The tradition of the Advent calendar dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, when German Protestants would make chalk marks on doors to mark the days leading up to Christmas. German-born Gerhard Lang is widely regarded as having made the first Advent calendar in the early 1900s, and ever since then they have become a popular pre-Christmas gift, eventually adding little pieces of chocolate behind the doors in the latter half of the twentieth century. Now, Advent calendars are a booming business, and you can buy Advent calendars filled with little bottles of gin , pork scratchings or even a £250 sex toy Advent calendar ...
The arrival of autumn brings with it orange hues, crisper winds and of course, pumpkin spice lattes. Barts speakeasy in Chelsea claims it will be the first pumpkin spice latte cocktail the capital has seen and will offer the seasonal tipple from October 10 until the end of autumn. The on-trend creation, which has been designed by bartender Alberto Rodriguez Sanchez, contains a dash of Tia Maria and pumpkin pie spice-infused Grey Goose vodka to give it a little kick.
The Great British Bake Off's first ever Vegan Week took place on Tuesday, and while some fans were delighted to see the bakers using only vegan products on their bakes, others were quick to make jokes about baking cakes without using eggs or milk. What did you think about Vegan week? Rather than showing everyone how delicious and easy vegan food can be they're acting as if it's an impossible challenge.
At some point in our lives, we almost all rinsed our Christmas turkey under the tap. The water droplets that come in contact with the raw meat can spread all over the sink, the tap, the towels and nearby work surfaces spreading harmful bacteria that can cause food poisoning. The turkey that we buy can carry two dangerous bacteria in their uncooked state: the first is called campylobacter, and the second, which is one you’ve probably heard about, is salmonella.
Sourdough bread has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Many people prefer it to a standard loaf not just because of the tasty sourdough flavour, but because it’s easier for the body to digest - lactic acid in the bread helps neutralise the phytates in flour which thus makes the vitamins and minerals easier for the body to access. Sourdough bread should only contain four ingredients: flour, water, salt and what’s known as a starter culture.
The colour palette sees energising hues supported by a range of dependable classics that allow for more saturated hues to truly shine through. From House Beautiful
Also included in the Christmas range will be Methuselah Prosecco, luxury caviar, and a chocolate carousel.