Fondue enjoying a boom as foodies take a dip back to the ’70s | Food | Life & Style

But fondue is enjoying a boom thanks to a combination of nostalgia, comfort eating and the trend for sharing meals. Even Brexit is a factor in the rebirth of the classic dinner party favourite, according to a top psychologist. Professor Charles Spence has analysed the reasons behind the revival which has trebled sales of fondue sets over the last two years. Fondue – dunking bread into melted cheese or meat into hot oil – was invented by the Swiss to warm up cold winter nights. Nowadays the special long forks…

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Bamboo pesto? Supermarket own brands contain THESE cheaper ingredients | Food | Life & Style

A test of 12 own-brand standard and premium pestos – all made in Italy – found a range of additions to the sauce’s traditional four key ingredients of basil, pine nuts, parmesan and olive oil.  Which? found all of the standard pestos were made with between 42 per cent and 49 per cent basil, but also contained cheaper alternatives to the traditional ingredients such as cashew nuts instead of pine nuts, or a mix of both.  Olive oil was also substituted with sunflower oil, and parmesan with less expensive Grana…

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Waitrose news: Coffee limited to customers with reusable cups | Food | Life & Style

Waitrose coffee was once free for customers, but now only those who spend in the store and bring their own cups will be able to have the hot drink. In a move that some have criticised on Twitter, Waitrose announced: “We’re removing all disposable takeaway cups from our shops by the autumn. “You can still enjoy a free hot drink when you shop with us; remember to bring your own reusable cup and your myWaitrose card with you. #KeepYourCup.” This is part of the chain’s move to reduce plastic use…

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Aldi pizza oven: Cook the perfect pizza recipe for a low price with this Special Buy | Food | Life & Style

Aldi pizza oven is back after proving a huge success last year. And now the hit has been slashed in price by half. The popular summer product will cost £49.99, down from £99.99. First launched in 2017, the gadget is back, and will up your barbecue game significantly. The handy piece of kit is used on a barbecue, replicating Italian pizza oven technology. The oven will be available to order from 8 April, before hitting stores on 12 April. It will accompany the rest of the garden range, sure to…

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Lidl steak bigger than Aldi’s ‘Tomahawk’ steak – 1.1kg for £14.99 | Food | Life & Style

Lidl is selling a 1.1kg steak this Easter Bank Holiday called the ‘Big Cowboy’ steak. The piece of meat is even bigger than the Aldi Tomahawk Steak, which was a huge hit last year. The German supermarkets are going head to head to produce the best and biggest steaks on the UK high street. While the tomahawk steak weighted in from 1kg on the bone, Lidl just beats it at 1.1kg. The steak, which has been dry aged on the bone for 14 days and matured for 21 days, is…

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Do we eat too much? Compare a fridge from 1968 with one today | Food | Life & Style

NC Vanessa and Betty have noticed the variety in their fridge change According to their report, the average British adult should be consuming no more than 400 calories at breakfast, 600 for lunch and 600 for dinner. “Too many children and most adults are overweight or obese,” say PHE, “suffering consequences from bullying and low self-esteem in childhood, to Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers as adults”. PHE’s report coincided with a study by the Government’s chief adviser on obesity along with experts from Cambridge University that found…

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