Monthly Archives: July 2012

Competition | Win a planted barrel tub

Competition | Win this gorgeous planted barrel tub

For those who love plants, but not planting!

Add a little more colour to your garden this summer with this super planted barrel tub.

This small classic barrel is overflowing with lush foliage and bright blooms, resulting in a gorgeous traditional piece to grace your garden or patio.

The barrel contains:

  • 1 x Goldcrest (100.5mm)
  • 2 x Marg/Osteo (100.5mm)
  • 1 x Prim/Petunia (90mm)
  • 1 x Hedera (white/pink/purple)(90mm)

Dimensions: H190mm x Diam. 230mm

Enter now for your chance to win.

Happy Cherry Day!

National Cherry Day

Cherries are my all-time favourite fruit. I find them rather addictive though, and when I open a punnet and start to nibble, it is very difficult to stop!

Cherries are rich in antioxidants, which are supposed to help with sleep and boost memory. The cherry also has anti-inflammatory properties.

National Cherry Day gives me
the perfect excuse to indulge,
and of course they are much
healthier than my other vice
– chocolate!

The Romans first brought cherries to the UK and some even say that ancient roads can be traced from the spots where marching Romans spat out their stones and caused a new tree to grow!

By the 16th century Kent had emerged as the principal cherry county and by the 17th century colonists were taking the cherry to New England.

However, over the last fifty years we’ve seen a decline in our cherry orchards, which means that we now import around 95% of all cherries! The main goal of National Cherry Day is to maintain our traditional orchards. If everyone eats one home-grown cherry each, the future of British cherries will be looking up in no time!

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Cherry Yogurt IceTry this irresistible
Cherry Yogurt Ice

Recipe taken from
Hearty & Healthy
Dairy Cookbook
.

 

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Cherry Yogurt Ice

Cherry Yogurt IceWhen cherries are plentiful, make a batch of this creamy low fat ice cream for a refreshing treat. You can also make it with raspberries, strawberries or blueberries. 

Preparation time 10 minutes
Freezing time 6 hours but less with an ice-cream maker
Calories per portion 146 Kcal
Fat per portion 2g of which saturated 0.9g
Serves 8
Suitable for vegetarians + freezing

Low fat vanilla bio live yogurt 2 x 500g tubs
Semi-skimmed milk 6 tbsp
Caster sugar 25g (1oz)
Cherries 225g (8oz), halved and stoned

1 Pour one tub of yogurt into a large plastic container. Whisk in the milk and sugar and then whisk in the other pot of yogurt. Put the lid on and freeze for 3 hours until almost solid.

2 Break up the icy mixture and whisk well until almost smooth. Stir in the halved cherries and put the mixture back in the freezer for another3 hours until firm. Take the ice cream out of the freezer 10 minutes before serving.

Cook’s tip
If you have an ice-cream maker, put the yogurt mixture in and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, adding the cherries towards the end of the process.

Recipe taken from Hearty & Healthy Dairy Cookbook.

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Ripe Tart

Ripe tart.The name of this dish comes from the village of Ripe in Sussex, where a pie feast celebrated the cherry harvest.

Preparation time – 25 minutes
Cooking time – 1 hour 15 minutes
Calories per portion – 330 Kcal
Fat per portion – 16g of which saturated – 6g
Serves – 8
Suitable for vegetarians

Plain flour 175g (6oz)
Salt pinch
Cornflour 25g (1oz)
Icing sugar 110g (4oz) plus 2 tsp and a little for decorating
Butter 75g (3oz)
Eggs 2 plus 1 yolk
Cherries 450g (1lb), stoned
Ground almonds 75g (3oz)
Almond essence few drops
Flaked almonds 25g (1oz)

1 Sift the flour, salt, cornflour and 2 tsp of the icing sugar into a bowl. Rub in the butter until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.

2 Add the egg yolk and a little water to bind together. Knead lightly on a floured surface and roll out. Place a 23cm (9in) diameter loose-bottomed fluted flan ring on a baking tray and line with the pastry. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6 and chill the flan case while the oven warms up.

3 Bake the pastry case blind for 15 minutes (see Cook’s tip on page 160). Remove baking beans and cook for 5 minutes more. Turn down the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas 3.

4 Arrange the cherries in the flan case. Mix the icing sugar, eggs, almonds and essence and pour over. Bake in the oven for 50–60 minutes, until the top is firm and golden. Halfway through cooking, sprinkle flaked almonds over the top. Serve hot or cold dusted with sifted icing sugar and with pouring cream.

Cook’s tip
Try this flan with plums or apricots, for a change.

Recipe taken from Around Britain Dairy Cookbook.

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Competition | Summer Cocktails and Party Drinks

Summer Cocktails and Party Drinks

Quick the sun is out! So now is the perfect moment to learn how to make a Margherita and a Pimms.

Need a little more inspiration?

Well enter our competition to win a Cocktail Kit and 150 Party Drinks Book…

Competition | Win cocktail kit

Win a fabulous Cocktail Kit and 150 Party Drinks Book.

No fun party is complete without cocktails! Which is why this Cocktail Kit has been specially chosen so you have all the essentials you need to mix up a variety of cocktails and deal with any drink request!

This fun set contains the 150 Party Drinks Book, an easy to follow cocktail recipe guide with colour images.

To help get you mixing we’ve included a Manhattan Cocktail Shaker with built in strainer, a Wooden Muddler for crushing cocktail ingredients, a Freeflow Pourer and and Jigger Spirit Measure for serving spirits and a Twisted Mixing Spoon for stirring and layering cocktails.

To finish off your cocktail creations the kit also contains decorative Swizzle Stick Disc Stirrers, Foil Cocktail Umbrellas and Indoor Sparklers to really make your cocktails sparkle! A great introduction to cocktail mixing.

Kit contains:
1 x Manhattan Cocktail Shaker
1 x 150 Party Drinks Book
1 x Wooden Muddler
1 x Twisted Mixing Spoon
1 x Spirit Jigger Measure
1 x Stainless Steel Freeflow Pourer
25 x Swizzle Stick Disc Stirrers
24 x Foil Cocktail Umbrellas
10 x Indoor Sparklers

Enter now at Facebook or our website.

Good luck.

Competition | Win a Cocktail Kit

Competition | Win cocktail kit

Win a fabulous Cocktail Kit and 150 Party Drinks Book.

No fun party is complete without cocktails! Which is why this Cocktail Kit has been specially chosen so you have all the essentials you need to mix up a variety of cocktails and deal with any drink request!

This fun set contains the 150 Party Drinks Book, an easy to follow cocktail recipe guide with colour images.

To help get you mixing we’ve included a Manhattan Cocktail Shaker with built in strainer, a Wooden Muddler for crushing cocktail ingredients, a Freeflow Pourer and and Jigger Spirit Measure for serving spirits and a Twisted Mixing Spoon for stirring and layering cocktails.

To finish off your cocktail creations the kit also contains decorative Swizzle Stick Disc Stirrers, Foil Cocktail Umbrellas and Indoor Sparklers to really make your cocktails sparkle! A great introduction to cocktail mixing.

Kit contains:
1 x Manhattan Cocktail Shaker
1 x 150 Party Drinks Book
1 x Wooden Muddler
1 x Twisted Mixing Spoon
1 x Spirit Jigger Measure
1 x Stainless Steel Freeflow Pourer
25 x Swizzle Stick Disc Stirrers
24 x Foil Cocktail Umbrellas
10 x Indoor Sparklers

Enter now at Facebook or our website.

Good luck.

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