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Christmas dinner is a disaster, help!

When you’re hosting on the big Day, you need to keep your cool if a culinary catastrophe happens… The classic scenario of a terrifyingly large, frozen turkey being ‘defrosted’ in the bath might be a scene worthy of a sitcom, but it’s a real life nightmare that’s happened many a time, too. Cooking a successful Christmas dinner can easily be done without committing murder, but it does take planning and carefu ...

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How to become a master chef

Follow our 10 culinary cues and you’ll be cooking up a storm for all the family this Christmas. 1. Invest in your toolsFlimsy knives, worn utensils and unnecessary gadgets do not make for professional kitchen tools. Buy some quality knives (and blade sharpeners) and heavy duty cooking pots, such as Le Creuset cast iron casserole pots. They may set you back a little in terms of cost, but the longevity and qu ...

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What’s new on the food trend menu?

The UK is riding a wave of exciting culinary delights, and the nation is hungry for more. Britain is fast becoming a nation of foodies: from the burgeoning pack of food bloggers to the rise of food markets, exotic restaurants with increasingly long waiting lists, online specialty shops and dedicated TV channels, the fascination with food is greater than ever before. So, with the constant smell of something ...

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From the chefs’ mouths: their guilty food pleasures

Ten celebrity chefs reveal their foodie favourites, guilty pleasures and regular restaurant haunts. James Martin Earliest food memory‘My gran, who’s now passed away, used to have an old enamelled gas grill, you know, one with the little red knobs on it. She used to make a bacon sandwich with bacon from Scott’s Butchers in York, which has shut down now, and bread from M&S. It was just the best bacon sand ...

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Ultimate 5-minute low calorie Christmas cocktail recipes

Family meals, office parties and other big social occasions over the Christmas period mean that we’re all far more likely to indulge in the odd mince pie (or several) too many. But how many of us take the time to consider the ‘liquid’ calorie content of our favourite tipples? A pint of beer totals 182 calories, a small glass of wine weighs in at 89 calories – and cocktails are firmly placed in the sin bin, ...

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Sweets to make you purr

If you'd love some sugar from Made In Chelsea star, Jamie Laing, now's your chance: Candy Kittens sweets have hit the high street! British confectionary retailer, Kingdom Of Sweets (www.kingdomofsweets.com), now includes custom-designed Candy Kitten Lolly Pops among its vast selection of retro, gourmet and downright delicious in-store sweets and chocolates. The £2.95 sugary pink treats are the brainchild of ...

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A Taste of Summer – Catalan Fried Squid with Garlic and Lemon Mayonnaise

Evoke summer holiday memories with this delicious recipe for Catalan Fried Squid with Garlic Mayonnaise Returning to the UK after a well-deserved summer break is never easy.  Try this simple, yet delicious, Catalan Fried Squid recipe to bring back those glorious memories of your holiday under the Spanish sun. The Great British Summer Time has once again not failed to disappoint – raging floods, broken ...

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A feast of golf

Sports-loving chef Marco Pierre White has long been a fan of golf and a follower of the Ryder Cup One of Marco Pierre White’s pastimes is a good round of golf, so where better to test his skills than the four British and Irish courses that have played host to the Ryder Cup matches between the USA and Europe, and the one scheduled to do so (Gleneagles) in 2014. Here’s our guide to them and where to stay afte ...

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Food Fights!

Having A food intolerance can cause bloating, migraines and eczema – but there are ways to keep it at bay. Not to be confused with a food allergy, where the immune system is activated and symptoms can occur almost immediately, a food intolerance is a milder but also unpleasant reaction to a food or ingredient. It’s harder to identify than a food allergy because the symptoms are often quite vague. It can be ...

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Baking boom hits Britain

Cutesy cupcakes, perfect petite fours, sumptuous sweet dough – yes, it's The Great British Bake Off, and it seems the efforts of this season's selection of amateur bakers are inspiring viewers at home to get off the couch and into the kitchen. Aspiring bake-off champs are raiding the shopping aisles for some serious supplies. Sales of baking trays have increased by a whopping 25% since series three began, a ...

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Quality Street to shrink in size for Christmas

They are a festive staple for many households across the UK. But this year, the brightly wrapped chocolates won’t stretch as far, as Nestle cut sizes and costs Tins of Quality Street are almost as synonymous with Christmas as mince pies and boozy Xmas pudd. Passing around the purple tin containing decadently wrapped caramel and fruit cream filled treats is a necessity, while watching the televised festive l ...

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