Posts Tagged ‘cooking’

The winner of our Great British Bake Off Competition is…

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

What a great series of The Great British Bake Off it’s been. Now it’s all over we are ready to announce that the winner of our own Great British Bake Off Competition is… Lydia Hope Taylor!

Lydia wins this fantastic Jane Foster Fox Apron!

Jane Foster Fox Apron

The winner of our great British Bake Off Competition has been announced!

Another Great British Bake Off Competition Just For You!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

You all loved our last competition prize so much, that we thought we would launch another Great British Bake Off Competition!

Our fantastic prize is yet another bold & beautiful apron illustrated by British Designer Jane Foster. Her simple, stylish and fun products are influenced by both Scandinavian and 50s design. View the complete Jane Foster Kitchen Collection here: Jane Foster

 

Enter our Great British Bake Off Competition!

Enter our Great British Bake Off Competition!
The prize is this wonderful Jane Foster Fox Apron!

There are FIVE ways to enter this lovely competition!

Facebook: comment & share our Bake Off competition post
Instagram: repost our Bake Off Competition image
Twitter: retweet our Bake Off competition tweet
Pinterest: pin our Bake Off Competition pinterest post
Our Blog: simply comment on our Bake Off competition post

Terms:
1. Sorry but due to higher postage costs, this competition is open to UK customers only and the competition prize will only be dispatched to a UK address.
2. The competition will end at 9am Thursday 8th October (the morning after The Great British Bake Off Final 2015).
3. The winner will be announced on Thursday 8th October on our blog www.cloth-ears.co.uk/blog

The Winner Of Our Latest Great British Bake Off Competition is…

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

So many of you entered our latest Great British Bake Off Competition to win this wonderful Jane Foster Panda Apron and we are pleased to announced that the winner is… Rebecca Nicholl who entered via Facebook.

Rebecca’s comment made us smile BIG! “Sound the panda apron klaxon. PANDA. APRON. KLAXON”

Watch this space for another Bake Off Competition coming soon!

If you’re feeling disapointed that you didn’t win this stunning apron, click here to view and purchase the Panda Apron!

Jane Foster Panda Apron

The Winner Of Our Great British Bake Off Competition is Rebecca Nichol,
who wins this delightful Jane Foster Panda Apron

Our New Great British Bake Off Competition!

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

It’s time for a new series of The Great British Bake Off! And so, it seems only fitting that we launch a new Great British Bake Off Competition!

Our fantastic prize will brighten your kitchen and all your baking adventures! This bold, happy Panda Apron is illustrated by British Designer Jane Foster. Her simple, stylish and fun products are influenced by both Scandinavian and 50s design. View the complete Jane Foster Kitchen Collection here: Jane Foster

Enter our Great British Bake Off Competition!

Enter our Great British Bake Off Competition!
You could win a Jane Foster Panda Apron

There are FIVE ways to enter this lovely competition!

Facebook: comment & share our Bake Off competition post
Instagram: repost our Bake Off Competition image
Twitter: retweet our Bake Off competition tweet
Pinterest: pin our Bake Off Competition pinterest post
Our Blog: simply comment on our Bake Off competition post

Terms:
1. Sorry but due to higher postage costs, this competition is open to UK customers only and the competition prize will only be dispatched to a UK address.
2. The competition ends 11pm on Wednesday 26th of August 2015.
3. The winner will be announced on Thursday 27th August 2015 on our blog www.cloth-ears.co.uk/blog

The Winner Of Our Great British Bake Off Final Competition is…

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

The current series of The Great British Bake Off has now come to a close, it’s been fun and has inspired us to bake, create and experiment.

And so too ends our final Bake Off Competition. The prize we are giving away is a joyous treat for anyone planning a children’s party to remember: Six Mini Milk Bottles in a Crate with a Pack of Stripey Paper Straws, perfect for little ones to sip milkshakes or juice. A copy of the Children’s Party Cookbook and a pack of Red Retro Spot Cup Cake Cases.

We are pleased to announce that the winner is… Lavinia Murray who entered by leaving the following rather splendid comment on our competition blog post: “Whoever wins Cloth Ears’ Great British Bake-Off prize will go on to create the most marvellous, magical, magnificent children’s parties, the sort that carry the warmth of enchantment when recollected in adulthood. Yes, Cloth Ears are offering the chance to bake a golden batch of nostalgia.”

Thank you to everyone who entered and watch this space for more competitions and offers soon!

The Winner Of Our Great British Bake Off Final Competition is...

The Winner Of Our Great British Bake Off Final Competition is…

It’s time for another Great British Bake Off Competition!

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

It’s time for another Great British Bake Off Competition!

Say goodbye to sandwiches and shrunken sausages, children’s party food is undergoing a renaissance!

Our prize includes a Set of Six Mini Milk Bottles in a Crate, a Pack Of 25 School Paper Straws72 Retrospot Cake Cases and a copy of ‘Hats & Bells Children’s Party Cookbook’

There are FIVE ways to enter this lovely competition!

Facebook: comment & share our Bake Off competition post
Instagram: repost our Bake Off Competition image
Twitter: retweet our Bake Off competition tweet
Pinterest: pin our Bake Off Competition pinterest post
Our Blog: simply comment on our Bake Off competition post

Enter Our Great British Bake Off Competition

Enter Our Great British Bake Off Competition
To Win These Amazing Prizes Perfect For An Exciting Children’s Party!

Pack of 25 School Paper Straws

Pack of 25 School Paper Straws £2.95

Set of Six School Milk Bottles In Crate

Set of Six School Milk Bottles In Crate £9.45

Win A Copy Of The Children's Party Cookbook

Win A Copy Of The Children’s Party Cookbook

72 Retrospot Fairy Cake Cases

72 Retrospot Fairy Cake Cases

Terms:
1. Sorry but due to higher postage costs, this competition is open to UK customers only and the competition prize will only be dispatched to a UK address.
2. The competition ends 11pm on Wednesday 8th of October 2014.
3. The winner will be announced on Thursday 9th of October 2014 on our blog www.cloth-ears.co.uk/blog

Another Great British Bake Off Competition!

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

It’s time for yet another Great British Bake Off Competition! And this time our competition is for the kids… and the young at heart!

The prize includes a Traditional Tea Party Biscuits Game – Perfect for role play and learning to count! The wooden box contains ten assorted tea party wooden biscuits, including a Jammie Dodger, Nice, a Pink Wafer, Iced Biscuits, a Gingerbread Man, a Custard Cream and more! The biscuits are numbered on the reverse, to make counting fun! It’s the perfect addition to a child’s play kitchen.

Also we are giving away a copy of ‘Retro Kids Cooking: Timeless Recipes For Cooks Of All Ages’ by Richard Perry. A book that takes your taste buds on a trip down memory lane. It’s full of easy-to-prepare, child friendly recipes. “From peanut butter finger foods to grilled cheese, it’s all about creativity in the kitchen. Fabulous vintage illustrations of kids in the kitchen and classic products combine with recipes, tips, and ideas to bring out the chef in everyone – no matter what age! Mix one part adult with one part little helper, and you have a delicious recipe for great food and memories!”

Details of how to enter and terms and conditions are below.

Another Great British Bake Off Competition!

Another Great British Bake Off Competition! This One’s For The Kids… and the young at heart!
Win a Traditional Tea Party Biscuits Game & a copy of ‘Retro Kids Cooking: Timeless Recipes For Cooks Of All Ages’

There are FIVE ways to enter this lovely competition!

Facebook: comment & share our Bake Off competition 8 post
Instagram: repost our Bake Off competition 8 image
Twitter: retweet our Bake Off competition tweet #gbbocomp8
Pinterest: repin our Bake Off competition 8 pinterest post
Our Blog: simply comment on this Bake Off competition 8 post

Terms:
1. Sorry but due to higher postage costs, this competition is open to UK customers only and the competition prize will only be dispatched to a UK address.
2. The competition ends 11pm on Wednesday 17th of September 2014.
3. The winner will be announced on Thursday 18th of September 2014 on our blog www.cloth-ears.co.uk/blog

Rose Hips, A Guest Blog from Laura of Lamb & Fox

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

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Today we have a guest blog post from the wonderful and talented illustrator, artist, maker and blogger Laura Roberts Bevan from www.lambandfox.com

Laura lives and works in North London under the name of Lamb and Fox. She does commissioned personalized artwork as well as prints, cards and original sketches that she sells from her Etsy shop.

Here Laura shares her love for the bejeweled rose hip and the culinary treasures it provides – enjoy!

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Rose hip illustration by Laura Roberts Bevan of Lamb & Fox

 

 

 

 

Autumn! I love this time of year. I am very lucky to have an allotment, where at the moment vegetables and fruit are abundant with gems ready to be picked, eaten or preserved.

My allotment is a little haven of nature which is an important part of my work as an illustrator and artist. Animals, plants, trees always feature somewhere within my artwork so there is nothing I like more than spending time amongst my growing vegetables and fruit with the birds and occasional fox for company!

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Rose hips growing in abundance at Laura’s allotment

I have an old Dog Rose that came with the plot. It produces the most marvelous rose hips every year. I am fascinated by these wild ruby red fruits. Jam packed with vitamin C, they make an excellent preserve. They can always be found easily in hedgerows – so start foraging, you can’t miss them.

Last year I incorporated them into a fruit jam but this year I felt like having a go at a jelly. In between designing a logo and jam label yesterday, I picked 2 lbs of rose hips as well as 3 lbs of rosy red eating apples from the very sunny allotment. This is the recipe that I used to make the jelly.

Rose Hip and Apple Jelly

1 lb rose hips
2 lbs apples eating or cooking
About 800 – 1kg sugar

* Chop the rough ends off the rosehips and roughly chop the apples. No need to skin or core as the skin provides the pectin that is needed to set the jelly.

* Put into a food processor and whizz.

* Place into a saucepan and fill with water so it just covers the fruit & simmer the mixture until soft (it takes about an hour for the rosehips to get soft)

* Remove from the heat.

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Crimson rose hips and apples collected from the allotment

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Measure 1lb of rosehips

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Let your rose hip and apple mixture seep through a muslin or jelly bag overnight

* Cover a colander with a scaled jelly bag or muslin and sit that over a good size bowl.

* Place your rose hip and apple mixture inside.

* Leave overnight allowing the juice to seep through slowly.

* The next day measure the amount of juice you have. This will determine how much sugar you should use. The general rule is 600 ml juice to 450 g sugar.

* Slowly heat the juice (don’t boil yet). Add the sugar slowly until dissolved.

* Once dissolved, boil rapidly without stirring for about 10 minutes or until setting point has been reached (take a teaspoon of the hot mixture and put onto a cool saucer, if it wrinkles when you push your finger through, its done!)

* Have your freshly sterilized jars ready (4 to 5 jars) then pot and seal. WOO!

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The glorious colour of rose hip jelly is a sight to behold

* Then you can label, I’m using my recently designed one! You will not be disappointed with the taste or the colour – just gorgeous!

Rosehip and apple jelly is delicious served on buttered bread or toast but can also (so I’ve been told) be served with chicken or pork. It is also rather good if you have a sore throat. One teaspoon of the stuff seems to soothe the soreness, my daughter Izi has tried this and can vouch for it!

Laura Roberts Bevan produces beautiful illustrations, artwork and handmade wonders. She writes about them on her glorious blog Lamb & Fox: www.lambandfox.com
You can buy Laura’s beatiful creations, including the jam pot labels featured in this blog post at her etsy shop:
www.etsy.com/uk/shop/lambandfox

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Beautifully designed produce labels, designed by Laura
available from her shop www.etsy.com/uk/shop/lambandfox

Alternatively contact Laura for any enquiries and commisioned work : laura.bevan@o2.co.uk

The winner of our final Great British Bake Off competition is…

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Well what a great series the Great British Bake Off has been this year. Francis came out on top and showed that she had not only style but substance too. What will we do with our Tuesday evenings now it’s over? Well, bake would be next best thing, wouldn’t it?!
The end of the series also brings the end of our run of Bake Off competitions. Throughout we have been given away five Bake Off books, two cake stands, three cake tins and two bake inspired framed prints. It’s been fun chatting with you about the show on this blog, twitter and facebook and even more fun delighting the winners with their prizes, so without further ado:

The winner of our final Great British Bake Off competition is…

@MinnieToodles!

Congratulations! You have won a copy of a Bake Off book and a beautiful regency cake stand!

Look out for more competitions and exciting new product announcements soon!

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The winner of our final Great British Bake Off competition is… @MinnieToodles!
The lucky winner has won a copy of a Bake Off book and a beautiful regency cake stand!

Our Great British Bake Off Grand Final Competition!

Monday, October 21st, 2013

It’s an all women Bake Off final! Who will win? Ruby, Francis or Kimberley? Will Francis prove to have style and substance in abundance, will Ruby overcome her nerves and gain in confidence? And how will we fill our Tuesday nights when the series finally finishes this Tuesday?

So many questions, but one that’s easy to answer is “Would you like to win a Bake Off book and a regency cake stand?!” “YES!!” we hear you cry! Well, here’s our final Bake Off competition for this series, so that you can bake, bake, bake!

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The Great British Bake Off Final Competition prizes:
The Bake Off Everyday book & a regency cake stand!

 

There are five ways to enter and the more you do, the more chance you have of winning!

You can:

Comment on this blog post

click here to share & comment on our facebook page

click here to retweet our competition tweet via twitter

click here to pin our special competition image from our pinterest page (remember to use the hashtags #GBBOcomp5 & #competition plus @cloth_ears to include us in the repost)

click here to repost our competion picture from our instagram page (remember to use the hashtags #GBBOcomp5 & #GBBO plus @cloth_ears to include us in the repost)

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 23rd October.

Good luck and happy baking!

* Due to high postage costs this competition is only available to entries from the UK