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Elderflower cordial recipe

Elderflower cordial recipe

It´s that time of year again ! Sun is coming out. Barbecue cover is off. And those elderflowers are just begging to be picked for this really simple Elderflower cordial recipe.

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How to make preserved lemons

How to make preserved lemons

Sharing a very simple but important part of Moroccan cuisine( and a lovely memory from our Marrakech house). Get started because it´ll be a while before you use them !

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Turkish eggs menemen

Turkish eggs menemen

the cook, the local, the chef – 3 versions. Which would you choose. Click over to see the recipes, with tools, tips from Grandma, and how to cook ´by eye´ !

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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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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

Discover what makes cordless hand blenders so great. Get advice from the experts on the best (USB, basic, value, all-round, prof. ) PLUS a new cordless mixer. There´s a reason we also want to show you a great new cordless mixer too.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Free, foraged food education.

Free, foraged food education.

Teeny, tiny local passion fruit. Hand picked… foraged off a nearby street, gave us a wee treat ! But what a surprise. Now we know what size of passion fruits are the best, and are learning more about urban foraging.

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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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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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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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Cuisinart vs KitchenAid

Cuisinart vs KitchenAid

Which brand, and which hand blender will win, and why? Discover the best models from entry level, mid level, to professional, and the latest bargain to buy today.

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Our TOP Filter coffee machine buys

Our TOP Filter coffee machine buys

Get the best filter coffee solution for you here. Whether you’re a busy commuter needing a pick-me-up on the go, need to feed the crowd all day with the black stuff or want the best new wave craft coffee made for you at home.

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Celebrity hand blenders

Celebrity hand blenders

Celebrities and top chefs love their kitchen gadgets. They are happy to blend along with the rest of us. So which hand blender brands do they like?

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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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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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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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How to make the best chocolate

How to make the best 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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Keep bananas fresh bag

Keep bananas fresh bag

We love this because…
it does what it says. keeps bananas fresh for much longer… up to 2 weeks!
& you can store them in the fridge

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Dusting Wand

Dusting Wand

perfect for sprinkling surfaces for rolling dough, for evenly flouring baking pans.
great for precise dusting on buns and cakes… cinnamon, icing sugar, cocoa

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Sous Vide FAQs

Sous Vide FAQs

Here are all the silly, (and frequently asked), questions about sous vide. Answered here by our in house expert !

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