Celebratory Food Archive

Two Original California Prune Recipes from ‘GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF’ Winner Frances Quinn

Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn adds signature creative twist to two new exclusive recipes announces California Prunes. After achieving success and national recognition from the hit BBC TV programme ‘The Great British Bake Off’, Frances was attracted to California Prunes when she sampled them while demonstrating at the BBC Good Food Show at

“Builders Tea” for Valentine’s day?

Are you REALLY going to give her a cup of “Builders Tea” on Valentine’s day? It is about time that you let her enjoy high grade, organic tea that is harvested and processed in Sri Lanka on estates that pay producers fairly. The tea is packaged into a recyclable Bistrotea TeaPod to ensure that it

Wine of The Year 2013 is Faustino l Gran Reserva 2001

  Decanter magazine composed tasting teams made up of top wine-lovers to choose their top win of 2013. This year the honours go to Faustino I Gran Reserva 2001 which is a leading Rioja. The decision was not easy as experts from the magazine spent the year sampling over three thousand wines from all over

Aldo Zilli creates new DIVO premium cheese range

By trying out the new DVIO premium cheese range created by Aldo Zilli the Italian chef you can become a celebrity cook within the confines of your own home. Aldo has been touring Italy to locate the best ingredients for his authentic and amazing tasting cheese range. “I wanted to enthuse people about using Italian

Love isn’t all yule knead in the kitchen this Christmas

  Whether you are baking mince pies to leave out for Santa or Christmas cakes and pudding, the fast approaching festive season is the time when you will find even sporadic bakers in the kitchen creating tasty treats. The perfect gift for dedicated bakers is something that will lend a helping hand all year round,

Give a gift of limited edition pâté this Christmas

Everyone loves a limited edition food product, and especially for this coming Christmas, the Patchwork Traditional Food Company have decided to make this festive season better than ever with its new selection of mouth watering pâtés. If you are looking for a unique foodie gift this Xmas take a trip to www.patchwork-pate.co.uk and treat either yourself,

Stuff the turkey and treat yourself to a cockerel this xmas

Those who really want to strut their stuff this Christmas and have a dinner that will really go cock-a-doodle-do then stuff the turkey and go for a cockerel instead. Farmison & Co, the online gourmet food outlet, are offering their rare roosters this Christmas as part of their ‘Butchers’ Specialities’ range and you will shaking

Recipe boxes from top chefs delivered to your home every month

  If you fancy baking with Blanc or cooking along with Hom or even getting a food fix from Mark Hix you can now do all of the above within the comfort of your own kitchen. Farmison & Co are renowned online purveyors of fine foods, and they have joined forces with the hit television show

Famous West End Belgian restaurant celebrates 120th birthday

On September 25th Leon de Bruxelles in the West End celebrated its 120th birthday in style by hosting a grand event. Over the course of the day guests of the Belgian kitchen were treated to many different signature mussels, free Belgian waffles, and rounds of Belgian beer. Food was not the only thing on the

Rocking around the Xmas tree this festive season with great organic drinks

  Only the finest drinks and food should be served during Christmas. You can treat your family and friends to various festive foods or simply those foods that can be enjoyed during the celebrations, accompanied by the latest organic squashes and cordials from Rocks Drinks that can be amazingly refreshing. Considering that, Christmas only happens

Rare cognac auctioned for a record 32000 Euros at charity auction

At a charity auction called La Part des Anges held in Castle Brillac for the benefit of the French Red Cross and the Ark of Chrenete, a rare bottle of cognac made by Remy Martin was auctioned for a record 32000 Euros. This was much higher than the 20000 Euros which the organisers expected to

Limited edition macarons from Anges de Sucre

Anges de Sucre is a patisserie based in London that specialises in artisan macaraons. To raise much needed funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity, they are launching a very special, limited edition range of macarons. This new gift box range has been created in the memory of a close friend of Reshmi Bennett, the

Winners are announced of the 2013 Cake Awards

*Event hosted by award winning Pâtissier and Chocolatier Will Torrent* *Cake of the Year revealed as Bakery Dunbar’s Dome Chocolat et au Praline Feuillete* *Morrisons, Yauatcha and The Half-Baked Cake Company amongst winners* The best cakes in the UK have been announced today at the first ever Cake Awards held at the Park Lane hotel

New food delivery service brings you Italy in a box

A brand new food delivery service which brings Italian food directly to your door has just launched, and it fans of this most famous of cuisines right across the UK the opportunity to discover new recipes, cook new meals and then impress family or guests with what you have made from the authentic gourmet products

The Queens Head, Troutbeck, has an edge over competitors thanks to chemistry, Champagne and cocktails

The food and drink on offer at The Lake District’s Queen’s Head is set to be even better since the bar menu has seen the additions of a selection of classic cocktails as well as Champagne by the glass. As if that wasn’t enough, sparks are set to fly in the kitchen as well since

The taste of the Caribbean in a bottle

“This new glass bottle is a cost-effective packaging solution for our client which will greatly enhance the quality feel of the product” Lynn Sidebottom, Sales and Marketing Director at Beatson Clark Beatson Clark, the glass manufacturers, are bringing a real taste of the Caribbean into retail outlets with their new, bespoke bottle specially created for

Climate changes improving the quality of British wines

Despite the fact that some of the English vineyards have the same type of soil that is found in the Champagne region of France, the vineyards in England are note for producing low-grade wine. However, over the last decade some great wines have been coming out of the country and many winemakers believe that climate

Caviar now has a conscience

We are constantly hearing about how our fish reserves are dwindling and that we should be eating stock that is more sustainable, so you could be forgiven for thinking that this is not the best time to be indulging in the luxury of caviar. Traditionally, the Beluga Sturgeon, from which caviar is extracted from the

The Cake Awards team up with Fareshare

  The Cake Awards have announced that they are to team up with FareShare, the national charity which supports communities by relieving food poverty and actively preventing food waste by redistributing any surplus food to hundreds of other charities every day,. As Fareshare in the official charity partner of the event, they will will be working

The Caribbean paradise of Buccament Bay Resort is heaven on earth for chocolate lovers

The all-inclusive, award-winning, luxurious Buccament Bay Resort located in the Carribean Paradise of St Vincent and The Grenadines  has joined with the international British chocolatier Gerry Wilton to have the opportunity to offer guests and consumers The Experience of Chocolate: an enlightening, delectable, and entertaining course in making chocolate that will feature chocolate at the

British cakes celebrated by the new Cake Awards

Today, the 11th February, sees The Cake Awards launch in order to find and then celebrate the best of British cakes. From fine slices in tea rooms to fancies in the grandest hotels, a myriad of varieties on supermarket shelves, in bakeries and in retails food outlets across the UK, the new Cake Awards are

The enduring appeal of haggis

A Burns supper is a traditional event that many Scots know about and celebrate as part of the yearly calendar. It used to be a ceremonial event, happening just once a year, but has since evolved into a meal that can be served at any time and is especially popular in certain northern towns. In

The classic prawn cocktail is very much back in vogue

Across the country, the retro starter is starting to come back into vogue, popping up on many different menu listings. If you want to create some of your own at home you might want to try this fruity version of the seventies classic prawn cocktail. Easy to make with an impressive overall look, this starter

Preparing that romantic meal just got easier thanks to the OXO avocado cutter

It could be the memorable shape, or the energy boosting properties they are renowned for, but whatever the reason avocados have an enviable reputation as an aphrodisiac. If you are looking to spice up your Valentine’s Day but want to spend more time loving than preparing, then the new 3-in-1 avocado slicer for OXO is

My Secret Kitchen reveals upcoming food trends

My Secret Kitchen celebrates the New Year by creating the latest food and drink trends, not only for this year, but for the next few years. Here’s what you should look forward to: 1. Not Just Chillis: there has been an increasing heat in the UK over the last couple of years, and this is

Asda and Leiths, a special combination

We all know that Christmas is a time of fun, frivolity, family and feasting, and the latter particularly comes into play at this time of year as we tend to go all out to make sure that our cupboards are bursting with festive treats. Thankfully, the days of spending day after day in the kitchen

The great Christmas challenge of cooking the perfect dinner

In just over a week’s time millions of us will be striving to meet one of the biggest cooking challenges of the year and cook the perfect Christmas dinner. According to a new study, 4 in 10 people who have in the past cooked a Christmas dinner admitted that they haven’t yet pulled off the

New book takes the confusion out of cooking

A new book from Shirley Bond, entitled How Do You Measure Up? is based on the decades of experience the author has as a food writer, dietician and nutrition lecturer. This is a book that will be very useful for those who wish to cook without any confusion. The country’s top chefs have already heaped

The Beckhams team up with Mr Cenz for Red Tractor Week

Red Tractor Week is about to launch, and in order to celebrate this occasion, the famous graffiti artist Mr Cenz has announced that he is going to be painting an iconic red tractor on the wall of a farm building. This is expected to be something that is going to draw extra people to the

Survey proves that ice cream really is hot stuff!

It seems that summer has finally arrived, better late than never, and now is time to tuck into some ice cream, the favourite frozen snack that has now been deemed sexy. The people of Great Britain have spoken and the official word is nothing gets us Brits as hot under the collar like ice cream

Recipe ideas for the perfect Wimbledon party

Wimbledon is in full swing, so if you’re planning a party, here’s your chance to serve up a feast.  Up your game, taking advantage of this summer’s fresh, seasonal produce and put our recipe ideas to the test. Drinks Pimm’s, of course.  Is there anything more quintessentially English?  Mix one part PIMM’s no. 1 with

Consumers urged not to invest in Champagne by top wine broker

European Fine Wines, the wine broker and specialist, are urging customers not to invest in Champagne in the same way as they would invest in the top wines from Bordeaux. Sales of high profile Champagne brands have increased with the London Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, customers are stockpiling quality brands, viewing the

New Chocolate Delight courses could be the golden ticket to a career in chocolate

Many people consider pursuing a career in making chocolate as a fantasy, but an event that has been organised by the events company Chocolate Delight is going to allow guests the opportunity to learn the fundamentals about creating chocolate. It is a two-day course that is going to be perfect for anyone who is thinking about

The Cake Store offer numerous tasty treats for the Jubilee

The now famous Diamond Jubilee Queen Cake, that appeared on the ITV show This Morning with Phil and Holly, at the Ideal Home Exhibition and on the Graham Norton Show has finished its travels and is now back at home in Sydenham, London where it can be seen in The Cake Store’s fantastic cake showroom. The

Global flavour map gives foodies a unique chance to recommend their favourites

The Global flavour map is an interactive map that is going to allow people from all over the world to pin different flavours onto different areas. It has been launched by the company, Glorious! It lets people not only make flavour and taste recommendations but also recommend different things to eat. It is also completely interactive with

Food and Drink Top 10 for Christmas 2011

Each Christmas brings with it its own hot trends in food and drink, whether it’s Heston Blumenthal’s 2010 ‘hidden orange’ Christmas puddings or the Blue Nun wine of the 1970s. For this Christmas, though, refined, modern and simple styling is the order of the day, according to this year’s Christmas shows. So put away your

Ingredients for the Perfect Valentine’s Day Hamper

A lovely Valentine’s Day idea is to order a hamper filled with delicious gourmet food to be enjoyed with your special someone. You can take the hamper on a picnic or enjoy it in the comfort and privacy of your home. Of course, the most important ingredients for your feasting experience are each other. Eating