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Ever wondered why Anchor butter tastes so different from Lurpak?

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By Martin Isark
Most shoppers associate butter’s taste by the branded name on the pack, not that it’s a ‘sweet’ or ‘sour’ cream style butter. This brand butter buying works well for the supermarket shopper as most of the big producers stick to one style of butter. Ever wondered why Anchor butter tastes so different from Lurpak? Get to know your style of butter.   Read more

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Tasted: Pinot Noir

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By Martin Isark
If you buy your red burgundy from a top-notch traditional wine merchant or direct from one of Burgundy’s great Pinot Noir producers, then at a price, red burgundy has no equals. Unfortunately though, most red burgundies found at UK’s supermarkets, are at their worst barely drinkable, and at their best, poor value for money. Want to drink some decent Pinot Noir? Go straight to the New Zealand & Aussie shelves. Read more

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Tasted: Sainsbury’s Tomberries

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By Martin Isark
I’ve tasted Sainsbury’s Tomberries should you put a pack in the trolley or leave them on the shelf? Read more

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Tasted: Drink from Aldi

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By Martin Isark
When I wrote the Supermarket Own Brand Guide in 2005, I found that Aldi had some outstanding products in their: dairy, cold meat, cereal, confectionery, biscuit and snack sections –  and at very cheap prices too! Their Drink? Drinkable… just!

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‘Also’ Adds to the Nut Confusion at Tesco

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By Nut-allergy Alexis
Tesco have caused a bit of a furore recently by changing some of their allergy labelling.  Their labelling has long been rather controversial with nut allergy sufferers, as it individually specifies whether the recipe uses nuts, whether the ingredients have a risk of contamination with nuts, or whether the factory uses nuts.  Some see this as a useful method of assessing risk, others note that many items are labelled ‘cannot guarantee nut free’ and feel that it is primarily a legalistic exercise. Read more

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How UK’s Online Supermarkets Surf Up

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By Martin Isark
Shopping online takes away the hassle, but it also enables you to shop in supermarkets where you wouldn’t be seen dead pushing your trolley! So savvy surfers  - check out how the supermarkets surf up…

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Martin Isark says If you’ve never tasted tawny port, you’re missing a real treat.

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By Martin Isark
If you have never tasted tawny port, you are missing a real treat. Try a bottle and indulge yourself in the fragrant aromas and rich mouth-filling flavours of red fruits, nuts and spice that are somewhat similar in smell and taste to Amontillado and Oloroso sherry. Read more

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Martin Isark says it’s now time to move over to sherry

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By Martin Isark
Unfortunately, for some time sherry drinking has been yesterday’s fashion, this complex wine from Spain is still seen as an older generation’s aperitif and never as a complement to food. It has been hard to persuade chardonnay and cabernet drinkers that sherry is worth trying – but change is afoot.  Read more

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Martin Isark says University students should be fridge savvy and they’ll have more money to spend on boo…

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By Martin Isark
Are you’re one of the many University students that will be catering for yourself this year?  Be smart and check out the below on how to be fridge savvy – and you’ll all have more money to spend on boo… Books of course! Read more

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Can I Eat It? So Easy to Make Cupcake Recipe

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By Martin Isark
You’re one of the many millions watching ‘The Great British Bake Off’ on BBC Two. Tad apprehensive that you don’t have the cooking skills of Mary Berry, Delia Smith or the baking know how of Paul Hollywood, but you’re itching to get your apron on and start baking? Then why not try the ‘Can I Eat It? ‘So Easy To Make Cupcakes’? They look great and they have that ‘I must have another and another one’ quality. Happy baking! Read more