Dualit's top tips for a great barbecue!

All too often in the UK our changeable weather, even in the height of summer, can lead to barbecue nightmares. However when we are lucky enough for the rain to stop and the sun to appear, barbeques can be a gastronomic feast of pure joy; seemingly never-ending summer nights stretching into the early hours, mouth-watering smokey aromas wafting through the air and the sizzling sound of barbecued food.

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Meaty Marinades for a Brilliant Barbecue

What better way to make the most of the warmer weather than outside in the sunshine, in the company of good friends and family, enjoying the smoky delights of the humble barbecue? It's time to dust off the grill, get out the tongs and start preparing some marvellous marinades to impress your guests this summer.

Marinating is the best way to make your choice of protein mouth-wateringly tasty. Originally, marinating involved the treatment of food with brine or coarse salt in order to tenderise meats. Over time, this process evolved to include a wider variety of ingredients such as an oil, herbs, spices and often an acidic element that worked to not only tenderise the meat, but also add depth and flavour. Now, the marinating process can take anywhere from one hour to several days depending on the protein and is used across a plethora of cuisines.

Check out some of our favourite marinades below:

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How to recreate the perfect afternoon tea at home

Any joyful occasion or sunny spell should be celebrated with a pleasant afternoon cream tea. Perched in a comfortable chair surrounded by delicate, flavoursome food whilst enjoying your friends or family's company is a much-loved British tradition.

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Top Tips to save energy

Climate change and the recent rise of living costs has sparked a wave of concern, and the pressure is on to make eco-friendly changes to your home. However, large eco-friendly implementations are not always sustainable long-term solutions or financially viable practices. We recommend that you dip your toe in the eco-friendly pool by incorporating a few of these simple steps within your kitchen routine and habits. Within some time, you may even become a more eco-conscious household.

Photo credit to: @Simplycandikatie

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Easy Picnic Food Ideas

With Summer fast approaching and the promise of sunshine and warmer weather, what better way to relax and enjoy the outdoors than by dining out in the open with a homemade picnic hamper, full of sweet treats and savoury surprises for a delicious spread.

From simple salads, sandwiches and scotch eggs to energy balls, granola bars, baked goods and jellies, the possibilities for picnic hampers are endless. We've put together a selection of our favourite summertime recipes for you to add to your bag, alongside some suggestions for how you can pack up your food in an easy, sustainable and mess-free fashion.

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Ice Cube Infusions

With Summer fast approaching and the temperature rising, keeping yourself cool and hydrated is becoming a top priority. Infused ice cubes make the perfect addition to your favourite cocktails, mocktails or even plain water, adding a subtle extra flavour to really enhance your choice of beverage (with the added bonus of being visually aesthetic too)! You can either freeze ice cubes then simply pop into your drink, or you can even blend or crush them to form a slushy texture.

They're perfect for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, family get-togethers, or to make any gathering or simple occasion feel extra special. We've collated some of our top picks for the best fruits, herbs and flavours that you can try experimenting with to liven up your drinks.

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Gift Inspiration for Father's Day

Celebrate Father's Day with Dualit! Are you on the hunt for a perfect Father's Day present? Our new gift guide is a great way to find thoughtful products that are guaranteed to make your Dad smile. What are his passions? Is he an avid chef, coffee connoisseur or designer-loving type of dad? Whatever gives him that spark for life - you can find a Dualit product that best suits his taste by reading below.

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Desserts fit for a Queen

With the Queen's Platinum Jubilee just around the corner, our thoughts have turned to celebrations with family, friends and neighbours.

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Smoothie Pick and Blend

We've put together a handy guide to help you identify the benefits of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, so you can build your own delicious smoothie to your tastes, preferences and needs!

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Fully Loaded! Dualit's Best Sandwich Recipes

Popularised in England in 1762 by British statesman, John Montagu, the modern sandwich combines bread with spreads, meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and other foodstuffs to form a wholesome, hearty and flavour packed brunch, lunch or dinner option. From its portability and ease of eating to the array of incredible flavour combinations that it can make, the humble sandwich may have to be one of the greatest food inventions ever to have been created.

In the UK we spend over £8.2 billion each year buying sandwiches, but the best ones have to be homemade! We honour the ever-popular sandwich with our favourite recipes and top tips, taking inspiration from all over the globe to help you ensure you're lunching the right way.

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