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Video recipe: Warm 'Petit' Lemon and Cardamom Cake with Vanilla Bean Syrup

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2:26pm Friday 24th October 2014

If you’re sat at your desk like us, dreaming of cake, then take a look at these and maybe stop by the supermarket for some ingredients on the way home.

Antic's Woolwich Equitable to open next week in old bank building

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1:24pm Friday 24th October 2014

A former bank is set to open as a pub in Woolwich next week.

UK's first McDonald's in Woolwich given hi-tech makeover in light of 40th anniversary

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3:30pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

The first McDonald’s to ever hit the UK in Woolwich has been given a high-tech makeover in light of the restaurant’s 40th anniversary.

First micropub opens in Gravesend

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5:09pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Gravesend has a new place to sup a pint without fear of being interrupted by dodgy ringtones or terrible tunes.

Recipe: Spiced marmalade glazed pork ribs with fresh radish salad

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7:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

This dish is a great sticky winter warmer, or a brilliant excuse to try something new on the BBQ when the sun comes out.

PICTURED: Shampan celebrates 25 years and plans new restaurant

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10:59am Monday 20th October 2014

Multi award-winning south east London curry house group Shampan celebrated its silver anniversary with a black tie gala event.

Recipe: Sophie Michell’s Sweet Eve strawberry, fig and rosewater salad

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7:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

Sophie says: “I often serve this as a summer dessert on warm balmy evenings. It's healthy, slightly unusual and very pretty. It also works well as a special breakfast fruit salad. You can find rosewater in most supermarkets and it’s worth the effort to get it as it really makes the dish.”

Stat Chat: London’s top 5 favourite restaurant cuisines

News Shopper: Ahead of National Curry Week (7-13 October) NILIMA MARSHALL explores the hidden health benefits of the humble curry.

6:30am Friday 17th October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Our favourite places to dine out.

10 weird McDonald’s facts as chain celebrates 40 years since opening first UK branch in Woolwich

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3:10pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

Forty years ago the world-famous Big Mac hit the UK streets and it all started in Woolwich. Carly Read reports.

Celebrity chefs Chris and James Tanner officially open Orpington's new hospitality college

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12:46pm Friday 10th October 2014

Orpington College has officially opened its new training kitchens with help from celebrity chefs Chris and James Tanner.

VIDEO: Masterchef v Bake Off – the ultimate challenge for charity

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10:50am Friday 10th October 2014

Champions of the Great British Bake Off and Masterchef went head-to-head to win money for charity.

Recipe: Gluten free chocolate cake with Sweet Eve strawberries and raspberries

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6:00am Friday 10th October 2014

Sophie says: “This is a classic recipe that I love and have used for years. It's very easy and brilliant for people with or without wheat intolerances. It's wonderfully rich, so the Sweet Eve strawberries and BerryJewel raspberries cut through that perfectly.”

Drink Me Chai: London's Bromley-based train station pop-up that went international

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2:44pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A trip to India can be eye-opening and for Bromley entrepreneur Amanda Hamilton, it certainly was, inspiring her to set up Farnborough-based Drink Me Chai.

Downe farm holds food festival to showcase Kentish food and launches local wine

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1:49pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

Downe hosted a foodie festival at the weekend to show off Kent’s finest produce.

RECIPE: Hotel Chocolat’s chocolate melt

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11:04am Monday 6th October 2014

Celebrate National Chocolate Week (October 13 to 19) with Hotel Chocolat’s glorious creation - sponge on the outside, liquid on the inside.

'Let's face it, [the industry] needed changing': Hotel Chocolat's 10 years of sweet success

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1:48pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Do you remember chocolates pre-2004? Tasty though they were, they were pretty standard and stuck in the past.

Recipe: Sophie Michell’s Sweet Eve strawberry, raspberry, honey and honeycomb sundae

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7:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

Sophie says: “Everyone loves an ice cream sundae and this healthier yoghurt-based alternative is a real favourite. It's simple but very tasty with the honey and strawberries lending most of the sweetness. The Greek yoghurt adds some lower fat creaminess and tang and the honeycomb lends crunch...a real winner!”

Continental market to return to Bromley

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10:34am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Shoppers will be able to enjoy flavours from around the world when a continental market arrives in Bromley next week.

Stat Chat: What are our favourite meals and how many of us can actually cook them?

News Shopper: Sunday joint: Roast lamb with fresh asparagus

6:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014

Every day we pull some stats from a survey and say have a chat about the findings. Today: Food for thought on our eating and cooking habits.

'Hugely proud' Michelin starred chef Atul Kochhar celebrates Petts Wood's Indian Essence's Bib Gourmand

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5:32pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

As the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star, Atul Kochhar’s contribution to curry culture in Britain is huge.

New celeb-endorsed festival coming to Penge

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2:44pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A new festival is coming to Penge with the aim to breathe new life into the area.

Recipe: Streamline chicken & apricot tagine

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7:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

This is a great way of introducing Middle Eastern zing to an easy midweek supper idea. A hearty main course bursting with flavour.

RECIPE: Fabulous Baker Brothers' classic bread and butter pudding

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10:27am Friday 26th September 2014

To celebrate National Craft Bakers’ Week, TV’s Fabulous Baker Brothers Tom and Henry Herbert shared their recipe for classic bread and butter pudding.

UPDATED: 9 amazing cakes and why you should support your local baker

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4:01pm Thursday 25th September 2014

Get ready to increase your carb and sugar intake because bakers across south east London and north Kent are getting ready to celebrate National Craft Bakers’ Week (September 29 to October 5).

Recipe: Sophie Michell’s Sweet Eve Strawberry, Parma Ham and Parmesan Crostini

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8:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

Sophie says: “This is a wonderfully quick and aromatic way to introduce Sweet Eve strawberries into a savoury snack. The parmesan works really well with the strawberries and balsamic with the savoury sourdough being the perfect base.”

PICTURED: British Queen returns to reign in Locksbottom

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5:21pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A Locksbottom pub has reopened to give people a right royal welcome.

Crayford couple open The Penny Farthing - Bexley's second micropub

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12:49pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A Crayford husband and wife have stepped back behind the bar after more than a quarter of a century away to open the borough’s second micropub.

Recipe: Sweet Eve strawberry, goats cheese and black pepper tart

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7:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Sophie says: “There is a theory that peppercorns really bring out the flavours of strawberries and I agree. This is a lovely combination, especially when paired with goats cheese. Plus it's a really interesting dish to bring out for vegetarian guests too. I like to serve these tarts with a green salad.”

New Cross' The Royal Albert to serve up Kent ales at Octopump festival

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4:44pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A three-day New Cross real ale and cider festival will celebrate Kent brewers.

REVIEW: Belly dancing and Lebanese food at Comptoir Libanais, Bluewater

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3:09pm Monday 15th September 2014

I must have led a sheltered life. I can’t believe I’ve reached my age and never witnessed belly dancing. I can’t believe no-one has invited me before.

REVIEW: Smiles all round at OnBlackheath music and food festival

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11:14am Monday 15th September 2014

If there was one moment which summed up the spirit of the inaugural OnBlackheath Festival it came midway through Aloe Blacc’s hour-long set on Saturday afternoon.

Thousands descend on Blackheath for inaugural music and food festival

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10:54am Monday 15th September 2014

Thousands of music lovers descended on Blackheath at the weekend for the inaugural OnBlackheath festival.

Recipe: Iced Streamline blackcurrant mousse

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6:00am Friday 12th September 2014

This delicious iced mousse makes a light and fruity finish to a meal.

Recipe: Sweet Eve Strawberry Meringue Kisses

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11:07am Wednesday 10th September 2014

This recipe is a great way of using Sweet Eve strawberries while they are in season, so you can enjoy them later in the year. Most people are surprised to discover that meringues freeze well, but as long as they are nice and crisp when you pop them in the freezer, upon thawing they’ll become chewy yet delicately light.

Tenderstem, paneer and carrot sambhal served with poodla and Pink Lady® raita

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8:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Tenderstem, carrots and paneer are tossed in mustard seeds, turmeric and lemon juice and served with soft, fluffy poodla (spicy chickpea flour pancakes).

Pan roasted duck with a Sweet Eve strawberry red wine sauce

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10:00am Sunday 7th September 2014

Sophie says: “Duck pairs very well with fruity sauces and the Sweet Eve strawberries paired with red wine really makes for a comforting combination, perfect for autumn. The red cabbage with its light winter spices is also lovely. I suggest serving this with some rosemary and garlic roast potatoes.”

REVIEW: Carluccio's, Bromley

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4:42pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Sitting down to a full lunch – rather than just a passing snack or a quick burger, for instance – in a shopping centre lays down a troublesome proposition. They’re noisy, far from relaxing, and conjuring up a divide between handbags and pasta isn’t the easiest thing to do.

PICTURED: Historic Forest Hill pub given a new look

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2:04pm Thursday 4th September 2014

An historic Forest Hill pub has reopened following a quarter of a million pound makeover.

Recipe: Tenderstem kopytka (Polish gnocchi) with shallots and Polish ham

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7:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

Kopytka, meaning “little hooves”, are small Polish potato dumplings, similar to Italian gnocchi.

Recipe: Tenderstem galette with lardons, mushrooms and brie

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8:00am Sunday 31st August 2014

A galette is a savoury buckwheat pancake and naturally gluten-free. In France they often stuff their pancakes with ham and cheese and maybe a fried egg, or perhaps some goats’ cheese and lardons.

Hazelnut meringue and strawberry layer cake

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5:00am Friday 29th August 2014

Sophie Michell’s hazelnut meringue layer cake with Sweet Eve strawberries and raspberries

Carluccio's opens in Bromley

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4:08pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s has landed in Bromley.

Burger chain Five Guys plans Greenwich O2 branch

News Shopper: Five Guys launches in Bluewater

10:20am Tuesday 26th August 2014

Fast-growing burger chain Five Guys is set to open its 15th UK branch since launching a little over a year ago.

REVIEW: Choco-heaven at Hotel Chocolat's Rabot 1745 Cafe, Borough Market

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8:56am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A meal at Rabot 1745 leaves you in a cacao-induced cacoon of contentment from which you only rouse yourself to plan the next visit.

Recipe: Tenderstem bouquets wrapped in Pancetta served with aromatic Italian cod

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7:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

This recipe is flavoursome and Italian at heart. It combines the flaky texture of cod with the fresh bite of Tenderstem. The delicate flavour of these two main ingredients is enhanced by crisp pancetta and the fresh, aromatic herbs. Great for a family meal and quick-to-prepare for a dinner party.

Recipe: Tenderstem and chicken Vietnamese noodle soup

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8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

Chicken & Bamboo is a classic Vietnamese noodle soup traditionally enjoyed at breakfast. This recipe demonstrates making your own chicken stock from scratch which can be frozen and used at a later date. This delicious soup is also warming and wholesome for when you are feeling a little under the weather.

COCKTAIL: Smirnoff Summer Punch

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5:16pm Friday 22nd August 2014

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend with friends and this fruity, boozy punch by the guys at

VIDEO RECIPE: Eric Lanlard makes a Mango & Vanilla Green Peppercorn Chiboust Tart

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12:04pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

Watch Celebrity chef Eric Lanlard in our video, where he makes a delicious dessert, a sure way to impress at a dinner party.

North Kent Lebanese restaurant launches belly dancing nights

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11:07am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A Lebanese restaurant in north Kent is set to launch regularly belly dancing evenings.

TASTE TEST: Which supermarket's scones are the best for a Devonshire cream tea?

News Shopper:

5:33pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

If you do not have a beach body by this point in the summer, I think it is fair to say you aren’t going to get one.

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