Symmetry Breakfast¬†– The book launch of #CookLoveShare

My absolutely favourite Instagram account, Symmetry Breakfast, who tease us with stunning breakfasts everyday, finally has their first cook book out called Cook Share Love.

Filled with beautiful photos of breakfasts and amazing recipes, this is definitely a book to have and cherish forever. You would never struggle to find inspiration for a breakfast idea again!

This would make an amazing present too as its different, creative and has something for absolutely everyone. I was amazed to find idlis in it as I flicking through, and it truly encapsulates worldwide cuisine.

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What started off as a romantic gesture from Michael Zee to his boyfriend, fashion designer Mark van Beekin in the mornings when they first moved in together, has won hearts around the world and he now has a cult following of over 600K Instagram followers!

Every morning Michael posts a photo of a different breakfast laid out identically and with perfect symmetry. Just look at a snapshot from their feed below. How beautiful is that?

 

They recently celebrated their 1000th breakfast and here is to many many more wonderful, creative combinations!

We celebrated then book launch at the Hoxton in Holborn, complete with a beautiful cake by  Lily Vanilli,  which had an amazing rainbow interior. Such a pretty cake ūüôā

Seriously how adorable are they? The cutest moment of the night was when Michael stood in front of everyone to say his thank you speech and actually proposed to Mark. There were tears in the room, it can’t get better than that! Congrats Michael and Mark ‚̧

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There were delicious cocktails available to drink on the night too! Loved the G&Tea.

Michael is one of the loveliest guys you will ever meet and is so humble despite the enormous success. He is so down to earth, always smiling and has an amazing personality.

I was lucky to have met him last year at an event at Smith & Whistle, and he has inspired me every single day since!

Thanks for a wonderful evening Michael and Mark and my signed book ūüôā Here is to many more amazing breakfasts, success and a wonderful future for you both in this new chapter in your lives.

If you aren’t already, follow Symmetry Breakfast on Instagram @symmetrybreakfast, and you can buy the new book, Cook Love Share on Amazon now.

The Real Greek Cookbook

The Real Greek are a group of 9 restaurants dotted around London, serving food that reflects the spirit of Greek cuisine.

They have recently released a cookbook, which I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing and it is a really lovely book!

I didn’t realise the depth and variety of different flavours used in Greek cuisine and was pleasantly surprised at the plethora of different flavour combinations included in each recipe.

The book has a good balance between non-vegetarian and vegetarian recipes, and every dish just sounds fresh, tasty and easy to make, with the handy simple easy to follow steps.

I am a massive aubergine fan and so decided to try the Aubergine wedges with garlic yoghurt.

This was really easy to follow. I started with the batter, which includes beer. I partly chose to make this recipe as I have never had aubergines in a beer battered crust before so this was part of my “try something new and different” self-imposed rule.

I let the batter sit for a while, as well as the aubergine wedges, which I had sprinkled with salt.

Cooking them was really easy. All you have to do is dip each wedge in the batter and deep fry it.

For the garlic yoghurt, I simply mixed everything in my food processor and chilled it until I was ready to eat it. It tasted delicious. Simple ingredients but superb flavours!

There are so many other recipes I want to try and this is perfect for summery days, as everything is lighter, healthier and simpler to make.

The book is available from all good retailers, all The Real Greek restaurants for a special introductory price of £10.00* from 14thJuly (* introductory price offer valid until 31st July 2016 at The Real Greek).

http://www.therealgreek.com

Book review: The Lyle’s Golden Syrup Cookbook

A tin of Lyle’s Golden Syrup evokes so many memories for me and it is always a staple in our kitchen cupboard. It is one¬†of the iconic brands which is the nation’s favourite since 1883 and is easily recognisable in a supermarket shelf.

Popularly known as “Goldie.”it has always been a key¬†ingredient for my flapjacks and porridge.

I was recently sent the Lyle’s Golden Syrup Cookbook to review and was at first expecting¬†lots of recipes for cakes and biscuits and so was totally surprised to find savoury recipes included in the beautifully ¬†illustrated book too.

Ranging from recipes for marinades, main dishes and some inspiration for meals on the BBQ too, the book is beautifully written accompanied with superb photography.

There are also some classic recipes for breakfast and brunch, biscuits and traybakes, pudding, tarts and desserts, cakes and teatime treats and sweet bites.

I tried 2 recipes from the book. The first one I chose was Double Chocolate Flapjacks. I usually just make plain simple flapjacks so was really intrigued by how these would turn out.

Safe to say these were so delicious and a lovely change to our usual batch. The recipe was so easy to follow and the cooking time was just 25 minutes with 10 minutes prep.

The second recipe I tried was perfect morning porridge and it was the best way to start the day.

I am keen to try some of the marinade recipes and particularly have my eyes on the Roast Parsnips with Sticky Wholegrain Mustard Glaze.

The book is full of pleasant surprises of both traditional and contemporary recipes which are so simple to follow and make. The sweet recipes would be great fun to make with kids and introduce Lyle’s Golden Syrup into their lives too!

What I learned is that there are so many ways to use Lyle’s Golden Syrup as an ingredient. Far more than I had thought initially so I will definitely be using it more in savoury recipes inspired by this book.

I love this book. It is such a pleasure to flick through and find something special that catches your eye to make and definitely one to have on your bookshelf, especially if you are a Lyle’s Golden Syrup fan! It has plenty of ideas for everyone, whether you love sweet dishes, savoury or are vegetarian or a non-vegetarian.

The Lyle‚Äôs Golden Syrup¬ģ Cookbook¬†is published by Simon & Schuster. The book retails at ¬£20.00 and is available online from Amazon and in-store from all major literary retailers.

 

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect¬†Father’s Day gift? This handy¬†guide¬†is packed full of ideas which are sure to please the super dad in your life. If you are a bloke reading this, you may find some new products you want to try or hint to get for Fathers Day!

Food and drink lover?

Ultimate man box

Buy the ULTIMATE man box as the perfect gift for Birthday’s, Father’s Day, or just to say … I love you man!

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https://www.boroughbox.com/ultimate-man-box

Mighty Fine Honeycomb

From it’s glorious golden centre to the particular noise that it makes when cracked, this¬†honeycomb is the bees knees.

Honeycomb Dips 90g Milk Chocolate

Peanut Butter Honeycomb Bar 50gThe range of luxury honeycomb products includes its chocolate-covered Honeycomb Dips (90g; RRP £3.50), Honeycomb Boxes (220g; RRP £7.50) and Honeycomb Bars (RRP £1.79)

 The range is available to buy in-store at Harvey Nichols nationwide and at various shops and delis, as well as online at www.mightyfine.co and www.notonthehighstreet.com.

 

GIN explorer

Gin Explorer is a monthly subscription box packed with everything a gin lover could want, delivered straight to their¬†door!¬†Join the journey and receive a selection of 4 different 50ml gin miniatures, each and every month direct through your door. The gins are hand selected by your personal tour guide to take you on a culinary journey; thrilling your tastebuds and awakening your senses. You’ll also learn all about the heritage and origin of the gins increasing your gin knowledge, and passion, along the way. Throughout your expedition you will be accompanied by delectable mixers and everything you need to explore, with extra treasures along the way!

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https://ginexplorer.com

Market porter discovery boxes

Choose a selection box of amazing produce to have delivered to your dad. You can choose from meat, cheese, charcuterie and chocolate. The produce is sourced from great independent British producers and delivered straight to your door.


https://www.marketporter.com

Courvoisier CeŐĀleŐĀbration Sensorielle XO limited edition gift set

 

Anyone who is serious about cognac will know that aroma is key to the drinking experience. The Courvoisier CeŐĀleŐĀbration Sensorielle XO limited edition gift set contains two bespoke scented candles along with a bottle of Courvoisier XO for a multi-sensory cognac experience.

The scents of the candles take you on two different Parisian journeys. The ‚ÄėBrise de Vincennes‚Äô (‚Äėthe breeze from Vincennes‚Äô) scent draws on all the aromas which make Paris so charming in the day, whilst the second fragrance, ‚ÄėNuit DeŐĀbordante‚Äô, (‚Äėheady night‚Äô) conjures up the glamour and intrigue of Paris after dark. For a father who loves to travel this is the ultimate cognac sensory experience.

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https://hedonism.co.uk/product#!/courvoisier-celebration-sensorielle-xo-gift-set

MONIN Syrups 

Jazz up your coffee with MONIN syrups. They‚Äôre the perfect gift for any coffee-loving dad ‚Äď either on their own or as as part of a DIY coffee hamper.

There are four 250ml flavours currently available in Sainsbury’s (MONIN Caramel, Hazelnut, Vanilla and new Chocolate Cookie), rrp £3 each.

Alternatively there are a range of MONIN flavours currently onsale via the Twinings Tea website including Green Apple, Melon and Passion Fruit ‚Äď ideal for budding mixologists: .

Book worm?

Mindfulness and Surfing: Reflections for Saltwater Souls  by Sam Bleakley

Mindfulness and Surfing casts a fresh perspective on this popular sport, and explores how riding the waves can be the ultimate meditation. Engaging author Sam Bleakley takes us on a soulful journey across the tideline of his personal and philosophical travels. Through lunar cycles and river surfing to the Taoism of nature, he reveals an acute awareness of what the oceans can tell us about our place in the natural world. Meditating on one of nature’s greatest elements – its salty swells, flow and peaks – he shares life lessons in mindfulness that will be relished by surfer and non-surfer alike.

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https://wordery.com/mindfulness-and-surfing-sam-bleakley-9781782403296

Movie enthusiast?

Cineworld Gift Cards

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Cineworld is offering a variety of gifting options this Father’s Day, with the perfect gift of a £25 gift card in a range of vibrant designs, or for that extra special movie lover give them the gift of cinema all year round with the Unlimited Gift Box.

For the last-minute shopper, sons and daughters can gift dads with e-Gifts which can be received straight to your inbox today!

http://www.cineworld.co.uk/shop/#/shop/categories/egift

Keen Golfer?

Golf Buddy

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Get dad out on the course this Father days with the perfect golfing gift from GolfBuddy.  No matter how dad likes to receive his distance information GolfBuddy has a product to match his game. With 3 scan modes the smart new LR5 Laser is light, quick and accurate, whilst the new CT2 is powerful, small but packed full of features or if he prefers a watch then there’s the award winning WT5. With 38,000 golf courses world wide and the only company offering on-foot mapping without charging extra fees or annual subscriptions any GolfBuddy product is sure to be a hole in one. www.gpsgolfbuddy.eu 

 

 Cleveland RTX 2.0 wedge 

This fantastic Cleveland wedge features:

  • Advanced spin technology
  • 588 RTX 2.0 Technology
  • Tour Proven Design
  • 12 Month Guarantee

STD Bounce Grind

This wedge has been designed with a standard bounce grind which is ideal across a wide range of golf courses. This versatility and forgiveness across different turf is thanks to the combination of a trailing edge grind and a moderate relief from the heel and toe. The 2 DOT’s indicate the standard bounce, while this wedge is ideal for golfers with a neutral attack angle.

Tour Proven Design

The evolution of the 588 RTX 2.0 wedges began by listening to some of worlds best golfers. Working in cooperation with elite tour staffers like Graeme McDowell, Keegan Bradley, and Hideki Matsuyama, Cleveland’s engineers were able to pinpoint the challenges players face from 125 yards and in and seek out solutions to help them score better. Throughout the entire development process, Cleveland’s tour staff tested and provided feedback to ensure that the 588 RTX 2.0 was the best wedge on tour.

588 RTX 2.0 Technology

Completing this superb wedge is the Rotex face technology. This face has evolved the way golfers can spin the ball on the greens thanks to the 15% sharper grooves and a micro milled Rotex face pattern. This provides the wedge with the maximum surface roughness that the USGA allows. Improve your short game today!

 

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http://www.onlinegolf.co.uk/clubs/wedges/cleveland-golf-588-rtx-2.0-tour-satin-wedge-277956.html).

 

 Callaway XR16 Driver 

For the Callaway Golf XR 16 Driver, the Callaway Golf R&D team worked with aerodynamics experts at Boeing to redefine what is possible with clubhead speed and aerodynamics in a golf club. This driver has been engineered to be the most forgiving head shape ever, and the specialists at Boeing made it fast with a re-engineered Speed Step.

 

 

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R.MOTO Face Technology

Next generation R.MOTO Face that is lighter and up to 19 percent thinner, this technology creates more ball speed across the entire face of the club.

Extreme Forgiveness

The clubhead has been developed to be the most forgiving shape with a larger shape and stretched out crown for more MOI. This design has a low deep centre of gravity which provides extreme forgiveness.

Callaway Golf XR 16 Driver Features:

  • R.MOTO Face Technology
  • 460cc Head Size & Extreme Forgiveness
  • Advanced Aerodynamics
  • 12 Month Guarantee & Fujikura Speeder Evolution 565 Graphite Shaft

Advanced Aerodynamics

Boeing made the XR 16 Driver fast with advanced aerodynamics and a re-engineered Speed Step Crown to save weight. This new design creates a high speed head with lower drag in the crown, and adds serious ball speeds for added distance.

http://www.onlinegolf.co.uk/clubs/drivers/callaway-golf-xr-16-driver-296317.html

Fitness lover?

iFit Duo

Introducing the first of its kind, the iFit Duo is a reversible, double-sided activity watch engineered for business and play. The activity watch features:

  • Dual face:¬†the iFit Duo suits both a professional and active lifestyle

For the office: A traditional timepiece assembled with expert craftsmanship, the classic dial face showcases a signature, sophisticated style.

For the gym/on-the-go: Flip the watch face over to discover a bright LCD screen displaying real-time activity stats and fitness data including net calories, steps taken and distance covered.

  • On-screen notifications:¬†Choose which calls and texts are important with discreet, on-screen notifications. iFit will also send you healthy suggestions about when to get up and move(vibration alerts), so users are constantly motivated to stay active.
  • Auto-activity detection:¬†All workouts and activities will automatically be recorded by the Duo. State-of-the-art technology detects whenever users change activities, whether walking/sleeping/working out, so the stats that count the most are never missed.
  • Water-resistant:¬†The Duo is water-resistant up to 50 meters, meaning users can take it for a swim and work out in the rain.
  • The iFit family:¬†With iFit, everything you do is connected. This means that all stats‚ÄĒwhether users are running with one of our wearables or working out on a piece of iFit ready fitness equipment‚ÄĒsync up to the same cloud. You can find all of your information, safe and secure, in one convenient place.

 

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RRP from £299, available now at NordicTrack.co.uk.

Kenwood Blend-XTRACT Sport

The Kenwood Blend-XTRACT Sport blends ingredients with ease to make a nutritious drink or sports supplement. The two speed settings and pulse guarantee optimum results and the two durable TitanTM moulded sports bottles, are ideal for ‚Äėon the go‚Äô nutrition for you and a partner.

The Blend-XTRACT Sport is perfect for health-conscious and gym junkie dads who are always on the move.

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Kenwood Blend-XTRACT Sport, (RRP: £29.99)

www.kenwoodworld.com/uk

Also available at John Lewis, £29.95

Playstation fan?

Sony Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0

Discover just how great your games can sound with the Wireless Stereo Headset 2.0 ‚Äď the perfect gift for gaming Dads this Father‚Äôs Day. Hear unseen enemies and epic explosions in stunning 7.1 virtual surround sound (PS3 & PS4 only) and chat with friends via the internal microphone.

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From £68.99 (Available from retailers across the UK including Amazon.co.uk)

PlayStation¬ģ Socks

Looking for a way to spice up the tradition of sock-giving? Treat Dad to these fun Play-Station themed socks this Father‚Äôs Day ‚Äď this is for the Dads!

 

From £9.99 (Available from retailers across the UK including Amazon.co.uk)

Technology lover?

Beats by Dr. Dre Mixr On-Ear Headphones

 

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http://www.qvcuk.com/Beats-by-Dr.-Dre-Mixr-On-Ear-Headphones.product.505704.html?sc=SRCH&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-1-_-505704

Smart dad?

Braun Series 3 

With the new Braun Series 3 shaver Braun is introducing MicroComb technology. It features two rows of fine, evenly spaced grooves that surround an independently moving middle trimmer. This catches and feeds more hair with every stroke, which gives you a faster shave. The difference to other shavers is noticeable, especially in the torture test of 3‚Äźday beards.

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Braun Beard Trimmer

The BT5050 Braun beard trimmer will give you the exact length and precise contours, two fundamentals to give you the ideal look. Whether you want to achieve a designer stubble or trim your full beard, two detachable trimming combs will provide you with the flexibility you need.

The precision comb will provide you with the precision to achieve a desired look. The trimmer will also feature a long beard comb; this will give you more range to maintain a longer beard style.

The trimmer is also fully washable, for easy cleaning it can be ran under running water. Lastly, it features a charging LED light that will indicate the charging status.

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Buy from:

Tesco

Amazon

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Gillette Fusion ProShield:

Gillette Fusion ProShield Men’s Razor shields while you shave. ProShield Lubrication before and after the blades lays down a protective layer to shield from irritation. Plus, FlexBall Technology makes maximum contact* over contours and gets virtually every hair (*among Fusion razors). Gillette Fusion ProShield is Gillette’s most advanced razor. Just look for the yellow blade and handle.
Features and Benefits
  • Gillette Fusion ProShield Lubrication before and after the blades shields from irritation
  • Gillette Fusion ProShield Men’s Razor features Flexball Technology that responds to contours, getting virtually every hair
  • Five precision blades provide less tug and pull* for incredible comfort (*vs Fusion)
  • Precision Trimmer on back for accurate edging
  • Blades fit all Fusion and ProGlide handles

Gillette_Fusion_ProShield_RRP £12.00

Buy from:

Boots

ASDA

Fashion conscious dad?

Brydon Brothers: The Lauder Range

Lauder Richmond belt, £55, brydonbrothers.com (2)

Available from http://www.brydonbrothers.com/collections/shop

Versus Versace Tokyo Rubber watchSOY01 0015Available for &80 from http://uk.versace.com/versus/men/watches/1250000,en_GB,sc.html

Timex’s Expedition Scout range

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Available from http://www.hsamuel.co.uk

 

Accessory lover?

Personalised Wooden Beer Trug

 How cool does this look? Will look great on a bar or anywhere in the home.

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http://www.borngifted.co.uk/baby-gifts/product/BG-4629

Superman fan?

Superman shaped mug

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http://www.findmeagift.co.uk/gifts/shaped-superman-logo-mug.html

Fragrance lover?

dunhill London ICON Limited Edition Luxury Spray

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This stunning luxury spray comes in 30ml with 2 refills, the perfect travel companion. Refined and sophisticated, dunhill ICON is sleek, aromatic and woody, with key notes of Italian bergamot, black pepper, lavender, smoky Oud wood and Oris-leather. Available exclusively at Harrods from 2nd May and at selected department stores nationwide from 30th May 2016.
2 x 30ml EDP £60.00

 

Jimmy Choo MAN Gift Set

A striking MAN coffret launches just in time for Father‚Äôs Day. The bottle was inspired by an antique hip flask, representing traditional design imbued with an edge of rock n‚Äô roll rebellion. Cool metallic chrome combines with sultry shades of grey. The masculine aromatic fougeŐÄre contains key notes of lavender, pineapple leaf and patchouli and comes with a complimentary 100ml shower gel.

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Available nationwide from 30th May 2016.
EDT 50ml & Shower Gel 100ml £42.00

 

Book review: Garlic by Jenny Linford

  A cook book dedicated to Garlic? Can’t think of anything better to add to my collection as garlic is one of my most used and favourite ingredients in cooking.

This book, published by Ryland Peters and Small, has over 65 recipes for ways to cook with garlic. How amazing is that?

The book has beautiful photography by Clare Winfield and Jenny’s recipes are written in an easy to follow manner, and really inspire.

The book is split into sections which range from an introduction on the many different types of garlic, to how to prepare and store it, which is very useful. It then goes on to categorise recipes in terms of mellow, sunshine, comfort, fiery, go wild and celebratory.

There are features on garlic for health, garlic folklore, garlic farmers, growing garlic and garlic festivals.

Favourite recipes from flicking through the book so far are Green Garlic muffins, herb and garlic chutney, wild garlic dough balls and smoky garlic baba ghanoush.

There is a good balance of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

This is a really fantastic book to have if you have extra garlic and don’t know what to cook, or just to get inspiration. I am obsessed with garlic so this is going to be a good reference book for me.

The book is available from all major bookshops.

Healthy Desk Lunch Recipe EBook by bloggers & Furniture at Work

  A few of my favourite bloggers and I recently contributed to a fantastic recipe book called Healthy Desk Lunch Recipe Ebook. It contains recipes ranging from gluten free, vegan, egg dishes, and lunch box inspiration. My recipe is Matar Paneer, which is a classic and definitely a delicious comfort dish to have for lunch (or dinner).

I have recently eliminated gluten from my diet (trying my best to) and so the gluten free recipes really interested me.

If you are working from home, or want some ideas on healthy and easy dishes you can cook and take into the office, this is a really handy book.

The best part is it is free and you can download it here:

Healthy Desk Lunch Recipe Ebook

Let me know if you try any of the recipes from it.

For more information about Furniture at Work, visit:

www.furniture-work.co.uk