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Marks & Spencer New Year’s Eve meal deal is back – here’s what you can get for just £20 | Food | Life & Style

Marks & Spencer New Year’s Eve meal deal is back – here’s what you can get for just £20 | Food | Life & Style

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If you’re planning on spending New Year’s Eve at home this year, but don’t want the stress of having to cook, Marks & Spencer could be the answer. As part of its Dine In for Two range, M&S has a selection of delicious starters, mains and desserts to enjoy in the comfort of your home for a bargain price. Choose a starter, main, side dish, dessert and bottle of wine or sparkling wine all for £20. So what delicious delights are on offer? StartersKing prawn and salmon terrines - king prawn and lochmuir poached salmon terrine slices, topped with Scottish Lochmuir oak-smoked salmon and hand garnished with soft cheese, dill and a gold lustre. Smoked salmon & egg royale - a runny poached egg wrapped in Scottish Lochmuir smoked salmon on top of a blini. Ready to bake in the oven, top
White Creme Egg launched by Cadbury – but you’ll need luck to get one | Food | Life & Style

White Creme Egg launched by Cadbury – but you’ll need luck to get one | Food | Life & Style

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Between 350 and 400 of the white eggs are on sale in the same packaging as the standard milk chocolate version until Easter Sunday on April 1, with Cadbury offering cash prizes to those who find one.They are being stocked by selected independent and convenience retailers such as local newsagents and corner shops and in Sainsbury's Local, Tesco Express and Co-op branches until Easter Sunday on April 1, with each one worth at least £100, Cadbury said.The promotion is bound to cause some consternation among fans of the product, who claimed that Cadbury's US owners ruined Easter two years ago with a new “cheap chocolate imitation” Creme Egg.It followed brand owner Mondelez changing the recipe for the sweet fondant-filled snack so that the shell is made from a “standard, traditional Cadbury
Captain Birdseye swapped for hunky Italian by Birds Eye – watch the advert here | Food | Life & Style

Captain Birdseye swapped for hunky Italian by Birds Eye – watch the advert here | Food | Life & Style

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Captain Birdseye is an iconic character in Britain, first hitting our TV screens advertising frozen seafood products back in 1967. Fast forward 51 years and there’s a new captain in town: Riccardo Acerbi, 56, has been picked to be the new Captain Birds Eye. The model-turned-actor replaces Mitch Commins, who took on the role, aged 68, two years ago.A Birds Eye spokesman said: “With almost 35 years’ experience in front of the camera, Riccardo nabbed the role following a rigorous audition process at which he impressed Birds Eye with his genuine approach to portraying the Captain and love of the sea.”But Twitter users are conflicted with one comparing the new actor to First Dates star Fred Sirieix. Jon Crowley tweeted: “In other TV news, it appears that Fred the maitre de from the First Dat
South of France cuisine: La Bastide Saint Antoine in Grasse review | Food | Life & Style

South of France cuisine: La Bastide Saint Antoine in Grasse review | Food | Life & Style

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I was lucky enough to be taken by some friends to the beautiful La Bastide Saint Antoine in Grasse for a lovely lunch during the Christmas holidays. This bright manor house is surrounded by a formal garden, with lime and chestnut trees visible from the glass-enclosed dining room, and is part of a traditional country house hotel which has beautiful Provencal rooms and exquisite views over the Haute Maritime. The hosts are Odette and Jacques Chibois. Jacques is the head chef and figurehead, and has won two Michelin stars for his amazing cuisine. Lunch during the week is a special treat, because the food is delicious and the price is realistic. We enjoyed many of the dishes on the menu, but to start we particularly liked the bream tartare marinated with citruses, the warm fish soup, and th
Bacon sandwich: Best recipe revealed | Food | Life & Style

Bacon sandwich: Best recipe revealed | Food | Life & Style

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  Arguments rage in households across Britain every weekend over the best recipe for the breakfast favourite. But the people have spoken and the results are in. A survey has declared the UK’s preferred formula was a generous heap of grilled rashers served on white bread with ketchup. The classic recipe, using either smoked or unsmoked bacon but never using toast, was favoured by the majority of 2,000 adults in an effort to finally settle the age old dispute. They declared the perfect bacon butty should be made with back bacon, rather than streaky, on buttered bread with an evenly spread layer of red sauce. Ideally, it should be enjoyed alongside a cup of English breakfast tea as part of a lazy Saturday morning routine. One in four confessed that cooked
Cadbury slammed for selling a box containing only EIGHT biscuits | Food | Life & Style

Cadbury slammed for selling a box containing only EIGHT biscuits | Food | Life & Style

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SWNSCadbury have been accused of short changing customers and wasting packaging Pictures and video posted on social media show one disgruntled customer opening the Cadbury Biscuit Assortment after receiving it as a gift.The customer's wife, who works as a teacher, was given the box by one of her pupils before Christmas.The husband, from Birmingham, who does not want to be named for fear of embarrassing the pupil, said: "Cadbury's are quite literally taking the biscuit."It was a box given to my wife from one of her pupils at Christmas which was a lovely gesture. Related articles "We saved the biscuits until after Christmas and we sat down with a glass of red wine and thought we'd open it up and tuck in."I saw eight biscuits and thought they would be double-stacked."To my
Have you forgotten how good they taste? The retro food revival | Food | Life & Style

Have you forgotten how good they taste? The retro food revival | Food | Life & Style

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A few years ago we couldn’t move for brioche buns and pulled pork. Then Hawaiian poke was everywhere for a while. But sometimes we just want the good old comfort food of our childhood, like a fish-finger sandwich with mushy peas, a rice pudding, a bowl of cereal or a warming corned beef hash. A slew of restaurants are cashing in on our desire to return to more simple culinary times. At the heart of London's trendy Exmouth Market is a restaurant devoted to serving 1970s nostalgia food such as ham, egg and chips, cheese and pineapple and prawn cocktail, and we only have to look at one of the many food-related TV shows currently on our screens to see that harking back food-wise is all the rage. But you don’t need to go the whole retro hog and don a velvet jumpsuit or stick cocktail umbrell
New Year’s Day FOOD BINGE: Almost £30 MILLION will be spent on takeaways | Food | Life & Style

New Year’s Day FOOD BINGE: Almost £30 MILLION will be spent on takeaways | Food | Life & Style

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Just Eat, the world’s leading marketplace for online food delivery, is expected to sell around 500,000 dishes - at its height 23 a second and up 14 per cent on last year. It accounts for around a third of the market and so with other companies and takeaways the total number of orders are estimated to be 1.5million at an average cost of £18.60 giving a total of £27.9million.Whether recovering from New Year’s Eve revelry or fed up with left overs, last year the orders started early, with bacon sandwiches and full English breakfasts, being the most popular breakfast delivery.As the day wore on, Just Eat customers began ordering kebabs and pizzas and then Chinese and Indian dishes.In total, it is estimated that by midnight on New Year’s Day this year they will have delivered 145,000 pizzas,
Cadbury Fudge replaced by Dairy Milk Oreo bar in festive selection box sparking fan anger | Food | Life & Style

Cadbury Fudge replaced by Dairy Milk Oreo bar in festive selection box sparking fan anger | Food | Life & Style

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Cadbury fans have reacted with anger after the company decided to replace the British classic Fudge bars with the Dairy Milk Oreo, an American biscuit, instead this year.Their £2.99 festive selection box no longer contains the Fudge.The company said it had made the decision "to improve the mix and offer more of a variety for our fans".Fudge, known as Milk Fudge when it first came on the market in 1948, will still be available in the chocolate company's small £1.09 box and its Freddo selection packs.But that hasn’t stopped fans from reacting with fury online, with many taking to Twitter to vent their frustration.Some are seeing it as a move against British favourites by American owners of Cadbury, Kraft.One Twitter user said: “I cannot believe Cadbury's would remove the Fudge bar, that i
We Tried 3 Popular Dairy-Free Eggnogs — And Here’s This Season’s Winner

We Tried 3 Popular Dairy-Free Eggnogs — And Here’s This Season’s Winner

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As far as holiday beverages go, eggnog is a seasonal classic. The drink is usually made by dressing up a dairy base with sugar, whipped egg whites and yolks, spices and finally a splash of booze. The taste is like crème brûlée. It’s an aesthetic, texturally and taste-wise, that we associate with the month of December in sweet liquid form. However, for those of us who don’t “do” dairy, for whatever reason, traditional grocery store varieties of eggnog are usually off-limits. But, not anymore! Since trendy milk alternatives have stormed the standard dairy scene, new festive and eggless-nog options have been popping up left and right. Related: 8 Great Ways To Spend Your Holiday Bonus To get a handle on all the alternative holiday nog options out there, we decided to give three popular car