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The Cake & Bake Show 2014

The Cake & Bake Show rolled back into town earlier this month(3-5 October) to the delight of baking fans everywhere. I didn’t think it was possible but the show was even bigger this year. Headline sponsor, Nielsen – Massey created a Flavour Emporium to give inspiration and new flavour ideas. Former winners of the Great British Bake Off also graced …

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Recipe: Mixed Greens & Cucumber Wakame Salad

Dark green leaves of the sea are loaded with such a broad spectrum of nutrients that are not readily available from land vegetables. One of the most delicious ways to introduce sea vegetables into your diet is to create tasty dressings. The variety of vegetables and the light citrus-y dressing make this wakame salad flavourful and easy for people to …

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Recipe: Posh fridge cake

The easiest cake you’ve ever made – incredibly quick to mix together but remember to leave plenty of time for the cake to set in the fridge or it will crumble as you cut it. This cake recipe makes 20 pieces Preparation time: 15 minutes Ingredients 200g (7oz) dark chocolate broken into pieces 50g (2oz) butter 2 tablespoons golden syrup …

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Recipe: Chocolate & raspberry tart

Serves 8 Preparation time: 30 minutes Chilling time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 40-50 minutes Ingredients Chocolate pastry 175g (6oz) plain flour 15g (1/2oz) cocoa powder 50g (2oz) caster sugar 100g (4oz) butter, diced 2 egg yolks Filling 250ml (8fl oz) double cream 125ml (4fl oz) semi skimmed milk 150g (5oz) dark chocolate, broken into pieces 2 medium eggs 65g (21/2oz) …

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month (2014)

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it goes without saying that it is an important campaign that we all should support because it affects us all. The statistics speak for themselves, breast cancer still kills 1000 women each month in the UK alone and we need to help Breakthrough Breast Cancer beat it by raising awareness. There are several actives …

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Olympia Beauty 2014

The beauty train was in town this week to celebrate all things beauty and despite the best efforts of the rail networks to thwart visitors’ journey’s with lack of service, the Grand Hall at Olympia was filled to capacity on the first day of the event which was the Sunday. Now in its 10th year, Olympia Beauty has become a …

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The Collective Yoghurt Range

Collective live gourmet yoghurt has completely ruined my palette for any other yoghurt. With flavours like Banoffi live gourmet yoghurt, bloody orange live gourmet yoghurt, mighty mango live gourmet yoghurt, Scottish raspberry gourmet yoghurt, and luscious lemon live gourmet yoghurt; you can understand why my usual plain Greek yoghurt doesn’t seem appealing anymore. The Collective product range in the UK …

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Review: Avon Amazonian Treasures Planet Spa Creamy Body Scrub

I am not a big fan of chunky body scrub salts so I instantly took a liking to this Avon Amazonian Treasures Planet Spa Creamy Body Scrub. Chunky scrubs go everywhere and make a mess not to mention there’s a real possibility of being scratched and causing damage to your skin. This Avon Amazonian Treasures Planet Spa Creamy Body Scrub …

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Recipe: Japanese Sea Vegetable Salad

  Sea vegetables have long been treasured in Japan as tasty and nutritious foods. Clearspring Japanese Sea Vegetable Salad combines sea vegetables to make an authentic Japanese dish with varied colours, textures and flavours. Varieties such as Kelp, Wakame, Arame, Nori, Hijiki, and Dulse are commonly used in Japanese salads. The stems and branches of wakame, strands of agar-agar (gelatine-like …

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