Gin’s popularity doesn’t look set to wane anytime soon. In fact, the number of UK distilleries has more than doubled in the past five years, making it highly likely that there’s a gin distillery local to you.What makes this category of spirits so exciting is the scope for experimentation. All that’s legally required in order to call itself gin is a minimum ABV of 37.5% and juniper as the base botanical in the spirit – after that, anything is fair game, and it’s this openness that brings with it a whole host of regional variations.
Planning a birthday party for your loved ones can be stressful enough without having the extra added pressure of trying to make the cake yourself. So give yourself a break and turn to one of these show-stopping celebration cakes instead.Whether you’re looking for something super sweet and child-friendly or are in need of an altogether more grown-up option, we’ve found budget supermarket creations through to splash-the-cash cakes they’ll remember long after they’ve blown out the candles.
Many people struggle to hit the target of eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Scientists from the University of Stanford in California have now found simply giving greens enticing descriptions may make them more appealing. The team looked at the vegetables students were most likely to opt for in their university canteens.
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 which is set based on a consultative process with workers and traders to ensure the sum covers what it costs to grow their crop.
Everybody loves a Ruby Murray, don’t they? No longer confined to a Friday night, lots of us enjoy cooking up a spicy storm in the kitchen any night of the week – and increasingly we’re using specially designed kits to do so.The cost, quality and ease of use of curry kits vary wildly, but their universal benefit is that it saves buying hoardes of different spices – which can be tricky to get hold of some cases – and hands you the perfectly measured amount of Kashmiri chilli, brown mustard seeds or fenugreek required for the recipe, with no waste.
The last few years have seen our drinking as a nation take a dive: we’re becoming more health conscious, sober curious and a 2018 study found 30 per cent of young people never drink at all.It’s no surprise then that the “low and no” movement has grown exponentially in that time; no longer are teetotallers stuck with a soda and lime or dodgy alcohol-free beer.
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.