January’s News – Marmalade, purple veg & more

4th January 2018

A very Happy New Year to you – we do hope you’ve enjoyed a healthy and peaceful festive season.

We’re looking forward to welcoming back our loyal customers as well as meeting new – thank you all for your continued support.


Purple vegetables are set to be the hot trend this year as we ‘eat the rainbow’ of different coloured foods to keep healthy.  These foods are full of antioxidants and natural health benefits that help fight disease, reduce inflammation, are good for the heart and keep you looking younger.



Fill your baskets with rich purple carrots, purple sprouting broccoli, beetroot, sweet potatoes, cabbage, kale, cauliflower and aubergine. Fruits too, such as blueberries, figs elderberries and acai berries.



Seville oranges

These are the nobbly, thick skinned, aromatic oranges that have an intensely sharp and bitter juice that is just right for making superb marmalade.



For those of you who enjoy making your own, we have also preserving sugar, juicy lemons and jam jars and you may like to try our family recipe – below.

Sevilles aren’t only for marmalade though as their tart juice works very well in marinades or dressings for savoury dishes, in puddings such as orange meringue pie and for a delicious curd spread on toast or in the middle of a Victoria Sandwich.

Do grab a few kilos and make the most of their very short season – they do freeze well.


January Offers

The Bon Bon’s Gourmet boxes of chocolate, fudge, praline and truffles and all luxury panetonne (excluding Bonci) are now half price.



In the Café


If you enjoy your coffee we’re serving a special one each week for you to try – this week it’s cinnamon latte with a lime and ginger biscuit for £3.50



Cheeses of the Month

We have two cheeses that carry a discount this month – look out for the red star.



Cave Aged Wookey Hole Cheddar – 40% off

This award winning West Country Farmhouse cheddar is made by Ford Farm from rich milk sourced in Dorset.  It has a nutty, tangy flavour having been aged for up to six months in the famous limestone caves of Wookey Hole.  The caves’ ancient and natural flora give this cheese its distinct character.

Stoney Cross (v) – 20% off

Hand made from pasteurised cow’s milk at Lyburn Farm in Hampshire, this award-winning mould ripened cheese is very similar to a French Tomme de Savoie.  Creamy and smooth in texture with sweet flavours and distinctly earthy finish. Named after an old World War II airfield near the farm.



The Pearces


Granny Pearce’s Seville Marmalade



4lb Seville oranges

3 ½ pints water

2 lemons

6lb granulated sugar.



Boil washed fruit in the water for at least 2 hours.

Cool and then cut fruit into quarters and push pips into a muslin lined sieve over a bowl.

Chop the fruit in batches in a food processor until the required size and return to pan.

Squeeze juice from muslin and return to pan together with any juice left from the chopped fruit.

Add sugar and boil until it sets – about 40 minutes.

To test if set, put a teaspoonful of marmalade onto a cold plate, if it crinkles when pushed with a finger – it’s set!

Pot, cover and eat.