By Morley Hayes in News at Morley Hayes, Blogging | 07th February 2020
Shrove Tuesday, more commonly known as Pancake Day, is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent or Ash Wednesday – and it’s stacked full of one very delicious sweet treat… you guessed it – pancakes!
The name originates from the word ‘Shrove,’ which refers to the Anglo-Saxon Christian practice of being called to confession by a bell (later called the ‘Pancake Bell’). To be ‘shriven’ meant to be absolved of their sins.
Pancakes also have a symbolic meaning, which is down to the ingredients themselves. Eggs symbolise creation and birth and flour, the staff of life; Salt is wholesomeness and milk symbolises purity.
Pancake Day traditions continue to this day. Shrove Tuesday celebrations include pancake racing, which see people, often in fancy dress, grabbing a pan and racing down the streets flipping pancakes!
This was thought to have originated in Olney, Buckinghamshire in 1445 (where the most famous one still takes place today). The story goes that one woman of Olney heard the shriving bell while she was making pancakes and ran to the church, still wearing an apron and clutching her frying pan for dear life.
Today in Olney, contestants must be housewives dressed in aprons or scarves and toss their pancake three times during the race. The first one over the finish line and to church then serves her pancake to the bell ringer and receives a kiss!
It’s not just the UK that celebrates Pancake Day though.
In France, Pancake Day is known as Mardi Gras which translates to ‘Fat Tuesday’. It’s traditional to touch the handle of the frying pan with a coin in the other hand and make a wish as the pancake is turned.
In Newfoundland, small tokens are often cooked into the pancakes for children to discover and learn something about their future – a bit like fortune pancakes! For example, a child who receives a coin will be rich or one who finds a nail will be or marry a carpenter.
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By Morley Hayes in News at Morley Hayes, Blogging | 28th January 2020
Dry January doesn’t mean just sticking to Sauvignon Blanc – it’s a whole month dedicated to removing alcohol from your everyday life - and it’s sweeping across the UK.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Dry January is a new phenomenon, but it has roots far beyond that - in 1942, the Finnish government launched a campaign called ‘Sober January’ (Raitis Tammikuu) to help aid the war effort against the Soviet Union!
However, it wasn’t until 2011 that ‘Dry January’ as we know it in the UK started to sow its seed. It all began with Emily Robinson and a half marathon. Robinson didn’t like running much to begin with, so, to make it easier she decided to give up drink and quickly saw the upside – she lost weight, slept better and had more energy throughout the day!
Pretty much everyone she told was mind-blown, wondering why they’d been trying diet after diet when something so simple existed. Eventually Robinson started working for Alcohol Change UK when the campaign was born (and trademarked).
Dry January officially began in 2013 with 4,000 people taking part, but in 2018 more than 4 million people took part across the UK!
You might be thinking, ‘but is it really all worth it?’- that’s why we’ve got some facts about going alcohol free for January that may help you off the fence:
In 2017, 88% of participants saved money (which is great for the after-Christmas period)
UCL found that after 30 days, participants’ insulin resistance improved by around a staggering 25% - lessening the chance of Type 2 diabetes
Weight, BP and cancer-related growth problems also improved
70% of participants got more sleep and 66% had more energy
54% of participants had clearer skin (no more random spot outbreaks that you thought you’d left behind with puberty)
We think Dry January is a great thing to try here at Morley Hayes – so we’re giving you a helping hand!
For beer drinkers, our Roosters Bar serves Beck...
By Morley Hayes in News at Morley Hayes, Blogging | 23rd January 2020
Venison is the generic term for meat from deer. There are six species of deer in this country, all producing venison with their own distinctive tastes.
Venison season traditionally runs from October to December. The word ‘venison’ is derived from the Latin word ‘venari’ meaning to hunt or pursue. It originally meant the meat of any game animal before it became more widely accepted as the meat of a deer (or an antelope in South Africa!).
But it can be used in reference to any part of the animal – if it can be consumed then it’s venison – and yes, that includes the internal organs!
Venison is an incredibly versatile meat. You can enjoy it as a steak, tenderloin, roast, sausage, jerky and minced meat. Maybe that’s why it’s often mistaken for beef, another adaptable meat.
If you’re trying to compare the two, remember that venison is richer than beef. Cuts of venison also tend to have a finer texture and are normally a lot leaner than the corresponding cuts of beef. The leanness of venison is one of the reasons why it’s widely considered by modern nutritionists to be incredibly healthy.
The health factor also comes from the life of the deer itself since they’re inherently wild animals and sustain themselves on grass and wild plants – so have some venison today and enjoy the health benefits!
Did you know you can enjoy the organ meats from deer? These days we call them ‘offal’, but they were traditionally called umbles (taken from the Middle English ‘noumbles’).
It is this term that supposedly formed the origins of the phrase ‘humble pie,’ meaning a pie made from the organs of the deer.
If venison is tempting you this season, try out a couple of these recipes: Moroccan style Squash and Venison Tagine, Venison, Stilton and Rosemary pasties, Venison and Rhubarb Chutney, Venison Steak with Stroganoff Sauce and Shoestring Fries ...
By Morley Hayes in News at Morley Hayes, Blogging | 31st October 2019
With autumn in full swing and Halloween on the horizon, it’s officially apple harvest season again, which can only mean one thing – the return of Toffee Apples!
Most people attribute the creation of toffee apples to American confectionary expert William W. Kolb back in 1908. Legend has it that he was experimenting with red cinnamon Christmas candy when he dipped a few apples for his window display that caught the interest of passing customers. He sold his first batch for 5 cents a piece and the craze took off until he was selling thousands every year and toffee apples found themselves all across the country!
Others believe that toffee apples have routes far beyond William W. Kolb and his sweet shop. There’s a theory that the technique originated from Arabian households as a way to preserve their fruit - or even Ancient Egypt where they would coat their fruit and nuts in honey to preserve them for the gods (and because it tasted great!)
Whatever the history, toffee apples have had a massive impact all around the world. In Brazil they’re called maçã-do-amor and in France the sweet treats are named pommes d’amour - both of which mean ‘Apples of Love’.
Over in Germany toffee apples are most often associated with the Christmas season and are sold at carnivals, fairs and markets throughout the festive period.
And of course, in the UK and USA we pay close attention to the delicious treat during the Halloween period – National Candy Apple Day even falls on October 31!
The love of toffee apples doesn’t stop in Europe either. In Israel they’re sold in city squares on Yom Ha’atzmaut Eve (Israel Independence Day) as part of street celebrations. People go all out in Japan and China, covering an array of fruits in candy-coating which are sold at festivals throughout the year.
There’s no shortage of love for toffee apples wherever you go,but be sure to create these sweet treats with Fuji or Granny Smith apples – the ta...