Getting to the root of soup

It’s still that time of year when we still need to be wrapped up warm and have an urge to eat heart warming food. Here’s how to make the most of seasonal carrot into a perfect soup.

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#5 Genius Valentine’s Day Ideas

Instead of just giving cards and a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day, here are #5 genius ideas to make the day extra special


1. Surprise your loved one by expressing your love for them using affirmation sticky notes… everywhere! Start with ‘I love you’ and move on to what makes them sooo lovable.

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What Famous Olympians Eat for Breakfast

This week it’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week.  The campaign is run by HGCA, the cereals and oilseeds sector of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, on behalf of cereal farmers and producers.

It started in the year 2000 with the aim of encouraging consumers to regularly eat a healthy balanced breakfast and reduce the number of breakfast skippers by educating people about the health benefits.

So, want to know what famous Olympians eat for breakfast?  Here goes!

What Olympians Eat for Breakfast Infographic

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How to Celebrate Burns Night

All the Christmas decorations and just about down by now. The New Year party feels like it happened ages ago, and here in the UK, we’re in the depths of winter. Short daylight hours, dark nights, and cold, wet days.

Sounds pretty grim if truth be told.

That’s why, when there’s an opportunity to have a celebration, most people jump at the chance.

Burns Night held on 25th January, is traditionally a Scottish celebration of the great poet Robert Burns. But that’s not stopped the rest of the UK from joining in too.

Five years after he passed away, a group of Robert Burns’ friends gathered for supper in remembrance of him. Over the years the tradition continued and grew.

A Burns supper cannot be celebrated without the famous Haggis. Composed of the liver, heart, and lungs of a sheep (or other animal), minced and mixed with beef or mutton suet and oatmeal and seasoned with onion, cayenne pepper, and other spices. The mixture is packed into a sheep’s stomach and boiled.

Ironically, this traditional Scottish dish is believed to have been created and eaten in England long before it moved North of the border and adopted by the Scott’s.

So, if you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps after the Christmas and New Year Celebrations and like the idea of another party, Burns Night is something to look forward to later this month.

You can either join in an organised event. Or, better still, why not have a go at making your own Burns Night supper for family and friends. If you’re not sure where to start, the BBC Good Food website has some fantastic recipes – How to Throw a Burns Night Supper

Oidhche losgaidh sona! (Happy Burns Night!)

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#5 Unusual Christmas Tree Decorating Traditions

Most of us recognise decorating the Christmas tree with baubles, candy canes tinsel and such like. But it isn’t like that all over the world.

In the Ukraine for example, it isn’t baubles that festoon Christmas trees, it’s spider webs. Legend has it that a poor widow could not afford to decorate a tree for her children. The tale goes that spiders in the house took pity on the family’s plight, and spun beautiful webs Continue reading

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Bake Our Fabulous Christmas Cake Recipe


It’s only a few weeks until Christmas and as we had such a great response for our easy to make Christmas cake recipe, we thought we’d post it again.
So here it is.

  • 12oz mixed fruit
  • 8oz sugar
  • 8oz self-raising flour
  • 6 oz butter2 eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons of mixed spice

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Stir Up Sunday is a-coming

This year ‘Stir Up Sunday’ is 24th November 2019. Thought to start in Victorian times, this is traditionally the day Christmas Pudding is made.

Here are 4 things you may not know about ‘Stir Up’ traditions.

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