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Learn to cook Thai at Mango Tree

More than just a cooking class: Last night was my fourth visit to Thai restaurant Mango Tree and the experience gets better with each visit. This latest visit was for a Thai cooking masterclass taught by celebrity chef Ian Pengelley. The night was more than just a cooking lesson; it was a fun night of interactive cooking, a joking chef …

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Euphorium Bakery

New City Location City workers are in for a treat; Euphorium Bakery, one of London’s oldest artisan bakeries has just opened a flagship store on Threadneedle Street. At the official launch last week, I was really impressed with the interior – high ceilings, handmade wooden tables and traditional furnishings, a sitting area over two floors and interesting paintings too. It …

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Salon Du Chocolat

Salon Du Chocolat Catwalk Show Photos: Chocolate week is over and with it London’s first ever Salon Du Chocolat catwalk walk show. I must admit that although I enjoyed myself immensely, I’m not sad it’s over. Goes to show even chocolate lovers can sometimes get sick of the sight of chocolate. I believe a whole week of chocolate binging has …

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Halloween

Where to celebrate: These days, Halloween has turned into a week of events instead of just the 31st which is great if you want to attend more than one event but it can be awkward when you have to attend a Halloween party a week before Halloween. The jury is still out on that one but if you have outgrown …

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Cornish New Potatoes With Caramelised Onions and Anchovies

A great tasting side dish that works wonderfully with lamb. Prep time 10 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes INGREDIENTS 500g Cornish New potatoes 2 large onions, peeled and sliced 4 salted anchovies 4 tbsp of sherry vinegar 1 Sprig of thyme 1 Garlic clove, finely sliced 1 large sprig of flat leaf parsley, chopped Olive oil Sea salt and black …

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Beauty at Debenhams

There’s a lot going on with Debenhams currently; this is not surprising considering it is their 200th anniversary this year. The landmark birthday means special celebrations and a lot of limited edition products. The iconic store is also renovating its flagship store on Bond Street (expect the big reveal in November) and of course Christmas is coming. Debenhams always makes …

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Chocolate and Blandford Flyer Fudge

As it’s National Chocolate Week, here’s a delicious Chocolate and Blandford Flyer Fudge recipe. Recipe makes at least 36 chocolate squares. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Ingredients 125g salted butter 500g light muscovado sugar 120ml Badger Blandford Flyer Ale 2 balls stem ginger, finely chopped 250g 70% chocolate, chopped 300g icing sugar Method Place the butter, muscovado …

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Chocolate Week

It’s chocolate week (14-20 October 2013)! Not that I’ve ever needed an excuse to eat chocolate but chocolate week provides a special kind of excitement. There are a host of events planned during the week to celebrate all things chocolate. New flavours, new chocolate brands, chocolate recipes, tastings – you name it, it’s happening this week so don’t miss out. …

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Vintage Fayre, Piccadilly

On my way to an event at Piccadilly, I stumbled upon this vintage market at the courtyard of St. James’ Church and I couldn’t help but take a detour and check out what it had to offer. It’s amazing how London surprises every now and then because I have been to the area several times and haven’t come across this …

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Salt and pepper squid with chili strawberry chutney

Comforting Chutney Recipe: Strawberries aren’t just for jam – experiment and try them in chili chutney, accompanied by salt and pepper squid. Serves 4 as a starter Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Chili and strawberry chutney 3 large mild red chilies, about 40 g (1½ oz) in total, halved, deseeded, finely chopped 4 cm (1 ½ inch) …

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