Archive for December, 2013

Valentine hampers: Love all around

December 30th, 2013

Valentine Day is indeed an important day for all lovers worldwide. As a matter of fact, this day is celebrated not only by young generation, but also by the aged since love has no boundary or age. This is the special day when the couples love to gift each other, and shower their love. Though gifts are a part of the tradition, it is not mandatory that they need to be expensive. Rather, gifts when given as presents can be of a less price but have intrinsic worth in it.

Showering valentine hampers

Manufacturers for the last few decades have been trying to bring innovative products and items that are sure to touch the heart of the receiver. Gifts for this special occasion could be anything ranging from chocolates, cuddly toys, flowers, good and interesting books, etc. Also, no lover would like to miss this important day since it does mean a lot to them. And the best way to reciprocate love is by presenting something that is special and unique. Gift hampers made for this occasion can be an interesting one.

Finding a wide range of valentine hampers

These days, it has become possible for the individual to get hampers online in UK from the internet. There are plenty of reputed sites that are known to keep a wonderful collection, one that is sure to win the heart of those, who receive it.

Favourite hampers among valentine shoppers

There are different types of valentine hampers easily available in the market.

•           The classic Haze gift pack comprises of an impressive choice of bath blasters, soaps and mallows. They are handmade and wrapped neatly in a package, which screams of love. This is indeed for the person who is special enough to relax and be comfortable in the tube.

•           Chocolates have always been an all time favourite among lovers. This special day is more or less synonymous with chocolates. As a matter of fact, giving chocolates on this special day has a vital meaning. Hence, chocolate hampers are the most sold item during this day. They are packed with popular and boutique chocolate delicacies that are in plenty and enough for 2 people to share them and enjoy the company of each other.

•           Champagne hamper: This special hamper is sure to impress everyone. It is filled up with miniature Champagne bottle along with fruit cake, truffles and other surprises. This is sure to set up the day for the lovers in a romantic way and make the occasion all the more interesting and special.

•           Presenting cuddly toys has been a wonderful way to impress the loved one. Every girl loves cuddly toys and keep them besides always. The cuddly gift box hamper comprises of a soft, cuddly toy that is sure to help the man to propose his love to the beloved one. Also present in the hamper are various types of delicious chocolates, including a bottle of wine that would make the day much more pleasant.

RECIPES FOR WHITE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER

December 28th, 2013

White Chocolate peanut butter is natural peanut butter blended with sweet white chocolate. It is a great sandwich spread. It also tastes great spooned over ice cream, with fruit, used as an ingredient in baked items and simply eaten out of the jar.

White chocolate peanut butter is a healthy food item. It does not contain cholesterol, trans-fats and hydrogenated oil. It does not have high fructose corn syrup. It is free of Gluten and certified as vegetarian, as well as, kosher. It has a shelf life of 6 months when stored in a fridge.

The recipe for homemade white chocolate peanut butter is as follows:

Ingredients: 1 ½ cups-dry, roasted peanuts, 1 tsp-vanilla extract, 1 ½ tbsp Canola oil, 1/3 cup white chocolate chips/bars melted.

Method: Add peanuts to a food processor, and blend till you get a nutty butter form. Blend in oil and vanilla extract into the food processor and continue till mix is smooth. Add oil in small portions. Turn off processor, add melted chocolate and turn it on again. Blend till smooth. You can keep the butter in room temperature for a week and refrigerate for longer periods.

Recipe for white chocolate peanut butter swirl pound cake:

Ingredients: 11/2 cup all purpose flour, 4 large eggs at room temperature, 2tsp Vanilla extract, 3/4 tsp baking powder, ¼ tsp salt, 1 cup unsalted butter, 1 and ¼ cup sugar, 1 cup white chocolate peanut butter.

Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour lightly, two mini loaf pans. Lightly blend together vanilla and eggs. Whisk baking powder, flour and salt in a bowl. In a larger mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter at high speed till it is light and fluffy. Add the flour mixture little by little till batter is properly blended. Mix for half an hour. Pour half batter between pans and spread a layer of white chocolate peanut butter on top. Pour remaining batter on top. Create a swirling pattern using a baking knife. Bake the cake for 40-45 minutes. Cool on a wiring rack and serve.

Recipe for white chocolate peanut butter pretzel brownies:

Ingredients: 3 cups pretzels crushed, 3 ½ cup butter, 2cup + 5 tbsp sugar (divided), 12 oz chopped semisweet chocolate, ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 ½ cup all purpose flour, ½ tsp baking powder, ½ tsp salt, 4 large eggs, 4 tsp Vanilla extract, ½ cup white chocolate peanut butter (melted).

Method: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x12 pan with foil. Melt 1 cup of butter in microwave. Add Pretzel mix and 5 tbsp of sugar into the butter and stir thoroughly. Pour pretzel mix into foil lined pan. Set aside. Put remaining butter, cocoa and chocolate in a double boiled and melt over simmering water. Cool. Whisk baking powder, flour and salt in another bowl. Whisk together sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add chocolate mix and beat till combined. Add flour mixture slowly till smooth. Pour into Pretzel pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and serve.

Three recipes tell you how to make white chocolate peanut butter and how to use it to create delicious cakes and pretzel brownies. If you find cooking it messy, order online for chocolate delivery.

How can a food hamper bring about the perfect Spring celebration?

December 25th, 2013

Food hampers make the perfect gift for establishing and strengthened business relationships. To increase the camaraderie between the employees and to please your corporate partners, a luxury food hamper can be very useful. Food hamper gifts are supplied by many services today, and they take a lot of care to ensure that the hamper has the perfect assortment of edibles. Spring is the time, when most celebrations take place. The weather is highly flattering with blooming flowers and chirping birds. So, the gifts should be planned in accordance with the flavour of the season and happy moods that the events bring.

Why is a luxury gift hamper perfect as a spring gift?

The top events in the Spring Calendar include St. Patrick’s Day, Passover, and Easter, St. Andrew’s day and Mothering Sunday. Thus, there is every cause for celebration. A luxury food hamper comprises of all the various stuffs, to indulge on. The best way of celebrating Mothering Sunday is by presenting your dear mother with a personal selection of edibles in the food hamper, which are all her favourite things. Since, it will be presented in front of everybody in the family, it is best that there are some special items for everyone there. Biscuits, chocolates, and chips can be placed for small children; while cured meat, oats biscuits and a fine selection of locally produced cheese can be great for all adults. Alcohol-free drinks can be chosen for the teetotallers and licensed drivers while mummy dear can enjoy her favourite bottle of champagne or wine. Thus, all these goodies form a Mother’s day special hamper, which has scope of indulgence for everybody.

How to present such a hamper on St. Patrick’s Day?

It is one of the most celebrated days in UK’s calendar. It is one of the most extensively celebrated patron saint days in the entire world. People who have knowledge about the Irish heritage celebrate this occasion in full bloom with high octane revelry. Parades are organized on the city streets and pubs brim with party people and revellers. The luxury food hamper is perfect for those who wish to celebrate this holy in a more Zen and sedate manner. This hamper is filled with a fine selection of imported beer and wine. So, call upon your friends at you place and have a nice warm party with this luxury hamper.

Which hamper would suit Easter?

The Easter celebration lasts for eight days, starting with Palm Sunday and ending with Easter Monday. Chocolate eggs are conventional goodies that people enjoy during this celebration. But, those who are having an urge to throw an extravagant party and celebrate the day with family and friends should order for a large family luxury hamper. There are approximately 25 food items inside the hamper, and they are highly delectable. Therefore, the entire party can enjoy something or the other. Therefore, if you are thinking of planning an Easter party, do order for such a hamper and have a complete blast.