Guest post: Katherine from Natoora on purple sprouting broccoli

Who said broccoli couldn’t be exciting? When we first tasted the purple sprouting broccoli we get from a small farm in Worcestershire, we were mesmerised by the beautiful appearance – tight, deep-purple florets – and the fantastic, intensely nutty flavour.

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

It all comes by virtue of the seeds. The grower specialises in cultivating only purple sprouting broccoli, and dedicates himself to selecting the best seeds for the next year. This enables him to improve the quality of his broccoli year after year.  Although it is hard to believe they can get any better…

A simple way to enjoy them is by tossing them in oil, salt, pepper and fresh herbs and roasting them until crispy. You can make it even better with a topping of slivered almonds, pine nuts, or crumbled cheese, like this recipe, which takes just 30 minutes:

Roasted Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Roasted Purple Spouting Broccoli

For something heartier, turn them into a creamy gratin, topped with delicious crunchy breadcrumbs…

Purple Sprouting Broccoli Gratin

Purple Sprouting Broccoli Gratin

 …or try in a simple pasta with smoky speck and creamy Parmesan:

Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Speck Tagliatelle

Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Speck Tagliatelle

Just make sure those tasty florets are the star of the show!

Katherine, Natoora

Discover more recipe ideas from Natoora, or browse the range. Loving Katherine’s work? Follow Natoora on Twitter, or Facebook.

Britain’s Next Top Supplier 2014

Britain's Next Top Supplier judges Tom Kerridge and  Sir Stuart Rose At Ocado we believe in nurturing British suppliers, so we’ve made it our mission to source the UK’s very best small producers. We love discovering exciting new products for our customers to enjoy and over the years we’ve supported hundreds of new, up-and-coming brands like Yorkshire Provender, G’nosh, Muddy Boots, Higgidy and What on Earth.

Now, with the backing of retail legend Sir Stuart Rose and chef Tom Kerridge, we’ve launched ‘Britain’s Next Top Supplier’, a nationwide search to find the next big thing in food and drink.

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FREE Freixenet cava stopper with your next shop

Ever heard about popping a silver spoon in the neck of your bubbly bottle to keep it sparkling? Well, apparently it’s utter codswallop! Luckily I have the answer…

That’s right – it’s time for another Ocado fan freebie. We’ve got 3,000 cava stoppers to give away from the generous folks at Freixenet.

Freixenet Cava Stopper

These ingenious little devices are designed to keep the fizz in properly. So, add one to your next shop, check out using the voucher code below, and sparkle all season.

To claim your free Freixenet cava stopper, simply follow these steps:

1. Place an order for at least £40.

2. Add one Freixenet cava stopper to your order and add the voucher code VOU5088713 as you check out (cannot be used with any other voucher).

3. We’ll deduct the cost of the product for the first 3,000 people to enter this code and check out for deliveries between 12/12/2013 and the last available delivery slot on Sunday 29/12/2013.

For full Terms and Conditions visit ocado.com.

Keep sparkling!

Naomi Bullivant, PR and Social Media Executive

Bag a free bottle of Baileys Chocolat Luxe

Baileys luxeAh, Baileys. Christmas Day at my house just wouldn’t be the same without a little snifter of it after dinner. It’s as traditional for me as a giant Toblerone and the dog getting overly excited about discarded wrapping paper.

The folks at Baileys HQ often experiment with new twists for flavours and this year they have developed something really special: Chocolat Luxe. It’s the first ambient molten chocolate on the market – no other product contains real Belgian cocoa solids within an alcoholic liqueur. Each 50cl bottle contains over 30g of real chocolate, that’s a whopping 45% cocoa solids, making it a truly indulgent drinking experience for chocolate lovers. Additionally, the cream used to make Baileys Chocolat Luxe has come from over 1,500 independent Irish farmers – which adds a little something extra if you ask me.

Not sure if you’d like to give it a go this Christmas? Why not have a taste of the tipple on me? I’ve got 1,000 miniature bottles to give away this week – add one to your next shop to try before you buy.

To claim your free miniature bottle of Baileys Chocolat Luxe, simply follow the steps below:

1. Place an order for at least £40.

2. Add one 5cl bottle of Baileys Chocolat Luxe to your order and enter the voucher code VOU6793859 as you check out (cannot be used with any other voucher).

3. We’ll deduct the cost of the product for the first  people to enter this code and check out for deliveries between 05/12/2013 and the last available delivery slot on Sunday 15/12/2013.

For full Terms and Conditions visit ocado.com.

Bottoms up!

Naomi Bullivant, PR and Social Media Executive

#OcadoThanks prize draw

Update! The winners are…

@JemmyChew

@Mrs_Amy_Shep

@Kylievjenkins

@Mattzitron

@Chickinthesticks

The 28th marks Thanksgiving, and we know how much you love our American products! Everything from American beers to store cupboard essentials are firm favourites in Ocado trolleys.

Top 5 American products at ocado.com

So, as we’re in the mood to say a big old #OcadoThanks to our fans, I’ve put together five goodie bags filled with treats from the Ocado American range.

To enter, check out our Thanksgiving event – you’ll find everything you need to whip up an all-American feast, right down to the turkey – then tweet us a link to the product you love most.

Just make sure you…

  • Follow us on Twitter: @Ocado 
  • Use the hashtag #OcadoThanks

We’ll announce the winner here on the blog and on Twitter on Thursday. Best of luck!

Naomi Bullivant, PR and Social Media Executive

Terms and Conditions: #OcadoThanks
• This prize draw is open to Twitter account holders who have posted a Tweet in accordance with this prize draw and have an ocado.com account. Anyone directly connected with the planning or administration of this prize draw or who does not have an ocado.com account will not be eligible to win a prize.
• Prize Details: There are five prizes of one ocado.com delivery containing items from the ocado.com Thanksgiving range to the value of £50. The delivery will be made at a date and time agreed in advance.
• To qualify: entrants must follow the @Ocado Twitter account, tweet a link to a product featured in the Thanksgiving event at ocado.com and include the hashtag #OcadoThanks
• The closing date and time for entries into the prize draw is 23.59 on 27/11/2013. Entries placed after this date and time will not be included in the prize draw.
• The winner will be selected at random from all Tweets shared including a link to a product from the Thanksgiving event at ocado.com and the hashtag #OcadoThanks on Twitter on 28/11/2013.
• The winner will be contacted via DM within 5 days of the draw and will be given full details of how to redeem their prize. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not respond within 14 days, or cannot take up the prize, then Ocado reserves the right to select another winner.
• The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative available
• Ocado reserves the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value or to terminate, amend, extend or shorten the promotional period at any time and without notice.
• Your personal data will be treated in confidence and will not be disclosed to any third parties for their marketing purposes
• Ocado has organised this prize draw in good faith but cannot accept any liability relating to the prize draw or the prize offered.
• All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions. By entering this promotion, all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by them
• The promoter of this prize draw is Ocado Limited, AL10 9NE.

Dreaming of a gold Christmas?

East India Company gold guineaThanks to our friends at The East India Company, you could win a limited edition gold guinea worth over £1,000.

Every week in the run up to Christmas we’ll hide a coin animation on an East India Company product. Search for them in The East India Company shop or the Ocado Christmas shop.

If you spot the coin animation, then email us at competitions@ocado.com with the subject line ‘Gold Coin Giveaway’, and remember to include the following info:

  • The name of the product.
  • Your name, address and telephone number.

Make sure to get your email in by Sunday – the prize draw takes place every Monday morning. We’ll contact each week’s winner by email within five days of the Monday draw.

Good luck, and Merry Christmas from Ocado and The East India Company.

Josh, Marketing

Let the gold rush commence ▶

Terms and Conditions – ‘The East India Company gold coin giveaway’

  • This prize draw is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over with an ocado.com account, except for anyone directly connected with the planning or administration of this prize draw who have fulfilled the below criteria:
  • Located the product within The East India Company brand shop, or the Ocado Christmas shop, which has an animation of an East India Company gold coin.
  • Email competitions@ocado.com with the subject line ‘Gold Coin Giveaway’ including the name of the product on which the coin animation was hidden and contact details (address and telephone number) by 23.59 on 02/12/2013, 09/12/2013, 16/12/2013 or 22/12/2013.

  • Prize Details: There are four prizes of one limited edition East India Company gold guinea coin that are valued at over £1,000 each.
  • The closing dates and times for entries into the weekly East India Company gold guinea prize draw are 23.59 on 02/12/2013, 09/12/2013, 16/12/2013 or 22/12/2013.
  • Winners will be drawn at random in the weeks commencing 02/12/2013, 09/12/2013, 16/12/2013 or 23/12/2013 (as applicable).
  • Winners will be contacted within 7 working days of the draw and will be given full details of how to redeem their prize. If a winner cannot be contacted or does not respond within 14 days of the initial notification, or cannot take up the prize, then we reserve the right to select another winner.
  • The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative available.
  • We reserve the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value or to terminate, amend, extend or shorten the promotional period at any time and without notice.
  • Ocado have organised this prize draw in good faith but cannot accept any liability relating to the prize draw or the prize offered.
  • Winners may be required to take part in marketing events.
  • All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions. By entering this promotion, all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by them.
  • The promoter of this prize draw is Ocado Limited. For details of the winner’s name and county please email marketing@ocado.com.

NOW EXPIRED Celebrate Thanksgiving with a FREE bottle of Beringer for your next shop

13/11/2013 16.09 UPDATE – THIS OFFER HAS NOW EXPIRED – THE REDEMPTION LIMIT OF 300 HAS BEEN REACHED. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. This American tradition centres around families and friends eating a meal together to express gratitude for the blessings of the year (originally it was to give thanks for the harvest).  Anyway, I’m certainly in favour of any excuse to spend time with loved ones over dinner!

The Ocado Thanksgiving event is filled with offers on American treats to help you plan a Thanksgiving celebration, but our friends at Beringer have also kindly offered 300 bottles of their Classic Cabernet Sauvignon to give us all something else to be thankful for.

Beringer Classic Cabernet Sauvignon

Give thanks at Thanksgiving with this week’s freebie. To claim a free bottle of Beringer Classic Cabernet Sauvignon 75cl with your next shop, follow the steps below:

1. Place an order for at least £80

2. Add one bottle of Beringer Classic Cabernet Sauvignon to your order and enter the voucher code VOU7655472 as you check out (cannot be used with any other voucher).

3. We’ll deduct the cost of the product for the first 300 people to enter this code and check out for deliveries between 14/11/2013 and the last available delivery slot on Wednesday 20/11/2013

For full Terms and Conditions visit ocado.com

Bottoms up! Naomi Bullivant, PR and Social Media Executive

FREE Scratch Michel Roux meal with your next shop

18:10 UPDATE: The limit of 500 has now been reached – this offer is no longer available.

Ready for a taste sensation that takes just 7 minutes from fridge to plate? I thought you might be. I’ve been chatting with our lovely suppliers Scratch, who create tasty meal kits.

The ingredients arrive prepped and ready to cook, in just the right portion size, so all you have to do is heat, eat and enjoy.

They’ve very kindly provided us with 500 of their Vietnamese Caramel Chicken, Ginger & Noodle meals (recipe created by none other than Michel Roux himself) to give away to you guys this week. Follow the instructions below to claim one for your next shop – but do get a wriggle on; it’s first come first served!

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Make a meal of this week’s freebie. To claim a free Scratch Michel Roux Vietnamese Caramel Chicken, Ginger & Noodles meal with your next shop, follow the steps below:

1. Place an order for at least £40

2. Add one Scratch Michel Roux Vietnamese Caramel Chicken, Ginger & Noodles meal to your order and enter the voucher code VOU1019143 as you check out (cannot be used with any other voucher).

3. We’ll deduct the cost of the product for the first 500 people to enter this code and check out for deliveries between 31/10/2013 and the last available delivery slot on Sunday 03/11/2013

For full Terms and Conditions visit ocado.com

Enjoy! Naomi Bullivant, PR and Social Media Executive

Find Father Christmas

find-father-christmasSanta Claus is coming to town – but he’s coming to Ocado first! This year, we’re giving you the chance to win one of ten £25 Ocado vouchers, but only if you find Father Christmas hiding in our Christmas Shop.

We’ve hidden five Father Christmas animations on products around the Christmas Shop, so keep your eyes peeled when you’re browsing.

When you’ve found all five, you just have to list the products in an email and send it to competitions@ocado.com – adding ‘Find Father Christmas’ as the subject line. Make sure you’ve entered by 2nd December, we’ll be choosing 10 winners at random on the 3rd.

Visit the Christmas Shop now >

Good luck and Merry Christmas,

Naomi Bullivant
Marketing

Terms & Conditions – Ocado ‘Find Father Christmas competition’.

This competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over (except for anyone directly connected with the planning or administration of this competition who have fulfilled the below criteria by 02/12/2012:

  1. The entrant must locate the five products within the Ocado Christmas shop which have an animated image of Father Christmas and his reindeer. The Ocado Christmas shop can be located at www.ocado.com/christmas.
  2. The entrant must email competitions@ocado.com with a list and links to these five products in an email with the subject line ‘Find Father Christmas’ with contact details including a contact telephone number by 02/12/2012.
  • Prize Details: There are ten prizes of £25 Ocado vouchers. This does not include a Christmas delivery slot or any delivery charges.
  • The closing date and time for entries into the competition is 23.59 on 02/12/2012.
  • The winners will be drawn at random on 03/12/2012.
  • The winners of the prizes will be contacted within 5 days of the draw and will be given full details of how to redeem their prize. If a winner cannot be contacted or does not respond within 14 days of the initial notification, or cannot take up the prize, then we reserve the right to select another winner.
  • The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative available
  • We reserve the right to substitute the prize with another prize of equal or greater value or to terminate, amend, extend or shorten the promotional period at any time and without notice.
  • We have organised this competition in good faith but cannot accept any liability relating to the prize draw or the prize offered.
  • Winners may be required to take part in marketing events
  • All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions. By entering this promotion, all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by them
  • The promoter of this competition is Ocado Limited. For details of the winner’s name and county please send a SAE to the Marketing Department, Ocado Limited, Titan Court, 3 Bishops Square, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9NE.