Most nations like a good excuse for a booze-fuelled get-together and for Scots, 25 January provides one such occasion as they celebrate the birth of national poet Robert Burns.If you’re lucky enough to find yourself amidst a traditional Burns Night celebration, then it’s possible you’ll encounter any number of Scottish cultural cliches that include bagpipes, ceilidhs, tartan kilts, haggis, poetry recitals and, of course, booze, of which whisky is likely to be the toasting drink of choice.
Anyone who has ever struggled to drop off at night will know a relaxing hot drink can be a godsend.It goes without saying that even the best sleepers tend to shun caffeine after a certain time, so decaf options are the name of the game.
December is a time for indulgence, but January… not so much.After all that festive frolicking propped up by wheels of stilton, mince pies and too much Christmas spirit many of us find ourselves craving the opposite come the New Year.
Although vegan products are becoming increasingly easier to find, it can still require a bit of forward planning to ensure you stick to your guns.That’s where having a subscription service that brings the tasty, animal-free treats to you can make life so much easier.
With around 350,000 people signed up to take part in Veganuary this year (the charity reports that this is already 100,000 more than last year), it’s abundantly clear that veganism is on the rise.You might assume that chocolate is a no-go if you’re taking part but, in fact, there’s a wealth of options out there to satisfy even the sweetest of teeth.
Until recently, the UK and its consumers have been lacking in choice when it comes to bourbon.With more bottles being exported from the US and many of the familiar big brands unveiling new products. And with an increasing interest in the spirit, 2020 is set to be a great year for British bourbon drinkers.
Us Britons are lucky enough to enjoy excellent whiskies from close to home – hello delicious Scotch – but we also like a foray into bottles and blends from the other side of the world.According to the Spirits Embassy, Japanese whisky is enjoying unprecedented growth in the global whisky market. Its popularity in the UK is ever-increasing and supermarkets, bars, off-licenses and boutique whisky suppliers will likely hold a variety of Japanese whiskies to choose from.
What constitutes “healthy” food is very much a subjective term: no food alone is intrinsically healthy, rather health is achieved through balanced, non-faddy eating that generally incorporates all food groups.But with Christmas behind us – which is undoubtedly the most indulgent time of year when it comes to food – as well as those wonderful cheese courses, tins of chocolates and everything else, we're in search for some greenery back in our life.
The past 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.
From last-minute essentials or stocking up on supplies to see you through to the new year, a trip to the supermarket is inevitable over the festive period, even if just to escape family.But, with many shops planning to close their doors at irregular times in the coming weeks, knowing where to pick up some extra food or booze can be confusing.
The malbec grape, an inky purple fruit, originated in the south-west of France, where its concentrated dark fruit flavours can still be found in the so-called “dark” wine that takes its name from the town of Cahors.In the past, these French wines have been overlooked, but now a new generation of winemakers are taking a fresh look at this established classic and producing some very agreeable and welcoming wines.
For a nation of tea drinkers, we haven’t half got on board with a decent cup of coffee.The independent coffee scene is rightly thriving here in the UK, giving growers a better deal for their beans and the consumer a better brew in the process.
Christmas Day is a time for feasting, but when you’re cooking for large groups of people, it can be difficult to get the quantities right.For peace of mind, most people tend to overestimate the amount of food their family will want, resulting in plenty of leftovers to last you several more days.
Christmas Day is almost here, but not everyone will be sitting down to a traditional turkey feast this year.For vegans and vegetarians, the festive season can pose a few dietary issues, given that the majority of the foods eaten at Christmas are either meat or dairy-based.