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Got friends coming over? Fancy treating the family? Try making our easy apple pie recipe! Just watch our YouTube video and follow the steps to find out how.
Whether you're baking for the family or taking a dish to a dinner party, try our scrummy steak and mushroom pie recipe. Have a read and give it a go today!
Hosting a dinner party? Planning a healthy meal for the family? Try our gluten-free and vegetarian courgette lasagne recipe! Find out how to make it here.
Get crafty with the little ones this Father’s Day and celebrate your superhero. With a homemade Father’s Day gift, they’re sure to put a smile on his face.
Cook up a fajita feast this weekend with our vegetarian recipe ideas. Discover our healthy twist to this traditional Mexican dish! Shop ingredients at SPAR.
Our sausage guide explains the many types of sausages, dishes to cook them in and what to serve up with. Read more for sausage inspiration galore.
Stuck with leftover Easter chocolate? Find out how to use them to create delicious new desserts and treats. Read on and get melting!
Want to put your own spin on the classic Easter egg hunt? Read our Easter egg hunt ideas for more inspiration.
From omelettes to French toast roll-ups, here are some Easter breakfast ideas to keep the whole family happy this Easter. Find easy egg recipes from SPAR.
Want to know the best flowers for Mother’s Day? There are many to choose from, but all convey a slightly different message. Find out more today.
So you’ve left Mother’s Day too late. Fear not! Get inspired with last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas for every type of Mum, and every type of budget.
Let's scrap the lemon and sugar and start thinking savoury. From meat-free to the all-out carnivorous, here are 5 savoury pancake fillings you need to try.
Make pancake day more memorable with our fun and easy pancake designs. From animals to flowers and more, read our suggestions for kids pancakes this year.
New year, new diet? Tired of missing out on pancake day? Or just want to know exactly what eggless pancakes taste like? Enter the easy vegan pancake recipe!
Want to help support Marie Curie with SPAR? From fundraisers to simply buying some of your favourite products, find out how you can get involved today!
It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re in love, but there’s still time to show them what they mean to you, with our last minute Valentine’s ideas.
Valentine’s Day isn’t just about couples… Here’s how you can grab your friends and show them how much you love them with a special Galentine’s Day party.
When winter rolls around, you’ll need some scrumptious soup recipes to sink into the sofa with. Check out our 5 simple soups to see you through to spring.
Whether you’re a gym regular or novice who was bought a fitness DVD for Christmas, here’s a selection of meals and snacks you should eat after your workout.
Bank account feeling a little hungover post-Christmas? Here are a few simple tips for saving money on groceries at the start and throughout the year.
Before Big Ben bongs and Auld Lang Syne is sung, make sure you finish the year in style with these New Year’s Eve party ideas.
Enjoy a delightful day of dining this Christmas with our guide to Christmas snacks. Here’s what to offer your guests alongside a glass of mulled wine.
You’ve chosen your Christmas menu, now it’s time to decide which condiments will complement your feast and the leftovers. Read our guide.
Cook up a meat-free treat this Christmas by following our favourite Christmas recipes for vegetarians. Find out how to please every guest this Christmas.
When it comes to raising your glass over the golden turkey and roast potatoes, what should be in it? Here’s our pick of the best wines for Christmas dinner.
Build up their excitement with these Christmas Eve ideas including fun things to do before they’re tucked in, and ways to delight and surprise as they wake.
Trick-or-treating is an exciting part of Halloween tradition. Our Trick-or-Treat ideas will ensure the little terrors have a safe, sweet-filled, enjoyable night.
Learn how to spook your friends and family with this great Halloween punch! A concoction of sweet, sour, and fizzy ingredients to form a gruesomely tasty punch for kids and adults alike!
Halloween is upon us! Which means you need to be putting the final touches on that costume. You know, that one you’ve been working on for months? Right?
Put a Mexican twist on your Halloween celebrations this year, by celebrating the day of the dead. Read our guide on how to throw a day of the dead party.
With Halloween approaching, the itch to start concocting some impressive Halloween recipes should be creeping up on you by now. Explore our 6 show stopping food ideas below.
Staying in for Halloween this year? That’s no excuse to miss the chance to scare yourself senseless. If you’re looking to send shivers down your spine, take a look at our top 7 Halloween movies you need to watch!
Terrified at the thought of poor cocktails ruining your Halloween party? Have no fear, we’re there for you with our scarily good Halloween cocktail recipes.
Don’t throw it out or be tempted to leave it for the ducks – make your loaf go further and avoid wasting food, with these 3 stale bread recipes.
Fancy a night at the movies without the high prices and the queues? Here’s our guide to hosting a movie night at home, including themes, films and snacks.
Low cost and long lasting, but can you really create tasty meals using canned food? Yes you can, with our delicious canned food recipes. Discover more.
As they leave family meal times behind to fend for themselves in halls, feed their minds from afar by teaching them these 3 easy recipes for students.
When grabbing lunch on the go, a forecourt or supermarket meal deal is a popular choice. But how do you choose? Here’s how to pair sandwiches and crisps.
From world championship level to local club nights, athletic performance depends on the body getting the right fuel. Here’s what athletes eat for breakfast.
It’s an affordable family favourite, and with a touch of creativity, minced beef can stretch to multiple dishes. Here’s 5 easy meals to make with mince.
Researching how to cure a hangover can prove a real headache, but here’s what you should eat to stop pain ruining your (hazy) memories of a great night.
It may be the centre piece, but a great BBQ is about more than food. Consider these BBQ party ideas to make sure your guests have a flaming good time!
Cookery and nutrition are now part of the national curriculum in primary schools. Help them get prepared for lessons by teaching kids to cook at home.
From wines to choose with chicken and picks with pork, to wines favourable with fish and satisfying with salad. Here’s our guide to food and wine pairing.
Melt it, grill it, spread it or sprinkle it – there are few more versatile ingredients than cheese! Read our favourite easy cheese recipes. Discover more.
It’s the most important meal of the day, so serve up something delicious and nutritious with our favourite healthy breakfast recipes for kids. Discover more.
Sweet strawberries, smooth cream and sparkling Pimm’s are all tastes of Wimbledon. Here we showcase our favourite Wimbledon desserts. Discover more.
A Marie Curie Tea Party is a delicious and fun way to support a highly worthwhile cause. Read our top tips for making yours a success. Discover more.
What better way to spend a summer’s evening than sat around a flaming grill, enjoying some delicious BBQ food? Read our guide to hosting a brilliant BBQ.
Raise A Glass To These: Our Summer Wine Recommendations
International Recipes: Bring The Excitement of The World Cup to the Dinner Table
Looking to throw a World Cup party to celebrate this summer’s football feast? We’ve got the recipes, games and ideas to help you do it in style.
Serve a Lunch You’ll Love, with these Wimbledon Food Ideas
Show him just how much he means to you. Cook him up a special treat with these fabulous Father’s Day recipes. Discover more.
From easy baking ideas to barbecue food, picnics to parties, make the May Bank Holiday Marvellous with the help of SPAR. Discover more.
What do you feed a gathering of hungry minors staying over one night this summer? Read our guide to hosting a kids’ sleepover with friends.
Make the most of the brighter days and get outdoors with these picnic tips and a hamper full of our best picnic food ideas. Discover more.
Take your taste buds on a journey through time with these old English meals, as we pay homage to Shakespeare Day. Discover more with SPAR.
Need some inspiration for Easter desserts to make at home? Do Easter in style. Discover delicious desserts ideas with SPAR.
Got the family coming over for Easter Sunday? Treat them to our favourite Easter recipes from start to finish, including breakfast, dinner and dessert!
Looking for Easter party ideas? Your local SPAR makes the chocolate season easy as pie, filled with sweet treats and Easter games for kids.
Wondering what to cook for Mother’s Day? Replicate Mum’s favourites at home with our top 5 recipes – grab everything you need from your local SPAR.
Want to treat your Mum this Mother's Day? Give her some real TLC by cooking her a Mother’s Day breakfast. Say thank you with SPAR.
Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to embark on the tastiest of road trips! Discover pies by region, from Scotland all the way down to Cornwall…
Want to replicate your favourite restaurant steak from the comfort of your own home? Discover how with our helpful guide.
Wondering what to cook on Valentine’s day? If you want something simple but impressive, check out these super easy meals.
Looking for the ultimate pancake toppings? SPAR has everything you need to explore the ultimate pancake question - sweet or savoury?
Want to make homemade peppercorn sauce completely from scratch? Whether your topping steak, vegetables or potato, check out our tasty homemade recipe here.
From boiling to roasting, frying to grilling, find the healthiest ways to cook up your favourite foods with help from your nearest convenience store.
Are you on a New Year healthy food kick? From fats to confectionary, it’s time to spill the beans on a few superfoods being wrongly disguised as unhealthy.
This month thousands are going vegan, wondering where your protein is coming from? Here are 3 amazing protein sources.
For vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free Christmas dinners that cater to all dietary requirements, get a little inspiration from SPAR.
In case you needed another reason to wake up early on December 25th, we’ve got a few Christmas breakfast ideas that are definitely worth a try this year.
Let festive bakes take centre stage and do battle with the turkey as you unleash your inner Mary Berry to make a lasting impression this year.
Hosting a rather posh get together? Show your friends you can cook some posh nosh with these awesome recipe ideas. Get some inspo and get cooking!
Coming down with something? Find out how to help ease the symptoms of cold and flu with these handy natural remedies and top tips.
Looking for some warming winter recipes and meal ideas to cosy up with? Check out these yummy winter meals and get cooking with SPAR.
Choose from one of our four bonfire night food ideas to serve up a warming feast this Guy Fawkes Night. And don’t forget to pick up the sparklers!
Throwing a party this Bonfire Night? We’ve put together a simple guide to everything you need, from food and drink to games and added extras.
Got everything you need for your Halloween party? Read our Halloween Party Checklist and make sure you’re ready for this year’s spooky soirée.
Planning a Bonfire Night party? We’ve come up with some easy, traditional ideas for party snacks, including the perfect hot beverages to accompany them.
Hosting a Halloween party? We’ve come up with some spooky party food ideas that are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. Get inspired today.
Discover the ins and outs of Indian curries, from ingredients to history of origin and where they come on the heat scale! View the infographic today!
Looking to surprise your Halloween party guests? Check out our recipes for haunted Halloween cakes, easy to make and deliciously tasty!
Are you still avoiding all fats and eating food that’s been on the floor for less than 5 seconds? It’s time to debunk a few food myths…
Wondering how to cook a ham joint? Don’t worry, we’ve got it covered. Find out how to cook your ham as well as how to serve it and what to cook with it.
Budget recipe ideas are your saviour while living life as a student. And baked beans lead the top of the list due to their value, nutrition and versatility.
South, East, Southeast, or West Asian cuisine? With a versatile palate on offer, we run down 4 Asian meal ideas you simply have to try at home.
The nesting period can be a stressful time for some, and quite cleansing for others. However you tackle it, a little guidance along the way can help.
Fancy hosting a BBQ? Get insider tips on how to host the perfect BBQ this summer including cooking and preparation advice. Click here to find out top BBQ ideas with SPAR.
Knowing how to pair your beer and food can make a big difference – even if you haven’t noticed it yet. Once you’ve given it a try, you’ll never go back.
Hosting a party? Or just experimenting with new foods? Cater for veggies, meat eaters and dessert lovers alike with our tasty guide to sharing platters.
Tired of ham sandwiches and solitary apples? Picnics can be so much more, so check out our 6 different picnic ideas to revolutionise al fresco dining.
Looking to get away for the bank holiday Weekend? Find quirky places to stay with SPAR, from glamping and treehouses, to boats and windmills.
Struggle to tell the difference between tortellini and tortelloni? Didn’t even know there was one? Get clued up with our ultimate guide to pasta types.
Get 12 months of healthy eating inspiration with SPAR. From meat-free Mondays to heart healthy food ideas, we've got something for every month of the year.
Clothes and shoes sorted? Now it’s time to think of the essentials. From food and toiletries to self-catering essentials, prepare for your next trip away.
Forgotten something in the midst of your festival fun? Your nearest SPAR store will help supply you with everything you’ll need for your festival weekend.
Love pesto but not too sure how to make it? Follow SPAR’s easy step-by-step guide for making homemade pesto and create instantly flavoursome dishes.
Curious about how to make Chilli? Our Guide to cooking chilli has you covered!
Remember Smash? Fondue? Take a trip down culinary memory lane with our free food trends infographic!
Find unusual and interesting ways to treat Dad this Father’s Day, from TV-inspired fancy dress parties to quirky revamps of his favourite breakfast dish.
Hosting a BBQ and need to cater for a vegetarian guest? Find the perfect vegetarian BBQ recipes from SPAR to keep everybody happy this summer.
Take a walk down memory lane with us as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary
Looking for the best way to make French toast? This eggy bread heaven is a much-loved breakfast treat - find out how to make it here.
Looking for the best ways to prepare avocado? From cutting and slicing to pitting and storing, learn how to best prepare avocado with help from SPAR.
Looking for meal ideas for Mother’s Day? Surprise the most important woman in your life with a homemade meal for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
See pancakes like you’ve never seen them before with our breakdown of pancake types from across the globe. Which will you be trying on Pancake Day?
Whether you’re an experienced rustler upper of fine cuisines or it’s your first time trying something outside the realms of simple suppers – there are Valentine’s Day meal ideas for all tastes and abilities to try this year.
When it comes to cooking the perfect steak, you can keep things simple or go complex. One of few foods that has so many different variations on how you can tackle it, knowing how to cook steak starts and ends with your taste buds.
Been wanting to try making your own pulled pork but not sure where to start? Our How To guide is here to lend a helping hand. Let’s get cooking.
Going gluten free for February, or need to start making changes to your diet? There are many everyday foods that are completely gluten free. Find out more.
Considering becoming a vegetarian? Whether you’re taking the plunge to become healthier, try new flavours, or simply out of pure curiosity, there’s a lot to think about if you’ve been a meat eater for most of your life. The transition isn’t an easy one. So, what are our tips for going vegetarian?
With New Year in full swing and resolutions starting to wobble, our 7 favourite healthy junk food swaps are here to get you through the slump just as well as a chocolate covered marshmallow with sprinkles.
There’s so much more to protein than just its muscle growth properties, making it a key part of a balanced diet, no matter who you are or your diet goals. And with so many high protein foods available – all diets and tastes can make sure they’re getting their fix. Find our top 6 recommendations in our list of protein foods below to get your protein morning, noon and night.
A classic with a twist, gin mojitos bring a refreshing touch to the traditionally rum-based cocktail. Made with London Dry Gin and apple juice, and accompanied by the usual mint, lime, sugar and soda water – the gin and apple twist stays refreshing but brings welcomed warmth for the winter season, perfect for seeing out the New Year.
The last of our festive cocktail recipes, Christmas Whisky brings together seasonal tones of ginger and cranberry, adding a Christmas spice to your favourite whisky. Simple to make, the subtle hints of cranberry from the juice and fresh berries mix with the ginger for a warming Christmas take on whisky on the rocks.
A classic when it comes to seasonal cocktail recipes, Christmas prosecco brings a touch of sophistication to Christmas drinks. The rich berry notes and sharp mint garnish coupled with chilled prosecco and Chambord raspberry liqueur come together to create a fruity and refreshing burst of flavours, making the perfect pick me up come Christmas time.
5 Christmas leftover recipes you’ll enjoy more than Christmas dinner. Find a range of delicious Christmas recipes to make the most of all the food that didn’t quite make it to the dinner plate first time around.
Bringing summer’s favourite into the realm of Christmas cocktails, Christmas Sangria brings everyone together with its winter twist on the Spanish favourite – ginger ale. The warm fizz of the ginger ale combined with the fresh fruits and juices makes this Christmas cocktail recipe a firm favourite for any party or get together this season.
The Christmas cocktail classic, no list of winter cocktails would be complete without mulled wine!
Movember is great. Men growing their most impressive mustaches, all in aid of prostate cancer awareness. But, as anyone who’s ever grown a mo will know, with it comes the trials and tribulations of breakfast, dinner – and pretty much any eating in general really. While often an impressive feat of grooming, there are some foods that are just a no-go if you want to keep it that way.
Cold ears, sweet treats and woolly hats. Bonfire night is an excellent way of getting friends and family together as the nights draw in, and the novelty of the cold is yet to wear off. If you’re staying at home for Bonfire Night this year, there’s no reason why you can’t put on a spread for all your guests. And it certainly doesn’t have to take hours of preparation either. Here’s our top 6 Bonfire Night treats that are simple to make at home.
Today’s busy lifestyles mean that you can often find yourself having to grab a snack on the go. While it might be easy to reach for the sweet treats to see you through the last hour of work or as a post-gym reward, healthy snacks provide a much more effective solution, without any of the guilt!
With the clocks going back on Sunday 30th many look forward to an extra hour in bed – but true creatures of habit know that their body waits for no clock. So, get up an hour ‘earlier’ and use it wisely to whip together a cracking breakfast from our quirky breakfast ideas below!
The perfect winter warmer, Hot Toddy is one of the most soothing, aromatic Bonfire Night cocktail recipes you can make – perfect for cold nights outdoors with friends and family. Easily made and with minimal ingredients, you can whip up individual glasses for anyone looking for deep winter flavours and an accompanying hit of whisky for warmth. But how do you make a hot toddy?
Discover our top 5 Christmas food ideas for some quirky twists on dishes to serve throughout the big day. From breakfast right through to evening snacks and drinks, we’ve got a varied selection of simple Christmas recipes you can try this season
t’s Afternoon Tea Week! If you don’t plan to be rolling about the Ritz guzzling cucumber sandwiches, check out our cheat sheet for having a spread at home that even the fanciest of guests will love
You don’t have to have green fingers to enjoy your garden this summer! If you’re less flower bed, more stay in bed, here are 8 easy but awesome ways to enjoy the garden this summer!
Celebrate Father’s Day with a musical tribute to the ultimate dad… This one's for you, Pops/Papa/Daddy/Old Man! Listen to the playlist here
Sport not your thing? Try our delicious range of easy to make cocktails, perfect for the Saturday night get together!
Here’s our guide to throwing an effortless start of summer party
After having our first taste of summer this month we've decided to present our guide to hosting a truly epic BBQ for your friends and family.
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