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Hot Cross Buns – Easter treats

Pop by 'n say hi!Hot Cross Buns Hot Cross buns are the feature of our second Good Friday post on Easter treats. So far we have mostly focussed on chocolate Easter treats with posts on bean to bar chocolate, artisan chocolate makers with further posts on Heart Healthy Chocolate Perks and ethical, ‘fairtransport’ chocolate. Earlier we posted a macaroons recipe for anyone looking for Easter treats on a budget. While yesterday we looked at Easter egg history and how the Christian celebration became about chocolate eggs. Which bring us to hot cross buns. Where do hot cross buns originate? Hot cross buns are on any list of Easter British food recipes for food to eat on Good Friday. How though did they become associated with Easter? In a previous post on Easter egg history we mentioned the Nordic goddess, Eostre, in fact hot cross buns were originally eaten by the Saxons to honour the goddess. For the pagans, the bun represented the moon, and the cross, the quarters of the moon. For Christians, of course, the cross symbolises the crucifixion of Christ. The post picture shows a hot cross bun from A. J. Whiddet’s Bakery in Cirencester, Gloucestershire. The Whiddets […]
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Macaroons recipe: Easter treats on a budget

Pop by 'n say hi!Macaroons recipe: Easter treats on a budget Macaroons recipe is the subject of today’s Easter treats post with a French twist. The post focusses on Easter treats on a budget, with a macaroons recipe for cooking up your own Easter treats. The “French”, budget theme continues into the post photo with mélange mini eggs and chocolates from Maison du Chocolat. Over the last few days we have posted on Easter treats, including posts on bean to bar chocolate and artisan chocolate makers plus another post detailing Heart Healthy Chocolate Perks. Earlier in the week, we wrote on ethical ‘fairtransport’ chocolate from The Grenada Chocolate Company. Yesterday we looked at Easter egg history and how the Christian celebration became about chocolate eggs. Making macaroons can become seriously addictive: the colour and flavour varieties possible is only limited by your own imagination. Macaroons are one of the current ‘sweet’ crazes. This macaroons recipe from BBC Good Food by Loraine Pascale makes twelve macaroons and can be finished in just 40 minutes. Loraine Pascale found fame in BBC Two’s Baking Made Easy series. If you are more of a Great British Bake Off or Mary Berry fan, she also […]
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Easter Egg History: chocolate eggs for Easter treats

Pop by 'n say hi!Easter Egg History Easter Egg history is the subject of today’s post. Over the last few days we have posted on Easter treats, including posts on bean to bar chocolate and artisan chocolate makers plus another post detailing Heart Healthy Chocolate Perks. A couple of days ago, we wrote on ethical ‘fairtransport’ chocolate from The Grenada Chocolate Company. In fact Rococo chocolates, featured in the post photo is one UK boutique which stocks The Grenada Chocolate Company bars. Easter Egg history: what have eggs got to do with the Christian celebration? It is thought while Christians celebrated the resurrection in spring, pagans celebrated the spring equinox in the festival of Eostre. Early Christianity made a pragmatic acceptance of the pagan festival. It is thought that the word Easter itself comes from the Norse festival Eostur and the pagan goddess Eostre. Both the spring equinox and the resurrection are about rebirth. Many other Easter symbols such as bunnies and lambs and be interpreted along these lines. But where do eggs come into the story? When did Easter egg history begin? Ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians, and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg, so the […]
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Artisan chocolate makers: where to buy

Pop by 'n say hi!Artisan chocolate makers: where to buy Artisan chocolate makers and where to buy artisan chocolate is the subject of today’s post. Over the last few days, in the Easter treats posts we have talked about bean to bar chocolate, ethical, ‘fairtransport’ organic chocolate and heart health chocolate perks. After featuring artisan chocolate makers in those posts, today we look at where to get hold of Easter treats from artisan chocolate makers. Your first question might be, what is an artisan chocolate maker? It is simply small, knowledgable chocolate maker with an intimate understanding of the craft. Where can you buy easter treats from artisan chocolate makers? Some artisans have boutiques in London and around the United Kingdom. For example, Rococo have shops in Chelsea, Belgravia and Marylebone in London and also in Chester. If you’re too busy to make it to a boutique though, many artisan chocolate makers sell from their own online shops (for example, the Pierre Marcolini e-boutique or bean to bar chocolatier The Chocolate Society, sell exclusively online. The post pictures show “Les Coeurs” by artisan chocolate maker Pierre Marcolini. Pierre Marcolini is one of Belgium’s most sophisticated artisans and one of about […]
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Red Wine Health Benefits

Pop by 'n say hi!Red Wine Health Benefits A couple of days ago we explored heart healthy chocolate perks as one of the Easter treats posts. We have also looked at top food fad of 2015: bean to bar chocolate. Yesterday, we wrote about sustainable and ‘fairtransport’ chocolate as an ethical Easter treat. Picking up where we left off on heart healthy chocolate perks: Brazilian research has found that a small serving of wine contains the same amount of flavonoids as a serving of dark chocolate. Read the heart healthy chocolate perks to learn about the benefits of flavonoids. Let’s take a look at some potential red wine health benefits and some issues of excess alcohol consumption. Wine should be enjoyed responsibly. See Drinkaware to check the facts and read about alcohol health effects. What are the red wine health benefits? ‘Moderate’ wine drinking was associated with a 23% decrease in death from all causes according to research by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition discussed by Men’s Health. The effect was not however seen in men who drunk beer as well as wine. A glass of red wine can prevent the build up of cholesterol after eating red meat. […]
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Grenada Chocolate Company

Pop by 'n say hi!Grenada Chocolate Company – Fairtransport Easter Treats Grenada Chocolate Company chocolate is the third in our series on Easter treats. Yesterday, we looked at the heart health benefits of chocolate and before that explored bean to bar chocolate. Which brings us neatly to the Grenada Chocolate Company. The Grenada Chocolate Company make bean to bar chocolate in their Grenadian solar-powered factory. The cocoa is sourced from a Grenadian cooperative. The company ethically ships the finished chocolate bars from the Caribbean to Portsmouth, for sale in Britain. Do they use a standard cargo ship? Of course not, this is the Grenada Chocolate Company! They have their own wind-powered, sustainable, sail ship. Grenada is a small Caribbean Island, with an estimated population of around 100,000. Known as the “Island of Spice”, Grenada has historically been a principal, global source of nutmeg. This is, in no small part, because the island’s rich volcanic soils lend themselves to growing just about anything. Today cocoa is Grenada’s principal export. The Grenada Chocolate Company source their cocoa from the local cooperative. The cooperative creates high quality, dark chocolate from local, organic ingredients at their solar powered facility nestled in lush rain forest. […]
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Heart healthy chocolate perks

Pop by 'n say hi!Heart healthy chocolate perks – chocolate Easter treats Heart healthy chocolate perks: in this post, following on from the post on bean to bar chocolate, yesterday, we explore the heart and health benefits of chocolate. In a 9-year Swedish study of more than 31,000 women, those who ate one or two servings of dark chocolate each week cut their risk for heart failure by as much as a third. Everyday Health editor, Dr. Jennifer Brown writes that cocoa plant products and especially dark chocolate are good for the heart. While cardiologist Jared Bunch goes a step further, saying “Dark chocolate should be included in a life plan that includes exercise, eating healthy foods that are largely plant-based, getting adequate sleep, stress reduction, and maintenance of weight.” What are Heart healthy chocolate perks? How can chocolate be good for you? Chocolate is rich in flavenols. Flavenols may offer improvements in various contributors to cardiovascular disease, according to research. Flavenols are found in fruits, vegetables, tea and red wine but also in cocoa and cacao used to make chocolate. What other heart healthy chocolate perks are there? Jared Bunch says cocoa consumption can help lower blood pressure. Cocoa […]
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Bean to bar chocolate – Easter treats

Pop by 'n say hi!Bean to bar Chocolate and Chocolate Chip and Almond Cookies Bean to bar chocolate is the subject of the first of series of ‘Easter Treats’ posts with Easter just around the corner. The post photo features artisan bean to bar chocolate from Doble & Bignall and a chocolate chip and almond cookie from James ‘Bob’ Parkinsons Deli and Restaurant Made by Bob. Bean to bar chocolate is a food trend of the year which “we’re all going mad for”, say the Telegraph, but what exactly is bean to bar chocolate? Put simply, it is chocolate beans taken from the people that grew them then using the beans to make a chocolate bar from that one type of cocoa bean. At one time, Cadbury’s was the only company making its own chocolate from cocoa beans in the UK. Today the picture is quite different. Possibly the easiest to get hold of is Willie’s Cacao which is stocked in supermarkets including Waitrose, though other brands such as The Grenada Chocolate Company, Doble & Bignall (shown in post photo) or Åkesson’s can be bought at farmers’ markets or from online specialists such as Chocolatiers. You might remember hearing about […]
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Cotswold Airport, Kemble, Gloucestershire

Pop by 'n say hi!Cotswold Airport Kemble, a small village close to Cirencester, in the Cotwolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, might seem an unlikely destination for aging Boeing 747 jetliners. It is however the “biggest graveyard for aircraft in the UK”, at the Cotswold Airport. Planes which shuttled passengers and freight 55 million miles between continents for over 35 years, have their interiors stripped in a matter of weeks. With the interior stripped, over just two days, a 174,000 kg mass of a Boeing 747 is ripped into pieces of sheet metal by a mechanical excavator on wheels. The Cotswold Airport was previously known as Kemble Airfield before it’s name was changed in 2009 is now a private general aviation airport. It has history going back to 1936 when it was a British Royal Air Force (RAF) base, RAF Kemble. Up until 1983 it was the home of the Red Arrows, the world-renowned British aerial acrobatics team. Beyond being a “aircraft graveyard”, Cotswold Airport is a busy airfield. It is able to accept a wide variety of aircraft from wide-bodied Boeing 747s microlights and accommodates business flights as well as leisure aviators. The airport has been awarded

Helicopter: experiences

Pop by 'n say hi!Helicopter experiences After taking an awesome tour over the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty by helicopter, we thought we’d take a look at where else would be worth a look. Our tour was with Heliadventures but there are other companies offering tours too. What does a helicopter tour offer that you can’t get from the ground? One obvious benefit is the view, the higher vantage point lets you see the landmarks you know well from another angle, and naturally see structures and landscapes which aren’t so easy to observe from the ground. Second is that, if you’re lucky, your pilot will double up as a tour guide. Our pilot had done the Cotswolds tour many times so had a wealth of knowledge to offer and was happy to answer all questions fielded. The other reason is the adrenaline buzz of taking a helicopter flight. Putting the question another way, why not take a helicopter flight? 🙂 We’re looking into where the next tour will be. London Helicopter Tours and London Pleasure Flights offer tours of the capital. The prospect of getting a pilot’s view of Tower Bridge, the London Eye and Big Ben is quite […]