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Our weekly pick of the best kitchen gadgets, new food products and gastronomic events nationwide.
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19 July 2017

What’s New plus… Five of the Worst Literary Picnics…

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London cure smoked salmon H Forman & Son, London’s now sole remaining family-owned artisan smokehouse, has been operating since 1905. This year its London Cure Smoked Salmon has been awarded PGI status – the European protected geographical indication that celebrates traditional regional foods (other PGIs include Gorgonzola in Italy and Champagne in France). London Cure […]

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3 July 2017

What’s Hot plus… five great Independence Day recipes

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Buzz at the Ritz The Ritz, in tandem with its near neighbour, Fortnum & Mason, has installed three colonies of bees on its Piccadilly rooftop. Each hive holds approximately 60,000 Buckfast bees producing up to 60kg of urban honey culled from the poshest of city flowers – those growing in Royal St James Park and […]

 
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27 June 2017

What’s Hot plus… Five of the best places to eat Italian in the UK

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Bigger Splash Billed as a beach bag, this Hockney Bigger Splash bag would also be terrific for holiday market shopping Hockney Bigger Splash bag, £40 from shop.tate.org.uk Plant for Peace Superfood bars made from fruit grown on small Afghan farms. The Plant for Peace initiative makes it possible for Afghan farmers to grow mulberries and […]

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4 June 2017

What’s hot plus… Five of the Best Places to do more than just eat

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Paper soil The down to earth brainchild of CheeringTech, a Chinese tech company that decided to venture into reality and came up with the idea of brightly coloured paper soil using recycled paper and old-fashioned jam jars in which to grow a variety of plants and herbs. Looks jazzy, and saves energy, water and trees. […]

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23 May 2017

What’s Hot plus Five of the Best… aids to growing your own

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Artisan olive oil The Artisan Olive Oil Company is now stocking Paolo Bonomelli’s award-winning extra virgin olive oils. Produced in Italy, Bonomelli’s oils have been given the accolade of best olive oil in the world, 2017, in three international competitions: Ovibeja, Evooleum and the International Olive Oil Council’s Mario Solinas Quality Award. For further details, […]

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3 May 2017

What’s Hot plus… five of the best summer food festivals

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Royal Walkers If you’re already a fan of Walkers’ Thistle Rounds, Highlanders and Shortbread Fingers, you won’t be surprised that this family-run bakery has been awarded its second Royal Warrant. This time it’s from the Queen for the supply of shortbread to the Royal Household (the first was for its Scottish oatcakes). Walkers has been […]

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20 April 2017

What’s Hot plus Five of the Best… Seasonal treats

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Birds of America The Natural History Museums new homeware collection includes the Birds of America Coasters, £12, and the Louisiana Heron espresso set, £20 from nhm.org.uk Wood fired oven First launched in 2012, the Uuni wood fired oven is a portable, affordable and easy to use wood fired oven. Uuni 3 is the updated version; […]

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11 April 2017

Top Ten Easter Eggs

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Top ten Easter eggs Spring flower eggs A classy trio of milk, white and dark chocolate eggs decorated with spring flowers packaged in a pale green gift box £27.50/250g, bettys.co.uk   Solid Chocolate egg Solid Belgian chocolate egg split into 42 bite-sized chunks. Milk, white, dark or caramel £24.99/750g, solidchocolateco.com Collection Easter Eggs   Nine […]

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31 March 2017

What’s hot plus… five of the best spring cookbooks

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Blessed are the peacemakers The make tea not war mug – useful for households divided by Brexit perhaps, or perfect for seaside picnics Make Tea not War mug £8, from the Imperial war museum www.iwm.org.uk Smeg Portofino range Smeg’s newest cooker has five cooking levels, three fans inside the main oven, closed door grilling and […]

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27 February 2017

What’s Hot plus Five of the Best… Pancake paraphernalia

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Cumbrian lamb Herdwick lamb reared in the Cumbrian Hills is back in Booths stores for its limited season of four months. Delicious in its own right but buying it also provides much-needed support for Cumbrian hill farming Cumbrian lamb, diced £15.50/kg, rolled shoulder £10/kg, loin chops £16/kg, visit booths.co.uk Teapot cake Hard to resist this […]

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14 February 2017

What’s Hot plus Five of the Best… Romantic Cocktails

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 Enamel mugs Limited edition enamel tumblers in two cool and sophisticated shades of green: sage and samphire. Two sizes (£6, 9cm/310ml; £5, 6cm/124ml) Visit falconenamelware.com People’s Fridge How to reduce the shocking 900,000 tonnes of food a year thrown away by restaurants in the UK, not to mention the British households that chuck an average […]

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7 February 2017

What’s Hot in the West plus… Five of the Best Valentine’s gifts

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Village shop The renovated Shop and Tea Room at Temple Guiting in the Cotswolds now offers bread from the Bertinet bakery in Bath, organic meat and pies from Piper’s farm in Devon, Paxton & Whitfield cheeses and Rococo chocolates. The tea room will host tastings, cookery classes and supper clubs Temple Guiting shop and tea […]

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22 January 2017

What’s Hot plus… Five of the Best Superfoods

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Mudd, glorious mudd… Eat with a spoon out of the jar or spread on bread or crumpets, Hawkshead’s jars of meltingly thick ‘mudd’ come in three flavours: salted chocolate, chocolate and honey and salted banoffi banana Hawkshead Chocolate mudd, £4.95/220g from hawksheadrelish.com Denby casserole Shallow cast iron casserole by Denby, in a soft spring-like grey, […]

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9 January 2017

What’s Hot plus Five of the Best…. Health Boosts

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Binopolis Multi-tasking kitchen bin for simple humans… Binopolis has produced a dual capacity 58 litre, metallic bin (34litre of waste; 24litre recycling bucket) with easy steel opening-pedal. Rose Gold Simplehuman CW2035 waste bin, £169.99 (H655mm by W560mm by D360mm), free delivery. Visit binopolis.com   Eat on your greens Spring-like selection of mis-matched, slightly wonky, embossed […]

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17 December 2016

Top twelve foodie stocking fillers

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  Brindisa Brindisa (delis, restaurants and tapas bars) is also an on-line supplier of great Spanish food, inc hams, chorizo and, especially suitable for unusual stocking fillers – a supply of chocolate covered figs (from £7.50/6 figs), salsichon (£8.95), tins of chocolate cigarillo biscuits (£6.25/200g) and wonderful Canario chocolate hazelnuts (see below, £8.95/200g), visit brindisa.com […]

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13 December 2016

What’s hot plus… Five of the best Mince Pies

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Borough Box An on-line version of London’s famous Borough Market. Boroughbox.com can supply produce from the Borough’s stalls, Christmas treats and boxes of artisanal food and drink. Highlights include: Prosecco and Cheese box (French Comte cheeses, truffle oil, fig jam, £74.99); Foodie Box (products from Nudo, Love Cocoa, Joe’s teas, Smoky Brae and Fox gourmet, […]

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12 December 2016

Ten Top Tea Towels

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Tea towels – cheap artwork (frame them and hang about the kitchen), useful house-warming present, good wrapping paper, fantastic stocking-fillers and handy for doing the drying-up. Here are ten of the best this Christmas…      Right-hand corner top: Fruit and Veg tea towel by Louise Lockhart, £12.50 from https://todryfor.com/products/fruit-veg-tea-towel Top row, left to right: […]

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30 November 2016

What’s hot Christmas treats plus… Five of the best hampers

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Taittinger Champagne The Taittinger story begins with a Château – the  glorious 18th century Château de la Marquetterie at Pierry in Champagne. Pierre Taittinger was stationed here during the First World War and fell in love with the region and the house. He vowed to return after the war and, in the 1930s, he went […]

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16 November 2016

What’s Hot plus… Five of the best pepper grinders

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Noa and Nani Components of a kitchen revamp, rather than a full-scale makeover, can be found at on-line furniture supplier Noa and Nani. Their Canterbury Collection includes a three-drawer wood cabinet with solid doors and pine surface (£189) and a three-drawer wood dresser with glass doors and sideboard with solid doors (£299). Both are painted […]

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4 November 2016

What’s Hot plus Five of the Best… Non-alcoholic drinks

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Pop-up picture house A month of feel-good movies plus delicious food by Tom Kerridge is on offer at Marlow’s Pop-Up Picture House this December. Films include When Harry Met Sally (2 Dec), Casablanca (10 Dec), It’s a Wonderful Life (24 Dec), Grease (31 Dec), with accompanying meals of chicken coconut curry and shepherd’s pie, beef […]

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27 October 2016

What’s Hot Plus… Five of the Best Halloween Treats

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Leon cooking pot Zingy cookware from the super-healthy fast-food chain Leon. Blue and yellow stockpots (from £40/24cm), red tin trays (£12) and terracotta rectangular dishes, with glazed teal interior, microwave, freezer, grill and dishwasher safe and oven safe to 200°C (£25). All available from John Lewis www.johnlewis.com Tiger lemons Grown in Aguilas in southern Spain, […]

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20 October 2016

What’s Hot plus… Five of the Best Porridge makers

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Feeding the foundlings Established in 1739 by Captain Thomas Coram, the Foundling Hospital in Bloomsbury, London, was a hospital ‘for the maintenance and education of exposed and deserted young children.’ Today, Coram’s philanthropic organisation still operates as a charity creating better chances for children. An exhibition, Feeding the 400, explains how the Foundling children were […]

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10 October 2016

What’s Hot… plus Five of the Best Chocolate Makers

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Learn to cook Two 2016 winners in the world of food: the Michel Roux Jr Cookery School took the Cookery School of the Year Award at the Food and Travel Magazine awards; and Jack Sturgess whose Bake With Jack initiative dispenses baking lessons in your own home, was awarded top gong in the Fantastic Food […]

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19 September 2016

New bread and honey

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Haughton Honey Radmore Farm at Haughton in Cheshire began harvesting raw English honey straight from the hive in 2014. Now they’ve launched a 900g pot, the equivalent of two and a half jars, of their 100 per cent natural honey featuring traces of dandelion, chestnut, blackberry, clover and other wild flowers Haughton Honey, £5.95/340g or […]

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9 September 2016

Autumnal events

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Petersham Nurseries Already famous as the idyllically romantic restaurant by the Thames in West London, Petersham Nurseries also hosts the School of Garden Inspiration which runs seasonal workshops throughout the year. This autumn you can attend Kitchen Garden Planning for Autumn, an all day workshop including a tour of Petersham House kitchen garden, lunch, tea […]

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2 September 2016

Great Taste Awards: part 2

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Part Two of a brief taster of the products that have made it into the top 50 of this year’s Great Taste Awards. The 2016 regional winners and the Supreme Champion gong for overall best  product will be awarded  at the Great Taste Golden Fork Dinner in London on 5 September   Fleur de sel […]

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24 August 2016

The Great Taste Awards: Part 1

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The mammoth undertaking that constitutes the annual Great Taste Awards is nearing this year’s conclusion. Out of 10,000 entries, the judges have produced a list of the top 50 Uk food products. And that’s only the beginning; in another few days you can find out who has scooped the top regional awards as well as […]

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10 August 2016

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Acapulco chilli Plant Hot in every sense, the multi-coloured Acapulco chilli plant will provide you with a summer-long supply of fresh chillies. It’s available at Marks & Spencer alongside the citrus-flavoured Lemon Drop chilli Lemon drop chillies £1.50/30g; the Acapulco chilli plant £3.50, available Marks & Spencer, www.marksandspencer.com   Etruscan jugs Famous for its blue […]

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4 August 2016

The Wood Awards: 2016 shortlist

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The Wood Awards, established in 1971, to give prizes for excellence in architecture and product design using wood, are  celebrating their 45th anniversary this year. In the furniture and product category, there were an impressive 182 entries, 12 of which  have been shortlisted including cabinets, benches, stools and extendable dining tables. Most intriguing for anyone […]

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25 July 2016

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Coconut curls Coconut Curls – they sound like  a Shirley Temple song, but unlike the ringletted singer, these leave you wanting more; curly shavings of coconut, dried and seasoned with salt or pepper. High in fibre, 109 calories per packet, even part of your five-a-day. Coconut curls by Ape snacks, 99p/20g available Morrisons, Planet Organic […]

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12 July 2016

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  Eccles cake chocolate Pumpstreet, the award-winning bakery based in Orford, Suffolk, has produced an Eccles cake chocolate bar to accompany their Rye crumb, milk and sea salt and sourdough and sea salt bars. The limited edition Eccles is stuffed with the bakery’s own Eccles cakes and is only made in small quantities Pumpstreet Eccles […]

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5 July 2016

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Sprouting pencils An inspired invention – plantable sprouting pencils. Made by a Danish start-up, each pencil contains a seed capsule (herbs, flowers, veg, even trees) which, once the pencil has become too small to write with, can be planted. Latest sprouting pencils produce three varieties of chilli – hot, red cayenne, hotter purira pepper and […]

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23 May 2016

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Mr Trotter’s Sausalamis Try saying that when you’ve had a couple … which is probably also the time when you might really fancy one of these air-dried pork snacking sausages by the same trio who brought you Mr Trotter’s Pork Scratchings. The sausalamis come individually wrapped, in three flavours: original, cracked black pepper and Jalapeno […]