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Luxury in the desert

 There are many wonderful reasons to visit the UAE, but as a holiday destination, its main draws are its excellent weather, particularly in the winter, and the superb level of luxury and service in the hospitality sector. Ras Al Khaimah is around an hour away from the mind-blowing city of Dubai, yet it feels a world away. Sat between the Arabian Gulf and the majestically beautiful Hajar mountains and rolling,

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Date Crumble Muffins

  This is a recipe I picked up on my visit to Ras Al Khaimah. Dates are a national staple of the UAE, and the quality of the dates grown here are just sensational. Visit the markets, and you can find fresh yellow dates for sale, visit the supermarket and you’ll find cheap dates and date syrup available, and visit the high-end boutiques for finger-sized dates, stuffed with whole nuts,

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A Foodie Guide to Ras Al Khaimah

The food in the UAE is incredibly good – you have the best chefs and ingredients from all over the world available to you, and the choice and variety is just astonishing. Ras Al Khaimah has some really fantastic restaurants spanning a wide range of cuisines. As is the way in the UAE, they’re all based in hotels. Here are my top 5 restaurants in Ras Al Khaimah, plus some top tips

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A Guide to Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah is the northernmost Emirate forming the United Arab Emirates, or UAE, and is fast becoming a popular tourist destination. At just an hour’s drive from Dubai, it is a relaxing, yet luxurious place to holiday, offering a flavour of traditional Emirati life alongside the service and luxury one expects from a trip to the UAE. Ras Al Khaimah is much less developed than Dubai or Abu Dhabi, and is

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Filming with Simply Good Food TV

  I spent a few days last month filming with Peter Sidwell and Simply Good Food TV. I’ve filmed a series of six episodes based around all new recipes based on my newest book, FERMENTED. I’ve created some seriously delicious recipes which I hope you’ll enjoy making at home, each using a fermented ingredient from the book. If you haven’t got a copy of the book, don’t worry. All ingredients are readily available, but

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A Foodie Guide to the Forest of Dean & Wye Valley

The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is a gorgeous, verdant and unspoilt corner of the country, straddled across the winding border between England and Wales. This is a truly beautiful area to visit. The countryside is just so pretty and untarnished by development, with a rare secluded quietness, and many commanding views. As you would expect in such a gorgeous natural environment, there is some sensational produce and many

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A foodie guide to Copenhagen

The popularity of Copenhagen as a foodie destination seems to be ever increasing. This is a city whose food scene is vibrant, exciting, and innovative, and is a delight to experience. Copenhagen is also closer to the UK than many people think, with a flight time of around 90 minutes from London airports, making it an easily accessible destination for a weekend break. This summer, I returned to Copenhagen to

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Adventure and Luxury in the Lakes

The English Lakes remain one of the most popular UK destinations, and simply a wonderful place to visit all year around, never failing to delight and inspire. There is always something new to discover in the Lakes, and so we headed up to Cumbria recently to get away from it all, explore and enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery and some truly delicious food. Where to stay Askham Hall is a Grade I-listed home dating back

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Tasting the Best on The Isle of Skye

Skye is the largest island in the Hebrides and also the most visited. With a reputation for its jaw-dropping beauty and superb food and drink, I set off to explore Skye for myself, and as always, to bring you the very best recommendations for things to see and do, and a tried and tasted guide to the foodie scene. Of all years to visit Scotland, 2015 is a very good

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A foodie minibreak to Cork

Cork is Ireland’s second city situated on the Atlantic Coast in South East Ireland. At around an hour flight time from the UK, it’s so easy to get to and is a brilliant destination for a foodie mini break. There are many reasons to recommend a trip to Cork. Not only is it easy to get to, but it’s an incredibly interesting city with lots going on, but is very

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