C&C Blog Page
Heinz Tomato Soup BBQ Sauce
1 can of Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup
1/4 cup of vinegar
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
2 tbsp. Demerara sugar
1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
Hot sauce, to taste (optional)
Mix all of the ingredients together and baste your BBQ meat of choice.
My Mate, Marmite
The recent false media reports about Marmite being banned from Canada made us really think about what Marmite means to us. But first....a little bit of history.
Marmite was created after a German scientist discovered that brewer’s yeast could be extracted, concentrated and eaten. In 1902 the Marmite Food Extract Company was formed in Burton on Trent, famous for Joe Jackson, Bass beer, and...well...Marmite. It has a French connection in that it took its name from ‘marmite’, a French term for a large covered earthenware pot in which it was originally sold. During World War 1 Marmite was distributed as part of rations to troops and it is packed with folic acid which is good for pregnant women and older people.
But let’s get down to business...how do you have your Marmite? Here are some ideas beyond the obvious thin spread on warm buttered toast.....
- Add it to stews and soups for a yummy flavour
- Spread on puff pastry, roll and make into pinwheels
- Pep up your cheese on toast with a layer of Marmite under your cheese (the same goes for beans on toast)
- Add it to your BBQ sauce for a tangy kick
- Add to your scone mix for a delicious savoury flavour
- A spoonful of Marmite and melted butter stirred into your spaghetti
We could go on. Suffice to say that it’s easy to underestimate the uses of Marmite. Get Googling!
p.s. We love it on our soldiers with our dippy eggs.
Happy New Year!
It’s been an incredible 2013 - we can’t believe how quickly it came and went. Let’s hope the winter does the same thing! Christmas was a really busy time for us, despite the snow and cold. The website orders are getting busy and we’ve had some lovely comments about our new website design.
Have you made a New Year’s resolution? I hope it isn’t to eat less chocolate.
Did you know that the Babylonians made promises to their gods at the start of every year, and the Romans made promises to their god, Janus, for whom the month of January is named after. In medieval times, the knights took the ‘peacock vow’ to reaffirm their commitment to chivalry (shame that one went out of fashion).
The bad news about resolutions is that a 2007 study showed that 88% failed to keep them. To help you be successful, apparently, you should share your resolution with others where you will get support. Here’s our advice.....don’t make your resolution too challenging!
We’ve been soooo busy since all of our Christmas stock arrived and we’ve decided to count down to Christmas with our Facebook friends this year starting on 13th December, letting you know a bit more about what we have in stock. Our advent calendars were really popular this year and we hope you are enjoying your daily taste of Cadbury’s chocolate. If you missed out you can always find lots of Cadbury’s goodies in store.
We love hearing our customers tell us about their Christmas traditions.
Here are some fun Christmas facts for you from around the world:
- In Poland, spiders or spider webs are common Christmas trees decorations because according to legend, a spider wove a blanket for Baby Jesus. In fact, Polish people consider spiders to be symbols of goodness and prosperity at Christmas.
- Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the United States until June 26, 1870.
- Mistletoe is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird droppings (that should stop you kissing under it!)
- The poinsettia is native to Mexico and was cultivated by the Aztecs, who called the plant Cuetlaxochitl “flower which wilts” (true in my case!).
- In Germany, Heiligabend, or Christmas Eve, is said to be a magical time when the pure in heart can hear animals talking.
- Norwegian scientists have suggested that Rudolph’s red nose is probably the result of a parasitic infection of his respiratory system.
- In Egypt, Christmas Day is celebrated on 7th January.
- In Hungary, the main Christmas meal, which is eaten on Christmas eve, consists of fish and cabbage and a special kind of poppy bread/cake called 'Beigli'.
- In the Czech Republic the main celebrations are on Christmas Eve. Some people fast during Christmas Eve in the hope that they will see a vision of 'the golden pig' appear on the wall before dinner. This is meant to be a sign of good luck.
- The city of Naples in Italy is world famous for its cribs and crib making. These are known as 'Presepe Napoletano' (meaning Neapolitan Cribs). The first crib scene in Naples is thought to go back to 1025.
Visit our Facebook page (Clarence & Cripps Inc.) and tell us about your Christmas traditions.
Some of you may know that, in a not unusual ordering catastrophe, Maxine ordered 15 CASES of Jaffa Cakes instead of one case of 15 boxes. This has lead us all to put our heads together to work out just what are we going to do with all of these Jaffa Cakes. Well - not only are they delicious to have with your cuppa, but apparently you can also make the most delicious pudding with them! We loved it so thought we would share it with you:
Jaffa Cake Bread Pudding
5 slices Medium Thickness Bread (i used wholemeal cause it’s what i had)
9 Jaffa Cakes
375ml/1 1/2 cups 1% Milk
3 Medium Eggs
1tsp Vanilla Extarct
1tsp Orange Zest
30g Granulated Sugar
First take your slices of bread and cut them into half or quarters. Take half of the slices and lay them out on the bottom of the dish, then cover with the Jaffa Cakes. Then cover with the other half of bread.
Pre-heat your oven to 180°C/350°F
In a bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla, zest and sugar until all combined. Pour this custardy mixture over the top of the bread and Jaffa cakes and let it sit for about 20-30 minutes so the dry ingredients can soak up some of the liquid.
After 20-30 minutes, place the baking dish into the oven and bake for around 30-40 minutes – until the top is nicely browned and the insides are gooey but with the custard mix all set.
Let cool slightly because those Jaffa Cakes will be HOT. Serve with custard or cream. Yum!
We have a very active Facebook Page where we regularly post news about offers, stock arrivals, local information, contests ...or just fun! Chat to us, ask us questions, or just keep up to date with what’s going on.
Welcome to Clarence & Cripps' new website.
We have been working on it for a while because we wanted it to be easy for you to use and to look nice. We hope we've got it right but let us know if you find any glitches.
To go with the launch of our website we have also had a Virtual Tour made of our store. You can see it here http://virali.se/zN6x.
On our blog we will let you know about what we've been up to; tell you about new stock or great offers; or just let you know about something happening locally. We hope you find it interesting.