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On this page, you’ll find honest kitchen tool reviews, cooking science summaries, chef’s tips, simple recipes, time creating & money saving guides, the low down on ingredients, and of course, life and people inspirations. All of this feeds our daily mantra to eat well, cook better, and most importantly … live more.

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Black Friday deals

Black Friday deals

Black Friday has arrived. Whoop dee whoop. It will be gone soon too. More whoops. Don’t get overwhelmed – Cut out the stress because I’ve done the work for you and found all the bargains !

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New Kitchenware Marketplace

New Kitchenware Marketplace

Finally, somewhere simple, secure, and specialised for cooks and chefs to buy and sell kitchenware. That means anything to store, prepare, cook / bake / preserve, plate up, and serve. Includes commercial, vintage, and outdoor. Have I missed anything? Just let me know.

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Mushroom pasta … with a touch of fragrant spice

Mushroom pasta … with a touch of fragrant spice

This journey started with a sore gum! I blitzed some cloves to powder in a mere second or 2 in in my Bamix hand blender. Then i had a bit left over – so searched for a recipe to use it up. A recipe to hide it a bit from Paul too scchhh. What a find !

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Choosing a cordless hand blender

Choosing a cordless hand blender

Free yourself up – go cordless. It’s not easy to find current products but we’ve uncovered the best brands, reviewed the top 6 and show you which countries you’ll find them in. Use our expert advice to discover the best cordless stick blender for you today.

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Tools we like

Tools we like

Cooking utensils and small kitchen appliances we like, use, or would love to have. They make great little gifts or big presents for everyone, from cook to chef.

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Mango Salmorejo soup

Mango Salmorejo soup

The best and easiest summer soup ! What a journey, mixing raw vegetables and balancing flavours. Makes a fabulous Autumn starter soup too with those colours.

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Free coffee masterclass… top service

Free coffee masterclass… top service

A brilliant masterclass on how to make a perfect cappuccino. It’s free, so I checked it out for you… the pleasure was all mine ! I’ll pass on a few tips on which milks to use to get the perfect results… and link you to your own free class too.

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Tomato anchovy salad

Tomato anchovy salad

A simple, delicious dish – 3 main ingredients. Inspired by a set of tapas starters for lunch, by the sea in Mallorca, Spain.

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Watermelon gazpacho

Watermelon gazpacho

This was part of a summer journey putting fruit in soups, salads, and tray bakes. The best thing about it is you just blend the ingredients together and its done !

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Fennel seed marinade and dip

Fennel seed marinade and dip

Such a simple food idea, and a great way to use fennel seeds. From the Simple book by Otto Lenghi. A three part salad that we break up into parts and have in different ways… again and again and again !

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Grab a bargain… you’re welcome.

Grab a bargain… you’re welcome.

When we find a piece of equipment that’s not easy to find, or when we find a great kitchen tool at a great price, we’ll update this post. So keep an eye on the last published date above.

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Easy, fast, red onion pickle

Easy, fast, red onion pickle

An unbelievably easy to make, pretty pickle. A no oil salad maker, a great topping for burgers, salads, cheese… anything. I could just eat it out of the jar !

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Asian Slaw & Smoked Salmon

Asian Slaw & Smoked Salmon

Fabulous recipe. Easy and very filling lunch too. Asian sauce with cabbage, carrot and onion slaw. Also brilliant as a marinade with smoked salmon.

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Slow down Sunday

Slow down Sunday

Slow living can simply be a feeling of giving enough time and space to everything you need to take care of… not forgetting of course, yourself.

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Living the magic …

Living the magic …

We don’t need to feel stressed anymore when we can’t sleep… now that we’ve discovered the beauty and the benefit of waking in the night.

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Warm orange breakfast bowl

Warm orange breakfast bowl

Start, or end the day feeling good with this as a breakfast, dessert or supper. Get what you need, to feel healthy, and full ( No overnight oats involved ! )

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Avocado fruit plate

Avocado fruit plate

So many ways to use avocado – and the best ways to present it. Tt’s a journey, and I hope it never ends. Join me and discover as I taste, test, write.

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A hearty breakfast

A hearty breakfast

Filling, warming, nutritious, very tasty. This oat based breakfast is perfect to set you up for the day, or, in my case to line my stomach ready for meds !

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Take time to care for yourself

Take time to care for yourself

Are you listening to your body’s needs and prioritising them ? It’ll save you time in the end if you do. I neglected my own needs and look where I ended up !

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Red pepper dip and sauce

Red pepper dip and sauce

I found a brilliant vegan red pepper sauce recipe, but even though I didn’t follow it fully, it still makes a perfect dip or pasta sauce or potato topping.

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Making magic beans !

Making magic beans !

Don’t you just love how beans and peas magically grow when you soak them in water overnight ! ( Jack & the Beanstalk memories !)

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Red onion marmalade made easy

Red onion marmalade made easy

Discover how easy it is to make this savoury, sweet red onion marmalade with a sous vide machine. A great replacement for butter or sauces with meat or cheese.

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Sunday Pieday !

Sunday Pieday !

Somewhere between Black Friday and Cyber Monday lies our final shortlist. Let’s call it Sunday Pie day.

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Black Pug day !

Black Pug day !

What has Black Friday started !!! Now there’s White Monday, Green Tuesday and now Orange Wednesday ! See what our Black Pug has to say about it, and the 6 bargains we’ve found on Amazon right now.

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Who likes to eat sunflowers !

Who likes to eat sunflowers !

What are these critters bedding into my sunflower ! The word is spreading and more are bedding in. Are they sleeping or eating… and what are they ?

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How to make your food smell and taste better

How to make your food smell and taste better

Learn the secret to creating and maximising those distinctive smells and umami tastes when you fry onions or sear meat. What makes the crusty breads, golden roast potatoes and toasted marshmallows all so very tempting!

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Take some time off.

Take some time off.

When we take a break and relax, we see so much more. So we’re ready to spot an opportunity, and reap even more benefits. It’s a pattern we’re noticing, and this is just one example.

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Authenticity

Authenticity

and neither can a business ! So what does it mean – to be authentic? ( Think it, feel it, act it, be it ). And, how can you check if you are being authentic or not ?

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shortcut shopping links

shortcut shopping links

A visual listing with buying links to the equipment that we recommend, for various reasons, in our reviews. A work in progress !

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Cuisinart vs KitchenAid

Cuisinart vs KitchenAid

The two big giants kitchen gadget companies compete again. Let’s compare their hand blender offerings and see the most popular and why !

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Detailed hand blender buying guide

Detailed hand blender buying guide

Which one should you choose when they all look the same ! This detailed guide shows you how to find the hand blender to suit you. It gives a checklist of the main criteria to look at – including power, speeds, quality, design, use, price, functionality.

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Hand blender FAQs

Hand blender FAQs

Enough of the hand blender tests and trials. Here are all the silly, (and frequently asked), questions about hand blenders. Answered here by our in house expert !

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A great kick start to healthy habits !

A great kick start to healthy habits !

Get this e-book ( and learn how to get other ebooks free ) to learn some really good habits. We really like this lady and what she stands for. We downloaded the digital version ourselves.

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The Cayenne Chili Pepper

The Cayenne Chili Pepper

The Cayenne Pepper – for some it’s hot, others it’s not ! Why we love it, and how we use it ? What’s in it and how can it affect our bodies !

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Raw chocolate

Raw chocolate

Raw chocolate (cacao, cocoa) – probably the most nutrient dense ingredient on the planet. Find out what it is, where to get it, and how to get a free mini cookbook so you can start creating your own pure chocolate heaven.

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Almonds

Almonds

The Almond seed… a handful a day keeps the doctor at bay ! One of the best sources of Vitamin E, and great for magnesium which is so good for controlling blood sugar and blood pressure.

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