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Bake your own Cupcakes!

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Susannah Tee Cupcake BookI love baking, especially cupcakes, and I’m always on the lookout for new recipe books. I recently got The Cupcake Book by Susannah Tee, and after some rigorous testing (and much cake eating) I can confirm that Susannah’s recipes are delicious.

The book is split into three sections, including one dedicated entirely to chocolate. There are also some healthier recipes, including delicious Banana and Honey cupcakes and Blueberry Muffins. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite there are some beautiful cupcake pictures in the book, as well as hints and tips on cooking equipment and decorating.

The recipes are easy to follow but be warned – they make big cupcakes! You need to use muffin cases rather than fairy cake size cases, and most of the recipes make one and half dozen. Luckily though they also work perfectly fine when halved.

Pick up a copy for only £5.46 from Amazon and get baking!

The Innocent Village Fete

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Innocent Village FeteIn a world of corporate sponsored festivals, smoothie company Innocent are offering a refreshing alternative at their Village Fete this weekend. Taking place in Regents Park in London on August 2nd and 3rd, the fete will be a mixture of live music and quintessential village fete activities, with free smoothie and cake tasting.

Bands to delight your ears include Aussie brother and sister duo Angus and Julia Stone, Scottish sweethearts Boy Least Likely to and Findlay Brown, a part-time boxer-turned-singer. There will also be duck herding, ferret racing and a knitting tent.

It’s definitely a family affair too, with face painting, funfair rides, a petting zoo, and it finishes at 7pm so you can get home in time for bedtime.

There a still some tickets yet, so grab them while you can, as the festival was a sell out last year.

Choxi+ Chocolate that's Good for You?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Choxi+ ChocolateI have just read about a new brand of chocolate that is supposed to be good for you! Choxi+ was created by chocolatiers ‘Prestat’ and apparently contains more flavanol antioxidants that any other type of food including fruit and veg. This helps maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels and Prestat recommend eating 10g every day – sounds good to me!

The larger bars (70g/75g) can be bought in large Tesco Stores around the UK and you can also currently purchase them in specific stores in London including Selfridges in Oxford Street. A new Choxi+ Dark Chocolate 20g Mini Bar and Milk Chocolate 25g Mini Bar will be available from July.

Now you won’t feel quite so naughty when you feel the urge to indulge! Visit the Prestat Website for more information about this tasty little treat.

Effen Vodka

Monday, May 5th, 2008

effen-vodka.jpgIf you have a taste for vodka and a love for Smirnoff you might be interested to know about a new vodka called Effen vodka, a vodka that has a premium, smooth and clean taste.

The Effen vodka is created from a 120 year-old recipe that includes premium wheat and pure spring water which succeeds in contributing a sparkling taste to both cocktails and mixers.

The spirit is distilled in northern Holland and is now available in Harvey Nichols Foodmarkets nationwide costing £35 for a 700 ml bottle. It comes in 2 varieties both packaged in streamlined rubber bottles which ensure an easy grip and keeps vodka colder fro longer

Ben & Jerry's ice cream introduces new flavour

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Ben and Jerry’s Baked Alaska ice creamWe all know how tedious supermarket shopping can be. Stocking up on toilet roll and bread is never going to be a thrill-fest but happily there are certain aisles that can bring a smile to our face. One such aisle is the ice cream one and imagine our excitement at noticing a new flavour of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream called Baked Alaska.

This new naughty treat is described as “vanilla ice cream” (yum) “with marshmallow swirls” (yummier) “and white chocolatey polar bears” (yummiest!) White chocolate is a much more delicate taste than its darker counterparts and can get overwhelmed by stronger flavours, but here it assumes centre stage in the form of polar bears – woohoo! Ben and Jerry’s have long seemed like the more imaginative, weird option compared to Haagen Dazs’ more sophisticated and adult image, yet with such novel and tasty ways to scoff ice cream – who cares how it’s packaged or advertised? Just get stuck in!

To learn more about this and other delicious flavours of Ben and Jerry’s ice creams and frozen yoghurts, visit their website (no calories included!)

Brand New Pepsi Raw

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

pepsi-raw.jpgA new Pepsi is launching, a Premium Pepsi made from natural extracts, cane sugar and sparkling water called Pepsi Raw.

The drink contains no artificial preservatives, sweeteners, colours or flavourings and with its exclusive blend it perfects a distinctive taste. Try it mixed with fine spirits or on its own. The new Pepsi Raw drink launches exclusively at Harvey Nichols and was available from Tuesday the 25th of March 2008.

Pepsi Raw is priced at £1.25 and is available at Harvey Nichols Foodmarkets nationwide so get down to your nearest elite department store to try it. Visit Pepsi Raw online for more information.

Dylan’s Candy

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

dylan-laurens-candy.jpgDylan Lauren, daughter of Ralph Lauren the high fashion designer has created her own stylish selection of classic and favourite candy and it is being sold exclusively in Harvey Nichols Foodmarkets.

The range of candy you can expect is both delectable and exciting. Chocolate bars from £1.25, Cookies and Cream White Chocolate, Paint Cans priced around £7.95 and fabulous American classics such as Tootsie Rolls and Gummy Bears. The pretty and unique packaging makes these treats great gifts ideal for all ages.

Visit Harvey Nichols Foodmarkets nationwide to see what I am talking about.

Class Served Upside Down

Monday, April 7th, 2008

upside-down-champagne.jpgInteresting and unique Viktor and Rolf have designed a new creation. The creation in question is a bottle of champagne upside down.

The Dutch duo renowned for their fashion designs can turn their hands at anything and have recently followed Stella McCartney and Karl Lagerfeld by designing a collection for Swedish brand H&M. The sophisticated and iconic object that is a champagne bottle has been reinterpreted and then made into a fantastic form of art.

The 75cl bottle of Rosé Sauvage Champagne is available in Harvey Nichols wine shops priced at £50 and will make a fabulous collectable ornament once you drank the champagne.

Limited Edition Designer Water

Monday, April 7th, 2008

evian-chrstian-lacroix-bottle.jpgFashion designer Christian Lacroix has collaborated with Evian to produce a unique and elegant snowy crystal designed bottle.

Perfect to order in for parties and dinners with a lot of class and sophistication, the limited edition Evian mineral water bottle has been enhanced with streamline graphics inspired by the sixties. To add to its unique detailing Christian Lacroix has drawn some subtle sketching. With two such great French influential people behind this collectable who wouldn’t want one?

You can purchase the 750ml, limited edition Evian and Christian Lacroix bottles of water from Harvey Nichols Foodmarket’s exclusively nationwide costing £3.80.

Happy Easter!

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Easter egg nestsToday marks the start of a long weekend as Easter is upon us. For some this signifies a time of religious observance, while for others it is simply a break from work and a chance to scoff chocolate. The television schedules are sure to be full of family-friendly films, one-off specials and so put your feet up, relax and enjoy the foodie treats associated with the occasion. These include, most famously, chocolate Easter eggs (we picked our favourites at Hotel Chocolat and Thorntons), along with hot cross buns and Simnel cake.

Sainsbury’s offer a range of Easter-inspired food, both savoury and sweet, that’ll be sure to please adults and children alike, while hunting for eggs is a fun way to work off all those naughty calories. For recipes, special offers and all Easter food, skip on over to the Sainsbury’s website to decide what you’ll be chowing down on over the break.