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You can win a free curry every week for a whole year

What could be better than that?

Jamie Roberts



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If you love curry then now’s your chance to win a year’s supply of the good stuff.

That’s right, you can bag yourself a free curry every week for a year, courtesy of the good people at Zouk.

If you’ve not been down before, Zouk serve up authentic Indian and Pakistani dishes in their relaxed, modern restaurant – and the curries are spot on.

And that’s not the only prize up for grabs, as you can also get your hands on a year’s supply of Didsbury Gin, as well as a year of free Sunday roasts from The Refuge.

But how, I hear you ask?

Well, to bag these incredible prizes and more, you’ll have to head out and about and find one of many red envelopes, hidden on doors around Manchester city centre with prizes inside.

Manchester’s Finest ran the ’12 Doors of Christmas’ competition last year, and it was so popular it’s back again with loads of great prizes up for grabs.

To see a full list of the prizes on offer, and to sign up and get notified when the first door goes live, head over to the Manchester’s Finest website here.

There’s also more details on what else you’ll need to do to get notified when the other doors are revealed.

PARKLIFE, NOEL GALLAGHER AND COURTEENERS TICKETS inside Door 8’s red envelope… go, go go!

Posted by Manchester's Finest on Sunday, 16 December 2018

Remember, these are going to be snapped up fast so you best make sure you’re ahead of the pack.

Good luck, and enjoy those curries…

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Aldi launches giant pigs in blanket kebabs which are perfect for the BBQ

These look so good!

Alex Watson



Aldi has launched giant pigs in blankets and sausage whirls, perfect for a BBQ this bank holiday weekend. 

If you’re hoping the nice weather this week will mean you can whip the BBQ out, there’s one thing you might wanna add to your shopping list, giant pigs in blankets designed for the barbie.

The pig in blanket kebabs are British pork sausages wrapped in Beechwood smoked cured streaky bacon and will set you back just £1.99 for a pack of four.

The new summer-friendly pigs in blankets each come on their own skewer making it even easier to gobble them down while you enjoy the sunshine, beer in hand. 

There are also ‘sausage whirls’, essentially sausages swirled around and pierce through the middle. 

The swirls will cost just £1.99 for a pack of six.

Both products are now available at Aldi stores across the UK, meaning you can pick these up ahead of your essentials shop for the perfect weekend in the garden! 

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How to make a quick and easy strawberry daiquiri at home this bank holiday weekend


Alex Watson



Name a more iconic summer drink, I’ll wait… 

Strawberry daiquiris are boozy, sugary and all-round delicious crowd-pleasing drinks, so it’s only right you become the master daiquiri maker for the bank holiday weekend!

Despite how delicious they are, they’re also incredibly easy to make. You only need 4 ingredients, a blender and voila!

Be warned, this recipe only calls for 10ml of rum but that’s barely a drizzle so feel free to add more – always drink responsibly though, of course.

Credit: Inha Pauliuchenka / Unsplash


  • 500g Strawberries
  • 100g Ice
  • 10ml Rum
  • Half a lime Lime 


  1. Blend your strawberries and sieve through the puree. 
  2. Add puree, ice, rum and half a squeeze of lime into a blender.
  3. Serve!
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Add as many amazing garnishes as you like, including fresh strawberries and even a drizzle of rum on the top. 

From this recipe, you can pretty much make any other flavour combination of daiquiris you like! Why not make a few different flavours and layer them in a tall glass to create a rainbow daiquiri!?

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McDonald’s plans to reopen all UK drive-thrus in next few weeks

Not long to wait for your Maccies fix…

Proper Manchester



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If you’re missing your Macccies fix we’ve got some good news for you, as the fast food chain is finally set to open some drive-thrus up north.

McDonald’s recently announced it would be reopening a few branches for drive-thru, but excitement quickly turned to anger when it became apparent that none of them were up north – in fact, most were in and around London.

But now it’s been revealed that it plans to reopen all its UK restaurants, with the plan to have all drive-thrus open by early June, McDonald’s told The Sun.

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According to reports, the fast food chain will be confirming dates with branches next week, as it continues to try and open more restaurants in a safe manner.

People accused Maccies of ‘hating the north’ after it was revealed that the 33 sites that were to open are all down south.

McDonald’s has now confirmed that the north will see branches open for drive-thru over the next few weeks. 

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