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Halloween inspiration

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18.10.16

Halloween weekend is fast approaching and the colour orange has never been so appealing! We have picked out some of the finest inspiration for you to throw the best Halloween themed party, or drinks of some sort!

Halloween Mood

Flavours: pumpkin, orange, ginger, butternut squash, cinnamon, cranberry, chocolate Characters: bats, ghosts, cats, spiders, cobwebs, witch, Harry Potter, eyeballs Colour code: anything that looks like blood, lime green, orange, white

Sweet

 Halloween Franken-cupcakes

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Toffee apple muffins 

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Halloween ghost cupcakes 

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Drinks

Zombie punch

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Spiced orange pumpkin bowl 

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Hollow out a medium size pumpkin and fill halfway with ice. Depending on the size of your pumpkin, pour in 4 to 8 bottles of Crabbie's Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Top with sliced oranges.

To make citrus ice cubes: Take 1 orange and use a peeler to create small orange zest peels to curl up and put in each tray. Take a second orange and cut in quarters, then cut each quarter into small triangle slices that will fit in the ice cube tray. Freeze.

To rim glasses: Mix the 2 tablespoons cinnamon, ¼ cup sugar in the raw, and 1 tablespoon allspice in a small bowl and then pour evenly onto a small plate. Rim each glass with orange slices to create a wet layer for the sugar mixture to stick to. Roll the rim of your glass into the cinnamon sugar mixture, add a few citrus ice cubes to your glass.

Black cauldron 

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In a cocktail shaker filled with ice...

  1. Combine 1½ parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila, ¾ part fresh lemon juice, ¼ part agave syrup, ¼ part sage simple syrup, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, and 1 capsule activated charcoal, which adds a jet-black hue and a light smoky flavor to the cocktail.
  2. Shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Smoked pumpkin

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In cocktail shaker filled with ice...

  1. Add 1 ounce Ketel One Orange, ¼ ounce lime juice, 1 ounce Illegal Mezcal, 2 heaping bar spoons of pumpkin butter, and 2 dashes orange bitters.
  2. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with cubes ice. Garnish with an orange twist and a sprinkle of flake smoked salt.

Pumpkin Carving

A quick how to on youtube

https://youtu.be/55WemWe7DU4

For your toolbox

Bargain: 9 piece carving kit for £1!

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For the experts...

Pumpkin pro safety power saw

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Carved creations beyond the norm

Great lanterns

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Elaborate table centrepieces

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A practical wine holder

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Some of your favourite animated characters

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Anything looking other than a pumpkin!

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Spooky decor

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And don't forget about our delicious pumpkin crisps!

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Portion Control – Are your eyes bigger than your belly?

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26.04.16

It's a common problem for us lovers of food, that it can often be hard to say no to seconds, and when food is infront of you we tend to 'pick' and overindulge when in reality are stomachs are more than full. It takes self-control to put back that extra portion, or stop yourself from reaching for a naughty dessert but modern day society doesn't seem to help us either!

Back in a modern kitchen, you suddenly notice how large everything is – 28cm has become a normal diameter for a dinner plate, which in the 1950s would have been 25cm. Serving on these large plates doesn't mean that we have to serve ourselves bigger portions, but we generally tend to! Brian Wansink is a psychologist (author of Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think) who has done numerous experiments to prove what you would hope common sense might already tell us: that oversized tableware makes us consume bigger portions. Take for example, a large ice-cream scoop makes you take more ice-cream; a short glass makes you pour more juice. This is because it doesn't look as much, so we  feel we are consuming roughly the same amount.

What a recommended portion actually looks like

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It seems that the only people who are immune to big portions are tiny children. Up until the age of three or four, children have an enviable ability to stop eating when they are full. After that age, this self-regulation of hunger is lost, and sometimes never relearned. This is a cross-cultural phenomenon, from London to Beijing. One study from the US found that when three-year olds were served small, medium and larger portions of macaroni cheese, they always ate roughly the same amount. By contrast, five-year-olds ate a lot more when the portion of macaroni cheese was oversized.

In a world where food is ever-present, many of us have become like Alice in Wonderland, controlled by cakes that say Eat Me and bottles that say Drink Me. As the nutritionist Marion Nestle remarked 10 years ago in her book, What to Eat: “It is human nature to eat when presented with food, and to eat more when presented with more food.” The trouble is that we are pushed more food, more often, every day. In 2013, the British Heart Foundation published a report called Portion Distortion on how portion sizes in Britain have changed since 1993. Back then, the average American-style muffin weighed 85g, whereas 20 years later it was not uncommon to find muffins weighing 130g. Ready meals have also ballooned in size, with chicken pies expanding by 49% and the average shepherd’s pie nearly doubling in size since 1993 (from 210g to 400g).

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Our problem with portions and portion control, is partly this: no one likes the concept of “less”. We are conditioned from childhood onwards to yearn for the overflowing glass and the laden table. An easy way to address this at home is simply to use smaller tableware.

Often at the end of a meal, you may not really be hungry but yearn for something sweet. First of all, ensure you are keeping hydrated and drinking enough water throughout the day too as thirst can often be mistaken for hunger. Once you have finished a meal, enjoy your favourite herbal tea or fruit flavour infused water. If you still are craving that sweet treat, then opt for a healthy version of your favourite indulgent treat such as our Giving Tree snacks which are the same nutrition as fresh and SO tasty. If you fancy that chocolate bar, then allow yourself a few squares instead of the whole block!

St Patrick’s Day Fun in…London!

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15.03.16

It’s all about the Emerald Isle this week. So here's our guide to the best 'craic'.

The official Parade was on Sunday 13th March in Trafalgar Square, with plenty of people and plenty of dancing!

However, come Thursday March 17, there will be LOTS of people dressed in green, and there will be plenty of celebrating including drinking, dancing and eating all around London too

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The dancing

Want to get your own feet moving? St Patrick's Day at Mr Fogg's Tavern Head down to the mystical world of Mr Fogg's Tavern on Thurs March 17th as his Irish cousin, Seamus Fogg, is in town and he's throwing a good old-fashioned hooley. Seamus will be bringing his favourite Irish band along to the party and an Irish stew and specially crafted whisky cocktails will be on the menu to celebrate St Paddy's Day.

Folk Of The Wood: St Patrick's Ceilidh Celebrate St Patrick's Day with this traditional dance featuring guest Irish dancers from the Mulvihill Academy. There will be plenty of Guinness at the bar and an Irish stew bubbling away.

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The eating

The Elmore Jam A father and daughter team present this supperclub which offers live musical accompaniment from a three-piece jazz band. Each event is themed around a different cuisine according to which chef is doing the cooking. Irish chef Úna Donohoe wil be providing a four course meal using Irish ingredients for a St. Patrick's Day special edition on March 17. She will be joined by traditional Irish band Beannacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig.

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The Porterhouse, Covent Garden 21-22 Maiden Ln, WC2E 7NA

This vast place, split over 12 levels, has the gold medal from Brewing Industry International Awards (basically the Olympics of brewing). Its stout is truly Irish: handcrafted in Dublin and then shipped to us in London. Great Irish food and, in the basement, live rock music.

Not to mention our Giving Tree Broccoli Crisps! The perfect green snack to be munching on St Paddy's Day!

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The drinking

It wouldn’t be St Paddy’s Day without a pint of the black stuff, and no London pub is more devoted to it than Soho’s Toucan. Vintage posters cover the walls, and you can even order a Guinness cocktail.  If you’d rather drink something less obvious than Guinness or Irish whiskey, try attending Last Libations at B&H Buildings, a tasting masterclass which on March 17 will include poitín. The Irish moonshine was so potent that it was banned for three centuries and only legalised in 1997. Time to get reacquainted.

And the leprechauns!

You can build your very own lucky mascot at Drink, Shop & Do’s papier-mâché leprechaun workshop on March 17. The crafty fun is free when you buy a drink. Bring some friends along so you’ll have company on the post-cocktail hunt for that blessed pot of gold

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