Gooseberry Meringue Tart Recipe

gooseberrymeringuetartGood Morning everyone! I hope you’ve all been enjoying the fabulous weather the last few days, I most certainly have. Unfortunately the weather folks says it’s all downhill from here and the weekend is looking decidedly cold and dull. There’s no need to feel downcast though with plenty of St George’s Day events and parades planned over the next couple of days. Why not celebrate in style by making today’s super yummy Gooseberry Meringue Tart Recipe from Rachel’s Organic.

Using gooseberries in this recipe adds an exciting twist to a classic British tart

Ingredients:

•375g short crust pastry
•400g fresh gooseberries
•50g caster sugar
•3 tbsp cornflour
•4 egg yolks
•75g unsalted butter
•100g Rachel’s gooseberry yogurt

Meringue:
•4 egg whites
•115g caster sugar
•115g icing sugar
Makes: 22cm tarts serving 6-8 or 6 individual tarts 10cm each

Preparation time: 40 mins  Cooking time: 1 hour

Method:

Step 1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Lightly grease the tart case and line with pastry. Chill the pastry for ten minutes in the fridge as this will prevent the pastry shrinking. Meanwhile cut out a sheet of parchment paper or greaseproof paper the same size as the tart, crumple and place inside the tart case. Pre-bake with baking beans for 20 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and lightly browned.

Step 2. To make the filling, add the gooseberries together with the sugar and 250ml of water in a pan and simmer until the fruit is soft. Drain the liquid off and reserve the gooseberries. Use the liquid to make a paste with the cornflour and stir this on the heat until it thickens. Beat in the egg yolks and butter. Allow to cool slightly and add the yogurt, then stir. Re-add the gooseberries and stir again. Pour the mixture into the tart case.

Step 3.Beat the egg whites until stiff. Add the caster sugar in three stages on full mixer speed. When the caster sugar is all incorporated, fold in the icing sugar in two stages with a metal spoon or spatula.

Step 4. Pipe or spoon the meringue on top of the filling. Bake on 150C/300F/Gas Mark 2 for 30/ 40 minutes until lightly brown and crisp.

Tip: this method will ensure a crispy meringue which doesn’t weep.

Trespass Walsenberg Waterproof Jacket Review

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Spring and Summer means more time to get out and about with the family, whether that’s for picnics in the parks or strolls through the Peak District getting outside is good for you! Unfortunately the good old British weather is often less than obliging and likes to throw random rain, hail, sudden cloud and unexpected sun into the mix. That means getting your outdoor clothing right is nothing short of crucial! Ultimately you want to be comfortable and that demands a coat which can stand up to most conditions that the skies can throw at you. For the past few weeks my husband has been testing out a new jacket which we hoped would do just that so here’s our Trespass Walsenberg Waterproof Jacket Review. walsenberg

The Jacket

Trespass says, ‘The Walsenburg men’s waterproof jacket is ideal for those who demand more from their outdoor clothing. This jacket benefits from high technical specs, which will keep you warm, dry and protected in the worst weather.’ Waterproof to 10,000mm Breathable to 5000mvp Windproof Taped seams Pockets include 3 heat sealed water repellent zip pockets for keeping valuables dry walsenbergback

The City Test

My husband wore his Walsenberg jacket to work every day for several weeks and through very weather. He found it kept out the wind and rain which kept him warm and comfy during those early morning commutes. He often travels on public transport which can be quite a stuffy situation but the jacket is very breathable, it even has zips under the arm pits to help it aerate further! dogcoat3

The Country Test

We have a nutty Dalmatian who likes to get out and about no matter what the weather man says. They walked in sun, rain and even some sleet but he came home dry and content every time.

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Final Thoughts

This jacket really lives up to its description. There were several occasions when trousers and shoes (not protected by the coat) were drenched, by comparison any clothing underneath the jacket was bone dry. On a somewhat superficial note the jacket is really well designed and doesn’t scream walking attire, Trespass have really thought about the overall look as well as practicality which I think is a huge bonus. I would highly recommend the Walsenberg jacket whether you’re looking for walking clothes or something to keep you comfy on the commute, it’s a great all-rounder.

Could the Jacket be improved in anyway?

Not really an improvement as such but it’s worth noting that the design of the hood isn’t the most practical if you’re going to be pulling the hood down often (such as entering shops). The zip is designed to go higher than a standard coat which means it’s super protective against wind and rain but that leaves a smaller face opening so you can’t just pull the hood down with speed. As I say this is a deliberate design consideration because this jacket is meant to keep you dry and it will, but worth noting for anyone unused to such a protective hood.

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The Walsenberg Jacket has an RRP of £199.99 but is currently available on Trespass.com for £61.99 www.trespass.com/mens-walsenburg-03431 Available in Black or Pine Sizes XXS – XXL (we found it ran true to sizing on the website).

This product was provided to me free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are independent and my own.

Stay at Warwick Castle in their new Woodland Lodges in Knights Village

Warwick Castle Knight's Village Key VisualWarwick Castle always makes for a fabulous family day out but now you can extend the fun overnight and stay at Warwick Castle in their new Woodland Lodges in Knights Village. Just imagine waking up in a tranquil woodland glade close to the River Avon and right on the doorstep of the castle! It sounds like such an exciting new development and we can’t wait to go and stay once they open from 1 July 2016. Read on to find out just what’s available and then take up my fabulous reader offer to save on your stay!

Built to complement the Tower Suites and seasonal Glamping the brand new Woodland Lodges (and banqueting hall where you take breakfast) feature wonderful Medieval style touches, such as lofty ceilings, wooden beams, stonework and green oak wood-styled exteriors. Everything, right down to the door handles and light fittings has been designed to create a magical ambiance. Find yourself whisked away to times gone by or let your imagination run riot with dreams of Wizards and Dragons!Warwick Castle (1)

The semi-detached Woodland lodges can sleep up to five guests in two bedrooms, or for larger families there’s the Knight’s Lodges which can accommodate up to seven guests over two storeys, including a mezzanine level with grand galleried master bedroom. Each Woodland Lodge has been themed to an authentic medieval occupation: Archer or Falconer. You can learn about both (and watch during some amazing displays) in the Castle during your stay.IMG_7545

The lodges are bound to appeal to families as well as groups of friends seeking fantasy and adventure in their private accommodation including wooden deck, living and dining area and there’s plenty of storage for all your gowns and chainmail (or regular clothes if you prefer!)Warwick Castle

Geoff Spooner, General Manager at Warwick Castle, said: “This is a new chapter for Warwick Castle as from 1 July we’ll offer guests year-round lodge-style accommodation to complement the Castle’s two sumptuous Tower Suites, set within the fourteenth century Caesar’s Tower, and our superb seasonal Mediaeval Glamping Village.”

He added: “With the 400th anniversary of the death of Warwickshire’s very own William Shakespeare being marked globally in 2016, Warwick Castle – just twenty minutes from Stratford upon Avon – is the ideal place to stay to discover over 1,100 years of English history. We’re also very proud of our links to Capability Brown, who designed parts of our grounds in the eighteenth century and whose genius will be celebrated nationwide throughout 2016.”IMG_7519

Warwick Castle’s captivating daily shows and attractions include birds of prey displays, have-a-go archery, live actor experiences such as The Castle Dungeon and The Princess Tower, Trebuchet Talk, The Great Hall and State Rooms, Kingmaker and Time Tower. Have a look through some of my previous posts to see some of our faves.IMG_7502

All the lodges offer great facilities including an en-suite, wet room, TV, fridge, coffee maker and central heating. Breakfast is provided in the banqueting hall and a buffet style feast in the evening can be added to your stay for £18.95 per adult, or £9.95 per child.

Prices for sleepovers from 1 July 2016 start from £203 per lodge per night including breakfast and two day Castle entry. But I have a fantastic reader offer for you all where you can save 10% if you book before the end of March.

Reader Offer

WARWICK CASTLE – KNIGHTS VILLAGE – EXCLUSIVE EARLY BOOK OFFER – SAVE 10%

Book a short break in your very own mediaeval themed Lodge or Glamping Tent in Warwick Castle’s brand new Knight’s Village before the end of March 2016 and receive 10% off flexible bed and breakfast rates for being a reader of the Angel Eden Blog.

Exclusive Spring Offer – Save 10%: www.Warwick-Castle.com/SpringOffer

Discover more information about Knight’s Village at: www.Warwick-Castle.com/Sleepovers

T&C’s:
Valid for bookings made before the end of March 2016. Only valid for stays between 1st July 2016 – 31st December 2016. Only valid on Glamping Tents and Knight’s Village Lodges. Offer excludes Tower Suites. 10% discount applies to flexible bed and breakfast rates only. Discount does not apply to castle tickets, dinner or any other aspect of the booking. The offer may be withdrawn at any time. Only valid on bookings made online via the dedicated promotional link www.Warwick-Castle.com/SpringOffer.
Deposit Policy:
All reservations require credit card deposit of 100% of stay due at time of booking.
Cancellation Policy:
Full refund for cancellation up to 7 days in advance. 50% Refund for cancellation between 7 – 1 day in advance. Room fully charged if cancelled on the day.
To take advantage of the offer visit: www.Warwick-Castle.com/SpringOffer