Mulled Cider Recipe

.Ever thought about mulling cider?  It is a little more subtle than mulled wine so here is a mulled cider recipe. This is a really quick recipe for mulled cider that you can either make to entertain friends or you can just make the bouquets and put them in a tin or a basket and give them as a gift. For the bouquets you will need a large Le Creuset

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What are your ingredients for a perfect comfort food? — AD

What are your ingredients for a perfect comfort food?  Years ago when my children were younger and away at their dad’s I would curl up on the sofa with a bowl of hot spaghetti, covered in olive oil and pepper and make the most of having the TV remote to myself.   It was hot, quick and crucially at that stage of my life, cheap.     When Mr B

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The Oat Sheaf, Fleet — A review

Step inside the recently refurbished Oat Sheaf in Fleet and you might think you were stepping inside one of those members only clubs you see on the telly, not a pub on the main crossroads in our home town. The Oat Sheaf has been closed recently so that it could undergo an extensive refurbishment but Mr B and I were invited along to an exclusive sneak peek this week, ahead

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A weekend in France cooking curry

If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed that we recently spent a weekend in France cooking curry.   I even wrote about the house we stayed in for Window Wednesday recently, but I didn’t really talk much about the weekend itself in that post. You might think that if you wanted to go away on a foodie weekend to learn about cooking curry you would go to

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The Pig — Window Wednesday

The Pig in Brockenhurst is just one of the Pig hotels on the south Coast and is the focus of  Window Wednesday this week. Other Pigs can be found in Southampton, Studland, the Mendip Hills, Devon, Kent and Cornwall but it was the one in the New Forest that Annie and I plumped for when we wanted somewhere for lunch this week.   The setting couldn’t have been more perfect, easily

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My top three al fresco dining recipes

I love the summer, don’t you? Especially when the sun’s shining and there isn’t a cloud in the sky (yes, this does happen occasionally in the UK!). That’s when you know it’s time to dust off the table and chairs and eat out in the garden and maybe try out my top three al fresco dining recipes.   Having a get-together in the garden this weekend? Take advantage of the

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Taste London, have you been?

We recently spent an afternoon at Taste of London as guests of our friends at The Firepod  We hadn’t seen them for awhile so we were keen to find out all about what has been happening over the past couple of years with their pizza ovens.  If you don’t know about them, do look them up.  We have been huge fans of theirs for years (since they were on Kickstarter

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7 Day Basket Recipes — review

7 Day Basket is a recipe book that might just be a life saver for many busy families. I have always said that I don’t have a problem with cooking every night, I have a problem with the planning of a week’s meals and the buying of the ingredients.  I sit down to menu plan, often with a ton of books or my online Thermomix recipe platform and my mind

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The gift of cheese

The gift of cheese, to my mind, might just be one of life’s greatest gifts (unless you are vegan or lactose intolerant and then it might be a bit of a nightmare).  When stuck with what to buy those tricky to buy for people I always go down a foodie route.   One of my granny’s favourite ever present was a hamper full of a selection of small bottles of

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National Vegetarian Week 2019

This week has been National Vegetarian Week and I have to say that this is something that would normally pass me completely by.   This year, however, my eldest daughter has become a vegan so I have been on a bit of a mission to learn about vegan foods and products.   I didn’t really think about vegan beauty products or household items prior to reviewing some vegan candles last

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Cote Restaurant — A review

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week this week I am sharing a few posts that celebrate all things veggie.    With reviews of some products I have been sent to try but today I am reviewing Cote restaurant who invited us along last month to sample their new vegetarian menu.    Which was great timing as Caity, my eldest, had recently decided to follow a vegan diet so she was thrilled

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Who produces your favourite wine?

  Did you know that my parents used to own a vineyard?  For ten years they lived at Chateau Masburel, turning it around from being semi derelict and producing third rate wine to a co-operative into a stunning home and a business that shipped worldwide.   During that time, and in fact before it, my parents had been fans of wine to a greater degree than many of us can

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