Andrew James

04/02/2019
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All hail the sandwich! All hail the sandwich maker!

  Often regarded as a snack or something to tick you over, rather than as a proper meal, the sandwich has lost its way somewhat and it could be argued that it doesn’t quite get the credit it deserves. But, in this writer’s humble opinion, the sandwich is truly a legend in its own lunchtime. Think about it. Kids’ packed lunches. On the commute to work. Uni students’ breakfast. Afternoon tea. After afternoon tea snack. There isn’t a demographic denied by this Great British institution.     And, what about... Read More

04/02/2019
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Tinnitus Awareness Week 2019

This week is Tinnitus Awareness Week and the theme for 2019 is isolation. Too many people who have the condition say they feel alone and don’t have many people they can reach out to and we want to make sure they aren’t on their own. That’s why here at Andrew James, we’re supporting Tea for Tinnitus. It is a great opportunity for those who hear noises to reach out over a brew OR for those who know someone with Tinnitus to pop the kettle on and invite friends over. The... Read More

02/02/2019
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Double Belgian Waffle Maker with Adjustable Temperature

Hey. Let’s take a minute to talk about waffles. Are waffle makers worth it? This model means you get two delicious square waffles at the same time and, with an adjustable temperature control, you can make them just right for you – whether you prefer them nice and soft or dark and crispy. Either way, it takes a matter of minutes. So, yes. Easy to use Simply switch the Double Belgian Waffle Maker on and, once it has reached the required heat setting, the green light will ping on. Then,... Read More

01/02/2019
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How to watch the Six Nations, SuperBowl and other sports.

When you realise it’s a massive weekend for sport the whole world over! On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, each team is in action as the Six Nations kicks off. And, if that’s not enough, the Lombardi Trophy is up for grabs as Superbowl 2019 sees the New England Patriots compete against the Los Angeles Rams. If you prefer kicking balls to throwing them, the Premier League is shaping up nicely at both ends of the table and, now that the Transfer Window has closed, each team will be looking for... Read More

01/02/2019
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National Storytelling Week: Drinks inspired by two different stories (Orange Milkshake recipe and Bond’s Martini recipe)

  Rounding off our National Storytelling Week Menu, we’ve got a couple of beverages to wash the three-course meal down. One for kids and one not for kids, these two drinks are so iconic and are incredibly easy to make. First up, is the children-friendly drink (from a not-so children-friendly story). Orange Milkshake recipe (inspired by Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange) Ingredients 2 cups of fresh orange juice 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream ½ cup of milk 2 tsps of white sugar How to make an Orange Milkshake Pour... Read More

01/02/2019
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Stand Food Mixers

Why you need a stand food mixer: 1. It has a locking mechanism that prevents the bowl from moving when your motor’s going like the clappers. This is an image of a Stand Food Mixer. 2. This model comes with 4 mixer attachments. So, you whisk, beat, mix and hook to your little heart’s content. This is another image of a Stand Food Mixer. 3. Adjustable speed settings allow you to bake at your own pace, with a pulse function on hand, should you need to give your dough a... Read More

01/02/2019
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Feel Good Friday: Why February is fantastic!

Can February march? No, but April may. Hello? Is this thing on? Okay, okay. Bad joke. But, for this week’s Feel Good Friday blog, we’re looking at the calendar and taking in a few lovely things about February 2019. 1. It’s not January We’re not against January as a month, but it was a helluva long wait between paydays, wasn’t it? Also, it’s no longer Dry January, so enjoy your tipples. However you have them. 2. Snow Okay, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but getting a phone... Read More

31/01/2019
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Bacon, leek and potato soup recipe

  The winner of our Tuesday poll was soup over salad. So… we’ve scanned our cookbooks and dug out this Bacon, leek and potato soup recipe that is so quick and easy to make, it’ll probably take you longer to read than to make. Ingredients 2 leeks 2 large potatoes 1 large onion 25g of unsalted butter 1.4l of vegetable stock 150ml of single cream How to make Bacon, Leek and Potato Soup Melt the butter in the biggest pan you have. Chop the bacon and frying it in the... Read More

31/01/2019
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Young Carers Awareness Day 2019

  If you’re anything like us, you probably read the name of this blog post and thought ‘hey, there’s a day for absolutely everything at the minute, isn’t there?’ and you’d be right. There is. But, in these modern times of uncertainty, we’re certain of this. Today – Young Carers Awareness Day – is important. What are young carers? Young carers are those under 18 who look after others. They could be a member of their family or a friend who may be ill, disabled or possible misuses drugs or... Read More

30/01/2019
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Turning your GF Fish Batter Mix into Tempura Batter

  Not content with using our Gluten Free Fish Batter Mix for plain old fish and chips? Fair enough. There are other options for this great institution of ours. Like Tempura Batter, for instance. And transforming your fish batter into Tempura Batter could not be easier: Whilst mixing water into your Gluten Free Fish Batter Mix, simply add the whites of 2 eggs. Then, you are free to cover your fish, meat or vegetables with the batter. Fry until they are light, crispy and delicious. What do you fry in... Read More