Last modified on Mar 12, 2021 19:13 GMT Karen Silas Best chocolate hampers for any occasion: Mother's Day, Easter, Valentine's Day, Christmas, World Chocolate Day... the ultimate gift for chocolate lovers. Mini, luxury & novelty chocolate hampers, quirky treat chocolate hampers & more. No matter what the occasion all year round, from Valentine's Day to Christmas, Mother's Day, Easter or even just because, there's a surefire way to make sure your gift gets a sweet reception: choose a chocolate hamper! Whether you are ready to treat yourself with a mini-hamper, bestow a loved one or colleague with a delicious gift they will truly appreciate or share a chocolate bounty with friends and family, we’ve rounded up a gift guide of some of the best chocolate hampers around . RELATED: 21 simple & sweet chocolate gifts to gift mum for Mother's Day From M&M to salted caramel, 10 chocolate spreads you need right now Studies have shown that chocolate is good for your mood , dark chocolate is good for your health, and, although we haven’t seen any scientific evidence to prove it, we're pretty sure chocolate in all of its many forms is just plain good for the soul. Here are our top picks for the best mini hampers, novelty chocolate hampers, personalised hampers and gift chocolate hampers out there... Best chocolate hampers under £40 No matter what your budget, show someone how much you care by saying it with chocolate! The Everything Chocolate Gift Hamper , £27.50, Hotel Chocolat SHOP HOTEL CHOCOLAT HAMPERS This Hotel Chocolat bestseller contains Milk Chocolate Puddles, Nano Slabs in Milk, Dark and Salted Caramel, a Billionaire's Shortbread Selector, The Brownie Selector, Salted Caramel Puddles and the Patisserie Collection. Prosecco and chocolate hamper , £30, Thorntons SHOP THORNTON'S CHOCOLATE HAMPERS NOW Enjoy some fizz along … [Read more...] about 35+ best chocolate hampers that are perfect for any occasion
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Photo-Illustration: Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Much of Clubhouse is boring — or, at least, disproportionately filled with the awkward in-between of group interaction. This is far from a novel observation, and it’s an observation that continues to be made even as the attention and discourse around the audio chat app rose to fever pitch over the past few weeks. Pulling data from Apptopia, the New York Times reported that the app had been downloaded over four million times in the past month alone, which broadly corresponds with my own immediate networks. I started out the year with few outside my professional circles knowing what the app was; now, it’s something that gets brought up in my various Whatsapp groups every few days. That I personally find much of the app boring is a subjective contention, of course. I’m certain a substantial portion of the app’s user base would passionately differ from my assessment, and perhaps rightly so. I’ve only been on the thing for about a week, and I get the sense many users have cultivated a different relationship with the platform than I have. I, for one, picked up the app in search of experiences that justify time away from other things I could be doing: watching a movie, chasing my cat, lurking in far-flung subreddits, plowing through more podcasts. On that front, I often find little of comparable value, even when there is spectacle. Yet I am compelled, because there is something genuinely compelling about the Clubhouse experience. I keep dipping back into the app when I have a few minutes to spare, leaving it on in the background as I do other things — cleaning the house, making lunch, figuring out tax forms — when my brain is tired from listening to podcasts demanding close attention. Again, I rarely find anything worthwhile, but that’s part of the pleasure I get from it. And let’s be clear: Boringness is not antithetical to pleasure. It’s kinda why I’ve developed great affinities … [Read more...] about Does Clubhouse Mean Bad Things for Podcasting?
Last modified on Mar 12, 2021 13:40 GMT Megan Bull Treat your mum to a luxury hamper this Mother's Day. We've found the best gift sets from Marks & Spencer, ASOS, Etsy, Amazon and more. Treat the special women in your life to a luxury Mother's Day hamper! This year's celebrations might look a little bit different but that doesn't mean you can't spoil your mum with an at-home gift experience. From beautifully wrapped boxes filled with all the essentials for a pamper session, to pretty pink packages stocked with everything from chocolates to champagne and more, we've found the best buys for Mother's Day 2021. Marks & Spencer , ASOS , Amazon , Etsy and more have a number of luxurious goodies sure to show her how much you care – get shopping! RELATED: 9 special Mother's Day gifts your mum will LOVE Seychelles Hamper, £100, The White Company SHOP NOW Self-care has never been more important and The White Company's Seychelles Hamper is filled with a variety of calming and nourishing treats. Peek inside the woven wicker basket and you'll find a bath & shower gel, body lotion, home spray, diffuser and more, all in the brand's signature scent. The Mother's Day VIP Hamper, £125, Fortnum & Mason SHOP NOW Score major points with Fortnum & Mason's Mother's Day VIP Hamper. This sumptuous gift set includes aromatic teas, delicious biscuits, chocolate truffles and jars of fruity preserves and curds. Tea in Mayfair Hamper, £50, Marks & Spencer SHOP NOW You can never go wrong with an afternoon tea. Priced at just £50, Marks & Spencer's traditional hamper includes Devon scones, British strawberry jam, a strawberry jam & Cornish clotted cream cake, all-butter Scottish shortbread and Gold Label tea bags. Treats from M&S Gift Bag, £30, Marks & Spencer SHOP NOW M&S' gift bag combines a number … [Read more...] about 25 best Mother’s Day hampers from M&S, Etsy, ASOS & more
Last modified on Aug 13, 2020 16:32 BST Bridie Wilkins Vegan wedding menu ideas: inspired by Natalie Portman, Ellie Goulding, Anne Hathaway and Miley Cyrus. Natalie Portman , Ellie Goulding , Anne Hathaway and Miley Cyrus all opted for vegan wedding menus. Along with research showing that there are over 600,000 vegans in the UK, it’s hardly surprising that many are choosing animal-friendly food for their big day. The Green House Hotel in Bournemouth has even launched the UK's very first vegan wedding package complete with à la carte food menu, drinks and cake. So whether you’re vegan and planning your own nuptials, or need to cater to guests with dietary requirements, we’ve called upon nutritionist and author Rhiannon Lambert for 40 vegan wedding menu ideas that won’t compromise on taste. Starters and appetisers Colourful foods will offer a variety of nutrients If you're looking for finger food to tide guests over between the ceremony and speeches, go for neat bites such as falafel or fritters. For starters, choose between more casual entrées such as stuffed potatoes, or more formal options such as beetroot carpaccio. Chickpea falafel with beetroot dip Sweet potato bruschetta Vegetable rice paper rolls with peanut sauce Tempeh and kale gyoza Cauliflower buffalo bites Beetroot carpaccio Lentil mushroom walnut balls Sweetcorn and courgette fritters with cashew dip Mini stuffed potatoes with guacamole Aubergine, pomegranate and pearl barley salad SEE: How to create a vegan royal wedding cake like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Going entirely vegan? Get more inspiration here: The Everything Vegan Wedding Book, £12.99, Amazon SHOP NOW Mains Serve dishes with your choice of herbs Make sure you cover all bases with the mains by offering a soy-free, nut-free and gluten-free choice. These ingredients are all more … [Read more...] about 41 vegan wedding menu ideas inspired by Ellie Goulding and Miley Cyrus
August 27, 2014 - 22:56 BST hellomagazine.com GBBO episode 4: dessert disasters After bidding farewell to Jordan last week , the eight remaining bakers in the GBBO entered the marquee to face their toughest challenge yet, Dessert Week . Testing their multitasking baking skills, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry asked the contestants to first bake eight, individually portioned self-saucing puddings in two hours . "Keep your sponge nice and light…something that will bake in very little time ," advised Paul. "Timing is everything," he warned. CLICK ON IMAGE FOR FULL GALLERY VIEW GALLERY The bakers had to make sauced puddings in Dessert Week In order to make a fondant dessert, it is essential to leave enough time for the sponge to chill so that it forms a crust on the outside but keeps the sauce molten inside . The sponge must be light enough to bake quickly but strong enough to encase the sauce. Flavours ranged from Martha's family-favourite, peanut butter-centre sauce encased in a chocolate sponge, decorated with caramelized peanuts to Nancy's pistachio pudding with chocolate sauce, to Ian's adventurous chocolate lime and raspberry dessert adorned with mint leaves . Luis, Chetna and Norman challenged themselves and opted against the classic fondant pudding. Luis decided to pipe pears into his desert while Chetna opted for a strawberry, raspberry and rhubard pudding with sauce lining the bottom of her dish . Nancy and Martha fell short on the signature bake as they had left their puddings in the over too long, resulted in stiff sponges and solidified sauces. Meanwhile, Diana's great flavours and Kate’s chocolate and salted caramel puddings impressed the baking royalty. In the end, it was Richard's blackforrest desserts that wowed the judges . "That’s what I call a sauced pudding," praised Mary. For the technical challenge, baking extraordinaire, Mary … [Read more...] about GBBO episode 4: dessert disasters