Chicken laksa

Five Asian soup recipes

We have pulled together five fragrant Asian soups to add some zingy flavours to your lunchtimes. Prawn ramen, heat-packed Laksa, creamy carrot with added fragrance of lemongrass, spicy tom yum soup and a hearty meatball broth; we have enough recipes for every day of the week with plenty of variety.

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Cliff camping

White linen and table service just not hitting the spot? Gaia Adventures in North Wales has just launched a more adventurous way to eat. An Afternoon on the Edge involves enjoying a glass of port and a local seafood feast while suspended from a portaledge on a sea cliff, overlooking the waves. It’ll cost you a bit more than fish and chips, mind; from £90pp, jelly legs not included. For details click here.

warm chocolate and orange tart

Warm chocolate and orange tart

This warm chocolate and orange tart is inspired by Wyatt and Jones, Broadstairs. This family-run restaurant boasts a pudding menu where almost every option is worth skipping a starter for, but the chocolate orange tart with ice cream and clementines in gin is definitely the stand-out dish. Try this indulgent chocolate dessert after a Sunday roast or as an afternoon treat.

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Rich chocolate mousse

Rich chocolate mousse

This rich chocolate mousse is gooey and intense. Chocolate mousse is perfect when you’re having people round as it’s so simple and almost no one refuses it. To add extra indulgence you can add cognac or armagnac to this recipe (about 2 tbsp) or spoon the mousse over prunes soaked overnight in Earl Grey tea.

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Insider’s guide to the Chocolate Show 2014

The Chocolate Show is a great way to finish Chocolate Week with a bang. We visited last night and have pulled together a guide for you to use at the show. Have fun!

Stalls to visit

Best for chocolate brownies: Paul. A. Young dense gooey molten brownies that stick to the roof of your mouth and melt on your tongue.

Best for delicious chocolate: Rococo artisan chocolate in all shapes and sizes

Best for generous samples: Lindt Lindt EXCELLENCE Dark with a touch of Sea Salt chocolate is paired with a full-bodied red for a winning combination. There are plenty more Lindt flavours up for grabs also.

Best for great gift ideas: Hans Sloane This drinking chocolate specialist has created a new twist on the individual drinking chocolate gift… These smart little boxes contain a large chocolate cocoa pod that collapses when you pour hot water over it to reveal chocolate beads that make your velvety smooth drinking chocolate.

Best for children’s fun: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Meet members of Willy Wonka’s cast and crew

A few tips

- Take a bottle of water so you can maximise chocolate consumption

- To avoid disappointment don’t expect fashion show dresses to all be made entirely of chocolate… although some of them certainly are!

- There is a Chocolate Show app with exclusive offers and tasting information, download it here.

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North Devon Foodfest

After a glut of early autumn events the food festival season is finally slowing down. Not in Barnstaple, though. This Sunday sees the town’s iconic 19th century Pannier Market put to even more gastronomic use as it plays host to North Devon Foodfest. Highlights of this one-day food gathering include demos by chefs Michael Caines, Mark Dodson and Noel Corston and a wide range of local producer stalls, including SeaDog Foods’ fish based street eats (pictured), Glampig’s free-range Devon pork sausages and local baker, The Little Pantry.