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Romance Is “In the Bag” with Brompton Food Market

Leila Dukes loves eating out at restaurants, but there’s one day of the year when she reckons it’s best to avoid them at all costs. Continue reading

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Cookery School Collaborates with Caprice Holdings Restaurants for New Gourmet Cooking Classes

Cookery School has teamed up with Caprice Holdings Restaurants to launch a new series of gourmet masterclasses for early 2015. Continue reading

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Fresh Pasta Masterclass with Giovanni Rana – 17 September at Giovanni Rana Restaurant, NW1

Maker of Italy’s most popular pasta brand, Giovanni Rana will be visiting his Regent’s Place restaurant on the 17th of September to host an exclusive pasta making masterclass and teach a small audience how to make fresh filled pasta from scratch. Continue reading

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Stress Free Dinner Parties Achieved with Food at 52 Cookery School

Planning to host a dinner party or would you like to build up your confidence before the next time you do? Consider attending Stress Free Dinner Parties course Food at 52 Cookery School near Old Street. It’s one of the school’s many courses designed to help ordinary people with ordinary kitchens cook and eat better. I sat in on the full day course and found it to be fun, enlightening and delicious. Continue reading

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Win an Assortment of Handcrafted Baked Goods from Genesis Crafty

As Genesis Crafty’s Blogger of the Month, I’ve been having a blast sharing my ideas for recipes to pair with the handcrafted baked goods made by this family run Northern Ireland bakery. Now here’s a chance for you to have a go at whipping up your own tasty creations to enjoy with yummy Genesis Crafty scones, pancakes and more! Keep reading to find out how to win a generous assortment of treats from Genesis Crafty. Continue reading

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Adam Gray Nursery School Cookery Demo (Great British Chefs)

Skylon Executive Head Chef, Adam Gray, is a family man with a four year old son in nursery. Keen to pass on his passion for food to a younger generation, Adam recently dropped by his son’s south west London nursery, … Continue reading

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Win a Journey of Discovery Hamper Worth £40 from Bart Ingredients

From the sunny shores of Portugal through to North Africa, India and Thailand to Indonesia, the chefs at Bart have been on a Journey of Discovery to source delicious regional ingredients for an exciting new series of spice blends, which quickly and easily add character to everyday dishes. Here’s a chance for one lucky reader to win a Journey of Discovery hamper worth £40 and have a taste of these blends without even having to leave the kitchen. Keep reading to find out how. Continue reading

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Dixie Detours: New Orleans School of Cooking

Wow. Our afternoon visit to the New Orleans School of Cooking on St Louis Street in the French Quarter was a lot of fun – and well worth its own write up among all the entries in my Dixie Detours miniseries. Continue reading

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Free Italian Cooking Class for Two at Cookery School This Saturday

Do you love Italian cooking but find that your version of al dente leaves you and your dinner guests feeling all disappointed? Here’s a chance for you and a friend to participant in an All Day Italian cooking class worth £300 in total this Saturday at Cookery School near Oxford Circus. Keen? Keep reading and buon appetito! Continue reading

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Cooking up a Scandilicious Christmas with Norwegian Seafood and Signe Johansen

Here’s a quick mention about a fun cookery session I recently sat in on at rather swank cooking school, Aveqia. Hosted by the Norwegian Seafood Council with London’s own Scandilicious chef Signe Johansen at the helm, it was a tasty opportunity to discover what makes seafood from Norway so special and delicious while dabbling in a bit of Scandi Christmas tradition too. Continue reading

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Tilia: Christmas Nibbles Sorted

Started in 2011 and incorporating a “Five Point Selection Criteria to identify producers who display qualities that set them apart from the pack”, Tilia connects Londoners with some of the best local suppliers of artisan food and drink. Currently, Tilia is only a London only thing, but there are plans to expand. Continue reading

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Review of The Recipe Kit by @urbanpixxels

The Recipe Kit is not the first food delivery service. But founder George Kazarian wanted to add ‘a layer of awesomeness’. It might take you a few minutes extra in the kitchen, but as a result you get to learn new techniques, discover ingredients that you won’t find in every supermarket, and explore new cuisines. I mean, how good does ‘candy beetroot salad with lamb lettuce and goats cheese’, ‘sweet potato salad with barberries and tamarind dressing’, or ‘poussin stuffed with couscous’ sound? Continue reading

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Get 15% Off the Ticket Price for This Weekend’s BBC Good Food Show

Sponsored by BBC Heading to this weekend’s BBC Good Food Show at Olympia Exhibition Centre this weekend? Be sure to watch this video for 15% off your ticket price!

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Tilia: Online Home Delivery Service of Artisan Food and Drink. Try it and Love it!

Tilia is a new online home delivery service connecting Londoners with local suppliers of artisan food and drink. At the moment, it’s a London only thing, but there are plans for rapid nationwide expansion. I recently gave Tilia a twirl. Completely impressed, I loved everything aspect of my experience. Indeed, I’m keen to try the service again (and again!) and can wholeheartedly recommend it as an incredibly convenient way to get top quality grub to your table. Continue reading

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London Daily Photo: Lunch with Siba

Lunch today came compliments of South African chef Siba Mtongaga who was in town today to promote her new Food Network UK series, Siba’s Table. Look for the show to premiere on the Food Network UK 23 September and to be aired weekdays at 12.30pm and 6.30pm. Brought to you by the team who created Nigella’s Kitchen and Barefoot Contessa, Siba’s Table is filmed in Cape Town, where the chef creates and serves a range of dishes for her friends and family. I can vouch that much of her food is delish. She makes a mean chakalaka and was a gracious during my meal. Continue reading

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Win a Modern Design Measuring Cup Set and Spoon

I’ve got a Cuppa set of measuring cups and a Dash 4-in-1 measuring spoon to give to one lucky reader. Both are BPA free silicone, very attractive and dishwasher free and are excellent examples of the practical and modern designs available from Umbra.com. Continue reading

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Top 5 Summer Sweets

Summer’s here (kind of) with its long daylight hours bringing with it all kinds of new opportunities to enjoy tasty treats. BBQs, picnics, sporting events … you name it! Here’s a list of my five favourite sweets for cooling down, chilling out and making the most of the season … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013

It’s time again for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show which this year celebrates its 100th anniversary. Got tix? Here’s a sneak peek from the VIP and press day of what you can expect. Continue reading

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Recipe: Mom’s Tuna Salad

A classic taste of my childhood, I love making this easy and cheap dish for myself. The recipe is based on something my mom often used to make for me when I was a kid. For her, it was a last minute pleaser that required little prep and minimal cleaning up. I always saw it as a special treat though, and from time to time I find I still crave for it. My version’s slightly different than the way Mom would make it, but I think it yields essentially the same level of yumminess at very little cost. Continue reading

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Recipe: Michel Roux Jr’s Crushed Garlicky Rooster Potatoes in Their Skin

With only these six ingredients (okay, eight if you count the salt and pepper) and just a handful of basic steps to follow, I found this recipe offered especially tasty value for minimal effort. Not much clean up afterward either. As the name implies, this dish is a garlic lover’s treat. I reckon you could tone down the amount of garlic suggested and still be happy with the results. An additional splash or two of the pastis wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Continue reading

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Michel Roux Jr Breakfast Event at Whole Foods Kensington, Monday 28 January

BBC 2’s Masterchef: The Professionals presenter, Michel Roux Jr, will appear at the Whole Foods Market in Kensington on Monday morning for a cooking demo, Q&A and book signing. Michel will be joined by Gerry Beck, head chef at Whole Foods Market. … Continue reading

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Jean-Christophe Novelli’s Christmas Menu

Priority Moments from O2 has teamed up with Ocado and top chef Jean-Christophe Novelli to help you create the ultimate Christmas feast. In the first of four sponsored episodes, Michelin star chef Jean-Christophe Novelli shows us how to make a … Continue reading

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Christmas Feast Ideas?

As I mentioned on the blog yesterday morning, despite the fact that I’ve lived in London for about a decade, 2012 will be the first year that I’ll actually be here on Christmas day. I’m gonna do it up with … Continue reading

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#Soupsearch Continues … in Leeds

I spent yesterday with Ainsley Harriot and crew up in Leeds at the Symington’s factory (where Ainsley Harriott Foods products are produced and packaged). We chatted about my #soupsearch adventures, trial-and-error-ed our way through all sorts of concoctions based on … Continue reading

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Talking Turkey 2012

Big turkey, little oven. That’s how my saturday din-din rolled out. In the end though, my dinner guests had no beef with the bird I served. Phew! As mentioned a couple of days ago, my 2012 Thanksgiving dinner came a … Continue reading

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Mom’s Thanksgiving Dressing Recipe

Some of y’all might know this dish as stuffing. I guess it’s a regional thing. Growing up in north Georgia, we just called it dressing. Technically the two are the same. Since this recipe doesn’t call for putting the goop … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Feast 2012

T Day came early for me this year. It’s one of the blessings/curses of being an American abroad. You’re most likely not going to be able to be free during the actual Thanksgiving Thursday or the following Friday. But if … Continue reading

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Guinness Cupcakes

It’s really cold. And I’m such a cheapskate I don’t want to turn on the heat. But if I can find a simple baking recipe then I can have something to eat and warm the flat by having the oven … Continue reading

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Japanese #SoupSearch: The Adventure Continues

I spent last week exploring Japan in search of the next great flavour for Ainsley Harriott’s World Kitchen range of soups. Now back in London, the next step of my #SoupSearch Challenge is to meet up with Ainsley and crew … Continue reading

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Japanese #SoupSearch Day Four: Kyoto

I spent last week exploring Japan in search of the next great flavour for Ainsley Harriott’s World Kitchen range of soups. What a fantastic opportunity! Japan has been one of my dream destinations ever since I was a kid learning the importance … Continue reading

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Japanese #SoupSearch Day Three: Hakone

I spent last week exploring Japan in search of the next great flavour for Ainsley Harriott’s World Kitchen range of soups. I had so much fun! Japan has been one of my dream destinations ever since I was a little kid rushing … Continue reading

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Japanese #SoupSearch Day Two: Exploring Tokyo

I spent last week exploring Japan in search of the next great flavour for Ainsley Harriott’s World Kitchen range of soups. I had so much fun! Japan has been one of my dream destinations ever since I was a little … Continue reading

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Japanese #SoupSearch Day One: Tokyo!

I spent last week exploring Japan in search of the next great flavour for Ainsley Harriott’s World Kitchen range of soups. I had so much fun. For me, Japan has been a dream destination since I was a little kid watching episodes … Continue reading

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Me and My Aga

Viral video by ebuzzing Post sponsored by Aga Beneath the classic looks of every AGA is a heart of cast iron: the entire cooker is an outstandingly efficient energy store, steadily transferring the heat from its core into its ovens … Continue reading

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