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Soft Brew Alcohol Free Beer

Soft Brew Alcohol Free Beer by Alfresco is for those who don’t drink alcohol, are watching their weight and since we are in the festive season – designated drivers. Soft Brew Alcohol Free Beer comes in lemon, lime & elderflower and apple. The Soft Brew Alcohol Free Beer range has already won two Great Taste Gold awards in 2012 and 2013 …

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Glenfiddich and Forman’s Launch Double Scotch Hamper

The Double Scotch Hamper is the coming together of two great houses- Glenfiddich and Forman & Field. This Double Scotch Hamper has been launched twice, a soft launch during summer at Forman’s Fish Island with a small group of writers and a big swanky launch this November, also at Forman’s Fish Island. When it comes to pedigree, there is non-more prestigious …

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Easy steak recipe

Recipe: Seared steak with pancetta and blackberry vinegar

  Marinading bavette steak with blackberry vinegar adds a fab almost gamey taste and if you haven’t tried this cut before, you’ll be wowed by the price at around half that of sirloin or rib eye steak. Serves 4 Prep: 20 minutes Marinade: overnight Cook: 3-6 minutes Ingredients 2 x 250g (9oz) Bavette beef steaks 6 tablespoons blackberry vinegar, see …

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Beauty Gift Guide

Christmas Beauty Wish List

The ultimate Christmas beauty gift guide: BaByliss Curl Secret – £120, Debenhams Has pioneering Auto Curl™ technology to effortlessly create beautiful, free-flowing curls with long-lasting effect. Nails Inc Alexa Hearts – £49, FeelUnique.com Sanctuary Spa Big Box of TLC – £25, Boots.com   Avon Nail Selection Box – £55, Avon.com Advent calendar-style box. Box contains:Nailwear Pro+ in Coral Reef, Decadence, …

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Palace of Wonders Christmas Hamper by Carpo London

Christmas Gift Guide for Foodies.

As someone who eats beef at Christmas and turkey at New Years’; it is usually Christmas hampers that make me feel festive during the holiday season. If you are a foodie like me, then there are some things you look for in a good hamper. I usually zero in on the ones with a combination of wines and festive goodies …

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Recipe: Mullet with Parma Ham and Fish Soup

Splash out this winter with succulent Mullet with Parma Ham and Fish Soup, created by Gianni Tarroni. Ingredients 10 mullets, preferably red Parma Ham Chopped celery, carrot and onion 2 spoons tomato paste Sage Tabasco sauce White wine, vinegar Olive oil Lemon juice Salt, pepper Toasted bread Method Wash and scale the mullets, and if possible leave the head attached …

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Christmas gift guide

Crabtree and Evelyn Christmas 2014

Seasonal Spectacular by Crabtree and Evelyn It feels good to finally be able to talk about what to expect from one of my favourite stores, Crabtree and Evelyn. I have known about what’s coming up this Christmas since July but it was embargoed until now, so here we go. Like every Christmas, Crabtree and Evelyn has a Seasonal Spectacular in …

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Parmigiano Reggiano and Chicken Puttanesca Pasta

Recipe: Parmigiano Reggiano and Chicken Puttanesca Pasta

  Cook up a storm with this winter warmer – a Parmigiano Reggiano and chicken puttanesca pasta that is sure to be a family dinner time favourite. This fantastic recipes serves Serves 4-6 people Ingredients 300g dried pasta bows 3 chicken breasts, cubed 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large red onion, sliced 3 garlic cloves, crushed ½ red chilli, deseeded and …

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New Lizi’s Low Sugar Granola

Lizi’s granola have combined my two favourite things in cereal breakfasts; organic ingredients and little or no sugar. I usually stick to pure proteins when it comes to breakfasts but since August, I’ve been giving Lizi’s Low Sugar Granola a try. The brand launched a new low sugar range in August which is high in fibre and releases energy slowly …

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Risotto with fennel and walnuts roasted squid at Hotel Xenia London

Evoluzione Restaurant, Hotel Xenia

Last month, I was part of the selected few invited by London hotel Xenia to preview the city hotel after a £100 million refurbishment. And to sample the dishes from the hotel’s Evoluzione Restaurant headed by Michelin Star awarded Italian chef Andrea Angeletti. As far as city hotels go, Xenia is perfectly located near the busy green park area in …

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