Simple Primula Recipes

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I love cheese in the post. So do the girls. So I let them come up with some Simple Primula Recipes to share with you all.

Italian Meat Stuff with Cheese

This one is super easy. Take chilled meat like Salami Ventricina or Prosciutto. Lay them flat. Run a strip of the cheese across it, and roll it up!

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Pepper Pot Dip

This one is really simple again. Take a pepper, we used a green on. Cut the top off and save it to be used as a lid.

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Layer the inside with Primula, cheddar and meat. Put the lid back on. Bake in the over for about 15 minutes.

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It’s a great and edible dipping bowl. Yummy!

Another of L’s ideas was stuffed tomatoes. Or as she called them…

Cheesy Tomato Bowls

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Firstly, slice the baby tomatoes, then remove the middle bit.

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Then, filled middle bit up with Chive Primula.

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Top with herbs.

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Enjoy!

Toasted Cheese Dipping Sticks

This one couldn’t be easier. Toast some bread. Slather in your favourite Primula flavour. Slice into sipping sticks. We went for Ham & Cheese flavoured Primula.

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What We Loved About It

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The reason we loved the Primula tubes was because tiny hands could get creative in the kitchen. L really loved thinking up recipes, and they were all tasty and very simple. Perfect for picnics, BBQs, and just because.

We were sent a selection of Primula flavours to try out and come up with some fun recipes for the summer months. We hope you enjoy L’s Simple Primula Recipes!

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Lazy Lavender Loaf

I love baking bread but sometimes I don’t have time to get all the ingredients, or I want the kids to help and often it’s easier to take a few shortcuts. This Lazy Lavender Loaf is very easy because it’s straight out of a mix bag and you add the lavender yourself.

Lavender Loaf with Wykes Butter

I picked up some lavender from Tiger a couple of weekends ago, with the intention to make a loaf. I grabbed a bag of bread mix too. It says on the pack you can add butter as an optional extra. So I did. I had a lovely creamy butter sent to me from Wykes a week or so ago. There is nothing like real butter is there?

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I added two large spoonfuls to my bread mix, I would stick with this in future too. It was a delicate flavour without being too overpowering but you certainly knew it was there.

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Once I had kneaded the dough I popped in a big bowl to rise. I left it for about two hours.

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Once it had risen, I knocked it back, shaped it and popped it in the over for 25 minutes.

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When the loaf was baking the house became filled with a warm lavender scent. Couple that with the gorgeous baking bread smell and it was pretty heavenly.

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Once the loaf had cooled slightly, I sliced it up, slathered it in butter and it was amazing. I used the same butter in the loaf that I used to spread on top. It was a completely satisfying, creamy, dreamy afternoon. Lazy Lavender Loaf was one of the nicest, but easiest things I’ve made in a while.

I was given two blocks of butter to try out in a recipe and I couldn’t think of once single recipe better to test butter on. Freshly baked bread and good butter is, in my opinion the best combination.

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Breakfast with the BBC and CBBC Live: Awesome Authors weekend in Birmingham

We were delighted to be invited along to a Breakfast with the BBC and CBBC Live: Awesome Authors weekend in Birmingham last weekend. It was based outside Birmingham Library and I took my eldest two daughters Lily and Poppy. They had a wonderful morning. While I had nipped off to get coffee, Poppy went to meet Mark & Sam, and got some photos! Great blogging sidekick.

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Credit to P for the snaps, she was very happy with herself.

The breakfast itself was really lovely, some of the stars of CBBC were around and talking to all the kids in attendance, we also watched a few show reels and listened to some really interesting talks from Joe Godwin, Head of BBC Midlands, Cheryl Taylor, Controller of CBBC and Helen Foulkes, Creative Director of BBC Learning. I’ve grown up watching the BBC, my girls have all watched CBeebies and now watch CBBC so it was lovely to see and hear so much about what goes on back stage. At the heart of it all is good quality viewing, wholesome kids programmes and a huge range of educational shows. Alongside that, the educational aspect is supported online too. So it’s a very rounded programme they’ve got.

The day was pretty lovely,

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Authors appearing at the Library of Birmingham on the 16th July included Dame Jacqueline Wilson (Hetty Feather); Alex T Smith (Claude series); David Baddiel (The Person Controller); David O’Doherty and Chris Judge (Danger Is Everywhere); Jeremy Strong (The Hundred-Mile-An-Hour Dog) and Lucy Hawking (George’s Secret Key To The Universe). On Sunday 17th, the authors were Liz Pichon (Tom Gates); Bali Rai ((Un)arranged Marriage); Frank Cottrell Boyce (The Astounding Broccoli Boy); Andy Riley (King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor); Robin Stevens (Jolly Foul Play) and Ross MacKenzie (The Nowhere Emporium).

There were a lot of activities to keep the kids entertained, we even took part in a Guinness World Record attempt, building a wall of words. We went for Happiness, Dinosaur and Love and we got our stamp to show we had done our ones and prevent us going back and trying to add more.

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We also did a quick art workshop, where we drew a self portrait and it was printed on a 3D printer, then made into a book mark. While we were waiting for ours to arrive P ended up on CBBC Newsround having a live interview!

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I think what I loved most about the day was it was all about encouraging kids to do something. Journalism, football, arts, crafts, it celebrated reading and book swapping and enjoying it all. Even though you have BBC, CBBC, Cbeebies on the telly and online, the day was about so much more than that. It left both my girls feeling happy, creative and with an extra love of words. It was a completely positive and empower experience for the girls and I am really happy that we went along.

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The Tea Makers – Flowering Tea Bulbs

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Firstly, let’s answer ‘what is flowering bulb tea?’

From The Tea Makers website:

Flowering teas are simply stunning artisan tea, meticulously handmade in China by combining the highest grade silver needle green tea with the wonderfully delicate dried flowers. Flowering tea consist each of a bundle of dried tea leaves wrapped around one or more dried flowers to produce a delicately aromatic, flavourful cup of tea.

When steeped, the bundle expands and unfurls in a process that emulates a blooming flower, while the flowers inside emerge as the centrepiece. Flowers commonly used in flowering teas include chrysanthemum, jasmine, lily, hibiscus, marigold, rose buds and osmanthus.

Flowering tea is generally served in containers made of glass, or other transparent material, so that the flowering effect can be seen. The bundles can usually be reused two or three times without the tea becoming bitter.

This smooth tea is beautifully enhanced by the strongly-sweet fragrance of the flowers to offer a completely unique visual and taste sensation!

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How do you brew them?

Brewing Guide: For flowering teas fill the glass teapot with boiling water before dropping the tea. Then wait till the flower bloom. After 2-3 minutes you can drink the tea.

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It’s worth saying that although the tea is frankly quite stunning alone The Tea Makers only source flowering tea buds made from the finest quality silver needle green tea. So as well as looking gorgeous, the tea has a beautiful flavour.

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To really enjoy the flowering tea, get a glass teapot. Although it takes a little while to watch them bloom it’s really worth it. They taste light, floral and very refreshing. If you’re a tea lover, or you know someone who loved green tea this would make such a great gift.

 

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Midlands Festival Set to Be a Sell-Out as Veganism Explodes in the UK


Veganism is taking off in the UK, with new stats showing that over half a million people now follow a vegan diet [1]. For many, vegan events are the best starting point if you’re vegan curious, an aspiring vegan or already enjoying the benefits of this trendy lifestyle. There are now dozens of vegan festivals springing up across the country. One of the longest running and biggest of these is the prestigious West Midlands Vegan Festival taking place this October…DSC_2146

Now in its 9th year, the West Midlands Vegan Festival on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October is the longest running exclusively vegan festival in the UK. With attractions on all 4 floors plus outdoor stalls, it’s the perfect introduction to the vegan lifestyle. The huge two day extravaganza offers all you need for compassionate, healthy, eco-friendly living. You don’t have to be veggie or vegan to attend, everyone is welcome. It’s the best place to see why people are increasingly adopting this accessible lifestyle.

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Organiser of the West Midlands Vegan Festival, Kevin White, comments, “The growth of veganism in recent years has been phenomenal. People are no longer scared off by the ‘V’ word! Most people now seem to know vegans, either in their family, friends or work colleagues, and they read about veganism everywhere. These curious non-vegans are increasingly flocking to the WMVF (and the countless other vegan events) to taste all the delights of vegan cuisine and be inspired by the array of talks on the vegan benefits for health and nutrition, environment and animals. Veganism seems to have passed a tipping point and is unstoppable now.”

“The 2015 festival was our best ever, with over 120 fantastic stalls, 40 inspiring talks and nearly 5,000 visitors over the weekend, half of them non-vegans. 80% of non-vegans described the quality and taste of the food at the event as excellent. 72% said they would include more vegan food in their diets and 25% said they were either going or thinking of going vegan.”

“With many exciting new vegan companies launching all the time, our 2016 festival is going to include more mouth-watering food and ethical products than ever before. It’s never been easier to go vegan and my event shows you how.”

The Festival will include over 120 stalls including clothes, makeup, skincare and food, 10 cookery demos, live entertainment throughout the weekend, an all vegan bar, fun kids activities, raffles, competitions, free food to try, and even an after party on the Saturday.

 

The West Midlands Vegan Festival takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October 2016 from 10am to 6pm both days, at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, North Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1RQ. Admission is just £1 (under 16’s free), payable at the door. Visitwww.midlandsveganfestival.org.uk for more information

The Venue: Wolverhampton Civic Hall
The festival is being held at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall in the city centre, 10 minutes walk from the train/bus stations. For a map and directions click here http://www.veganmidlands.org.uk/festival/venue.html

Further Information
If you require any further information, please contact:
Ian and Jenny Liddle, Excellart
01761 413022    info@excellart.co.uk    www.facebook.com/Excellart    www.twitter.com/excellart


References
[1], Ipsos MORI, on behalf of The Vegan Society, ‘How Many Vegans’, 17th May 2016. “Interviews were carried out on Capibus, Ipsos MORI’s face to face omnibus survey. 9,933 GB adults aged 15+ were interviewed between 5th February and 4th April 2016 in respondents’ homes using CAPI (Computer Aided Personal Interviewing) methodology. Data are weighted to age, region, working status and social grade within gender, as well as household tenure and respondent ethnicity.”
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