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Review: Bart’s New York Steak Rub

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I rarely flavour my steaks, preferring the simple taste of good beef, enhanced by a little salt and a grinding of black pepper. But I’m no stick-in-the-mud – and a … Continue reading

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Slow Cooked Gammon studded with Stem Ginger

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Stem ginger in syrup is a wonderful thing. Spicy and sweet, it is a fantastic ingredient in cakes, and chopped up, mixed with vanilla ice cream. But I prefer my … Continue reading

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‘Bart’s Smokey Chipotle’ Lamb Cutlets

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I’ve got my hands on a few of Bart’s new Smokehouse Barbecue meat rubs to review over the next few weeks. Now, I’m quite a fan of Bart- my spice … Continue reading

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Chicken and Pistachio Nut Korma

Chicken and Pistachio Nut Korma

An authentic chicken korma is usually made with a nut paste made up of almonds and cashews, but I thought I’d try making it with pistachios after I was sent … Continue reading

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Review: Byron promises a ‘proper hamburger’. But does it deliver?

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If I want a burger, I can go one of two ways: make my own, or take the kids to a Maccy D’s or BK. The former is tastier; the … Continue reading

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Review: Hovis Breakfast Bakes

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As I type, I’m enjoying these new Hovis Breakfast Bakes with a nice cup of tea. And very dunkable they are too. They were sent to me by a very … Continue reading

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Review: The night Dads’ Dining Club went to The Shard’s Oblix restaurant and met Ryan Giggs

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  The first time I saw Ryan Giggs in the flesh was when he came on as a substitute for Manchester United against Everton way back in March 1991. It … Continue reading

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Gizzi Erskine welcomes foodie market revival to City of London

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I’m passionate about markets so I thought this was worth a mention. If you’re a Londoner, a visitor to London or a foodie, it might be worth keeping a note … Continue reading

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Review: M&S Alphonso Mango Dressing with Brazilian Lime Juice and Peri-Peri Chillies

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I’m all for knowing the provenance of ingredients, as I’ve written about many times before. I like to know where my beef comes from, both the breed and the farm … Continue reading

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Review: M&S Summer Range: Lazy Beer Can Chicken

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Now that we’ve finally got some decent weather, I thought I’d try something a bit lighter than my usual fare. At the end of the day, this is just a … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club Review: Roka, Charlotte Street, London, W1

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There are three reasons why Nic Watt’s Japanese restaurant Roka is one of the best culinary experiences I’ve ever had, because each of those reasons could, in and of itself, … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club Review: Roganic, Blandford Street, London, W1

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Six times a year, four musketeer dads get together for a gastronomical night out. But there are times when three of us aren’t available. This is one such time. However, … Continue reading

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A Great Gift For Father’s Day: Simon Cave’s Manly Food

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If you are a man who loves to cook, or are married to a man whose Nirvana is the kitchen, then food writer and blogger Simon Cave’s ‘Manly Food’ cookbook … Continue reading

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How to get 2-for-1 tickets to Thorpe Park – the nation’s Thrill Capital (according to my 11-year-old)

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Theme parks don’t do it for me. I’m a wuss, see. Prone to dizziness and screaming. Not a good look for a man approaching his 50th year. The last time … Continue reading

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Review: Walkers Baked Hoops and Crosses

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The lights are bright. The scene is set. Two aficionados of the bagged baked snacks genre approach the table. The first, with deft fingers, pinches at the seal of the … Continue reading

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Review: Is chocolate-infused cheese a revelation or just revolting?

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Is there such a thing as the Best of Both Worlds? You know the kind of thing: getting a massage while you’re watching the football; having a pint while your … Continue reading

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Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

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  ‘Apserlutly awesome!!!’ Not my words, but those of my eight-year-old son, written in his school exercise book, after the lucky lad had the privilege of seeing a preview of … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club Review: The Delaunay, Aldwych, London

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Well, what a bruising encounter this was for the Dads’ Dining Club. For the first time in our (short) history, virtual war was declared in the ranks, the catalyst for … Continue reading

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Review: Heinz Five Beanz vs Heinz Baked Beans

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For me, there is no better hangover breakfast than a meaty sausage and grilled cheese on toast smothered in Heinz Baked Beans. So as I staggered back from the school … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club review: Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck

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Many years ago, when I had fewer responsibilities than I have today, and a job that paid enough for me to indulge my every whim and fantasy, I went to … Continue reading

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Sweet Chilli Ketchup Burger

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My 11-year-old stepdaughter Daisy is a Heinz tomato ketchup addict. She’d have it on ice cream if I’d let her. She’s also a spice lover and devours my curries (though … Continue reading

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Sponsored Post: Men’s Sport Performance

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In an effort to keep my middle-aged spread at bay, I went for a jog the other day and was quite taken by the admiring smiles and glances that were … Continue reading

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Can you guess what this is?

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No, it’s not a big, fat, soft toilet paper rocket for the next mission to Mars. Many bloggers I follow get sent all sorts of amazing and expensive gadgets and … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club Review: M.A.S.H: Modern American Steak House, Brewer Street, London, W1F 9ZN

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  I have just had the best restaurant steak I have ever eaten. I have just received the best service I’ve ever encountered. I have just experienced sophistication combined with … Continue reading

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    Somehow I earned a few quid last year. A bit of writing here, a bit of freelancing there. And before I knew it, what appeared in my bank … Continue reading

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Sponsored Post: Visit the Mediterranean with Sacla’ Basil Pesto

A simple but delicious stuffed chicken dish that would be perfect for a dinner party on a cold winter’s night or as an alternative to a traditional Sunday roast. This … Continue reading

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Sponsored Post: What are your health goals for 2013? Make a smart start – and leave a question for a chance to win a £75 pampering pack from The Sanctuary

Like a lot of people, I’ve used the start of the New Year to have a long, hard look at my health habits.  I’m en route to 50 years old … Continue reading

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Sponsored Post: Do you suffer from smartphone envy?

  There is one thing in the world I love more than my wife, and it is my wife’s smartphone (only joking, dear, put the kettle on and calm down). … Continue reading

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Sponsored Post: Once Christmas is out of the way, it’s time to lose my belly (maybe, possibly, might)

  Don’t whisper it too loudly, but I’ve bought my sons new trainers for Christmas, which got me thinking. Or rather, got my dearly beloved wife thinking. ‘Once Christmas is … Continue reading

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Sponsored Post: Our Santa is about 25 and drives a van

Over the last few weeks, I have become very familiar with a new man in my life called Lee. It started off as a rather beligerent relationship (on my part) … Continue reading

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