Cleanse and refresh – food and drink for a feel-good summer

When the sun is out and the mercury is up, it’s even more important that I feel good in my skin. It’s not about guilt-tripping myself, it’s about food that does me good but tastes great too. Food I actually want to eat. So here’s what I reach for.

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Coco Face Fresh Coconuts – these are raw and unpasteurised. Just crack one open, stick in a straw and drink the water, then scoop out the flesh. The flavour is naturally sweet with floral and woody notes. i.e. yum.

(Coconuts are a great source of salts and minerals, plus electrolytes that help muscle and brain function, and are good for rehydrating after exercise.)

Here’s how you open one:

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Wine Sale – our Buyer’s top ten bottles

In our latest wine sale you Buy 6 Save 1/3 – that’s a lot of scope for trying new things, so here’s my pick of the top ten bottles. It ends Sunday, so no stalling!

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Oxford Landing Rosé – Fresh and fragrant off-dry rosé. Easy to match – if the food is pink, it’s perfect.

Yalumba Organic Viognier – Lovely aromatic, medium-bodied wine ideal for those fuller-flavoured chicken and fish dishes, and good with meat too if you prefer a white wine.

Jacob’s Creek Moscato White – For those who like a sweeter white. Delightful, muscat/moscato aroma and flavour. Perfect with puds. Continue reading

Five ice creams you should try this summer

As Ice Cream Buyer at Ocado, I might just have one of the best jobs going. I’ve tried a freezer-load of treats so you don’t have to (it’s OK, no need to thank me) – here’s my pick of the best.

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Beth at the Christmas in July press event

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Time to chill – your expert guide to summer wine

When the living gets easy, why worry about which wine to choose? Knowing your grapes means you can relax and enjoy the moment. Wine expert Zeren Wilson gives us his hot tips for summer tipples.

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Summer drinking delivers a simpler kind of pleasure. When sunshine glints off a chilled glass of Provençal rosé, everything seems alright with the world. Less complex wines with the sole purpose of thirst quenching come into their own. Continue reading

Summer fun for kids – an interview with Sweetpea Pantry

Summer holidays are nearly here! The sun is shining, but the inevitable rainy days won’t be far behind (boo hiss). So we caught up with the Philippa from Sweetpea Pantry who make baking kits for kids – a great way to use up that excess energy indoors.

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A pinch to pack a punch

The rise of the British Empire owes much to the irresistible allure of spice.
Just think what it can do for your cooking.

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Marinated and Grilled Tamarind Salmon

Civilisations have been built on spices, battles fought, fortunes made and myths
spun. It’s said that when his wife died, Emperor Nero burned a year’s supply of
cinnamon in sorrow (perhaps forgetting that he murdered her). In the Middle
Ages, nutmeg was worth more than gold and in 1667 it was the currency of
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Natoora Guest Post: Melons of Mantova

When temperatures start to rise, few things are as satisfying and refreshing as a couple of slices of melon. A summer classic, to develop their true taste melons need to ripen under the hot sun. This is why you will never see us stocking them in any other season. Melon Continue reading

Guest Blog: Valentine Warner, plus our Root Camp comp

Root Camp is the brainchild of Cassia Kidron. Aimed at 15–21 year olds, these residential courses educate young people about food: where it comes from and how best to cook it.

We caught up with chef Valentine Warner to have chat about his involvement in Root Camp. Plus, we’ve got a fantastic prize for budding young chefs – a free place on a Root Camp course. Read on for more info about the competition. Valentine Warner Continue reading

Guest post: Young Games Inventor 2014 competition

Your young inventor could win their height in board games with this fantastic competition for under-16s. All they have to do is come up with a fun family game that The Green Board Games Co can make a reality.

Here’s a link to the entry form: http://bit.ly/1j2VyNv ▶

And here’s what the founder of The Green Board Game Co has to say. 

Thinking caps on kids!
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Seven speedy summer fruit recipes

We’ve got a batch of delicious and decidedly quick summer fruit recipes in the latest issue of Ocadolife. I think you need them in your life, so here’s the lowdown in case you missed them.

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Blackberries

Tart, glossy blackberries work well in salads and smoothies, but also make
a superb compote to stir into yoghurt or serve with pancakes. Dissolve 50g sugar and the juice of 1 orange in a saucepan with a clove. Add 300g blackberries and simmer for 3 mins. Continue reading