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Hen Night Gift Ideas

Hen Night Gift Ideas

June 17, 2021

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Vegan Cheese - The Lowdown

Vegan Cheese - The Lowdown

June 16, 2021

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Alcohol themed gifts

Alcohol themed gifts

June 15, 2021

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Mouldy cheese - Is it safe to eat?

Mouldy cheese - Is it safe to eat?

June 14, 2021

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Why do people love chocolate?

Why do people love chocolate?

June 11, 2021

Chocolate is made from the beans of the tropical cacao tree. Most of these trees are grown in Western Africa where the tropical climate is perfect for cacao beans to flourish. But why is chocolate so addictively delicious? The answer may be more complex than you realise.

We at the Hamper Lounge have hand picked a wide range of gifts including some exquisitely delicious chocolate hamper selections.

The chemistry of chocolate actually plays a huge part in why it is so well-loved and delicious. There are a few hundred chemicals within your typical bar but the most important ones are theobromine, anandamide and caffeine. Theobromine and caffeine are stimulants and, although they only appear in miniscule amounts, it’s enough to give chocolate that addictive feel which means you can never just have one square! Feeling chocolatey yet? Try our scrumptious ‘I Love Chocolate Mini Box’ to get your chocolate fix or send to a chocolate-obsessed friend today.

Another important element of chocolate is a chemical called anandamide. This is a neurotransmitter and actually comes from the Sanskrit "ananda", meaning ‘joy or bliss’. This chemical stimulates the brain and releases a sort of ‘chocolate high’.

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Staff picks for Father's Day gifts

Staff picks for Father's Day gifts

June 11, 2021

Father's Day is just around the corner, so we thought it would be a great idea to ask our staff members what they would choose as their favourite Father's Day gifts.
So here, in no particular order, are our staff top picks.

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What is fragrance zoning?

What is fragrance zoning?

June 09, 2021

What is fragrance zoning?
There is a brand new lifestyle and wellness trend called fragrance zoning, scent zoning or scent - scaping.
This is the practice of dividing up your home, or different times of your day, using different scents, compartmentalising each room or time period in your mind.
What are the benefits?
" I recommend using the power of aroma to modulate your psychology," says Dr. Tara Stewart, neuroscientist. " We can use scent to help us focus on work without distraction, to reduce stress or to motivate us to exercise. I recommend using scent to structure our day in terms of a morning and evening ritual " Certain aromas can send subconscious triggers to produce certain states of mind.
" Our sense of smell is linked to the parts of the brain governing instinct, memory and emotion, and it is the most evocative and primitive of all our senses " says Aromatherapy Associates Education and Wellbeing Director Christina Salcedas. " Using these pathways, essential oils and fragrances can have a dynamic effect on our emotional state. They help us transform our moods, moving from one state of mind to another " " This is a fairly new trend -  the rationale is to harness the positive effects that scents have on our feelings and mood " says Msc in clinical, developmental psychology and neuropsychology Giada Brianza. 

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Top five pamper day ideas

Top five pamper day ideas

June 07, 2021



We could all use a pamper day occasionally and taking some me-time is the best way to stay healthy and mentally fresh. Pampering yourself can include a range of activities from going on a countryside walk, to running a bubbly bath or even just chilling out in front of the TV. As the weekend beckons, we’re here from Hamper Lounge to give you our top five pamper day ideas.

Run a bath

This is such a simple idea but can often be overlooked in the hurry of day-to-day life. Running a bath and spending an hour relaxing in hot water with soapy bubbles can be the perfect way to unwind after a stressful day. This is also a great option if you don’t have the time to dedicate a whole day to pampering. Just an hour in the bath can be enough to refresh yourself. Our ‘Lavender and Lillie Mini Box’ comes complete with luxurious soap and body lotion and is a great gift to give a loved one- pairing beautifully with a freshly-run bath.

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Father's Day Cheese Gifts

Father's Day Cheese Gifts

June 05, 2021

Dads can be difficult to buy gifts for, and unlike Mother's Day, when almost every mum in the whole country will be happy to receive a bunch of flowers, there is no failsafe choice when it comes to buying a gift for the old man on Father's day.
As a dad myself, my favourite gift to receive would be a selection of delicious cheeses, preferably accompanied by either a bottle of wine or a selection of craft beers.
At Hamper Lounge we have a fantastic selection of cheese, wine and beer gifts suitable for Father's day.
A great first choice would be our Ploughman's Lunch gift box, which includes two delicious British Cheeses, The Fine Cheese Company waxed cheddar mini truckle and a slice of Old Winchester. Accompanying the cheeses we have included a packet of Grate Britain cheese biscuits,a packet of Millers Ale Crackers, plus a jar of Cartwright and Butler Ale chutney. Since no ploughman's lunch could possibly be considered complete without a bottle or two of beer, we have also included two bottles of fine craft beers from local micro breweries.

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The History of the Ploughman’s Lunch

The History of the Ploughman’s Lunch

June 04, 2021

The History of the Ploughman’s Lunch

 Appearing on almost every British pub menu, the Ploughman’s Lunch is a staple in British food culture. Typically, a Ploughman’s Lunch includes bread, cheese, pickle and some sort of salad. But what are its origins and how did it come to be?

 The phrase ‘Ploughman’s Lunch’ was coined in the 1950s by the Cheese Bureau, but wasn’t popularised until the 1960s when the Milk Marketing Board began using it to increase sales for cheese. It was created as a marketing tactic to sell more cheese but the origins of the combination that makes up the Ploughman’s Lunch goes back much further. The medieval poem ‘Pierce the Ploughman's Crede’, written around 1394, mentions the Ploughman’s lunch as combination of bread, cheese and beer. It makes sense that it was the lunch option of choice for farm labourers as the ingredients were easy to get hold of and were their main source of fats and protein.

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From Beder's Kitchen

From Beder's Kitchen

May 11, 2021

From Beder's Kitchen is a charity cook book containing a collection of recipes and reflections from amazing foodies around the world including head and executive chefs at some of the UK's leading restaurants; MasterChef winners; TV chefs; food bloggers; nutritionists; best-selling authors; a Great British Bake Off winner and mental health advocates.

 There are 90 contributors in all, who have donated recipes and shared their personal experiences and words of advice about looking after their mental health and how food has played a part in that.

 Among those involved are Gordon Ramsay, world famous chef and TV personality; Yotam Ottolenghi, restaurateur, chef and best-selling author; Atul Kochhar, chef and TV regular; Carla Henriques, executive pastry chef at Hawksmoor; Michael Zee, author and creator of Symmetry Breakfast; Romy Gill, chef and TV regular; Judy Joo, host of Korean Food Made Simple; Joudie Kalla, author of Palestine on a Plate; Jack Blumenthal, chef and son of Heston; David Atherton, Great British Bake Off 2019 winner; Liz Earle, writer, TV presenter and author; and Miles Kirby, chef director at Caravan.

 

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TOP TIPS TO POSH UP YOUR PICNIC

TOP TIPS TO POSH UP YOUR PICNIC

April 12, 2021

The lighter evenings, stunning warm summer sun (fingers crossed!) and the UK’s perfect picnic spots all call for celebrations and what better way to do so than with a Cartwright & Butler poshnic?

Not so glorious outside? As we all know, the classic British summer can be unpredictable, but even if it’s dramp and dreary, you can still enjoy a poshnic indoors.

Here are some top tips for turning your everyday picnic into something special

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