• The origins of Chasseur cast iron

    Chasseur cast iron cookware is made at a foundry in the Ardennes region of north-east France. The department of Ardennes on the river Meuse is a beautiful rural area on the border of France and Belgium, with an extensive National Park of dense forests and mountains with steep-sided river valleys. Travelling through the pastoral landscape it is hard to believe this area hides a turbulent history ...

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  • Dexam raises over £12,000 for people living with cancer

    Midhurst based Dexam International Ltd is celebrating a year long promotion with leading cancer charity Macmillan Cancer Support that has raised £12,470 so far to help fund vital support service for people living with cancer.  The promotion which ran from September 2016 and will continue into 2018 has seen the company make a donation for every Dexam Spiraliser sold in the UK. Dexam were keen ...

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  • Chichester District Foodbank

    Chichester District Foodbank provides three-day food parcels for individuals and families who find themselves in crisis and since we started in September 2012 we have provided over 4000 food parcels which have fed 9351 people. We work with 130 front line agencies that hold our vouchers and refer people they know are in need. Clients then come to one of our four foodbank centres (Chichester, Selsey ...

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  • Getting The Most Out Of Your Garlic

      You’ve probably heard of the wondrous anti-oxidising properties of garlic. The unmistakable smell of garlic and its health enhancing properties both come from the presence of a compound called alliin. As it’s stored within the cells of garlic, you need to chop, crush or slice it to activate the nutritional goodness. Once this happens it turns into a magical new compound called allicin, ...

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  • The Teapot Charity - a great cause!

    The Teapot Trust is a UK charity providing a nationwide art therapy and creative interventions programme for chronically ill children in hospitals and hospices. Our work aims to build resilience in children with chronic illness by encouraging them to express emotions, mentally overcome the challenges linked to their condition and develop healthy coping mechanisms. Participating in art therapy c ...

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  • Make and eat spaghetti in true Italian style

    Whenever my mum asked me what I wanted for tea as a child it was always spaghetti Bolognese, or frankly, anything spaghetti related! I loved the challenge of trying to spin the spaghetti onto my fork, emphasis on ‘trying’ as most of it landed on the table or down my clothes. So, when it was my turn with my children, the thoughts of cooking them spaghetti filled me with horror rather than a sen ...

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  • Coffee, the Italian way

    Torta al Cioccolato One of my favourite pastimes is to spend time with friends sipping coffee -  al fresco because at that time ‘the world can wait for a while!’  Yes, an opportunity to ‘just be’, whilst the world continues to race on at full speed! Coffee is an integral part of the Italian culture, a cappuccino with a friend, an espresso with a business partner or an opportunity ...

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  • Spiralizer Success!

    We are delighted that the first few months of our fund-raising projects for Macmillan nutritionists has raised just over an an amazing £6400, which our MD Bryony handed over to a delighted James Bacharew from Macmillan in our Midhurst showroom. Dexam is giving a fixed amount from the sale of each Spiralizer to the charity, partly to raise funds specifically for nutritionist support, and partl ...

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  • Hansel, Gretel and the Gingerbread House

    After the Gingerbread Challenge on GBBO this week, we were interested to find out more about this festive treat.  Judi Zienchuk, the writer behind epicureandculture.com, provides an interesting insight into the history of gingerbread. Gingerbread has been around for thousands of years, since the times of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. During its early days, it was baked to be firm so that it ...

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  • Celebrating Local Food and Drink Heroes : The Exceptional English Wine Company

    Article by Iain Heggie The historic perception that Western Europe holds a monopoly on fine wine making was shattered many decades ago.  A glance at any wine seller’s shelves lays testament to the magnitude of the shift of oenological geography.  California, Australia, New Zealand and South America all arrived at the party as newcomers and now feature as regulars. Until recently, the UK has ...

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