Asda Raspberry & White Chocolate Swiss Roll Bread & Butter Pudding Recipe

Raspberry & white chocolate bread & butter PuddingToday I’m sharing with you my brand new (as in I made it up yesterday) Asda Raspberry & White Chocolate Swiss Roll Bread & Butter Pudding Recipe. It’s super tasty and moreish (even if I do say so myself) and it all came about thanks to a drive to reduce food waste!

Did you know that in 2015 an estimated 7.3m tonnes of food was thrown away!? Such a figure seems like an unbelievable truth but I assure you that it’s happening right now and nearer to you than you might think. Now I’m sure there’s a few of you sitting there thinking ‘I know I’m not part of the problem’ and that’s absolutely amazing. Truly I salute you for not letting that lemon dry out or those forgotten peppers in the veg drawer go mouldy. However there’s no need to stop there, just because you’re not part of the problem doesn’t mean you can’t become part of the solution! Across the country waste food apps, community groups and cafes are popping up promising to feed you (often very cheaply) delicious food that would otherwise be destined for landfill. This food can be the result of overstocking, short dating etc but it’s all perfectly edible and needs to be used.Asda Raspberry & White Chocolate Swiss Roll

One such group recently launched near me and I popped along with my youngest to fill a bag. The group has no control over which food products they receive and this week they’d been blessed with an overabundance of Asda Raspberry & White Chocolate Swiss Roll packs. As a result they were encouraging everyone to take one. I’ll admit this isn’t a product I would ordinarily purchase and at first I’d just planned to let the kids partake and leave it at that. On further reflection though I decided we could make more of this humble swiss roll, it needed, nay deserved to become a dessert that could please the entire family!

 

What You’ll Need

1 Asda Raspberry & White Chocolate Swiss Roll

Butter

Raspberry or Cherry Jam

300ml Whole Milk

3 Eggs

3oz (75g) Caster Sugar

1 Punnet Fresh Raspberries

 

Method

Grease a medium pie dish using the butter, I didn’t measure a specific amount here but I’d put on a reasonable layer.

Slice the swiss roll and arrange into the pie dish.

Cover the slices with a generous layer of jam. I actually used Cherry & brandy conserve because I was feeling extra fancy (and it was the only thing I had in the cupboard!)

Whisk the milk, eggs and sugar together and pour evenly over the swiss roll slices.

Cut the raspberries into halves and sprinkle over the top

Bake in a preheated oven approx. 180C (350G,Gask Mark 4) for 35-40minutes.

Enjoy with a dollop of fresh cream or ice cream.raspberry bread and butter pudding

 

Further Info

TooGoodToGo is an app where restaurants and take-aways can advertise food cheaply (most likely at the end of the day) that would otherwise go to waste. I haven’t personally used this service and it’s not yet available in all areas but might be worth checking out.

Olio is another app that claims to be a ‘Food sharing Revolution’ individuals and businesses can advertise items they no longer need/want. Again it will vary by area and availability.

If you know of any other national schemes or services then please email me and I’ll add them in 🙂

Warwick Castle celebrates its 950th Anniversary

Warwick Castle MosaicGreat Britain is full of amazing locations and historical sights but even so there’s not a huge amount of buildings which can claim nearly 1000 years of history! Warwick Castle happens to be one of them and in 2018 Warwick Castle celebrates its 950th Anniversary since William the Conqueror formed their first foundations. To commemorate the occasion Warwick has created a 2m by 2m photo mosaic of children which have visited the castle over the years. Warwick Castle Mosaic

Families from all over the country have provided some of their favourite photo memories of their children to be used in the artwork which is currently on display at the castle. Naturally this was no small feat to organise and then create, if you’d like to see just how it all came together then I have a small time lapse video below which gives you some idea of just how much work went into its creation. To see the mosaic in person all you have to do is take a trip to the castle, although you’ll have to be swift as it will be on display for the remainder of the Easter holidays.

You could even have a go at spotting the pictures which we provided! We’ve made many wonderful memories at Warwick Castle over the years and seeing them slot into this poignant occasion is really exciting. Here’s our pics if you’re setting out on the hunt.

Of course in true Warwick style there are many more events planned out for the coming year including the new evening attraction Dragon Slayer which is set to be a real spectacle including huge visual effects combined with real elements. Plus the return of their fabulous War of the Roses show complete with jousting which this year promises to be their best show yet!Warwick Castle Mosaic

For full details of this and many more exciting events at Warwick Castle, pop over to their website here.

 

 

Squashed Rat Bookmark Knitting Pattern

Squashed Rat Bookmark Knitting Pattern
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that everyone loves rats!! Yes, no, maybe!? Whether you love the little critters or not (I imagine it all depends on if we’re talking about the pet or wild variety) I think we can all agree that squishing them inside books equals fun. I can’t claim the original idea as my own unfortunately, nor can I remember where I first saw it but today’s pattern is all my own creation. So if you fancy squishing rats inside your favourite reading materials then give my Squashed Rat Bookmark Knitting Pattern a go!

Squashed Rat Bookmark Knitting Pattern

What You’ll Need:

Grey or brown wool

Small amount of black wool

Small amount of light pink/peach wool

Small amount of stuffing

 

Pattern

Using 3mm needles cast on 2 stitches in grey/brown.

Knit 1 row

Increase into each end stitch 2 times (6 stitches)

St-st 3 rows starting pearlwise

Increase at each end k wise

St-st 3 rows

Increase each end k wise

St-st 3 rows

Increase each end k wise

St-st 3 rows

Increase each end k wise

Pearl next row

Increase each end k wise

Pearl row

Increase each end k wise to 18 stitches

Pearl row

Cast off 6 stitches, knit 6, cast off 6

3 -stst rows starting p

Increase each end k wise

Pearl

Increase each end k wise

P

Increase each end k wise

P

Increase each end k wise

P

Repeat to 18st

P

Cast on 12 stitches, cast off then knit across original stitches

Cast on 12 p wise, cast off then p across original stitches

St-st 18 rows

Cast on 12 stitches, cast off then knit across original stitches

Cast on 12 p wise, cast off then p across original stitches

K2tog, knit to last 2 st then k2tog

Pearl row

Repeat last 2 rows until 2 stitches remain, attach pink/peach for tail

St-st 20rows

K2tog

Cast off.

Bring the two sides of the head together and stitch leaving the back open, lightly stuff before closing.

Stich on eyes using black wool and making cross shapes.

Stich nose using pink/peach wool

The ears are made by stitching a large stitch in grey on the top of the head and then blanket stitching around this stitch about 5 times.