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Review: Chew, Soho

I’m a bubble beverage convert! Last night I tagged along to a friend and fellow writer’s visit to Chew and I was glad did. Chew is a new bubble beverage store which opened just three weeks ago in Soho. It was my first encounter with bubble teas or coffees and I enjoyed every minute of the experience. There were explosive …

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Recipe: Blueberry muesli bars

Need an energy boost at work? Take a couple of these bars wrapped in foil to keep you going. Makes 10 Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 25-30 minutes Ingredients 150g (5oz) blueberries 1 level tablespoon cornflour 75g (3oz) mixed sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds 175g (6oz) porridge oats 150g (5oz) block margarine or butter 75g (3oz) light muscovado sugar …

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Review: Yamal Alsham, Knightsbridge

With belly dancers and an exotic menu that takes you on a trip round the Middle East, Yamal Alsham, Knightsbridge opened with a lot of fan fare in December so I had high expectations when I visited earlier this year with a colleague. Located at Knightsbridge, the restaurant holds its own in the swanky neighbourhood. The rich interior of gold …

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London Plus Size Fashion Weekend

Last Friday was the official launch of the second  annual London Plus Size Fashion Weekend. The event is an alternative fashion week for women from sizes 12 and up which coincides with London Fashion Week every year. The sole aim of Plus size fashion weekend which is organised by Remi Ray and Rianne Ward is to encourage women of all sizes to …

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Recipe: Mini blueberry cheesecakes

Make these easy, no cook cheesecakes the night before and leave in the fridge. If you have room, there are some spare for second helpings or just freeze the extras with a little pot of blueberries for another time. Makes 8 Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 4-5 minutes Chilling time: 5 hours or overnight Ingredients Biscuit base 75g (3oz) …

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Recipe:White chocolate mousses with strawberry and black pepper sauce

Adding just a hint of cracked black pepper to pureed strawberries adds a real kick, combine with the white chocolate, lime and white rum mousse and you will wow your friends. Make extra sauce and freeze in sections of an ice cube tray, defrost as many ice cubes as you need in the microwave and drizzle over a scoop of …

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Recipe: Berry Special Valentine Cake

There’s no need to buy a special cake tin to make this extra special cake, a large Swiss roll tin or roasting tin will work fine with a homemade paper template. Cuts into 8 slices Prep: 40 minutes Cook: 15-18 minutes Cake layers 175g (6oz) soft margarine 175g (6oz) caster sugar 150g (5oz) self-raising flour 25g (1oz) cocoa ½ teaspoon …

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Gorgonzola Cookery Event: Part III

By the time we got to desserts, it felt like an impossible task but as foodies of good standing, we weren’t going to let it go to waste. Here are the recipes for you to try at home: Recipe 5: Classic Tiramisu A classic Italian tiramisu – homemade sponge fingers, coffee and a rich mascarpone mousse combine to create a heavenly …

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Gorgonzola Cookery Event: Part II

Here are two more recipes from the Gorgonzola Cookery Event at L’atelier des Chefs on Monday 9th December. Recipe 3: Bavette of beef with gorgonzola foam and sautéed purple spouting broccoli Ingredients For the marinade Bavette of beef : 1 kg Anchovies in oil : 10 whole Lemon(s) : 1 whole Fresh thyme : 6 sprig Garlic clove(s) : 3 …

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Gorgonzola Cookery Event: Part I

I’ve been meaning to share some fantastic recipes from a couple of cooking events I attended just before Christmas but as usual, the New Year has started at such a ferocious pace that I’ve only just got the time to tell you all about it. The first event was a Gorgonzola Cookery Event at L’atelier des Chefs on Monday 9th …

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