Bringing home the bacon

As we say goodbye to those long summer nights it’s time to cosy up with something simply wonderful this Autumn, and whilst you can’t buy happiness you can certainly buy Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup Popcorn, which is pretty close in our opinion!

We all love a chance to indulge in our favourite snacks and what better excuse is there to scoff up some Crispy Bacon & Maple Syrup Popcorn than National Bacon Day! National Bacon Day celebrates this yummy meat in a variety of unusual ways with Bacon jokes, Bacon art and event Bacon outfits! The first ever wild pigs were said to be domesticated over 10,000 years ago in central Asia, where the process of preserving pork became popular due to it being easy to cook, delicious and inexpensive. In the modern world, bacon can be found in all kinds of tasty treats such as bacon chocolate, bacon mayonnaise and most importantly bacon popcorn!

To celebrate National bacon day, here are a few of our favourite bacon facts!

1. Bacon grease was used to make explosives in world war II.

2. The name for this delicious treat originated from Germany where it was referred to as ‘Bakko’, the name then developed in the 16th century to Bacoun before eventually receiving the name that gets our mouths watering today- Bacon.

3. The reason your craving bacon? That’ll be because bacon contains six types of umami which produces an addictive nurochemical response.

4. The phrase ‘bringing home the bacon’ is said to have originated from 12th century England where husbands were awarded a side of Bacon if they could swear before god that they had not argued with their wife for a year and were therefore seen as good citizens.

and finally to give you hope through these chilly winter days we leave you with our all time favourite bacon quote from chef Anne Burrell:

“Bacon always makes it better”

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!

Ideas For National Picnic Week!

This week is the perfect excuse to pack all your favourite snacks and treats, and head to the perfect picturesque location! Gather the girls, the fam, your very best-est friends-it’s National Picnic Week!

Have a read below for all your National Picnic Week needs and inspiration!

Where to go?

Find a pretty spot that you can spend the day…

  • The beach
  • A park
  • By a river or lake
  • A national park venue
  • Under a beautiful tree
  • A spectacular garden- even if it’s your own!
  • Take a slightly different spin on National Picnic Week and host an evening dinner picnic party!

What To Pack? (That you may forget!)

  • A good blanket! – If you only have a normal blanket, line it with a simple shower curtain to make it waterproof!
  • Cushions- keep comfortable!
  • A  portable speaker
  • Napkins and hand wipes
  • Suncream
  • Re-use a jar for salad dressings
  • A bag to collect any rubbish
  • A bottle opener
  • A cutting knife

Picnic Activities

  • A ball- tennis ball, beach ball, any kind of ball! You could even pack some rackets or bats too
  • Playing cards
  • Swimming costume and towel- in case you pitch up next to some enticing water
  • A good book
  • A frisbee
  • If you can, bring a bike along and explore the area!
  • A map of your chosen picnic destination, to help guide a new adventure!

We hope you have the most amazing picnic, with the most scrumptious treats and wonderful company! Happy national Picnic Week!

Almond Butter & Dark Chocolate Popcorn Bars

Like the sound of these Almond Butter & Dark Chocolate Popcorn Bars? Give a big thanks to Emma! Emma is the creator of the nutrition and recipe blog Essentially Emma. Currently studying a Master’s in Human Nutrition, Emma has become very interested in food and how our bodies work and so decided to create her own blog, as a place to record her tasty recipes and all that she learns about nutrition and health. We have to admit it makes for a great read and we certainly have learnt some new things!

Want to make these delicious Almond Butter & Dark Chocolate Popcorn Bars? Keep reading…

Ingredients:

3 bags of Portlebay Popcorn (I used the Sweet & Salty flavour)

2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit

1/2 cup almonds, roasted and roughly chopped

1/3 cup mixed seeds

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup almond butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp coconut oil

25g dark chocolate

Method:

  1. If you need to toast your almonds, preheat the oven to 180c/350f. Arrange the almonds on a baking tray and roast for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and roughly chop.
  2. Grease (I use coconut oil) and line a 20cm square baking tin with greaseproof paper.
  3. Add the popcorn, oats, chopped almonds, raisins and seeds to a large mixing bowl, mix lightly to combine.
  4. In a small saucepan, heat the coconut oil, almond butter, vanilla extract and honey over low heat until the coconut oil is melted and the ingredients are well mixed.
  5. Pour the honey mixture over the popcorn mixture and stir gently until the popcorn mixture is evenly coated in the honey mixture and the nuts, seeds and raisins are evenly interspersed.
  6. Add the mixture in to the tin and using the back of a spatula (or your hand!) press it down gently so that it fills the tin and is fairly compressed – otherwise the bars will fall apart and we don’t want that!

7. Place the tin in a fridge and refrigerate for an hour.

8. If you would like to add a chocolate drizzle, I mean who wouldn’t, melt the dark chocolate. Microwave in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 second intervals, stirring and checking in-between until the chocolate is melted and smooth (usually 2-3min). To melt on the hob, heat a pan of water to a strong simmer and float a bowl containing the chocolate on top of the water until melted (the official pan for this is called a bain marie).

9. Using a fork, drizzle the melted chocolate over the mixture in the tin. Once you have drizzled to your heart’s desire, return the pan to the fridge for another 30 minutes.

10. Remove the tin from the fridge and using the edges of the paper, pull the bar mixture out of the tin. It should be nice and chilled and a solid block, if not, let it cool in the fridge for a bit longer.

11. With a large, sharp knife, cut the block in to 12 bars and enjoy!

Note: These bars keep best in a tupperware in the fridge for up to 5 days.

 

Emma also has a fabulous Instagram page full of very yummy meals and recipes, go have a look here!

If you liked this recipe, also have a peak at our Banana Oat Pancakes recipe!

Nutty Nougat Caramel and Chocolate Popcorn Balls

 

Nutty Nougat Caramel and Chocolate Popcorn Balls…woah, that’s a mouthful! A mouthful, but also a delicious combination of yumminess!

How do you make these round, glorious, chocolatey bites?

You will need:

-25g bag of Lightly Salted Portlebay Popcorn

– 4 x nutty, nougat caramel bar (these can be found in most super markets)

-100g milk chocolate

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Method:

1. Carefully melt the nougat bars in a double boiler.

2. Using your hands mix the melted bars and popcorn together until the popcorn is evenly coated.

3. using your hands create small golf sized balls out of the popcorn/bar mixture .

4. Melt the bar of chocolate in a double boiler. Dip the popcorn balls into the chocolate, coating them all over.

5. Pop the balls in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

6. Gobble them up! (Store in the refrigerator)

If you thought this was a tasty treat, have a look at Steph’s Portlebay Popcorn Granola!

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

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!