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Hacking my Brain with Castello

This post is sponsored by Castello Castello is already a household brand in the UK thanks to their blue cheeses and cheddar. This year, they’ve launched brand new Extra Creamy Brie. To celebrate, Castello wanted me to take part in a little Virtual Reality experiment that attempts to ‘hack the brain’ and manipulate the senses to affect the eating experience. I was surprised to learn that Castello dates back to around 1893, when their first Master Cheese Maker (Rasmus Tholstrop) travelled the globe sampling different cheeses for himself and then reinventing them. He always respected the traditions of cheese making but his imagination and creativity helped him to produce something special – and that theme has been continued for Costello throughout the years, hence this unique campaign. The brand new Extra Creamy Brie is a creatively crafted and indulgent cheese, one I’d be happy to present with the best of them on my Christmas cheese board. As it turns out though, there are ways to make it appear even more indulgent with a few tricks …

The New Kitchen

Last Tuesday I said a somewhat emotional farewell to the kitchen I’ve been cooking in for years, rammed all my worldly possessions into a removals van and moved 10 minutes down the road into a one bed flat with Tom. I could spend hours now talking about the moments I spent in that kitchen. It was, after all, where Cate in the Kitchen was born. It’s the kitchen in which every exciting idea I’ve ever had about food has come to fruition. It’s the kitchen I once spilled a pint of beet juice on the carpet of – I know, who in their right mind carpets a kitchen – and spent hours desperately dabbing at with stain remover. It’s the kitchen I had to stand hunched by the back door of if I had any chance of getting a decent, naturally lit shot for Instagram. It’s the kitchen I first cooked for Tom in. It’s the kitchen I got so drunk in before going out one New Year’s Eve that I ended up back on …

Carina on Choosing Gluten Free

I Grilled My Gluten Avoiding Friend About The Whole GF Thing

This post is in collaboration with MOMA A recent survey of 400 Brits by OnePoll for MOMA has uncovered a big old trend of dissatisfaction with the availability of gluten free products. I was pretty interested – considering the huge rise in the popularity of omitting gluten – to find out that over 70% of respondents felt there wasn’t enough variety in gluten free ranges, and 20% just aren’t into what’s available at all. A good friend of mine has been avoiding gluten for a couple of years now, so I thought I’d tempt her over with the promise of delicious delicious food and talk to her about her own experiences. Internet, meet Carina: Carina eliminated gluten from her diet after toying with different ways of eating to find the way of eating that suited her best, one of the most sensible things you can do for yourself. Since cutting it out, she’s got more energy, is consistently in a better mood, feels lighter (even though that’s a horrific diet-y turn of phrase, I know), she’s sleeping better, …