How to Make the Perfect Pimm’s This Summer

The Road To Pimm’s Expertise!

Pimms TipsThe weather in Britain being what it is, it’s never entirely clear when spring ends, and summer begins. According to the Met Office, it starts on the first of June. By the astronomical calendar, it begins on the 21st of June, the longest day of the year.

For most of us, I suspect, it’s rather indistinct, and depends on a combination of things like the weather, the amount of daylight, the appearance of the plants and birds around us, and so on. And among the signs that we rely on, consciously or otherwise, is the appearance of Pimm’s in bars, restaurants and pubs.
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Top Tips on Creating the Perfect Atmosphere in a Pub

UK PubWhat makes a great pub? Most people will agree that excellent food and a good selection of drinks are a necessity. But there is also something else that can be harder to pin down: a pub’s atmosphere. And yet a good atmosphere is critical to a pub’s success. Not only can it determine whether a customer enjoys visiting your pub but, more critically, it can predict how likely they are to want to return.
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UK Delis Offering Healthy Eating Choices

A Changing Attitude To Eating Habits

Although the UK rate of obesity is below the rate in many other countries across the world, reducing levels of obesity has become an important government initiative. To identify unhealthy eating practices, the government funded a research program entitled Family Food. The survey involved information from thousands of households and restaurants. Data was collected from the year 2007 through 2010.

The final compilations were published in December 2011 by the government’s National Statistics Agency.

Regrettably, many UK residents are indulging in unhealthy eating practices. The increase in sodium intake is also an alarming prospect. The government uses these statistics from the family food survey to create a list of bad eating habits used by UK residents.
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Oxford: Multiculturalism and Food From Around The World

Food From Across The Globe In The City Of Dreaming Spires

Oxford FoodOxford is a beautiful city that draws attention from all across the world, partly for its beautiful location and history but also for its globally recognised University. The University hosts students from a myriad of different countries and backgrounds, and from that an exciting eclectic group of restaurants, eateries and cafes have blossomed creating a sense of multicultural food surrounding the city of Oxford.

A Guide To Oxford Food

Oriental and Asian Markets

Tahmid Stores
53 Cowley Road
01865 203202
Opening Times: 10am-7pm daily

Tahmid Stores offers an incredible range of exotic fruit and vegetables as well as fresh and frozen halal meats and halal dairy products and an impressive area for ground and whole spices.

Lung Wah Chong Chinese Supermarket
41-42 Hythe Bridge Street
01865 790703
Opening Times: 10am-7pm daily

Lung Wah Chong Chinese Supermarket stocks all the produce necessary for a genuine, tasty East Asian meal, with foods such as miso, Thai fish sauce, soy sauces, noodles and tofu. Most of the products are shipped all the way from Thailand, Japan and China and have genuine exotic flavour.
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Why Should We Eat 5 A Day?

Locally Sourced FoodThe concept of 5 A Day is to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables each day, based on advice from the the World Health Organisation which recommends eating 400g of fruit and vegetables daily as a way to lower the risk of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, strokes and heart disease. The World Health Organisation also found a connection between the nutrition defences of the Western world and adult cancers, 85% of which are avoidable.

However, the World Health Organisations recommendations are a mere guideline. If you were living in Australia you would be led to believe that seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day is necessary, in Greece they preach nine and in America it becomes more complex with children being recommended 5 a day, women recommended seven and men recommended nine. The United Kingdom have only settled on five portions of fruit and vegetables a day because it felt that it was a more realistic goal, especially as the Food Standards Agency survey found that the average adult Brit only eats between two and three portions a fruit a day.

Below is a list of reasons why you should include more fruit and veg in your diet:

They taste delicious and have a huge range of variety.

They don’t have to be costly, especially if you support your local community by buying from the nearest Farmer’s Market.

Fruit and vegetables offer a range of different minerals and vitamins that are essential for your wellbeing such as vitamin C, potassium and folate.

As mentioned above, fruit and vegetables can reduce the risk of some cancers, heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Fruit and vegetables are a brilliant source of natural dietary fibre, although be wary of this if you eat too much. The dietary fibre in fruit and vegetables can prevent constipation and IBS as well as reduce the risk of bowl cancer and help maintain a healthy gut.

Fruit and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories, therefore making them a brilliant addition to a healthy diet with an aim to maintain a healthy weight and heart.

Almost all fruit and vegetables can be frozen or dried, making it easier to store them.

Fruit and vegetables can be eaten in lone dishes, pureed, used as a side or blended into a smoothie- the options are limitless!

Research from Cambridge University found that eating a single apple a day reduces your risk of heart disease by 20%, add an orange and a banana and that statistic increases to 50%

It’s not just milk and dairy products that help bones, dark leafy vegetables like broccoli and kale contain calcium and, as proven by the University of Bern in Switzerland, a gram of onion a day can help strengthen your skeleton.

Related Posts:

Seasonal Spotlight On Spring Onions- FNFoods.com

Why 5 A Day?- NHS

Wandering and Walks: Where To Explore Around Buckinghamshire

The History

Stowe Park, Buckinghamshire

Historic Buckinghamshire is one of the most scenic regions of Britain. In 1963 its beautiful landscape was home to one of the largest most recognised robberies in Britain- The Great Train Robbery. In the early hours of Thursday 8th April a gang of fifteen robbers attacked a Royal Mail train heading between Glasgow and London and successfully got away with over £2.6 million, the equivalent of £46 million today.

The robbers hid out at Leatherslade Farm a now famous location in Brill, Buckinghamshire, a quaint village that lies between Bicester and Aylesbury and is home to a brewery, pubs, and is also notable as the inspiration for The Shire in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
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Coffee Drinkers in the UK: A Study – Fact and Statistics

Coffee and the British

Coffee In the UKThe UK enjoys an unsullied reputation as tea connoisseurs extraordinaire. However, a quiet national secret is the unthinkable rising popularity of coffee in UK workplaces, homes, restaurants and yes, the most sacred ground of all – the English Pub!

However, a look back at the UK’s coffee tradition suggests that we should not be surprised by the popularity of coffee houses. Historian Brian Cowan says English coffeehouses were, “Places where people gathered to drink coffee, learn the news of the day, and perhaps to meet with other local residents and discuss matters of mutual concern.” The conversation was always lively and informative. The absence of alcohol kept conversations on message. Like today, coffeehouses became place where financial news was discussed and financial transactions and investments were completed.

The first English coffeehouses appeared on the scene in the 17th century when travellers brought the treasured bean to England’s shores. The coffeehouse industry continued to expand into the 18th century. Political positions, fashion statements, current events and gossip dominated the conversation. Everything that typified the Age of Enlightenment interested coffee house customers.
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