• World Rum Day: Do it right with these cocktail shakers, recipes and liquor-infused treats
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    World Rum Day: Do it right with these cocktail shakers, recipes and liquor-infused treats

    This Saturday, 11 July, marks World Rum Day, an annual event that was created by the World Rum Guide.It’s a day designed to bring rum-lovers, bars and distilleries together to celebrate the popular drink. Find out more on how to get involved here.

  • Manufacturer reveals how you're actually meant to pronounce Nice biscuits
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    Manufacturer reveals how you're actually meant to pronounce Nice biscuits

    We've never been 100% sure on the answer to this one.

  • Kitchen gadgets: The fool-proof tools to help you cook, bake and blend
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    Kitchen gadgets: The fool-proof tools to help you cook, bake and blend

    Having spent months in lockdown at home, you may well have expanded your culinary repertoire, from new dishes for dinner to afternoon sweet treats.With restaurants closed, it saw many of us trying to cook something beyond our go-to spag bol and garlic bread while a little over three weeks into lockdown, banana bread and sourdough making proved to be all anyone was doing, according to our Instagram feeds. If you didn’t attempt either, you definitely know someone who did.

  • 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.

  • Dine-in takeaway: Support your favourite fine dining restaurant
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    Dine-in takeaway: Support your favourite fine dining restaurant

    Restaurants and the hospitality industry have been hit hard by lockdown measures, and many have introduced delivery services to help them survive.Let’s face it, we’re all getting tired of our own cooking after countless weeks into being stuck at home, and a takeaway satisfies our cravings for flavoursome food from our favourite eateries.

  • World Chocolate Day: The treats you need to celebrate
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    World Chocolate Day: The treats you need to celebrate

    World Chocolate Day – celebrated on 7 July – indulges one of the world's favourite treats and marks the introduction of chocolate to Europe in 1550. Until this point, chocolate was only known to natives in Mexico and parts of central and south America.As much as we love chocolate, it is worth remembering that it frequently contains problematic ingredients, such as palm oil, which is one of the biggest contributors to deforestation, and cocoa, which is an industry fraught with modern slavery (in 2015, research found that more than 2.26 million children were working in cocoa farms in Ghana and Côtes d'Ivoire) and it often comes packaged in layers of non-recyclable plastic as well as foil.

  • World Chocolate Day: 10 best ethical chocolate brands that go the extra mile
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    World Chocolate Day: 10 best ethical chocolate brands that go the extra mile

    For thousands of smallholder producers around the world, the Fairtrade minimum price is a safety net that supports the unfairly paid at the bottom of the supply chain.Farmers who benefit are paid a fair price that is set based on a consultative process with workers and traders to ensure the sum covers what it costs to grow their crop.

  • 13 best plastic free tea bags to make your brew better for the planet
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    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 gifts for teachers they will actually want
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    11 best gifts for teachers they will actually want

    It’s safe to say that this final term has certainly been different for pupils, parents and teachers alike. And while the idea of present buying can seem like an insurmountable task – particularly if you’ve spent many weeks home schooling – let’s not ignore that good teachers deserve an end of term treat to thank them for all of their efforts.To help alleviate some parent admin pressure we’ve been on the hunt for the best teacher gifts around.

  • 4th of July: The best American foods you can buy and recipes for staple dishes
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    4th of July: The best American foods you can buy and recipes for staple dishes

    As Americans fire up the grill for fourth of July celebrations, we've decided to get in on the action by finding the best stateside foods to buy in the UK.Head across the pond this weekend, figuratively of course, and whip up dishes and desserts that will satisfy your taste buds.

  • 10 best cocktail recipe books for creating tantalizing tinctures
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    10 best cocktail recipe books for creating tantalizing tinctures

    Who doesn’t love a cocktail? Whether it’s a jug of Pimm’s at your summer barbecue, an after-dinner martini garnished with an all-important olive or a retro snowball at Christmas, there’s a drink for every occasion.And the market is certainly booming, especially with the continued rise in popularity of gin, plus a renewed interest in spirits such as vermouth and Campari (negroni, we’re looking at you!).

  • 12 best Greek wines that you shouldn't overlook this summer
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    12 best Greek wines that you shouldn't overlook this summer

    When we think of old world wine, France, Italy and Spain probably spring to mind long before Greece does.However, this is a country that has been producing outstanding wine for centuries.

  • Jammie Dodgers have gone vegan again with new recipe
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    Jammie Dodgers have gone vegan again with new recipe

    The switch will happen on 13 July.

  • Plastic Free July: 8 best reusable lunchboxes that will help you reduce waste
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    Plastic Free July: 8 best reusable lunchboxes that will help you reduce 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.

  • 6 best balsamic vinegars to always have on hand in your cupboard
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    6 best balsamic vinegars to always have on hand in your cupboard

    A great balsamic vinegar is a true store-cupboard staple – best kept on standby, ready to spruce up sauces and swirl over starters.But with so many on offer, at such staggeringly different price points – how do you know the best one to buy? Before even tasting balsamic vinegar you’ll be able to glean a lot of information, just from looking at the ingredients and the label.

  • Deliveroo to launch table service so people can order in restaurants while distancing from staff
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    Deliveroo to launch table service so people can order in restaurants while distancing from staff

    People will be able to order food to their table from the app.

  • 9 best tequilas that are made for sipping not slamming
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    9 best tequilas that are made for sipping not slamming

    If your experience with tequila so far has been with a wedge of lime and a lick of salt – stop what you’re doing and think again.Tequila may feel like a pretty stiff drink to serve neat, however, with an average 40% ABV, it’s no stronger than other sipping spirits, like, whisky.

  • 11 best vodkas: Smooth spirits to sip neat or mix in a cocktail
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    11 best vodkas: Smooth spirits to sip neat or mix in a cocktail

    The mixologist’s favourite, a good vodka is the backbone of any home bar, so it’s important to make it one to remember... for all the right reasons.Vodka is versatile – it's delicious served chilled and drunk neat as the Russians do, or over ice with a slice of lemon, or in a wide variety of cocktails. As such, we think it’s about time vodka shakes off its reputation as a bland, flavourless spirit.

  • Get Out Of Your Grilled Cheese Rut With These 60+ Dangerously Delicious Sandwiches
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    Get Out Of Your Grilled Cheese Rut With These 60+ Dangerously Delicious Sandwiches

    Sweet dreams are made of (grilled) cheese.From Delish

  • Asda's three new gins are based on the sweets of your childhood
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    Asda's three new gins are based on the sweets of your childhood

    Now all we need is the sunFrom Cosmopolitan

  • Marmite and Lynx unveil new body wash and spray collaboration
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    Marmite and Lynx unveil new body wash and spray collaboration

    You'll either love it or you'll hate it.

  • How to cook perfect rice at home
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    How to cook perfect rice at home

    When it comes to cooking rice at home, you're not alone if your dish ends up resembling a sticky mulch. In fact, a dish that would appear to be simple to pull off can actually be fiendishly difficult. So how can you get restaurant-standard

  • The Most Delish Burger Recipes You'll Be Making All Summer Long
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    The Most Delish Burger Recipes You'll Be Making All Summer Long

    Turkey, lamb, beef, and veggie included.From Delish

  • Vineyards across the country to support now
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    Vineyards across the country to support now

    English vineyards have, like most hospitality businesses, been hugely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.Tours and tasting sessions have been put on hold and many wineries are relying on online orders for businesses to survive.

  • World Martini Day: Everything you need to celebrate
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    World Martini Day: Everything you need to celebrate

    It's time to raise a glass to one of the world's most popular cocktails, as 19 June marks World Martini Day.The much-loved drink is made by mixing vodka (or gin) with dry white vermouth, ice and added garnishes, such as lemon zest or olives.