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PastaFacts

Did you know. . . ? 1. There are more than 600 different pasta shapes made around the world. 2. Before machinery, pasta was kneaded by foot. 3. The average Italian eats 60 pounds of pasta per year. 4. On April 1, 1957, BBC aired a spoof documentary about spaghetti crops in Switzerland that showed […]

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The Fine Vine – Style and Flavour

These 5 wines represent what is great and good about your local Wine Merchant; The Naked Grape.
They offer variety, style and above all flavour. We couldn’t be more proud to present these new wines …

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Fine Food – Latest trends

Gut Health
Gut health is set to be a big food trend for 2018. This includes probiotics like kimchi, miso and kefir and prebiotics such as onions, garlic and other alliums.
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Miso
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Slow-cooked shoulder of lamb with fennel and marsala

Serves 6
Takes 10 minutes to make, 4 hours to cook
The fennel and marsala in this slow-cooked lamb recipe add wonderful sweet and aniseed notes – perfect for a special feast.
Ingredients
2.5kg shoul …

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Chocolate Easter egg nest cakes

Makes 12
The kids will love making these tasty Easter treats.
Ingredients:
225g/8oz plain chocolate, broken into pieces
2 tbsp golden syrup
50g/2oz butter
75g/3oz cornflakes
36 mini chocolate eggs
LET …

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Celebrating Easter

Easter is a time to invite family and friends for Sunday lunch, and the most traditional dish is a lamb roast. Common decorations are dyed or painted eggs, little yellow chicks, bunnies and spring flo …

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Red or White

Experts who examined in detail the social habits of wine drinkers found their lifestyles really can be generalised according to their preferred wine colour.
Those who drink red wine are also more like …

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Treats For Mum

Mother’s Day Sunday 11th March
Victoria sponge cake
The perfect celebration cake – the Victoria Sponge combines strawberries and cream and is delicious served for afternoon tea.
Spinach, …

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Real Bread Week

It’s the 10th anniversary of Real Bread Week: the annual celebration of local, independent Real Bread bakeries, and home-baked bread.
Bread is one of the oldest prepared foods. It dates back to Neol …

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The Fine Vine

Wonderful Wedding Drinks
We have found its the attention of detail and fun element that makes the big day really memorable. With that in mind here are four innovative ways to make your wedding day dri …

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Blood orange & cardamom pancakes

Makes 24
Celebrate Shrove Tuesday and try our delicious mini pancakes
Ingredients
125g plain flour
Half tsp baking powder
Half tsp ground cardamom
200ml buttermilk
2 large eggs, separated
1 blood oran …

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Sugar

Why should we reduce our sugar intake?
Experts suggest that no more than 10 percent of the total daily caloric intake should come from added sugars.
But sugar is not the bad guy we all think of it to …

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Shrove Tuesday Tues 13th Feb

Shrove Tuesday is a day in February or March preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. In other countries it is called Mardi Gras, t …

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Fine Food Weddings

Craft cocktails
Consider offering your guests craft cocktails with unique ingredients. Maybe a cocktail perfectly designed for the season, such as a lavender spiked lemonade in the Spring?
Sheaf of a …

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Sausage and Pie love

Local food group, Hampshire Fare, is urging all local butchers and producers to enter their top meaty products into this year’s Great Hampshire Sausage and Pie Competition.
The annual contest celebr …

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Lemony vegetable Linguine

In celebration of our office Secret Santa, we are delighted to share a recipe from our gift. . . enjoy!
Serves 2 – Total time 15 mins
Ingredients
150g dried linguine

2 x courgettes

1 x carrot

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Happy Chinese New Year- The year of the Dog

Chinese New Year, also known as the ‘Spring Festival’is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the …

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Fine Vegan Food

Jackfruit: This highly versatile fruit has the texture of pulled pork or carnitas and is a go-to vegan-meat option. When shopping, be sure to skip the sugar overload by buying jackfruit brined in wate …

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Fine Food – Christmas alternatives

Yam
The yam is a staple food in many tropical countries, particularly in Africa, the Caribbean and the South Pacific. Yams have brown tough skins and the flesh can vary in colour – anything from whi …

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Fun at Newbury market at Christmas!

Newbury Market will be full of festive cheer in December with a series of choirs and entertainment throughout the festive period and the Market Traders will be taking part in a ‘Best Dressed Stall …

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