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Chocolate Brownie - #WorldChocolateDay & Melinsey Mill in Cornwall

Chocolate is undoubtedly one of my weaknesses. My first experience was out of a packet, north of the border in Edinburgh where I sampled Bettie Crocker's "Fail Safe" Chocolate Brownie mix. Then it was the moorish brownie sampled on the way to horse riding lessons at Melinsey Mill in Veryan in Cornwall when Sophie and I were little. Hidden away in one of Cornwall's valleys, sits the enchanting Melinsey Mill a charming restored 16th Century water mill. Inside you will find the working mill turning and a little gift shop where you can sit and drink tea and eat cakes, listening to the magical sound of the water nearby. There is a walk around the pond for you to duck...

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Vacuum Food Sealer Sale - £4.99 for a limited time!

The weather is heating up - well when we aren't having down pours of rain! So it's time to help prepare you for the summer to come. Oh wait, is this it?  Jokes aside whatever the time of year the cooking never stops in our family. Vin is working hard in the office from early until late, but no matter what time he comes back, if the family is around he cooks. Food is incredibly important to us and when we go on holiday, the days are planned around the meals. If we have some left over we end up torn between saving it for lunch the next day, or freezing it for my Uncle to have at a later point....

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The Zena Swiss Star stainless steel vegetable peeler - £4.99 + FREE Garlic Peeler until the 1st of July

Until the 1st of July you can get the Zena Swiss made stainless steel vegetable peeler for the bargain price of £4.99 instead of the RRP of £6.99 AND we will also give you a garlic peeler free! I want to talk about peelers. ‘Peelers?’ I hear you say. Has she gone mad? Well, mad about peeling things yes! Don’t get me wrong I know we are encouraged to wash then eat the skin of vegetables and fruit, but when times call for the outer layers of food stuffs to be removed it is all too easy to take for granted the age old kitchen staple, the stainless steel vegetable peeler. I never noticed how good our stainless steel vegetable...

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Colomba pasquale and the Bread Knife

My mother has been learning Italian for many years, to the stage she now can construct complicated phrases involving lost umbrella's and the possibility of losing them in the future, in unusual circumstances. Her Italian teacher is a wonderful woman who brings energy and enlightenment to the language but also wonderful bits of Italian life. The most recent excitement was a Colomba pasquale. A Colomba pasqualeor colomba di Pasqua ("Easter Dove" in English) is an Italian traditional Easter cake, the counterpart of Panettone. The dough for the colomba contains flour, eggs, sugar, natural yeast and butter. Unlike its relative Panettone it usually contains no raisins and candied peel. The outer layer is iced with pearl sugar and almonds before it is baked. ...

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Baked Salmon from the Fast Diet - 300 Calories (Serves 4)

My dear father is constantly on a diet. Well, more precisely, my mother has him on a diet constantly. Realistically my father loves food a lot, and as much as he loves my mother he loves food a lot still. The great thing about my father loving food is that he is passionate about cooking. Going home to visit the family is akin to popping into a nice restaurant. My mother chooses and chills the wine, my father cooks something mouthwatering. It's moment like that, I really appreciate how lucky I am. Despite worries about health and money, family are very important to me and the times we spend together are priceless. The most recent diet, 'The Fast Diet' seems to...

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