No matter how old you are, these tiny little edible decorations will light up your eyes and make your mouth water. Consequently, the colours are pastel rather than fluorescent, making them a little more appetising as well as tastier to eat.
This year for Valentine’s Day grab your significant other/best friend/mother/favourite cousin or anyone you love and use it as an excuse to go on a mini-break. Often overlooked, Estonia is bordered by Latvia, Russia, the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland – meaning it is steeped in history. Lapland is Finland’s northernmost region and is bordered by Sweden, Norway, Russia and the Baltic Sea.
Palette knives to cakes are the equivalent of pens to paper in the baking world. For those who have never handled a palette knife before, it may take some time getting used to. Whether is spreading batter, levelling a cake or painting on buttercream, a trusty palette knife is a must-have in the kitchen.
Pancake Day is just around the corner. While many often turn to ready-made pancake mix – Aunt Jemimas, invented in Missouri in 1889, has been sold for centuries – cooking the dish from scratch is actually incredibly simple.
The head of one of France’s most famous champagne houses claims the bubbly beverage was invented by the English, not the French, contrary to popular belief. Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, head of family-owned producer, Taittinger Champagne, also says that while the English may have invented the drink, they did so by mistake. “The English left these inexpensive still white wines on the London docks and the wines got cold so they started undergoing a second fermentation [causing them to become carbonated],” he adds.
A team working on widening the A14 have found evidence of what archaeologists believe to be the first beer brewed in the UK. Experts working on the road improvements between Cambridge and Huntingdon said tiny fragments of charred residue from the brewing process were found in excavated earth. “It’s a well-known fact that ancient populations used the beer-making process to purify water and create a safe source of hydration,” said Dr Steve Sherlock, Highways England’s archaeology lead for the A14 expansion.
"How has Marks and Spencer managed not only to mess up the spelling but make a biryani without rice and meat?"
McDonald’s will add bacon to its famous Big Mac burger recipe for the first time ever in the UK. Until now, the brand’s star sandwich has consisted of two beef patties, Big Mac sauce, lettuce, a slice of cheese, pickles and onions. This is the first time since the Big Mac was launched in the UK in 1968 that the fast food chain has changed its statement recipe.
Wine snobs look away now, because vin-in-a-tin is going to be the spring/summer accessory for 2019. Already huge in the US, canned wine has been seeping its way into the UK since 2016, but this year the trend looks set to hit the big-time, with sales increasing rapidly and supermarkets all getting in on the action: Sainsbury’s and Tesco are both listing PinotPinot Sparkling Pinot Grigio, and Waitrose launched its Maris organic canned range in the summer of 2018. The Uncommon launched the world’s first English wine in a can with its sparkling Bacchus in April 2018, with a rosé arriving this spring, and another newcomer to the scene, Nice wines is launching two still wines this year with its Pale Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc hitting shelves in Sainsbury’s from February and festivals, bars and music venues soon after.
The creator of the “Me Too!” range of hummus and falafel products plans to change the brand’s name after sales declined in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Ramona Hazan, 40, founded her company 14 years ago and produces a range of hummus and falafel products that are vegan, gluten-free and locally made. Singer and actress Alyssa Milano was the first to use the hashtag #MeToo to highlight the prevalence of sexual abuse of women in society.
Most come from the coastal regions where the ocean breeze brings a welcome acidity, giving way to wines such as sauvignon blancs that differ from their New Zealand counterparts but are equally as elegant. Elsewhere, superbly fruity examples of shiraz (sometimes known as syrah) and merlot show that South Africa doesn’t lag behind in the red wine stakes either. As South African winemaker Bruce Jack puts it, they’re producing “wine crafted with love and positive intent” to add joy to the world.
Buttercream has always been an integral part of cake decorating and is also absolutely delicious. In recent years, however, the range of fancy nozzles capable of creating beautiful designs, such as flourishing bouquets and rainbow patterns on top of cakes, has expanded. Like most things, piping takes practise, so if you’re fairly new to cake decorating then it’s best to get to grips with a plain, star shaped nozzle.
Etiquette expert William Hanson gives his advice on the right way to send a meal back in a restaurant if something's wrong.
Opening with a whiff of dark chocolate on the nose, it slips down nicely as a subtle, well balanced drink with rounded hoppy, caramel notes and a fruity hint. An award-winning bestseller for Scotland’s only organic brewery, which is named after its location on the Black Isle peninsula north of Inverness, this flowery, fragrant session IPA is bursting with no fewer than six hop varieties.