Lavender and Lovage

Lavender and Lovage is a hardback book that runs to 396 pages. The introduction conveys the author’s passion for tasty, no-nonsense food made with quality, fresh ingredients. It also hints at the global influences that have influenced Burns-Booth’s palette and style of cooking; she has lived in South Africa, Hong Kong, Northumberland, North Yorkshire, France and North Wales. As a food and travel blogger she has had opportunities to traverse the globe and taste dishes that have inspired some of the 160 recipes that feature in this book.

Snugpak Softie Vest (SV3 Gilet) review

The Snugpak Softie Vest is a lightweight, body warmer style jacket designed for wearing when a chill grips the air. As such it’s a good piece of kit for early morning walks on summer days, when the air temperature hasn’t quite warmed up, or evenings, when temperatures again begin to drop.

Snugpak Kitmonster 70 G2 bag

The grip handles feature a Velcro seal, for additional comfort while carrying this sizable piece of kit, and there are hand grips at either end. You can, should you choose, carry the bag via a shoulder strap that spans its length. Alternatively, the Kitmonster 70 G2 has detachable twin shoulder straps, meaning you can carry the bag on your back, in the style of a rucksack, should you so desire.

Italian wines from Independent Wine

Stuart Forster looks at Italian wines from Independent Wine, particularly enjoying the Carnivea Organic Primitivo, and discovers some surprising facts about winemaking in Italy. Disclosure: I was gifted two bottles of Italian wine by Independent Wine, who have not reviewed or edited this article. Some of the links below — marked with (£) — and...

Snugpak adult face covers

Love them or loathe them, it looks like face covers are going to part of everyday life for the foreseeable future. They have become must-wear items in certain circumstances, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Face coverings seem set to be the fashion item of late-2020.