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.
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.
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.
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
Here is the perfect scone recipe used by afternoon tea specialists The English Cream Tea Company.
3 x cups plain flour
half tsp salt
2 x tsp bicarbonate of soda
quarter cup caster sugar
85 grams cold butter
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.
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.
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.
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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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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