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SPICY CHOCOLATE POTS • Recipe

  Tonia Buxton’s SPICY CHOCOLATE POTS Recipe from  These little chocolate mousses pack a powerful punch! SERVES 4 120g dark chocolate (at least 80% cocoa solids), roughly chopped 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp chilli flakes a pinch of salt 3 tbsp strong spirit, such as Aqualibra tequila, Cointreau or…

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Coconut Oil 101:

Nutrition and Health Benefits of Coconut Oil What is Coconut Oil? If you’ve been in a grocery store or health food store lately, you might have seen coconut oil products bursting from the shelves. Coconut oil might be rising in popularity, but its benefits have been around for centuries. Coconut…

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How to Lose Weight Without Breaking a Sweat

How to Lose Weight Without Breaking A Sweat.   Pounding away at the gym may not be some people’s idea of a good time.  Getting hot and sweaty in a quest for weight loss may not always be the answer.  In fact, we know you can’t outrun a bad diet,…

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The Green Goddess Smoothie

Green Goddess Or Should I Say Green Goodness Smoothie A smoothie serves as a great breakfast or the perfect snack to help get you through the day. Or they can be used to replenish energy and nutrient stores after a tough workout. In addition to their virtually limitless versatility, smoothies…

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Green Shakhuka Eggs Recipe

Tonia Buxton’s Green Shakhuka Eggs Recipe Another Fantastic Recipe from Tonia Buxton’s new book The Secret of Spice. Here’s how to make her Shakhuka eggs. Perfect for breakfast or brunch. Use whatever veg you have in your cupboards to make these super-tasty, pimped-up breakfast eggs. Green Shakhuka Eggs Recipe SERVES…

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DIY Mason Jar Cocktail Kits • Party Favours

Mason Jar Cocktail Kits Make the Perfect Party Favour! Wedding and bachelorette party favors are a longstanding tradition to show appreciation for friends and family who have spent time and money celebrating you during your wedding season. Sadly, many party favors quickly find their way into the trash can after a…

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5 Creative Things To Do with your Fruit for the Summer

5 creative & ingenious things you can do with your fruit for the summer. It can be tempting during summertime to indulge in ice cream and fizzy drinks. After all, summer is the time to unwind and let your hair down. However, there is a way you can enjoy tasty, frozen…

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IL Gusto Gift Sets

Il Gusto miniture gift sets. We all have that friend who has almost everything… What do I get them? I hear you cry. Well we have a couple gorgeous gift ideas. That won’t break the bank! We at Those London Chicks are huge fans of Il Gusto products. They have…

Healthy Wholemeal Banana Bread (No Refined Sugar, No Butter)

This is my “lighter” banana bread. I LOVE banana bread but I’ve come to realise that banana bread is a little like marmite. If you hate it, this recipe probably isn’t meant for you, as I’ve even put whole bits of undisguised banana in it (although my banana hating friend…

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BLUE CHEESE AND FIG TART

Blue Cheese and Fig Tart Recipe from Tonia’s Buxton’s new book The Secret of Spice. This tart is such a lovely showstopper. I make it when I’m hosting a drinks party because it’s as delicious as it is beautiful. SERVES 6-8 50g butter 4 tbsp olive oil 5 large red…

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Gluten and Dairy Free Apple & Almond Cake Recipe

Gluten and Dairy Free Apple & Almond Cake   My gorgeous friend Nellie has recently been told that she has to try and go gluten and dairy free (as have an increased number of others it seems). When she told me, she seemed a little overwhelmed, so I thought I’d make…

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Chocolate Orange Easter Cake

Ingredients for Chocolate Orange Easter Cake for the chocolate orange cake 360g self raising flour 100g cocoa (sifted) 300g unsalted butter 360g golden caster sugar 4 medium eggs (preferably room temperature) 2 tsp orange extract (optional*) 240ml whole milk 2 large oranges (zest and 80ml of the juice) * I…

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The Beauty & The Taste • Wine Pairing

A Mini Guide to Choosing the Right Bottle of  Wine. We all experienced at least once that feeling of indecisiveness ranging from mild hesitation to severe cluelessness when it comes to choosing wine. The outcome might be as sweet as grapes nectar or as sour as vinegar. Those days are…

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Superfoods for Healthy Skin

Our diet has a big impact on the appearance of our skin and overall body health. Incorporating superfoods into our meals can be valuable for maintaining healthy looking skin from the inside out, and creating a healthy lifestyle long term. Superfoods are foods packed full of healthy vitamins and nutrients….

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5 Tips for Healthy Eating

How many of you here have a longtime love-hate relationship with food? *slowly raises hand* If you’ve been struggling to shed off those extra pounds the previous month (or the entire year), there must be something wrong in your daily eating regimen (duh). Healthy eating doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll eat…

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Chocolate and Coconut Muffins – Gluten and Dairy Free

I have an unhealthy obsession with all things “coconut”. So until this love affair ends, of which I hope it never does, I’m afraid you will be bombarded with statements such as, ‘scatter some desiccated coconut on top’, ‘if you have any coconut milk, use that instead’ OR ‘there’s never…

Eating and Cooking While Outdoors

There are 3 approaches to eating and food on a camping trip, whether you are hiking or hanging out at one location.  You can mix and match these approaches, or stick with one – whatever strikes your fancy or whatever suits your usual (at- home) eating style.   Eat all…

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Tonia Buxton’s Bugger off Cold Virus Soup

With the festive period and mayhem over for another year. Some of you may be experiencing symptoms of a cold. Well, we have the perfect elixir to nip it in the bud! Tonia Buxton’s Bugger off Cold Virus soup. You can use up the vegetables in your fridge. It’s the…

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Your Essential Christmas Cocktails – Manchester Gin Edition

Toast to the holiday with the UK’s most awarded Gin. Manchester Gin! As the Christmas countdown continues, our friends at Manchester Gin have created three vibrant gin-based cocktails to help celebrate this festive season in style. When Manchester Gin was born, it was in the dining room of a house…

A Healthier Christmas Dinner

The average Brit consumes over 6000 calories on Christmas day, but there are ways to lighten the load and still enjoy the festivities. It is not the roast that is at fault, but the way we cook it! Limited the unhealthy saturated fats and keep things simple. Turkey is a…

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How to Create a Beautiful Plate of Food

We are officially in the throws of holiday season, and with it comes celebrations and hosting duties galore. One of the most fun, out-of-the-ordinary ways to impress guests is to master the craft of plating food. Plating is a carefully thought-out artform, and executive chefs from all walks of cooking…

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Tonia Buxton’s Cupboard Cookies!

Fancy a sweet treat but not too sweet but don’t really want to go shopping for ingredients? Well, do we have the perfect remedy for that, These cookies! Our regular contributor and culinary goddess chef Tonia Buxton shares her recipe for “cupboard cookies”. They are perfect with an afternoon cuppa…

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Cold Buster Smoothie

Cold Buster Smoothie ….with Pear, Lemon, Ginger, Spinach and Flaxseeds It’s that time of year when the ‘change of season’ colds start to take hold. With that, we are looking for healthy tasty ways to get over it …There are a number of factors that spread it, but once you’ve…

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

“Pumpkin pie spice? What’s that?” this London Chicks said as I flicked through recipes seeing it crop up again and again. Is this some new fandangled spice? NO. No it is not. It is basically several of our favourite autumnal spices that someone has cleverly re marketed as pumpkin pie…

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BakingBright – Halloween Style

By BakingBright Healthy Halloween Baking – Pumpkin & Maple Syrup Loaf (no butter, no refined sugar, wholemeal) Time for some healthy Halloween baking but also something that is still scrummy. This is a waste not, want not sort of bake. So many of us buy a pumpkin, carve a spooky…

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Corkers Crisps – a taste of the Mediterranean

Corkers Crisps. It took about a second to say ‘Yes’ to reviewing Cambridgeshire’s family business Corker’s new range olive oil lighter crisp range. Made with Muleolivia, which significantly has been heralded the world’s best olive oil for four years, the idea is to give consumers a taste of the Mediterranean….

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Tonia Buxton’s Giant Butter Bean Stew

As the days get colder and the nights come quicker, this is time of year we all appreciate some comfort food. What better than a one pot dish…and healthy too! Take a look at this fantastic step by step video tutorial of Tonia Buxton’s Giant Butter Bean Stew. Delicious and…

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Tonia Buxton Chicken with lemon and olives

Chicken with lemon and olives • Kotopoullo me elise kai lemoni Simply cooked, using the best ingredients…I like to make up a huge tray of this chicken and leave it in the oven whilst I spend time with family, friends…and if the talking goes on for too long this dish…

Pistachio Almond and Lime Muffins

Ingredients for Pistachio, Almond and Lime Muffins 100g pistachios 120g (gluten free) flour 50g ground almonds 1 tsp baking powder (gf) 175g unsalted butter (room temperature) 175g caster sugar 2 medium eggs 1/2 tsp almond extract 2 limes (juice and zest of both) 25ml almond milk (or whatever milk you…

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Going Out •The Bollywood Brunch

 The Bollywood Brunch A new experience to hit London revolving around Bollywood, brunch, music, entertainment and of course, cocktails! If you like your food spicy and your Desi & Punjabi beats HOT this is the event for you. Each ticket includes a bottomless cocktail hour upon arrival, a 3-course meal provided…