• How to make Meghan Markle’s favourite festive cocktail
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    How to make Meghan Markle’s favourite festive cocktail

    Alongside the mince pies, chocolate logs and string of roast dinners, Christmas is a great time experiment with festive cocktails and mocktails.While you may traditionally opt for a warming mulled wine, a punchy whisky sour or a quintessentially-festive cup of eggnog, this year why not concoct a cocktail that has received the royal stamp of approval?

  • 10 best prosecco bottles perfect for all Christmas and New Year celebrations
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    10 best prosecco bottles perfect for all Christmas and New Year celebrations

    Predominately made from the glera grape in northern Italy, prosecco is the unapologetic good time gal of the wine world.Less pretentious than champagne, prosecco is a drink to be enjoyed at any time of day, for any occasion. Begin your evening by pairing with canapes and enjoy right through to dessert where it goes particularly well with fruity puds. And then there’s also a whole host of cocktails just waiting to be knocked up – we think a mimosa is always a winner.

  • Christmas opening times for Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Lidl, including New Year
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    Christmas opening times for Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Lidl, including New Year

    From last-minute Christmas Day 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.

  • How to throw the ultimate Instagram-worthy Christmas dinner party
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    How to throw the ultimate Instagram-worthy Christmas dinner party

    The idea of cooking dinner for yourself after a long day in the office can often feel like such a Herculean effort that even a pesto pasta is simply too much to consider. Imagine, instead, cooking for twelve people: it is quite simply terrifying.Beyond the effort involved, the cost of hosting can be a real turn-off. Polls have shown that the traditional dinner party has been on a steady decline due to the outlandish expense. Add in the pressure of providing for various dietary preferences, and producing something that all your guests want to eat can feel impossible.

  • Celebrations trolls customers with surprise in chocolate advent calendar
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    Celebrations trolls customers with surprise in chocolate advent calendar

    Confectionery brand Celebrations has hilariously trolled its customers with the chocolates offered behind the first two doors of its advent calendar.On 1 December, those who had purchased the Celebrations advent calendar eagerly opened the first door to see which chocolate they would receive on the first day of the month.

  • Christmas dinner is cheaper than last two years, reveals Good Housekeeping
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    Christmas dinner is cheaper than last two years, reveals Good Housekeeping

    Hosting Christmas dinner for your family this year? Well you can breathe a sigh of relief as Good Housekeeping has revealed your shopping basket will be cheaper than a comparative shop in 2018 and 2017.

  • Gary Rhodes death: Gordon Ramsay leads tributes to celebrity chef
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    Gary Rhodes death: Gordon Ramsay leads tributes to celebrity chef

    Celebrities have begun to pay tribute to Gary Rhodes after the news was announced that the celebrity chef died in Dubai on Tuesday evening.Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and Tom Kerridge are among those who celebrated Rhodes' career and accomplishments shortly after the news broke.

  • Gary Rhodes dead: Masterchef and Hell’s Kitchen star dies in Dubai, aged 59
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    Gary Rhodes dead: Masterchef and Hell’s Kitchen star dies in Dubai, aged 59

    Gary Rhodes, the celebrity British chef, has died after suddenly falling ill in Dubai, aged 59.Rhodes was best known for fronting programmes including MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen and MasterChef USA.

  • World’s 'best sushi restaurant' removed from Michelin guide
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    World’s 'best sushi restaurant' removed from Michelin guide

    The world’s best sushi restaurant has been removed from the Michelin guide.Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo was withdrawn from the esteemed list because the restaurant no longer accepts reservations from the general public.

  • Trip Advisor suspends reviews for Pizza Express in Woking after Prince Andrew's Newsnight interview
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    Trip Advisor suspends reviews for Pizza Express in Woking after Prince Andrew's Newsnight interview

    TripAdvisor has suspended reviews for a Pizza Express restaurant in Woking after it saw an influx of mock entries to the page following Prince Andrew’s BBC Newsnight appearance on Saturday.In the interview about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein, the royal said he had an alibi for the night he is accused of having sex with 17-year-old Virginia Roberts.

  • Couple ‘disappointed’ after finding Aldi label on Waitrose products
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    Couple ‘disappointed’ after finding Aldi label on Waitrose products

    A couple have complained after a mix-up saw them receive a Waitrose product covered with Aldi labels - despite a 71p price difference.The pair discovered the labelling error after receiving a packet of roasted vegetables in their weekly Ocado order, seemingly from Waitrose.

  • KFC launch seasonal Christmas dinner box including stuffing mayonnaise
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    KFC launch seasonal Christmas dinner box including stuffing mayonnaise

    Fast food giants KFC have made their bid for the title of best seasonal menu with three new festive items - and no turkey in sight.Launched on Monday in restaurants across the UK and Ireland the refreshed menu now features a KFC Festive Burger, Festive Fries and a Mint Choc Krushem Soft Ice Cream dessert.

  • Chef's Special : How To Make Balti Meat at Home | Full Recipe Balti Meat
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    Chef's Special : How To Make Balti Meat at Home | Full Recipe Balti Meat

    Balti gosht is a famous meat recipe in Pakistan. You would less find it at homes but more at occasions and festivals. Recipe provides with a new way of cooking the meat. Using additional spices and ingredients, it delivers entirely a new taste.In this Video Chef Of Garam Dharam restaurant will show you how to make restaurant style balti meat at home.Balti Goshat Recipe /How to Make Balti Gosht Recipe /easy cook Balti gosht / Motton Recipes BALTI MEAT || RESTAURANT Style Balti Meat || Authentic

  • World Diabetes Day: 9 Foods Will Help You In Controlling Diabetes
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    World Diabetes Day: 9 Foods Will Help You In Controlling Diabetes

    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.

  • 15 best wine gifts that are worth raising a glass to
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    15 best wine gifts that are worth raising a glass to

    Christmas gift buying is always a tough job, which is probably why sales of socks soar during the seasonal period. If however, you have a family member, friend or colleague who enjoys the odd glass or two of wine then it needn't be such an issue. Leaving apart the fact that there's always room underneath the tree for, say, a premium bottle wine, port or spirit, there are a whole range of gifts for those who enjoy the world of wine and everything that goes with it.Some gifts are practical. Storage can sometimes cause problems which is why wine racks are always useful. Then there's a whole market devoted simply to opening the bottle and pouring the wine, from state of the art corkscrews to inexpensive but useful wine pourers.

  • 8 best vegan cheeses to impress your dairy-free guests this Christmas
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    8 best vegan cheeses to impress your dairy-free guests this Christmas

    With the popularity of veganism showing no sign of slowing down, the demand for cruelty-free alternatives to our favourite foods just keeps on increasing.Plant-based versions of meat, fish, milk and yoghurt are brilliant these days but, historically, vegan cheese has lagged behind in quality – leaving those who don’t do dairy forlornly hankering after some fantastic fromage.

  • 12 best Champagnes to enjoy this party season
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    12 best Champagnes to enjoy this party season

    Party season is fast approaching and if there’s one thing to start it off with a bang it’s a good bottle of bubbly. The perfect celebratory tipple, a glass of Champagne makes an ideal aperitif, as the crowd-pleasing party fizz and can be easily matched to foods.But whether its wallet-friendly supermarket options, or the seriously spenny stuff, choosing the right bottle can be a headache – and that’s before you start thinking about cuvee, grape variety and vintage versus non-vintage (NV).

  • 10 best panettones for Christmas 2019: Gin, salted caramel and chocolate takes on the Italian classic
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    10 best panettones for Christmas 2019: Gin, salted caramel and chocolate takes on the Italian classic

    It’s safe to say that we’ve embraced the Italian tradition of a Christmas panettone as one of our own, in fact we’ve become so taken by the sweet Milanese treat that last year it outsold Christmas pudding.This year, the supermarkets are stacked with options: the classic golden fruit studded variety, the custard-filled, boozy versions or those coated in chocolate.

  • 11 best food subscription gifts to treat the foodie in your life
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    11 best food subscription gifts to treat the foodie in your life

    Our love of food subscription boxes continues to grow and grow, with anything from expertly cured meats to artisanal chocolates now available to be delivered directly to your door on a monthly basis.For the foodie, a subscription to one of their favourite things can prove a great gift, providing enjoyment month after month.

  • Christmas sandwiches compared: Pret a Manger vs Starbucks
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    Christmas sandwiches compared: Pret a Manger vs Starbucks

    Christmas might seem like an age away for customers, but for retailers the holiday season began months ago.By early November brands have launched their festive advert, are playing Christmas music in store and filling the shelves with seasonal sweaters, socks and - something we can all get on board with - sandwiches.

  • 10 Bollywood actors who have adopted a vegetarian/vegan diet
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    10 Bollywood actors who have adopted a vegetarian/vegan diet

    Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, recently spoke about how turning a vegetarian has made him feel much lighter and that he has “never felt better in life.” While the choice of diet is purely a personal one, many Bollywood celebrities have opted to turn vegetarian and vegan to lead healthier lives, and also to do their bit for planet Earth. After reading it while on a flight, Shahid Kapoor decided to give up meat and even inspired his then girlfriend, Kareena Kapoor, to turn vegetarian. In 2011, Kapoor was named PETA’s Asia’s Sexiest Vegetarian Man and in 2016, was PETA India’s sexiest vegetarian celebrity, along with Sonam Kapoor.