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  1. Cookware – The Perfect Wedding Gift

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    Finding the right gift to help make the happy couple’s day that extra bit special can be something of a minefield. This is particularly true for those who haven’t registered a gift list where you can simply pick something off that suits your budget. With web based services such as Prezola, it is now possible to make contributions to high value items, honeymoons or just send gifts of cash.

    If you haven’t been blessed with an approved list that guarantees sheer delight regardless of what choice you make, things can be trickier. You want to get them something they’ll love, something they can keep for a long time and perhaps something that they will actually use. That said, you have four other weddings this year alone so you can’t spend a fortune. Where to start?

    This is where cookware (and ProWare) comes in. Firstly, it doesn’t matter if you are a Michelin starred chef or ready meal aficionado, everyone likes a nice pan. Whether it is being used on a daily basis to create a plethora of culinary masterpieces or it is nothing more than an ornament hanging from a hook, beautiful cookware really does complete a kitchen.

    Fortunately for those with friends and family with very specific taste, there is such a vast array of cookware on the market that you will definitely be able to find something they like. As tempting as it may be to go for style over substance, resist; especially when buying for keen cooks (they will thank you for it). If you buy well, good cookware can last a lifetime. So not only will your gift see them though decades of family meals but it will also serve as a reminder of their special day for years to come. For more information on choosing the right cookware click here.

    How Can ProWare Help?

    With wedding season upon us, now is the time to start thinking about what you are going to get for the brides and grooms in your life. If you have decided to get something special for their kitchen, ProWare have you covered. With three ranges to choose from you will find something to suit all tastes. Even for those who aren’t big cooks we have a great selection of mini items that make beautiful tableware.

  2. Foodies Events July 2018

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    Photo Credit – International Cheese Awards

    Summer is here! We can’t wait for this month’s line up of exciting foodie events. From agricultural events and food festivals to the International Cheese Awards, July is bound to be a good one.

    Great Yorkshire Show

    10th – 12th July, Harrogate.

    Come experience the 160th Great Yorkshire Show! This 3 day event is one of the biggest agricultural events in the UK and celebrates the very best of food, farming and rural life. Also stop by and say hello to us as we will be attending with all 3 of our stunning cookware ranges.

     

    North East Food Chilli Festival

    13th – 15th July, Meggies Burn Fields, Seat Front, Blyth, Northumberland.

    In it’s 7th year this 3 day festival features exciting food, drink and entertainment. This includes the infamous Chilli Eating competition on Saturday and Sunday. To see the many food exhibitors check out their website https://www.chillifest-ne.co.uk/food/

     

    Hampshire Food Festival 

    1st – 31st July, Hampshire.

    This month long festival now in it’s 18th year, has events to suit all tastes and budgets. Things to get involved in are the farm visits, vineyard tours, cookery classes, pop-up dinners, tasting events and distillery and brewery tours and much more. For more information check out their website.

    Photo Credit – Hyper Japan Festival

    Hyper Japan Festival

    13th – 15th July, London Olympia, London.

    Experience all the joys of Japan at London Olympia’s Hyper Japan Festival. From swords to Saki this festival has it all. The ever-popular EAT-JAPAN area will satisfy those in search of authentic Japanese taste sensations. There is a varied selection of stalls offering hot and cold foods, alcoholic and soft drinks and lots more.

     

    Photo Credit – The Yorkshire Dales Food and Drink Festival

    Yorkshire Dales Food Festival

    21st – 22nd July, Skipton.

    Food, cooking, crafts and live music, this festival has it all! There is something for everyone with cooking demonstrations from James Martin and Gino D’Acampo as well as a selection of hands on workshops, tasting sessions and loads more foodie fun.

    Great British Food Festival Knebworth

    21st July – 22nd July, Knebworth House.

    Not just another food festival, the Great British Food Festival caterers to those with a love of great food and drink at some of the country’s most beautiful locations. Not only will there be fantastic food to eat, but there are chef demonstrations, a foraging guided walk, 3 different Men V Food challenges as well as a bunch of kid friendly stuff too.

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    Taste of the South Festival

    21st – 22nd July, Chapel Gate, Christchurch, Bournemouth.

    This festival celebrates all things from across the South. In it’s second year running it is set to be a haven for foodies with local food, drink and artisan producers exhibiting their local wines, cheeses, chutneys, street food and ice cream as well as many other delectable goodies. Come and enjoy this family friendly foodie event which will also feature live music with local bands and other entertainment.

     

    Photo Credit – International Cheese Awards

    International Cheese Awards

    Show Day – 25th July, Dorfold Hall, Nantwich.

    After the cheese judging and trade day is finished (24th July) the International Cheese Awards opens their doors to everyone. If you’re a cheese fanatic this is a must for you – the renowned Cheese Marquee a colossal 80,500 sq ft full of the 5,000 entries of the best cheese and dairy products from some 27 countries. There will be trade stands selling delicious delicacies and offering free tasting samples too.  Cooking demonstrations from James Martin, Will Holland and Sean Wilson throughout the day too for your enjoyment too.

  3. Time For a Dip – 3 Summer Recipes

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    Summer is finally on it’s way and we all champing at the bit to dust off the barbecue, wait for a gap in the clouds and enjoy some al-fresco dining. Dips are the ideal summer food; cool, quick and easy. They are especially great for entertaining, often requiring little to no cooking and can be ready to serve in minutes with some crusty bread, vegetables or tortilla chips. Likewise, they can be made in advance and kept in the fridge until needed.

    We have some great recipes for you to try. All of these will work perfectly for an impromptu barbecue, a party or just a Friday night in with a bottle of wine. All of these dips are suitable for vegetarians and don’t require a food processor!

    Whipped Feta Dip

    This is a great way to incorporate the fresh tang of feta in to all sorts of things. Try it in a sandwich with some avocado and sliced cucumber. Remember, a little goes a long way as it’s quite rich.

    Serves: 4

    Prep time: 5 minutes

    Cooking time: No cooking required


    Ingredients

    • 250g feta cheese
    • 85g full fat cream cheese
    • Paprika or sumac to serve

    Equipment


    Method

    1. Add cream cheese to mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.
    2. Finely chop feta and add to cream cheese. Whisk thoroughly until smooth. If a little stiff, loosen with a drizzle of olive oil.
    3. Add a sprinkle of paprika or sumac then serve with bread or veggies to dip.

    *Alternatively, using a food processor, pulse feta to fine crumbs. Add cream cheese and and pulse until well combined.

     

    Pan con Tomate

    A traditional tapas dish, this tomato dip is light, fresh and very easy to make with essentially two ingredients. It is also a popular breakfast dish spread liberally on toast. Make sure your tomatoes are good quality and ripe as they are the star of the show.

    Serves: 6

    Prep time: 5 -10 minutes

    Cooking time: No cooking required


    Ingredients

    • 2 large, ripe beefsteak tomatoes
    • 1 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 2tsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 good pinch of sea salt
    • Sprig of fresh basil to garnish (optional)

    Equipment

    • Box grater
    • Bowl

    Method

    1. Chop tomatoes in half and grate coarsely on cut face. The flesh should grate leaving the skin behind in your hand.
    2. Add minced garlic, oil and salt and mix.
    3. Serve with toasted ciabatta or warm flat breads.

     

    Classic Chunky Guacamole

    This is much nicer than the ones you buy in the shops and is so simple. You can use a food processor for this but do it by hand if you prefer a chunkier texture.

    Serves: 4

    Prep time: 5 minutes

    Cooking time: No cooking required


    Ingredients

    • 2 large, ripe avocados
    • 1 small onion
    • a handful of fresh coriander
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 5 ripe cherry tomatoes
    • 1 red or green chilli
    • juice of 1 lime
    • 1 good pinch of salt

    Equipment

    • Mixing bowl
    • Fork
    • Sharp knife

    Method

    1. Remove stones from avocado and scoop out flesh in to a bowl. Mash with the back of a fork; add lime juice and mix, this will stop the avocado going brown.
    2. Add the onion, very finely diced. Chop garlic, chilli, tomatoes and coriander very finely and add.
    3. Combine everything in a bowl and chill covered until serving. Serve with warm tortilla chips.

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