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Recipe: Deep dish rhubarb and strawberry tarts

Enjoy the first of the rhubarb with naturally sweet and juicy British strawberries spooned over a rich creamy vanilla custard and buttery melt in the mouth shortbread style pastry case. Serves 8 Prep: 30 minutes Chill: 15 minutes plus several hours Cook: 29-40 minutes Tart cases 250g (9oz) plain flour 50g (2oz) icing sugar 100g (4oz) butter at room temperature, …

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Comic Con London 2014

The recent Bank holiday weekend may not have been the best weather wise but the sun was up long enough on Sunday for me to attend MCM’s Comic Con held at London Excel. My super girl customer may have been held hostage by my local dry cleaner but it didn’t in any capacity dampen my fun. Most of us may …

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Recipe: Mixed grain salad

Light and fresh spring recipe of mixed grain salad with blueberries and maple roasted baby carrots and new potatoes. Packed with energising wholegrains and vitamin boosting blueberries this easy salad will help revitalise and boost your immune system. Sticky glazed baby carrots and knobbly baby anya potatoes have been roasted with maple syrup, fennel and pumpkin seeds, Jersey Royal baby …

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Tresor Paris Nouveau Hexagone watches

Tresor Paris have become one of my favourite jewellers in the UK. And it appears I’m not the only one who loves them. They have a huge celebrity following and its customer base keeps growing with every new addition to their product line. The brand just moved into timepieces and launched their swanky new collection with a soiree at the …

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Recipe: Spiced lamb skewers with blackberry quinoa salad

Look out for packs of mixed red and white quinoa with bulgur wheat, which cooks in just 10 minutes and makes a great change from rice. Any leftovers can be packed into a plastic box and taken to work for lunch. Serves 4 Prep: 25 minutes Cook: 10-14 minutes Lamb skewers 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, …

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Grand Designs Live 2014

I was Grand Designs Live last weekend. The show which was on from 3rd – 11th May 2014 at ExCeL London was celebrating its tenth anniversary and fans of the Channel four program don’t need me to tell them how fabulous it is. The event had over 500 exhibitors, covering interiors, gardens, food and housewares, kitchens and bathrooms, home improvement, self-build, …

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Product of the week: Moroccan exfoliating bath glove.

I haven’t done products of the week/month in a while, mainly because I haven’t had much time to seek out new products but it’s back! Thanks to my stumbling on this amazing exfoliator – the Moroccan exfoliating bath glove or the Kessa glove. It is used in Moroccan hot hammam and spas. I’m not sure where I got it from, …

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Recipe: Very berry lemon baskets

No time to cook? This is just a quick assembly job, so no cooking required. Serves 6 Prep: 10 minutes Ingredients 150g (5oz) Greek style yogurt 100g (4oz) good quality lemon curd 1 passion fruit, halved 6 readymade brandy snap baskets 150g (5oz) small strawberries, halved 100g (4oz) raspberries 75g (3oz) blueberries 25g (1oz) dark chocolate, broken into pieces Method …

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Sharing plates at Spaghetti House

Spaghetti House has introduced a new menu! It’ll be based on a new featured local produce each month to create three specials throughout that month. So naturally, I was back at the original spaghetti House which started the entire chain in 1955 with other food writers to sample a menu based on May’s featured produce – the asparagus. June’s will …

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Chie Mihara A/W 2014 -15 Collection

I’m in love! I’ve only just recently become acquainted with shoe designer Chie Mihara’s work and I can’t help but fawn over every single design. The 29 year old Japanese designer, started the Chie Mihara line in 2001. Her goal in designing footwear is to create styles that are feminine, fun, and truly comfortable. Every Chie Mihara shoe features an anatomical …

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