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Henley Chocolates

Rise of food entrepreneurs working from home

Anna Rose: I’m sure most will admit to a bit of indulgent daydreaming, when from time to time, especially when stuck in rush-hour traffic, thoughts drift into themes such as “wouldn’t it be nice to work from home, where you are your own boss - with no road congestion to deal with.”

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M'Hencha Stack

10 food and drink treats to enjoy this Christmas

Christmas is the only time of year that it is acceptable to eat non-stop, so make the most of it and treat yourself to some delicious food and drink gifts.

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Distillers, washbacks and stills / Photo: Tom Elms Photography

Cotswolds Distillery receives grant from Warwickshire Rural Growth Network

The awarded grant will help the new distillery in Stourton to increase whisky production

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Christmas drinks

7 drinks to enjoy on Christmas Day

Everyone loves a Christmas tipple, after all there are few other times of the year where it is acceptable to open a bottle early in the morning.

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The Swan Inn

The Swan Inn, Moreton-in-Marsh

Promotional feature: The Swan Inn is a family-run business located within the heart of Moreton-in-Marsh, providing food, bed and board, as well as a function room available to hire.

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Welsh cakes / Photo: Neil Langan

Winter recipes: Braised oxtail, Welsh cakes & more

November offers a lot to look forward to; rich warming stews, thick soups and hot spongy puddings are high on our list of meals as the colder weather gets under way. Evelyn Curtis shares a few of her favourite seasonal recipes.

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A blue tit feeding during the winter months

Winter care for wild birds

Promotional feature: As the colder weather approaches, spare a thought for the wild birds in your garden. CJ Wildlife offer some tips on how you can help them survive the winter.

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Warwickshire chef Adam Bateman

Top chef at Walton Hall nominated for award in 2014 Hotel Cateys

Warwickshire chef Adam Bateman has been nominated for an award in the forthcoming Hotel Cateys.

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Bramley apples / Photo: Red58Bill

Bramleys: fruit of the month!

Evelyn Curtis talks apples, offering a few of her favourite recipes featuring the much-loved Bramley

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September suppers

Evelyn Curtis provides a few of her favourite seasonal recipes for September

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El Greco, Stratford-upon-Avon

Restaurant review: El Greco

El Greco is a Greek restaurant in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. 
What would the Bard have made of it, Katie Jarvis wonders.

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Michael Mosley

Michael Mosley: Weighty matters

Dr Michael Mosley is the medical journalist who brought the fast-diet phenomenon to the world’s attention. 
Katie Jarvis talked to him over a cup of tea, with no cake

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Moushumi Moran

There’s more to Bengali food than curry

Anna Rose discusses the diversity of Indo-Asian cuisine, and the local opportunity to become an expert in traditional Bengali cooking

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Ragley Food Festival

Ragley Hall to host Great British Food Festival

Ragley Hall will be full of food lovers, chefs and artisan cooks for the first ever Great British Food Festival in Warwickshire, which takes place on September 13-14.

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Paul Hollywood on BBC's Great British Bake Off

Baking Bad?

The BBC’s Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood will be making his first appearance at Gloucester Quays Food Festival this month. Katie Jarvis spoke to the artisan baker who’s the best thing since sliced bread.

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Country pub launches loyalty scheme

Regular customers of a pub near Leamington Spa are set to raise their glasses following the launch of a new loyalty card scheme.

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A Greedy Man in a Hungry World by Jay Rayner

Food for thought from Jay Rayner

Katie Jarvis meets Jay Rayner (for the second time; she’d rather not talk about the first), to chat about his book – Greedy Man in a Hungry World – and why, when it comes to everything we thought we knew about food, we may well have to eat our words

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Tank driving in Warwickshire

Filling up our tanks

Cherry and Emma talk food and tank driving in Warwickshire

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The Tetbury Woolsack Race

Five things to do this Spring Bank Holiday weekend (May 24-26)

Three days off without a thing to do? Here are five suggestions for what to get up to in the Cotswolds this weekend

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Rambling Rose Flask and Cup

Top outdoor dining products

Whether you’re planning a picnic or a barbecue this summer, here is a selection of our favourite alfresco dining picks.

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Jim Bellinger, (left) CAMRA North Oxfordshire chairman, presents Claire and Jim Alexander with their recent awards

North Cotswold pub brewing own beer

Meet the landlords of The Ebrington Arms who are keeping the tradition of brewing bitter and real ale alive

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Chefs Omar Allibhoy, Gary Hunter, Chris Galvin, Emma McQuistan, Kevin Tew, and Andrew Kojima

The impossible bream

Posh fish is off the menu as Katie Jarvis can barely afford a sardine when she sets out to feed herself on just £1 a day

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'Pysanky' are painted eggs, a feature of a traditional Ukrainian Easter / Photo: Polischchuk Elena (shutterstock)

A Ukrainian Easter

Anna Rose provides an insight into the distinct culinary traditions of Easter in Ukraine which are practiced by Ukrainian ex-pats across Warwickshire

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Easter biscuits from Contemporary Cake Design!

Play Mary Berry by using this Easter biscuit recipe

Cheltenham-based company Contemporary Cake Designs share a recipe for traditional Easter biscuits that can be enjoyed at home, bringing out the Mary Berry in all.

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Some detox diets involve a large increase in the intake of water / Photo: Nobuhiro Asada (Shutterstock)

Can you lose weight by detoxing?

Health coach and nutritionist Andrea Bayles is often asked for a quick detox regime that will help shed the pounds. Some, however, are more effective than others...

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Evolution

The caveman diet

Andrea Bayles, a nutritionist based in Warwickshire, takes a look at the potential benefits of a back-to-basics diet modelled upon the diet of cavemen.

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Stuffed peppers

Sunday is for cooking

As a health coach, Andrea Bayles is often working with her clients to help them determine how they can cook more often and use strategies that get dinner on the table quickly and easily.

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CLFDA 2014

Nominations open for the 12th annual Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards

We are pleased to be able to bring you the 12th annual Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards at Cheltenham Racecourse on July 7.

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Local markets are common sources for fresh, locally sourced food / Photo: Shutterstock

Buying local in Warwickshire

Anna Rose discusses the increasingly popular focus on ‘buying local’, and the potential community-wide benefits

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Potatoes come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
© Perry French, via Flickr. Reproduced under a CC BY-ND 2.0 license

Genetic modification and the Great British potato

Everyone loves a good roast or jacket potato, a bag of chips or a pile of creamy mash – but the Great British potato is constantly under threat from weather and disease. Lisa Martin discusses some of the pressures that potato growers face, and how a controversial genetic technology could save the humble spud.

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Baked beans in tomato sauce / Source: Mk2010 - Wikimedia Commons

Breeding a British baked bean

Did you know that every single one of the baked beans we eat in this country is imported from abroad? Researchers at the University of Warwick are on a quest to breed a better bean that’s 100% British, and Lisa Martin takes a look at why.

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Angela and Jeremy Bower of Bower Willis / credit: Gavin Crilly

BITE 2014 Festival and Bower Willis Designs

February 1-9 sees the return of The Cotswolds Food Festival – BITE 2014. Over 20 venues across the Cotswolds will play host to skilled chefs and food heroes serving up something delicious to avid foodies.

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Stilton, Leek & Potato Pithivier

Stilton, Leek & Potato Pithivier

With such miserable weather in the county it’d be a crime not to indulge in a little comfort food, especially when it’s so easy to make and looks good enough for the Bake Off.

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Personalised necklace

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

We’ve searched high and low to help you find the perfect gift for loved ones this Valentine’s Day

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The yellow fields of summer are Brassica napus (rapeseed), grown extensively in the UK for animal feed, vegetable oil and biodiesel. 
© Brian Robert Marshall. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Reproduced under a CC BY-SA 2.0 license.

Love Your Greens

Brassicas are an important family of plants that include rapeseed, cabbage, broccoli, turnips and many other vegetables. Lisa Martin attended the annual Brassica Growers’ Association conference to find out about the latest research into these plants, the challenges faced by Brassica growers, and opportunities for the future.

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Russell's, Broadway

Win a 3 Course Dinner and Stay at Russell’s in Broadway

Start 2014 with a break at Russell’s - a restaurant with rooms - the perfect base to explore the beauty of the Cotswolds

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National Chocolate Cake Day is a good excuse to eat more cake!

Have your cake and eat it: National Chocolate Cake day

Nobody needs an excuse to eat more cake, but National Chocolate Cake day is a new one to add to the list! 
Contemporary Cake Designs owner, Xavier, gives his top tips for the perfect chocolate cake.

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