Christmas in a Cup ​

The festive markets have arrived in Manchester, and that means one thing; Christmas is finally upon us. What makes you feel the most Christmassy? Perhaps it the twinkling lights that illuminate your hometown, or knitted jumpers, or mince pies? For us, there is only one answer, and that is a steaming cup of mulled wine. […]

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Side Dish: Ten things we love about autumn​

It seems pretty obvious when looking at our previous posts from this month to that we both love autumn. Our social media feeds have been swimming in copper tones, and the cosy jumpers have been on for four weeks straight, whatever the weather. It is a beautiful time to be alive, and if you need […]

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What’s in Season?

How to eat this autumn As the warmer months and the distant memory of summer slips into the past, we begin to swap our sandals for boots and our ditsy dresses or snuggly scarves. Autumn is here and we are welcoming her in with open arms. This time of year is our favourite as it […]

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Side Dish: Are you a good dinner guest?

Manners may cost nothing, but how many of these did you know? At a formal occasion, sit down first and wait for the hostess to unfold her own napkin and place it on her lap. If you leave the table temporarily during the dinner, place it on the chair. NEVER use it as a tissue, […]

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Side Dish: Shana Tova

Why is it when September rolls around we all feel inclined for a fresh start? Any new years resolutions are usually out of the window by the 1st February, and then we like to immerse our heads in a large Gin and Tonic for the rest of the year and pretend like we never made […]

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Side Dish: Behind G&T

When we first started on our blogging adventure, it is safe to say that we were both quite happy to sit behind the camera and let the food speak for itself. But times have changed. In recent weeks, we have plucked up enough courage to emerge from the ether and show our faces, and we […]

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Side Dish: How to cope with dinner party anxiety

It is safe to say that one of the worst parts of cooking is the sweaty, sweltering stress that comes with it. It doesn’t matter if you are Michel Roux or cooking a simple supper for your family, being in the kitchen is enough to give you palpitations. Cooking a dinner party is like spinning […]

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Side Dish: The treasure troves of Jewish delis

Growing up as a Jewish adolescent in Manchester means that food is the epicentre of your world as soon as you’re old enough to ingest solids. Judaism has had a deep-rooted connection within Manchester’s heritage thanks to the influx of Jewish refugees after World War II. G is as proud to say she’s as much […]

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Side Dish: Top dining playlists

When inviting guests round your gaff to host a fabulous feast of food and minds, it is wise to be conscious of certain things. When opening your door to your friends and family that there are various other components to an evening that need to be at the forefront of your preparations. Over here at Ginseng […]

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Side Dish: Zara Home Haul

What drove us to go to the Trafford Centre on one of the hottest days of the year? Trawling round the boiling alleyways, avoiding the ice cream carts and dodging through troops of young girls in matching  skinny jeans and bomber jackets. There was one thing that convinced us into sticking it out and going the […]

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