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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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The perfect English scone recipe

The perfect English scone recipe

March 31, 2021

Here is the perfect scone recipe used by afternoon tea specialists The English Cream Tea Company.

Ingredients

3 x cups plain flour
half tsp salt
2 x tsp bicarbonate of soda
quarter cup caster sugar
85 grams cold butter
284ml buttermilk
half cup sultanas

Baking Instructions (makes eight yummy scones)

Preheat oven to 200C / 395F and line a baking tray with non-stick paper.

Sift 3 cups of plain (all purpose) flour into a bowl or mixer along with half teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda and quarter cup of caster sugar.

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20 thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts and ideas

20 thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts and ideas

February 22, 2021

Taking a day to celebrate your mum, or other caring figures in your life, has never been more important than it is this year. Mother’s Day falls on Sunday the 14th of March and it’s a perfect excuse to celebrate and thank the loving figures in our lives after a tough year. Whether you are at home or spending Mother’s day apart, there are still so many ways to show you care through gifts or spending time together. Here’s our list of 20 thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts and ideas.

 1- Prepare breakfast in bed

What better way to start the day off by preparing breakfast in bed for your mum. It could be as simple as toast and a cup of tea or you could go the extra mile and make pancakes, eggs benedict or even a full English. For more delicious breakfast recipes, checkout this collection from BBC Good Food. For more breakfast goodies, try our Breakfast in bed hamper.

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Is Champagne, Prosecco & Cava Vegan?

Is Champagne, Prosecco & Cava Vegan?

February 20, 2021

There are a number of first class Champagnes that can be happily consumed by vegans. Indeed, the majority of Champagnes are vegan, so you certainly shouldn’t have any problem at all finding one to suit your taste and budget. As ever, this information comes with the usual caveat of being correct at the time of writing.

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Mother's Day Gift Guide - Hamper Lounge

Mother's Day Gift Guide - Hamper Lounge

February 16, 2021

More than anyone, mothers deserve a day to put their feet up and be completely pampered by everyone else in their lives for once. And what’s a better pampering treat than a breakfast in bed? This hamper has pretty much everything you need for a blissful morning in bed. With delectable reserves by the English Cream Tea Company, Organic Coffee by The Little Coffee Bag Company, honey, tea and shortbread, this hamper is guaranteed to transport her to breakfast heaven this Mother’s Day morning.    

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Five Stay-at-home Valentines ideas

Five Stay-at-home Valentines ideas

February 01, 2021

5 Stay-at-home Valentines ideas

 The idea of picking a sweetheart and showing them your love on Valentines Day spread through Europe in the Middle Ages. Some people believed that birds began picking their mates on February 14th. Nowadays, the tradition has grown beyond just sweethearts and is about showing friends and family, as well as partners, how much you care for them. This year, more than ever, is a time to reach out to loved ones and send them something special. Though it may not be possible to meet in person or go out to any fancy restaurants this year, there are still plenty of options to have a romantic, special day. Here’s a top 5 list of fun Valentines Day activities to do whilst socially distanced:

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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine (And More)

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine (And More)

January 14, 2021

Journey into the old world's biggest names and best kept secrets.

A great bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge bursts with rich raspberry and plummy fruit flavours. As it evolves, you’ll taste notes of dusted leather, game, and herbs. The Francophiles – and the actual French – call this herbal play “garrigue,” after the region’s scrubland of sage, rosemary, and lavender.

As if that wasn’t enough, CdP Rouge often finishes on a sweet-strawberry tingle that glows in the back of your throat from elevated alcohol. The finish ranges from sweet to savory, depending on the vintage.

 

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Thank You NHS

Thank You NHS

January 04, 2021

We loved this article from our friends at 'COCO Chocolatier' and wanted to share this with you.

Written by Calum Haggerty

As an independent business we decided to show our support for the outstanding work carried out by the NHS during the Coronavirus pandemic in our own way; merging artwork with single origin chocolate is what we do, and it felt right to dedicate a collection to our National Health Service. We paired up with artists Sir Billy Connolly, Andrew Rae and Portis Wasp to create the Thank You NHS Collection.

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Why is Prosecco So Popular?

Why is Prosecco So Popular?

December 22, 2020

In recent years, the UK has seen a rapid expansion of prosecco, with its popularity overtaking champagne as the nation’s sparkling wine of choice. Yet what is it about this drink which has UK audiences so hooked? At Hamper Lounge we incorporate prosecco into a range of our deluxe hampers and gifts – read on to see how this delicious bubbly has captivated Great Britain…

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