Rubies in the Rubble

Day 15 of the advent competition welcomes our partner Rubies in the Rubble! Rubies in the Rubble is a sustainable food brand committed to fighting food waste. They create award-winning products from fruit and veg that would otherwise be wasted due to shape, size and colour. In other words, condiments with a conscience…Their ingredients have to pass a taste test, not a beauty contest. It doesn’t matter if it’s too big, too ripe or just plain pear-shaped. What matters to them is making the best condiments around! Check them out here!

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Rubies in the Rubble’s Christmas pack
Rubies in the Rubble founder, Jenny, started reading about the problem of food waste after seeing the amount of discarded produce at fruit & veg markets across London.
Beautiful mangoes, cranberries & tomatoes all headed for landfill, often because
they simply didn’t look right.
Although much of the discarded produce is perfectly edible, much is
thrown away due to aesthetic imperfections, over-forecasted demand or
inefficiency in storing & distributing.
The scale of the problem of food waste got Jenny thinking about what
could be done with all this surplus produce. Surely there was a way of
creating a delicious, first-class product using excess produce?
Armed with some family recipes and a car-bootful of rescued fruit & veg
from the New Covent Garden market, the experimentation in the kitchen
began!
We absolutely adore Rubies in the Rubble’s ethos and are very delighted that they are  a part of our competition. To be in with a chance of winning some of these scrumptious condiments and a box of our Portlebay Popcorn, head over to our social media pages (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and follow the instructions! (The competition launches at 5pm!)

The Delicious Buttermilk

Cranberry & Orange, Mince Pie, Irish Cream and Gingerbread! Can you guess what these are the flavours of? The answer is scrumptious Buttermilk Fudge that we are giving away to the winner of Day 10 of The Portlebay Christmas Advent Calendar!  DELICIOUS!

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Buttermilk Fudge

About Buttermilk

Buttermilk is a family business born and bred in Cornwall, now run by David and Tracy Goad (and their sons Henry and Reggie). Their love and enthusiasm for everything sweet has been guiding their Cornish confectionery since 1964 when the first Buttermilk shop opened in Padstow. Back then all their fudge was made by hand above the shop! They’ve come a long way since then, and today are recognised as Great Taste Producers. Despite recent growth, the expert chefs still use the same traditional methods, stirring quality ingredients over open flames – there just a few more copper pans involved now!

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Part of The Fudge Making Process

 

The fudge range includes over 70 flavours, along with a variety of chocolate clusters, brittles and honeycomb. Wherever possible all ingredients are locally sourced and made with a whole lot of love!

If you would like a chance to win some of the this fabulous fudge along with a box of our Portlebay Popcorn then head on over to our social media page (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the instructions! (The competition launches at 5pm tonight!). GOOD LCUK EVERYONE!

Our Christmas- The Portlebay Team’s Traditions (Part 2)

 15 days till Christmasssssss! If you aren’t already in the spirit of Christmas then we hope part 2 of our Christmas traditions and tales will get you feeling festive!

Today we are starting off by questioning Millie from Marketing!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? This year my family are going to be reluctantly leaving our wood burner and walking to our favourite beach. The more daring of us are planning on a Christmas swim in the sea, which I am very excited about and I really do hope it becomes a tradition!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? When I was still fairly small, I remember one Christmas huddling around a window with my family and being amazed to see snow on Christmas day, it was magical!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? The stuffing and pigs in blankets, however, if the gravy isn’t up to standard it would be disastrous! None of that thin, watery rubbish!

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real!!! There’s no fun in a fake one.

Favourite Christmas film? The Grinch!

Favourite Christmas song? Michael Bublé and Shania Twain- White Christmas

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Super organised! I just love Christmas shopping!

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? An angel

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Next up to reveal all about their Christmas is Ian, our Head operations elf!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Every year we visit both pubs in our village for a drink! 

What is your favourite part of a Christmas Dinner? Roast potatoes cooked in goose fat!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Walking to the beach with all the family!

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Fake, fibre optic tree

Favourite Christmas film? White Christmas

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last minute shopper? Last minute

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Star

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Now it’s Faye’s (our pixie who knows all about numbers and stuff) turn to face the Christmas music

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Family cooked breakfast every boxing day- without fail!

What is your fondest Christmas memory? A Treasure hunt around the house. Dad hid a clue in a cracker and it began from there, a few hours later (yes it was a long hunt!) the final prize was my first mobile phone!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? Pigs in blankets

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Christmas shopping in the cold and watching the children’s nativity

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Fake

Favourite Christmas film? Miracle on 34th Street

Favourite Christmas song? Jingle Bell Rock- Bibby Helms

Are you super organised and buy your Christmas Present early or are you a last-minute shopper? Super organised

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Star

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And lastly we have mother and son duo Malgorzata and Michal, two of our popcorn flavour smiths!

Do you have any Christmas traditions? Yes family and food!

What is your favourite part of a Christmas dinner? All of it!

What is your favourite Christmas activity? Christmas walk with family

Real Christmas tree or fake Christmas tree? Real

Favourite Christmas film? A Christmas Carol

What’s on top of your Christmas tree? Star!

 

Perfect Peppermint Popcorn!

For all the missers of Mingles and lovers of the humble After Eight, this is a festive treat you would be simply silly not to have! Put an extra indulgent touch to your Christmas movie time with this easy popcorn treat.

To make at home, you will need the following: 

  • 250g of chocolate (we used white, but you can have whatever tickles your fancy)
  • 2 candy canes, plus an extra for dusting
  • Peppermint extract
  • At least 1 packets of Sweet & Salty Portlebay Popcorn, 75g

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Method:

  1. Bash up the candy canes into chunks, like they’ve just told you  “Gravy has no place in a Christmas dinner”. This is best done in a plastic sandwich bag using a rolling pin to break up the pieces. Make sure you leave enough nice big chunks to decorate the top!
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, checking it at 1 minutes intervals. Shouldn’t take any longer than 2 minutes!
  3. Once it’s lovely and runny, put 2 teaspoons of Peppermint Extract into the melted chocolate (or to taste), and stir in.

4. Empty your Sweet & Salty popcorn into a large mixing bowl, and pour in your peppermint mixture!

Now all you do is give a good stir, and split into bowls, or keep it all to yourself in the mixing bowl, it is Christmas after all!). Use the last of the candy cane chunks to decorate the top! end copy

If you’re not a fan of mint, try melting up some Terry’s Chocolate Orange, or slathering in Nutella for an even more luxurious treat! However you’re enjoying this festive season, make sure you’re eating only the very best!

Meet Portlebay’s Naughty but Nice Neighbours!

Just down the road from our little poppery lives The Devon Fudge Company! Our lovely neighbours are another company that are apart of our Christmas Advent Competition (Day 8 to be exact!) and we just LOVE anything and everything fudge!

The Devon Fudge Company is a family run business, who make deliciously smooth and creamy fudge. Their secret traditional recipe dates all the way back to 1930! Today the chief fudge maker is Peter, who has followed in his father’s footsteps into the fantastical world of fudge.

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Chief fudge maker Peter

Peter started working full time for his father and his business partner, in the early 1980’s. Following the sad death of his father and father’s fudge partner, Peter moved away from the world of fudge and started a different occupation.

Later, after realising that the West Country was lacking a quality creamy fudge cooked in the traditional methods, Peter set about the process of developing the never forgotten wonderful recipe his father taught him, and created The Devon Fudge Company.

Peter’s fudge is handmade in a copper kettle, with each batch taking an hour to cook, and lovingly stirred continuously with an extremely large wooden spoon! The temperature and cooling process is essential to the scrumptious creamy product, and all the fudges are cut and packed by hand and love!

The Devon Fudge Company only use natural ingredients, local butter and of course local clotted cream! All of their fabulous fudge is also free from palm oil, artificial additives and preservatives and gluten! This is our kind of fudge!

Don’t forget to enter our Christmas Advent Competition to be in with a chance of winning The Devon Fudge Company’s fudge and a box of Portlebay Popcorn! Just pop over to our social media (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the directions! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)

 

 

 

Portlebay Hero’s – The Skinny Bakery

Do you love your baked goods, but feel burdened with guilt from those tasty treats? If so, the marvellous Skinny Bakery, who have partnered with us for our Christmas Advent competition, is a wondrous discovery that you must know about!

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The Skinny Bakery was founded in 2013 by 24 year old home baker Mariella Forte – her passion has always been experimental baking! Mariella developed a range of lighter bakes and calorie controlled goodies made with veggies like beetroot and sweet potato, tofu, fruits and fat free dairy. She quickly gained the recognition of the likes of Whole Foods Market, Selfridges Food Hall and several high-end delis, gyms and health food retailers nationwide.

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The cakes are freshly made by hand in the West London bakery, and shipped out nationwide everyday from their online store. (Have a peak here!)

We looove that we can munch on yummy baked goods and not regret it after! For a chance to try some of these delights head over to our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) and follow the competition directions! Oh and you could win a box of Portlebay Popcorn too! YAY! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)

 

Meet the Meco Tote

It’s Day 5 of our advent competition and today we are introducing Catherine and Emma, two Berkshire based mums, and the masterminds behind Meco! These two lovely ladies together created the perfect handbag, which is not only super practical but also very gorgeous too! This fabulous creation is called a Meco tote.

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The gorgeous Catherine and Emma

The Meco tote is a new concept in handbag simplicity. Made from silicone, each one of the six sumptuous colours looks fabulous carried by the hand or over the shoulder, and contrasts perfectly with the understated handles. It also has a hidden magnetic clasp which is an essential security feature. The tote measures 36 centimetres high x 30 centimetres wide x 11 centimetres deep, (excluding handles), making it the perfect size for every day use!

 

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The Meco Bag

This enchanting tote wears unbelievably well; you can throw mud at it, pour coffee on it or even colour it in with felt tips and it will wipe clean with a little soap and water! It doesn’t scratch, fade or stretch and is harder wearing than leather. What a dream come true!

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The Sea tote

Oh wait, there’s even more glorious news! The bag is 100% vegan and cruelty free,  and the silicone used to create the tote is a natural, sand based material which is recyclable. The PU handles are also less harmful to the environment and more durable than PVC – AMAZING!

We are in love. To be in with a chance of winning a Meco tote, pop over to one of our social media pages (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) and follow the competition directions! BEST OF LUCK! (This competition launches at 5pm tonight)