• 10 best sakes of all styles to inspire your inner koji connoisseur
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    10 best sakes of all styles to inspire your inner koji connoisseur

    For the western palate, sake’s unique mix of sweet and fruity, floral flavours with savoury hints of soy can be a challenging experience, but get to know this highly-prized, rice-based booze and you’ll discover a drink spanning a huge flavour spectrum, and one that is almost unrivalled in its food pairing abilities.Before we plunge headlong into the wonderful world of sake though, it’s worth getting to grips with the basics.

  • Coronavirus: What are the supermarket opening times?
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    Coronavirus: What are the supermarket opening times?

    As the government lockdown looks set to continue, supermarkets are one of the few places that remain open in order to keep people fed as normal.If you’re unable to leave the house and are classed as being part of the vulnerable group, you’ll be able to find all the information on supermarket delivery slots here.

  • Which supermarkets have delivery slots available?
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    Which supermarkets have delivery slots available?

    New government measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus from 1 June have eased to dictate to allow groups of up to six people to meet in private gardens “provided those from different households continue to stick to social distancing rules” by staying 2m apart.However, food shopping at supermarkets remains under strict social-distancing measures to limit crowding and physical contact between staff and customers.

  • World Environment Day: 8 best reusable lunchboxes that will help you reduce plastic waste
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    World Environment Day: 8 best reusable lunchboxes that will help you reduce plastic waste

    There’s nothing quite as frustrating as lunch envy, especially when you covet the lunch box as well as its contents.With the money spent on grab-and-go lunches at an all-time high, and single-use lunch packaging continuing to wreak havoc on the planet, it really is high time you invested in a reusable lunch box or two – if you haven’t done so already.

  • World Environment Day: 13 best plastic free tea bags to make your brew better for the planet
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    World Environment Day: 13 best plastic free tea bags to make your brew better for the planet

    You might think tea bags are just simply paper and tea, and that of course they decompose, and that you’re doing your bit by putting them in your home food waste to compost.But, you’re wrong – unless you use plastic free tea bags, that is.

  • 11 best cheese subscription boxes: Get artisan produce delivered straight to your door
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    11 best cheese subscription boxes: Get artisan produce delivered straight to your door

    Despite supermarket sales booming, the previously thriving artisan cheese industry has had a really tough time of late.With the hospitality industry shutting down, virtually overnight, cheesemakers have had no choice but to throw thousands of litres of milk down the drain and give cheese away for free, with many reporting up to a 90 per cent of lost sales.

  • The ultimate BBQ guide: Everything you need for dining alfresco
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    The ultimate BBQ guide: Everything you need for dining alfresco

    The weather is heating up and that means it's time to dust off the barbecue for some alfresco dining.On 28 May, the prime minister Boris Johnson announced that groups of up to six people from different households will be able to meet outdoors, or in a garden, in England from Monday 1 June, as long as households stay two metres apart.

  • Missing your barista coffee fix? Here's everything you need to make it at home
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    Missing your barista coffee fix? Here's everything you need to make it at home

    For many of us, the day starts with a steaming cup of coffee. Whether you’re looking for a caffeine boost or simply enjoy the taste, it’s a helping hand to keep fatigue at bay.As the lockdown means coffee shops are out of reach for most, you may be craving your usual order of a flat white or Americano from your favourite café.

  • 11 best pre-mixed canned cocktails that bring the bar to you during lockdown
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    11 best pre-mixed canned cocktails that bring the bar to you during lockdown

    Do you have a can-do attitude? You’ve come to the right place.Many of us are well-accustomed to the gin in a tin (with Fleabag and Hot Priest doing their bit to make this a national obsession), and pre-made cocktails are nothing new – but the market has, up to a point, been dominated by low-quality, mass-produced versions of our favourite drinks. Cheap and quite possibly cheerful, yes, comparable to what bartenders (we miss you) produce, no.

  • What are the supermarket social distancing rules?
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    What are the supermarket social distancing rules?

    Supermarkets are some of the few places that have remained open during the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown.Delivery slots are mostly in short supply, even though some of the shops have increased their slots by thousands.

  • The DIY meal kits to buy from your favourite restaurants during lockdown
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    The DIY meal kits to buy from your favourite restaurants during lockdown

    We’re now in our seventh week of lockdown and you may be missing life’s simple pleasures, like going out to your favourite restaurant.Eating home-cooked meals all the time isn’t quite the same and we’re starting to lose interest in our own culinary repertoire, it has to be said. And sometimes, we just cannot be bothered and instead find ourselves craving a dish from a local hotspot.

  • Beyond banana bread: The best baking courses to tuck into online
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    Beyond banana bread: The best baking courses to tuck into online

    If there’s anything we’ve learned about ourselves in lockdown, it’s that there is no limit to the amount of bread-baking we’ll do if required to stay indoors.From sourdough starters and focaccia loaves to banana bread and strawberry covered pancakes, spending most of our time inside our homes has got us feeling ready to star in next summer’s Great British Bake Off.

  • Cooking inspiration: The best Instagram live cook-alongs, from Nando's to Wagamama
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    Cooking inspiration: The best Instagram live cook-alongs, from Nando's to Wagamama

    Let’s face it, as another week (we've lost count of how many) in lockdown comes to a close, we find the majority of the day is spent talking about what to eat, thinking about what we need, cooking it and the finally, clearing up.As the monotony of it drags on, meal inspiration can be lacking and you may find yourself eating that easy go-to dish – pesto pasta – more than you usually would, simply because you're feeling too lazy to commit to anything more experimental.

  • Beer and cider deliveries: Which shops you can order from during lockdown
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    Beer and cider deliveries: Which shops you can order from during lockdown

    While beer and cider is not an essential item, an ice-cold bottle is a refreshing way to ring in the bank holiday weekend.Since your original plans have probably been scuppered amid the lockdown we're currently in, it doesn’t mean you can cheer on the weekend, the end of a working day or just for a pick-me-up at a strange time.

  • 10 three-ingredient cocktail recipes you need for this bank holiday
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    10 three-ingredient cocktail recipes you need for this bank holiday

    Our weekends look very different under lockdown, as most activities like brunching with friends, visiting family or heading to the pub are off the table.As the coronavirus chaos continues, the safest thing to do is remain indoors unless you need to undertake an essential trip for food, medicine or go out for daily exercise.

  • 7 best beer dispensers: Bring the pub to you during lockdown
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    7 best beer dispensers: Bring the pub to you during lockdown

    If you could murder a pint but do without the trudge to the pub, an at-home beer tap is the perfect addition to your cosy night in.With only 15 per cent of surveyed drinkers feel pub prices are affordable, it’s no wonder that at-home drinking is a booming business.

  • 10 best barbecue cookbooks to nail cooking over flames this summer
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    10 best barbecue cookbooks to nail cooking over flames this summer

    Barbecue season is sadly quite short-lived in the UK, so to ensure you’re making the most out of every sunny day, we’ve rounded up our favourite books for cooking over flames.Proving there’s so much more to a great barbecue than lacklustre meat, this selection took us on a journey around the globe, injecting each meal with bold, exciting flavours from as near and far as the Middle East, the American Midwest, Korea and a whole host of other cuisines along the way.

  • Everything you need to start baking, according to Great British Bake Off's Martha Collison
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    Everything you need to start baking, according to Great British Bake Off's Martha Collison

    A little over three weeks in and we’ve finally reached the baking point of self-isolation. If you haven’t already made banana bread or sourdough, then you’ll definitely know someone that has.If you’re a baking novice though, you may well have been flicking through the posts on Instagram and made it your Bank Holiday mission to feast on cake and G&T;’s in the garden, instead of your now cancelled plans.

  • Eid celebrations: Deliveroo teams up with Morrisons, M&S and more for Ramadan food deliveries
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    Eid celebrations: Deliveroo teams up with Morrisons, M&S and more for Ramadan food deliveries

    Delivery food app, Deliveroo has proved to be a valuable resource for customers during the lockdown.As supermarket delivery slots continue to be scarce and physically going into a store isn’t a possibility for everyone, it has teamed up with supermarkets to deliver a selection of essential items such as bread and milk from Marks and Spencer, Aldi, Co-op and Morrisons.

  • International Tea Day 2020: Everything you need to make the perfect cuppa
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    International Tea Day 2020: Everything you need to make the perfect cuppa

    Come summer or winter, there’s always time for a cup of tea. Even if it's scorching outside, you better believe we’ll still be putting the kettle on.Especially amid a pandemic, a calming cuppa can be comforting, not to mention a brilliant hangover cure for your Friday night zoom catch up with friends.

  • Best online cocktail classes for virtual drinks this bank holiday
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    Best online cocktail classes for virtual drinks this bank holiday

    The sun is shining and the temperature is creeping up, but while we’re still in lockdown it means we can't plan any trips to the pub garden or your favourite rooftop bar to make the most of enjoying drinks in the sun.But that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own happy hour from home.

  • Which supermarkets let you order your groceries through Deliveroo?
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    Which supermarkets let you order your groceries through Deliveroo?

    As lockdown disruption continues, securing a supermarket delivery slot to get your weekly shop is still hard, as many are fully booked weeks in advance.But as essential items such as pasta, milk, bread and baby milk are still high in demand, some supermarkets have partnered with Deliveroo to help people get what they need.

  • 9 best hip flasks that are the perfect companion for drinking on the go
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    9 best hip flasks that are the perfect companion for drinking on the go

    In today’s throwaway society there aren’t many accessories that are purchases for life, but get yourself a quality hip flask and you’ll want to treasure it forever.They gently shift shape and texture through repeat usage which makes each one unique and personal, elevating it to treasured possession status.

  • 9 best sleep teas to help you de-stress and nod off with ease
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    9 best sleep teas to help you de-stress and nod off with ease

    Anyone who has ever struggled to drop off at night will know a relaxing hot drink can be a godsend.It goes without saying that even the best sleepers tend to shun caffeine after a certain time, so decaf options are the name of the game.

  • The online wine shops still delivering during lockdown
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    The online wine shops still delivering during lockdown

    Whether you’re pairing a bottle with a nice dinner in the garden after being sat indoors working all day, or over a Zoom call for a catch up with friends, trying times often call for a glass of wine.Wine isn't counted as an essential item – although we all know the relaxing benefits of a glass or two, especially at this time – so we advise instead of making special trips out to buy wine, that you order online.