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Kitchen Focus We all know that better ingredients make better food, but it’s hard to strike the balance between sourcing fresh ingredients and getting the dinner on the table before everyone in the house gets too “hangry” (a mixture of hungry and angry!). Luckily there are a few simple ways to enhance the way we cook at home to make even better food! Thyme To Grow Your Own Having fresh herbs at hand in the garden or kitchen is wonderful. You just can’t beat the smell of freshly picked basil or finely chopped coriander, but the reality is that tending to herbs is often the last thing we think of after...

? Easter Brunch Recipes

Easter brunch ideas

  With Easter upon us, it’s time to start planning! If you’re entertaining this weekend, it’s all about the food! A lazy easter brunch is a great way to kick off the weekend and catch up with friends and family. Get ready to impress your guests with these incredible recipes from our Kitchen & Dining Buyer Julie! (We’re definitely making the pea and feta crostini!) ? Its Easter weekend, the sun is finally starting to shine and it looks like spring is on its way. That means it’s time to gather friends and family and celebrate the long weekend and the longer evenings. What better way to do that than with a long and...

Simple Speedy Recipes from Kady’s Kitchen

My top 4 go-to meals on the run!   As much as I find cooking and being in the kitchen therapeutic, it can be the last thing I feel like doing after a long day of work. But if you want to eat healthily, it can be hard to find better alternatives to a home cooked meal.   So I have rounded up my favourite simple & speedy recipes that help me zip through my week. I always make enough to cover lunch the following day too. And if you are cooking for your family or friends, even better as you don’t have to spend time cleaning up once you...

Easter Dining – Make an Occasion of it

At Easter time Spring is in full bloom and everyone is excited to enjoy the treats brought by the Easter Bunny! It’s a gorgeous time of the year to invite friends and family to gather round and enjoy a special meal so why not do it in style with some special touches to your table. We have selected and styled our favourite tableware for the occasion to give us all a little Easter dining inspiration. Spring Chic…k This time of year is all about enjoying Spring and the sunshine that comes with it. Inspired by sunshine yellows, spring chicks and garden freshness our first look brings together a classic Easter...

Recipe: Flipping good pancakes

Here at M&B we are more excited about Pancake Tuesday than most children are. The pancake possibilities are endless. Pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.. Yum!   The Ingredients: 100g plain flour Pinch of salt 1 egg 300 ml milk 1 tblsp. melted butter or sunflower oil   The Equipment:                                                 The Method:  Sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Crack the egg into the well; add the melted butter or oil and half the milk. Gradually draw the...

How to Use: Pestle and Mortar

Pestle & Mortars are useful tools if you need to grind herbs and spices into a paste or powder, they can be used for crushing berries, nuts, hard sweets and sea salt. Our selection of Pestle and Mortars are solid, robust and designed to last; a great addition to any kitchen. Follow our simple step by step guide for using your Pestle and Mortar to perfection. Granite Mortar and Pestle A lifetime investment, this beautiful Granite Mortar and Pestle is made from solid polished granite with a non-scratch base. It is ideal for crushing a variety of herbs and spices to infuse food with flavour. It comes in a sophisticated and...

Flippin’ Good

Have a flippin’ good Pancake Tuesday, with Jamie Oliver’s easy ‘One-cup pancakes with blueberries’. These are the simplest pancakes to make with kids. You don’t even need scales to weigh out the ingredients – all you need is a cup or a mug! Ingredients (Makes 8 pancakes) 1 large free range egg 1 cup of self raising flour 1 cup of milk sea salt 200 g blueberries olive oil   Method 1. To make the batter, crack the egg into a large mixing bowl. 2. Add the flour, milk and a tiny pinch of sea salt. 3. Whisk everything together until you have a lovely, smooth batter. 4. Fold through...