5 facts you didn’t know about coffee

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There’s nothing better than a cup of coffee to start your day!
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Perhaps one of the nation’s favourite beverages, there’s nothing quite like a cup of coffee to get you through the day. Or several, as the case may be! This week is UK coffee week, where we get the chance to honour all things caffeine. UK coffee week is aimed at raising money for the communities where our coffee comes from, to aid Project Waterfall.

To celebrate, we’ve come up with a list of interesting facts about this much loved drink.

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Small-Scale Kitchen Design Ideas for a Spring-Ready Home

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Why not give some of these small scale kitchen design ideas a go to refresh the look of your space?
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Kitchen design doesn’t have to mean a total overhaul of your living space, with weeks using only a microwave while a large-scale refit is installed. Utilising a few small-scale kitchen design ideas is a great way to refresh your home for the new season without having to make major, costly and uncomfortable adjustments to your daily life. Below, we’ve listed a few ways you can do this without breaking the bank.

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The food of St David’s Day

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Celebrate Welsh culture this St David’s day!
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The first of March marks St David’s Day across the whole of Wales. This is celebrated in a myriad of ways; school children are encouraged to dress up as Welsh ladies or coal miners, and Eisteddfods held across the country. The Eisteddfod is the epitome of Welsh culture, celebrating everything from music and drama, to writing.

Of course, no St David’s Day would be complete without some traditional grub! We take a look at some of the most popular dishes for you to celebrate the first of March in style.

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How to make exciting pancakes

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Pancake day was originally intended to use up all the perishable goods in the house before lent.
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It’s that wonderful time of year again – where Pancake Day gives us the perfect excuse we need to eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Though if you’re bored of eating your standard pancake year in and year out, we’ve come up with some ideas to shake things up a bit in your kitchen.

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Our favourite 16 food blogs

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We’ve put together a list of our 16 favourite food blogs.
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Who doesn’t love food? In this modern age there are more ways than ever to find new and exciting recipes to tantalise your taste buds. We’ve compiled a list of our absolute favourite food blogs to get those fingers itching to start cooking.

Whether it’s an interest in thrilling flavours, or something new and enticing to leave your mouth watering – these top 16 food blogs have got it all.

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The history of chocolate

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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!

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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

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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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