Before I begin I have to hold my hands up and admit I’m rubbish at baking, in fact I can’t really cook either. I do try, but it just somehow always turns out wrong. To make things easier, for Christmas my mam and dad got me one of those handmade giant jars, which contains everything you need to make cookies,…

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Yesterday Eve Purdy and I were invited, as part of ETC magazine, to an exclusive taster lunch at The Botanist, in Monument Hall, Newcastle. The invitation welcomed us to take a tour around the new venue, sample their food menu and have a cocktail or two, before its official opening on December 15. Arriving at a small door opposite Waterstones,…

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