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Film & TV Drink Quiz including answers

Film & TV Drink Quiz including answers

Can you correctly identify the famous drinks, the characters and the films/TV shows they featured in just by looking at these pictures? One point for the drink, one point for the TV show/movie and one point for the character. See if you can get all 24 without cheating! All the answers are below, so don't look down until you've finished playing.

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1. Cosmopolitan - Sex & the City - Carrie Bradshaw

2. White Russian - The Big Lebowski - Jeff 'The Dude' Lebowski

3. Vesper Martini - Goldfinger - James Bond

4. $5 Shake - Pulp Fiction - Mia Wallace

5. Butter Beer - Harry Potter - Hermione Grainger

6. Sherry - Fraiser - Niles Crane

7. Milk - Breakfast at Tiffany's - Holy Golightly

8. Beer - Cheers - Norm Peterson

Created On  7 Oct 2022 12:00  -  Permalink
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85 Days 'Til Christmas

85 Days 'Til Christmas

It sometimes seems like there are only two parts of the year; Christmas and the time we spending planning for Christmas. To ensure we have a full selection of festive treats, puddings, cards, crackers, gift wrap and the varied paraphernalia essential to a traditional Christmas celebration, we order an incredibly long time in advance. Whilst the big day may seem a long way off, believe us when we say “it’s really not.” We are already receiving our first deliveries of Christmas products and the Xmas goodies will keep on arriving until December…

This winter season we will be receiving a full complement of luxury Tom Smith crackers, Christmas cards and gift wrap (amongst other things). There will be a large variety of Matthew Walker Christmas puddings. Our confectionery shelves will be stacked with holiday-specific chocolate and sweeties, like Cadbury Puds, Dairy Milk Selection packs, chocolate Santas, classic sweet boxes and tins of Roses. There will be turkeys, cranberry sauce, stuffing, brandy sauce, sprouts, fruit cake mixes… essentially all the things you would expect around this time of year. As usual, there will be a limited stock. This is partly because we try to buy exactly the right amount for our usual demand (to reduce unnecessary wastage) and partly because only a finite amount of Christmas products are manufactured on any given year. Keep up to date with what’s landing at The Trading Post, and make sure you get everything you need, by keeping an eye on our Christmas products page.

Created On  1 Oct 2022 16:00  -  Permalink
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Have Your Oatcake and Eat It

Have Your Oatcake and Eat It

Oatcakes are the perfect vehicle for cheese. They are practically enigmatic, inspiring great joy and a loyal following amongst a surprisingly large cross-section of the population. Some of our customers’ favourite products, The Trading Post has recently received a significant delivery of Nairn’s most popular oatcakes: rough oatcakes, fine oatcakes, gluten-free oatcakes and super seeded oatcakes.

Whilst it is my duty to tell the world, through the medium of the newsletter, that oatcakes are (A.) back available on The Trading Post website and (B.) awesome as part of a fully-laden cheese board, all the other information I have about oatcakes and their crucial position in global diets and/or economic systems is somewhat nebulous. Therefore here is a list of facts, possible facts and assumptions about oat cakes that you may or may not want to know…

Seen as a typically Scottish food, there is some evidence to suggest that oatcakes have been prevalent in Scotland since the Roman era. There is further suggestion that, north of Hadrian’s wall, oat cakes are an acceptable substitution for toast at breakfast.

Little-known fact, if you eat oatcakes on a boat, they technically become boatcakes.

Staffordshire oatcakes are much more like pancakes, containing much more wheat and being wildly different from Scottish oatcakes like Nairn’s.

Jimmy McGriff’s song “Fat Cakes” which contains arguably one of the best bass lines in history, can be easily repurposed by replacing the only lyric, “fat cakes,” with “oat cakes.” This could improve your experience of oatcakes, whether eaten at breakfast or not. It also may not.

As mentioned repeatedly, oatcakes are great with cheese. You can also top them with sweet things, like peanut butter or jam. Some people make oatcakes into egg white sandwiches (by cooking egg whites and placing them between two oat cakes). You can probably top them with most things, as they are the ideal vector for savoury and sweet flavours. The internet will give you recipes for avocado, ham and carrot-topped oatcakes, or Pesto and goat’s cheese (these could be called goatcakes), or olive, sun-dried tomato and courgette. Honestly, if it’s food, it probably goes with oatcakes.

David Cameron (the former PM one) once said that his favourite type of cake was an oatcake... This sounds a bit like saying that your favourite type of pie is a 'pizza pie' or your favourite horse is a 'horsechestnut', but fine...

Whether you want super seedy oatcakes, fine oatcakes, rough-textured oatcakes or coeliac-friendly gluten-free oatcakes, The Trading Post has them. Buy them now. Then buy some cheese. Then buy a suitable bottle of wine. Potentially get into a boat and listen to Jimmy McGriff. Then enjoy the entire scenario to its fullest.

Created On  1 Oct 2022 13:00  -  Permalink
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Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Hot Sauces @ The Trading Post

Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Hot Sauces @ The Trading Post

The Trading Post prides itself on its variety of hot sauces. To the British palate, the relative lack of spice in French cuisine can seem somewhat odd, particularly as French food is (quite rightly) heralded around the world. As a main distributor of British and International foodstuffs in France, the Trading Post has an impressive selection of international hot sauces from different regions, allowing you the right type of spice for every meal. Here are a few of our favourite fiery condiments to add heat to your home-cooking…

Peri Peri sauces are a relative newcomer to the British, but one that has proven to be incredibly popular. Peri peri derives from bird’s eye chillies and is a well-known chilli condiment throughout Portuguese-speaking areas. With the arrival of Nando’s restaurants, the UK was introduced to the joy of simple, spicy, but ultimately flavourful chicken dishes. With a decent selection of Nando’s sauces, Perinaise and even Bag & Bakes (to easily spice and cook your chicken), The Trading Post has your Peri Peri fix on lock.

If you like your heat Thai-style, we have Sriracha hot sauce. Hot, sweet and sour, this hot sauce is made from fermented red chillis for eye-watering heat with fragrant flavour. Also from South Asia, The Trading Post stocks sweet chilli sauces, providing even more sweetness and the perfect dipping accompaniment to all manner of fantastic finger food: skewered chicken, gyoza, dim sum, spring rolls, prawn toasts, sushi… you name it, sweet chilli sauce makes it twice as excellent.

The Trading Post is famous for its wide selection of Indian foods and there is clearly plenty of spice that one can enjoy in Indian cuisine. Whilst not strictly sauces, lime pickles, hot mango chutneys and super-hot mixed pickles can be used as incredible condiments for sandwiches and kebabs, as well as complimentary accompaniments to curries, rice dishes and buffets.

With Levi Roots’ jerk marinades from the West Indies, Frank's hot sauces and Tabasco from the USA, and harissa from Tunisia, the list of available hot sauces just seems to get longer.

Last, but definitely not least, we have Encona hot sauces. These are inspired by many different flavours of the Americas (such as Louisiana Cajun and Jamaican Jerk BBQ). The stand-out performer has to be the Carolina Reaper sauce: made with the World-record-holding hottest chilli pepper, this sauce is definitely for the true heat aficionados. Maybe start with the Hot Pepper Sauce and work your way up…

Created On  1 Oct 2022 11:00  -  Permalink
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Waste Not Want Not: Reducing Food Waste

Waste Not Want Not: Reducing Food Waste
Human impact upon the Environment, and issues arising from it, are amongst the most pressing concerns of the day. Everyone must take the responsibility to reduce their environmental impact and any change of habit which helps protect the planet, however small, can only be a good thing. France, the UK and Europe have all recently introduced advice, guidelines and legally-binding obligations regarding prevention of food waste and, as another step towards reducing our environmental impact, The Trading Post has introduced a system to reduce unnecessary wastage, including discounting products which are close-to, or just past, their marked ‘Best Before’ dates.

The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) estimates that roughly one third of all food produced throughout the world actually goes to waste, with food waste being responsible for 8 – 10% of global greenhouse gases. The largest proportion of wasted food is household and there is a concerted effort on behalf of national governments, and international agencies, to raise awareness about 'Best Before' and 'Use By' dates; so that people do not throw away food which is still perfectly good. The EU Commission is currently reviewing rules on ‘date marking’ to ensure that consumers fully understand, and are not mislead by the information on food products. The UK’s Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) advises that “when handled and stored correctly, food can actually be eaten days (bread), weeks (certain fruits such as apples), months (pasta, cereal, frozen food) or even years (canned food) after best before dates.” In France, the approach has been perhaps even more robust, with a 2016 law prohibiting supermarkets from throwing unsold food away, requiring them to undergo a process of discounting, donating, making available as animal feed and composting foodstuffs rather than simply “chucking it out.” We should all be careful to only buy what we need, use products whilst they are still good and store food correctly (according to the instructions on the packet) to ensure it lasts well and stays safe. Our experience at The Trading Post is that most products which have passed their ‘Best Before’ dates are as good as, or practically indiscernible from, ‘in-date’ items.

The Trading Post has various procedures to reduce food wastage. Like a sensible householder, we try not to buy more than we need: this can be a delicate balance because, ideally, we would run out of stock just as we receive a new delivery (which is not always possible). Secondly, when products are nearing the end of a ‘Best Before’ date, we often put them on sale, offering a financial incentive for people to choose them. Thirdly, when a ‘Best Before’ date passes, we significantly reduce the price, creating a win-win-win situation: our customers get an absolute bargain on ‘still good’ items (win #1), The Trading Post reduces its losses (win #2) and together we reduce food wastage (win #3). Finally, if we still have remaining stock at the end of all this, the items are often donated to local charities, turned into staff lunches by our on-site kitchen, or simply distributed amongst Trading Post employees to use at home. Again, this has given us all personal experience of how food with expired ‘Best Before’ dates is often equal in quality to food which is ostensibly ‘in date.’

Whilst there is plenty of guidance available about using food beyond marked ‘Best Before’ dates, it is important to understand the ‘Use By’ dates are not as flexible: ‘Use By’ dates should always be respected and The Trading Post does not offer items for sale which are beyond a marked ‘Use By’ date.

When you next make an order, check your kitchen beforehand, so you know what you already have in the cupboards (and freezer). Then have a look at our SALE page, you may find a bargain and simultaneously help reduce unnecessary food waste. These are all little things, but if we act together, we could have a big (positive) impact.
Created On  19 Sep 2022 16:00  -  Permalink
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Film & TV Food Quiz including answers

Film & TV Food Quiz including answers

Can you correctly identify the foods/drinks and the films/TV shows they were found in just by looking at the pictures? One point for the food/drink, one point for the TV show/movie. There's definitely a few tricky ones in there, so do not feel too disappointed if you don't score 14. All the answers are below, so don't look down until you've finished playing.

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1. Reese's Pieces - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial

2. Grilled cheese Sandwich - The Devil Wears Prada

3. Tea - Downton Abbey

4. Cherry Pie - Twin Peaks

5. Scotch Egg - The Office

6. 'Honey' - Winnie the Pooh

7. Margherita Pizza - Breaking Bad

Created On  16 Sep 2022 17:00  -  Permalink
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