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Happy Christmas

Posted by Lou on Dec 17, 2009 in Products, Skincare

Oooh hello. Bet you didn’t expect to see me again.

I know I know, where have I been?

Well as my last post said I took voluntary redundancy from my job and launched my own company, lovelittle. This really has taken up all of my time and energy but I never forgot about Carry On Britain. Anyway, my New Year’s resolution is to devote more time to this blog and from now until Xmas I have a feast of festive inspired posts for you to read.Avon Inflatable Boat kids

Ok, let’s start with some Xmas present ideas for those who really have left it till the last minute.

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Bellingham Soap Company is run by Allyson Proudfoot from her home in Northumberland. It all began in 1997 when she was living on a little small holding in Bellingham and her goat Lottie was producing more milk than Allyson knew what to do with. After reading up on the internet, Allyson found a recipe for goat’s milk soap. It was a basic “old timers” cold kettle recipe but it was a start. After a long process of trial and error Allyson formulated an olive, palm and coconut base and began scenting it with flowers and herbs from her garden.

Since 1999, Allyson has shown at many craft fairs as well has having her own premises in the Kirkharle Courtyard which has seen her business grow from strength to strength. In 2007, Allyson decided to focus more on the trade side of the business and moved her workshop back to her home where she continues to make her gorgeous soaps today. The soaps are now sold around the country and more recently through the National Trust.

For me, buying such a natural product is a necessity as I suffer from eczema, but it is always wonderful to find new products that I can use. As well as this product being great on your skin, its also great for the environment as Bellingham Soaps only used ethically produced palm oil and all the packaging is recycled and biodegradable.

These soaps are kind in every way :)

Today is the last day to order before Xmas so get a move on!

 
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Carry On Britain does the Yorkshire Dales – Part 01 – Wensleydale Cheese

Posted by Lou on May 5, 2009 in Carry On Britain Events, Food Shopping, Places, Skincare

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This weekend saw the Carry on Britain team travelling to the Yorkshire Dales in search of cheese and good bitter (I know, so easily pleased). Over the next few days each one of the team will give a round up of what we did and where we went but I will kick off with a basic round up and to talk about the best and the most important (in my opinion) WENSLEYDALE CHEESE.

Ok, so this weekend the team and I packed up the car full of camping equipment and essentials such as toilet roll and beer and headed to the Yorkshire Dales. After a brief break on the side of the M61 to mourn the loss of the camping chair that fell out the roof box, we arrived in good time. We pitched up the tent (more about the campsite later) then headed out for a walk to a pub in Muker for lunch and refreshments. We spent the afternoon drinking beer, eating ploughman’s lunches and soaking up the sunshine. That evening we spent the evening making a fire (a real necessity when camping in early May) and having a bbq. It was only later when we retired to the pub to get warm that we realized soaking up the sunshine resulted in the reddest nose I have ever seen, my nose has only just returned to normal 3 days later!

On Sunday, after a rubbish nights sleep we decided to go home via Wensleydale and the Black Sheep brewery.

So now the best bit……

WENSLEYDALE CHEESE. Oh my god!!!! HEAVEN!

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We did the tour (which was a fantastic bargain at £2.50 per person) and saw where the cheese is made and watched a video on the whole process. All very interesting, but I was itching to get to the best bit. The shop, the shop where you can taste all the Wensleydale cheeses.

So what was on offer? Wensleydale, Mature Wensleydale, Extra Mature Wensleydale, Yorkshire Blue, Smoked Blue, Wensleydale with cranberries, blueberries, mango and papaya, Wensleydale with chives, Wensleydale with Onion and also Wensleydale with ginger. Not forgetting Goats milk Wensleydale and also Cheddar with wholegrain mustard :)

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It was brilliant. We bought loads. My favourites were the Yorkshire Blue and the Wensleydale with onions, but my ultimate favourite is Wensleydale with mango and papaya. We also brought a ginger Wensleydale cheesecake, which did rock my world – No cheesecake will ever live up to that! All in all…very exciting. After that we decided to go to the Black Sheep Brewery and then to Theakston’s Brewery where I had a bitter revelation and things went slowly downhill (in a good way) from there.

 
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Blighty Bubbly – is UK wine actually any good?

Posted by Dunc on Apr 10, 2009 in British Recipes, Carry On Britain Events, Food Shopping, Skincare

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It’s all very well buying English veg, meat, bread etc. You have to look that bit harder, shop in more places, sometimes spend a bit more however ultimately the great tastes and sense of smugness from eating something that is fresh, local, supports the economy and tastes great is well worth it.

However for us to still sip that Sauvignon Blanc from the Malborough region of New Zealand, or Tuscan Chianti is a bit of a cop out for the Brit Bloggers. And, lets be honest, the booze is a large chunk of our pocket money….

Thus the English Wine and Cheese Evening was announced! ‘What a superb idea’ we all bullishly cheered in a famous five fashion (but secretly worried that this was going to be an evening in drinking nasty vinegary concoctions). Oh well, the stinking bishop will mask the taste.giant water slide

The big day arrived and I hadn’t bought any wine, safe in the knowledge that surely all the big supermarkets are selling Blighty Vino nowadays. But this is not so…a trip around M&S was fruitless as was Tesco. Even the trusty Co-op was focusing its efforts on the Chilean Red (so much for shop local).

So it had to be Waitrose. Brilliant that I had an excuse to legitimately shop there as my tight-fisted Yorkshire boyfriend forbids it normally.

Waitrose is where I found Chapel Down English wines.

The retailer only stocked 2 English wines and both were from Chapel Down which is a winery in Kent – the Garden Of England.

Check out their website www.englishwinesgroup.co.uk for more info on their products and their ethics.

So I bought a bottle of Chapel Down Brut and a Pinot Noir (er not very English sounding). At £16.99 the Brut is mid priced and tastes as good as any similar priced champagne. In fact it’s more than good – its really nice! The white was perhaps not light enough for my palate however (I’m not a big white wine drinker) and certainly no connoisseur.

It’s a shame that the UK cannot produce a red (for the time being my Rioja is safe) however Chapel Down offer a wide range, spanning white, rose and fizz, including a Taste of England Case of 12 bottles inc Brut for £101.00.

It was a definite eye opener and I’d buy the Brut again and would like to try to rose. We all agreed twas a huge success!

Oh, I forgot to mention that at the checkout I was asked for ID which, at the age of 31, was immensely flattering and a gargantuan ego boost. What’s more, in addition to the UK wines, its just another reason to keep visiting Waitrose…

 

I didn’t forget about you. I’ve been too busy making snowmen

Posted by Lou on Feb 16, 2009 in News, Skincare

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Its been ages since I’ve posted.

I feel I have neglected my duties.

So…lots to write about.

1st lets talk skincare.

LIZ EARLE. If you’re like me and you’re basically allergic to everything (I’m atopic apparently), skincare can become a boring lifeless chore. Well, that was until Liz Earle came along. I can’t stress enough how wonderful the Cleanse and Polish is and when you wash it off with a muslin cloth you feel so clean.

OK skincare is over, lets talk food (that didn’t take long). I know, I’m becoming really sad. I’ve found heaven is when I get home and I can dive into my cookbooks and plan out dinners. I’ve been so happy with Abel and Cole – the parsnips have seriously rocked my world. I love how the man turns up in his van every Wednesday at 9.30am, I love rituals!

Unfortunately this week I’ve been away so I haven’t been able to make the Easy Carrot and Coriander Soup but Covent Garden Soups have been a nice change.

So far we have stuck to buying British really well. After watching the Great British food fight all of our meat is Organic free range and British. All of our fruit and veg is from Able and Cole, of which most is sourced from Britain. We are obsessed with potato and rosemary bread from Barbakan and I’ll never eat a yogurt that isn’t from Longley farm again.

I will point out that I’ve not become a mad Daily Mail reader just yet, even though they do have excellent celebrity gossip online.

All in all, a month and a half in, we have saved money because we aren’t lured by rubbish in supermarkets and I’ve lost weight because we aren’t eating out all the time and our food is more wholesome.

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