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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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Breakfast with Viners

We love breakfast here at Viners, and not only is it the most important meal of the day, it’s also one of the most versatile with an almost endless choice of options!

Slimming World Breakfast

Cutting out carbs needn’t mean losing out on homecooked comfort foods like a delicious cooked breakfast. This Slimming World-inspired recipe is a great way to start a big day, and it’s easy to make for a large number of people too!

Ingredients

  • 3 slices of lean bacon with visible fat removed
  • 1 or 2 eggs
  • ½ can of baked beans
  • Handfull of mushrooms
  • 2 large tomatoes or 1 vine of tomatoes
  • Low-calorie cooking spray

Method

  1. Spray your frying pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place on a medium heat.
  2. Add the bacon (with the fat removed), tomatoes and mushrooms to the pan and fry for 5-10 minutes until the bacon is cooked.
  3. Cook the baked beans in a small saucepan or microwave on full power for 90 seconds.
  4. Crack the egg into the pan and fry for a few minutes. To ensure the egg white cooks, cover the pan with a lid for a minute or two.
  5. Plate up your bacon, egg, mushrooms and tomato. Either plate your beans or serve on the side.
  6. Season to taste and enjoy.

 

Smoothie Bowl

Kick-start your morning with a focus on health. Packed full of vitamins and nutrients, this refreshing smoothie bowl is delicious to eat and easy to make.

Ingredients

  • ½ bag of frozen mixed fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • Handful of blueberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • Tablespoon of chia seeds
  • Tablespoon of desiccated coconut
  • Tablespoon of mixed nuts

Method

  1. Blend the frozen fruit in a food processor until you have a thick consistency. Transfer your fruit mixture to a cereal bowl.
  2. Chop the fresh blueberries and raspberries and then add to the top of the fruit mixture.
  3. Add the banana slices to the bowl.
  4. Finish off by sprinkling chia seeds, coconut and the mixed nuts before you tuck in.

 

Avocado and Poached Egg on Toast

Nutrient-dense avocados make a great partnership with fresh free-range eggs and are a great way to start your day.

Ingredients (Serves 2)

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 fresh free range eggs
  • 2 slices of wholemeal bread
  • Teaspoon of chilli flakes
  • Vine of tomatoes
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced

Method

  1. Cut and peel your avocados and remove the stones.
  2. Mash your avocados in a bowl with a fork.
  3. To poach the eggs, bring a pan of water to the boil. Then turn to a medium simmer and crack the eggs into the water. Poach for 3-4 minutes.
  4. While the eggs are poaching, cut slices of brown bread and toast. Thinly slice the red onion.
  5. Spread the mashed avocado evenly onto the pieces of toast.
  6. Sprinkle with chilli flakes and a few slices of red onion.
  7. Finally, using a slotted spoon, drain the poached egg and place on top of the avocado.
  8. Enjoy

 

Salmon and Avocado on Rye Crackers (Serves 2)

Breakfast in style by adding luxurious smoked salmon to avocado.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 4 rye crackers
  • 2 slices of smoked salmon per person
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Watercress, chopped

Method

  1. Mash your avocados in a bowl with a fork.
  2. Spread the avocado evenly onto the 4 rye crackers.
  3. Lay the smoked salmon slices on top of the mashed avocado.
  4. Dress each rye cracker with the chopped tomatoes and watercress.

 

Banana and Blueberries pancakes

Fruity and filling, pancakes are an excellent way to wake up in the morning!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 120ml (½ cup) of almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 340g (1 cup) of flour
  • 2 fresh free range eggs
  • 1 tsp of baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • Handful of blueberries

Method

  1. Mash the bananas with a fork in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Pour in your choice of milk.
  3. Add the eggs and whisk the mixture.
  4. Add flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
  5. Mix the batter gently.
  6. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  7. Use ¼ of the mixture and pour into the frying pan.
  8. Flip the pancake once the underside is golden, repeat this process until the batter is finished

 

Granola

Sweet, creamy, and crunchy: this granola with yoghurt and fruit recipe has it all!

Ingredients

  • 40g (1.4oz) of granola of your choice
  • 1 small pot of yoghurt or ¼ large pot of yoghurt
  • Handful of blueberries
  • Handful of strawberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • Teaspoon of chia seeds
  • Tablespoon of flaked almonds
  • Honey (Optional)

Method

  1. Add the yoghurt to a cereal bowl and top with the granola.
  2. Chop the fruit and then add on top of the yoghurt and granola.
  3. Sprinkle your bowl with chia seeds and almonds.
  4. Finish with a drizzle of honey if desired.

 

19th December 2017

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The Viners Christmas Gift Guide 2017

 

Has Christmas crept up on you? Are you lagging behind on your seasonal schedule? Struggling to find that perfect gift for that special someone?

We’re here to help, and we’ve got some great gifting ideas to suit a range of tastes and budgets!

For the Style-conscious

A new edition to the heritage Viners Studio design, the set of two Studio Charger Plates will elevate any dining table. These luxurious Charger Plates can be used alone or paired with matching Studio items from the range.

 

For the Home Entertainer

Dinner parties, especially at this time of year, are gaining in popularity and everybody has someone in their life that loves to entertain. Are you looking to buy the perfect gift for the perfect host?

The Viners Studio Salad Servers are perfect serving salads and a variety of foods at the table and are polished to a high mirror finish for a clean and elegant look.

All good gatherings are improved by a cheeseboard, so a set of Viners Select Cheese Cutlery adds an air of sophistication to proceedings

For the Little Ones

The Viners range of Kids and Toddler cutlery is specifically designed with small hands and mouths in mind.

The 3-Piece Toddler Cutlery Set features contoured handles that fit perfectly into infants’ little hands for easy gripping.

Available with Fairy, Jungle or Bertie Bear designs, the Viners Kids cutlery sets are fun as well as practical.

For the Confident Chef

The Titan range of knife blocks is a great addition to the kitchens of chefs of all levels. High-quality stainless steel, available in Gold, Copper or Black, will help any chef elevate their prep; and look good while doing so!

 

21st November 2017

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Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

  • 750g peeled, deseeded pumpkin chunks
  • 350g shortcrust pastry, sweet
  • Plain flour for dusting
  • 140g caster sugar
  • Half teaspoon salt
  • Half teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 25g melted butter
  • 175ml milk
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar

Method

  • In a large saucepan, bring the pumpkin to the boil. Cover the lid and simmer for 15 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender. Drain the pumpkin and allow it to cool.
  • Pre-heat the oven 180C (160C fan-assisted, Gas Mark 4).
  • Roll the pastry out onto a lightly floured surface and use it to line your bake or tart tin. Chill for 15 minutes.
  • Line the pastry with baking parchment and baking beans and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the beans and paper, and bake for a further 10 minutes until golden brown and biscuity. Remove from the oven and allow it to slightly cool.
  • Increase the oven to 220C (200C fan-assisted, Gas Mark 7).
  • Work the cooled pumpkin through a sieve into a large bowl.
  • In a different bowl, mix the sugar, salt, nutmeg and half of the cinnamon. Mix in the beaten eggs, melted butter and milk. Add the sieved pumpkin puree and stir to combine the mixture together.
  • Pour the mixture into the tart shell and cook for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven to 180C (160C fan-assisted, Gas Mark 4).
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until the filling has set.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool before removing the pie from your tin.
  • mix the remaining cinnamon with the icing sugar and dust over the finished pie.
  • Serve chilled.

 

2nd October 2017

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