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. Having a get-together in the garden this weekend? Take advantage of the sunshine and bring your dinner parties outdoors with my much-loved al

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Taste of 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

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 goes blank.  Trying to come up with interesting, varied and healthy recipes for a week takes me forever.

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The gift of cheese

This post contains a review item 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

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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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Have you heard about the Hello Fresh Recipe MatchMaker — AD

Ad — Feature If you are anything like me then you will regularly get to 5pm and think “shoot I haven’t thought what to have for dinner tonight and people will expect food in half an hour”.   This will probably then be followed by a mad dash to the fridge, which you will open and stare into in the vain hope that dinner inspiration will leap out at you

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Top tips for making the best cup of coffee

It will come as no surprise to regular readers to find me talking about coffee on this blog, I do it fairly regularly (though I do admit that I drink it less often, I leave that to Mr B).   We regularly attend the London Coffee Festival, and are the proud owners of a rather fancy coffee machine called the Dual Boiler, made by Sage Appliances we have had it

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Have you heard about Treat Trunk?

I don’t know about you but this is the time of year that I think “If I see another piece of chocolate I am going to heave”.  What is it about Christmas that means we feel we are neglecting our family if we don’t have 17 different boxes of chocolates or chocolatey snacks on the coffee table?  Or a whole basket full of crisps, wasabi peas, peanuts etc? Yep, by

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#GBBO 2018 — Spice Week — Ginger Cake

  Ginger cake and the Grand Prix is a winning combination for a Sunday afternoon if you ask me.   Followed by Antiques Roadshow and a cracking drama.   Did you watch The Bodyguard?  If you didn’t, please catch up, it’s superb.   Oh and Killing Eve has been incredible too, so brilliantly played and if Jodie Cromer doesn’t get a BAFTA then I am going to demand a recount.

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#GBBO 2018 — Cake Week — Gateaux Vert

  As always I am handing in my home work and apologising profusely for the fact it is late.   It should have been in by yesterday but, well, the last week hasn’t exactly gone to plan and the time I thought I would have to make this, Friday afternoon, was the time we were learning my granny had past away that morning. She loved to bake my granny.  In fact

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