Toasted Marshmallow Day

Toasted Marshmallow day is Wednesday 30th August.  You would be forgiven for not knowing this of course since it is one of those “National Days” made up by an organisation with a vested interest:  in this case The National Confectioners Association.  Whoever they are. It used to be that toasting marshmallows was the preserve of

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Is Reducetarian the new balanced diet?

For the past twelve days I have been vegan.  Well that’s not technically true.  I have been 98% vegan, except for the duck breast I had on a salad one evening and the wagyu burger I had last night I have avoided all animal products for almost a fortnight. As a committed meat eater this

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A guide to smoking (the good kind)

Not the bad kind.  My guide to smoking is the good kind, the kind that leaves you feeling like you have had a lovely flavoursome dinner.  Not the one that leaves you reeking of nicotine and slowly doing untold damage to yourself. Smoking food is THE big thing at the moment.  Just as pork can

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Dinner at the Giggling Squid

It is rare that we go out for dinner.  We have a kitchen full of gadgets to help with cooking and if we can’t be bothered to use them, then we generally have a takeaway.   So when Giggling Squid asked if we would like to find out more about their restaurant we jumped at

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A week in France — Chez Bebelle

It’s easy to say that you have a new favourite restaurant.  Or a place that you remember for all the wrong reasons.  We had a shocking lunch just before we went to France, and equally today I have had quite possibly the best fish and chips I have ever had.  At the time they are

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Scotch Creme Eggs — Thermomix style

  These bad boys seem to be everywhere at the moment, certainly on my Instagram feed so I thought I would have a go at them, you know me, I love a confectionery bandwagon to jump on.    I also wanted to see if I could adapt a recipe for use with the Thermomix as

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Homemade chocolate hazelnut spread

It’s pancake day! Or Shrove Tuesday to give it its official title.   Though in this house today is “get all the work done so you can hot foot it up to London to a charity comedy gig and overnight stay in a swanky hotel in Leicester Square day”.  But that last one doesn’t trip

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