Where Do Sweets Come From?

For many people, a fondness for sweets is formed in childhood, and in much of the Western world that means brightly coloured processed sugar. Yet worldwide, sweets take on many forms, and away from mass-market  global brands the diversity of confectionery can reveal a great deal about the country of origin and the migration of humans around the world. The wide range of ingredients available in Europe and the eclectic tastes of the nations, have resulted in remarkable diversity for both handmade traditional sweets and mass-produced candy. (more…)

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Food Map Of The UK

Food Tour Of The U.K

As well as our terrible weather, our Queen and her corgis and our distinctive stripey flag, Britain has a lot more to offer in culinary terms. Here in the UK we have 65 food and drink products have been granted Protected Geographical Status under European Law. Unsurprisingly places like Italy and France have around 250 each, but places like Austria and Sweden only have a handful. Even though some of the things on our infographic don’t have protected status – these are products which are instantly recognisable as quintessentially British.  (more…)

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Food Waste & How To Use Leftovers

In the UK and US, we all throw away an extortionate amount of food. In the UK alone we throw away almost 7 million tonnes of food that we have bought and not consumed. The environmental and financial implications of throwing away so much food are huge – in the the UK, food and drink counts for more than 20% of our CO2eq emissions. With this in mind, we’ve designed this handy infographic to show you how you can eat more and waste less. (more…)

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How Does Food Affect Your Dreams?

It’s long been an old wife’s tale that cheese before bed will give you nightmares, or at best, some rather odd dreams, and if you’ve ever had a few drinks before bed time, you’ll know that alcohol makes some rather kooky stuff go on in the brain. We’re going to be exploring the anecdotal, scientific and cultural evidence to determine whether or not certain foods and alcohol effect the dreams you have. (more…)

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Mushroom, Berry and Fruit Foraging: A Guide

Food foraging in the UK is now somewhat of a ‘thing’. We don’t mean hunting for half priced quinoa in Waitrose, but taking to the hedgerows and sourcing fresh food from the abundance of nutritious and delicious produce that grows naturally in the UK. Not only can you source food for free, many of the plants and berries you can find in the hedgerows of the UK come with their own medicinal benefits, helping aid digestion to curing rashes or acting a an antiseptic. It’s well worth taking an afternoon to get some fresh air and a free lunch, bear in mind the laws that go with accessing private property or land, and the country side code. (more…)

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Dining Etiquette Around The World Pt. 2

Our little idiosyncrasies are what make us interesting and special. It’s undeniable that it’s important to be respectful of other cultures when travelling or on holiday and this extends to dining with the proper etiquette. We outlined the customs and traditions of popular countries last year, and we’re back having added some more traditions from other wonderful countries around the world. (more…)

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10 Easy to Make Cocktails

We firmly believe that there’s a cocktail for every occasion, whether that occasion is a sophisticated dinner party for 4, a themed house party or a quiet wind-down after a long week but making them somehow seems like a slightly daunting ask. We know we want a cocktail more sophisticated than a splash of vodka topped with diet coke, but we don’t quite know how to match the flare and skill of the magical mixologists you find hiding behind your favourite bar. (more…)

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