If there has been one buzzword in the food and drink world recently, “vegan” is surely it. Traditionally, a number of animal products have been used during the fining process (the bit that helps make the wine clearer, stabilised and less bitter). Replacing them are clay- or charcoal-based alternatives, safe for both vegans and vegetarians alike.
Making the switch to these tipples means your alcohol intake would be vastly reduced (without you actually having to drink less). If you’ve tried non-alcoholic wine in the past and been put off by the synthetic sweet taste, we’d urge you to consider these modern options instead – supermarkets have seriously upped their game to keep up with the cultural shift. For example, a hunter semillon from Australia or a German riesling, rather than wines that are superficially de-alcoholised.
The experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute have released a helpful guide on the subject, as it turns out there are very specific ways cheeses need to be cut to ensure each bite is as perfect as the last. According to the guide, cutting cheese is an art - and shape, size, and texture are all factors to consider when choosing the correct slicing method.
Imagine a world where ice-cream was healthy. Well, it turns out the future of ice-cream is upon us - because one researcher at the University of Copenhagen is close to replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat in our favourite summer treat. Saturated fat - abundant in ice-cream - raises cholesterol, which is linked to heart disease and strokes.
Gone are the days of going through the tiring chore of actually peeling a banana - farmers in Japan have successfully grown completely edible fruits thanks to a DNA method mimicking the Ice Age. Named the Mongee Banana, which translates to “incredible” in Japanese, the new and improved banana is the result of the freeze thaw awakening” method. The method, which is being used by D&T Farm in Japan’s Okayama Prefecture, recreates temperatures and growing conditions of the ice age, resulting in bananas that are much sweeter - and fully edible.
It’s safe to say Greek wine is officially having a moment, and rightly so. The rugged landscape provides the perfect terroir for red, white, rose and even sparkling wines. With a rich history of wine-making, it may seem odd that it’s only just started to gain momentum, however recent events such as the Greek Wine Festival in London have helped shine a light on the great grape varieties found in this part of the Mediterranean.
The Cadbury selection box is a Christmas staple, filled with a selection of chocolate treats ... but this year's offering comes with a side-order of controversy: The Fudge bar has been replaced and people are outraged. Apparently, the decision-makers at Cadbury felt, like some others secretly felt, that the Fudge bar was over - and so decided to replace it with a Dairy Milk Oreo. The sweet treat has been removed from the £2.99 box but is still available in the small (£1.09) and Freddo (£2.99) selection packs.
If you could murder a pint but do without the trudge to the pub, an at-home beer tap is the perfect addition to your cosy night in. Attention, footballers and famouses! Too rich and recognisable to pop out to the pub but still fancy a pint?
Christmas is the most wonderful time of year… but for many people, it's an incredibly stressful time too. One of the biggest pressures of the big day is serving up a delicious meal that all the family will enjoy. Any nuggets of advice to make Christmas preparations slightly more relaxed are very welcome, which is why Jamie Oliver decided to share his top Christmas cooking hacks.
Fortunately, and miraculously, KFC Japan claims it has come up with a solution for your commuting woes. Not wanting to lose out on those precious commuting moments where customers could be chowing down on fried chicken, the fast food fried chicken chain has created a new type of chicken that you can eat on public transportation - without feeling self-conscious. Available only at a pop-up location in the Shinjuku subway station in Tokyo, KFC Japan is offering low-odour fried chicken, a game changer for hungry commuters.
With most Brits having a feast of some sort - be that traditional roast turkey and all the trimmings or a festive brunch - there’s a lot of food to be bought. This means that the supermarkets are putting everything into luring in shoppers and outdoing each other. In recent years, with everyone tightening their metaphorical belts (and loosening their real ones), the budget retailers have been successfully drawing people away from the higher end supermarkets.
In light of spreading the festive love, our wine and spirits expert, Adrian Smith, has put together a comprehensive list of his favourite wines from 2017. If you’re looking for gift inspiration or some well-deserved indulgence, you’ve come to the right place.
Britain is undergoing a cultural shift in its drinking habits, and booze is the loser. Spurred on by a desire to be health-conscious, and helped by campaigns such as Dry January, people are increasingly opting for alcohol-free nights out. Familiar soft drinks of fizzy pop or fruit juice have never really compared to the complex flavours and vast choice offered by the booze shelves, so some smarter alternatives to alcohol are being served up.
The world’s first cannabis-infused, alcohol-removed wine, the new line of marijuana sauvignon blanc means you can finally pour yourself a few glasses of wine after work and wake up without an earsplitting headache. Rebel Coast Winery has successfully removed the alcohol from their wine and replaced it with 16 milligrams of THC. Using grapes grown in Sonoma County and fermenting them using a traditional winemaking process, Rebel Coast’s new line of wines will be pretty similar to your favourite sparkling white.
An altercation over a condiment heated up at a Seattle pizza restaurant - when one customer was displeased with the amount of sriracha sauce she received with her order. Claiming the employees were yelling at her and calling her names, the 36-year-old woman created a disturbance inside the restaurant until she was physically removed from the premises by police, according to the Seattle Police Department Blotter.
Warburtons has apologised after using a hashtag on social media which is linked to a fetish community. When the bakery firm launched a competition with Tom Fletcher that encouraged customers to share photos of themselves eating crumpets, they used the hashtag “#crumpetcreations” to spread the word. COMPETITION TIME! To celebrate Crumpet Eve by @TomFletcher, we're giving away VIP tickets to The Christmasaurus Live Shows, plus signed books and even special packs of Giant Crumpets checked over by Tom himself.
Alas, the enterprising spirit of British supermarkets knows no bounds and prosecco chicken will be hitting the shelves at Aldi this Christmas. While prosecco chicken may not be the first foodie fusion that springs to mind when daydreaming about your Christmas lunch, it might be less kitschy than you think. Beer-battered fish, red wine and steak, Guinness chocolate cake…food and alcohol do make one cracker (festive pun intended) of a combo.
This healthy wine is definitely going to take your dinner parties to the next level this Christmas. At only 373 calories a bottle and with a selection of Super Sparkling White & Pink, Really Red and Crisp White wine, there’s no doubt this launch will interest anyone trying to avoid overindulging over the festive period. Not only has this wine been made from the finest grapes to deliver high quality flavours, but it also has an impressive ABV (alcohol by volume) of 10.5 per cent.
The world’s first 'Roastaurant' is here, and it is probably the happiest place on earth. Created by McCain, potato extraordinaires, the pop-up potato restaurant was created in response to new (and groundbreaking) research which revealed that two thirds of the public could not fathom a roast dinner without potatoes. A roast dinner staple for the majority of the country, potatoes clearly hold a dear place in our hearts and on our dinner plates.
Nothing says Christmas like a sugar rush, and Starbucks has released a Christmas Tree Frappuccino to help you on your way. It follows hot on the heels of its gaudy purple unicorn Frappuccino, a red and green gloopy zombie Frappuccino to mark Halloween. Lifestyle Editor Dave Maclean said, "The first thing that me about this limited edition drink is that the Christmas Tree Frappuccino isn't very attractive.
Well dream no longer, because the mince pie cookie cup now exists. Essentially a mince pie with cookie dough instead of pastry, the seasonal treats have been created by Blondies Kitchen, the milk and cookie bar created by Chelsie Collins and Kristelle Levy, and are available at Selfridges on London’s Oxford Street. The mince pie cookie cups launched on 1 December and were sold out within three days - customers were calling every hour to find out if they’d been restocked, according to Selfridges.
While cocktail trends come and go, some classics never go out of style - but some bartenders would prefer it if they did. If you’ve ever ordered a drink at a bar and sworn the bartender was judging you on your choice, they probably were. According to Rob Del Giorno, the bartending expert at bartending school 1-800-Bartend, mojitos are one of the worst drinks to order at a bar.
From napkins to soap bars to diamonds, millennials, those aged 18-34, have been accused of ruining just about everything. Further proving that you need a thick skin to be a millennial, the generation has now been accused of ruining food. Jumped on by right-wing news outlet Fox News, a new survey suggests millennials are the pickiest generation yet when it comes to food is just the newest addition to a growing list of things millennials have supposedly ruined.