Viners

Viners is a trusted and much loved cutlery brand steeped in British Heritage.

Sticky Apple & Gingerbread Pecan Loaf Cake

Ingredients

150g unsalted butter, plus extra to grease
150g soft dark brown sugar
150g golden syrup
200ml milk
250g plain flour
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1½ tsp baking powder
2 large free-range eggs, beaten
75g pecans, roughly chopped
1 small ginger stem chopped finely
2 eating apples, peeled, cored and chopped into small chunks.

Method

1.Preheat the oven to 180°C/ fan 160°C/ gas 4 and line a 2 litre loaf tin with baking paper. Melt the butter, sugar and syrup in a small saucepan then once melted, remove the pan from the heat and stir through the milk before leaving to cool.

2.Using a sieve, add the flour, dry spices and baking powder into a bowl. Create a hole in the centre and pour in the cooled sugar mixture. Add the flour mixture using a circular motion, then fold through the beaten eggs, pecans, stem ginger and apples.

3.Finally pour the mixture into the tin and bake in the oven for 50 minutes or until cooked thoroughly.

26th September 2018

Posted In: Uncategorised

The Viners Guide to Knives

Each of our Viners kitchen knives has been specifically-designed in the United Kingdom to handle a wide range of cutting tasks and to make meal preparation a breeze.

From the width of the blade to the length of the handle, choosing the right knife for the job at hand will ensure clean and easy slicing and dicing.

Here, we discuss Viners’ range of individual kitchen knives as well as a few items from our Select accessories range that can help you on your way to culinary excellence.

Eternal Chef Knife

 

 

This multi-purpose Chef’s Knife is designed to perform admirably at a variety of kitchen tasks, rather than excel at any one in particular.

The classic shape of the 8-inch stainless steel German blade will make light work of mincing and chopping vegetables as well as slicing meat with precision.

Available with either a marble effect handle or a wooden style handle, the Eternal Chef’s knife uses German Grade Stainless Steel for a longer lasting, hard wearing blade that maintains its sharp cutting edge.

 

 Eternal Paring Knife

Trimming mushrooms or strawberries? A paring knife excels at smaller precision tasks, making it one of the most utilised knives in a chef’s kitchen.

Paring, peeling and slicing are made easy with a 4-inch Paring Knife from Viners’ Eternal range. This small utility knife is extremely versatile and can be used in a wide range of ways.

The paring knife is the perfect size for peeling potatoes, apples or carrots, fitting comfortably and safely into your hand.

All knives in the Viners Eternal range come with a reassuring 25-year guarantee: With regular sharpening and maintenance, these knives will perform time and time again.

 

 

Eternal Utility Knife

 

 

Another versatile knife that’s great at multi-tasking in the kitchen. Choose a 5-inch Utility Knife for all of those small slicing tasks such as mincing shallots, fine-slicing herbs, and trimming your vegetables.

With a blade slightly longer than a paring knife, and being more agile and nimble than the larger chef’s knife, a utility knife is convenient and dependable.

Instead of using a large chef’s knife or serrated knife to cut through your sandwich, a utility knife is the perfect-sized blade for this small task and is also great for slicing, cutting and portioning large chunks of cheese.

 

Eternal Bread Knife

 

 

 

 

 

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a bread knife is only effective at slicing through bread, but the 8-inch serrated blade of the Viners Eternal Bread knife also makes light work of fruit and vegetables with tough, waxy or slippery outer skin. Use a bread knife to make preparing pineapples, watermelons or even large tomatoes effortless.

 

Eternal Santoku Knife

 

 

 

 

Originating from Japan, a Santoku knife is one that is specifically designed to slice fresh meat or fish. The Japanese word Santoku translates as ‘three virtues’ or ‘three uses’ and refers to the three tasks in which this knife excels: Slicing, dicing, and mincing.

The scalloped edge of the Eternal Marble 6.5-inch Santoku Knife creates air pockets between the blade and the meat, reducing friction and allowing for much thinner slices.

 

Eternal Carving Knife

 

 

 

 

 

As the name suggests, the Viners Eternal Marble Carving Knife is the perfect partner for separating meat from the bone and for portioning out cuts of meat for serving.

The narrow 8-inch blade allows for precise cuts giving you full control over your roasts, and also allows you to fillet large pieces of fish.

 

Select Steak Knives

 

 

 

 

 

The Viners Select accessory collection is made from high-quality stainless steel with a mirror finish and includes all the items required to meet your dining and entertaining needs.

The Viners Select Steak Knives feature a serrated blade to make enjoying juicy steaks and other cooked meats extra special.

 

Select Cheese Knives

The Viners 3-piece Select Cheese Knife Set is designed to elevate your cheeseboard, regardless of the variety of cheeses you’ve chosen to serve to your guests.

Cheese Slicer

Use this cheese slicer to achieve thin and even shards of hard cheese such as parmesan.

Pronged Knife

Perfect for soft and firm cheese alike. The sharp blade allows easy slicing with the pronged tip makes serving your cheese easy.

Hard Cheese Knife

This heavy and sturdy blade will make light work of the harder cheeses on your platter.

6th September 2018

Posted In: Uncategorised

Build Your Own Family Meals and Make Food Fun For Kids!

Dinnertime is when the whole family comes together to relax and talk about their day. But it can also be stressful if, like many families around the country, one of your diners is a bit fussy when it comes to food.

One way to make mealtimes more interesting to children is to get them involved in the process of making their own food and here at Viners, we’ve got two delicious meal ideas for you to try!

Chicken Fajitas

Fajitas are an easy way for kids to get hands-on with their food, allowing them to experiment with different flavour combinations to find out exactly what they like.

Ingredients

  • Chicken mini-fillets
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Flour or corn tortillas
  • Red pepper
  • Green pepper
  • Yellow pepper
  • Red onion
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Mild salsa
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Shop Viners Children’s & Toddler Cutlery here

Method

  1. Slice the peppers into half-centimetre slices, chop the onion and add to a saucepan with a tablespoon of olive oil. Cook over a medium heat, stirring regularly until the peppers and onions begin to soften.
  2. Prepare a grill pan or frying pan for the chicken with a splash of olive oil on a medium-to-high heat. Lay the chicken in the hot pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook the chicken for 3-4 minutes on each side, until cooked.
  3. While the vegetables and chicken cook, portion out the salsa, guacamole, and sour cream on the table. Grate your cheese into a bowl.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked through, transfer to a serving plate. Add the cooked vegetables to a serving bowl. Place both on the dining table with the condiments, cheese, and tortillas.
  5. Dinner is served! Allow your family to pick and choose their own ingredients to make the perfect fajita, helping them if they need it.

Top Tip: You can substitute chicken for steak if you have some in your fridge!

Baguette Pizza

The beauty of these homemade pizzas is that they’re a great excuse to use the last few bits of meat and veg in the fridge, and you can even use any leftover chicken (or steak), peppers and cheese from the fajitas!

Ingredients

  • 1 fresh French baguette
  • Mozzarella, sliced
  • A selection of fresh veg, finely chopped (tomato, sweetcorn, mushroom, pepper, onion. etc)
  • A selection of cooked meat, thinly sliced (ham, pepperoni, cooked bacon, cooked chicken, etc)
  • Leftover cheddar cheese, grated
  • Tomato pizza sauce (or BBQ sauce as an alternative)
  • Mixed leaf salad

Shop Viners Children’s & Toddler Cutlery here

Method

  1. Prepare your toppings on the kitchen counter in individual bowls or ramekins, and turn on the grill.
  2. Slice the baguette into 10cm (4 inches) sections and slice each section in half down the middle.
  3. Help your child spread a layer of tomato sauce to use as a base on their pizza, and layer on mozzarella slices.
  4. Invite your child to select 3-4 of their favourite ingredients to add to their pizza. Once these are added, sprinkle the pizza with grated cheese.
  5. Place each pizza on a baking tray and grill until the cheese begins to bubble and the crust of the bread starts to toast. Remove before they burn.
  6. Transfer the pizzas to a large serving plate and place in the centre of the table with the mixed leave salad and enjoy!

8th June 2018

Posted In: Uncategorised

The Hottest Wedding Trends of 2018

There’s a lot of planning that goes into the perfect wedding, and the colour theme is a particularly important detail to get right. If you’re looking for the Pinterest-perfect reception, then we’re here to help you with some of the most popular colour and style trends for 2018 and beyond.

Ultra Violet

It’s no wonder that this has been named Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2018, as brides move away from traditional peach and cream hues and look for something more striking and photogenic.

Drama is the name of the game here with darker, textured details set to make a big impact: Keep an eye out for purple floral arrangements, invite accents, table runners, napkins and decoration. If you’re looking to add an extra layer of luxury at your reception, mix in gold metallics and accents to really make this colour theme pop.

With Greenery being Pantone’s colour of 2017 leading to an influx of green décor, tablescapes, and bouquets expect to see this very violet trend take hold.

Purchase Viners Style Cutlery here.

Greenery & Gold

The popularity of Greenery and botanicals is set to continue deep into 2018, but with a slight evolution: Couples are moving away from the ‘rustic’ feel and choosing a more ‘woodsy’ aesthetic. This includes more foliage in bouquets and centrepieces, green as the colour theme, and wooden touches in the decor, invitations and furniture.

These green botanical shades and wooden accents are perfectly offset with glimmers of gold: Picture frames, lanterns, and invitation boards are the perfect opportunity to add a metallic touch to proceedings.

Purchase Viners Eden Cutlery here.

Navy is the New Black

With couples looking to move away from the more formal neutral shade of black in their wedding palette, dark or navy blue is quickly rising as the preferred choice. As an alternative to the classic black and white wedding invite, midnight blue is becoming more and more prominent, while also influencing the choice of bridesmaids’ dresses.

Purchase Viners Style Cutlery here.

Blush Pink Geometrics

Copper and rose gold metallics have already taken interior design by storm, and in 2018 they’re set to move into the wedding space too. Geometric shapes in the form of lanterns, table number signs and picture frames made of these materials will prove popular in 2018, as couples look to accent their industrial and minimalist weddings.

Fuchsia, hot pink and blush have been trending colour selections for a while, but blush pink, in particular, is set to bloom in 2018 due to its versatility and ability to underscore the metallic geometry on display.

Purchase Viners Mayfair Cutlery here.

Traditional Silver & Chrome

There’s a reason silver and chrome paired with white or cream are considered a classic wedding combination: Timelessness.

This is a great way to keep your wedding reception neutral, dignified and restrained. Silver cutlery and name signs on crisp white tablecloths with brilliant white crockery is a sure fire way to pull off a refined, high-end feel.

Purchase Viners Eden Cutlery here.

 

30th April 2018

Posted In: Uncategorised

Around the World in 80 Plates

When you’re travelling abroad, the food and the way people enjoy it will change as much as the landscape but it’s not just the flavours that will be different from one region to the next. The table you sit down at in Madrid will look a little bit different to the table you’ve reserved in Paris, which will change again in LA’s latest trendy eatery but don’t worry: We’ll be your guide…

Here’s what will be the same:

  • The bread plate and butter knife will always be placed to the top left of the service plate.
  • The service plate and side plate can always be found placed between the knife and fork.
  • Wine and water glasses are always positioned to the top right of the service plate; opposite to the bread plate.

The United Kingdom

Here’s what you may be used to at home:

  • From left to right you’ll have your dessert fork and table fork to the left of the service plate followed by the table knife, dessert knife, and soup spoon.
  • Top left you will have your bread plate and butter knife.
  • Directly above your plate will be a dessert fork and dessert spoon.
  • Top right will be your wine and water glasses.

To find out more about how to set your table, click here

The changes in global cutlery placement may be subtle, but it’s important to know where to start when it’s time to enjoy the local food scene of wherever you are.

The United States of America

Shop for the Viners Style Cutlery Set

The only noticeable difference between the UK and US table settings is the lack of salad knife. As you can see above it’s just a table knife and soup spoon placed to the right of the service plate.

So if you’ve ordered a classic American Caesar, Waldorf or Cobb salad to start, be aware that there’s no need for a knife!

Spain

Shop the Viners Mayfair Cutlery Set

There’s more to Spanish food that sharing tapas, and when you’re presented with a regional fideuà (paella with short noodles instead of rice) or freshly caught and grilled pulpo (octopus) be confident in your new-found cutlery expertise!

Again, the main difference will be on the right side of your plate where you’ll find the usual table knife and soup spoon but the salad knife replaced with a teaspoon for savouring desserts at a typically Spanish pace.

France

Shop the Viners Eden Cutlery Set

A French table will likely differ the most from what you’re used to in the UK. While the salad fork and table fork are still present to the left of the plate and the table knife to the right, the addition of a steak knife is the biggest change here. Another new addition to the right of the plate is the dessert spoon nestled between the steak knife and the soup spoon.

Above the plate is all change too, with the first appearance of a cheese knife (we are in France, afterall) along with a teaspoon and a pastry fork.

 

These are just a few examples we’ve found on our travels, and we’re always eager to learn of more: So, if you have local knowledge of a completely different way to set a table, please let us know!

30th April 2018

Posted In: Uncategorised