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How To Make A Gin Martini: The Secret Trick You All Need To Know

We won't beat around the bush, most guides to mixing 'perfect' Martinis are utter bull. Like your favourite cuppa, everyone has their own 'perfect' blend - BUT, that doesn't mean...

16 Delicious (And Disgusting) Ways To Eat A Cadbury's Creme Egg

We're not gonna lie, Cadbury's Creme Eggs bring out a side in us that no-one wants to see. Whether we're making an unholy mess after dunking them into tea or shame spiralling...

How To Make THE Most Refreshing Cocktail For Summer

If like us, you can't face another pitcher of sickly sweet Pimms for 20 QUID (like reeally), then this is the drink to see you through the summer. Best thing about it? It's cheap...

Cocktail Class: How To Make A Coffee Cocktail

What happens when two of the world's greatest vices, coffee and booze, are put together? Perfection, that's what. This coffee cocktail by Monica Berg, Bar Manager at Pollen Social...

Cocktail Class: How To Make A Grand Marnier Spritz

Grand Marnier? Instead of Aperol? Hear us out 'cos it's well worth it. With its sweet orange flavour this Grand Marnier spritz beats the bitter taste of Aperol any day. We talked...

Cocktail Class: How To Make A Modern Manhattan

If you like your cocktails with a kick then this Manhattan won't disappoint. Sophisticated, smooth and hella strong, knowing how to make a killer Manhattan should be top of every...

Cocktail Class: How To Make A Grand Marnier Collins

The variations on a classic Collins are endless, but this one is by far one of our favourites. With the orangey smoothness of the Grand Marnier, and subtle punch from the lemon...

The Best Jack Daniel’s You Will Ever Taste

Not tried Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey yet? You're in for a complete treat. Sweet, crisp and refreshing? No wonder it's one of our favourite summer drinks. We've teamed up with...

The Ultimate Pimped Out Pancake Day Toppings

This Pancake Day, instead of selling out with your usual sugar sprinkle and squirt of lemon, take a look at these pimped out pancake toppings. At least if you eat yourself to...

How To Make The Perfect Jasmine Cocktail

If you love your gin as much as we do, you'll know that sometimes you need a little more than your usual G&T or Tom Collins to hit the spot. This Jasmine cocktail is just...

How To Make The Perfect Gin And Tonic

No cocktail lover worth their salt doesn't love a good, strong Gin and Tonic. It's a drink that can't be beaten. So we spoke to Monica Berg, at Pollen Street Social along with...

Dry January's over! Celebrate with this exclusive cocktail. Cheers!

Any mad-woman that tried #dryjanuary will know, cocktails really are one of the best things in the world. Thankfully our time sipping on coconut water and juice has finally come...

How To Fillet A Fish Like A Pro In 8 Easy Steps

Filleting a fish doesn’t look easy or particularly tempting but it’s one of those cooking skills that every budding chef needs to master. Once you know what you’re doing and have...

The best healthy cookbooks for delicious, healthy recipes

Love food but hate diets? Time to welcome these healthy cookbooks into your life. We all probably need to take reality check with the food that we put into our bodies, but when...

How to Cook Christmas Dinner Like The Pro Chefs: The 10 Tips to Remember

Cooking Christmas dinner can be a total nightmare, we know. We still remember the horrors of our first go. But once you know what you're doing, cooking a Christmas feast for your...

The 6 low calorie cocktails you can make at home

We've come around to the idea that the Christmas season is less about chocolate and a whole lot more about cocktails, lots of them. Of course what that means in reality is we're...

The Craziest Food Hybrids Ever: Genius Or Just Gross?

If the happiest day of your life was when croissant met doughnut and spawned a sugary lovechild then never fear, the cronut craze isn't over yet. Luckily for you, there are also...

The 5 best London restaurants for British Sausage Week

Yeah we get it, everyone LOVES a burger, but seriously guys, lets not forget about sausages eh? As of this week, it's time to put our foodie focus firmly back on the frankfurter...

The 8 Great British Bake Off cookbooks you need in your life

If, like us, you can’t remember life before the Great British Bake Off, don’t worry, we’ve found a way struggling through the impending months of mundanity – Great British Bake...

The Gingerline: A whole lot more than secret dining

The three things that you can always rely on in life are: one – people need to eat, two - everyone loves to party, three - we all go mad over a good secret. So when Gingerline...

Cook like a pro at home: 5 of the best food delivery recipe kits

As a nation we’ve gone utterly bonkers for home cooking. You only have to switch on your TV to see at least four, 42-inch chefs cooking away in your living room. But in reality...

Weekly Wine Tasting: Codorniu Vintage Rosado Brut

We all know that Cava gets a bad rap, but when you can buy a bottle for £3.99, why spend up to £7 right? Wrong. Weekly Wine Tasting: Codorniu Vintage Rosado Brut The...

Sainsbury's Wine Offers: Roc du Lussac vs. Sainsbury's Rioja Reserva

They're both decent red wines of a similar price range and they're both on offer, but which one of these two wines will come out as the best bank holiday bargain? Sainsbury's...

Foraging courses

With the price of everything going through the roof and our jobs looking less and less secure, savvy women are looking for ways to get something for nothing. A foraging course...

Review: TeaJay teas

Who doesn't appreciate the warm, snug feeling of a nice hot cup of tea when it's so cold outside? Here at the sofeminine office we certainly do! Review: TeaJay teas As much as...

Calories in fruits

Rich in vitamins, minerals and fibres, fruits are highly recommended for good health. Nevertheless, they have their fair share of calories, with some fruits containing far more...

Growing tomatoes

Growing your own tomatoes is easy and rewarding. Follow our step-by-step guide to growing tomatoes. Growing tomatoes from seed You can start in January or February onwards in...

Superfoods

Superfoods are the things we can eat that are characterised by : What are Superfoods? low in calorieshigh in antioxidants (particularly vitamin C and E)high in anthocyaninshigh...

Royal Wedding Tea

Quite predictably the Royal Wedding has sparked a trend for commemorative knick-knacks to celebrate Kate and Will's big day. You can get tea sets, plates, flags, masks of the...

Basic Pancake Batter Recipe

Makes 8 pancakes takes around 30 minutes How to make: a Basic pancake batter recipe Ingredients for pancake batter: 125g flour - plain1 medium size egg200ml semi-skimmed milk100ml...

Vegan pancakes

They're not usually vegan pancakes traditionally use eggs and milk but that doesn't mean that as a vegan you can't enjoy pancakes too! Check out our vegan pancake recipe and make...

American pancake recipe | how to make American pancakes

Want to know how to make American pancakes? If you follow our American pancake recipe you'll end up with a lovely thick batter that's the secret to a light, fluffy pancake American...

How to make perfect pancakes | making perfect pancakes

Want to know how to make perfect pancakes for pancake day - or just because you fancy them? Making perfect pancakes isn't always easy. So we're sharing some top tips for pancake...

Scotch Pancake Recipe

To make Scotch pancakes your need a specific Scotch pancake recipe as it's a different recipe from your basic pancake batter. Scotch pancake recipe | how to make Scotch pancakes...

Drinking tea with soya milk

Vegans will be pleased -Tetley have launched a new blend of tea specifically for a better taste with soya milk. If you're doing a dairy detox or simply aren't a milk fan, then...

Wine of the Week: Lanson Rose Label Brut Rosé Champagne

Wine of the Week: Lanson Rose Label Brut Rosé (special edition) Champagne Alc. 12.5% from £32.99 - Tesco/Waitrose This week we're going sparkly. The champagne on...

Tried and tasted: the green coffee that's good for you

So Green coffee claims that it can help keep us young-looking? Hmmm. Sounds good so far. But what does it taste like? Some soFeminine staffers and soFeminine readers tested a...

Introduction to vegetarian diets

Vegetarian diets are becoming increasingly popular as meat prices as well as health concerns rise. Many people are cutting down or cutting out meat in favour of a full vegetarian...

Penguin slippers

The adorable penguins on these cute novelty slippers are looking for a new home! This particular breed are renowned for cheering their owners up when stepping out of bed in the...

Union Jack diamante piggy bank

Keep your money safe in this glitzy piggy bank, hand-decorated with glitter paint and plastic gems, and featuring the Union Jack design. This is one piggy bank we won't be breaking...

Hot stone massage pack

If you know someone who's feeling the stress of Christmas build up, offer them this comprehensive therapy pack so they can unwind in the comfort of their home. The pack contains...

The Great Penguin Bookchase

Introducing the world's first board game about books, the Great Penguin Bookchase makes an ideal gift for a bookworm. But even those who aren't book lovers can still play (and win)...

Mind-boggling Sudokube

It would seem that the Rubik's Cube has finally met its match! This six-sided cube is like the traditional Rubik's Cube but with numbers one to nine instead of colours. If you...

Desperate Housewives: season 5 on DVD

If your mum, sister or cousin is a fan of Desperate Housewives, buy them the season 5 box set for Christmas and they won't be disappointed! Relive the twists and turns of the...

Bob Dylan's Christmas charity album

There's nothing like a Christmas record to get everyone in the festive mood! Bob Dylan's Christmas offering adds a bit of folk to traditional carols and seasonal favourites, including...

Herbs

They invite themselves into our kitchens and flavour our dishes like nothing else, bringing freshness and subtle scents. Herbs go with absolutely everything: meat, fish, vegetables...

Making jam

Jam on your morning toast or afternoon scone is a comfort and a treat, and when you can say your blueberry jam is home made it's an added source of pride! Making your very own...

Gelatine and agar agar

How do you get your charlottes, pannacottas and cheesecakes to stay firm? Either by using classic gelatine or agar agar, which is all the rage at the moment. Here’s some useful info...

Freezing and defrosting

Freezing food is something everyone should know how to do, whether you're a novice in the kitchen or a domestic goddess. However, it’s not always easy to know how to freeze food...

Caramel

Home made caramel is a perilous exercise that often leads to disaster, but once you get the hang of it it's easy. Here’s how to make a real home made liquid caramel and all its...

Vinaigrette and salad dressing

We should all know the recipe by heart: basic dressings go with all our summer salads, crudités, vegetables and even steamed fish. Here's a guide to dressings, from the classic...

Stock

Stock flavours your dishes and but is a great low-fat way of while keeping them light. And as we prefer natural stock to shop-bought cubes, here are our recipes and advice to...

Olives

Green, black, crimson, natural, stoned, crushed, tinned, preserved, fresh from the market or the tree, olives are a delicacy, especially in Southern Europe. The olive is a very...

Cooking en papillotte

Cooking en papillote is a method of cooking that bakes food in the oven in a foil parcel. It is most often associated with fish, however it is also perfect for cooking meat, veget...

Yeast

We want our bread to rise, our muffins to come out of the oven full and our cakes to be light, but what kind or yeast should you use and how much do you need? Can you use making...

Marinades

What better than marinade to give meat or fish with incomparable flavour. Marinades are ideal for barbecues and you can experiment with all kinds of sweet, spicy and exotic flavours...

Lamb

Eaten in many countries throughout the world, lamb is particularly popular in the Mediterranean and eaten at Easter traditionally. It's very versatile, goes well with many spices...

Lebanese mezze

Well known to those who are familiar with Lebanese cuisine, mezze are a selection of small dishes to enjoy during celebrations or family gatherings. It's a kind of buffet for...

How to make soufflé

Another sorry, deflated soufflé attempt, even when you follow the recipe to the letter and beat your egg white into perfectly firm peaks? Don't despair - soufflé isn't impossible...

Bento boxes

Everyone’s talking about them, but what exactly are they? A Japanese delicacy? A new way of eating? Here’s a quick look at and some advice on the art of bento. A Japanese lunchboxThe...