Pancake Day is almost upon us! Whether it’s circled on your calendar months beforehand or you’re surprised to find out it’s the big day and find yourself rushing around looking for ingredients before they sell out, everybody’s a fan of Shrove Tuesday.
Pancake Day occurs yearly on the Tuesday of the seventh week before Easter, and is traditionally celebrated as pancakes are a perfect way to use up foods such as sugar, eggs and milk before the fasting season of lent. Here in the UK, the day was once a “half-holiday.” Church bells would ring at eleven o’clock in the morning to signal the beginning of the holiday and to remind housewives to begin preparing their pancake batter, and was thus known as the “pancake bell.” It was once believed that the first three pancakes prepared were sacred – these pancakes were marked with a cross and put to one side to ward off evil spirits, and in the Midlands, it was thought that given the first pancake made to the chickens would ensure their fertility for the next year. The biggest pancake in history was made in Rochdale in 1994 – it was fifteen metres in diameter and weighed three tonnes. Tasty!
This year at Farmer’s Choice, we’re not feeding our pancakes to the chickens and we’re not too worried about evil spirits, nor are we having a pancake race. We’re celebrating Pancake Day with two brand new pancake recipes from Marie Rayner:
Bacon and Polenta Pancakes
This delicious recipe uses polenta to create a thicker, more robust pancake, in which the batter is mixed with tasty Farmer’s Choice free range bacon and cooked to perfection, before being liberally drizzled with yummy maple syrup and butter. Just as good served for breakfast as for dessert on Pancake Day, this recipe is sure to leave you wanting more.
Big Breakfast Supper Waffles
If you have a waffle iron, pour in your pancake batter and create this recipe for an indulgent Pancake Day breakfast with bacon, eggs, tomatoes and plenty of tasty cheese. If not, simply make regular pancakes – it’ll still be a delicious, filling breakfast for all the family to kick off Pancake Day.
These Pancake Day recipes are slightly on the unorthodox side, and of course there’s always the option of simply serving up the classic pancake recipe on the big day. Elegant in its simplicity and wonderfully cheap to make, all you need is flour, sugar, milk, butter and eggs, plus whichever of the endless topping options you choose. For best results, use our free range eggs from Swanmore, Hampshire for your batter. For your toppings, try our fruits and berries, cheeses, and either our dry cured or oak smoked bacon – the choice is endless!
Pancake Day this year is on Tuesday, March 4 – so you’ve no time to lose. Make sure you’ve ordered all of your products from Farmer’s Choice in time for the big day!
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FOUR ROMANTIC RECIPES FOR VALENTINE’S DAY FROM FARMER’S CHOICE
Valentine’s Day is the traditional time of year to express our adoration for that special someone in our lives. Many couples choose to eat out for their Valentine’s Day dinner, but we at Farmer’s Choice think this is all-advised. Restaurants on Valentine’s Day are packed, expensive, and eager to rush you out and get the next customers in. A much better expression of love is to make something for your partner – and what better way to do that than serving up a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner made from Farmer’s Choice’s delicious, healthy and affordable range of free range meat products, seafood, vegetables, and deli products?
Cooking up a free range feast requires a lot of planning: do you keep it a surprise or tell your partner? What drinks will you serve? What music will you play? Well leave those decisions up to you, but we can help with the most important of all: what will you serve? At Farmer’s Choice free range, we’ve got a Valentine’s Day recipe for everybody.
Cook the Perfect Steak
Steak is a fairly safe bet for Valentine’s Day – but many people think the process of cooking a steak is easy and don’t pay it enough attention, resulting in a steak that hasn’t been cooked to its full potential. This recipe from Marie Rayner advises readers on how to cook the perfect steak for a perfect Valentine’s Day. Simply select a steak to cook from our range of beef steaks and choose which delicious fresh vegetables to serve it with from our greengrocery.
Gammon Steaks with a Tangy Gherkin Sauce
Add a touch of class to another regular staple of the meat-eater’s diet by serving up this unique gammon dish. Forgo the fried egg and pineapple which, while delicious, says “Friday night in February,” and make a delicious tangy gherkin sauce, which says “special, romantic, magical evening.” For best results, you’ll need a delicious free range Farmer’s Choice gammon steak.
Port and Cherry Sauced Pork Cutlets
With the port and cherry sauce, which also contains raspberry jam, imbuing your free range Farmer’s Choice pork tenderloin with that lovely deep shade of red that goes hand-in-hand with the occasion, this is a perfect dish for Valentine’s Day.
Teriyaki Cod with Wasabi Mash
Few things will impress your partner more than surprising her with this unique Valentine’s Day dish. Much easier to prepare than it sounds, the wasabi mash will certainly spice up the evening.
These are just four examples of simple, delicious, healthy and affordable meals to be cooked for Valentine’s Day using Farmer’s Choice free range products. If they don’t take your fancy, head to our recipes page, where there are dozens more easy-to-follow recipes to wow your woman or charm your chap using delicious free range goods from the Farmer’s Choice shop.
Roses are red, violets are blue, we love free range food, and so should you – celebrate Valentine’s Day this year with Farmer’s Choice!
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Here at Farmer’s Choice free range butchers, we believe that the best way to see in the New Year is surrounded by friends, family, and free range treats! Whatever you’re doing to see in 2014, Farmer’s Choice meat packs, vegetable packs and condiment and sauce packs ensure that your New Year’s food will leave your guests well fed by the time midnight comes.
Farmer’s Choice’s set packs are perfect for feeding the guests at a New Year’s Eve party. The family essentials meat pack comes in small, medium and large varieties and contains a range of meat cuts, from cuts small enough to skewer on kebabs to a large topside beef joint, perfect for a New Year’s dinner party. We also offer small, medium and large vegetable packs with all the vegetable products you’ll need, whatever you’re serving your guests. If you’re looking to put together a stew for your New Year’s party, we have the winter stew vegetable pack, offering leeks, swede, onions, parsnips, carrots and turnips, perfect to combine with your meat products to create a delicious warming stew. Try our cooking sauce and curry lovers packs to imbue your chosen products with a range of fantastic flavours.
If you’re stuck for something to cook up for a New Year’s do, why not visit our recipes page? We’ve dozens of recipes for you to choose from, all of which are guaranteed to make mouths water, whether you’re sitting down to enjoy a New Year’s Eve meal, munching on nibbles with your champagne as you toast in the New Year, or need something simple as you nurse a sore head in the first morning of 2014. Whether you want to serve up simple nibbles such as BBQ turkey kebabs or wow your guests with something along the lines of the pan fried lamb fillet, we have a recipe for every kind of occasion.
These delicious free range food packs from Farmer’s Choice aren’t just perfect for a New Year’s party – they’ll provide delicious, sustainably sourced, free range meat and vegetables all year round. If you’ve never used us before, make it your New Year’s resolution to go for a food pack from Farmer’s Choice in 2014. You won’t regret it!
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Merry Christmas! Yes, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year, so deck the halls and let it snow, because ‘tis the season to be jolly and here at Farmer’s Choice free range butchers, our range of festive Christmas food, Christmas hampers, Christmas recipes and Christmas competitions is making us feel very…Christmassy!
Christmas is the time of year when we can all indulge ourselves guilt-free, and Farmer’s Choice is the option to go for if you’re wishing to buy Christmas food online and fill up on festive free range meat and poultry this year. We offer Christmas hampers with a range of meats accompanying turkeys of all sizes (or if you feel like breaking tradition this year, duck, goose, three-bird roast, capon chicken, or turkey crown), so whether you’re feeding four, fourteen or forty this Christmas, you won’t be caught short. Our hamper selection also includes the Christmas Essentials pack, which offers all the vegetables necessary for Christmas dinner, and a cheese selection and platter pack – perfect for enjoying on the evening of Christmas Day, or indeed for a cold Boxing Day lunch.
Ah, Boxing Day lunch! Boxing Day lunch gives one the opportunity to pick and choose their favourite parts of Christmas dinner, put it in a sandwich and add all the condiments they wish, without the disapproving frown of a distant aunt tutting at your overindulgence. In addition to the cheese and platter pack, we provide a pantry pack offering a wealth of sauces, chutneys, dressings and condiments to compliment all that cold turkey and stuffing.
If you need a hand cooking the family’s Christmas dinner this year, or are looking to feed them something slightly unorthodox, then check out our recipes page. Here, you’ll find full instructions for giving Christmas turkey a spicy, exotic twist with A Not So Traditional Turkey Dinner, or keeping it slightly more traditional with Turkey Breast with Herb Stuffing and Gravy, Christmas Chestnut and Pork Stuffing Balls, or Glazed and Spiced Christmas Gammon.
We’re even looking to provide one lucky user with a rather generous Farmer’s Choice Christmas gift by way of our Christmas competition. Head over to Feeding Boys and a Firefighter for more information – all you have to do is leave a blog post comment, with bonus entries to be earned. Enter now for your chance to win this delicious selection of Farmer’s Choice free range treats!
As you can see, there’s something for everyone at Farmer’s Choice this Christmas – whether you’re most looking forward to cooking the feast or eating your body weight in delicious Christmas food. There’s no Christmas like a Farmer’s Choice Christmas, so head on over to our shop page and start putting your festive feast together today!
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Happy sausage week! Everybody loves sausages – carnivores, fussy eaters and gourmet diners, kids and grownups alike. That’s why this month at Farmer’s Choice we’re celebrating sausages in all their hearty, warming goodness – perfect for the winter season. So, whether you’re a one-flavour, supermarket-sausage-eater or whether you fancy yourself as something of a sausage connoisseur, celebrate sausages here with us at Farmer’s Choice!
Sausage can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but the prevailing sausage form will always be the long, thin, cylindrical ‘banger,’ a term designated to them due to their tendency to ‘explode’ whilst cooking due to the shrinkage of their tight skin. Square sausages called ‘Lorne sausages’ are particularly popular in Scotland, and no butchers shop would be complete without the sight of a traditional sausage curl on a stick. Greater still than the array of shapes and sizes one can find sausages in is the array of flavours available besides the traditional pork sausage – at Farmer’s Choice we provide delicious lamb sausages, beef sausages, pork and leek sausages, pork and sweet chilli sausages, gluten free sausages, and much more.
The array of dishes which can be cooked with sausages is extensive, and many simple recipes for sausages can be found on our recipes page. Why not try an exotic sausage, bacon and turkey curry, minted lamb sausages, or a saucy beef sausage and broccoli bake? Classic traditional uses for sausages also include in fry-ups, hot dogs, and that great British classic, bangers and mash.
The sausage isn’t just a staple of the British diet – sausages are eaten the world over. Chinese lap cheong are sausages which taste like pepperoni but with a much sweeter flavour, and in Japan, where popular British sausages such as beef and pork are not widely eaten, a fish sausage called kamaboko is popular. In Australia, where English sausages are known as ‘snags,’ the kangaroo sausage is emerging in popularity due to its much lower fat content. Mexico has contributed chorizo to the global sausage community, which is often used in burritos, tacos and risotto, and in the United States, the frankfurter is the most common form of sausage, eaten in a roll as a hot dog or served deep-fried on a stick as a corn dog. The frankfurter, along with bratwurst, rindswurst, bockwurst, and knackwurst sausages, originated in Germany, which can take the credit for the invention of over one thousand other types of sausage.
There really is a sausage for everyone, and by using Farmer’s Choice you can rest assured that all of our sausage meat has come from animals sustainably reared on free range farms, producing some of the most delicious sausages available. So head to the sausage month page in our shop, make your selection and celebrate sausages this month with Farmer’s Choice Free Range Butchers!
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Game meat is perhaps the most interesting and unusual of all the delicious products we provide at Farmer’s Choice free range butchers. Not too many people seem to know the precise definition of what constitutes game – but here at Farmer’s Choice it’s Game Month, and we’ve decided that it’s time to educate those who’ve never bought game meat online and to celebrate the diverse and unusual range of meats that fall under the banner of ‘game.’
The term ‘game’ refers to an animal hunted for food which isn’t normally domesticated or raised on farms. Examples of game animals include pheasant, guinea fowl, partridge, venison, rabbit, and wild boar – all products available from the Farmer’s Choice Cooking Game page. Game provides a tasty, healthy option which is distinctly different from meat products that are readily available in supermarkets such as chicken, beef and pork, and as game isn’t farmed, you can be sure that what you’re eating is natural and free range.
Game meat also yields other impressive health benefits. Because wild animals are more active, game meat is leaner and lower in fat than meat that has been reared on non-free range farms. The difference in saturated fat content can be as much as 25g less per 100g – meaning that introducing game meat into your diet could help to reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and stroke. Venison, for example, has higher levels of iron than other red meats and is high in protein with low levels of saturated fatty acids and cholesterol, making it a perfect option for a meat-lover on a low-fat diet. Partridge and pheasant also contain high levels of zinc, selenium and vitamin B12, which aids the body’s red blood cells, quickens tissue repair and gives your immune system a boost – so not only does game meat taste great, it’ll help you feel great too!
Visit the Farmer’s Choice game recipes page for a range of ideas on how to serve your game meat. There’s something for everybody – classic game dishes such as roast partridge and traditional wild boar pot roast, unusual variations on dishes traditionally served with other meats, such as tandoori pigeon, and dishes you may never have tried before like tipsy guinea fowl, venison in beer and pan-fried partridge with a rice pilau stuffing.
If you haven’t tried game meat before, now is the time to do so. If you’re a fan of game meat, then choosing Farmer’s Choice as your game provider will only serve to increase your appreciation. Visit our cooking game page to select one of our delicious game options, then select one of our simple game recipes to serve up to celebrate game month with Farmer’s Choice!
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This October is Curry Month at Farmer’s Choice online butchers – that time of year when we celebrate perhaps the most versatile and delicious cuisine available by combining our delicious British free range meats, fresh vegetables, condiments, stocks and sauces with exotic Indian recipes.
Does anybody know anybody that doesn’t like curry? There really is something for everyone in the vast canon of this Indian delight – there are the phals, tindaloos, vindaloos (which challenge many brave-comers to finish the dish without breaking a sweat, or worse); whilst at the other end of the spectrum, a rogan josh or korma offers an option to those who wish to enjoy the exotic tastes and aromas of Indian cuisine without ending the meal in tears. Curries can be filled with any meat or can offer a vegetarian option, they can also be served wet or dry with a number of additional sides, can be sweet, sour or savoury, and can be served hot or cold, spicy or mild. With such an array of options available, one would be hard-pressed to find a suitable curry option for even the fussiest of eaters.
It’s a common misconception that curry is purely a product of India – in fact, curries originate from across South Asia, and countries such as Japan, China, South Africa, the Philippines, Thailand, Ethiopia, Germany and Mexico have their own distinct varieties of curry. Here in England, the invention of the balti has been accredited to a restaurant in Birmingham and chicken tikka masala has even been described as our ‘national dish.’
Celebrating curry month with us is easy. Head to our recipes page and take a look at the selection of recipes provided by TheCurryGuy and other friends of Farmer’s Choice – some are traditional tasty curry dishes that everybody will know and love, such as lamb curry, turkey curry, prawn balti and chicken and spinach curry, and there are also interesting and unusual options to try, such as tandoori guinea fowl, tandoori pigeon, pan seared cod in curry sauce, and Indian-style buffalo wings. Once you’ve selected what you’re going to make, head to the curry month section of the shop and add your recipe’s pack to your cart. Alternatively, if you’re thinking of creating a curry recipe of your own, select items individually from the shop – and make sure you let us know which tasty curry dish you’ve created!
All Farmer’s Choice meat products are sourced from handpicked British farmers who practice responsible, sustainable farming methods, so you can rest assured that your free range meat products are of the highest standard. Once you’ve placed your order, it will be blast-frozen to seal in the flavour, placed in one of our chiller vans and delivered to you as quickly as possible, meaning that before long you and your family will be enjoying curry month with Farmer’s Choice!
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