Hayman’s Sloe Gin

Hayman’s ginealogy (yes apparently that’s a real word!) dates back over 150 years, making them the only family of original English gin makers still distilling today. Since 1863 they have been using family techniques and processes handed down through five generations, creating gins by hand in a small English town in North East London. Their recipes use a blend of 10 botanicals, with five types of gin in their collection – London Dry Gin, Old Tom Gin, Family Reserve Gin, Royal Dock Gin and Sloe Gin – all of which mix these botanicals in different measures to achieve various flavours and finishes.

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Egg-stagram Masterclass with Heritage Breeds

“Discover the Taste of Impeccable Eggs”

Last Wednesday evening I was lucky enough to be invited down to an event held by Heritage Breeds at the wonderful Food @ 52 cookery school. It’s no secret that as a nation we seriously love our eggs! As an absolute breakfast/brunch fanatic I may be biased but recently I feel like we’ve all become brunch obsessed.. and no brunch menu is complete without eggs – you don’t have to scroll far on social media to see some perfectly poached eggs on avocado toast!

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‘Brew the Tea of all Teas’ – the ultimate cuppa from English Tea Shop

Is there anything more quintessentially British than a good mug of tea? The first thing I do when I have friends round is to put the kettle on and some of my favourite things – afternoon tea, a good catch up over tea and cake or cosy nights in with tea and biscuits in front of the TV all revolve around it.

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London Cocktail Week with Discover Kale

To celebrate London Cocktail Week (2nd– 8th October 2017) Discover Kale offered to send me a cocktail making kit. I love kale (controversial perhaps but I genuinely do love it!) and I love cocktails (they’re one of few alcoholic drinks I ever have!) but I wasn’t sure I could see any connection between the two! Nevertheless I agreed – I’ve never tried to make my own cocktails before and was excited to try! – and was sent a champagne saucer (I had no idea what it was before I read the blogger’s brief!), a metal cocktail shaker and a bottle of Pin Gin – Lincolshire’s premier gin created by Bottomley Distillers.

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Union Coffee

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m an absolute coffee fanatic! It’s hard to believe that when I first started work I didn’t like the taste of it – I’d drink Starbucks (I know – don’t judge me!!) with as much milk and sugar as possible to make it bearable and keep me awake – how times have changed! Now I like it seriously strong, and I’ve definitely turned into a bit of a coffee snob – I love independent coffee places but despite wanting to support them I genuinely much prefer the taste.. I actually can’t believe I used to like Starbucks coffee!

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I don’t know about you but all of my favourite childhood memories seem to relate to food, whether it was family roast dinners, Tuesday night fish and chips (yes I know it’s a random night – it was the night when both of my parents worked late!) or begging my mum to take us to McDonalds on the way home from training, but my favourite memories are of the snacks we used to eat as kids. Who remembers going down to the corner shop (when pretty much everything was 10p, and 1p sweets were actually 1p – I know, I sound so old!), excited to pick out snacks with the 20p you’d begged your parents for!? As a child I actually had far more of a savoury than a sweet tooth and I got through crisps like they were going out of fashion! Some of my favourites included Pom Bears, Monster Munch, Hula Hoops and Wheat Crunchies.. then I met Marcus who was Quavers and Wotsits obsessed!

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