Review: Hotel Chocolat Easter 2014 Range

Hotel Chocolat Easter 2014-2

Every year, I look forward to receiving at least a little bit of the Hotel Chocolat range for Easter and there’s always so much to look forward to. I also try to pop into one of their high street shops just after the holidays, too, to scoop up some special offers, since, you know, all… 

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New Lurpak Cook’s Range – Halibut with Herby Hollandaise

Halibut with Herby Hollandaise

What kind of cook are you? Would you say you are fearless and experimental, or do you stick with familiar recipes and repeat things you know will work out well? I think I’m a mixture of both; I enjoy trying new things and cooking with unfamiliar ingredients, and yet my repertoire extends at a steady… 

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Review: Forman & Field Hamper for Two

Forman & Field

I’m delighted to be highlighting a London-based British gourmet food supplier once again, called Forman & Field, founded by Harris Forman & Sons in 1905. The family first began producing London-cured smoked salmon, based on the same methods as those brought over by Eastern European immigrants when salmon was imported from the Baltic in barrels… 

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Review: John Lewis Christmas Sparkle Hamper

John Lewis Sparkle Hamper

It’s Christmastime, which means it’s hamper time. I remember receiving my first John Lewis Christmas hamper from my in-laws, the first Christmas that my husband and I had moved into our new house. It was filled with Christmas cake and tea and biscuits and it meant that even when we had unexpected guests, there was… 

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‘Fruitdrop’ Pear & Plum Banana Bread


This week I’ve had a much-needed health kick whilst getting through a huge box of fruit delivered to me by a company called Fruitdrop. The children got very excited about seeing all the fruit and have been eating much more of it too, usually in the way of fruit salads and a quick morning smoothie. We… 

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Learning about Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

Parmigiano Reggiano

This year has been an amazing year for travelling, with visits to Italy and America to see two of my sisters who have made these two very contrasting countries their homes. Of course, aside from family, one of the best things about travelling is the food and both occasions presented me with a chance to… 

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The Foodie Bugle in Print – Reveille 2

The Foodie Bugle-1

The very first publication that I wrote for away from my own blog was The Foodie Bugle, an online magazine founded by Silvana de Soissons. From its inception, it was encouraging to find a place where artisans were exclusively championed, where simple stories were told and seasonal, local food celebrated. Some two years on, there… 

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