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A showstopping chocolate cake recipe

It happens every time. Nothing quiets the din of a great gathering, albeit briefly, like the appearance of chocolate cake. What music does to soothe a savage breast, so too does a chocolate cake with its ability to make the eyes of a crowd mist over. It inspires the familiar questions: how good is it? Is this even better than the last one? Was the chocolate skimped on? Is the chocolate the best, or bulked out with Scotbloc? And the answers are always the same. Very! Yes! No! Absolutely…


Posted on June 27, 2017 at 6:17am

Nigel Slater’s cherry pie and cake recipes

We went in search of cherries: punnet after punnet of dark, sweet fruits, cheap enough for us to boil up a batch of jam. The pickers had been at work before breakfast, teetering on tall ladders, their heads hidden in the canopy of leaves. We ignored the dead blackbird that hung ominously from the gate and went in. I was struck by how cool it was under those trees, a good few degrees cooler than in the open, and we sat in their shade feasting on fruit and spotting our shirts pink with…


Posted on June 27, 2017 at 6:15am

Tips for Fussy Eaters When Travelling

It’s a travel platitude you’ll have heard time and again: you can’t truly appreciate another culture until you’ve sampled its food.

There’s some truth there, sure. Eating traditional, local dishes can be a delightful way to step outside your comfort zone and immerse yourself in a foreign culture. But simply being in another country doesn’t stop certain things from tasting terrible to you. If you were born with ‘selective’ taste buds, you might not fancy chowing down on fermented…


Posted on June 27, 2017 at 6:14am

Strange Crisps and Jerky of the Sea

One of the most exciting things about travelling is the opportunity to sample local cuisines and unusual delicacies. We’ve written before about some of the weird food traditions around the world, but what about everyday snacks?

These are some of the strangest (from a UK perspective) quick and easy snacks you can easily find on shop shelves in other countries.

Nowhere does unusual crisp flavours like China. Lay’s (what the rest of the world calls Walkers) offers Numb & Spicy…


Posted on June 27, 2017 at 6:13am

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