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Shop online and buy family food gifts as an Easter weekend treat. For the morning people out there choose one of our assorted tea gift boxes
Basilur Specialty Tea Classic Gift Box
Basilur Oriental Assorted Specialty Tea Collection - Tea Book II
Basilur Earl Grey Tea Bags
Basilur Classic Assorted Tea Bags - 20 Foil sachets with double chamber teabags x (1.5g ) 2g x 12 in cardboard boxes.
An exceptional collection of delightful tea blends of your choice. An Assortment of English Breakfast, Earl Grey, English Afternoon, Ceylon Orange Pekoe, Darjeeling and Sencha teabags.
These can be pimped up in any flavour you like - have you thought of different fillings such as Apricot Conserve, homemade lemon curd, Strawberry conserve, rhubarb & ginger, nutella with peanut butter and a fresh fruit topping ( blind bake the cases for this last filling to retain a crunchy pastry).
This Easter we have a variety of jams, preserves and honey - which can also be used for baking homemade jam tarts with the kids: London Honey Co Isle of Purbeck Honey, Thursday Cottage Rhubarb & Ginger Jam, Hartleys Best Apricot and Bonne Maman Strawberry Conserve, Raspberry Conserve and Bonne Maman Apricot Conserve.
Tip: We recommend using a shallow multi muffin cake tin to make mine but any normal bun tin is good to use, the shallow design helps you lever out the jam tarts easier that's all.
250g Plain flour
50g Icing sugar
125g butter (unsalted is best) cold and cut into little cubes
Vanilla flavouring drops or the seeds from 1 vanilla pod
1 large egg well beaten
1 or 2 tablespoons of whole milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (or add extra as above)
A jar of your favourite flavour jam / curd / preserve
Preheat your oven to Gas mark 4 - 180C / 350F
Mix the flour and icing sugar together in a bowl
You can also use a food processor for this part.
Carefully add the cold cubed unsalted butter, using cold hands and just your fingertips rub it in as quickly as possible (to avoid your warm hands giving off heat) until it resembles breadcrumbs
Add the vanilla seeds (or the vanilla extract) and mix thoroughly
Gently work in the beaten egg, adding a splash of milk to moisten the whole mix together so a dough forms
Pop the dough onto a lightly floured board, shape it gently then wrap it in clingfilm and cool it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
Once chilled, roll out the pasry on a lightly floured surface so it's approx half a centimetre thick
Remember to use spray oil or a smear of butter to the muffin tin
Pop them in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes.
Once baked take them out of the oven and allow them to cool in the tin for 15 minutes, as the jam is super hot.
When they have cooled a bit transfer them to a wire rack to cool down to room temperature
Your jam tarts will keep in an airtight tin 4-5 days (if they last that long!)
For home baking and pantry ingredients on offer are: Black Bee Honey British Spring Honey, Dr Oetker Hundreds and Thousands for the finishing touch with a flair, and the two most popular ingredients in our home: the family favourite brand Silver Spoon - British Granulated Sugar and Golden Syrup. Perfect for the Flapjack recipe in our earlier blog.
When planning ahead to a mid-afternoon snack, maybe a traditional cheese board with fresh grapes, figs and your favourite local cheeses, the perfect accompaniment will be this special Biona Demeter Harissa Chilli Relish as the perfect accompaniment which is sweet yet leaves a little heat on the tongue.
In the evenings and the children are settled in for the night, it's time to tuck up on the settee and together and tuck in to some artisan chocolates.
Try these Simon Coll Amatller Barcelona 70% Dark Chococolate Leaves in hot chocolate or as a coffee topper. As they are presented in a tin this helps with storage and shelf life so don't eat them all at once! Or for a hot milky treat you can try Simon Coll Amatller Barcelona White Chocolate which features strawberry leaves in a cute presentation tin.
Maybe you'd like to change from hot drinks to a cool mocktail? We offer a combination of Gin Botanicals Hibiscus Rose Alcohol Free Gin - the large bottle size of 70cl.
There's also the famous Non Alcoholic Holdsworth Sir Robin of Locksley Gin Truffles, their Signature Assortment Non Alcoholic Chocolates or just go darker with this selection box of Holdsworth Classic Dark Assortment of chocolates and flavours in 48 squares and 12 flavours.
If that's quite enough chcolate for the weekend, why not suprise a neighbour and add Dolfin Chocolat Made in Belgium Box of 48 Panache to your order as they come in 12 sumptious Flavours.
How about a smoothie bowl? Use your favourite soft cheese and don't pay attention too much to the quantities - feel free to mix it up!
This peach and cheese smoothie bowl blends fruity flavours combined with coconut water to make a 3 minute starter, or a late night healthy snack for nibbling on the sofa. Why not share your photos with us on Twitter?
This time of year there's probably not much fresh parsley left in the herb garden, so you can double up on the sunflower seeds for that extra crunch and protein.
Meatfree Sausage Casserole - A Hearty Traditional Family Recipe
Preparation time 10 minutes / Cooking time 50 minutes
As the days turn colder and the nights draw in it is the time of year we start to yearn for a warming wholesome seasonal dish. If you are looking for a low cost, filling meal incorporating four of your five-a-day vegetables that the whole family can enjoy, then this is for you.
This dish is versatile and works well with the removal of lentils if preferred but is best when using chunky pork sausages as they lend the dish a spicy rich flavour and enough savoury tang that salt need not be added as a separate ingredient.
This dish is dairy, soya and gluten free and could be vegan if you swap the sausages for a vegetarian option.
To make enough to feed a family of 4 you will need the following ingredients:
If you prefer your food with an extra warming kick you will also need:
Pre-heat the oven to Gas Mark 6 / 200 degrees c.
Bring 350ml of water to the boil and in a jug or mixing bowl combine the boiled water with the stock cube. Add the herbs, pepper and paprika and mix into the stock. When the mixture is complete, pour the stock into the casserole dish. Put the dish to one side.
Wash and peel the potato and sweet potatoes. Keeping the Sweet potato separate from the white potato, chop the washed potatoes into roughly half inch chunks. Put the sweet potato to one side as these will be added later in the recipe.
Wash and peel the carrots and chop them into quarter inch discs.
Put the chopped potato and carrots into the casserole dish, then put the dish into the oven to heat while continuing with the preparation.
Wash and sieve the lentils, place to the side to drain.
Wash and chop the mushrooms into thick slices.
Place a frying pan over a low heat to warm.
Add a drop of olive oil and add the sausages to the frying pan. Turn the heat up high and gently brown the sausages for 4-5 minutes until golden brown on the outside. The idea is to brown the outside without cooking the sausage.
While the sausages are browning chop the onion into small chunks.
Once the sausages are browned remove them from the pan and place on to a chopping board. Slice the sausages into half inch discs.
Take the casserole dish out of the oven and add the chopped sausages, onion, mushrooms, sweet potato and lentils to the casserole dish. Give the whole mixture a good stir before replacing the lid and returning it to the oven.
After 25 minutes remove the dish from the oven. Check the mix is simmering when you take it out, bubbles should be visible rising to the top.
Add the baked beans, give the mixture another stir, making sure to mix the lentils up from the bottom of the dish so they don’t stick and burn.
If you prefer to add a little more zing and heat to the dish now is the time to add the brown sauce, chilli flakes and Worcestershire sauce. Mix these ingredients into the casserole and return the dish to the oven to do the rest!
After another 20 minutes take the dish out of the oven and place on the side to cool slightly before ladling out into bowls to serve.
The casserole is easy to make and cooks with little attention needed, perfect for busy lives or those who derive little joy from watching pots boiling over!
Almond Milk Smoothie with Pineapple
Healthy Pineapple and Almond Milk Smoothie
Preparation time: 15 mins / Serves 2
In your favourite tumbler, pour in the crushed & drained pineapples, then add the ice cubes. Pour in the almond milk and finally drizzle the honey and add the pinch of ginger to finish. Stir and serve chilled.