When gorging on mounds of festive chocolate in the lead up to Christmas, how much time do you spare thinking about recycling the plethora of plastic wrappers littering your home? With the world becoming far more environmentally conscious as of late, the recyclability of food packaging has become a hot topic of conversation. While many may be making stronger efforts to put their food wrappers in the designated recycling bin, a recent survey has uncovered which of the UK’s most popular chocolates are actually capable of being recycled.
Christmas is a time for celebrating, and enjoying food with friends and family remains one of the best ways to do so. As any turophile, or cheese lover, will attest, cheese is a good idea any time of year, but all good festive feasts call for a cheese board. For many people, Christmas has long been the ultimate occasion for over-indulging.
Rioja is a region in north central Spain, about a 2 hour drive from Bilbao, which is further divided into Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa zones. Although Rioja is most commonly associated with red wine, you’ll also see white and even rose styles available. After this you’ll find Crianza and Reserva, finishing with the most mature Gran Reserva.
While tawny port for example has a nutty quality due to a process of ageing in wooden barrels, white port made from white grapes is often mixed in cocktails. Overall, we’re looking for sweetness that’s not overpowering, allowing some of the lovely, rich berry of the fruit flavours to come through.
If I had a penny for every time someone asked me what I could actually eat as a gluten-free vegan, I’d be able to buy Christmas presents for a lot of people. With a surge in the number of people adopting a vegan lifestyle – it quadrupled from 150,000 in 2014 to 600,000 in 2018 – and greater awareness of gluten intolerance and coeliac disease, food producers are increasingly catering for people on special diets. Tracking down gluten-free vegan products for this roundup was easy, just proving there is nothing you need miss out on at Christmas.
If you’ve been invited to spend time with friends or family over Christmas and New Year, you’ll be the most welcome guest to the party if you turn up not just with chocolate, but with the most indulgent, luxurious, festive chocolates on offer. For quality of chocolate, variety of choice and flavours, eye-catching presentation and sheer indulgent joy, Hotel Chocolat is the pick of the bunch. A lavish array of delicious chocolates is presented in a luxurious 2-tiered box with a sliding compartment – a definite reusable option once the chocolates are gone.
Which one though, depends on personal taste. Put simply, a liqueur is a sweet alcoholic beverage, made from a distilled spirit, and flavoured, for example, with fruit, spices, herbs, florals, or cream. With its cognac base, and blend of orange bitters from the Caribbean, this French liqueur always has us feeling a little festive.
As the festive season rolls around again, we can be certain of a few things: terrible Christmas jumpers, rowdy office parties and, for many of us, hangovers. According to Dr Matthew Foxton, consultant hepatologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, hangover treatment should start before the hangover itself. Studies have show the darker the alcohol you drink, the worse the hangover.
The tree is dressed, the lights are up and your Christmas baking is well underway. You’ve nailed your gingerbread recipe and mastered the orange and cranberry shortbread - now it’s time to make them look just as festive as they taste and smell. An edible Christmas tree, of course! This 10-piece cookie set is so easy to use and you’ll be amazed with the professional-looking results.
The UK has been the number one market for Champagne for many years according to Francoise Peretti, Director, Champagne Bureau UK. Food-wise, Champagne is pretty versatile. Champagne should be served well-chilled (between 8-10 degrees) and ideally in an elegant flute.
With prosecco having long-overtaken Champagne in the popularity stakes, at this time of year sales of the fizzy tipple are set to soar. In terms of quality, there is Prosecco DOC. Then there is Prosecco DOCG, a higher quality region where the fruit for the wine is grown on steep slopes between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene.
Major League Baseball pitcher Tug McGraw once quipped, “Ninety percent I’ll spend on good times... and Irish Whiskey. The ancient tipple, inextricable from Irish culture, is enjoyed and venerated worldwide. Both historic yet forward-thinking and innovative, the Irish whiskey industry is very much alive and well.
‘Tis the season to add some drama to your drinks. Beer and wine may be convenient to pour, but these handy cocktail kits make it super easy to whip up something extra special come cocktail o’clock. Impress your guests by having everything on hand to make their favourite tipple and practise your new found skills in the process.
From sourdough bread to sauerkraut and kimchi, fermented food is one of the hottest health trends right now. Foodies and health-conscious people alike are becoming increasing aware of the role of our gut microbes – collectively known as our microbiome – in improving not only our digestive health but our overall wellbeing, including mental health. "The slow fermentation process involved preparing foods like sauerkraut and kimchi (usually raw cabbage or other vegetables, with salt and spices), and miso, allows time for a diverse population of healthy bacteria and enzymes to be produced," explains Abbas Kanani, pharmacist at Chemist Click.
Let’s talk simple – at least 51 per cent of the grains must be produced from corn and the spirit itself must be aged in new charred white oak barrels and produced in the USA. Jack Daniel’s are one of the most famous names in whiskey on a worldwide level and while the standard ‘Jack’ hits the spot at a value level, it’s the Single Barrel range that truly shines in the spotlight for me. Single Barrel is crafted with love and affection and boy oh boy does that show on the taste.
For some, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a glass of bubbly, and with prosecco being many people’s tipple of choice, it was only a matter of time until major retailers cottoned on. Now, Aldi has done just that by launching a six-litre bottle of prosecco, which is the equivalent to eight regular-sized bottles. The bottle, named Methuselah of Giotti Spumante Prosecco, costs £79.99, which works out as £1.66 per glass.
When it comes to making lifestyle choices and changes, food is the first place to start. Healthy food brings in an array of benefits, makes your life much simpler and your days much more energetic. Eating food that keeps a check on your blood sugar levels is essential for every diabetic as you need food that reduces the risk of heart diseases, keeps a check on cholesterol and provides you with all the essential nutrients to lead a healthy life.