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Valentine’s Day dinner…delivered to your door!

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I would rather stick rusty pins in my eyes than go out on Valentine’s Night. All those coo-ing couples and rip-off roses. No thanks. My ideal February 14 involves putting … Continue reading

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A week of living Bart-ishly! Bart’s New Range of World Spice Blends Tried & Tasted

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  I’ve been sent Bart’s new range of world spice blends to try because, as it says in their press release, I like to think of myself as an ‘adventurous … Continue reading

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Review: Higgidy British Beef, Stilton & Sussex Ale Pie

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Jam-packed with huge chunks of soft, yielding beef in a savoury gravy of ale, black treacle, tamarind, Worcestershire sauce and Stilton, topped with melt-in-the-mouth mashed potato, I’m at a loss … Continue reading

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Woo-hoo! Make these spooky Halloween Pizzas with Cheestrings

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I’ve been sent some Cheese and Tomato Cheestrings and Cheese Spaghetti for the kids and as it’s Halloween AND half-term I got them involved in making these cheesy-stringy-spooky pizzas. As … Continue reading

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Review: M&S ‘Gastropub Classic’ Breaded Camembert with Cranberry & Apple Chutney

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I’m not sure how successful M&S’s ‘Gastropub Classics’ range is because its products seem to permanently be on offer at my local branch. They are described as ‘Modern British classics, … 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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Dads’ Dining Club Review: Roganic, Blandford Street, London, W1

Heritage tomatoes, bulgur wheat, goat’s curd and apple marigold

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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Love food, hate waste? This fantastic new app can save you £££s

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When I was growing up, my mum was brilliant at making elastic food  – you know, making it stretch as far as possible. That’s a  play on words, by the … 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: Viajante, Bethnal Green Town Hall, London, E2

We auditioned a new member of the Dad’s Dining Club last week with a probationary culinary challenge: choose a restaurant that would blow our palates away. The criteria is simple: … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Bengali Creamy Coconut Chicken with Courgettes

This is about the most hassle-free meal I’ve ever made – and the kids loved it. I’m not usually a fan of ready-sauces but we’d had a busy day and … Continue reading

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Book Giveaway: Dark thriller ‘Sorry’ – the best-selling debut novel from Zoran Drvenkar

  One day I will publish the novel I wrote two years ago and that has been sitting in my bottom drawer ever since. One day I will give away … Continue reading

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Our day at the Royal Institute of Great Britain: Why elephants can’t dance, sky-diving hamsters and super-strong ants!

‘Why, Dad, why?’ is one of the most commonly used phrases in our home. Mainly, it is used to challenge the hour of bedtime or the need to consume a … Continue reading

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Reluctant Road Test: Philips Azur Steam Iron – and my life just got a whole lot easier!

Well, it was bound to happen one day, given the amount of pressing action it has partaken in these past five years: on Sunday, our iron conked out. Kaput. Unsaveable. … Continue reading

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Restaurant Review: The Wells, Hampstead, London, NW3

My wife and I don’t get out as often as we’d like, but every once in a while, a Gift Horse comes along and it would be impolite, neigh (!) … Continue reading

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How many sharks are killed to make shark’s fin soup? What I learned on our Class Trip to London Aquarium

Let me ask you a question. How many sharks do you think there are in the world? No, I have no idea either.  But how many MORE sharks would there … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed Review: How to make…Hare’s Moor Onion Bhajis

Sometimes, though very rarely, life can feel a bit too short, a little too rushed, to have have the time to blend spices. Sometimes, though very rarely, it’s nice when … Continue reading

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Masterchef Exclusive: A cooking masterclass with 2011 champion Tim Anderson

Sometimes this blogging malarkey ain’t all bad – and last night was one such time. Myself and a handful of other Handpicked bloggers (RedTedArt, CrumbsFeedYourFamily and Nixdminx to name but … Continue reading

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