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Wonderland Cocktails Unveils Five New RTD Cocktails

BrewDog Distilling Co. is excited to announce the
addition of five new ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails to its Wonderland Cocktails
lineup. The new flavours—Cosmo, Whisky Sour, Strawberry Daiquiri,
Watermelon Margarita and Long Island Iced Tea—are now available for
purchase in the UK at BrewDog.com for £3.90 each.
The new range includes:
Cosmo – Chill, Shake, Serve, 125ml, 14%
The Wonderland Cosmopolitan features Abstrakt Vodka, Cointreau, lime
juice, and tart cranberry. With an ABV of 14%, this vibrant pink cocktail is
perfect for any celebration. Simply shake for 10 seconds, then pour into a
chilled coupe glass for the ultimate party experience.
Strawberry Daiquiri – Chill, Shake, Serve, 125ml, 14%
This cocktail is a harmonious blend of aromatic white rum and freshly picked
strawberries. Its silky mouthfeel offers a delightful mix of ripe fruit and luscious
white rum.
Long Island Iced Tea – Chill, Serve, 200ml, 10%
A fusion of vodka, tequila, rum, triple sec, gin, and a splash of cola, this Long
Island Iced Tea delivers tropical flavours and refreshing cola notes. No actual
iced tea is used in this cocktail.
Watermelon Margarita – Chill, Shake, Serve, 125ml, 14%
The classic Margarita is transformed with the addition of juicy watermelon,
paired with Casa Rayos Tequila. This cocktail balances sweetness and earthy
agave flavours, transporting you to the Mexican coast.

Whisky Sour – Chill, Shake, Serve, 125ml, 14%
Featuring oaky whisky, tangy lemon, and sweet sugar syrup, this Whisky Sour
offers a velvety smooth and creamy texture. Enjoy it over ice for a perfect
blend of tart and sweet flavours.
Steven Kearsley, Managing Director of BrewDog Distilling Co., shared: “We
launched Wonderland Cocktail Co. in October 2023, and since then we’ve
achieved over 3,000 new distribution points for our bar-quality canned
cocktail range. A few months back, we ran a poll on Instagram giving people
the chance to vote for the serves they want to join the range – and we’re
responding by making them! From our absolutely divine Strawberry Daiquiri,
made with our own Duo White Rum, to our fan-favourite Long Island Iced
Tea, we’re delighted to unleash 5 new SKUs into the market, each packing
full-strength ABV and made using our spirits. With 10 cocktails now in the
portfolio and new listings going live at the end of the summer, Wonderland
presents a lot to be excited about!”
These new cocktails join five other popular SKUs in the Wonderland Cocktails
range: Mojito, Cantarito Paloma, Espresso Martini, Passionfruit Martini, and
Margarita.
The new cocktails are available in the UK at brewdog.com for £3.90 and all
UK BrewDog bars.

Although the concept of the picnic originated in France, the British have very much taken it to their hearts.

It is thought that the average person in the UK goes on three picnics a year, enjoying the sunshine and the fresh air it brings. So grab your blankets and baskets out of the cupboards and get out to the great outdoors, for a good old-fashioned picnic.
We have the best advice for you as well as three veganised nostalgic firm favourite recipes for you: Coronation Chicken Pastries, Crustless Stuffing Quiche, and Banana, Apricot & Walnut Muffins!
Vegetarian for Life (VfL) is the leading authority on diet and healthy living advice for older vegans and vegetarians. CEO Amanda Woodvine and Roving Chef Alex are both available for further comments and advice.

VfL also offers one-day vegan baking courses for professional caterers and journalists. These will give catering teams the tools for success to use tried-and-tested egg- and dairy- replacements to create a variety of delicious desserts.
Picnics are an inexpensive, easy way to spend time with friends and family and enjoy the beautiful weather, snack on delicious foods, and soak up some extra vitamin D. This day is the ultimate excuse to plan a romantic sunset picnic for your partner, or a family-fun picnic in the park!
If you’re planning a spontaneous, last-minute picnic and aren’t sure where to go, consider opening your folding patio doors and setting up your impromptu picnic on the lawn or patio! You’ll have just as much fun picnicking outside in your back garden and you’ll have everything that you need within reach. A great option for care home residents too, if mobility is an issue or you’re currently shielding.
Tips for the perfect picnic day out
The first step in planning the ultimate picnic is to choose the day and location. You’ll want to pick a day that your friends and family are available. Be sure to check the weather ahead of time to find a nice, sunny day to picnic. Pick your favourite place, be it the local park, beach or lake. Take your favourite portable food, packing food that will travel well. Include sandwiches, cheese and crackers and lots of water. Also be sure to pack a blanket to keep you comfy, and those all important hand wipes and sanitisers.
Entertainment
If you’ll be spending the entire day picnicking, think about some fun games for picnickers to play. The grandkids will have fun with a traditional game of football, rounders or frisbee, though follow safe guidance if they’re not all from the same household. For those looking to relax, bring some magazines or a good book. You could also bring some music to enjoy.
Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and hats. Some insect repellent might come in handy, too.
Don’t forget to clear up after your day out, ensuring that you take all your litter with you.
Here are some recipes and ideas to make your next picnic even tastier:
Super Sandwiches
Sandwiches make the perfect picnic staple. Why not try some of these delicious fillings?
Ploughmans: Hard cheese slice such as Violife Original Sliced, with tomato, lettuce and sandwich pickle
Florida Salad: Vegan cream cheese, such as Violife Original Soft Cheese Dairy Alternative, with apricots, pineapple and sunflower seeds
Creamy Avocado: Hummus, sliced avocado and cucumber
Eastern Delight: Hummus, shop-bought falafel, cucumber and grated carrot
Taste of India: Shop-bought onion bhaji or vegetable pakora with crispy onions and mango chutney
Mexican Magic: Guacamole, onion, tomato, sliced vegan ready-to-eat sausages, such as VBites
Filling Fungi: Mushroom pâté with gherkins and red onion.
And don’t forget to try V for Life’s delicious recipes for Coronation Chicken Pastries, Crustless Stuffing Quiche, and Banana, Apricot & Walnut Muffins.

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Notes to the editor:
Recipes and images are available as hi-res JPEGs. Please contact info@mad-promotions.com or call 01277 658755.
Since there are only two fully vegetarian care homes in the UK, one of VfL’s major goals is improve the standard of vegan and vegetarian catering in existing homes. We seek to do this through our UK List, which is a geographical listing of organisations and care homes that make a special effort to cater for vegetarians and vegans.
We are striving towards a vision where at least 1 in every 6 UK care homes are members of our UK List – and 1 in every 100 will be VfL accredited.

https://vforlife.org.uk

Although the concept of the picnic originated in France, the British have very much taken it to their hearts.

It is thought that the average person in the UK goes on three picnics a year, enjoying the sunshine and the fresh air it brings. So grab your blankets and baskets out of the cupboards and get out to the great outdoors, for a good old-fashioned picnic.
We have the best advice for you as well as three veganised nostalgic firm favourite recipes for you: Coronation Chicken Pastries, Crustless Stuffing Quiche, and Banana, Apricot & Walnut Muffins!
Vegetarian for Life (VfL) is the leading authority on diet and healthy living advice for older vegans and vegetarians. CEO Amanda Woodvine and Roving Chef Alex are both available for further comments and advice.

VfL also offers one-day vegan baking courses for professional caterers and journalists. These will give catering teams the tools for success to use tried-and-tested egg- and dairy- replacements to create a variety of delicious desserts.
Picnics are an inexpensive, easy way to spend time with friends and family and enjoy the beautiful weather, snack on delicious foods, and soak up some extra vitamin D. This day is the ultimate excuse to plan a romantic sunset picnic for your partner, or a family-fun picnic in the park!
If you’re planning a spontaneous, last-minute picnic and aren’t sure where to go, consider opening your folding patio doors and setting up your impromptu picnic on the lawn or patio! You’ll have just as much fun picnicking outside in your back garden and you’ll have everything that you need within reach. A great option for care home residents too, if mobility is an issue or you’re currently shielding.
Tips for the perfect picnic day out
The first step in planning the ultimate picnic is to choose the day and location. You’ll want to pick a day that your friends and family are available. Be sure to check the weather ahead of time to find a nice, sunny day to picnic. Pick your favourite place, be it the local park, beach or lake. Take your favourite portable food, packing food that will travel well. Include sandwiches, cheese and crackers and lots of water. Also be sure to pack a blanket to keep you comfy, and those all important hand wipes and sanitisers.
Entertainment
If you’ll be spending the entire day picnicking, think about some fun games for picnickers to play. The grandkids will have fun with a traditional game of football, rounders or frisbee, though follow safe guidance if they’re not all from the same household. For those looking to relax, bring some magazines or a good book. You could also bring some music to enjoy.
Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and hats. Some insect repellent might come in handy, too.
Don’t forget to clear up after your day out, ensuring that you take all your litter with you.
Here are some recipes and ideas to make your next picnic even tastier:
Super Sandwiches
Sandwiches make the perfect picnic staple. Why not try some of these delicious fillings?
Ploughmans: Hard cheese slice such as Violife Original Sliced, with tomato, lettuce and sandwich pickle
Florida Salad: Vegan cream cheese, such as Violife Original Soft Cheese Dairy Alternative, with apricots, pineapple and sunflower seeds
Creamy Avocado: Hummus, sliced avocado and cucumber
Eastern Delight: Hummus, shop-bought falafel, cucumber and grated carrot
Taste of India: Shop-bought onion bhaji or vegetable pakora with crispy onions and mango chutney
Mexican Magic: Guacamole, onion, tomato, sliced vegan ready-to-eat sausages, such as VBites
Filling Fungi: Mushroom pâté with gherkins and red onion.
And don’t forget to try V for Life’s delicious recipes for Coronation Chicken Pastries, Crustless Stuffing Quiche, and Banana, Apricot & Walnut Muffins.

###
Notes to the editor:
Recipes and images are available as hi-res JPEGs. Please contact info@mad-promotions.com or call 01277 658755.
Since there are only two fully vegetarian care homes in the UK, one of VfL’s major goals is improve the standard of vegan and vegetarian catering in existing homes. We seek to do this through our UK List, which is a geographical listing of organisations and care homes that make a special effort to cater for vegetarians and vegans.
We are striving towards a vision where at least 1 in every 6 UK care homes are members of our UK List – and 1 in every 100 will be VfL accredited.

https://vforlife.org.uk

Recipe from Canned Food UK; Tuna bean pasta, easy and quick to prep using canned foods, to provide a delicious and easily packed lunch. Perfect for picnics!

• A healthy and tasty main or side, Tuna bean pasta is delicious and easy to put together as a staple for those sunny lunch times. Sure to be a picnic pleaser!

Course: Main – Dish: Fish – Serves: 4

Method:
1. Heat the oil, sauté the red onion, add the sliced pepper, chilli and cook for a further couple of minutes, add the cooked pasta, cannellini beans, tuna chunks, zest and juice of the lemon.
2. Stir well and sprinkle with chopped fresh or dried basil.

Nutritional information per serving:
Nutrient Per serving
Energy 1497kJ
358kcal
Fat 5g
Of which saturates 1g
Carbohydrate 60g
Of which sugars 5g
Fibre 12g
Protein 18g
Salt 0.97g
Ingredients:
 1 tbsp. oil
 1 red onion diced
 1 red pepper sliced
 ½ red chilli diced or ½ tsp dried chilli flakes
 200g dried fusilli cooked according to pack instructions
 1 can cannellini beans 400g (well drained)
 1 tin tuna chunks 145g (drained)
 1 lemon zested and juiced
 Handful of fresh basil, or 1tsp of dried

Indulge in VINNIE – Crafted from double layers of premium stainless steel, this bottle is your passport to enjoying chilled beverages for up to 6 hours. Envision a summer picnic or a vibrant festival, effortlessly pouring your favourite chilled wine, secure in the knowledge that every sip retains its refreshing coolness.

Built to endure, VINNIE boasts a sturdy stainless steel construction with a scratch-resistant, powder-coated finish, ensuring it stands strong against the rigours of outdoor adventures.

The screw-top lid not only secures your wine but guarantees a leakproof seal, providing you with 100% peace of mind. Your drink remains safe and secure, ready for whenever the moment calls.

Why choose VINNIE over a traditional glass bottle?

Lighter & More Portable: VINNIE is designed for convenience, being significantly lighter than glass bottles. Carry it effortlessly on your adventures without the added weight.

Shatterproof Durability: Unlike fragile glass, VINNIE won’t break when dropped, ensuring you can enjoy your favourite wine without worrying about accidents.

Extended Chilling Power: VINNIE doesn’t just store your wine; it enhances the experience by keeping it refreshingly cold for hours, far surpassing the capabilities of a standard glass bottle.

VINNIE goes beyond cold beverages – its exceptional insulation transforms it into the perfect companion for hot drinks. Imagine savouring a warm cup of coffee or tea on a crisp morning. With VINNIE’s thermal insulation, take your time, and relish every comforting sip without the rush.

Elevate your outdoor experiences with VINNIE – where style, durability, and versatility meet in a travel wine bottle designed for the moments that matter. Cheers to VINNIE, your ideal adventure companion!

Wonderland Cocktails by BrewDog Distilling Co.

Wonderland Cocktails are a collection of five top quality cocktails that guarantee that perfect serve every time, made using BrewDog’s acclaimed spirits: LoneWolf gin, Abstrakt vodka, DUO rum, and Casa Rayos tequila. The range includes a Classic Margarita, Espresso and Passionfruit Martini that are SHAKE cocktails leaving a little extra space at the top of the can for a long-lasting créme on the drink and higher alcohol content. The Classic Mojito and Cantarito Paloma are CHILL cocktails, ready to serve from the can as a longer drink.

£3.90 each, BrewDog

THE KATI ROLL COMPANY – FROM KOLKATA TO LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET

The Kati Roll Company (TKRC) introduces the flavours of Kolkata, India, to London’s Liverpool Street, serving authentic kati rolls and other traditional treats in the perfect location for city workers, tourists, and foodies to grab a made-to-order delight. Following the success of its central London location in Soho, which opened in 2008, the US-born brand has officially opened its second site just a few minutes from the bustling Liverpool Street station, nestled between the Spitalfields Market area and Bishopsgate inner roads.

Credited with introducing Indian kati rolls to American diners, The Kati Roll Company is the brainchild of Payal Saha, who started the brand as an immigrant in New York, craving the flavours of home. With no restaurant knowledge, she impressively curated her vision and The Kati Roll Company is now a staple amongst Manhattan restaurants adding authentic Kolkata flavours from lunch to late nights.

Indian food lovers and Bollywood fans alike will find themselves transported to a little part of Kolkata, India with classic Bollywood film murals on the walls and a mouthwatering menu of authentic kati rolls.
Kati rolls (“kati” literally meaning skewer), a popular street food found in Kolkata, are made of fully-halal skewer-grilled ingredients, stuffed in a buttery paratha flatbread, and topped with chutneys and spices.

Highlights of the simple yet flavoursome menu include:
• Unda Paneer Roll
Flatbread layered in freshly beaten egg & Achari Paneer filling
• Chicken Tikka Roll
Chicken breast, marinated with yoghourt and spices, and grilled on a skewer
• Unda Chicken Roll
Flat-bread layered with freshly beaten egg with Chicken Tikka filling
• Beef Tikka Roll
Cubed beef round, marinated with yoghourt and spices, and grilled on a skewer
• Shami Kabab Roll
Minced lamb and lentil croquette, with aromatic herbs and spices

There are several vegetarian options too, including the popular Aloo Masala Roll – freshly made mashed potato patty with tomatoes, green peppers and authentic Kolkata Indian spices, and prices start from £3.95.
Signature classic Indian beverages available are Masala Chai and Alfonso Mango Lassi – made in-house from homemade yoghurt and the best mangoes, imported from India.
“We’re thrilled with our growing expansion and especially excited about launching our second TKRC branch in the heart of London. We’re dedicated to serving fast, fresh, authentic, tasty Indian Street food and we’re on a mission to give everyone the chance to taste a little bit of Kolkata, India – there’s something for everyone”, says Founder Payal Saha.
The Kati Roll Company welcomes seasoned food enthusiasts and curious newcomers alike to experience a plethora of flavour and culture, lovingly wrapped in every roll.

www.tkrc.co.uk

Got Hustle? Ambition? Big Dreams and Lofty Goals? Bizzy Cold Brew Wants to Give You $50,000!

https://bizzycoldbrew.com/

CEO of ready to drink coffee brand named regional EY ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ reveals what’s driving major market share growth; details nationwide contest awarding $50,000 cash to the ‘Bizzy’est Person in America’

With the United States ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee market estimated [2] at USD 6.46 billion in 2024 and forecasted to reach $8.61 Billion by 2029, it’s clear that Americans covet a killer cup of Joe. Millions of these coffee aficionados not only have a penchant for the convenience of ready to drink formats, but they are also partial to strong coffee beverages to help keep the fires of innovation, creativity and endurance burning bright.

For their own part, makers of the ambitiously strong Bizzy Cold Brew [1] coffee know all too well that hard work can be a grind. This is why company founders Alex French and Andrew Healy are hell bent on recognizing–and energizing–Bizzy people who are working tirelessly toward their goals. The company has launched a nationwide, cash-fuelled contest with $70,000 up for grabs–fully $50,000 of which will go to the person voted as the “Bizzy’est Person in America.”

Known for brewing exceptionally strong coffee, the folks at Bizzy Cold Brew are no stranger to bold moves. With a grand prize of $50,000 and $20,000 earmarked for runner ups, the brand has invited all “Bizzy people” to showcase their drive and ambition for a chance to win big in the contest–including cold hard cash as well as bragging rights. Each of the winners will also receive a one-year supply of smooth,
strong ready-to-drink Bizzy Cold Brew coffee for themselves and up to five of their team members to fuel their ambitions. To further recognize the efforts of Bizzy people, the 4th and 5th place contest winners will each receive a one-year supply of Bizzy Cold Brew.

Below, Bizzy Cold Brew Co-Founder and CEO Alex French sheds light on what motivated the contest and how the brand is making its mark on the RTD coffee beverage industry.

Q: What was the core inspiration for the Bizzy’est Person in America Contest?

AF: Ever since starting our company in 2013, we’ve always celebrated the power of ambition. This contest is our way of rewarding those individuals who inspire others with their relentless drive and passion. Our goal is to use the Bizzy’est Person in America Contest to reward the big-idea thinkers, entrepreneurs, competitors, and innovators who tirelessly pursue their dreams. Ultimately, we want to support Bizzy people–those who embody the ethos of ambition and strive for excellence in all that they do.

Q: How can someone enter the contest?

AF: To enter, ambitious individuals can submit their entries on the contest landing page – bizzycoldbrew.com/bpa [3] – between June 1 and July 27, 2024. The voting period to determine the Bizzy’est Person in America will commence on August 1, 2024, and run through August 22, 2024. Public voting will determine the winners of the contest.

Q: What do you hope people get out of the contest and what is the message you want to send about your business in relation?

AF: Drive and ambition, and leaning into risk along the way, have paid off for me and my Co-Founder, Andrew, resulting in a highly successful business. It hasn’t been easy and it’s been an extraordinary amount of hard work, but that effort has helped us achieve our dreams of being entrepreneurs and business owners. In fact, we were just recognized by Ernst & Young as Heartland region winners of the EY “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award!

Q: Your brand has gained significant market share, greatly expanding its retail presence in recent years. Where exactly can consumers now find Bizzy products?

AF: Yes, our USDA-Certified organic, ready-to-drink cold brew coffee is sold in more than 7,500 grocery stores across the United States, including Sprouts Farmers Market, Target, Stop & Shop, H-E-B, Ralphs, Publix, Fred Meyer, certain Kroger divisions and more. Bizzy’s coarse ground coffee and brew bags are available on Amazon, Walmart.com and on the Bizzy Cold Brew website.

Q: How did the company originally get its start?

AF: Out of a true love of the product, my business partner Andrew and I started making cold brew coffee in our cramped apartment in 2013 after being fed up with paying $5 for a cup from a coffee shop. With Andrew’s background in R&D Engineering, my own background in Consumer Research, and a drive to endlessly pursue perfection both in business and in our product, we have worked tirelessly to develop the best tasting cold brew coffee on the market.

Early on we researched and tested every variable, including the bean origins, roast profiles, grind sizes, brewing temperatures and brewing times, filtration methods, packaging, and storage conditions. We then started bottling it, giving it to friends for feedback, and continued to brew our own coffee formulations every single day.

After spending 3 years on research and thousands of dollars on coffee, commercial kitchen rent and bottles, we ultimately went “all in” and turned our passion into a career. Bizzy has grown significantly since those early days, with a full production facility, brewing team and front office of cold brew fanatics. Today, we’re fortunate to have many of the nation’s leading brick-and-mortar and online retailers carrying Bizzy Cold Brew.

Q: What can you say about your bean–and brewing process at large–that really sets your coffee drinks apart in the marketplace?

AF: No surprise, a good cup of coffee starts with a high-quality bean. After years of research, we settled on some pretty delicious organic certified Arabica beans that are perfect for cold brew. Our USDA Organic Certified coffee is grown in some of the world’s most premier coffee regions.

We then coarsely grind and micro sift the coffee beans for even size. The roasting process is as much art as it is a science. We roast different origins to different levels, cold brew them, and test which version tastes the best.

And one of the most important steps in our process is our brew time. Our beverages are brewed slow for 18 hours and cold filtered, creating the strongest and most flavorful coffee possible.

Q: How would you describe the difference between your various roasts?

AF: Bizzy’s Light Roast has flavor notes of floral and citrus. It is the highest in caffeine of all our roast profiles, with 302 mg per serving.

Our Breakfast Blend is balanced with fruity, cocoa and toffee flavour notes and has 275mg caffeine per serving.

Medium roast is very nicely balanced with notes of caramel and hazelnut. The Medium Roast has 277mg caffeine per serving.

Our Espresso Blend is balanced with notes of chocolate, berry and brown sugar, with 273mg of caffeine per serving.

No matter what flavor profile a coffee lover is looking for, Bizzy has something for everyone.

Q: Much attention is often paid to the grind of the coffee bean. How does this factor into the process?

AF: Yes, the grind is an important factor in getting a good, consistent cold brew, and we take it very seriously at Bizzy. Make the particles too small and you’ll get over-extracted and bitter tastes. Make them too coarse and you will get under-extracted and sour coffee.

We use highly precise methods to grind our coffee to very specific coarseness, resulting in the perfect grind size for making cold brew coffee.

Q: You mentioned micro-sifting earlier. Tell us about that aspect of production.

AF: Micro-sifting is a process that sets our coffee apart from the rest. After the coffee has been ground, it’s passed through a series of sieves that filter out the unwanted particle sizes. We’re then left with the perfect coarseness for cold brewing, a particle size we’ve developed from years of research and testing. This extra step ensures a consistent, deliciously strong and smooth cup of cold brew.

Q: Is there anything else that sets your coffee apart from the others?

AF: Yes, absolutely. It’s our obsessive attention to the details along every step of the process that sum up to a great product. Naturally we start with the water, and we use reverse osmosis water purification as a contributing factor to our amazing cold brew.

We also continuously monitor brewing temperatures to make sure everything stays consistent from brew to brew. It may sound crazy to some, but every little variable has an effect on the outcome, so we do our best to control it all. It’s highly time- and labor-intensive, but we will not sacrifice on the exceptional quality of our cold brew.

Time is of the essence when it comes to brewing. In fact, that’s how cold brew coffee is possible, by replacing heat for time in the brewing equation. We brew every batch of Bizzy for 18 hours, longer than most other cold brews on the shelf. Yes, that’s a very long time. But this gives us the boldest, smoothest flavor and caffeine kick possible.

Also, heat should never be involved in the cold brew process. It defeats the entire purpose. The lack of heat and lengthier brew time is what gives cold brew its distinct flavor characteristics that are sought after over its hot coffee counterpart. All that sweetness and less acidic taste comes from the lack of heat. The end result is a smooth, strong cold brew.

Q: What, if anything, is your company doing in the realm of sustainability?

AF: For us, the “endless pursuit of perfection” isn’t just about the product we make–although we think it’s pretty perfect. While our cold brew is critical to our success, we want to do more and what’s right. We continue to assess our practices and remain diligent in looking for ways to up our sustainability game.

We use data to drive every aspect of our business, including in setting our sustainability goals. We’re continually assessing, measuring and improving, and it is what will get us to our goals of carbon neutrality and upcycling 100% of our spent coffee grounds by 2025 and being plastic negative by 2030. We’ve also transitioned to using 100% post-consumer recycled bottles for our cold brew, which we’re incredibly proud of. At Bizzy, we are a small, passionate “Brew Crew” who strive to do better every single day.

With the company’s endless pursuit of perfection across all operational fronts, Bizzy continues to push the envelope. The company is not only re-defining the standard for truly exceptional strong cold brew coffee, but also celebrating others who are ambitiously striving toward their own dreams.

THE KATI ROLL COMPANY – FROM KOLKATA TO LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET

The Kati Roll Company (TKRC) introduces the flavours of Kolkata, India, to London’s Liverpool Street, serving authentic kati rolls and other traditional treats in the perfect location for city workers, tourists, and foodies to grab a made-to-order delight. Following the success of its central London location in Soho, which opened in 2008, the US-born brand has officially opened its second site just a few minutes from the bustling Liverpool Street station, nestled between the Spitalfields Market area and Bishopsgate inner roads.

Credited with introducing Indian kati rolls to American diners, The Kati Roll Company is the brainchild of Payal Saha, who started the brand as an immigrant in New York, craving the flavours of home. With no restaurant knowledge, she impressively curated her vision and The Kati Roll Company is now a staple amongst Manhattan restaurants adding authentic Kolkata flavours from lunch to late nights.

Indian food lovers and Bollywood fans alike will find themselves transported to a little part of Kolkata, India with classic Bollywood film murals on the walls and a mouthwatering menu of authentic kati rolls.
Kati rolls (“kati” literally meaning skewer), a popular street food found in Kolkata, are made of fully-halal skewer-grilled ingredients, stuffed in a buttery paratha flatbread, and topped with chutneys and spices.

Highlights of the simple yet flavoursome menu include:
• Unda Paneer Roll
Flatbread layered in freshly beaten egg & Achari Paneer filling
• Chicken Tikka Roll
Chicken breast, marinated with yoghourt and spices, and grilled on a skewer
• Unda Chicken Roll
Flat-bread layered with freshly beaten egg with Chicken Tikka filling
• Beef Tikka Roll
Cubed beef round, marinated with yoghourt and spices, and grilled on a skewer
• Shami Kabab Roll
Minced lamb and lentil croquette, with aromatic herbs and spices

There are several vegetarian options too, including the popular Aloo Masala Roll – freshly made mashed potato patty with tomatoes, green peppers and authentic Kolkata Indian spices, and prices start from £3.95.
Signature classic Indian beverages available are Masala Chai and Alfonso Mango Lassi – made in-house from homemade yoghurt and the best mangoes, imported from India.
“We’re thrilled with our growing expansion and especially excited about launching our second TKRC branch in the heart of London. We’re dedicated to serving fast, fresh, authentic, tasty Indian Street food and we’re on a mission to give everyone the chance to taste a little bit of Kolkata, India – there’s something for everyone”, says Founder Payal Saha.
The Kati Roll Company welcomes seasoned food enthusiasts and curious newcomers alike to experience a plethora of flavour and culture, lovingly wrapped in every roll.

www.tkrc.co.uk

These mousses from Bonne Maman are deliciously sweet, light, and easy to pack for the perfect picnic.

Made with real fruit pieces stirred into a sumptuous mousse, the range features wonderful fruity flavours such as Strawberry, Apple & Caramel, Blackcurrant, Rhubarb, Clementine & Lemon, Pear & Chocolate as well as the absolute classic; chocolate.

Available at Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Tescos and come in packs of 2 x 90g. £2.20 RRP.

Crunchy Wasabi Peanuts
Roasted peanuts in a crunchy wasabi-flavoured shell, these fiery little badboys are seriously addictive. Be warned: if you scoff them down too quickly, you may experience the famous ‘nose burn’ sensation many seem to love!

Crunchy BBQ Peanuts
Roasted peanuts in a crunchy and smoky BBQ-flavoured shell.

Crunchy Sriracha Peanuts
Roasted peanuts in a crunchy sriracha-flavoured shell.

Crunchy Coffee Peanuts
Great Taste Award winning Tropical Sun Crunchy Coffee Peanuts: delicious peanuts coated in a smooth and crunchy coffee flavoured shell!

Siprano, an online alcohol-free wine store.

As fitness enthusiasts often avoid alcohol to maintain peak performance, alcohol-free wine offers a sophisticated alternative for them to enjoy without compromising their athletic goals.

Some ideas are:
• Including recipe and pairing suggestions for a picnic, such as light salads, gourmet sandwiches and fresh fruit platters
• Stories from athletes who don’t drink alcohol
• Offer a discount to readers during National Picnic Month

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Studland Bay ranked UK’s top water sport location
These are the best watersport locations this summer
REVEALED: UK’s top water sport destination index

🏄‍♀️ Studland Bay ranked UK’s top water sport location 🏄‍♀️(Please download the image to see the full list)

Rank
Location
Average Min. Water Temperature in July (°C)
Average Max. Water Temperature in July (°C)
Water Quality Rating
Cloud in July
Hours of Daylight in July (Hours)
Total Rating
1
Studland Bay
16.3
20.1
Excellent
42%
16
100
2
Brancaster Beach
15.8
20.6
Excellent
44%
16.3
99.8
3
Camber Sands
15.9
20.4
Good
42%
16
92.9
4
Compton Bay
14.5
19.9
Excellent
42%
15.9
90
5
Brighton
14.3
16.9
Good
42%
16.4
84
6
The Gower
14.1
18.9
Excellent
45%
16.1
82.3
7
Hayling Island
14.3
16.4
Excellent
42%
16
80.7
8
Wembury
13.1
18.7
Excellent
43%
15.9
77.4
9
Poldhu Cove
13.2
19.5
Excellent
44%
15.9
74.4
10
Stackpole
14.6
17.3
Excellent
46%
16.1
74

View the full dataset, here

Studland Bay: Studland Bay ranked as the top water sport destination in the UK, achieving a perfect score of 100. With 16 hours of daylight, 42% cloud cover, excellent water quality, and impressive average minimum and maximum water temperatures of 16.3°C and 20.1°C expected in July, it’s no surprise that Studland Bay attracts numerous Brits seeking to indulge in popular water sports such as kayaking and stand up paddle boarding.
Brancaster Beach: Brancaster Beach secured 2nd spot with a score of 99.8 out of 100. In July, it boasts a slightly higher average maximum water temperature of 20.6°C, with 44% cloud cover despite enjoying an additional 0.3 hours of daylight. Nevertheless, it remains an excellent destination for watersports enthusiasts, offering ideal conditions for activities like stand-up paddleboarding and kitesurfing.
Camber Sands: Camber Sands ranked in 3rd place with a total score of 92.9 out of 100. While water quality is ranked good, the average maximum temperature in July remains in the 20’s at 20.4. It’s a great place for water sports including sailing, windsurfing and SUP.

Luxury picnic company based in London who set up luxe picnics pretty much everywhere outdoors.

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The Garden of Eva’s American Southern products are built for picnics!

Eva Thorne, the founder of The Garden of Eva, grew up pickling and preserving with her Virginia-born mother, Tina, three seasons out of four and she is excited to bring these authentic, Southern flavours to the UK. Their products are in independents, Whole Foods Market UK, and now, Selfridges!!

Chow Chow (pickled relish beloved across the South): A dollop or two of chow chow makes potato salad, pasta salad, chicken salad, or tuna salad pop. Honest Burgers used it to make a monthly special – a New Orleans fried chicken sandwich that outsold other monthly burger specials at the time.

Chili-watermelon jam (named by Whole Foods Market UK’s 2024 Food and Drinks Trends for complex heat) is a great, zest sandwich spread. Or try it with cheese.

The 2-star Great Taste award-winning, handcrafted pickled watermelon rind is great with cheese and charcuterie. It also goes great with barbecued ribs and pulled pork!

The website address is gardenofeva.co.uk .

Eva Thorne, the founder of The Garden of Eva, has a son, Brooks. He enjoyed his several years playing rugby for London Scottish, which is based in Richmond, London. He doesn’t play now but learned important skills from his time with Scottish! He may find his way back onto the pitch again!

 

Top places to enjoy a picnic at Blenheim Palace

To celebrate National Picnic Month, Blenheim Palace has revealed its top spots to enjoy a picnic this July. Bring your baskets and blankets and make a beeline for the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Here are just a few Palace picnic spots to whet your appetite…

• Formal Gardens – if it’s a picnic with a side of history, you’ll be spoilt for choice here with the beautiful Water Terraces, not forgetting views of the Great Lake thanks to the accessible path from the West Courtyard.
• The Cedar of Lebanon Tree – for a movie moment picnic, this spot is most famous for its role in the popular 2007 film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the tree stands on the bank of the Great Lake.
• Vanbrugh’s Grand Bridge – the surrounding lawns of this historic bridge that separates the Great Lake from the Queen Pool has often been described as ‘the finest view in England’ that’ll make a picnic with a difference.
• Walled Garden – the ultimate place for a picnic with the little ones, enjoy a bite to eat in the Walled Garden surrounded by the Butterfly House and the Marlborough Maze. Picnic top tip: The Pizzeria offers woodfired pizzas, pasta, salads and meatball subs.
• Adventure Play – break for a picnic lunch at the Snack Shack during a family trip to the all-new immersive attraction while kids let their imaginations run wild.
• The Roundel – located in the Formal Garden, this beautiful water fountain and ornamental pond, often referred to as ‘the roundabout’, sets the scene for a romantic afternoon picnic affair.
• Column of Victory – if it’s a walk followed by a well deserved picnic break then head on over to admire this listed column. Flanked by lime trees, the column was built by Lord Herbert to commemorate the first Duke’s victory at the Battle of Blenheim.
• The Cascades – designed by the famous landscape architect, Capability Brown, in the 1760s, this famous feature near the water is a charming sight to take in whilst enjoying a bite to eat.
• Temple of Flora – tucking into a picnic near this Grade II listed building will grant you views over the vast Great Lake with a nearby walk to the Rose Garden.

There are several places to enjoy food and drink or to purchase your picnic essentials around Blenheim Palace, including The Oxfordshire Pantry, The Stables Café, The Walled Garden Pizzeria, and the Snack Shack in the Adventure Play family attraction. Much of the produce is locally sourced and often features fresh fruit and vegetables from Blenheim Palace’s own kitchen garden.

You will need a valid Annual Pass, Privilege Pass or Park and Gardens ticket and booking in advance is advised. What’s more, when you travel to Blenheim Palace via public transport, bicycle or fully electric car, you are eligible for a 30% discount off your Annual Pass or Palace, Park and Gardens day ticket (this discount is not valid for Privilege Pass or Park and Gardens tickets). Use the code GREEN30 for discount during online checkout and show your proof of travel by bus, train or bike on arrival.

Plan your picnic and book tickets here, blenheimpalace.com/tickets-booking/.

Although the concept of the picnic originated in France, the British have very much taken it to their hearts.

It is thought that the average person in the UK goes on three picnics a year, enjoying the sunshine and the fresh air it brings. So grab your blankets and baskets out of the cupboards and get out to the great outdoors, for a good old-fashioned picnic.
We have the best advice for you as well as three veganised nostalgic firm favourite recipes for you: Coronation Chicken Pastries, Crustless Stuffing Quiche, and Banana, Apricot & Walnut Muffins!
Vegetarian for Life (VfL) is the leading authority on diet and healthy living advice for older vegans and vegetarians. CEO Amanda Woodvine and Roving Chef Alex are both available for further comments and advice.

VfL also offers one-day vegan baking courses for professional caterers and journalists. These will give catering teams the tools for success to use tried-and-tested egg- and dairy- replacements to create a variety of delicious desserts.
Picnics are an inexpensive, easy way to spend time with friends and family and enjoy the beautiful weather, snack on delicious foods, and soak up some extra vitamin D. This day is the ultimate excuse to plan a romantic sunset picnic for your partner, or a family-fun picnic in the park!
If you’re planning a spontaneous, last-minute picnic and aren’t sure where to go, consider opening your folding patio doors and setting up your impromptu picnic on the lawn or patio! You’ll have just as much fun picnicking outside in your back garden and you’ll have everything that you need within reach. A great option for care home residents too, if mobility is an issue or you’re currently shielding.
Tips for the perfect picnic day out
The first step in planning the ultimate picnic is to choose the day and location. You’ll want to pick a day that your friends and family are available. Be sure to check the weather ahead of time to find a nice, sunny day to picnic. Pick your favourite place, be it the local park, beach or lake. Take your favourite portable food, packing food that will travel well. Include sandwiches, cheese and crackers and lots of water. Also be sure to pack a blanket to keep you comfy, and those all important hand wipes and sanitisers.
Entertainment
If you’ll be spending the entire day picnicking, think about some fun games for picnickers to play. The grandkids will have fun with a traditional game of football, rounders or frisbee, though follow safe guidance if they’re not all from the same household. For those looking to relax, bring some magazines or a good book. You could also bring some music to enjoy.
Remember to bring sunscreen, sunglasses and hats. Some insect repellent might come in handy, too.
Don’t forget to clear up after your day out, ensuring that you take all your litter with you.
Here are some recipes and ideas to make your next picnic even tastier:
Super Sandwiches
Sandwiches make the perfect picnic staple. Why not try some of these delicious fillings?
⦁ Ploughmans: Hard cheese slice such as Violife Original Sliced, with tomato, lettuce and sandwich pickle
⦁ Florida Salad: Vegan cream cheese, such as Violife Original Soft Cheese Dairy Alternative, with apricots, pineapple and sunflower seeds
⦁ Creamy Avocado: Hummus, sliced avocado and cucumber
⦁ Eastern Delight: Hummus, shop-bought falafel, cucumber and grated carrot
⦁ Taste of India: Shop-bought onion bhaji or vegetable pakora with crispy onions and mango chutney
⦁ Mexican Magic: Guacamole, onion, tomato, sliced vegan ready-to-eat sausages, such as VBites
⦁ Filling Fungi: Mushroom pâté with gherkins and red onion.
And don’t forget to try V for Life’s delicious recipes for Coronation Chicken Pastries, Crustless Stuffing Quiche, and Banana, Apricot & Walnut Muffins.

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THE KATI ROLL COMPANY – FROM KOLKATA TO LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET

The Kati Roll Company (TKRC) introduces the flavours of Kolkata, India, to London’s Liverpool Street, serving authentic kati rolls and other traditional treats in the perfect location for city workers, tourists, and foodies to grab a made-to-order delight. Following the success of its central London location in Soho, which opened in 2008, the US-born brand has officially opened its second site just a few minutes from the bustling Liverpool Street station, nestled between the Spitalfields Market area and Bishopsgate inner roads.

Credited with introducing Indian kati rolls to American diners, The Kati Roll Company is the brainchild of Payal Saha, who started the brand as an immigrant in New York, craving the flavours of home. With no restaurant knowledge, she impressively curated her vision and The Kati Roll Company is now a staple amongst Manhattan restaurants adding authentic Kolkata flavours from lunch to late nights.

Indian food lovers and Bollywood fans alike will find themselves transported to a little part of Kolkata, India with classic Bollywood film murals on the walls and a mouthwatering menu of authentic kati rolls.
Kati rolls (“kati” literally meaning skewer), a popular street food found in Kolkata, are made of fully-halal skewer-grilled ingredients, stuffed in a buttery paratha flatbread, and topped with chutneys and spices.

Highlights of the simple yet flavoursome menu include:
• Unda Paneer Roll
Flatbread layered in freshly beaten egg & Achari Paneer filling
• Chicken Tikka Roll
Chicken breast, marinated with yoghourt and spices, and grilled on a skewer
• Unda Chicken Roll
Flat-bread layered with freshly beaten egg with Chicken Tikka filling
• Beef Tikka Roll
Cubed beef round, marinated with yoghourt and spices, and grilled on a skewer
• Shami Kabab Roll
Minced lamb and lentil croquette, with aromatic herbs and spices

There are several vegetarian options too, including the popular Aloo Masala Roll – freshly made mashed potato patty with tomatoes, green peppers and authentic Kolkata Indian spices, and prices start from £3.95.
Signature classic Indian beverages available are Masala Chai and Alfonso Mango Lassi – made in-house from homemade yoghurt and the best mangoes, imported from India.
“We’re thrilled with our growing expansion and especially excited about launching our second TKRC branch in the heart of London. We’re dedicated to serving fast, fresh, authentic, tasty Indian Street food and we’re on a mission to give everyone the chance to taste a little bit of Kolkata, India – there’s something for everyone”, says Founder Payal Saha.
The Kati Roll Company welcomes seasoned food enthusiasts and curious newcomers alike to experience a plethora of flavour and culture, lovingly wrapped in every roll.

Peli Products Introduces New 14QT Personal Cooler and 20QT Elite Cooler – Exclusively Available on Peli.com

Barcelona, July 2024 – Peli Products, S.L.U., the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective cases, temperature-controlled packaging solutions, and advanced portable lighting systems, is thrilled to announce the launch of two innovative coolers – the 14QT Personal Cooler and the 20QT Elite Cooler. Crafted with the same high-quality materials that have made Peli a trusted name for over 45 years, both coolers offer superior durability.

14QT Personal Cooler: Revolutionising Convenience and Versatility

The 14QT Personal Cooler is set to transform how users store their essentials with its unique design that separates wet and dry storage. Ideal for picnics, sports, day trips, and everyday use, this cooler is perfect for keeping your lunch, beverages, and snacks perfectly chilled. Key features include:

• Wet and Dry Storage: This innovative design allows users to keep dry items such as sandwiches and snacks separate from wet or chilled items like beverages and ice packs.
• Integrated Cup Holder: The lid features an integrated cup holder, adding convenience for on-the-go refreshment.
• Secure Latch System: The cooler features a secure latch system, ensuring your items stay safely stored during transit.

20QT Elite Cooler: Compact Yet King-Sized Performance

For those needing a compact cooler without sacrificing performance, the 20QT Elite Cooler is the ultimate solution. Designed to meet the highest standards of durability and cooling efficiency, this cooler is ideal for outdoor adventures, from camping trips to fishing excursions. Features include:

• Enhanced Cooling Performance: With superior ice retention capabilities, your contents stay cooler for longer periods, ensuring fresh provisions throughout your adventure.
• Built-In Bottle Opener: The cooler includes a built-in bottle opener for added convenience during your trips.
• Non-Slip Feet: Equipped with non-slip feet, this cooler stays securely in place, even on wet or uneven surfaces.

Exclusive Availability

Both the 14QT Personal Cooler and the 20QT Elite Cooler are available exclusively on Peli.com. Additionally, each cooler is backed by a three-year limited warranty, a testament to Peli’s commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Both models are available in the following colours: Dark Gray/Green and Grey/White.

Indulge in VINNIE – Crafted from double layers of premium stainless steel, this bottle is your passport to enjoying chilled beverages for up to 6 hours. Envision a summer picnic or a vibrant festival, effortlessly pouring your favourite chilled wine, secure in the knowledge that every sip retains its refreshing coolness.

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Built to endure, VINNIE boasts a sturdy stainless steel construction with a scratch-resistant, powder-coated finish, ensuring it stands strong against the rigours of outdoor adventures.

The screw-top lid not only secures your wine but guarantees a leakproof seal, providing you with 100% peace of mind. Your drink remains safe and secure, ready for whenever the moment calls.

Why choose VINNIE over a traditional glass bottle?

Lighter & More Portable: VINNIE is designed for convenience, being significantly lighter than glass bottles. Carry it effortlessly on your adventures without the added weight.

Shatterproof Durability: Unlike fragile glass, VINNIE won’t break when dropped, ensuring you can enjoy your favourite wine without worrying about accidents.

Extended Chilling Power: VINNIE doesn’t just store your wine; it enhances the experience by keeping it refreshingly cold for hours, far surpassing the capabilities of a standard glass bottle.

VINNIE goes beyond cold beverages – its exceptional insulation transforms it into the perfect companion for hot drinks. Imagine savouring a warm cup of coffee or tea on a crisp morning. With VINNIE’s thermal insulation, take your time, and relish every comforting sip without the rush.

Elevate your outdoor experiences with VINNIE – where style, durability, and versatility meet in a travel wine bottle designed for the moments that matter. Cheers to VINNIE, your ideal adventure companion!

Crunchy Wasabi Peanuts
Roasted peanuts in a crunchy wasabi-flavoured shell, these fiery little badboys are seriously addictive. Be warned: if you scoff them down too quickly, you may experience the famous ‘nose burn’ sensation many seem to love!

Crunchy BBQ Peanuts
Roasted peanuts in a crunchy and smoky BBQ-flavoured shell.

Crunchy Sriracha Peanuts
Roasted peanuts in a crunchy sriracha-flavoured shell.

Crunchy Coffee Peanuts
Great Taste Award winning Tropical Sun Crunchy Coffee Peanuts: delicious peanuts coated in a smooth and crunchy coffee flavoured shell!

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Picnic at the top of Lions Head. Lions head is a very popular hike along the Table Mountain range in Cape Town ..

Incredible views and picnic is carried up by the guide to be enjoyed at the top.

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Vittoria Veltri at Pasta And Play.

> A Symphony of Textures:
>
> * Insalata di Riso (Italian Rice Salad): This vibrant salad goes
> beyond the usual salad. Fluffy rice is tossed with colourful
> vegetables, tuna, cured meats, and a homemade mayo, offering a
> delightful mix of textures and flavours.
>
> Pasta-to-go:
>
> * Frittata di Pasta (Pasta Frittata): A creative twist on the classic
> frittata, this dish utilizes leftover pasta. Imagine a savory pie
> bursting with flavorful pasta, eggs and cheese – perfect for a
> handheld meal.
>
> Picnic-Friendly Indulgence:
>
> * Stuffed Pan Brioche: This pan-brioche is a delightful surprise.
> Filled with savoury ingredients like cheese, ham, and veggies, they
> offer a decadent yet portable treat.
>
> Sweet & Savory Bites:
>
> * Olive & Sundried Tomato Muffins: Move over, cupcakes! These savory
> muffins are packed with briny olives, tangy sundried tomatoes, and
> fragrant herbs. They’re ideal for a light bite or a delicious
> appetizer.
>
> Italian Flair, Effortless Enjoyment:
>
> These recipes are not only mouth watering but also practical for
> picnics. They can be prepared in advance, are easy to transport, and
> don’t require reheating. Each dish offers a unique twist on classic
> picnic fare, infusing your spread with Italian flair and delightful
> flavours.
Furniture expert reveals the best garden layout for hosting party this summer
With many sporting events taking place this summer and temperatures soaring, many Brits will be looking to host BBQs and gatherings in their garden.
Accommodating guests can be difficult, especially if you are working with a small garden, but there are a few tricks you can employ to make the most out of your space.
Tristan Lynch, CEO of garden and home furniture retailer Roseland Furniture, has shared how to make the most out of your garden space and details the best layout for hosting family and friends this summer.

Make the most out of your space
Hosting can be daunting if you have only a small garden, but it is possible to make the most of your space.
Buy practical furniture that can be stored easily. Garden tables with benches are great because you can tuck the benches under the table to save space, and they can seat more people.

Also, use light furniture that can be moved and repositioned easily, this will save a lot of time and energy.

Make the most of your indoor space. If you have patio or bifold doors leading into your garden, keep them open and keep food and drinks indoors. This ensures there is more space on the tables.

Cook inside rather than outside. A BBQ can take up space, so try preparing the food in advance. If you still want a BBQ, try using a disposable BBQ.

Remove any furniture or clutter from the garden that you do not need beforehand.

Stick to minimal decor. If you still want something more formal and you want to decorate your table, try keeping it as minimal as possible. Try hanging a garland above the table, using small and thin vases, and avoiding using big centrepieces.

Create different zones in your garden. Separate your dining area from the rest of your garden by placing potted plants or rearranging furniture. This ensures you have separate areas for eating, socialising, and your garden won’t feel cramped.

Decide on a focal point

If you’re hosting a viewing party for a sporting event this summer, the television or projector screen should be the main focal point.
It is best to position the screen in a shady spot and consider what is needed to set up the television, e.g., an extension lead. If you are using an extension lead, make sure it is out of the way and will not be a trip hazard.
Position the furniture so that all your guests can view the screen well. You want it to be as comfortable and inviting as possible so use a selection of comfy cushions and position footstalls to make it feel more homely.

Consider different types of lighting
Proper lighting can make a huge difference and create a cosy atmosphere. Garden lighting also highlights areas of your garden you want to draw attention to.
A simple but effective lighting solution is to use string lights. These are easy to put up and take down, and they can be tied along a wall, fence, or even around trees. String lights are also cost-effective, battery-powered, and available in a variety of designs and colours.

Lanterns are a subtle way of creating a pleasant atmosphere that is also low maintenance. Solar-powered lanterns can be dotted around the edges of your garden, on decking, or even placed on tables for when it gets darker.

Clustering orb lights are another low maintenance but effective way to add character to your garden. If you’re hosting a party, try colour changing orb lights or grouping different colours to create a fun atmosphere.

For a more permanent lighting feature, install spotlights in your decking to highlight seating areas and add light to areas where you think they will need it once dark.

Rearrange your furniture
The type of furniture and arrangement in your garden can make a huge difference to the event you’re hosting.
If you’re hosting a viewing party, you want sofas and comfy chairs facing the screen.
If you are hosting a birthday party or a hen party, try setting up small seating areas with coffee tables where guests can move around and socialise with other guests.

Set up shaded areas. Either use a gazebo or use naturally shaded areas in your garden. Place a picnic blanket and cushions or chairs for those who would rather stay out of the sun.

Outdoor sofas are an excellent way of creating a homely and cosy vibe. L-shaped sofas or corner sofas can accommodate more guests and are great for when your guests want to drink and chat.

Firepits are more permanent and more costly, but they can create a cosy, intimate atmosphere. If you’re hosting a small gathering, sitting around a firepit at the end of the evening with a drink is a good way of winding down after a long summer’s day.

Tristan Lynch, CEO of Roseland Furniture, commented:
“Hosting can be quite a daunting task, with many details to consider, such as food, drink, and the unpredictable British weather. Hosting a large family BBQ or a small get together with friends doesn’t have to be complicated. Making simple, subtle changes to furniture and lighting can transform your garden into a cosy, homely and fun environment that will make hosting stress-free and enjoyable.
“With the Euros, Wimbledon and the Olympics all coinciding this summer, it has never been a better time to host a viewing party and BBQ with your family and friends.”

Krissy Regan is a wellbeing author, blogger and podcaster and creates stories to inspire adults and children to nurture themselves as well as the planet. When Krissy is not writing books and caring for her two young children she is running marathons (for fun), and figuring out the tricky balance of work, family, home and self!

Krissy’s five books include:
The Koala who lost his Heart. A story about a young koala who loses his parents in a bushfire and learns to trust his instincts and love again. Endorsed by the Australian Koala Foundation and nominated for Queensland State Literary Award in children’s literature.
Bella the Brown Butted Bird. A story about becoming a mum for the first time and what we learn along the way, told through the life of Bella the bird and a mishap with a golden egg. Nominated for Queensland State Literary Award in children’s literature. Illustrated by Krissy’s two daughters Clodagh (9) and Kara (6).
Bobby, a horse who teaches a young girl how to love. A rhyming book about unconditional love from an animal and equine therapy.
London to Townsville. A story about a little girl who moves from England to Australia and the differences between the northern and southern hemisphere. Illustrated by Clodagh Regan aged 7.
Broken to Unbreakable, 12 Steps to an Unbreakable Mind, Body & Spirit. Nominated for Australian Business Book of the year in Health and Wellbeing, Personal Development and Audiobook.

Krissy’s books are available wherever you buy your books online and via her website. You can contact Krissy directly for a bulk order, public speaking or wellness seminar.

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Escape the Ordinary picnic food with Insalata di Riso (Italianstyle Rice Salad)
Super easy to make, Insalata di Riso is a vibrant Italian rice salad that’s perfect for a summer
picnic.
If you are looking for a dish that bursts with flavour and transcends the typical picnic salad, then
look no further than Insalata di Riso. This isn’t your average picnic dish; it’s a symphony of textures
and tastes, featuring fluffy rice, a medley of colourful vegetables, and flaked tuna, all bound
together with a creamy homemade mayonnaise dressing.

Ingredients:
• For the Rice:
◦ 300 grams long-grain white rice
◦ 750 grams water
◦ 5 grams salt
• For the Vegetables and Meats:
◦ 75 grams canned peas
◦ 75 grams pitted olives and capers (drained, optional)
◦ 125 grams cherry tomatoes, halved and quartered
◦ 100 grams diced mozzarella cheese
◦ 150 grams diced cooked ham (prosciutto cotto)
◦ 160 grams canned tuna in olive oil, drained
• For the Dressing:
◦ 125 grams mayonnaise
◦ 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
◦ 1 pinch dried oregano
◦ Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions:
1. Cook the Rice: Rinse the rice well. In a large pot, combine the rice, water, and salt. Bring to
a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15-18 minutes, or until rice is cooked
through. Remove from heat and drain. Let cool completely.
2. Prepare the ingredients: Dice the cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and cooked ham.
3. Assemble the Salad: In a large bowl, combine the cooled rice, diced vegetables, cooked
ham, cheese, and flaked tuna.
4. Dress the Salad: In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, olive oil, oregano, salt,
and pepper. Pour the dressing over the rice mixture and toss gently to coat all ingredients
evenly.
5. Chill and Serve: Cover the salad and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight,
to allow the flavours to meld. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving, if desired.
Tips:
• For a richer flavour, use homemade mayonnaise in the dressing (recipe below).
• Feel free to customize the recipe! Here are some additional ingredients you can add:
chopped artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, diced salami, diced red bell pepper, any type
of cheese you like, chopped cooked sausage, or gherkins.
• Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Super Quick Homemade Mayonnaise
(Optional, but recommended for a richer flavour)
Ingredients:
• 1 large egg
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon vinegar
• 80 grams neutral oil (like vegetable or grapeseed oil)
• Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Instructions:
1. Gather Your Ingredients: Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature for best
results.
2. Emulsify the Base: Add all ingredients to a container suitable for an immersion blender.
3. Slowly Add the Oil: With the immersion blender on low speed, positioned at the bottom of
the jar, blend (make sure you blend the yolk first). As the mixture thickens, you can slowly
lift the blender.
4. Season and Enjoy: Once the mayonnaise is thick and creamy, season with salt and pepper
to taste. Enjoy your homemade mayo immediately or store it in an airtight container in the
refrigerator for up to 3 days

refrigerator for up to 3 days.
About me:
Vittoria, a culinary professional and mother of two, brings the flavors of her native Calabria, Italy,
to London. Based in Putney, South West London, she is passionate about sharing Southern Italian
cuisine with people of all ages.
Vittoria is the founder of Pasta and Play, a company offering cooking classes for kids and adults
inspired by her Southern Italian heritage. Established in 2015, Pasta and Play has collaborated with
well-known brands like Airbnb and Eataly. The classes cater to both children and adults.
Vittoria’s expertise, developed through training at Leith’s School of Food and Wine and furthered
internationally, is evident in her specialty classes. Participants learn the art of homemade pasta
making, sourdough baking, and creating authentic Italian sauces.
Beyond technical skills, Vittoria’s classes emphasize the joy of cooking and creating memories. She
aims to foster a love for food and recreate the traditions passed down from her own Southern Italian
grandmother

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