Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day just got easier. If, like me, you find it difficult to find new and interesting ways with fruit and vegetables each and every day, then Hawkin's Bazaar ready-to-eat punnets of mushrooms and miniature hessian sacks filled with French potatoes may be of interest.

Nearly six quid for just 200g may sound a tad expensive even in this post wash-away growing season where many crops floated away in swollen rivers, but these veggies have something special going for them – they're chocolate. To be more precise, white chocolate filled with praline shaped to look like mushroms and potatoes. And very convincing they are too. Compare the images of the chocolate versions with the real thing and see if you can spot the difference.



I might now be a greater lover of potatoes if my junior school had mashed up and served these chocolate potatoes for school lunches instead of the watery, stringy and lumpy reconstituted dried potato concoction claiming to be mash.

Installing a wine rack in his shed will now be top of Glyn Harrison’s list of jobs to do at his Griffithstown allotment. Winning Best Shed category in the National Allotments Week’s (13th - 19th August) competitions, Glyn accepted bottles of Chilean sponsors Caliterra Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc wine as part of his prize.

It seems we Brits take the contents of the kitchen cupboard with us when we go on holiday. A survey of over 1,000 British holidaymakers found that an extra suitcase was required to pack a jar of Marmite (which could be the traditional glass or new up-side down Squeeze Me jar), cheese, peanut butter, lemons and garlic crushers. Surprisingly, no one reported taking garlic bulbs with them.

Superplonk penWine writer Malcolm Gluck announced today that he's been forced to concede defeat in his attempts to get his wine-ratings website Superplonk up and running again. In a personal email to Superplonk subscribers, Malcolm explained its loss had been a huge personal blow but didn’t say why his website suddenly stopped working several months ago.