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Beginners or not, every taste of wine greatly matters to us. We make sure that every sip of your purchased wine satisfies your taste. Someone may introduce red wine if we are a newbie, or we've been drinking this for a number of years. Most wine fanatics adhere to a particular brand of red wine that they’ve been drinking for more than a decade.

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But at some time, realizations and change of taste are there along the way. We make decisions for some changes. We want to experience another taste. We want to know what the other side offers.

In doing so, we need to start with wines with good reviews; what people say about it and why you should taste this one. But, to end your hassle, instead of searching for some reviews, we've done the work for you.

Let's minimize everything here. All you need to do is to read and consider the following suggested wines below.

Cabernet Sauvignon
If you want to experience more tannins, this wine is what you are looking for. Cabernet Sauvignon is known for its high amount of tannins. Though tannins make your mouth feel dry, it is a good source of antioxidants.

The spice, dark cherries, and hints of vanilla are what makes Cabernets aroma perfect. This wine is usually aged in oak which causes the taste great.

The wine is much better when you drink it with food because of its green pepper and herbaceous quality.

Pinot Noir
Now is the time to make another adventure as you change your wine preference. Pinot Noir will help you to do that.

You will be surprised by its flavor and aroma. The elements work together so well that will truly satisfy your stomach as well as your money. The color is light red and has the lightest body.

Cherries, cranberries, and raspberries create the perfect aroma of the wine. Unlike Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir has very low tannins which highlight its acidity.

Syrah
If you want some smooth and velvety wine, Syrah is what you are looking for. Syrah is famous for its flavors of dark fruit, such as blueberries and plums. It also blended with chocolate and tobacco.

Planning for cheese party and you don't know yet what would be the wine for the celebration? Well, Syrah will do that part. Syrah will surely maximize the festivity.

Grenache
When it comes to notable wine-producing countries in the world, Spain will never be left out. And, Grenache justifies why.

Grape varietal in Grenache wines requires a dry and hot climate. This grape varietal adds the rich and fruitful taste of Grenache.

If you want some wines with the level of alcohol content, you should grab one bottle of Grenache then. The wine is notable for its high level of alcohol soaring as high as 15%- enough to brighten up the celebration.

Sangiovese
Some wines are not as pure as they you want them to be, but that is not the case in Sangiovese. Unlike other wines, Sangiovese is a pure Italian wine that delights your taste buds.

The flavor of this wine is based on where it is produced. Therefore, it represents the beauty of Italy. If Italy amazed you by their attractive destination spots, same goes with Sangiovese wine.

The wine is considered to be something special as it preserved through the old-fashioned method. This glorious bottle includes cherries, strawberries, spicy oregano, and dried rose which make it perfect for wine enthusiasts.

Malbec
Among the entire red wine grape varietal, Malbec is considered to be difficult to grow in France. However, when it was brought to Argentina, the world realized how mind-blowing Malbec can be. Since then, Malbec wines created their name.

Nowadays, Malbec is said to be one of the greatest French wines ever produced. Tasting this high-quality wine tell you everything you need to know from its flavor, texture, and aroma.

The balanced tannin, velvety texture, and each tuft of aroma are just some of the reasons why you should grab one. Every wine merchant where you can shop red wine should highly consider this kind of drink.

Barbera
For those who want a big shot, a shot for change or for a new experience, Barbera wines is a must-have. Barbera wines promise your taste buds to be forever grateful.

Tasting Barbera is like biting juicy and ripe watermelon that will build your entire mood. The whole flavor also comes with black cherries and berries.

If you want the taste of pure old wine, sip some Barbera wines and it will never bring you down. Bring yourself back to the classic age just by tasting some.

Takeaway
We only live once. Sometimes, we do all we can do as long as there is air to breathe in. But sometimes, we make some changes. Changing our preference over wine is a good deal towards yourself. There is nothing to worry about change or adjustment as long as the other side can offer something great.

Red wines above, from Cabernet Sauvignon down to Barbera will always justify your decision of change. Hurry and grab some bottle!
Please drink responsibly.
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There are many ways to cook a pizza from frozen on days when you are in a hurry when you might be in need of a quicker option for dinner. Here are a few different ways to cook a pizza from frozen and avoid the dreaded soggy bottom.

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Cooking Frozen Pizza on a Grill
Although it’s probably not one of the best options you can cook a pizza under a grill but you must have it on a low setting otherwise the pizza will burn before it is cooked through. Line a grill pan with kitchen foil makes it easier to wash up since any melted cheese will drip onto the foil and not the pan. As the pizza is almost cooked turn the heat up taking care not to burn the cheese topping.

Cooking Frozen Pizza in an Air Fryer
This is one more option for a busy household as this compact unit does not allow the heat to be dispersed. The air inside an air fryer circulates rapidly only to cooks evenly and properly so as pizza. All you need to preheat the air fryer up to 360° F.

Now place your frozen pizza onto the rack of the fryer. Cook for at least 10 minutes only to see your delicious, pizza is ready to eat. If you want a crusty base add a tiny amount of cooking oil to make it crusty.

Cooking Frozen Pizza on a Campfire
Even if you are camping you can still cook a frozen pizza over the campfire.
Cut a piece of parchment paper into two pieces and line the pie iron. Now cut the pizza into pieces so that it can fit inside a campfire pie iron. Place the pizza pieces covered with the paper inside the iron. Now place the pie iron into the campfire and without turning allow your pizza to cook until it turns crispy and is ready to serve.

Cooking Frozen Pizza in a Microwave
This is one more option for your frozen pizza but it’s not ideal as a microwave will not get a crispy bottom unless you have a combination microwave which allows you to use microwave to speed up cooking time but with the added bonus of using heat from a conventional oven.

A typical pizza will still cook using just microwave setting on high power. It’ll take about 10 minutes from frozen although the actual time will depend on the power of your microwave so for that reason it is best to follow the microwave instructions on the package.

Cooking Frozen Pizza in a Conventional Oven
Cooking in a conventional oven is easy and the method most of us would use. Just follow the instructions on the packaging. Put the frozen pizza in the oven on the centre rack and allow it to bake for 12-18 minutes although you should check the packaging for suggested times.

Set a timer to the required time and I’m sure you’ll have a perfectly cooked pizza with a crispy crust. For even better results, see the below method using a pizza stone. Let it cool for a couple of minutes before cutting

Cooking Frozen Pizza on a Pizza Stone
This one is the most preferred way for the time-sensitive people as it’s a very easy method to prepare pizza. The pizza stone absorbs moisture as the pizza bakes, resulting in a crisper crust. Pizza stones come in a variety of shapes, sizes and prices but you can make your own by using an inexpensive unglazed quarry tile.

Then to cook all you need to do is heat the stone in the oven then pop the pizza directly onto the stone and in a short time your pizza will be ready. It really does speed up the cooking time.

Some Handy Tips to Keep in Mind
If you’re a new hand even also have some prior experiences in cooking frozen pizza there are some tips that you need to keep in mind while cooking a frozen pizza. Here they are.
  • Before placing in the oven, brush the right amount of olive oil on the crust so that you get a nice crispy finish.
  • The flavour of the frozen pizza can be elevated by adding chopped vegetables which can be made easier by using an electrical vegetable chopper; you can also add bacon, ham, or freshly chopped garlic on top.
  • Preheat a pizza stone in the oven before placing the frozen pizza on it to cook.
  • If you’re cooking your frozen pizza on a BBQ grill keep the lid on while cooking to get the quick result.
  • Hey, if it's Friday night, you'll be gearing up for a fun and hopefully relaxing weekend; the last thing you want is to be in the cooking in the kitchen so a frozen pizza can be the answer to cutting short your working hours.
Now have fun and enjoy that pizza!

Guest post by Emily Watts at KitchenThinker.
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Before I tell you about the recipe by Rick Stein for Seared Scallops with Serrano Ham readers of this blog will remember last week when I wrote about my delivery from The Fish Society. Besides the Skrei cod fillets there were also some beautiful Dived King Scallops from Scotland in my delivery.

Scallops can be seasonal as the divers struggle to get out frequently during the winter; this in turn slows supply and shoots the price up in the off season. But The Fish Society tries to buy a years supply during the abundant summer months which means we can enjoy ethically dived scallops Christmas through Easter. They are hand shucked at source with great care and immediately frozen. When cooked frozen fish is indistinguishable from fresh fish.


Hand dived scallops have been caught by divers; yes they do cost quite a bit more but is so much better than using environmentally destructive dredgers. Most scallops in the UK are caught using heavy-toothed dredgers: two-tonne steel frames with chainmail collecting bags and teeth that penetrate the seabed, which are dragged behind a trawler. According to the charity Open Seas scallop dredging is the worst method of fishing for sea life because of the damage it causes the seabed habitat and its species.

Before I go on I should tell you that this post contains affiliate links to The Fish Society which means if you click through (and place an order) I will receive a small amount of commission at no extra cost to you of course but it does help me to keep blogging. So with the legal bit out of the way I'll carry on!

Scallops with or without the coral:
The Fish Society sell scallops with or without the coral but personally I much prefer them with.
The bright orange roe is firmer and lighter than the rest of the scallop with a more pronounced seafood flavor. The roe cooks at the same rate as the rest of the scallop.

Order fish and seafood today for next day delivery to the UK and major European cities; for next day delivery to the UK order Monday-Friday by noon. Everything will arrive perfectly packaged and still properly frozen. Read my post about Skrei Cod and photos of the packaging; which is excellent.

Did you know Scallops are considered a Power Food?
According to Men's Health scallops are more than 80 percent protein. One 85g serving provides 20 grams of protein and is just 95 calories. They're also a good source of both magnesium and potassium. And apparently the same size serving contains 35 milligrams of cholesterol, and 0.19 grams of both saturated fat and polyunsaturated fat.

Anyway back to the recipe!
I thought I'd share with you this totally delicious recipe from the book Fish and Shellfish by Rick Stein. But I could easily just eat scallops seared in butter on their own. I'm not trying to sound like an advert here but honestly and seriously, these Dived Scallops from The Fish Society are seriously the best I've ever eaten.

How many Scallops do you need?
I say 2-3 scallops for a starter and 3-4 for a main course.

Seared Scallops with Serrano Ham
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Serves 2
2 Slices of Serrano ham (or similar cured ham)
A handful of baby salad leaves
25g Chilled unsalted butter
6 Scallops - ideally with roe (coral)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon Flat leaf parsley - chopped

Method:
Arrange the salad leaves on 2 plates. Rub the base of a large non-stick frying pan with a little of the  butter and cut the remainder into small pieces.

Season the scallops on just one side.
Put the pan to heat and, as soon as the butter starts to smoke, add the scallops (seasoned side down) and sear for about 1 to 1 and a half minute then turn and season the other side. Sear for about 1 more minute by which time they should be cooked. Take care not to overcook.

Arrange the scallops on top of the ham.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the sherry vinegar and stir to scrape up any residue from the bottom of the pan. Return the pan to the heat, add the cubed butter, a few pieces at a time, then add the parsley and season with a little pepper. Spoon the dressing over the scallops and serve.


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Seared Scallops with Serrano Ham
With or without the roe (coral) the cooking times are the same. It's hard to give an exact time because it depends on the size of your scallops. Roughly 1 to 1 and a half minutes each side in a seriously hot pan will be perfect.
ingredients:
  • 2 Slices of Serrano ham (or similar cured ham)
  • A handful of baby salad leaves
  • 25g Chilled unsalted butter
  • 6 Scallops - ideally with roe (coral)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Flat leaf parsley - chopped
instructions:How to cook Seared Scallops with Serrano Ham
  1. Arrange the salad leaves on 2 plates. Rub the base of a large non-stick frying pan with a little of the butter and cut the remainder into small pieces.
  2. Season the scallops on just one side.
  3. Put the pan to heat and, as soon as the butter starts to smoke, add the scallops (seasoned side down) and sear for about 1 to 1 and a half minute then turn and season the other side. Sear for about 1 more minute by which time they should be cooked. Take care not to overcook.
  4. Arrange the scallops on top of the ham.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and add the sherry vinegar and stir to scrape up any residue from the bottom of the pan. 
  6. Return the pan to the heat, add the cubed butter, a few pieces at a time, then add the parsley and season with a little pepper. Spoon the dressing over the scallops and serve.
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You can buy Dived King Scallops over at The Fish Society. They mostly source them from Scotland but do occasionally take small consignments from Cornwall.
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I saw a similar dish in the food hall at Marks and Spencer and loved the idea of Linguine with Prawns Chorizo Sun-dried Tomatoes and Chilli; such a delicious combo. So of course I had a go at making it myself and it turned out brilliantly.


The flavour is this dish is amazing and it's such a quick and easy dinner that requires very little effort. If you don't like prawns then you might want to try my chicken with linguine.

The Fish Society deliver fish directly to your door so you might want to check them out. They have a fantastic range of fish and seafood. If you order from them I receive a small amount of commision which is of course at no extra cost to you but helps me to keep blogging.

Quick word on Chorizo:
Don't forget to remove the skin from the chorizo ring as it really is indigestible and should always be removed.

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Ingredients:
Linguine pasta - enough for two
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 a chorizo ring - skin removed, sliced and halved so you have half moons
1 onion - chopped into small dice
2 cloves garlic - very finely chopped
1 red chilli - deseeded and very finely chopped
a pinch of dried chilli flakes
a few sun-dried tomatoes, re-hydrated as packet instructions - some chopped some halved
a good handful of raw King prawns
a small handful parsley - chopped
a handful of cooked peas
salt and pepper to season

Instructions:
Get a large saucepan of salted water to boil and cook the linguine according to the packet instructions.  Cook until 'Al dente'

While that's happening, heat a tiny amount of olive oil in a large frying pan and add the sliced chorizo and gently fry moving around the pan until it starts to crisp.

Remove and set aside but don't wash the pan.  You can pour off the excess oil, but keep it for adding back into the dish later.

Now add another small glug of olive oil and the onions, garlic, chopped chilli, a pinch of chilli flakes and the sun-dried tomatoes.

Cook gently whilst stirring until nice and soft. turn the heat up slightly put the cooked chorizo back in to heat through along with a pinch of black pepper. Throw in the raw prawns and cook until they turn pink.

Drain the linguine well - now add the parsley and the linguine to the frying pan giving it all a good stir.

Now is the time to throw in the cooked peas and add back in the reserved lovely orange oil you kept from frying the chorizo - it will coat everything nicely and give the dish a nice paprika taste.

Have a taste, only adding salt if you really need to.  Serve immediately with garlic bread.



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Linguine with King Prawns Chorizo and Chilli
King prawns and sun-dried tomatoes with chorizo and chilli are just perfect together.
ingredients:
Linguine pasta - enough for two
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 a chorizo ring - skin removed, sliced and halved so you have half moons
1 onion - chopped into small dice
2 cloves garlic - very finely chopped
1 red chilli - deseeded and very finely chopped
a pinch of dried chilli flakes
a few sun-dried tomatoes, re-hydrated as packet instructions - some chopped some halved
a good handful of raw King prawns
a small handful parsley - chopped
a handful of cooked peas
salt and pepper to season
instructions:
Get a large saucepan of salted water to boil and cook the linguine according to the packet instructions.  Cook until 'Al dente'

While that's happening, heat a tiny amount of olive oil in a large frying pan and add the sliced chorizo and gently fry moving around the pan
until it starts to crisp. 

Remove and set aside but don't wash the pan.  You can pour off the excess oil, but keep it for adding back into the dish later.

Now add another small glug of olive oil and the onions, garlic, chopped chilli, a pinch of chilli flakes and the sun-dried tomatoes.

Cook gently whilst stirring until nice and soft. turn the heat up slightly put the cooked chorizo back in to heat through along with a pinch of black pepper.
Throw in the raw prawns and cook until they turn pink.  

Drain the linguine well - now add the parsley and the linguine to the frying pan giving it all a good stir. 

Now is the time to throw in the cooked peas and add back in the reserved lovely orange oil you kept from frying the chorizo - it will coat everything nicely and give the dish a nice paprika taste. 
Have a taste, only adding salt if you really need to.  
Serve immediately with garlic bread - if it's your first date you might want to give the garlic bread a miss!
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The effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling irritable and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that a lack of sleep can also have quite serious consequences on your physical health? According to the NHS one in three of us suffers from poor sleep with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed.

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But the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus because it can, and will eventually put you at risk of some serious medical conditions and could even shorten your life expectancy. Heart disease and diabetes are just a couple of health problems that can be brought on by a lack of sleep.

Most of us need around 8 hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly although some people need more and some less. If you consistently wake up tired and spend the day wanting to have a nap, it's likely that you're not getting enough sleep.

Did you know a lack of sleep can be a cause of weight gain?
I seriously did not know this until I read it, but studies have shown that people who sleep less than 7 hours a night have a tendency to put on weight and therefore have a higher risk of becoming obese than those who get more than 7 hours.

Apparently it’s because sleep-deprived people have reduced levels of leptin (the chemical that makes you feel full) and increased levels of ghrelin which is the hunger-stimulating hormone.

What can we do to get a good night's sleep which is essential for a long and healthy life?
First up, take a look at your bed and check your pillows and mattress. Afterall an uncomfortable mattress, pillows, or both really isn’t going to get you off to a good night’s sleep.

Recently we bought a new bed along with mattress, pillows, duvet and duvet covers. I have to say ever since we’ve both been sleeping far better than we used to. But with that said we have two cats, so apart from one cat meowing to go out at silly o’clock the other is meowing to come in! No matter how hard you try you can’t sleep if there’s a cat meowing so I’m not sure what to do about it, my husband says they are ruling our lives (which is true to an extent) but we love them, so we can’t really see an answer to that problem! 

Choosing the right bed and mattress:
There are all manor of different beds out there it’s hard to choose, we found loads over at The Sleep Station; and if you need extra storage space then a divan bed in double will not only be the base for a nice comfy mattress but the double size will also help with storage problems.

Whether you go for pocket sprung, hybrid pocket, memory or pocket or a latex type of mattress (which are extremely popular these days) for a guest room, there’s still the budget option of coil sprung mattresses. It just depends on your personal choice what’s best for you.

All in all:
Take a good look at your bed and decide if it needs changing for something new if your lack of sleep is due to something else. Avoid caffeine and alcohol later in the day. Increase bright light exposure during the day and reduce blue light exposure from smartphones, tablets, computers and televisions during the evening.

Lavender is the most commonly known sleep remedies so perhaps you might want to try a nice warm bath with lavender oil just before bedtime. Turn your mobile off, think of nice things such as a holiday you may have coming up and hopefully you’ll soon be in the land of nod. Nite-nite everyone, sweet dreams, Zzzzzzz
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Here are a few simple ways to refresh your bathroom for summer. Summer is a lovely time of year when I think we all feel better due to the sunnier days and warmer weather, plus it  makes me actually want to do stuff around the house.

Last year we had a complete bathroom renovation with everything taken out (literally) and our shiny new bathroom was completed in a week. Obviously to have a complete bathroom refurb means spending quite a bit of money but ours badly needed doing. However the good news is you can do up your existing bathroom making it clean and fresh easily without it costing a fortune. Here’s how.

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Deep Clean
Start by giving your bathroom a proper deep clean. Washing down the walls and floors is a good place to start, scrub that grouting and get it looking good. Then of course give your toilet and bath and/or shower an extra pampering by really giving them a good deep clean.

Cleaning the grouting will do wonders. To clean bathroom grout, start by applying a baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and water paste to the grout and then scrubbing it with an old toothbrush or a nail brush.

Now, spray the grout with equal parts white vinegar and water. Let the vinegar and baking soda bubble and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing well. Dry and buff with a soft cloth and you’ll be surprised how well it comes up. You could also replace the sealant around the bath if it needs it.

Bathroom Taps
Are the taps letting your bathroom down? If so consider buying some new ones; if you can’t fit them yourself then get a plumber to do the job. Be sure to get a quote first though so you know the cost beforehand. Bathroom Luxuries have a lovely range of all things bathroom especially by the brand Crosswater, they’re very stylish.

Towels, bath mat, shower curtain or screen 
I love buying new towels, I really think they can make a huge difference to the bathroom. Nice thick, soft Egyptian cotton towels are the best and although you will pay a bit more, they last ages and are absorbent, fluffy and durable. You should never use fabric softener when washing towels as it stops them being as absorbent as they ought to be.

A new bath mat is another small thing that will make a big difference to the end result of your summer bathroom makeover.

Don’t forget the shower curtain and rail if you have one as that’s another cheap thing you can replace that will make a big difference. If you have a shower screen you’ll just have to get that looking shiny like a new pin; no excuses!

Lighting and accessories 
If you have a window in your bathroom, a nice plant on the window ledge will cheer things up and if you don’t have a window you can get seriously life like plastic plants these days. Some are that ‘real’ looking I actually bought one once and watered it before realising…...Oh dear, I know, I am a worry!

If you have a roller blind at your bathroom window consider replacing it, they’re ridiculously cheap to buy these days and a new one will make a huge difference.

LED lights are much brighter than regular light bulbs plus they’re loads cheaper to run and will really brighten up your bathroom.   

Have you seen those rope storage baskets? We bought one for storing toilet rolls; always good to have spare loo rolls actually in the bathroom. They look good and are available in different sizes and can be bought from well known high street shops or online. You could also buy a couple of smaller ones to hold toiletries, keeping them neat and tidy.

Scent
Make your bathroom smell nice with one of those automatic battery operated air fresheners that release a puff of air freshener when they detect someone entering the room.

Finally
Now your bathroom is fully refreshed and ready for summer run yourself a nice bath, add your favourite bath bubbles, lie back and relax.
Oh and by the way, for added bathroom luxury you could also buy those bath head pillows, yes indeed! We have one; it stays in place by rubber suction pad and so it can easily be moved for cleaning - a marvellous invention. 
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