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Stylish guides to eating out in Asia

Planning an Asian adventure in the New Year? Make sure LUXE City Guides’ Asian Grand Tour Box is on your Christmas wishlist. A collaboration with style brand Shanghai Tang this limited edition set of 8 stylish city guides (Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur) costs £56. Or buy them individually for £6. What each leaflet-sized guide lacks in depth it makes up for in jam-packed tell-it-like-it-is recommendations for restaurants, bars and street eats.

Sicilian aubergine pasta with ricotta

5 quick and easy pasta recipes

Pasta is a great mid-week quick fix, however recipes can often be unimaginative. We have five quick and easy recipes that prove pasta doesn’t need to be boring. All ready in under 30 minutes (apart from the more indulgent Friday recipe), there is no excuse not to serve up something interesting this week. Whether this be a rich game ragout or a light clam linguine, a hearty lasagne with a difference or a great vegetarian dish; you won’t be short of pasta ideas for your evening meal. We’re sharing these five great pasta recipes one day at a time, watch this space! Continue reading

Fairtrade cheesecake

Fairtrade Fortnight: Fairtrade Cappuccino Cheesecake

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Fairtrade Foundation and they’re marking the occasion with the launch of a new Autumn awareness campaign, the ‘Great British Fairness Debate’. Running from 29 September to 12 October, Fairtrade Fortnight aims to get as many people involved as possible to help ensure better welfare for coffee farmers. The ‘Great British Fairness Debate’ seeks to inspire change in people’s behaviour up and down the country and answer the question, Are we really as fair as we think we are?’ Fairtrade knows that one small act of fairness, such as switching your morning coffee to a Fairtrade brand, can change the lives of many. We are joining in by sharing Divine Chocolate’s fabulous creamy cappuccino cheesecake recipe that makes the most of both Fairtrade coffee and Fairtrade chocolate. Continue reading

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September food festivals

This weekend is one of the busiest dates in the calendar for food lovers. Here’s our pick of food festivals and events worth making a beeline for:

Malaysia Night, London – tonight sees Trafalgar Square transformed into a Malaysian street food market, with cooking demos, dancing and plenty of food stalls.

For The Love of Food – taking place this Saturday and Sunday in Leeds’ Millennium Square, this street food festival (pictured) will also see the winners of the 2014 British Street Food Awards announced.

Great Cornish Food Festival – running today, tomorrow and Sunday in Truro, this is your chance to fill up on Cornish treats, from local crab and lobster to Grumpies pies.

Taste Cumbria – over the same dates at the other end of the country Cockermouth plays host to 100 local food producers, as well as demos, supper clubs and masterclasses. The big event is chef Simon Rogan manning the kitchen of the event’s pop-up restaurant.

Weston Super Food Festival – not the bonanza of blueberries and kale smoothies the name suggests, this classic food festival sees a glut of cider bars, food stalls and kitchen demos descend on Weston-super-Mare this Saturday and Sunday, as well as an on-site kipper smokery.

Don’t live near any of those? Then check out British Food Fortnight to find a food event closer to home between now and 5 October.