The Winning Engagement Story!

We recently launched a competition in honour of the Royal Wedding. We asked our lovely popcorn lovers to send in their engagement stories, for the chance to win ninety bags of our Portlebay Popcorn, four big tubs of scrumptious Cranch’s sweets and a personalised ring box from Clouds & Currents, for their own wedding. It was an exciting nine days, as we received lots of lovely stories from many wonderful couples! However, there could only be one winning story… and we just LOVED Liz and Seb’s engagement!

It was such a dreamy story,  we thought it just had to be shared with you all, so keep reading to hear the winning story!

Liz and Seb’s Engagement- As Told By Liz

Cruising the Norwegian Fjords last month, my partner proposed at the base of Briksdal Glacier. My parents were on the cruise with us and Mum had the responsibility of looking after the ring.

We walked through the mountains, up towards the glacier, with me not having a clue of what was to come. We took some truly amazing photos and were in absolute awe of the beautiful setting at the lake and glacier, but time was ticking on and we had to walk back to get our coach. Seb was lagging behind, so I suggested we head off and so walked off with my folks. Luckily, my Mum knew what was about to happen and suggested I go back to Seb and catch them up later. I went back to the lake and joined Seb, where he started talking about how long we’d been together and that it was the happiest he’d ever been. I jumped in at this point and corrected him on some of the time frames, still oblivious to where the conversation was leading. We took a selfie with the snow capped mountains in the background and as I turned around to see him, he was on one knee. He looked so nervous and was so red, but he managed to ask ‘will you marry me?’, to which I swore in shock. I looked to my left and a lady happened to be near by and was clapping and crying, as I turned back to him, still on the floor, he asked ‘Is that a yes?!’. I laughed and said ‘of course I will!’ and he placed the ring on my finger. We were both a bit dumbstruck by this point and not sure what was left to do other than run back down from the glacier and tell random people that we’d just got engaged, until we found my folks. My dad cried and my mum thanked the Lord she no longer had the ring.

Now let me tell you, that poor ring had been on a crazy ride. I almost found it on the first day of our trip when rummaging around in mum’s bag for a pen. Then she left her bag in a bar after the cruise emergency evacuation talk, and then, she locked it in the safe and forgot the code!! She was understandably elated when Seb finally asked for it back at the start of our trek to the glacier. So Norway, especially that Glacier, will always have a place in my heart. It was a perfect, picturesque setting for the most unexpected proposal.

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The photo that Liz and Seb took just before they became engaged!

We truly loved this story and wish the lovely couple a happy and healthy future, with lots of popcorn!

How To Plan A Trip with €1000

The wonderful blog Call Me Boujee, belongs to the very, very charming Kel. Kel created the blog as a place to detail her ‘travels, struggles and mumbles’. Here is a typical post that can be found on ‘Call Me Boujee’ written by Kel- How to plan a trip with €1000.

Hello, friends!

Since I started my blog a few months ago, I have been pleasantly surprised to receive a few questions from some of my lovely readers.

One of these questions was how to plan a budget trip to the destination of choice. First of all, I am humbled that you read my blog and grateful that you take the time to ask me questions. I shall try not to let this get to my head. **too late**

When most people think of traveling, they are panicked by the humongous price tags that may come along with the decision to travel. Most people actually end up never traveling or not traveling enough because of these price tags. Maybe it’s African in me, but I do not think it’s fair to pay out of your nose to travel and experience nature and culture.

I  going to give you a few tips and tricks that will reduce your travel costs immensely, while still allowing you to have fun on your trip. I have personally traveled with a less than €750 budget twice, so I think I might be of particular help. It is risky, but sure, but what’s the fun in safe?

The most important thing you have to do when planning a trip for less than €1000 is chosen a country whose local currency is inferior to the currency you earn in. Life tends to be much cheaper in countries with inferior currencies so you will almost definitely enjoy a lot more luxury at a far cheaper cost.

Another thing you want to get out of the way is flights. I personally use jetcost.co.uk which I have found gives the cheapest prices on the world wide web so far.

 Accommodation

There are a number of options for accommodation when on a budget. My personal favorite is Airbnb which is abundant in choice and reasonably good self-catering Airbnb accommodations for €50 or less a night. A tiny tip for you here is to book much earlier than your intended trip, especially if you are traveling during peak times. Airbnb hosts tend to get a little pricey during peak seasons.

You can also look into backpackers, hostels, and camping depending on your personal style and preference.

Food

If you rent a self-catering accommodation, you will probably have a kitchen available to you. Cooking your own meals will cut the cost of your trip by at least 50% as restaurants in most holiday destinations are unjustifiably expensive. Again, if you go to a country with an inferior currency, meals will almost definitely be affordable even on a budget. If you travel to a considerably expensive country like Seychelles, you can pick up luxury food choice from the supermarkets and cook for yourself.

Transport

Hiring a car in anywhere in the world will set you back €30-50 per day so depending on how tight your budget is. You may choose to stick to the public bus system or even just hire a car for a few days where you need to travel far and use public transport for the nearby areas. Good itinerary planning skills are needed here.

Excursions

If on a budget, there is a good number of free and/or cheap things to see and enjoy in every country in the world. That is the best thing about keeping an open mind when budget traveling. You will see wonder where a normal person wouldn’t even take a second glance. Therefore, you do not have to pay out of your nose to experience and enjoy the world.

Things like hiking, ocean swimming, swimming pools, DIY snorkeling, museums and farmers markets are free or really cheap.

Ideas:

  • DIY snorkeling-Love snorkeling or just simply want to try it out, why not try a DIY snorkeling adventure. Tour guides would charge an arm and a leg to take you snorkeling when in actual truth you on your own near the shores. Bring your own snorkeling equipment in your suitcase and you will avoid the exorbitant prices of hiring on the Island.

Safety Tip: keep close to the shores and don’t venture out too far into the ocean.

  • Visit a museum- museums tend to be free or very cheap to get into. They are a brilliant way to learn more about the history and culture of the land without paying out of your nose.
  • Swimming pools- If you fancy a day at the pool, most hotels will charge a small fee for swimming in their pools. Why not grab your beach bag and head over to a hotel pool for some relaxation time?
  • Museums-Most museums around the world are free or extremely cheap to access. Museums are a great place to learn about the culture and history of the local area. They are informative, interactive and fun

Don’t forget to take out travel insurance before you travel. If you are traveling to a country with an inferior currency, chances are that health and medical services there are rather inferior too. It might be wise to take out travel insurance to cover you in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

Let’s sum this all up, shall we?

Accommodation (7 days).

Double room €35 – 50 = €245 – 350

Restaurant

Luxury Supermarket groceries €180

Transport

Car hire €50 × 7 days €350

Miscellaneous insert your own figure.

In my opinion, €1000 is more than enough spending money for two as long as you budget and plan your trip well. So why not plan an adventure there for your next holiday? I promise you will not regret it.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to slide into my DMs. If you like this post and would like to see more, do follow me on my Instagram page (@thatboujeebabe) and on my blog (http:/callmeboujee.com)

We loved this piece by Kel and most certainly feel the need to jet away now! Also, here’s a cute snap of Kel and our popcorn!

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Lovely, Lemmony Popcorn Cupcakes

Inspired by all things summery and this wonderfully zesty flavour, food blogger Georgina (theglutenfreesloth) created this delicious and gluten free recipe for Lemon Curd filled cupcakes with our Lemon Sherbet popcorn. Creating food that is gluten free and super yummy is a passion for Georgia and we just love what she does! Here is her amazing recipe below, but make sure you check out the other funky foods she comes up with on her Instagram feed as well!

Lemon curd filled cupcakes using Portlebay Lemon Sherbet flavour popcorn. 

Recipe by Georgina Joiner

http://www.thecoeliacsloth.com
Gluten Free. 
Makes 8 cupcakes

For the cupcakes:
110g Caster sugar

110g Margarine

110g Gluten free self-raising flour

1tsp Xanthan Gum

2 Medium Eggs

1tsp Vanilla extract

Zest of 1 lemon

Lemon Curd

For the buttercream: 
120g Margarine

240g Icing Sugar (plus some extra)

Juice of 1 lemon

Yellow food colouring

1 pack Portlebay Lemon Sherbet flavour popcorn

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180°c.

2. Place cupcake cases in a cupcake/muffin tray.

3. Beat the margarine until it’s soft and fluffy.

4. Slowly add in the caster sugar and beat until well combined.

5. One by one, mix in the eggs.

6. Add in the vanilla extract and the lemon zest.

7. Sift in the flour and mix in the xanthan gum, until you have a smooth cupcake batter.

8. Using a spoon, scoop the batter into your cupcake cases, 3/4 of the way.

9. Bake for 15-20 minutes. You will know they are baked when a skewer inserted into them comes out clean, or if you gently press on the top, they spring back.

10. Leave the cakes to cool on a wire rack.

11. Once the cakes are cooled, use a icing nozzle to remove the centres of the cupcakes. Press it half way down, twist, until you have a small hole in the centre of the cupcake. Discard the small pieces of cake you’ve removed with the nozzle.

12. Spoon the lemon curd into the holes in the cupcakes.

13. For the buttercream icing, beat your margarine until fluffy.

14. Mix in the icing sugar bit by bit, until a thick cream forms.

15. Add in the lemon juice, and yellow food colouring and mix thoroughly. The lemon juice may make the buttercream a little thinner, so feel free to add in some extra icing sugar until the consistency is thick enough to pipe.

16. Transfer the buttercream icing to a piping bag with a star shaped nozzle.

17. Pipe the buttercream in swirls on the top of the cupcakes, and finish them off by placing handfuls of the Lemon Sherbet popcorn onto the top of them.

18. Serve and Enjoy!

 

Super Easy Sweet Potato Cacao Brownies

The delightful Sarah, of the blog Mummy Fuel, whipped up this delicious recipe for Sweet Potato Cacao Brownies, that are both gluten and flour free! It’s a super easy and super scrumptious combo, the perfect homemade treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup steamed then mashed sweet potato
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 scoop cacao protein powder
  • 1 scoop raw cacao
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp choc shot
  • Dash almond milk
  •  25g pack of Portlebay PopcornSweet & Salty

Method:

  • Mix all but the popcorn together in a large bowl.
  • Pop the mixture in the oven and bake for 30 mins on 180C.
  • Leave to cool for a few minutes.
  • Sprinkle with Portlebay Popcorn and enjoy!

If you enjoyed this tasty brownie why not have a peak at our Mocha Popcorn Rocky Road recipe too!

Some of Our Favourite Local Cream Teas!

Today is a very, VERY important day. We’re sure you all know, because it’s just one of the most wonderful days of the year, but just incase you don’t… IT’S NATIONAL CREAM TEA DAY! WOO! Grab the jam, grab the cream, it’s time for a West Country party.

As we are from the home of Cream Tea’s, we decided we best let you all know where to find some of the best spots in Devon, to feast on a traditional Cream Team!

Also, do help us settled the ever ongoing argument of cream or jam first?! It’s certainly a debate here at The Poppery and we need to put it to bed for once and for all! Are you a Devon Cream Tea-er or a Cornish Cream Tea-er? (See the image below to distinguish a Cornish and Devonian scone.)

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Avon Mill

The first spot that we would like to introduce you to is Avon Mill. Avon Mill, is primarily known for being a really rather gorgeous garden centre, with a few little boutique shops, a gallery and a very lovely cafe (that serves a deeeelicious Cream Tea!) This is a great place to visit if your looking to have a mooch around and a munch! Opposite the garden centre is also a gorgeous grassy area with a pretty river- perfect for a sunny visit!

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The Avon Mill Cream Tea!

The Two Bridges Hotel

Next on our delicious Cream Tea list is the Two Bridges Hotel. Situated in the breathtaking Dartmoor National Park, the Two bridges Hotel is a very beautiful place to visit. With plenty of magnificent walking routes nearby, you can easily spend a whole day enjoying the scenery and after treating yourself to a well deserved Cream Tea! (Sounds like a perfect plan to us!) Oh and for those of you that like to take a pup with you when you walk, the Two Bridges is also dog friendly and will warmly welcome any four legged friends.

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The Two Bridges Hotel cream Tea!

Dart Marina Spa & Hotel

Another venue that hosts a magical Cream Tea is Dart Marina Spa & Hotel, in Dartmouth. Situated right by the River Dart, the gorgeous Dart Marina Spa & Hotel offers a lovely outdoor space to soak up the sun and watch the boats come and go; the ideal setting to enjoy a very delicious Cream Tea. Dartmouth is certainly the perfect location on a sunny Saturday- explore the town on foot, explore the sea via kayak or take the ferry across the water and experience a very scenic coastal walk- then a Cream  Tea to finish! YUM!

 

We hope you make the most of National Cream Tea Day wherever you are and make sure you let us know whether you eat your scones in the Devonian or Cornish style!

If you enjoyed this post, have a look at our post Vessel Beer Shop- Plymouth!

8 Ways to Celebrate Summer!

The smell of fresh cut grass lingering in the air, summer blooms sprinkling the landscape with bright, beautiful colours, bees and butterflies bustling around keeping busy and Pimm’s O’clock now a daily necessity- oh it must be summer! HOORAY!

After many months of wind, rain, doom and gloom, us folk in the UK just can’t help but rejoice at the first sight of sunshine. We can finally escape the winter hibernation and take up residence at one of the many glorious beaches we are so lucky to have. As Summer is a big deal, we believe that it should celebrated and welcomed in a truly joyful manner. So, here are eight ways to celebrate the sunny season and make the most of the sunshine!

1. Be a Beach Babe

Go on a mini adventure and seek out a new beach that you’ve never visited before. Explore some caves, play in the waves, build a sandcastle! In Devon, our gorgeous home, there are soooo many hidden beaches to discover and no single beach is the same!

2. Make The Most of Those Summer Events

There are always loads of events organised for summer, so why not make the most of them?! Some events you can keep an eye out for:

  • Festivals- music, art, cultural, sports, entertainment, craft
  • Flower Shows
  • Outdoor Cinema
  • Food and Drink Fairs
  • Farmers Markets
  • National Trust

3. Make Some Summer Sangria

What better way to celebrate summer than making Sangria. Grab that red wine, it’s time to revel in the sunshine!

4. Just Relax…

Take some time to genuinely enjoy the summer. Read a book, watch the sunset, take a stroll in a picturesque location. Often at home we forget to press pause on our hustling and bustling lives and don’t take time to just chill out- be it long or short have a stay-cation!

5. Organise a Summer Shindig

Get your friends and family together and make the most of those long summer evenings. We’re talking bbq, salads, drinks and games!

6. Spend Time as a Family

It can be hard to find time and to find an activity to suit everyone in the family, but there is no better season than summer to get the family together. Here are a few ideas for the whole family to get involved with:

  • Go for a bike ride
  • Play mini golf
  • Build a sandcastle or an entire sand village
  • Go camping- even if it’s just in the garden!
  • Go to a pick your own farm
  • Make a butterfly garden
  • Visit the coast and explore a costal walks with a pub lunch!
  • Go for a picnic
  • Visit a National Park
  • Simply eat dinner together outside

7. Try Something New!

It’s summer, try something new! Surfing, paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing, roller blading, anything! You may try a new activity and just love it!

8. Put Down the Technology

We are all busy bees and keeping up with our daily tasks is made 100% easier with the help of technology. Sometimes though, it’s nice to just enjoy the people and environment around us. Here are some more traditional forms of entertainment that can be even more fun than our normal digital pastimes:

  • Board games
  • Star gazing
  • Flying a kite
  • Charades
  • Frisbee
  • Cricket
  • Card games
  • Build a bonfire to cosy around

We hope you have an amazing summer with many wonderful adventures and memories!

 

Behind the scenes- Surfs up!

Wednesday 13th June saw some of the Portlebay team journey down from our modest little Poppery to the beautiful and vast beach at Bigbury-on-sea. We were excited for a hot and sunny day at the beach before being reminded that we live in Devon after being greeted by a heavy sea mist, but this simply couldn’t stop our fun!

Surfer Sarah Ashley and photographer Alex Tucker rocked up in their casually cool surf van full of all the essential bits and bobs for any beach bonanza. We met them in the car park that overlooks this stunning beach armed with heaps of delicious popcorn all eager get get some sand between our toes! After navigating ourselves down the steep rock face to the beach we couldn’t help but be awe struck by this beautiful location! Perfect for long beach strolls, paddle boarding and a quiet day when the sea is flat and a buzzing,  great surf location when there’s a few waves, Bigbury beach seemed to have it all. If you haven’t visited Bigbury-on-sea yet it’s a definite must for coastal lovers in Devon!

The beach provided multiple areas to get some wonderful snaps of both Sarah and the popcorn which was tucked into happily by all of us throughout the afternoon! Both Sarah and Alex particularly enjoyed the Lemon Sherbet flavour and admired this quirky but delicious take on summery popcorn (almost as much as we do!).

Our team really enjoyed gaining tips from Alex’s photography talent and chatting to Sarah about her surfing experience, we are even tempted to try and give it a go ourselves this summer, as long as we know there’s a yummy packet of popcorn waiting for us back on dry land to tuck in to after!

Here are a few behind the scenes photos from our wonderful little afternoon: