Summer Outdoors, Fitness, Holidays, fun & Training / Rugby etc +Essentials! 8

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Recipe 1: Savoury
Blackberry cured cod with fennel, candy beet and blackberry remoulade

You need to use really fresh fish for this, so make sure it’s not fishy at all and very clean and bright

For the cure

150g Driscoll’s Sweet Blackberries
Zest of one lemon
4 juniper berries, lightly crushed
25ml gin
2 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp caster sugar

2 sparklingly fresh loin fillets of cod, hake or 120g each
Knob of butter
Sprig of thyme
Garlic clove, lightly crushed

For the remoulade

80ml white wine vinegar
100g Driscoll’s Sweet Blackberries
Pinch of salt
Bay leaf
1 candy striped beetroot, peeled and sliced very thinly (preferably with a mandolin)
1 granny smith or cox apple, peeled, cored and julienned
1/2 bulb of fennel, sliced very finely (preferably with a mandolin)
1/2 red onion, very finely sliced
2 tbsp soft herbs such as dill and chervil, leaves picked and roughly chopped
1 tbsp capers
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp Dijon
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds



1. First cure your fish. Combine all the ingredients for the cure in the bowl of a food processor and blitz until you have a purple paste. Place the fish into a large bowl or baking tin and cover all over with the cure. Cover with cling film and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably 4. While that’s curing, you’re going to lightly pickle the blackberries. Bring the vinegar to the boil with the salt and bay in a non-reactive pan. Add the blackberries and set aside

2. When the fish has cured, rinse it gently under a softly running tap and dry with kitchen roll. Leave on the kitchen roll to dry while you make the remoulade

3. To do this, combine the sliced ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Mix the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, olive oil together along with 1 tbsp of the blackberry vinegar (from pickling the blackberries), and use it to dress the remoulade. Add the capers, pumpkin seeds and soft herbs and combine until everything is lightly and evenly coated. Drain and add the blackberries, reserving the blackberry-infused vinegar for other occasions (lovely dressing for salad mixed with olive oil)

4. Heat a large, heavy-bottomed non-stick frying pan or cast iron skillet over a medium-to-high heat with 1 tbsp. of olive oil and knob of butter, garlic and thyme. Place the fish in the pan and cook, without moving it (you want it to create a self-sealing crust) for three or so minutes, baste with the melted butter. When it comes away from the pan naturally, flip it over and finish for a couple more minutes, continuing to baste it. Once just cooked through, divide the fish between plates with the remoulade. I like to season the fish with a little more of the vinegar (as you would lemon juice).
5. Garnish with more fresh herbs.

Recipe 2: Savoury
Spelt base pizza with blackberries, gorgonzola, kale and walnuts

Serves 2-4

For the Biga

75g spelt flour
75g plain white flour
1/2 tsp fast action yeast
1/2 tsp sugar

For the final dough

150g spelt flour
125g wholemeal flour
1 tsp fast action yeast
2 tbsp olive oil

For the topping

50g Driscoll’s Sweet Blackberries
1 garlic clove, crushed
75g crème fraiche
50g soft gorgonzola, plus extra for crumbling over
1/2 red onion, sliced
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
a handful of walnuts
100g kale or chicory – I like to use the frilly green and purple, stems removed
2 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked


1. Make the biga the night before. In a bowl, combine the two flours, yeast and sugar. Slowly add 150ml lukewarm water, stirring to create a thick batter-like dough. Cover with a plastic carrier bag or dry tea towel and leave in a warm place overnight

2. For the second stage, add the flours, yeast and olive oil along with 1 tsp salt to the biga, then gradually mix in enough water to make a soft wet dough that still holds its shape (we used around 200ml-220ml water). Cover and leave to rise for 2-4 hours or until tripled in size, being careful that it doesn’t over prove and collapse on itself

3. Once the dough has risen, knock it back in the bowl then tip out onto a heavily floured surface. Knead in the flour until the dough stops sticking to your hands, it should be very soft and springy but not so wet that it sticks to the surface. Divide into 2 balls (freeze one to use later) use the other to make either 2 small or one large pizza rolled out with a floured rolling pin to approx. 1 cm thick. Heat the oven to 210C/190C fan/gas mark 6 1/2. Transfer the base to an oiled baking sheet. Prove this for a further five minutes while you get the topping ready

4. Beat the crème fraiche, garlic and gorgonzola together to make the base. Spread it across the pizza dough. Toss the kale and red onion in a bowl with olive oil, salt and pepper. Add this to the top of the pizza base along with the blackberries, extra gorgonzola and walnuts, drizzle with olive oil and season with thyme. Bake for 10-15 mins, until the base is puffed and golden.

Recipe 3: Sweet
Blackberry and bay clafoutis

250ml whole milk
4 bay leaves
400g Driscoll’s Sweet Blackberries
3 tbsp crème de mur
2 tsp caster sugar
100g caster sugar
100g white flour
2 tbsp demerara sugar
pinch of salt
2 eggs, beaten
50g butter, melted


1. Place the blackberries in a bowl with the crème de mur and two tsps of caster sugar. Macerate while you infuse the milk. Place the milk, half the caster sugar and bay in a pan over a medium heat and bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Boil for about two minutes, stirring, and then turn the heat off and leave to infuse for at least an hour. Remove the bay leaves
2. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a baking dish just wide enough to hold the blackberries in one layer. Scatter over the demerara sugar and rotate to distribute the sugar evenly across the dish
3. Sift the flour into a bowl with the salt and sugar. Add in the eggs, beating until smooth, then mix in the melted butter. Gradually add the milk, whisking until you have no lumps, straining through a sieve if you’re not happy there are no lumps. Put the blackberries in the dish and gently pour over the batter. Bake for 30 minutes, until golden and just set but still wobbly. Leave to settle for 10-15 minutes then serve, warm.

Recipe 4: Sweet
Blackberry caramel blondies

Makes 12 pieces

For the blackberry caramel

100g Driscoll’s Sweet Blackberries
100g light muscovado sugar
100g creme fraiche
30g butter
A large pinch of sea salt

For the blondie mix

100g unsalted butter, melted
200g light muscovado sugar
1 large egg
1tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
120g all-purpose organic flour
60g flaked almonds

100g blackberries, for garnishing
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Line a high sided, 18cm x 25cm high sided metal baking tin with greaseproof baking paper
2. To make the blackberry caramel, put the blackberries in a non-stick, non-reactive pan and heat over a medium to high heat with two tablespoons of water and a pinch of salt. Cook for a few minutes, until the blackberries change colour and start to release their liquid and become squishy. Remove to a bowl and squash with the back of a fork. Wipe out the pan and melt the sugar slowly. Add the butter and crème fraiche and cook for 3-5 minutes, until you have a smooth caramel sauce. Add in the blackberries and their juice and cook, stirring into the caramel. You should have a lovely, slightly purple fruity caramel. Season with salt to balance and bring out the flavours
3. To make the blondies, in a medium bowl, stir melted butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add the egg, vanilla, salt and stir vigorously until smooth. Add the flour and half the almonds and stir until no streaks remain. Spread half the batter across the baking tin, top with the blackberry caramel, spreading it out as evenly as you can. Top with the rest of the batter and spread out over the caramel, using a toothpick to marble. Press in the remaining blackberries and scatter over the flaked almonds. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out relatively clean. Transfer quickly and efficiently onto a wire rack to cool, then cut into squares.

Summer Outdoors, Fitness, Holidays, fun & Training / Rugby etc +Essentials! 8

The weather is hot which means only one thing: time to break out your shorties! John’s Crazy Socks now has ankle socks and “shorties” to keep cool all summer long.


Picture this, you’re laying outside in the hot sun on a reclined chair, sunglasses. What’s missing? “Summer Cooler” Shortie Socks! These summer time socks feature a cool drink in a mason jar with a striped straw, the exact way a summer time drink should be served!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream Cone Ankle Socks. You can order from our site without screaming (especially since we can’t hear you through the internet). But if it makes you happy, scream away!
Featuring pink soft serve ice cream on a purple background, these ankle socks are the perfect accessory for chasing after the ice cream truck on a summer day. Your Ice Cream Cone Ankle Socks will let the ice cream man know just what you want. Nothing is better on a hot summer day than a soft serve ice cream cone.

Googly Pineapple Ankle Socks take the best summer fruit around and make it even better with a neat pair of googly eyes. Because, honestly, the only thing that can possibly make a pineapple better is a ridiculous set of googly eyes.

About John’s Crazy Socks

John’s Crazy Socks is a father-son venture co-founded and inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his love of colorful and fun socks, or what he calls his “crazy socks.” Our business is a business built on love and we’re on a mission to spread happiness through socks. Plus, we give back with 5 percent of earnings going to the Special Olympics. In addition, the company has released a series of Awareness Socks that raise money for charity partners supporting people with Down syndrome, Autism and Williams Syndrome. John’s Crazy Sock has been featured in Money Magazine, ABC-News and The Mighty among other media outlets.

Perfect for travelling families, these fun customizable tattoos really do help if a family gets separated! >


Perfect for traveling families, especially in the Summer.

“Mompreneur” of three, Michele Welsh, created SafetyTat ID customizable tattoos in case a family gets separated. A helpful adult can reunite lost children and caregivers quickly with any given phone number. Customer Lindsey A. said it best, “They will be on my packing list for every trip, right up there with sunscreen and ibuprofen!”

SafetyTat provide fun, “just in case” solutions for any family traveling. Parents love the peace of mind, kids are crazy about our cute designs. Best part? Children who wear our tattoos feel empowered. They consistently receive emails from parents using SafetyTat thanking us because their child, “knew just what to do.”

SafetyTat also offer durable Anywhere Labels to help organize and keep track of all the stuff we lose. Anywhere Labels are also customizable – perfect for coats, school supplies, water bottles, electronics, tools and more! Now, SafetyTat is for more than just the kids.

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SafetyTat also supplie Anywhere Labels!

Great for school, camp, office,home and sports field. Apply to toys, clothing and coat tags, school supplies, bags and totes, containers, water bottles, electronics and chargers, sports gear, sports uniforms, backpacks, baby gear, office organizing, and more! Dishwasher and washing machine safe when applied to any clean, dry solid surface, or care tags on clothing and soft toys.

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reichelt is an online electronics retailer, with many products up to 20% cheaper than elsewhere in the UK

The Soap Kitchen’s Cooling Peppermint Foot Cream – in a 50ml bottle it’s a great summer foot care essential and ideal for travelling!

Cooling & Soothing
Peppermint Foot Cream from The Soap Kitchen


The perfect pick-me-up to help revive tired tootsies! The Soap Kitchen’s multi-tasking Peppermint Foot Cream will give your hard-working feet some much needed TLC – to both revive & refresh and to nourish & nurture.

Peppermint Foot Cream

One of The Soap Kitchen’s most popular formulations from their range of moisturising creams, this light, soothing & cooling foot cream is richly moisturising and contains natural peppermint oil to help stimulate the circulation.

Peppermint Foot Cream is handmade with a base of sunflower oil and cold pressed borage seed oil (starflower oil) which is extremely rich in gamma-linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid) also known as Vitamin F making it ideal to get your feet flip-flop ready.
It’s also suitable for use on the hands and body and is MIT and paraben-free.
£7.50 – 50ml

Peppermint Foot Cream from The Soap Kitchen
The Soap Kitchen Peppermint Foot Cream – £7.50 – 50ml

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Based in Bideford, north Devon, The Soap Kitchen is one of the UK’s leading ingredients suppliers to the crafts of soap-making, toiletry-making and candle-making.
Recent expansion saw the introduction of the new ‘Creative Suite’ where the in-house team formulate, design and manufacture The Soap Kitchen’s range of toiletries including hand-made natural soaps, body washes & moisturisers, shampoos & conditioners, and men’s grooming products.
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Indian Barbecue Recipes ! Using the Hari Ghotra range of Indian Barbecue Recipes! >>


Indian Barbecue Recipes

Why not spice up your traditional barbecue with a little bit of zing from one of my Indian-inspired BBQ food recipes? Think BBQ meat and vegetables; exciting marinades…think easy summer-time recipes to wow your friends and family!

Barbecue is one of the world’s oldest cooking methods and trust me, with gorgeously tender meat and flavourful smoky vegetables, your friends and family will want it all the time!

Rain or shine, let me guide you through a different way to approach barbecue. Load up one of my You Tube videos and we can BBQ together, to create the perfect meal everyone will enjoy.

Step away from the burgers, put down the sausages and dive in head-first to a tasty way to approach summer (or winter!) barbies.

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Almost half of football fans would avoid scheduling their wedding day on match day

Power management company, Eaton, reveals the lengths fans will go to in order to watch their team, with 39% of Brits admitting they would only miss a match on TV if a power cut forced them to

London, UK, 10 August 2017 – Almost half (41%) of British football fans wouldn’t schedule their wedding day on a match day, reveals power management company Eaton, and a third (35%) would prioritise catching the game over going on holiday.

The results from the survey of 2,000 football fans – commissioned by Eaton to celebrate its partnership with Manchester City Football Club – demonstrates the loyalty fans feel to their football team and how much of a priority keeping up-to-date with it is to their lives.

In fact, over a third (39%) admit the only reason they would miss a football match on TV would be due to a power cut giving them no choice in the matter. The unfortunate reality is that sometimes these loyal fans don’t get a choice – one in 10 fans reported that a power cut, affecting their home and surrounding area, has led to them missing a match. Eaton has developed xStorage Home, which is available for pre-order now, to provide homes with electrical energy in the event of power cuts – powering lights and even a TV and broadband router to retain power if needed.

Pedro de la Horra Calomarde, Segment Manager Residential Buildings EMEA, from Eaton responded to the research:

“It’s surprising to learn how many fans have missed a game due to power cuts. We partnered with Manchester City to share best practice on how the use of power management solutions highlight the benefits of improved quality of life and to the environment. By developing battery storage solutions, such as xStorage Home, we’re making sure people have a reliable power supply and that there’s back-up in place to avoid outage and mean no one ever misses a match due to power cuts.”

Almost a third (30%) of the fans surveyed said they would pay £100 or more to avoid missing a match. Millennials proved to be the most eager to cough up the cash to overcome any issues preventing them from tuning in, with 80% saying they would pay to ensure they could watch their team play.

One fan who has gone above and beyond to catch every game is City fan, Sean Riley. Sean, 51 years old from Manchester, has missed just one City match in 28 years, including away games. Sean said: “I started going to matches with my dad in 1974 and have been an ardent City supporter ever since,” says Sean. “For the past 28 years, I have been very fortunate and privileged to attend every competitive game played by the club, at home, away, and in Europe. The single exception was the CSKA game in Moscow in 2014 which was officially played behind closed doors so no one could attend”. He continues: “My wife is also a committed fan of the Club, so naturally, we got married outside of the football season, to ensure our big day didn’t clash with any of the fixtures!”

Most fans (72%) put their devotion down to a love for their team and wanting to be with them every step of the way. A quarter (24%) said it’s because they want to be a part of the post-match analysis and 18% admitted they like to know the results because they have a Fantasy Football team.

Martha Newson, cognitive anthropologist at University of Oxford, commented:

“Typically, our families are the people we experience life’s highs and lows with – and are the people we are most likely to sacrifice ourselves for. In some ways, football clubs and other such groups evoke, and even manage to exaggerate, our evolved tendency for this kin psychology so that we treat other group members like our closest kin. For some football fans, the ritual of the game becomes more important than our most cherished family rituals, like birthday parties and weddings.”

In May 2017, Eaton became Manchester City’s new Official Home Energy Storage Partner in the UK. Eaton signed a multi-year deal with the Club who are committed to lead the way in sustainability.

Eaton, who have more than 100 years of experience in the industry, will share best practice in energy storage to help enhance the Club’s efforts across all its daily operations at the Etihad Stadium and City Football Academy.

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SpinZipz fidget spinners – NEW in UK – featured by Jason Bradbury and on Live with Kelly and Ryan (US Chat Show) Attracting millions of views on YouTube and Social Media. >>


Zing Toy’s souped-up spinner range is now available in the UK. SpinZipz and SpinBladez stands out from the crowd with its distinctive coloured LED lights and stackable features, perfect for day and night play. Connect two spinners for double up light effect! The range includes two styles; two blade Spin Zipz (£7.99rrp) and three blade Spinbladez (£9.99rrp). #spinzipz


Thumb Chucks – the coolest fidget skill toy to be seen with – can you master the tricks?


Fidget toys are the hottest thing for kids and adults alike*! Thumb Chucks are taking social media by storm to become the coolest fidget skill toy to be seen with. Light up with lots of tricks to master, they are tipped to be the new ‘yo-yo’ type toy everyone must have. Festivals, going out, killing time on the tube, hanging out, waiting for friends, challenging mates to the latest tricks – Thumb Chucks keeps you entertained in style!

Thumb Chucks – Control the Roll!
Massively addictive, Thumb Chucks from Zing Toys are easy to learn, but challenging to master. Impossible to put down until the next new trick is mastered, they light up and come in a range of cool colours. Mastering tricks and uploading your videos online unlocks new coloured, interchangeable belts that players can use to flaunt their skill status. Players upload and showcase tricks with special effects on social media with the Thumb Chucks App and watch new trick tutorials by the Thumb Chucks guru online. Available from toy shops, retailers and online from Spring 2017 for £7.99 RRP. Recommended for ages 5 to 99+.






Active Iron supplements are currently available to buy on a ‘3 for the price of 2’ offer at Boots nationwide and on throughout June, July and August.


Active Iron – 30 Capsule pack

Price: £15.99 per pack

Offer: 3 for 2

Available from: Boots stores nationwide and on

(Information provided is correct at time of publishing and is subject to change and availability.)

Active Iron is a next generation powerful iron supplement. Iron supplementation can help with the reduction of tiredness & fatigue, with cognitive function, oxygen transport, formation of haemoglobin and red blood cells, the immune system and energy production. Iron supplementation may be beneficial for women during and after pregnancy, for those with heavy menstrual cycles, blood donors, endurance athletes, adolescent girls and vegetarians.

Active Iron comes in an easy to take capsule that is so gentle that it can be taken on an empty stomach. It is also clinically proven to ensure better absorption of iron. Active Iron is suitable for children over 12 years old, adults, including pregnant women and the elderly. One capsule to be taken daily. Best taken with Orange Juice or Water.

Active Iron should be taken as part of a healthy diet. As with all supplements, you should discuss with your health professional before using if you are under medical supervision, taking other medicines or suffer from food allergies. Suitable for Vegetarians and free from Artificial Preservatives, Yeast, Gluten, Lactose, Carbohydrates and Sugar.

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