Summer is throwing us its best angles at the moment. The time has finally come to get your legs out, get that dress out and start on the Pimms. It is also salad season, and if you are fed up with the ones from Pret, then this is the salad you should be eating now. I went for my annual medical check-up this week. The boob doctor gave me a sheet of paper with tips on for reducing breast cancer risk. On the list were the usual things about exercise, drinking no more than one glass of wine a day,…

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Packaging is stunning. Gift worthy! Products come in glass bottles and some squeezable tubes.   Luxury organic skincare  When I opened the box, I was hit by a fresh sensual and  expensive smelling scent. The way it is packaged in a stunning black, and white box, lined with black tissue paper has elegance written all over it. The French do indulgent beauty so well. Patyka began in the 1920’s and was the first brand in the world to achieve Ecocert organic certification. And most of the range is vegan (except three products). Youth remodelling cream £70 Coming in a glass…

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  This Luxury fragrance and personal care range is heaven sent Every time I fly, which is an awful lot, I like to buy a new luxury fragrance. I have a lovely collection of perfumes and Eau de toilettes which I buy without smelling them first. So far I have a 100% success rate for keeping the ‘blind buys’. This routine came to a grinding halt when I found the scent of my dreams, and I have not looked back since our meeting a year and a half ago. Every time I use these products people stop and ask which…

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200g butter, softened (I use salted) 350g soft light brown sugar seeds of ½ vanilla pod or ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 tsp Camp coffee essence (optional) 6 medium eggs (at room temperature) 280g wholemeal or regular self-raising flour 1 tsp baking powder 60g cocoa powder 210g crème fraîche (at room temperature) FOR THE CHOCOLATE FROSTING 120g dark chocolate, melted 180g butter, softened 375g icing sugar 2 tbsp double cream FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE DRIZZLE 140ml double cream 140g dark chocolate, roughly chopped, plus extra for grating EQUIPMENT 3 x 20cm round cake tins stand mixer or hand-held electric whisk…

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Quite possibly the easiest Vegan/Vegetarian pizza flatbread in the world. So this is a vegan pizza and a skin friendly one too. I have played around with some oatmeal flour and some buckwheat flour to make it gluten-free but you can also use a regular gluten-containing Strong white flour or just a gluten-free flour like Doves which would work well. If you do use different flour  you may have to adjust the water content a little bit, to give you a kneadable dough that is not to dry and that is not so wet that it sticks to the surface.…

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