World Photography Day

At Portlebay we believe that life isn’t purely about large, exciting day trips or hugely memorable land marks like a birthday or wedding (although these are pretty important!), it’s also about cherishing the little moments and the simple, tiny things that bring joy to your every day life (like munching on your favourite flavour of popcorn). A very wise photographer once said:

“Taking pictures is savouring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
— Marc Riboud

For us this quote reminds us to be grateful for even the littlest things that make us smile and also allows us to admire the amazing talent of photography. Since today is world photography day, photography guest blogger Sarah (Checkered_photography) spoke to us about her photography journey and gave us a few top tips on how to take photos that do truly allow you to savour life in one of the most wonderful ways!

  1. How did your passions for photography initially come about?

When I was younger my dad was always really good at photography he then passed me down one of his cameras and I have been addicted ever since.

2. How long have you been taking photos for?

I have had my own photography business now for 5 years.

3. What is it you find so wonderful about photography and why do you love it?

I am actually quite a shy and reserved person, but photography allows me to show other people what I see and allows me to express my feelings through the imagery that I produce, along with giving me the confidence to talk to anyone when I have my camera in my hand.

4. What is your favourite genre of photography and why?

I don’t actually want to pin it down and say I have a favourite. As you can imagine living here in Cornwall it allows me to be on the beach whenever I wish to be, so a lot of my photography is based in and around the sea.

5. What would be your top 5 photography tips?

  1.             Always be original, never set out to copy someone else you need to have your own style.

  2.            Stay relaxed. I can be way over critical of my work.

  3.           Keep learning, you can never take too many photos.

  4.            Stay confident. I have had a lot of tough life situations but my photography has always got me through them.

  5.   Be aware of your surroundings. Take in as much as possible when you are photographing, it will shine through in your imagery

 

To view more of Checkered Photography’s images visit their website at www.checkeredphotography.co.uk.

Popcorn Lemon Cheesecake

Here’s one way to fizz up a classic pudding! Anna from scrumptiousandnutritious created this beautiful cheesecake using our Lemon Sherbet popcorn and we think its perfect, especially when topped off with some pretty summer flowers! Check out her Instagram for more fruity food inspiration!

 

Popcorn Lemon Cheesecake 

Ingredients 

250g Digestive Biscuits

2 Bags Portlebay Lemon Sherbert Popcorn

100g Butter

500g Mascarpone

2 Lemons

300g Lemon and Lime Marmalade

3 tbs chocolate curls

 Method 

  1. Mix all the digestives and 2/3 of a bag of Portlebay popcorn in a food processor. Crush the remaining 1/3 bag with your hands and mix into the crumbs.
  2. Melt the butter and mix into the biscuit and popcorn mixture.
  3. Pour the mixture into a greased tin and press the mixture down until it’s all flat.
  4. Combine the mascarpone with the juice and rinds from the lemons and chocolate swirls, then stir well.
  5. Melt 200g marmalade with a couple of tablespoons of water, keep stirring until it becomes smooth. Then mix in with the mascarpone.
  6. Pour the mixture on top of the biscuit and popcorn base and spread it out to the edges.
  7. Melt 100g of marmalade with 1 tablespoon of water until smooth, then pour on top of the cheesecake
  8. Put the cheesecake in the fridge and leave to set for 24 hours.
  9. Once set, decorate the cheesecake with the rest of the chocolate swirls and a bag of Portlebay Lemon Sherbert Popcorn!

Popcorn chicken bites

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Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup Popcorn Chicken Bites with Maple
Mustard Dip
Portlebay Popcorn asked me to create a recipe using their Devon-popped popcorn and I
was more than happy to give it a go! I’m a real savoury cook at heart – and I wanted to
challenge myself to use popcorn in a slightly different way – so here’s my take on Popcorn Chicken… made with real Popcorn!
Ingredients:
Chicken
2 tbsp crème fraîche
250g chicken breast
1-2 tsp herb/spice of choice (I used cajun)
50g Portlebay Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup Popcorn
+ sea salt / pepper for seasoning
+ vegetable oil for frying
Dip:
3 tbsp crème fraîche
1/2 tsp wholegrain mustard
1-2 tsp maple syrup
This recipe makes between 30-40 popcorn chicken bites (depending on how big
‘bite-size’ is to you!)

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!

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:

Father’s Day With Claire, Cailyn & Chris!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL YOU LOVELY DADDIES! Today we are introducing you to our very fabulous guest blogger Claire. Claire is a keen blogger focusing on open and honest motherhood. Her blog is full of great tips and ideas for all of you mummies out there and is definitely worth a read, click here to head over to Claire’s blog! We stumbled across Claire’s blog and loved everything about it, it’s just so adorable and really makes for a great read! We reached out and asked Claire if she would be interested in working with us and so here it is, a special Father’s Day guest blog post! Here is Claire, Cailyn and Chris’ perfect Father’s Day! (Also check out Claire’s Instagram page @Cailynsmummy it’s truly wonderful!)

Popping Into Father’s Day Like ….. What’s Your Flavour?

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Firstly let’s just give a massive shout out to all the dads out there who are absolutely amazing!

You’re all fantastic & deserve the best day ever!

Father’s Day for Daddy Chris this year was spent doing the things he loves the most. That definitely included driving his car, eating, spending time with his family & being able to enjoy the silly moments in life!

We enjoyed family time in the sun at Dalkeith Country Park, while having one of my famous picnics… (I’ve had a lot of practice & guidance as we used to have them every other weekend as kids.)

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We enjoyed some favourites while talking, playing with Cailyn & laughing together.

Cailyn gave Chris his Father’s Day card that we made for him and a funny poster which she helped me make, as daddy really does eat all the popcorn…

13 bags in one day to be precise.

Chris loves us making him cards, as it’s personal and something he can keep until he’s old and grey! I think the personal touches are far lovelier than just buying a card or gift off the shelf, as it’s rare to find a card that captures your relationship with that family member or person you’re addressing. So make your own card this Father’s Day, either with pens and paper or personal photos, and I’m sure it’ll be the best card they have received to date!

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After eating our sandwiches, Cailyn gave Chris his present of popcorn, which he was obviously over the moon about, but there was only one draw back… he had to share with Cailyn. You see she’s just as crazy about it as he is. It’s so amusing to watch them both sit together and just shovel in handfuls of the stuff while reaching for more and more……Hello hamster cheeks!

Who would’ve thought that Popcorn would be the one thing she would eat with her dad and only with her dad, she will never eat popcorn whilst sitting with anyone else like she does with Chris. Cailyn will cuddle up with him and just sit there until it’s all gone.

With some things, she’s definitely her father’s daughter.

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They really can’t get enough of the stuff, so when Portlebay Popcorn sent over some of their delicious flavours for Chris to try it certainly put a smile on his face and Cailyn was clearly happy too as whatever he eats so does she.

You wouldn’t think that something as simple as popcorn would create such a bond, a memory, a special “thing” with someone, but they really do have that and I absolutely love watching it! Cailyn will always offers you some of their popcorn, while Chris just eats and will only think of you when there’s just the crumbs left at the bottom of the bag.

“oh did you want to try that flavour? Sorry it was too good.”

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After taking Cailyn to the play park, we took a walk along the woodland path that led to a field of wild flowers, myself and Cailyn whipped our shoes off and became one with nature, just enjoying the sun.

Cailyn then took off with the her bag of popcorn and sat herself down in the flowers- the cutest thing ever, as she looked around for Chris to see if he was watching her. She has the most amazing & beautiful little ways, whilst also being such a fierce little Madame. She seems so far from being just a little 18 month old baby – she’s already one hell of a smart, talented & kind little lady who is so head strong, and we just love it!

“Enjoying favourite moments as a family really does great things for the soul”

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Portlebay have an array of different, delicious flavours and I must say that Lightly Sea Salted, Chilli & Lime and Lemon Sherbet are my favourite flavours, Chris is still deciding as he loved them all & Cailyn, well she’ll eat anything too.

What’s yours?  Have you tried them all before?

We will definitely be buying more packs of Portlebay Popcorn, as I for one need more Chilli & Lime in my life. It’s that good that I get cravings for it and I’m not even that big of a popcorn fan (unlike the other two!)

Whatever you’re doing this Father’s Day, I really hope it’s spent doing something amazing & making those family memories matter!

Keep it Magical!!

Cailyn’s Mummy x

Health Benefits of Popcorn!

If you are a lover of popcorn like us, then this blog post will bring a little bit of extra joy to your day! Here are some wonderful health benefits of munching on popcorn for you to enjoy! Go on, grab a bag of popcorn to nibble on whilst you’re reading!

1. Fibre, Fibre, Fibre!

The American Chemical Society (ACS), recently discovered that popcorn is 100 percent unprocessed whole grain. Fibre is found in grain, which can significantly help to lower cholesterol levels, as well as help to control blood sugar levels. Fibre is also great for digestion and can keep bowl movements working properly and functioning on a regular basis!- Keep eating that popcorn!

Dr Joe Vinson from the University of Scranton, recognised that the average person only consumes half a serving of whole grains a day and that popcorn can provide more than 70% of our daily intake of whole grain. The answer to our whole grain shortage- POPCORN- yay!

2.  Antioxidants

The American Chemical Society also reported that popcorn has more of the healthy antioxidants, ‘polyphenols’, than many fruit and veg!- We wouldn’t suggest swapping fruit and veg for popcorn but it is a pretty crazy fact!

3. Calories

Whilst many snacks are calorific, popcorn is actually low in calories!- YES! Our Portlebay Popcorn has roughly 115 calories (115-120) per 25g bags/ per serving and so is a great snack if you are being careful with calories!

Also, as Matt Dustin recognised, if you are watching what you eat, popcorn can be a great snack to add into your diet, as foods that are high in fibre take longer for our bodies to digest and so keep you fuller for longer! -That’s a handy tip!

4. Gluten- Free!

Popcorn is also completely gluten free and so those that struggle to digest gluten can happily indulge in popcorn! Just be sure to check the other ingredients that are often added to the popcorn, as some ingredients that are added for flavour can in some cases contain gluten. Our Portlebay range is completely gluten-free, so all six flavours are Coeliac friendly!

References:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120325173008.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2012/march/popcorn-the-snack-with-even-higher-antioxidants-levels-than-fruits-and-vegetables.html

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=zf_tDQAAQBAJ&pg=PA26&lpg=PA26&dq=matt+dustin+Foods+that+are+higher+in+fiber+will+take+longer+to+digest+and+will+generally+keep+you+full+longer&source=bl&ots=VvEOQwV9sI&sig=-QL-50arbGE5IxdC6zP427s_CNk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi26ou4ve7ZAhVlAsAKHetDA1YQ6AEIKTAA#v=onepage&q=matt%20dustin%20Foods%20that%20are%20higher%20in%20fiber%20will%20take%20longer%20to%20digest%20and%20will%20generally%20keep%20you%20full%20longer&f=false

If Popcorn was a Unit of Measurement!

After a rather entertaining discussion at The Poppery, that led to the comparison of  how tall each of us popcorn-enthusiasts are, we decided that all the many units that we could use to express how tall we are just weren’t fun enough. You know the typical units we see alllll the time; ft, in, cm, mm. We need something with a little more… pizazz! And so, we did what we do best, we introduced popcorn and measured the world in the new unit of

ppp (pieces of popped popcorn)!

After averaging a large range of pieces of popcorn we discovered how to measure anything and everything in popcorn!

The Things we Measured in Popcorn (ppp)…

The Portlebay Team!

We took a small, medium and tall member of staff and measured them in popcorn!

The Small One: Millie from marketing is our littlest team member measuring a mere 63ppp.

The Medium Ones: Diane our mother hen and Faye the lady with the money are the same height, measuring a very modest 67ppp.

The Tall One: Neil one of our mighty co-founders is the tallest in the pack, measuring in at the great height of 74ppp.

Items we Found at The Poppery

Our almighty kettle (an essential piece of equipment in The Poppery): just 10ppp

Our front door: 81ppp

A small teddy bear: only 9ppp

Steve from the warehouse’s forklift: this lift and shifting machine totalled in at 72ppp

The Poppery itself: the perimeter of our popcorn hq is 4,800ppp

and one last measure…

If we lined up enough popcorn to go around the world we would need:

1603,000,000ppp! 

Another fun post to read after this is ‘Meet our Mascot Bob!’

Roxy Hempel: 5 Ways to be More Eco Conscious…

5 ways to be more eco conscious…

The very inspiring Roxy Hempel from the Eco Edit tells us 5 ways to be more eco conscious. The Eco Edit is a lifestyle platform for the eco conscious, exploring brands that have a positive impact. This includes eco and socially conscious fashion brands, green beauty products and philanthropic lifestyle brands.

 

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Roxy Hempel

 

1. Give up or cut down on animal products

Cutting down or avoiding meat altogether is the most effective way you can be more eco conscious, and the great news is, it has an immediate impact!
Following a plant based diet is healthy, budget friendly, and limitless – all of your favourite meals can be veganised, its easy once you know how!

If you are giving it a go there are lots of resources available online, try the #veganuary hashtag on Instagram, of search for your local vegan group on Facebook for support and tips on eating near you.

Still not sure sure of the reasons why? The movie, Cowspiracy is a good place to start, or Earthlings and Forks over knives.

 

2. Plant trees for free everytime you use the internet.

Ecosia is a free browser and app you can download for your computer and devices, that plants trees on your behalf every time you use it. So far this initiative has planted over 18 million trees in developing and rural communities! It is completely free for you and works just the same as your current browser (Google, safari, etc). You can find out more and get the links to download the browser for your computer and the app by visiting the website.

 

3. Choose sustainable fashion brands

Fashion is a hugely polluting industry. From the textile production to the dyeing process, to the overwhelming amount of wastage, there are huge enviromental issues which we don’t even know the full extent of yet. The good news is there are tons of great sustainable fashion brand out there that do things differently. Brands that use eco friendly fibers and dyes, recycled textiles and support fair trade principles. Follow me over on Instagram, and sign up to the newsletter of my lifestyle platform Eco Edit, and receive weekly edits of the best sustainable fashion brands.

 

4. Say not to plastic

There is no doubt about it, our plastic consumption is out of a control and is having a devastating effect on the enviroment. There is more than 8 BILLION tons of plastic on this planet, and the majority of that is waste that will take around 450 years to decompose. If laid out flat, 10 inches deep, it would be enough to cover the whole of Argentina, the 8th largest country in the world. Join our Facebook group ‘Less plastic is fantastic’ which we update with tips and ideas for reducing single use plastic consumption.

An easy one you can utilise right away – when choosing drinks, if you’re not using your own reusable cup, opt for aluminium or glass – either of these can be recycled an infinite number of times without losing their quality, unlike plastic which can only be recycled once.

 

5. Go green on your energy source

Check out Bulb – they offer 100% renewable energy, they pay your exit fees from your current energy supplier AND they save you on average 20% on your energy bills a year, they will also switch everything over for you, making it completely hassle free!
Saving the planet and saving money – what’s not to like?!

For more ideas on how to be more eco conscious, see a blog post 10 practical and positive things you can do, here http://www.theecoedit.co.uk/10-practical-positive-things-can-make-world-better-place/

You can find me either at Eco Edit http://www.theecoedit.co.uk or over on instagram here https://www.instagram.com/_theecoedit/

Sesame and Tamari Stir Fry Topped With Wasabi and Ginger Popcorn

Guest blogger Bella created this scrumptious recipe which we think is da bomb!

About Bella

Lovely Bella is the owner of the recipe based blog Sprinkle Of Goodness. After falling unwell two years ago with ME, Bella started to take great care with what she was eating and developed a real passion for cooking as she experimented with healthy recipes. For Bella, cooking has not just been about about eating the right things but also it gave her a reason to get out of bed when she was unwell and helped her to regain her strength. Today Bella is fully recovered and her passion for cooking has flourished further, checkout her blog and Instagram for many more yummy recipes!

Sesame And Tamari Stir Fry Topped With Wasabi And Ginger Popcorn

 

Serves 2

Ingredients:

·    1 tbsp sesame oil

·     2 nests brown rice vermicelli noodles (if using another type of noodle, adjust cooking time accordingly)

·     ½ a courgette

·     Large handful purple sprouting tops

·     200g baby button mushrooms

·     1 carrot

·     2 tbsp tamari soy sauce

·     ½ a small bag Portlebay Wasabi and Ginger Popcorn

·     Salt, pepper and a pinch of chilli flakes (optional)

Method:

1.  Firstly prepare your vegetables. Cut the courgette and carrot into small cubes, wash and cut up your sprouting top and slice your mushrooms.

2.  Heat the sesame oil in a pan over a medium heat and then add the mushrooms and sprouting tops, and cook for a few minutes, stirring frequently.

3. In the meantime, boil your kettle ready for the noodles.

4.  Add the courgette and carrot to the pan and cook for 2 minutes.

5. Put the noodles in a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water for 2 minutes.

6. Add the soy sauce to the pan, stir in well and then drain and add the noodles.

7.  Stir for a minute or so before serving into bowls, top with the popcorn, and add a sprinkle of chilli flakes. Enjoy!