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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?

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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.

UPDATED: Sir Malcolm Campbell-inspired Pizza Express and 6 other restaurants that pay homage to famous faces

News Shopper: Donad Campbell pictured with his father Sir Malcolm Campbell

1:49pm Monday 18th August 2014

With the news that Chislehurst’s Pizza Express has been given a new look inspired by Bluebird racer Sir Malcolm Campbell, Vibe sought out other pubs and restaurants in south east London and north Kent which pay homage to famous faces.

Bromley celebrity chef to cook at shopping centre food festival

News Shopper: Rachel Khoo pictured in her Parisian kitchen

11:14am Monday 18th August 2014

Little Paris Kitchen chef Rachel Khoo will return to the town where she grew up to serve mini desserts to shoppers.

Recipe: Tenderstem and beef Lomo Saltado

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8:00am Monday 18th August 2014

Lomo saltado is one of the darlings of Peruvian home cooking. It is family-friendly and easy to make for guests. If you have everything ready and make the rice in advance, you can have dinner in the table in less than 30 minutes.

TECH REVIEW: Making tea by wi-fi with the iKettle

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2:28pm Friday 15th August 2014

Even within the last week, the amount of times I had to play rock-paper-scissors with my girlfriend to determine who would put the kettle on probably reached double figures.

WIN! A family meal worth up to £100 at giraffe in Blackheath

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4:04pm Thursday 14th August 2014

News Shopper has teamed up with family-friendly restaurant group, giraffe, to offer FIVE lucky families the chance to win a meal worth £100 to celebrate the reopening its Blackheath restaurant after an extensive refurb.

Greenhithe rock star chef's autumn cooking tips

News Shopper: Rock star chef Martin McNair's seasonal cooking tips

3:15pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Chef Martin McNair, who runs his own catering firm A Question of Thyme from Greenhithe, has cooked in top restaurants and hotels and tour for megastar musicians.

Meantime lines up second Greenwich BrewFest of the year

News Shopper: Thirsty? Have a bear in the Meantime

2:05pm Thursday 14th August 2014

Those guys at Meantime Brewing in Greenwich love craft beer and, as if you wanted proof, they will be serving more than 150 different varieties of the world’s best at their BrewFest later this month.

Deptford gets weekend pop-up cocktail bar

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10:01am Thursday 14th August 2014

Prepare for cocktails by the river as Deptford welcomes a pop-up bar this weekend.

Pink Lady apple and blackberry brown sugar Pavlova

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7:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

This wonderfully decadent dessert is perfect to serve at a large family gathering. New Zealand is home to the Pavlova and offers both Pink Lady apples and juicy blackberries, a perfect combination that will become a firm favourite whenever the occasion arises.

New-look Chislehurst Pizza Express inspired by famous resident Sir Malcolm Campbell

News Shopper: Donad Campbell pictured with his father Sir Malcolm Campbell

3:30pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

Pizza Express is to launch a new-look restaurant in Chislehurst - inspired by famous resident Sir Malcolm Campbell, known for repeatedly breaking speed world records on land and water.

Petts Wood fish and chips shop could be named the country's best

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2:42pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A Petts Wood fish and chips shop could be named the country’s best.

Recipe: Lamb koftes with Tenderstem and yoghurt dip

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8:00am Sunday 10th August 2014

These quick lamb koftes are served with a flavoursome Tenderstem dip. This easy-to-prepare, delicious and healthy recipe is great for family dinners and perfect for introducing Persian inspired flavours.

'Ketchup should be kept in cupboard' - do you agree with Boris?

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6:30am Friday 8th August 2014

The Mayor of London’s announcement that he will stand for Parliament next year overshadowed another massive Boris proclamation this week.

How kitchens have gone hi-tech: Which gadget could you not live without?

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10:14am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Kitchens are no longer just food preparations areas, they have become tech hubs – with gadgets every bit as important as cutlery and crockery.

Poached Pink Lady apples in wine with orange and pomegranate

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8:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

A favourite to make while entertaining, the wonderful combination of flavours and colours make this simple easy food at its very best.

Pink Lady apple, raspberry and almond energy bar

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5:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Fabulously light, gluten free and with virtually no saturated fat, Pink Lady apple energy bars are packed with wholesome calories to supercharge your run.

What a sponger! Great British Bake Off washer upper uses 80 sponges a series

News Shopper: John Whaite with the The Great British Bake Off crew

12:23pm Thursday 31st July 2014

Have you ever watched a cooking show and thought ‘glad I’m not washing up after that’? Well spare a thought for Iva Vcelak.

Pink Lady apple, Sweet Eve strawberry, chicken and walnut salad, with quinoa and pink peppercorn dressing

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6:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Light and easy to digest, this deliciously nutritious and flavoursome salad will set you up nicely for a summer afternoon run.

Pink Lady apple Persian jewelled rice with pan-seared pomegranate duck

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6:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

Deliciously aromatic, deceptively impressive-looking, and jam-packed with goodness, this sustaining rice dish takes just 30 minutes to prepare and cook.

Review: Wine tasting at Vinopolis

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4:50pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

For an evening of exquisite wine, education and excitement, head to the Victorian railway arches of Vinopolis.

Goldsmiths Arms in Penge set for first annual summer fete

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3:45pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A summer fete will mark the re-opening of a Penge pub by quirky collective Antic.

Tried and tested: Sidcup Place Brewers Fayre expands to takeaway service

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11:05am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Long gone are the days when the choice of takeaway was chicken tikka or beef in black bean sauce, restaurants are moving into the mix and you can even pick up a good old bangers and mash.

5 of the best places to Pick Your Own fruit and vegetables in north Kent and south east London

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10:33am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Making sure you get enough fruit and veg in your diet can be dull, but not when you can get out in the sun and Pick Your Own at a nearby farm.

Saturday Kitchen's Susy Atkins talks summer food and wine at Chapters, Blackheath

News Shopper: Wine expert Susy Atkins filmed at Waitrose on Wednesday

10:34am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Anyone who’s seen Come Dine With Me will understand – knowledgably pairing wine with food is a skills worth having, and some feel under considerable pressure to get it right.

PICTURED: Refurbished grand Greenwich pub The Mitre reopens

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11:21am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A grand Grade II listed pub in Greenwich has reopened after extensive refurbishment.

Pink Lady apple buttermilk oat blinis with spiced Pink Lady apple Agave syrup

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7:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Incredibly light and fluffy and so very tasty, these blinis will put a spring in your step!

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