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This week we thought we would concentrate on sourcing some amazing recipes for the special lady in your life – your mum! It is of course Mother’s Day this Sunday, so why not celebrate by cooking up a storm in the kitchen!

Breakfast

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Of course a great way to show mummy just how much you love her is with breakfast in bed. Our favourite is Egg in a Nest. You simply get a biscuit cutter (a heart or flower shaped one will work well for this occasion) and cut the middle out of a piece of bread. Then you melt a knob of butter into a hot frying pan and place the bread in, frying it slightly. Then crack an egg inside and fry to your mum’s liking. There you have it: Egg in a Nest. Otherwise known as Egg in a Saddle, Egyptian Egg, One Eye or Bird in a Nest!

Lunch

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This classic combo of beetroot, salmon and horseradish creme fraiche makes a delicious starter, but works just as well as a Mother’s Day lunch as well. This recipe is great!

Dinner

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A classic Mother’s Day dinner would have to be roast lamb. It’s perfectly spring like and such a treat. This recipe that we have found gives lots of great tips on how to cook the best roast lamb from chef Marcus Wareing.

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Last night saw the 85th Academy Awards, so we thought we would take a foodie spin on the glamorous ceremony! What do you get when you mix films with food? We could discuss overpriced popcorn if you like, but we thought we would recommend a few foodie films for you to enjoy!

In no particular order:

Chocolat. It’s got Johnny Depp and a lot of chocolate… What’s not to love?!

Julie & Julia. This charming true story follows blogger Julie Powell, who decides to cook her way through chef Julia Child’s cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” The incredible Meryl Streep plays Child, with Amy Adams playing Powell. It’s a sweet tale of dreams, passion and cassoulet!

Ratatouille. This Oscar winner (best animated film) is adorable, and a great family film. It follows a chef, who just gets everything wrong, and the relationship that he forms with a rat who helps him learn to cook.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Again, depending on the version, we have Johnny Depp and chocolate again, but in my humble opinion, the original is the classic.

Let us know your foodie film favourites by tweeting us @RumbleChat!

The Super-Duper Leek!

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Leeks are very much in season at the moment, so we thought we would give you RumbleChatters a few interesting facts before you go off to make some leek and potato soup! (of which there is a GREAT recipe for right here)

Leeks are one of the easiest plants to grow in your garden.
They are a member of the same family that onions and garlic belong to.
They remove remnants of other food in the stomach, thereby cleansing the digestive tract and detoxifying the body.
Leeks are nature’s antiseptic agent. If you apply leek extract to a wound, it can prevent infection and also help to heal the wound faster, as they prevent blood clotting.
Leeks are rich in calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C and potassium.
They also help the symptoms of PMS, and help to regulate the menstrual cycle.
Leeks are known to also relieve the symptoms of epilepsy.

Overall they are a super-duper food! Hurrah for the humble leek! Tweet us with your suggestions of how to cook the delicious vegetable 🙂

pancakes

It’s that day again… for some it represents religion, for some it signals the beginning of Spring and for some it is a reminder that Easter is on its way. For us at RumbleChat HQ it gives us the opportunity to gorge ourselves on some delightful pancakes! However you enjoy them, we want to know! Tweet us today with your suggestions. Or if you need a bit of inspiration, check out these delectable recipes! #foodporn!

Pancakes with mascarpone and fruits

Duck pancakes with hoisin sauce

Crepes Suzette

and finally…

American Breakfast Pancakes

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Just seeing the pictures of these tents from Fieldcandy reminds me that the festival season is approaching. Which gets me so excited! Winter feels like it’s been dragging on for about 5 years, and it’s about time we had a few months of half decent warm weather.
For me, festivals mean music, flat beer, wellies, running out of loo roll, but ultimately, they mean FOOD!
Tacos, pizza, burgers, noodles: anything that will fit in a paper bowl. And there’s something about eating outside in the dying summer sun that makes your food taste all the more delightful…
If you’re planning on enjoying a few nights away in the open air, why not enjoy festival season even more with one of Fieldcandy’s glorious food tents!

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I’ve been reading this week about Japan’s culture of cute… especially when it comes to food. The Japanese encourage their children to enjoy meal times by cutting food into interesting shapes, creating characters out of food, and keeping food colourful and interesting.
Even their favourite cartoon characters are food-based! They have Anpanman or ‘Bread Man’, who superhero powers are allowing starving children to take chunks out of his face. Then there’s Hannari Tofu, a cartoon character made from your favourite meat-alternative.
Over at RumbleChat Towers, we find this concept interesting. We know you readers are big foodies: you live to eat, not eat to live. Many people who love food use it in a multi-sensory way. These days, people don’t just enjoy the tastes, but people suck up the smells, the textures, the sights and even the sounds of food! But taking the Japanese way of using food as a form of entertainment, I urge you to take it that one step further – have FUN with your food. Go back to your childhood and eat some popping candy. Have a super hot gob stopper that burns your mouth and turns your tongue blue. Then once you’re done, send us a tweet @RumbleChat about your fun foodie experiences!
Get silly with your food! It’s just all too serious these days!

detox

This article from the Telegraph demonstrates ways in which we can change our diet to keep ourselves youthful, both inside and out.
This includes replacing your morning caffeine hit with ginger tea, rye bread instead of wheat, almond milk instead of diary, fish instead of red meat, no starch after 5pm and a lot less alcohol.
How many of you RumbleChatters out there have been on a detox this January, and have you enjoyed the experience? Was it easy to cut out all those naughty vices like sugar, alcohol, starchy carbs and bad fats? How do you feel now we are approaching the end of the month? A lot lighter, brighter, and full of energy?
Let us know what you did during your detox by tweeting @RumbleChat with #detox!

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I’ve just been reading about Epic, which is the canteen housed within the Facebook headquarters. The food served there is complimentary to all staff… which I applaud!
It seems as though food is taken pretty seriously over at the social media giant. They offer their employees creatively themed meals of high quality, with the cooking team posting the daily menu on the in-house Facebook page.
This made me wonder. Do you think all large, successful corporate firms should offer this sort of service? Should they have an in-house cafeteria? Should they offer meals free of charge by way of rewarding staff for all of their hard work? Should they make an extra effort to offer up food of high quality as in incentive to get the creative juices flowing with their employees?
I think a food incentive is a massive plus within the workplace! Healthy, well cooked, creative cooking makes for happy workers and lots of RumbleChatting 🙂

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I’m not a massive fan, it’s not the first place on my list for where I think kids should dine out, but when I read this story, I thought ‘fair play’.

The global fast food chain McDonald’s have launched a campaign, alongside the National Literacy Trust to distribute 15 million books with their happy meals over the next two years.  As well as this, McDonald’s said it would also launch ‘Happy Readers’ £1 book offers, that can be redeemed at WHSmith.

Satring last wek, the campaign starts with a non-fiction book from DK’s ‘Amazing World’ series.

Conal Presho, head of development at the National Literacy Trust, says that ‘McDonald’s is a company with huge reach across the UK.’ and that the Trust’s focus ‘was not on the food side, but on getting books into kids’ hands … Our focus is on using any way we can to encourage children to read.’

 

 

If you are a keen mixologist, then we have found the perfect tool for you! The Bar10der is a 10 pronged Swiss Army Knife style gadget that features everything you need to create your favourite drinks in minutes. It has a bottle opener or a corkscrew for the less adventurous, and when you’re ready to go crazy with your cocktail making skills, then check out the muddler, the reamer and the jigger. Yup, I have no idea either.

But it looks awesome!