Category: Food & Drink

Millionaires Shortbread – A Sweet Treat

The combination of crumbly shortbread, smooth sweet caramel and rich dark chocolate is an utter delight and a firm favourite amongst sweet treats. This recipe makes it easy for you to create your own, particularly using the pre-made caramel. The addition of toffee firms it up a little making it slightly less squidgy to eat. This is a perfect treat for a picnic, a party or just to indulge. INGREDIENTS: Shortbread Base: 110g butter 60g caster sugar 110g plain flour 40g cornflour Filling: 397g tin carnation caramel 80g toffees (about 10 toffees) Chocolate Topping: 240g plain chocolate METHOD: Grease...

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Champagne Jacquart Brut Mosaique

Now, I am a Champagne gal, I don’t profess to know all about Champagne but I adore a glass or two of the bubbly stuff. Some varieties I prefer over others and this particular Champagne is one of my firm favourites. Jacquart came about in the 1960s when a group of grape growers realised they needed to make their own Champagne to build their own sustainable business instead of supplying grapes to the Grande Marques (meaning members of the Syndicat des Grandes Marques, a prestigious organisation composed of many of Champagne’s most famous houses). Champagne Jacquart was released in...

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Roast Pork with Perfect Crackling

What better way to complete your weekend than with a roast dinner. This pork cooking method promises perfect crackling and delicious moist pork. I also include my favourite way to make the best tasting mash potatoes. Ingredients: Leg joint of pork, weighing approx 1kg Baking potatoes, as many as required for your desired amount of mashed potato. I use 6 large potatoes to serve 4 people. 2 knobs of butter Salt & Pepper 350ml stock 3 carrots 1 medium onion 1 tbsp plain flour splash of milk dash of mustard grated cheese Method Firstly, leave your pork out of...

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789 Prosecco – For The Lovers

I came across 789 Prosecco by chance when my lovely mother bought us a bottle as a gift. This particular brand I had not heard of. It is made by Mondelli Wines who also produce a wide variety such as red, pino grigo, prosecco frizzante and sparkling rose to name a few. The company was formed in 1991 and is now one of the biggest Italian wine exporters where they produce in various regions. Italians like to serve Prosecco at any celebration and it is no surprise Prosecco sales are at an all time high. The UK alone purchases...

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The Oil Can Cafe of Hepworth

Nestled on the edge of the Peak District in a little village called Hepworth is the Carding Shed/Oil can café. Even though it’s local to me I only started visiting around 12 months ago and now it’s become a regular stop off point or meeting place for me and my friends. Driving up the long drive into what looks like an industrial estate you park up outside and are faced with a very uninspiring looking warehouse. I think my friend was a little nervous when I took her there for the first time last Friday. You enter through a...

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Canti Prosecco 2016 – A Party Starter

Prosecco? Ooh go on then, don’t mind if I do! Having been more of a champagne fan in the past I find myself purchasing more Prosecco these days. It seems to be that bit more palatable for some who are not wine fans so we can meet in the middle and obviously, the cost is cheaper. A little bit of Prosecco history…… Prosecco is a sparkling wine (although not all Proseccos are sparkling, some are flat). It is made in the Veneto region of Italy. It tends to be sweeter than champagne. Prosecco is named after a village, a...

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