Easy entertaining: a no-fuss New Year buffet

Whether you’re throwing a big festive bash, or a more casual dinner, why not let your guests help themselves? You get to spend less time in the kitchen, and they get the pleasure of your company. We’ll say cheers to that!

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An ‘easy does it’ celebration – side dishes

You’ve chosen the main dish – now you need some stunning side dishes to make the Christmas meal really special (the recipes should look and taste amazing but not keep you tied to the stove all morning – unless you’re trying really hard to avoid a particular relative of course!)

In our fourth blog, we’ve got three tasty recipes for your perusal.

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Roasted Squash and Red Onion

A versatile and moreish side that will go with most main dishes

  • Serves 6
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook:45 mins

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An ‘easy does it’ celebration: veggie

In our third Christmas blog, we show you how to conjure up an easy meat-free Christmas meal that will have everyone round the table asking for seconds, whether they’re vegetarian or not.

The secret is in the sides

We’re talking serious sides with big flavours, like adding toasted almonds to roasted veg and strong, nutty parmesan to Brussels sprouts. Sauces are important too: bread sauce packed with cloves, nutmeg and pepper; or add dried porcini mushrooms and a splash of soy sauce to vegetarian gravy.

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An ‘easy does it’ celebration: roast beef

There are no rules about what you can and can’t have for Christmas dinner, as long as it’s hearty and absolutely delicious. So in our second blog, we’re taking on beef.

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Why be different? Choosing beef shouldn’t feel like a departure from tradition – after all, there’s nothing more British than roast beef. Other benefits are that it cooks more quickly than turkey, takes up less space in your oven, is easier to carve, and you’re not left with a messy carcass at the end – if you even have any leftovers. Plus, the rose-pink, tender meat will still go with all your usual sides. Continue reading

An ‘easy does it’ celebration: turkey

Are you a turkey and stuffing kind of family? Perhaps you prefer a juicy roast beef, or need something special for veggie guests this year? Whatever your tradition, we have some tasty suggestions – with a choice of sides and wines to match – to make the main event a big success.

In this first blog, we’ll cover the turkey…

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Charlotte Watts: What to eat when you’re breastfeeding

Charlotte Watts, Nutritional Therapist

Charlotte Watts, Nutritional Therapist

We’ve teamed up with Nutritional Therapist, Charlotte Watts, to make it easy for new parents and parents-to-be to shop for nutritious food and drink.

As well as helping us with special aisles full of tips and healthy produce, she’s writing a series of blogs full of advice on what to eat at each stage.

Her first blog covered foods for fertility and what to eat during pregnancy, now read her advice on nutrition for breastfeeding mums.

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Guest post: Great British Butcher

Britain’s Next Top Supplier entrant, The Great British Butcher, made it to the final fifty with their tasty meat rubs in vintage-style tins. And now they’re available at Ocado. I caught up with the guys to find out more about what makes their rubs so special.

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Q Congrats on getting listed at Ocado after making our Britain’s Next Top Supplier Top Fifty! How did you find the competition?

It was passed on by a friend in the retail industry – it seemed too perfect for a British family business with roots in the butchery trade not to enter. The competition was great – despite having a flourishing food scene in the UK it’s rare to see the large retailers actively supporting and celebrating British brands, and we jumped at the chance to take part. Everyone we’ve met at Ocado has been genuinely passionate about offering customers something truly unique and we’re proud as punch to get our GBB brand listed.​

Q Tell our customers about your product in five words.

A Quality flavours for quality meat.

Q What’s your favourite Great British Butcher flavour and what do you do with it?

It’s got to be the Bloody Mary Rub. We found that the heady flavours of the infamous cocktail work wonders as a punchy spice mix rubbed into a beef ribeye or flash-fried with some thick cut smoky bacon for the ultimate hangover-busting bacon sandwich.

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Q Why should Great British Butcher make it into our customer’s trolleys this week?

A Our family’s been crafting seasonings and sauces for the British butcher for nearly 40 years. We want to help bring the cooking world and butchery a little closer with quality, all-natural flavours that pack a real punch and help home cooks experiment with a whole new world of meat.

Give us an interesting fact about the Great British Butcher range.

A Our rubs and crumbs are used in Windsor Farm shop on meat from animals reared on the Royal Estate. We like to think the Queen has great taste in flavours!

Well, you can’t argue with Liz. Grab a tin this week whilst they’re on offer – you can save 1/3 on the range if you order by 19th August.

Interested in following the chaps at Great British Butcher? Find them below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreatBritishButcher

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tgbbutcher

Blog: http://www.greatbritishbutcher.blogspot.co.uk/

Naomi, PR and Marketing Executive

Wine Sale – our Buyer’s top ten bottles

In our latest wine sale you Buy 6 Save 1/3 – that’s a lot of scope for trying new things, so here’s my pick of the top ten bottles. It ends Sunday, so no stalling!

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Oxford Landing Rosé – Fresh and fragrant off-dry rosé. Easy to match – if the food is pink, it’s perfect.

Yalumba Organic Viognier – Lovely aromatic, medium-bodied wine ideal for those fuller-flavoured chicken and fish dishes, and good with meat too if you prefer a white wine.

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Five ice creams you should try this summer

As Ice Cream Buyer at Ocado, I might just have one of the best jobs going. I’ve tried a freezer-load of treats so you don’t have to (it’s OK, no need to thank me) – here’s my pick of the best.

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Beth at the Christmas in July press event

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Summer fun for kids – an interview with Sweetpea Pantry

Summer holidays are nearly here! The sun is shining, but the inevitable rainy days won’t be far behind (boo hiss). So we caught up with the Philippa from Sweetpea Pantry who make baking kits for kids – a great way to use up that excess energy indoors.

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