August 12, 2015

Baked Camembert by The Courtyard Dairy

The Courtyard Dairy are one of our most popular SHOPS merchants and it is not hard to see why. Based in Yorkshire and working with small independent farmhouse producers of cheese throughout the UK; The Courtyard Dairy exclusively works with artisan producers who make traditional cheese and all cheese is cut fresh to your order. This recipe is a brilliant way to enjoy Camembert – bubbling and oozing – and, combined with crusty bread, makes the perfect starter for four, or main course for two.  The Courtyard Dairy’s favourite is […]
August 9, 2015

Healthy Summer Snacking with Clearly Scrumptious

Clearly  Scrumptious was founded by Rick and James after they were left disappointed by other dried fruit options.  “The products we found were lacking in flavour were packed with sugar and barely resembled fruit at all. The fruit that we did find was always in large bags and wasn’t really suited for our life on the go.” Tackling the issue of healthy snacks on the go head on, the guys created Clearly Scrumptious. We caught up with James for some ideas about healthy snacking on the go this summer. At Clearly […]
August 9, 2015

Denyse’s Very Simple Ginger Cake by The Wooden Spoon Preserving Co

Proud members of the Guild of Fine Foods, The Wooden Spoon Preserving Co produce a unique range of traditional and contemporary preserves using natural ingredients. From award winning Pilgrims Raspberry Jam to Ginger Curd, The Wooden Spoon Preserving co are sure to surprise you. You can find them on SHOPS here.  Ingredients 6 oz (170g) Butter (or 150ml vegetable oil) 7oz (200g) Black Treacle 2 oz (57g) Dark Muscovado Sugar 12oz (340g) Plain Flower 2 teaspoons Ground Ginger 1 teaspoon Ground Mixed Spice 2 medium sized eggs 1 tablespoon Diced Ginger syrup […]
August 6, 2015

Meet the Merchants: Albert Matthews

Established in 1935 Albert Matthews is a 3rd generation family run butchers that focuses on selling high quality, naturally reared, locally sourced, British meat and poultry. Located in the the famous meat and fish hall on Bury market, Lancashire they sell award winning meat to the people of Bury and the surrounding pubs and restaurants in Greater Manchester. In 2012 encouraged by recognition received through various national awards for the quality of the meat Albert Matthews set up an ecommerce website allowing them to supply the whole nation with some of […]
August 4, 2015

Beetroot, Goats Cheese and Chilli Jam Grilled Sandwich by Pong Cheese

The Pong Cheese love for fromage is anything but cheesy. Dedicated to championing cheese at anytime of day, Pong Cheese brings you some of the very best cheeses produced by the leading independent and artisan producers in the UK, as well as some classics from Europe. You can find them on SHOPS here. Ingredients Serves 2 50g  goats cheese 6-8 slices pickled beetroot 1⁄2 lemon 1-2 sprigs fresh dill, leaves chopped 2-4 tbsp Pong’s chilli jam, plus extra for serving 125g mozzarella, sliced 4 slices bread, white or brioche Unsalted butter, softened […]
July 29, 2015

Meet the Merchants: Rococo Chocolates

Rococo Chocolates are determined to change the way fine chocolate was perceived and presented. Chantal Coady transformed the then stuffy, conservative, commercial norm of chocolate retailing to the inspiring engagement of the senses that such a delectable delight deserved. We chatted to Tom Coady, director of e-commerce for Rococo, to learn more about the business and what makes it special. How and when did Rococo start up? Following on from a Saturday job in Harrods selling chocolate, Chantal passionately knew she wanted to create her own magical emporium of luxury […]
July 26, 2015

Urbangrains DIY Three-Ingredient Face Mask For Glowing Skin

This is not your usual SHOPS  recipe! Urbangrains is an everyday imaginative brand of food essentials, offering a range of artisan and often unusual foods. They focus on pure raw ingredients which are blended together and always hand processed with care. Containing no artificial flavours, colouring or preservatives; this simple face mask stays true to the Urbangrains vision! You can find them on SHOPS here. Ingredients 1tsp Urbangrains Extra Virgin Olive Oil. 1tsp Urbangrains Wildflower Honey. 1tsp Baking soda. Method Put a teaspoon of Urbangrains Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a small bowl. Add the vinegar. Add one […]
July 23, 2015

Shakshouka by Spice Kitchen

The Spice Kitchen is an artisan food producer specialising in high quality hand-blended and home-ground spice blends and spices. The Spice Kitchen is a real family affair headed up by a mother and son team: Shashi and Sanjay Aggarwal. Shashi (aka Mrs. A) was born in Kenya, grew up in India and has lived in the UK for over 30 years and so brings a wealth of international spice knowledge and know-how to your kitchen table. Discover the story behind this recipe and the  The Spice Kitchen on SHOPS now!
July 20, 2015

Guest Post: Is being loyal to one supermarket costing you money?

In this guest post Sam from Mummy Market looks at top saving tips for parents when it comes to grocery shopping. Mummy Market is a blog and price comparison site that brings all the deals, prices and events all in one place for parents to easily read and refer to when out shopping. IS BEING LOYAL TO ONE SUPERMARKET COSTING YOU MONEY? Good question and one that I would answer ‘yes’. Jack arrived 18 months ago. Before I got pregnant my husband John and I bought whatever we wanted in the nearest supermarket to us. […]
July 18, 2015

Sweet & Sticky Pork Loin Steaks by Parsnips and Pears

Great quality meat can really make a meal. This delicious twist on the humble pork loin by Parsnips and Pears is at best when using the finest quality ingredients. Parsnips and Pears are traditional farmers; growing, harvesting, baking, making and supplying traditional fresh food and produce to homes.  Their meat has full provenance, is grass reared and is all hand prepared. Tempted? You can find them on SHOPS here. Ingredients 1 Knob of Butter 1 small onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 2 pork loin steaks (or chops if you prefer), tenderised 100g seasoned […]