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December 2016
Christmas has been and gone. You’ve cleaned up, you’re getting your life into some sort of order and then boom, New Year’s plans are right in front of you. From singing a song which you still don’t quite know the words to, to making last minute changes and arrangements, life’s a little complicated in these...
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So, the family has left, the friends have come and gone, you’ve probably headed back to work if you didn’t figure out that 18 days holiday with the bank holidays included and now you’re left with picking up after four or five days Christmas splurging. You’ve found your trainers, you’ve been on your boxing day...
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Christmas is quite literally here. You are preparing your last minute pieces. Food shopping lists have been checked. Travel plans have been made. Box set TV programmes have been downloaded and your Christmas tree is looking fabulous. For those organised, your Christmas gifts would have been done in the last weeks of November or even...
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When it comes to the festive holidays there are some major guarantees. Food, drink, family, family arguments over TV rights/growing pains and well, the TV. That’s right, with over 100m hours expected to be spent in front of the TV screen this Christmas, it got us thinking, will Die Hard be on Christmas eve, or...
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Hidden appliances. Smart devices. ‘Tuxedo’ panelling. Island integration. They could all feature as the chapter titles to a Ian Fleming or John Le Carre novel, but they are just some of the kitchen design trends that will start to land in 2017, if the trade magazines and shows are anything to go by. Integration therefore...
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Over the Christmas period, the UK sells 370 million mince pies. That’s right, 370 million. The average brit eats 27 mince pieces each and more worryingly, 74 million mince pies get thrown out each year. If you wanted to know what contributed to some of the biggest food waste (and expanding waistlines) here is your...
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When it comes to Christmas parties, there is one thing that any good host should not forget, the starters! That’s right, you can set the tone of the evening with a simple starter dish that guests will rave about until the following year. But where do you go for inspiration for great starters and how...
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If Jona Lewie was to believed, thanks to his 1980 hit, you “could always find him in the kitchen at parties.” Of course, we would naturally say that you should find yourself in the kitchen at parties, after all that’s what we make, kitchens. However with the advent of larger kitchen dining areas, and more...
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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” especially if Andy Williams is to be believed. Whilst Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Wizard play in the background and conversations rapture around last minute Christmas gifts, where to spend the celebrations and who will be cooking, it’s a great time to remind ourselves that December...
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