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Top 5: Kay Plunkett-Hogge’s tips to throwing the perfect cocktail party

Don’t try to take on too much. You’ll be stressed and harassed and won’t have a good time. No one likes a frazzled host. It’s a party folks! Remember to HOST. It’s no good if […]

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Cookbook Confidential Christmas Playlist

https://open.spotify.com/user/octopusbooks/playlist/46ZRM0Gim4jzPx3diQEsDg You have the drinks, the food and your guests. All that’s needed is a playlist filled with Christmas cheer to get the party in full swing. Our authors picked their top festive hits to […]

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Top 5: Advent Calendars

Fortnum & Mason’s Wooden Tea Advent Calendar: this stunning handcrafted calendar offers a wonderful selection of teas from India and the Far East. Discover a surprising range of flavours from across the world as you wake up […]

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Weekend Recipe: Cinnamon-spiced squash & butter bean stew with chilli cornbread

CINNAMON-SPICED SQUASH & BUTTER BEAN STEW Definitely the sort of thing Jane would call a “winter warmer”, this cosy, spicy, slightly sweet stew will keep the cold at bay on even the dullest and chilliest of days. […]

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Cookbook Confidential’s Christmas Gift Guide

Tomorrow marks the first Sunday of Advent and December is just around the corner so if you haven’t already, now would be the time to start filling your basket for Christmas gifting. We’ve selected our top […]

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Cocktail of the Day: Difford’s Guide Egg Nog

2½ shots Cognac V.S.O.P. ½ shot sugar syrup 1 fresh egg (white and yolk) ½ shot single/whipping cream 2 shots milk grated nutmeg Pour ingredients into heatproof glass and stir. Heat in microwave and stir again […]

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Top 5: Stir-up Sunday facts

Stir-up Sunday dates back to Victorian times when on the last Sunday before advent, churchgoers would return home with the message ‘Stir up; we beseech thee, O Lord’ and gather together to stir the ingredients […]

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Weekend recipe: Diana Henry’s English Ale-Soaked Christmas Pudding

Christmas pudding is so easy – the most taxing part is getting the ingredients out of the cupboard – that I don’t know why more people don’t make their own. A home-made one is better […]

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Weekend recipe: Anjali Pathak’s Tadka Dhal

This is probably the most famous lentil dish coming out of India – yellow lentils tempered with spices and the usual holy trinity of garlic, ginger and chilli. It has always been a favourite of mine and […]

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Top 5: London pubs to embrace the autumn

The Holly Bush, Hampstead: If you ask most Londoners for their top pubs, The Holly Bush is likely to be high on their list. This charming local in the heart of Hampstead forms a welcoming home […]

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Weekend Recipe: Diana Henry’s bird pie

There’s nothing like a pie. It might look as though this is a very thick white sauce. It is. The leeks, once they’re added, can make the filling quite liquid as they continue to cook and […]

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Top 5: places to celebrate Bonfire Night in the UK

Alexandra Palace, London (7 November) The popular Ally Pally fireworks extravaganza is back. With highlights including street food, a craft beer village, ice skating and funfairs, this is so much more than a fireworks show […]

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