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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. 
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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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Delicatessen delicacies for Christmas

Delicatessen shopping at Christmas

Anna Rose recalls her Eastern European roots as she prepares to celebrate her very Warwickshire Christmas

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The V-Zug Comi Steam oven compliments a state-of-the-art kitchen designed by Bower Willis Designs

Something to chew on at BITE 2014 with Bower Willis Designs

A smörgåsbord of culinary delights will be cooked up in a specially designed kitchen by Bower Willis Designs at BITE 2014.

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Louisa Foti

Christmas Pudding with Brown Sugar Brandy Butter

Food & drink writer Louisa shares her family recipe for Christmas pudding, which features some unexpected ingredients...

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Tristram Stuart explaining the problem of food waste 
© Isabelle Adam, via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Food waste – and how science can help

Inspired by listening to food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart, Lisa Martin explores the issue of food waste and how science is helping to solve the problem.

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Christmas dinner hamper without meat

Christmas Day Food & Drink

If you’re a traditionalist at heart or want to try something new this Christmas, we’ve picked out the best food and drink products to enjoy over the festive period.

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Hamish Stoddart Peach Co-founder

Warwickshire pub company scores a hat-trick in people awards

A company which runs four Warwickshire pubs has been named one of the best companies to work for in its industry by winning a Best Employers in Hospitality award, the third time on the trot it has been awarded this sought-after national accolade.

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Bower Willis Designs

Bower Willis Designs demonstrate steam cooking in time for Christmas dinner

If you thought a traditional Christmas dinner was a labour intensive roast, then think again. Bower Willis Designs, in conjunction with V-ZUG, have demonstrated how to create a delicious and healthy festive spread with the minimum fuss and maximum flavour.

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Christmas Cake

Wily ways with cake..

Baking Christmas cake for a local fair proves more tricky than hoped for new writer Annette

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Crumble Slice

Crumble Slice

The chill of winter has made itself known over the last week. That means it’s time to light the fire, slowly submerge ourselves in the process of hibernation, don those cozy pjs, not stepping outside unless necessary. Alas, this is just a dream. Bonfire night has now passed and that season of red, gold and green is upon us.

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Hobbs House Bakery

Christmas Gift Guide for Food Lovers

Warning: Buying gifts for foodie friends and family will cause food envy.

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The Manor, Weston on the Green

The Manor at Weston on the Green

Indulge in country house luxury and sample the best that The Manor’s new chef has to offer.

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The Swan Inn

New head chef at The Swan Inn in Moreton in Marsh launches his festive menu

Graham McGinty, the new head chef at The Swan Inn, has launched his festive menu.

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Stanbrook Abbey

Ready, steady, bake off!

Worcestershire’s historic Stanbrook Abbey will be hosting a bake off on October 30.

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The Fuzzy Duck, Armscote

The Fuzzy Duck, Armscote

Nestled away in a quiet North Cotswold village sits a beautifully renovated pub, The Fuzzy Duck.

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Barbecued Sausages

Tom Parker Bowles

This month, Tom shares a creamy Italian sausage pasta sauce recipe...

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Hobbs House Bread Making Masterclass

Hobbs House Bread Making Masterclass

The Hobbs House Bread Making Masterclass offers up an invaluable new skill that will endlessly impress friends and family.

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Apple Mania at Chedham's Yard

Apple Mania comes to Chedham’s Yard!

Apple Mania will be coming to Chedham’s Yard in Wellesbourne on Saturday, October 12. Visitors of all ages will be able to celebrate the Great British Apple, with a variety of apple-themed activities and apple refreshments.

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Cuisine at The Queen's Head, complimented by bespoke tableware.

Bespoke range for brand new restaurant

Warwickshire-based chain Lovely Pubs has commissioned Birmingham-based Heritage Collection to design and produce a bespoke range of crockery, cutlery and wooden products ahead of the opening of its latest venture, The Queen’s Head, near Bromsgrove.

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Chipping Camden

The Great Indian Food Feast 2013

The picturesque town of Chipping Camden is to play host to the Great Indian Food Feast.

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The Swan Inn exterior by night

New head chef joins The Swan Inn, Moreton in Marsh

Graham McGinty, Age 26 from Ayrshire Scotland, has joined the team at The Swan Inn. He started chefing at 16 and has since worked at Ayr racecourse, catering at high level functions, as well as the 2 rosette restaurant within The Manor House Hotel in Moreton in Marsh, underneath Head Chef Nick Orr.

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Barbeque

Tom Parker Bowles

Tom Parker Bowles offers a few basic tips for barbecuing, as well as a Marinated Leg of Lamb Recipe...

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