Tuesday, 18 July 2017

UK Inflation drops to 2.6% in June

The UK's inflation rate dropped unexpectedly to 2.6% in June, down from 2.9% in May.

It is the first fall in the rate since October 2016 and was largely down to lower petrol and diesel prices.
Fuel prices fell for the fourth month in a row in June, according to the Office for National Statistics.
However, inflation is still running ahead of average wage inflation, which stands at 2% excluding bonuses.
The UK inflation rate has risen sharply since the referendum on membership of the European Union last June, partly due to an increase in the cost of imported goods following the fall in the value of the pound.
That rise has put pressure on the Bank of England to raise interest rates, but economists say the latest figures will ease that pressure.
These numbers are a real surprise, showing the first drop in inflation since autumn 2016," said Lucy O'Carroll, chief economist at Aberdeen Asset Management.
"This is going to kill the chances of a rate rise in the short term. We'll learn more about the Bank of England's thinking in a couple of weeks, but we can expect the calls for a rate rise to reduce to a whimper."
UK unemployment falls to fresh 11-year low.

But June's fall in inflation is a blip, according to some economists.
"We have not necessarily passed the peak of inflation," said Andrew Sentance, senior economic adviser at PwC.
"Oil prices are volatile and could bounce back later this year. Meanwhile, the big fall in the value of the pound since last summer is still working its way through the pipeline and has not yet fully fed through into shop prices."
Another measure of inflation, the Retail Price Index (RPI), edged lower from an annual rate of 3.9% in May to 3.8% in June. RPI is used to calculate the interest rate for student loans, for example.
The ONS also reports a version of consumer price inflation that includes housing costs known as CPIH. That rate fell to 2.6% in June from 2.7% in May. source-bbc.co.uk

Even though the effect of the inflation drop will affect the economy, this might come as some type of good news for us as we'll see the effect of this drop on food prices at the till. 

Friday, 14 July 2017

National Mac n Cheese Day- July 14th 2017

One of the classic comfort foods earns a place of honor on July 14.  It is National Mac and Cheese Day!
Made with macaroni noodles, cream or milk, and the golden goodness of cheese, mac and cheese shines as a side dish but can stand on its own as a main dish as well. From the classic mac and cheese with cheddar or American cheeses to the spicy cowboy mac with bacon and jalapenos, there’s a combination for everyone.  Mix up the cheeses or load up on seasonings, set the broiler for a couple of minutes at the end of the cooking time and let the cheese get a nice toasty crust.-source-nationaldaycalendar.com
Enjoy some mac and cheese! Use #NationalMacAndCheeseDay to share on social media

Thursday, 13 July 2017

National French Fries Day- July 13th 2017

There's nothing like a good plate of French Fries, or Chips as we British people refer it. Serve with some ketchup, brown sauce or even a splash of

According to Foodimentary, here are five fun food facts about French Fries:-

  • French fries are, perhaps, poorly-named, since they originate in Belgium and are most popular in America.
  • In England these are referred to as “chips”
  • Though French fries were invented in Europe, the potatoes, from which they are made, originated in the Americas and were imported.
  • Leaving the potato skin on French fries actually leaves in important vitamins that are lost if the skins are peeled away.
  • The first occurrence of French fries in America may have been at a diplomatic dinner hosted by Thomas Jefferson.

Friday, 7 July 2017

World Chocolate Day- July 7th 2017

World Chocolate Day, sometimes referred to as International Chocolate Day,is an observance that occurs globally every year on July 7.Celebration of the day includes the consumption of chocolate. It has been stated that 7 July 2016 marks 466 years since chocolate was introduced to Europe.
As the United States celebrate International Chocolate Day on 13 September, Chocolate Ice-cream Day is observed on 7 July. Various other more specific chocolate-themed days are celebrated throughout the world and on various dates, including Milk Chocolate Day on 28 July. 

World Chocolate Day: 8 facts about chocolate to celebrate

1. The American Milton S. Hershey was born on the 11th of September, he founded the Hershey Chocolate Company. On his birthday we celebrate World Chocolate Day.
2. World Chocolate Day is celebrated two times a year. The second time is on the 7th of July. On this day hundreds of years ago chocolate was first introduced in Europe.
3. You will not get addicted to chocolate that easily, even though it almost “seems” irresistible. You can only get addicted if you eat 25 kilos of dark chocolate a day! Addictiveness stems from the main ingredient of chocolate: cocoa. Dark chocolate contains 75% of cocoa.

4. Every day, people in The Netherlands consume a million chocolate-sprinkled bread slices.
5. Chocolate contains the same substances produced by your body.
6. The Swiss are the biggest consumers of chocolate in the world at 11,4 kg per person per year.
7. White chocolate is not technically chocolate because it contains no cocoa.
8. World’s largest chocolate bar weighed 5,792 kilos. source-http://cocoafromghana.org/

Thursday, 6 July 2017

International Kissing Day- July 6th 2017

OK, what a day to celebrate lol, there are as many types of kiss as there are people to pucker up, and who doesn’t love a good kiss? Whether it’s a quick friendly peck on the cheek between friends, or a long, passionate tongue-lashing between new partners, International Kissing Day celebrates this most enjoyable of activities and the part it plays in cultures throughout the world. If you haven’t shown your partner just how much you enjoy them, maybe International Kissing Day is your chance to remind them with a toe-curling kiss!

History of International Kissing Day
International Kissing Day was established in 2006 to focus on the kissing that takes place between lovers, and to celebrate the place it holds in our society. One of the most surprising things about this holiday is the research that revealed that 5% of people over the age of 45 are locking lips at least 31 times a week! Who would have thought that old fires burn so hot?
Events are organized all over to celebrate International Kissing Day, with events for those who have lovers, and those who are looking for them. Kiss-in’s let you test drive a potential dates lips before you ever hook up with them for an actual date, and kissing classes help you learn how to become an amazing kisser.

But romantic kissing isn’t the only place that kissing happens in our culture and society. Among the high society, it’s not at all unusual to greet with a kiss on each cheek, a tradition that heralds back to the Old World. Young children frequently get kisses from their loving parents, though it’s something that tends to fade as children get older.
Over all, kissing has played an important role in social bonding since time out of mind, and International Kissing Day celebrates them all!

How to Celebrate International Kissing Day
Well that’s simple enough isn’t it? Wake up in the morning and kiss your partner good morning, then greet your friends with a quick kiss on the cheek to show them how much you appreciate them. If you’re a bit more reserved, place a chaste kiss on the back of the hand of friends you hold in high regard. There’s a million different ways to deliver a kiss to those you care about, and they don’t all have to be romantic! So on International Kissing Day, pucker up every chance you get! Just remember the breath mints.- source-

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Happy Independence America- 4th July 2017

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago on July4, 1776.

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concertsbaseball gamesfamily reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

A bit of Wiki Background of Independence Day

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain rule. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Adams's prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
Historians have long disputed whether members of Congress signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.

Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, another Founding Father who was elected as President, also died on July 4, 1831. He was the third President in a row who died on the anniversary of independence. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872; so far he is the only U.S. President to have been born on Independence Day.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Chinese Hot Chili Recipe

Morning Foodies, ever wondered how Chinese make their chili oils so nice, that we almost cannot resist?

Well here's a very very EASY tutorial on how to make that jar of awesomeness :-)  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

Maybe I should even start packaging and selling these lol :-)


  • Crushed Chili
  • 200ml Vegetable Oil or Peanut Oil
  • 50ml Sesame Oil
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • Handful of Star Anise
  • 2 Tbsp Black Peppercorn

Place the Vegetable oil in a wok or saucepan on high heat for about 7 minutes, you need to make sure this is not heated for more than 7 minutes as you do no need the oil to be burnt. Tip (drop a small onion in the oil to check the level of hotness).

Now combine the chili, star anise and peppercorn together in a deep heat proof bowl and mix well.

Now add the oil into the chili mix PLS NOTE- this will be very hot so be careful. Mix well, add salt to taste and leave to cool for about 10 minutes.

Once completely cool, add the sesame oil for extra oriental flavour, transfer into a jar and store for up to one year.

Enjoy with your dishes and avoid spending £2 every time you buy your takeaway :-)

Direct link to the video tutorial here-