Duralex Glassware – Timeless Beauty in Toughened Glass

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Duralex drinking glasses have long been known for their superior strength and durability and classic looks. Still manufactured in La Chapelle Saint-Mesmin in France, Duralex glassware today maintains the same standard and quality they possessed since they were first manufactured in 1945. In fact, Duralex began making glassware in the 1930′s and over a few years, the company pioneered the technology of tempered glass, the first attempt at applying the process to the manufacture of tableware. It was in 1945 that the Duralex trademark was registered, and this is the date you will see on the stamp on the bottom of a Duralex glass.

The 1950′s, 1960′s and 1970′s were years of expansion for Duralex, with households in France and the rest of Europe looking to equip themselves with modern products and practises, with a focus also on aesthetics and economy. Throughout this time, the Duralex brand and its products became familiar to millions of consumers worldwide.

The turn of the 1990′s brought internationalisation of new markets and stiff competition for Duralex and Saint Gobain, who owned Duralex, decided to sell it on to concentrate on other businesses. Over the years, we have heard numerous reports of the Duralex factory closing its doors forever and ceasing to manufacture these world famous, much loved drinking glasses. Stocks had dwindled and you would have to hunt high and low to find precious Duralex, and possibly pay higher prices as supplies decreased. Luckily as they’re triple tempered and extra strong, they would be worth the higher price because they’d last so long!

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Each time the factory has shut its doors and said its “final” goodbye, time passes, and eventually the ever increasing popularity and demand for Duralex is recognised and somebody comes along to save the day and re open the factory, but all owners since Saint Gobain seemed to fail to really stimulate activity. Until 2008, that is.

In 2008 the Duralex company was taken over by a shareholders group who have invested significant resources to save the brand. These resources have been used in all areas to bring the factory into the 21st century and really get the most out of the brand. Modernisation of production techniques, better management, mechanisms for sustainable management, and site rejuvenation are all areas which have been addressed and the Duralex company is finally turning a profit again. Despite the fact that they are still producing the timeless classics, Duralex are now also looking toward innovation and development and regularly launching new models and more colours, to keep the brand fresh and up to date.

The classic and best known Duralex glassware shapes are the Picardie, the Prisme and the Gigogne. The Picardie glass, which is available in a range of sizes, is often fondly remembered as a drinking glass you may have seen in school, especially in Europe. The Prisme is a little more unusual yet by no means less beautiful, and the Gigogne is a very simple yet highly stylish shape which has proved incredibly popular.

At Silver Mushroom Ltd, we have worked closely with Le-Tom, online retailers of Duralex and, dare we say it, experts on the brand, for several years and we have had small amounts of Duralex stock for sale. In recent months, Le Tom have made the decision to move away from online retailing and into other fields, leaving behind a hole in the UK Duralex market. As their friends and co workers, we have been lucky enough to acquire their remaining stock and contacts at Duralex with a view to moving forward with the brand ourselves. We are very pleased to now be able to offer a variety of sizes and colours in each of the classic Picardie, Prisme and Gigogne shapes. Although Le Tom will no doubt be sorely missed, we will do our best to live up to their fantastic reputation and service and hope to continue to expand our Duralex range in years to come, as the factory grows and develops.

To have a look at our current Duralex range, just go to our Drinkware section by clicking here.

Lemon and White Chocolate Cheesecake

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Part of making a great dessert is in the presentation, and what better way to serve up a divine dessert than in a Kilner clip top jar? No messing about trying to cut up even portions, no devastation when your masterpiece crumbles before it is even on the plate, just a lovely way to serve dessert.

This hassle free No Bake Lemon and White Chocolate Cheesecake is a recipe we put together ourselves and if we may say so, it’s positively yummy. Making, storing and serving the cheesecakes in the 125ml Kilner jar only made the whole process easier and let’s face it, everyone loves dessert in a jar. Super quick, super easy and super tasty, this is a great recipe to throw together quickly, although it will look and taste like you’ve slaved over it for hours. Don’t worry, we won’t tell…..

First of all, if you don’t already own Kilner clip top jars, you can buy them here. You will need 8 of the 125ml round clip tops for this recipe.

Ingredients:
For the base

15 Digestive Biscuits
75g Butter
2 teaspoons light brown sugar

For the filling

500g mascarpone cheese
100ml double cream
2 tablespoons sugar
2 lemons juiced and zested
50g grated white chocolate
Extra grated white chocolate to decorate

Method

1. Put the digestives in a clear sandwich bag and bash down with a rolling pin until the biscuits are a fine crumble. Add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and mix together.

2. Melt the butter and mix into the biscuit mix until it is moist and slightly sticky. It does not have to stick together in a lump at this point.

3. Spoon the cheesecake base mixture evenly between the Kilner jars and press down well. Put the jars in the fridge to chill.

4. Combine the mascarpone with the cream and sugar and whip well for a couple of minutes. Add the lemon zest and lemon juice and whip well again for about 1 minute. Add the grated chocolate and whip again for a further minute. You may want to taste the cheesecake filling at this point to see if you want to add any more sugar or lemon.

5. Spoon the cheesecake filling mixture on top of the chilled bases up to the rim of the Kilner jars. Top the finished cheesecakes with grated white chocolate and close the clip top lid. Put in the fridge and chill for a couple hours and you’re done.

Your Steak Your Way with Steakstones

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Entertaining is one of my favourite things to do. I love being able to have fun with friends without leaving the house, and for me the perfect evening is one of delicious food and drink, laughter, music, jokes, games and interesting conversation over a few glasses of decent wine. The only issue I have with attempting to host a dinner party or even just a games night, is that when food is involved, I spend most of the evening faffing about in the kitchen while everybody else has a great time without me in the living room or round the dining table. I’m not a particularly bad cook, but I do have some issues with timing and if I’m trying to watch several pans, heat plates, serve things up, talk to my friends and drink my wine (priorities), things can get a little out of hand. I’ve taken these days to resorting to cold finger food that can be laid out before anyone arrives and eaten whenever people want, or even (and I’m not proud of this) forgetting completely to serve food when we’ve all focussed on a few drinks and a lot of chat which usually results in a telephone call to the local takeaway around 10pm or a frozen pizza being shoved in the oven and devoured but not particularly enjoyed. Neither of these options is advisable, and neither really makes for what you might consider a successful dinner party. It may just scrape a passable games night.

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I suspect a lot of you have slightly more control in the kitchen than I do, and can probably juggle a dinner party with your eyes shut, but that still doesn’t take away from the fact that a host will always have to spend some time away from his or her guests while they prepare dinner. So wouldn’t it be great if you could all stay together and still cook a fabulous meal that will be remembered long after the plates have been cleaned, with minimal effort.

Steakstones are a fresh new way to cook and serve food and eliminate the problem of having to leave your guests at the table while you prepare food. They also eliminate the problem of fussy eaters, because guess what? They cook it themselves, to their personal liking.

Steakstones are a fantastic product that we have just added to the range at Silver Mushroom Ltd and I personally, think they are not only a massive help when it comes to cooking and serving steaks and accompaniments but also a great way to put a fun spin on a dinner party and to keep all your guests happy. There is definitely something fun about being able to sizzle your own steak or fish at the table and get it just how you like it.

Serving steak at a dinner party could pose real problems in some circumstances as everybody has their own preference for how they like it cooked. You may have one guest at one end of the table who believes it is sacrilege to do anything more than sear the outsides of a steak, while the person sat next to them thinks if any pink is showing, they are eating something which is still alive. So, eliminate this problem and let them cook their own, exactly how they want it. Job done, all your guests are happy and can enjoy their food.

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Steakstones come in a variety of shapes and sizes, some with ceramic side dishes to serve up vegetables and dips or sauces, but the main factor in each piece is the lava stone. Made from a selection of nature’s most amazing and sustainable materials, the lava stone can be heated on the hob, in the oven or on a barbecue, and will retain heat throughout your meal to allow you to enjoy every last bite as hot and delicious as it should be, whether you are dining inside or out. The dry heat of the lava stone means there is no need for oils or fats, as it will sear in the natural moisture and flavour of the meat or fish, making it tasty and healthy at the same time.

Steakstones are not limited to cooking steak, despite the name suggesting so. Although you can cook up an amazing fillet, sirloin or rib-eye, you can also cater to people who enjoy a lighter or vegetarian based meal, because Steakstones also do a fantastic job cooking fish or vegetables. So all you have to do is put the food on the table, and let your guests do the work.

This is a revolution in entertaining. There is no better way to keep all your guests entertained and happy with their food, and the best part is, you can enjoy the whole process with everyone else, without having to remove yourself from the party and be a slave to the cooker.

Steakstones do a variety of serving plates, including a starter set, simple lava stones, and full serving sets with ceramic side plates and dishes. They also offer a range of glazed serving plates which can be chilled or heated to serve up sharing dishes, either to start or as dessert, whilst keeping the theme throughout the evening. This literally is the perfect way to share an evening with friends or family.

Have a look at the Steakstones collection here!

10 Fabulous Things To Do With A Kilner Preserve Bottle

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cliptop-bottles1Kilner jars have stood the test of time for over 150 years, and although the clever iconic clip top design has been updated over time, Kilner preserve jars still maintain the original vacuum feature invented by John Kilner around 1840.

Today, as well as many different preserve jars, Kilner also make preserve bottles. Ideal for liquid preserves, these bottles are functional, and offer the same clip top vacuum storage as the archetypal Kilner jar, but on top of this they look fabulous. So, not only are they a useful kitchen tool, they can be used as a decorative piece as well.

In recent years, many households have seen something of a revival of the classic 1950’s housewife, and people are getting more and more into making things at home, from cakes and pies to cushions and gifts. So to celebrate what we believe is a beautiful piece of kitchenware, we have trawled the internet to come up with the top ten things you could make and put in a Kilner preserve bottle to turn it into the perfect homemade gift!

oliveoil_300x3001. Infused Olive Oil: These make a great present because they add that little something extra to your cooking, look beautiful on display, and they don’t break the bank. Check out the methods we found here!

2. Homemade Fruit Syrups: Vibrant, colourful homemade syrups are tasty and can be given as a gift with this fantastic recipe for Italian Sodas, or could be used as yummy homemade cordial.

3. Homemade Limoncello: The traditional Italian lemon liqueur is usually produced in Southern Italy, but you could recreate it yourself for a fabulous after dinner digestive which will look simply stunning in the Kilner preserve bottles! Check out this lovely recipe here.

4. Homemade Vanilla Extract: A fabulous gift idea for home bakers, this looks and smells delicious and will last for years. Get the recipe here!

5. Mushroom Ketchup: Yes, that’s right; the word ketchup does not only apply to the popular tomato based sauce. Try making this alternative ketchup for a quirky gift, in a delightful Kilner preserve bottle of course. Get the recipe here!

6. Elderflower Cordial: Elderflowers are in season around the end of May and beginning of June so now is the perfect time to make this tasty cordial to make a lovely homemade gift. Here is a great recipe for this refreshing cordial!

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7. Nettle Cordial: If you want to be really daring, this nettle cordial recipe makes the perfect refreshing yet totally unique gift. Click here to see how.

8. Homemade Salad Dressing: There are many many recipes we could give you that make yummy dressings, but we particularly like this Sweet n Spicy Rosemary Salad Dressing from Renaissance Herbs in Australia.

9. Homemade Diffuser Oil: A great scented gift which will look super stylish in a Kilner bottle. Learn how to do it here!

10. Homemade Bath Salts: These are super easy to make and a lovely gift. You’ll just need a funnel to get them into the bottle! For directions, click here!

To get started, shop for you Kilner Preserve Bottles here, and get started on your stunning homemade gifts now.

Celebrate the World Cup with some Brazilian Cuisine

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The time has finally come for the 2014 Brazilian World Cup. A time when even those people who would normally not even know the shape of a football spend their days organising sweepstakes, checking fixtures, chilling beers and preparing the mandatory snacks for an evening with friends in front of the TV.

This year, why not show off to your friends and serve up a typical Brazilian dish to honour the country holding the 2014 World Cup? We’ve dug around for a couple of easy recipes for you to prepare so you can bring a real taste of Brazil into your home, making you feel that little bit closer to the action.

Recipe #1: Pizza Empanadas

The first recipe is for Pizza Empanadas, something Brazilians term a “salgado”, or what we might describe as a salty snack. Fast food if you will. This flaky pastry crust filled with mozzarella cheese, ham, tomato and oregano is somewhere between our typical pasty and a pizza. Our mouths are already watering at the thought. Read on to make your own and surprise your guests with your cultural knowledge and culinary genius.

For the Dough
385g cups flour, all-purpose
1/4 teaspoon salt
175g cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg, chilled

For the Filling
100g cup shredded deli ham
100g Cup shredded mozzarella cheese
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 large egg (white and yolk separated)
*pinch of oregano

To make the dough: in a food processor, mix the flour and salt together. Add the butter, egg, and 5 tablespoons of water until a clumpy dough forms. Be careful not to overwork the dough. Just mix until it comes together.

Form the dough into ball, wrap in plastic wrapper, and chill in the refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes. Then, unwrap and roll out the dough into a thin sheet over a floured surface, working from the center of the dough to the edges.

Cut out round disc shapes using a round medium-sized or small mold or cutter. Use immediately or store in the freezer for up to 3 months. (In the latter case, pile one disc on top of the other with plastic wrap in between them. Wrap the pile well and store in a ziploc bag. Thaw in the refrigerator before filling the pizza empanadas).

For the filling: In a small bowl, mix both the ham and cheese. Reserve.

Brush the edges of the pizza empanada discs with the egg whites or a little bit of water (although the whites tend to be more effective at sealing the edges of the pizza empanadas).

Fold the empanada discs and seal the edges gently with your fingers. Then, press the edges of the pizza empanadas with a fork to crimp. Lightly brush the top of the pizza empanadas with the egg yolk thinned with 1/2 teaspoon of water.

Layer the pizza empanadas in a single layer in a deep baking pan or pyrex dish. Cover with aluminum foil (don’t let it touch the pizza empanadas). Let the pizza empanadas rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes or until ready to bake.

Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and bake empanadas for 15 – 20 minutes, or until golden. Serve pizza empanadas warm by themselves or with a dipping sauce (e.g. chimichurri).

Recipe from The Latin Kitchen

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Recipe #2 Black Bean Stew

If you’re celebrating the World Cup with a beer or two, it’s always a good idea to line your stomach with something nourishing and hearty beforehand. This traditional Black Bean Stew recipe is a great way to do this, and it tastes fantastic, like a hearty chilli, but prepared with black beans and chunks of beef and sausage instead of minced beef and kidney beans. Rustle up a vat of this and get all your friends round to help you eat it.

You Will Need:
450 grams dry black beans
4 Tbsp olive oil
450 grams pork shoulder, cut into chunks
2 large onions, sliced
1 head of garlic, peeled and chopped
450 grams carne seca or corned beef, cut into chunks
225 grams fresh sausages, such as chorizo or Italian sausage
450 grams smoked sausage, such as linguica or kielbasa
1 smoked ham hock or shank
3-4 bay leaves
Water
1 14.5 ounce can (411 grams) of crushed tomatoes
Salt

Pour boiling water over the black beans and let them sit while you prepare the rest of the stew.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat and brown the pork shoulder. When it has browned, remove the meat from the pot, set aside and add the onions to the pot. Brown them, stirring occasionally, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Sprinkle a little salt over the onions and add the garlic. Stir well and sauté 2 more minutes.

Add back the pork shoulder, and the other meats and add enough water to cover. Add the bay leaves, cover and bring to a simmer. Cook gently for 1 hour. Drain the black beans from their soaking liquid and add them to the stew. Simmer gently, covered, until the beans are tender, about an hour and a half.

Add the tomatoes, stir well and taste for salt, adding if it’s needed. Simmer this, uncovered, until the meat begins to fall off the ham hock, which will probably take 2-3 hours.

Serve with white rice and hot sauce.

Recipe from Simply Recipes

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Recipe #3 Bolinho de Chuva

Of course, a party wouldn’t be a party without something for dessert. Brazil’s Bolinho de Chuva are essentially little cinnamon doughnut holes. They’re easy to make so long as you have the right equipment, and your guests are sure to go bonkers over these little Brazilian bites.

You Will Need:

250g flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/2-1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon baking powder
65g cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Vegetable oil for frying

In a deep fryer or skillet, heat several inches of vegetable oil to 360 degrees (F).

In a small bowl, stir the cinnamon into the 1/2 cup sugar and set aside. Mix the flour, salt and 3 tablespoons sugar in a bowl. Stir in the eggs and 1/2 cup buttermilk with a wooden spoon. Add more buttermilk, slowly, until mixture has the consistency of a very thick cake batter. Stir in the baking powder.

Using 2 teaspoons (or a small cookie scoop), scoop a generous teaspoon of batter and carefully drop it into the oil, using the second spoon to help scrape the dough off of the first one. Repeat with several more teaspoons, but do not overcrowd the doughnuts or they will stick together.

Cook the doughnuts, turning occasionally, until golden brown on all sides.

Remove doughnuts from the oil with a slotted spoon, and drain briefly on paper towels.

Roll the doughnuts in the cinnamon sugar while still hot.

Cook the rest of the doughnuts in batches, and serve warm. Doughnuts can be reheated or kept warm in the oven.
Makes about 25 small round doughnuts.

Recipe from About.com – South American Food

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Treat Dad to the perfect, unique Father’s Day gift….

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Father’s Day is looming and if you’re anything like us, you’ll be racking your brains to think of a brand new, unique gift idea to show Dad how much you appreciate him. Like flowers and chocolates on Mother’s Day, it’s all too easy to go for the obvious bunch of socks or a bottle of (pretty average on our budget) whiskey, purchased in a panic on Sunday morning when some guy on the radio has reminded you that once again, you forgot to get a gift!

So, for all those times Dad has changed your tyre, mowed your lawn, acted as a taxi service, slipped you a fiver when you’re running short and hidden your (harmless) misdemeanours from Mum, why not show him your gratitude with a quality, unique, but great value present that shows you put a little thought into Father’s Day this year.

HM-HLD If you’re working to a fairly low budget, the His Lordship mug from Hudson and Middleton is the perfect Father’s Day gift to show Dad how important he really is. Made from fine bone china, and giftboxed, this mug is special, unique, and top quality, just like Dad. And the best part? It only costs £9.95 plus £3.50 P&P for 1st class postage.

Click here to buy His Lordship mug

C4-DAD If you’re looking for something a little bigger, why not go for a handcrafted, engraved chopping board made specifically for Dad, and featuring the words “Dad’s BBQ Board” across the bottom. Hand made from Canadian Rock Maple, these boards are perfect for chopping and serving. The wood is top quality, and all boards are finished to the highest standard, being sanded to a super smooth finish then coated in two coats of wax and three coats of food safe oil. These boards are amazing value at only £25.00 plus £3.50 shipping.

Click here to buy Dad’s BBQ Board

Order the perfect Father’s Day gift today to make sure you don’t miss out.

Typhoon Ripple – Natural style meets contemporary design

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The Typhoon Ripple range is a wonderful range of stylish kitchen storage solutions, including bread bins, tea, coffee and sugar canisters, utensil pots and large storage tins that can be used for biscuits, dried food products or whatever takes your fancy.

The name Ripple derives from the ripple effect on the exterior of the storage canisters, and brings about connotations of rippling water or the ripple effect you may see in a product made from natural substances such as clay or stone. The stone or slate colours only add to the nature inspired vibe, and this combined with wooden lids brings the outside in, and makes for a really subtle but quality, natural look.

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Despite its down to earth nature, the Typhoon Ripple range is actually very contemporary in its design and function. The matt satin finish and rippled exteriors look and feel like nature’s work but in actual fact, are crafted from tough steel with an enamel colour coating, which will stand the test of time and is lightweight and practical. The lids are produced from a natural Beechwood, but feature an airtight lid to keep the produce inside fresh, and the designs are functional and ergonomic.

The Typhoon Ripple range is super trendy right now with its dark blue slate meets neutral stone and wood colouring, but the likelihood is, this range will outlast the trends it is currently affiliated to. Subtle and neutral enough to blend in with any theme, yet stylish enough to complement traditional or modern decor, the Ripple range is the perfect way to add style to your kitchen, to bring the outdoors in, whilst also doing what it was originally intended to do – to organise your kitchen and keep everything fresh.

Artist Designs on Fine Bone China, UK Made – The Perfect Mothers Day Gift

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Are you racking your brains to think of an easy, affordable, but thoughtful Mothers Day gift that will arrive in time for this weekend? We have the perfect answer!
Hudson and Middleton mugs are a fantastic gift for someone you love, and they are easily affordable but top quality fine bone china. Starting at £9.95 plus P+P, we have a great range of different designs to suit all different personalities.
The Anna Danielle range…..
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The Anna Danielle collection is a fantastic collection for people who love their pets. This range of cats, dogs and horse illustrations is heartfelt and humourous, and for anyone who has a pet, they will know the characters they portray are completely accurate. From cats rolling in clean bed sheets, to dogs waiting eagerly for an owner’s return, to a horse totally unwilling to go into a horse box, this is a fabulous range for animal lovers and because they’ve worked with Hudson and Middleton to produce these mugs, they are of the highest quality fine china.

The Trumpers World range…..
hm-trumpers-world-breakfastThe Trumpers World range features some great light hearted farmyard scenes, which are just perfect for a country lover. These china mugs come in a slightly shorter but wider shape known as the York mug shape. Many of the designs feature chickens and pigs and have funny slogans such as “Ladies Who Lunch”, “Gordon’s in the Brown Stuff Again” (featuring a particularly muddy looking pig “Gordon”) and the oh so cute “The Breakfast Meeting” (shows a hen standing above a row of piglets eagerly listening to her orders). This range has sadly been discontinued so although we have quite a few pieces left in stock, when they go we will not be able to replace them.
Hic Haec Hoc…..
hudson-middletonHic Haec Hoc is a fairly new range of lovely china mugs with funny messages and pretty designs. The four we offer at the moment are centred around gardening, which is apt timing for the onset of Spring. The messages are just ever so slightly suggestive in parts, e.g. “Garden Lovers Enjoy Dirty Weekends” and enjoy a spot of light humour. These mugs would make a perfect present for any keen gardener, and if you were looking for one for Mothers Day, how about “Garden Goddesses Have Got It Growing On?”
On The Farm…..
On-the-farmThis is a range of quite substantial sized china mugs with beautifully simple designs around the outside. Still made from fine bone china, they feature typical farm animals and objects. The three designs we stock at the moment are “Cows”, “Pigs” and “Sheep” and each animal is teamed with a stereotypical farmyard object such as wheelbarrow, wellies and tractor. The simple design with vibrant colours is subtle yet lovely at the same time, and the shape and size are great for a larger brew. The china is slightly ribbed around the outside making them very tactile as well as aesthetically appealing.
We do stock a few other ranges but these are our favourites at the moment. We plan to expand this range in the near future as well, to include some of Hudson and Middleton’s more recent collections, as they continuously work with new artists to create more and more lovely collections. All their products are manufactured here in the UK, in Stoke on Trent, which is very important to us as we like to support British Industry wherever we can.
Each mug comes gift boxed and will be sent by Royal Mail 1st Class post. For this week running up to Mothers Day, we will send them all 1st Class Recorded Delivery to make sure they arrive in time for the weekend. If you order before noon on Friday 28 March, we will have your item dispatched to you to arrive before Mothers Day.

Have a browse of our Hudson and Middleton collection and see what you think. We hope you love it as much as we do!

Coloured Kilner Handle Jars Now Available In Sets

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Although the Kilner jar started life as a preserving jar, it has now become one of the most versatile kitchen accessories you could possibly wish to own. It has not forgotten where it came from, and is still widely used for preserving, pickling and storing but it has expanded its uses and is now a vase, a mug, a candle holder, or a decoration. It is used for storage in the bathroom, the garden, the shed. Fill it with smelly stuff and use it as an air freshener, fill it with bath salts and give it as a gift…you get my drift! One of the most popular 21st century use for the Kilner preserving jar is to serve up cocktails. More and more cocktail bars have been adopting this use as a unique way to serve up drinks, and people have started to copy at home when serving up their own cocktails (or in my sister’s case, serving up tea!!).

Drinking JarsSo, Kilner have recognised this fabulous use of their traditional preserve jar, embraced it, and made it even better by bringing out the new Kilner Handled Jar, specifically designed for drinking. Designed exactly like the Kilner preserve jar, but with a handle to make it easier to hold, these quirky drinking vessels are sure to be a talking point at your next party.

As well as the standard clear jars, Kilner have put another modern spin on their drinking jars by introducing coloured ones, in blue, green or pink. We figured people would most likely want to buy these in sets, so we’re offering them in sets of two and four with a bit of a discount for buying more, because you know, we’re just nice like that!

Handled JarsThese quirky jars can also be used with a range of Kilner lids. The standard preserve lids will fit them, but Kilner also designed some great flower lids, which have a pretty flower shape in the top, and a straw hole in the middle, which finishes off the look of the drinking jars perfectly.

We can’t wait to start showing off these unique little jars at some garden parties this Spring.

Vodka Mint Lemonade or Limeade in a Kilner Drinks Dispenser!

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This weekend, we want to make up a refreshing cocktail to serve up in our Kilner drinks dispenser. This recipe can be made as strong as you want it, depending on how much vodka you add, or if you want to make a virgin mint lemonade or limeade for the kids, drivers and tee totallers, just leave out the vodka. Easy, refreshing, and versatile, this is a great summer cocktail recipe. This recipe serves 8-10 cocktails, but you could always make more and keep it in a Kilner 8 litre dispenser, as the airtight seal will keep it fresh in the fridge, so you have your fabulous cocktail to hand whenever a guest drops in.

First of all, you will need:
• 4 limes or lemons, quartered and any seeds removed
• Leaves from 1 medium sized bunch of mint
• 8 cups of cold water
• ½ – ¾ cup honey or sugar, more or less to taste
• 8 to 16 ounces vodka, about 1 to 2 cups, more or less to taste
• Ice cubes
• Lime or lemon slices to garnish
Method:
1. Place the quartered limes or lemons in the blender with 2 cups of water, sugar or honey, some ice, and half of the mint leaves.
2. Blend until the limes or lemons are crushed, the mixture should be slightly foamy with a whitish color.
3. Strain the lemonade and add the remaining 6 cups of water.
4. Stir in the vodka or allow guests to add the vodka according to their preference
5. Serve with ice and garnished with the remaining mint leaves and lime slices.
And for the finishing touch, serve up in a Kilner Glass Handled Jar!
This recipe was taken from www.laylita.com
Posted by Becky on April 25th, 2014. Comments on this entry are closed.