyone who enjoys a dab of wasabi with their sushi will appreciate the heat, the spice and the flavour of these truffles. 100g dark chocolate (70% or the best quality you can find) 100ml double cream 10g butter 1 – 2…

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Chocolate at Home by Will Torrent – review

Chocolate at Home by Will Torrent – review

I am biased, it’s true. This book was destined to have a good review on two counts. Firstly I adore the author, Will Torrent; and chocolate comes a close second to Will. Will Torrent has worked with the best – with such culinary worthies as Brian Turner CBE and Gary Rhodes. He is also a…

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Sweet Valentines – Etruscan Chocohotel – Perugia, Italy – hotel review

Sweet Valentines – Etruscan Chocohotel – Perugia, Italy – hotel review

Isn’t it a perennial problem? What to do for Valentine’s Day! When one has had the same partner for several decades one starts to run out of romantic options. You might possibly get away with socks for Christmas, but they just don’t cut the mustard for Valentines. Jewellery is predictable, and restaurants are always full…

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Chocolat by Eric Lanlard – yes, its chocolate – review

Chocolat by Eric Lanlard – yes, its chocolate – review

The world loves chocolate, and combine that with a dashing chef with a rich French accent and recipes for goods that have graced many a French patisserie window, and one has the makings of a successful cookbook. Yes, it’s true that one can’t actually hear Eric’s Gallic tones but one can imagine. Eric has impeccable…

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Geoffroy d’Anglejan-Chatillon, DG of La Maison du Chocolat – interview

Geoffroy d’Anglejan-Chatillon, DG of La Maison du Chocolat – interview

It’s a very French company and has an equally Gallic director general in the guise of the suave and genuinely charming Geoffroy d’Anglejan-Chatillon. He has a lifetime of chocolate appreciation, and has made that a delicious career for almost a couple of decades. M. d’Anglejan-Chatillon explains in a rich accent that would have any red-blooded…

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Chef Will Torrent – interview

Chef Will Torrent – interview

Will Torrent is a young chef and one of the most successful in the UK, but the name might not ring bells. He doesn’t have his own restaurant and isn’t famed f or colourful language on the small screen. He is passionate about his craft but he has a well-rounded and balanced personality and uses…

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Aah! Chocolate by Sanjeev Kapoor – review

Aah! Chocolate by Sanjeev Kapoor – review

Sanjeev Kapoor is perhaps the most recognised face in India. He isn’t a Bollywood star although he probably has just as many supporters. No, he is a chef with impeccable culinary credentials and his own food TV network called Food Food. But this book appeals to lovers of chocolate across the globe. Aah! Chocolate has…

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Bake me I’m Yours – Chocolate by Tracey Mann – review

Bake me I’m Yours – Chocolate by Tracey Mann – review

Bake me I’m Yours – Chocolate: you have gotta love a book with a title like that. It’s an attention-grabber but it’s what’s between the covers that will intrigue you. Tracey Mann must be one of the UK’s most respected cake makers and decorators. She has had her work featured on covers of numerous magazines…

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