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  • Bottoms up!

    In celebration of World Gin Day, Sat 9 June, start working your way through these local craft distilled gins from Somerset, Bath and Bristol.

  • Cook *this* at the weekend!

    Here's a scrumptious Donna Hay weekend lunch recipe for you - and a chat with the super-chef herself. If we ask nicely, will she cook it too?

  • The Food Medic recipe

    Fancy a speedy supper?

    Step away from that tin of baked beans lady, here's a goats cheese & greens frittata, courtesy of The Food Medic.

  • corkscrew coming out of a bottle of wine, bbg fire in the background

    First of the Summer wine

    Pop a cork – or should that be unscrew the lid – on the best summer wines for barbeques: what to quaff when you scoff

  • Beetroot carpaccio salad

    Impress your guests with this pretty summer salad, courtesy of the chef at The Red Lion Inn in Babcary. The humble beetroot is one of those superfoods with all sorts of health benefits, like helping to lower blood pressure, boost libido (ooh er missus) and improve brain function – just don’t wear white when you’re […]

  • Brunchtime booze

    A cross between soup and snifter, the Bloody Mary is the perfect brunchtime booze (tho' it might be pushing it to say it gives you one of your 5-day). And I've got just what you need to make it...

    • Barley Sugar Bakehouse

      It's open just one morning a week and hidden down a narrow lane in sleepy Crewkerne but their freshly baked breads, cakes and pastries are well worth the trip.

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