The history of chocolate

Dark homemade chocolate bars and cocoa pod on wooden
From start to finish…
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Every week is chocolate week here at Clifford James. Who doesn’t love that tasty treat with a cup of tea while you’re on a break? Or a nibble and a munch on your favourite bar during lunch? And you can’t forgo those sumptuous truffles in the evening when you’re settling down to watch a film…

Chocolate has become a staple for many over the centuries, whether you prefer it in its solid form or prefer to use a chocolate fondue set for a sweet treat of the more melty variety.

Every story has a beginning, and when it comes to chocolate, we begin our tale in a land we now know as Mexico!

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Ready, set, bake… it’s National Cake Week!

Chocolate cake
It’s National Cake Week!
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Cake, glorious cake! It’s National Cake Week – from the 2nd to the 8th October, it’s time to celebrate everything to do with that delicious treat. Whether you’re getting together with friends to chat with a slice, making something for the whole family to enjoy, or just baking yourself a little treat, it’s time to roll up those sleeves and get creative.

It’s hard to imagine a world without cake. The delicious dessert has become a staple for various events from birthdays to weddings. From traditional sponges, to more alternative gluten or dairy free options, there is a cake out there to suit everyone. National Cake Week was started back in 2011 by Lynn Hill, to celebrate everything to do with the nation’s favourite treat.

We’ve compiled a list of some classics to get you started!

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8 Winter Warmer Recipes

High Angle View of Various Comforting and Savory Gourmet Soups Served in Bread Bowls and Handled Dishes and Topped with Variety of Garnishes on Table Surface with Gray Tablecloth
Soup, glorious soup…
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Summer has come and gone, and now we’re well on our way to the autumn and winter months. The weather is getting colder, and we all need a little something to warm us up throughout the day and evening.

The perfect winter warmer to suit everyone is a good, hearty soup. Soups are filling, so it won’t take much to keep you satisfied. If you cook a recipe in a large batch, you can even freeze some for later to take to work or even to save for those evenings when you can’t be bothered to cook.

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Cooks Professional Home Curry Set Giveaway

Cooks Professional Home Curry Set
Enjoy a lovely homemade curry with the Cooks Professional Home Curry Set.
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You can’t beat a good homemade curry. Now you could be in with the chance to get your hands on one of our Cooks Professional Home Curry Sets, as we have two of these to give away! Entertain guests at dinner parties, or simply use this fabulous curry station to replace your weekend takeaway with some delicious hearty homemade food.

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