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

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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4 Activated Charcoal Recipes to Get You Started On This Latest Food Trend

In terms of food trends, the world has moved on from rainbow and unicorn-coloured treats, and there’s a hot new trend in town: Activated charcoal.

Dark-tinted snacks are taking Instagram by storm and you can’t scroll through your feed without being flooded by charcoal pizza, lattes, cocktails, ice cream and more!

The idea is that a small sprinkling of activated charcoal in your diet may help detoxify your system without changing the flavour of your favourite foods. With that in mind, we’ve got some of our favourite foods and snacks and turned them to the dark side…

Charcoal Pizza

Ingredients

  • 120ml warm water
  • 2 teaspoons dried yeast
  • Dash of white sugar
  • 1 cup wholemeal flour
  • 170 g white flour
  • 3 tablespoons of activated charcoal powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Tomato puree
  • Toppings to taste. Our choice: mushrooms, cheese, chorizo, Parma ham and cherry tomatoes

Method

  • Mix together the yeast, sugar, and the warm water. Cover and let sit for about 10 minutes or until the mixture is lightly bubbly.
  • Combine the flour, activated charcoal powder, and salt then stir in the yeast mixture.
  • Wash your hands then knead the dough on a floured surface until it is smooth and flexible. Shape into a ball.
  • Place the ball of dough into a large bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp towel then move to a warm place. After one hour, push down on the dough’s surface and cover the bowl again with the damp towel. Let the dough rise again for another 45 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 280 degrees. Line a baking tray with baking paper if you don’t have a pizza stone. Flatten the dough into a circular shape, forming the pizza base.
  • Drizzle the crust with olive oil and evenly spread out your favourite pizza toppings.
  • Slide the pizza into the hot oven and leave for 15 minutes, or until the pizza crust had risen and becomes crispy.
  • Slice your pizza into 8 and serve immediately.

Charcoal Waffles

Ingredients (Makes 4)

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 300g plain flour
  • 350ml warm milk
  • 75ml vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons activated charcoal powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Toppings of choice (try this savoury option with streaky bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and green leaves)

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 190°C (375°F/Gas Mark 5) and line a baking tray with foil. Place the bacon on the tray with thinly sliced mushrooms and baby tomatoes and grill until the bacon is cooked to your liking.
  • While you are waiting for the ingredients to cook, start making the waffle mixture:
    • Combine flour, baking powder, activated charcoal and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
    • Pour the warm milk into the batter and whisk to combine and to remove any lumps.
  • Once the batter is of a smooth consistency, cook in a waffle iron to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Finally, place your waffles on a plate and add your chosen toppings. Viola!

Charcoal Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • ½ bag of frozen fruit: Our favourite combination is mango and raspberry!
  • 3 teaspoons of activated charcoal
  • Kiwi, sliced
  • Blueberries, whole
  • Desiccated coconut
  • Chia seeds

Method

  • Add your frozen fruit to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If the liquid is too thin, add more fruit and if it’s too thick add a dash of water or milk.
  • Add the activated charcoal and blend again until the mixture turns black.
  • Pour the mix into a bowl and get creative with your garnish of sliced kiwi, blueberries, desiccated coconut and chia seeds!

Charcoal Pancakes

Ingredients (Makes 4)

  • 150g plain flour.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder.
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar.
  • 225ml milk.
  • 1 egg.
  • 2 tablespoons of activated charcoal

Method

  • Sift the flour, salt, baking powder, sugar and charcoal into a large mixing bowl or measuring jug.
  • Pour in the milk, then crack the egg in.
  • Mix the batter gently to ensure capture air bubbles in the mixture.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  • Ladle some of the batter mix into the pan and allow to cook. Keep checking the underside of the pancake and once it is cooked evenly flip gently with a spatula and continue cooking until this side is done.
  • Remove the cooked pancake and place on a plate.
  • Repeat this process until the batter is finished, then serve your pancakes with your choice of toppings and enjoy immediately!

14th March 2018

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Hot Gin Recipes To Melt Away Your Winter Woes

As the popularity of gin continues to grow, and the cold winter nights are here for another few weeks, we at Viners are enjoying some delicious hot gin recipes.

Forget your mulled wine and your hot chocolate; Gin is the hottest drink trend this winter.

Spiced Citrus & Apple Gin

This sweetly spiced tipple is perfect for an evening in front of the fire and can be made in minutes.

You will need:

  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 small stem of ginger, grated
  • 1 litre of apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 50ml of your favourite high-quality gin per person

Directions:

  • Pour 50ml of gin into each glass.
  • Slice the apple and the orange with a Viners Titan Black 4.5″ Utility Knife.
  • Pour the apple juice into a Viners Soft Grip Milk Pan and drop in the cinnamon stick, orange slices, lemon slices and a sprinkle of the grated ginger.
  • Place the pan on a low heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the honey.
  • Pour the mixture through a strainer into your prepared gin glasses.
  • Garnish with an orange wedge if desired and enjoy!

Mulled Juniper Gin

You will need:

  • 50ml of your favourite high-quality gin per person
  • 100ml apple juice per person
  • 100ml of orange juice per person
  • 1 red apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon of sloe berries or juniper berries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 whole cloves

Directions:

  • Pour 50ml of gin into each glass.
  • Pour the apple juice and orange juice into a Viners Copper Base Milk Pan and add the cinnamon stick, vanilla extract, cloves, and berries.
  • Slice the apple and orange with a Viners Titan Copper 4.5″ Utility Knife and add the slices to the pan.
  • Place the pan on a low heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Pour the mixture through a strainer into your prepared gin glasses.
  • Garnish with an orange or apple wedges if desired and enjoy!

12th January 2018

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