NATIONAL SANDWICH DAY TUESDAY NOVEMBER 3rd…

National Sandwich Day is Tuesday November 3rd and is dedicated to John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, following the claim he was the innovator of it. The legend has it, during the year 1762, the earl commanded his cook to make a meal which wouldn’t interrupt his gambling and would require no cutlery either. The cook served 2 toast pieces containing sliced meat in the middle. It provided the earl with a free one hand to keep continuing his gambling game! During the great depression sandwich, its making felt in America and since it has been an all-time favorite food of Americans and most of the rest world alike.

The event provides the perfect opportunity for professional sandwich makers to share details of their businesses visa social media. Companies are encouraged to offer special deals and promotions related to special sandwiches that they offer and share details of their promotions on all media sites.

It is a great time to celebrate the mighty sandwich by creating special fillings and combinations to tempt hungry people and perhaps even organizing a sandwich party to help add a festive feel to the day.

Of course, anyone who has a love for sandwiches will want to make sure that they keep a keen eye out for deals and promotions on National Sandwich Day. Some well known companies that are set to join in the fun with special deals include Subway, McDonald’s, Quiznos and Firehouse Subs.

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NATIONAL PICNIC WEEK 15th-24th JUNE 2018…

It’s National Picnic Week this week 15th-24th June.

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National Picnic Week aims to encourage people to take the ideal opportunity to get together over a picnic with advice, tips, recipes, and information to make sure everything from the food and drink to the location and surroundings are spot on.

​Picnicking is one of the UK’s most enjoyable summer traditions and is a great way of taking advantage of any open spaces in your local area over the warmer months of the year.

Since National Picnic Week was founded a decade ago, it has grown significantly and become a staple date in the media calendar. Timed at the peak of the picnicking season, broadcasters, radio and television channels are keen to get involved.



With the likes of ITV’s Lorraine, national newspapers and both BBC and commercial radio stations covering the week in the past, it is a great platform to promote your brand.

Here are their top ten facts about picnics to get you inspired:
  1. The average person picnics at least three times a year, that’s 94 million picnics per year.
  2.  According to research done in 2013 the average family spends £26 per picnic, totaling a cool £2,479,720,000.
  3. Originally a picnic was a fashionable social event to which each guest contributed some food.
  4. The French started the modern fashion for picnics when they opened their royal parks to the public after the revolution of 1789.
  5. The use of the phrase “no picnic” to describe something difficult dates back to 1884.
  6. The most popular picnic snack fifty years ago was the humble cheese sandwich. Now, it’s a bag of crisps.
  7. The most popular day for picnics in the US is the 4th of July. In Italy it’s Easter Monday. In France, it’s Bastille Day. In the UK, it’s (weather dependent) rapidly becoming National Picnic Week.
  8. Fortnum & Mason, the London department store, claims to have invented the Scotch egg in 1738. They still sell them today.
  9. Picnic food is as popular as if it’s ever been, in 2012, an average of ten grams of meat pies and sausage rolls were consumed per person per week.

VALENTINE’S DAY THEMED AFTERNOON TEAS…

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I was interested to see if venues were theming their afternoon teas around Valentines Day. Well, lot’s are and the best place to find them is on the Afternoon Tea’s site.

They start from £18.95 – £75.00 ( some are per couple and others are pp) and they have a choice of 70 on their site. 

One of my favourites on the list and also one of the most expensive ones are at the Sunborn Yacht Hotel London who is promoting a Valentine Prosecco Afternoon Tea for Two and Dirty Dancing Screening.

They say “Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s to a luxurious Prosecco Afternoon Tea followed by a screening of the timeless classic, Dirty Dancing. Have the time of your life with that special someone in this romantic experience available on 18th February.

The Afternoon Tea features a selection of handcrafted delicate cakes and sweets, mini rich butter fruit scones served with fruit preserves and Devonshire clotted cream, and traditional finger sandwiches. Afternoon Tea can be booked between 12:00 and 15:00 with the screening of the film starting at 4pm.

Sunborn Yacht Hotel London offers a first-class destination to indulge in Afternoon Tea. This hotel is set in a yacht that is permanently moored in the Royal Victoria Dock. 

This impressive 108-metre floating hotel possesses stunning views of Canary Wharf and the surrounding Docklands.

Afternoon Tea is served in their sophisticated Lands End restaurant.”   More about Sunborn Yacht Hotel London.

Check out the long list of Valentine Afternoon Teas available on the Afternoon Tea website. 

 

 

 

 

THE PURPLE PUMPKIN BLOG AND 50 AFTERNOON TEA RECIPES…

The Purple Pumpkin Blog is a blog written by Michelle from London. Her blog is full of photographs, recipes, printables, seasonal inspiration, crafts and lots more.

Amongst her amazing array of recipes, I came across her 50 Afternoon Tea Recipes which caught my eye with the amazing picture above.

She starts off with a list of ten sandwiches explaining along the way the etiquette involved in a proper English afternoon tea. ” Cutting the crusts off is a must; cut into finger lengths or triangles. Dainty rolls are great to use, and turn flat breads into pinwheels for something different.”

Next is cupcakes and muffins which she says are “All the taste of a big cake, but in a perfect one-person portion.” and gives you a choice of six recipes to try from.

Sweet and savoury tarts are next on Michelle’s list with six recipes to choose from and her tip to “buy ready-made pastry to cut down on preparation time.”

Next is biscuits with five recipes to choose from another tip from Michelle is  “Instead of opening a packet, make a tray of them instead. Decorate plain sugar cookies any way you like.”

Not forgetting the gluten and dairy free recipes. Michelle has included three free from recipes so you don’t forget the guests with food intolerances.

There is a choice of 12 recipes for Cakes and Bakes which she suggests you “display on a pretty platter; pre-cut for portion control, or throw caution to the wind, and let guests cut a slice as big as they like!”

A choice of 3 scones is accompanied with a note to “not forget the clotted cream and jam for the sweet scones. Cream cheese for the savoury?”

Finally, pastries and patisserie finish her list with five to choose from in this category and a little note to anyone who wants to try them that “these recipes might require a bit more skill, but the end results are worth it.”

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AFTERNOON TEA IN THE VICTORIAN ERA…


Instructions for an afternoon tea in the Victorian Era

Serve rolled bread and butter, sandwiches made of ham paste, potted ham, tongue or chicken.

The crusts of the bread should be cut off, and the sandwiches cut into three corner shapes or fingers.

Anchovy sandwiches or those made with cheese paste are liked by Gentlemen.

Salads are allowable nowadays at afternoon tea; egg, oysters, or chicken are suitable with brown bread and biscuits.

Cakes for this purpose should be very small.

Wine and cordial should always be on the sideboard, claret cup or champagne cup on the table.