The best pickled red cabbage in the shops.

I discovered this Bourne and Wallis picked Red Cabbage in my local farm shop.  My husband loves pickled red cabbage it with cold meat and cheese but until now we’ve never found a nice commercial version.  We were really pleased to find that the Bourne and Wallis pickled red cabbage is just like the home made variety.
red-cabbage - 1The cabbage itself has the right texture crisp without being like eating raw cabbage.  You can also taste the good quality barley malt vinegar that adds to the flavour. The cabbage and malt vinegar and spices come together nicely with meat, cheese and complement dishes such as pork pies.


Bourne & Wallis Red Cabbage


The ingredients list is reassuringly brief, listing just Red Cabbage, salt, ascetic acid, barley malt vinegar, sugar and mixed spice flavouring.

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Have a look at their website for stockists and their other products.

If you want to know how to make your own Pickled Red Cabbage see the Mark’s Veg Plot blog here.

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Tip: Create your own bespoke Christmas Hamper

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to give parents, friends or older relatives at Christmas. I always think that Christmas hampers are a lovely present that last well into the New Year. Searching through the catalogues to pick the right hamper can be difficult and if you leave it too late you may well find that the hamper you wanted has sold out.  So I was really pleased earlier this week when one of our readers contacted me to point out that Waitrose are doing a “Create your own Gift Crate” service this year for just £5.

Waitrose build your own crate

Waitrose build your own crate 2015

They seem to have a couple of designs but at the time of writing the one shown above is the only one currently in stock. Click here to see it.

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Christmas Planning Tip: Get yourself a spare speed peeler.

Todays Christmas planning tip is simple but could make all the difference to the delivery of a stress free successful Christmas lunch.  If you haven’t already got one I highly recommend these speed peelers. In fact I recommend you have two or three of these in your kitchen. If you get behind you can get the family helping with the peeling. Having a spare is also good as I’ve been known to need one only to find it’s in the dishwasher with 70 minutes to go on the wash cycle.

I’ve gone through a few of these over the years but this is the one I’ve got and recommend now:


Get yourself a speed peeler

Get yourself a speed peeler!


At the time of writing you can find these speed peelers on for under £5.  (Click here)

If you’ve got any similar Christmas planning tips, please let me know my leaving a comment below.

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Waitrose Christmas Delivered Brochure 2015

I picked up a copy of the new Waitrose Christmas Delivered brochure while I was waiting at the checkout this morning. It’s a useful overview of all the products and services available from Waitrose online this Christmas:

Waitrose Christmas Delivered Brochure 2015 Front Cover

Their gift guide includes hampers and over food and drink items. So todays tip from me is….. if you think you want to buy someone a hamper for Christmas this year, order it early. I’ve often found that the most popular hampers sell out early at Waitrose and John Lewis and probably most other stores.

I’ve scanned a few more pages from the Waitrose 2015 Christmas Delivered Brochure and you can see these online.  Over the coming days I hope to pick out a few favourite items to feature on the blog.  Have a look through and let me know what you like.

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Planning your Christmas Works Celebration

I once knew someone who organised their works Christmas do in August as she liked to organised!  If the thought of booking Christmas that early is too much, then may be now might be ok?  It is the 1st of October on Thursday and the best places will be getting booked up.  Whatever, yo do try and make is special, after all, you can go for curry at any time of the year.  The tribute band nights out are usually good as you can spend the night dressed as the tribute band yourself which saves you having to work out what to wear.

If you are more of a foody and less of a party diva then a delicious Christmas meal could be the order of the day.  These should be competitively price as restaurants will want your business in the run up to Christmas.  If you would like to recommend anywhere local to you or of any tribute bands playing near you near Christmas, then let me know.


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