Gin’s popularity doesn’t look set to wane anytime soon. In fact, the number of UK distilleries has more than doubled in the past five years, making it highly likely that there’s a gin distillery local to you.What makes this category of spirits so exciting is the scope for experimentation. All that’s legally required in order to call itself gin is a minimum ABV of 37.5% and juniper as the base botanical in the spirit – after that, anything is fair game, and it’s this openness that brings with it a whole host of regional variations.
Planning a birthday party for your loved ones can be stressful enough without having the extra added pressure of trying to make the cake yourself. So give yourself a break and turn to one of these show-stopping celebration cakes instead.Whether you’re looking for something super sweet and child-friendly or are in need of an altogether more grown-up option, we’ve found budget supermarket creations through to splash-the-cash cakes they’ll remember long after they’ve blown out the candles.
Today, on World Food Day, take our quiz to find out how much you know about the origins of these common and popular food items of India.
For thousands of smallholder producers around the world, the Fairtrade minimum price is a safety net that supports the unfairly paid at the bottom of the supply chain.Farmers who benefit are paid a fair price which is set based on a consultative process with workers and traders to ensure the sum covers what it costs to grow their crop.
Everybody loves a Ruby Murray, don’t they? No longer confined to a Friday night, lots of us enjoy cooking up a spicy storm in the kitchen any night of the week – and increasingly we’re using specially designed kits to do so.The cost, quality and ease of use of curry kits vary wildly, but their universal benefit is that it saves buying hoardes of different spices – which can be tricky to get hold of some cases – and hands you the perfectly measured amount of Kashmiri chilli, brown mustard seeds or fenugreek required for the recipe, with no waste.
The last few years have seen our drinking as a nation take a dive: we’re becoming more health conscious, sober curious and a 2018 study found 30 per cent of young people never drink at all.It’s no surprise then that the “low and no” movement has grown exponentially in that time; no longer are teetotallers stuck with a soda and lime or dodgy alcohol-free beer.
You might think tea bags are just simply paper and tea, and that of course they decompose, and that you’re doing your bit by putting them in your home food waste to compost.But, you’re wrong – unless you use plastic free tea bags, that is.
We are particular about what we cook and the kind of ingredients that go into it, however, we often tend to ignore what metals and chemicals are used in the process of making the utensils we cook food in. While it is difficult to get the perfect combination of cookware - one that is safe to cook in, is affordable and easy to maintain, it always helps to know what materials the vessels we cook in are made of: Let us take a look at cookware that is safe to use, and others that should be avoided.
Your Swiss meringue buttercream might be flawlessly spread or your creme pat perfectly set, but if you serve it on a disposable party plate (too often the case), it’s sure to lose its some of its potential.Do your creation justice – or jazz up something simple that needs a little added wow factor – with a standout cake stand, whether it’s a simple white porcelain beauty or something more dramatic in bright colours or unusual shapes.
The success story of Argentine malbec is well documented. A once important part of Bordeaux blends, contributing firm tannins and dark, brambly fruit flavours, it fell out of favour after a terrible frost in 1956 wiped out most of the crop. But it was reinvented in Argentina, which began to produce good value, richly fruited, velvety malbec, shot through with appealing acidity and lightness of touch on the palate: ideal with steak and other red meats and a winning combination with UK consumers.
If the thought of choosing a bottle of wine from a wall of supermarket plonk leaves you feeling faint, it might be worth turning your attention to the online stores, providing all manner of added assistance.Whether you’re a novice or a WSET-certified wine expert, these online merchants offer bigger ranges than most physical stores can stock (thanks to unlimited shelf space) and plenty of helpful tools and advice to make sure you purchase wines you and your guests will love.
There’s nothing quite as frustrating as lunch envy, especially when you covet the lunch box as well as its contents.With the money spent on grab-and-go lunches at an all-time high, and single-use lunch packaging continuing to wreak havoc on the planet, it really is high time you invested in a reusable lunch box or two – if you haven’t done so already.