21st October: Grab a Cuppa & Give Us a Read for Your News and Collective Updates.
Shortages of Butter and Cheese Is on the Horizon:
Production of milk is at an all time low within the UK – prices are going up for consumers and dairy farmers are being paid bear minimum for their product. Since Brexit and the plummet of the £, supplies have faced further pressure. Shortages of butter and mozzarella have crept through the gaps of the market, and rumour has it that cheddar is soon to follow.
Prepare yourself for that cheese on toast to be a little more expensive than it currently is!
Actor Iwan Rheon Teams up with Alzheimer’s Research UK to Rise Awareness:
Songaminute Man and Alzheimer’s Society Celebrate Chart Single Success:
We have seen Teddy Mac before, when a home video was released by his son. Simon Mac posted a video of the pair singing together in the car, and now they are celebrating Teddy’s single reaching the charts!
National Baking Week Is Here So Grab Your Ingredients, Your Apron and Your Loved Ones and Let’s Bake!
Try these yummy Collective favourites:
Pistachio Chocolate Brownies:
Ingredients: 375g plain chocolate (60% cocoa solids), 280g Unsalted Butter, cubed, 185g Billington’s Dark Muscovado Sugar, 95g Billington’s Golden Caster Sugar, 3 large eggs, 135g plain flour, 5ml baking powder, 100g pistachio, roughly chopped, Billington’s Golden Icing Sugar for dusting, optional.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F), Gas mark 4. Line the base and sides of the Pyrex Non Stick Baking Tray with parchment paper.
- Melt the chocolate and butter together in a bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water. It is important not to let the base of the bowl touch the water.
- Add the sugars to the melted chocolate and allow the sugar dissolve. Stir occasionally.Remove from the heat and add the beaten eggs one at a time mixing well to combine.
- Sift in the flour and fold through with the chopped pistachio nuts with a spatula or metal spoon.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. When baked it should be dry and firm on the top and edges and still soft and ‘fudgy’ in the middle. Allow to cool completely in the tin before dusting with icing sugar and cutting.
Bread and Butter Pudding:
Ingredients: 50g soft Stork tub, 10 slices white bread, cut diagonally across, 50g golden raisins/sultanas, ¼ tsp grated nutmeg, ¼ tsp cinnamon, 350 ml JUST MILK, 50 ml double cream, 2 large free-range eggs, 25g sugar, 1 tsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract.
- Heat the oven to 180 degrees
- Grease a 2 pint/1 litre pie dish with a little bit of the butter. Spread each of the bread triangles with butter.
- Cover the base of the pie dish with overlapping triangles of bread, butter side up. Sprinkle half the golden raisins/sultanas evenly over the bread, then lightly sprinkle with a little nutmeg and cinnamon. Repeat this layer one more time or until the dish is filled, finishing with the raisins on top.
- In a saucepan gently heat the milk and Cream – DO NOT BOIL.
- In a large Baking bowl beat the eggs with 3/4 sugar and the Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract until light and airy and pale in colour. Pour the warm milk gradually over the eggs and continue Beating until all the milk is added.
- Pour the egg mixture slowly and evenly over the bread until all the liquid is added. Gently press the surface with your hand to push the bread into the liquid. Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the surface then leave to one side for 30 mins.
- Bake in the hot oven for 40 – 45 mins, until the surface is golden Brown and the egg is set and the pudding well risen. Serve hot.
Time to Conquer Our Fear of Dementia:
The NHS has set out plans to trial a new health check for 40 year-olds. Questions are being designed to test for signs of dementia in a brand new programme as until now; screening for dementia has only been routinely to those who are 65 or older. Dementia is a frightening word; society tries to ignore it until its right in its face.
Over 850,000 individuals in the UK currently suffer from dementia and the numbers are constantly increasing. As it isn’t a disease, there will be a number of reasons as to why someone may start to show signs of dementia. With earlier diagnosis and the hope of newer powerful treatments – people with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntingdon’s and Parkinson’s will survive and live longer.
Peanut Prices Increase as Supply Issues Grow:
UK food manufactures are facing soaring peanut prices as supplies from Argentina are tightening. Harvest issues have pushed peanut prices up by 30% since March.
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