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EspressoShort, sharp and perfect, espresso is the very essence of Italian coffee, but how do you replicate the authentic Italian cafe taste in your own home? First of all you’ll need good quality espresso beans and it’s great if you are able to grind your own so that you can retain the freshness and depth of flavour that is the basis of a great espresso. (more…)

The Basic of French CuisineIf continental cookery is known to be some of the best in the world, then French cuisine is surely the crème de la crème. And we mean crème – French food is an indulgent cuisine, heavy on cream, butter and cheese. Don’t be put off if you’re not a big fan of dairy though, as there are plenty of lighter meals on the national menu too. Cooking in the French style is an opportunity to be a little bit bolder with your food choices – everyone should try specialities such as escargot (cooked land snails) and frog’s legs at least once (they really do taste like chicken). (more…)

A Simple Guide to Italian CookingWhile traditional British food may still have a poor global reputation, the cuisine of continental Europe is widely regarded as among the best in the world. From France’s frog legs and escargot, to Spain’s cured hams and potatas bravas, continent wide there’s something to suit every palate. Debate rages on as to which country holds the crown – France is usually favourite but Italian food has been having somewhat of a renaissance lately. Always a fast food favourite, a recent surge in polarity for Italian restaurant chains and television cookery programmes has helped to open people’s eyes to the fact that Italian cooking isn’t all about stodgy pizza and pasta – it’s about using a handful of simple, fresh ingredients to create meals that are deceptively easy to cook. (more…)

Three cocktail glasses with the drinks and tropical fruit around them.Drinking trends in the UK have changed over the last few decades as we have moved from a nation of beer and spirit drinkers, to being much more focused on wine. Industry surveys, however, show that cocktail drinking is now making a comeback. This is perhaps due to tough economic times. It has been shown in the past that people tend to seek refuge from all the bad news of a poor economy in affordable luxury, and perhaps cocktails provide just that. A bottle of spirits can cost the same as a bottle of quality wine, but you’ll get many more drinks from the spirits. Cocktail mixing at home can therefore be relatively inexpensive, but how can you get it right? (more…)

A macro of an selfmade pizza on a white plate.The humble pizza has been a firm food favourite for well over a century. There are certainly no shortage of places from where you can obtain a pizza – from the supermarket to a restaurant or from many of the pizza take-away establishments which seem to have proliferated over recent years. However, there is nothing quite like the satisfaction you get when you decide to make your own pizza. (more…)

Some nuts, almonds and cranberries.Protein is an important part of our diet. It helps us maintain bone and muscle mass, strengthens the immune system, and keeps us feeling alert throughout the day. It is surprisingly easy to maintain a good intake on a vegan diet, but a lot of vegans aren’t eating enough of the right foods in order to do so. Here are a few tips for making sure you get enough protein as a vegan. (more…)

Small pieces of chocolate and cocoa powder on white background.Season’s greetings, dear reader. It seems as though Christmas is nearly upon us once again, and that means it’s time for Christmas food. Enjoying good food with loved ones is at the very core of the Christmas season, and making your own Christmas cake can really help make this year one to remember. (more…)

A mixer working while preparing a chocolate mousse pie.Those who follow a vegan diet are likely to be familiar with the question, “But what do you eat?”. The truth is that recipes for vegans are just as varied as those for their omnivorous counterparts. Sometimes, however, it’s nice to be given a few new recipe ideas, whether you’re a seasoned vegan yourself or you’re cooking for vegan friends or family members. (more…)

A closeup of a decorated table and a fireplace in the background.Christmas is a time of cheer and gastronomic delights. You can be spoiled or spoil others with delicious Christmas recipes for vegetarians and your table will look good too. Some of these dishes are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate! (more…)

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11

Feb
2014

In Do It Yourself

By Anne R.

How to Make the Perfect Espresso

On 11, Feb 2014 | In Do It Yourself | By Anne R.

EspressoShort, sharp and perfect, espresso is the very essence of Italian coffee, but how do you replicate the authentic Italian cafe taste in your own home? First of all you’ll need good quality espresso beans and it’s great if you are able to grind your own so that you can retain the freshness and depth of flavour that is the basis of a great espresso. Read more…

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16

Sep
2013

In International Cuisine

By Anne R.

The Basics of French Cuisine

On 16, Sep 2013 | In International Cuisine | By Anne R.

The Basic of French CuisineIf continental cookery is known to be some of the best in the world, then French cuisine is surely the crème de la crème. And we mean crème – French food is an indulgent cuisine, heavy on cream, butter and cheese. Don’t be put off if you’re not a big fan of dairy though, as there are plenty of lighter meals on the national menu too. Cooking in the French style is an opportunity to be a little bit bolder with your food choices – everyone should try specialities such as escargot (cooked land snails) and frog’s legs at least once (they really do taste like chicken). Read more…

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16

Sep
2013

In International Cuisine

By Anne R.

A Simple Guide to Italian Cooking

On 16, Sep 2013 | In International Cuisine | By Anne R.

A Simple Guide to Italian CookingWhile traditional British food may still have a poor global reputation, the cuisine of continental Europe is widely regarded as among the best in the world. From France’s frog legs and escargot, to Spain’s cured hams and potatas bravas, continent wide there’s something to suit every palate. Debate rages on as to which country holds the crown – France is usually favourite but Italian food has been having somewhat of a renaissance lately. Always a fast food favourite, a recent surge in polarity for Italian restaurant chains and television cookery programmes has helped to open people’s eyes to the fact that Italian cooking isn’t all about stodgy pizza and pasta – it’s about using a handful of simple, fresh ingredients to create meals that are deceptively easy to cook. Read more…

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30

Dec
2012

In Do It Yourself

By Anne R.

The Art to Good Cocktail Mixing

On 30, Dec 2012 | In Do It Yourself | By Anne R.

Three cocktail glasses with the drinks and tropical fruit around them.Drinking trends in the UK have changed over the last few decades as we have moved from a nation of beer and spirit drinkers, to being much more focused on wine. Industry surveys, however, show that cocktail drinking is now making a comeback. This is perhaps due to tough economic times. It has been shown in the past that people tend to seek refuge from all the bad news of a poor economy in affordable luxury, and perhaps cocktails provide just that. A bottle of spirits can cost the same as a bottle of quality wine, but you’ll get many more drinks from the spirits. Cocktail mixing at home can therefore be relatively inexpensive, but how can you get it right? Read more…

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25

Dec
2012

In Do It Yourself

By Anne R.

How to Make Your Own Pizza

On 25, Dec 2012 | In Do It Yourself | By Anne R.

A macro of an selfmade pizza on a white plate.The humble pizza has been a firm food favourite for well over a century. There are certainly no shortage of places from where you can obtain a pizza – from the supermarket to a restaurant or from many of the pizza take-away establishments which seem to have proliferated over recent years. However, there is nothing quite like the satisfaction you get when you decide to make your own pizza. Read more…

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20

Dec
2012

In Do It Yourself

By Anne R.

How to Make Sure You Get Enough Protein as a Vegan

On 20, Dec 2012 | In Do It Yourself | By Anne R.

Some nuts, almonds and cranberries.Protein is an important part of our diet. It helps us maintain bone and muscle mass, strengthens the immune system, and keeps us feeling alert throughout the day. It is surprisingly easy to maintain a good intake on a vegan diet, but a lot of vegans aren’t eating enough of the right foods in order to do so. Here are a few tips for making sure you get enough protein as a vegan. Read more…

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16

Dec
2012

In Christmas

By Anne R.

Creative Christmas Cake Ideas

On 16, Dec 2012 | In Christmas | By Anne R.

Small pieces of chocolate and cocoa powder on white background.Season’s greetings, dear reader. It seems as though Christmas is nearly upon us once again, and that means it’s time for Christmas food. Enjoying good food with loved ones is at the very core of the Christmas season, and making your own Christmas cake can really help make this year one to remember. Read more…

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09

Dec
2012

In Recipes

By Anne R.

Delicious Recipe Ideas for Vegans

On 09, Dec 2012 | In Recipes | By Anne R.

A mixer working while preparing a chocolate mousse pie.Those who follow a vegan diet are likely to be familiar with the question, “But what do you eat?”. The truth is that recipes for vegans are just as varied as those for their omnivorous counterparts. Sometimes, however, it’s nice to be given a few new recipe ideas, whether you’re a seasoned vegan yourself or you’re cooking for vegan friends or family members. Read more…

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03

Dec
2012

In Christmas

By Anne R.

Christmas Recipes for Vegetarians

On 03, Dec 2012 | In Christmas | By Anne R.

A closeup of a decorated table and a fireplace in the background.Christmas is a time of cheer and gastronomic delights. You can be spoiled or spoil others with delicious Christmas recipes for vegetarians and your table will look good too. Some of these dishes are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the palate! Read more…

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