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FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

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The English Provender Co. has partnered with Fox Searchlight Pictures for the UK launch of the new feature film, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD. The English Provender Co., makers of naturally delicious chutneys, curds, condiments and salad dressings will be celebrating the film launch by offering an on-pack competition. Shoppers will have the chance to win £1,000 to spend with Premier Cottages, a Visit England-accredited collection of 1,000 of self-catering cottages across the UK and Ireland.

The promotion will be on-pack across five The English Provender Co. products including the Sweet Tomato & Chilli, Plum & Bramley Apple Chutney, Apple, Pear & Fig Chutney, Moroccan Spiced Chutney and the Hot Chilli & Red Pepper Chutney. The competition will be live from 1stApril until 31stJuly in over 2,000 stores across the UK.

Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching wilfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

UK Release:        1stMay 2015

Director:              Thomas Vinterberg

Writer:                  David Nicholls

Producers:          Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich

Screenplay:        David Nicholls, based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy

Cast:Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge and Juno Temple

FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD ©2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.


For the love of mustard....

Monday, February 02, 2015

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Two new mustards from The English Provender Co. are now on sale in Waitrose stores nationwide. The Wholegrain Mustard with Fig & Honey and Wholegrain Mustard with Horseradish were launched in store from 13th October 2014 and are priced at £1.49 each. The two new mustards follow the launch of the Posh Piccalilli and Beetroot, Horseradish & Dill Relish earlier in September.

Made with all-natural ingredients, the flavours provide a strong contrast to each other; the Wholegrain Mustard with Fig & Honey is rich and creamy and pairs brilliantly with chicken and sausages while the Wholegrain Mustard with Horseradish has a full-on flavour with a fiery kick.

The Perfect Cheeseboard

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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To help you achieve a thoroughly delicious cheeseboard, we've pulled together these top tips:

Pick a champion chutney! The English Provender Co. has a scrumptious selection!

Select between three and five cheeses of different types and textures, including hard, soft and blue.

Always serve the cheese at room temperature to ensure maximum flavour and perfect texture. 

Serve with natural ingredients, like sweet green grapes, cherry tomatoes, parsley and celery. Apples are another traditional favourite; crisp varieties are best, such as Cox, Pink Lady or Braeburn.

For something different - try with peaches, sliced into thin slivers, which will really cleanse the pallet. 

Offer the cheese alongside biscuits or crackers that don’t taste too strong or salty. 



Match up The English Provender Co. chutneys with the following suggestions to experience them all at their best!
 

The English Provender Co. on TV!

Friday, December 06, 2013

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We are delighted to announce that The English Provender Co. has taken its maiden

voyage onto TV, with the sponsorship of ITV's Christmas on Daybreak. 



Our films feature the most magicial of festive food pairings for a thoroughly

scrumptious Christmas feast!

Take a peek below.



Wild Cranberry Sauce
& roast turkey...Plum Chutney & honey glazed ham!

Heavenly.





English Mint Sauce with Balsamic Vinegar
 & succulent roast lamb...

Sweet Tomato & Chilli Chutney
 & a feastive cheeseboard - champion!



Hot Horseradish
 & perfectly roasted beef...

Caramelised Red Onion Chutney
 & a creamy goat's cheese tart.

Simply splendid!

BBC Good Food 2013

Thursday, December 05, 2013

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We're back home & rested up from a truely champion & chutney filled week at the BBC Good Food Show!

A huge thanks to the English Provender volunteers & to all the seriously friendly customers we've met - it was great to chat with so many lovely people!


Here's some of our favourite pics - enjoy :)


Paul & Mary open the show on Friday!

The weekend team - ready & raring to go!

Morning numero uno!



Pippa & our marvellous hamper competition!

We've got lots more pictures on our Facebook page too, if you fancy a little perusal: 
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.527542734009199.1073741828.164517866978356&type=1

Win a Downton Inspired Weekend!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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To celebrate the release of Downton Abbey Series 4, on DVD & Blu-Ray on November 11, we are giving you the chance to live like Lord & Lady Grantham for two whole nights!

1st prize: A luxury weekend at Stoke Park, Europe’s leading 5 star Country Club, Spa & Hotel

  • Two nights’ accommodation in a Mansion or Pavilion room
  • Enjoy a three course dinner on both evenings
  • Full English or Continental breakfast each day
  • Use of health and racquet facilities
  • Two £90 spa vouchers
  • Luxury Stoke Park hand-selected chocolate box
  • A basket of seasonal fresh fruit

Runners up prizes: Runners up could win 1 of 10 copies of Downton Abbey Series 4 DVD & a hamper stuffed full of The English Provender Co. goodies.

Click here for more details and to enter the competition.



Win tickets for Oxford Foodies!

Friday, August 16, 2013

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Our bunting & wellington boots are at the ready, & we've crossed our fingers for some sunshine as we prepare for Oxford Foodies & Jamie Oliver's The Big Feastival!



If you fancy a food & fun filled weekend, come along & make sure you pop by to taste all of our champion chutneys, curds & condiments! 


Oxford Foodies is taking place in the gorgeous South Parks Oxford on the 24-26th of August, & will feature a Drinks Theatre & even a Chocolate Theatre, as well as top restaurants from the local area.
Why not take a look at the website for more details, click here.


To celebrate what's set to be a delicious (& hopefully sunny!) bank holiday weekend, we're giving away x4 pairs of tickets!For a chance to win, simply comment on this blog telling us what makes your perfect picnic sandiwich! We'll pick our 4 favourite winners by 21/08/13.
Win Tickets to Hampton Court Palace Foodies Festival

Friday, May 17, 2013

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We're very excited to be going to the Foodies Festival, Hampton Court Palace! We'll be setting up stall & welcoming you to come along & taste all of our champion chutneys, curds, condiments & salad dressings.


The festival is taking place on the 25 - 27th of May in the beautiful Palace grounds, & will feature a Cake & Bake, Drinks & even a Chocolate Theatre (we can't wait to take a peek at this!), as well as top restaurants including Jamie's Italian & Masala Zone.

Why not take a look at the website for more details: http://foodiesfestival.com/event/hampton-court-palace/


To celebrate what's set to be a delicious (& hopefully sunny!) bank holiday weekend, we're giving away x4 pairs of tickets! For a chance to win, simply comment on this blog telling us what new flavour of chutney you'd create. We'll pick our 4 favourite winners by 28/05/13.




Good Luck & hope to see you at the show! Make sure you come & say hello :)

Thanks to everyone who entered! All the suggestions sound utterly scrumptious!

Our winners were Mel, Judith, Lindsey & Rebecca - I've emailed you all directly. Congratulations & hope to see you at the weekend!

Celebrate Spring with Rococo & English Provender Goodies!

Monday, April 15, 2013

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Finally, a glimpse of spring! To celebrate our friends at Rococo Chocolates have put together 3 sets of  picnic goodies for you to win!

Entering is Easy!

For a chance to win, simply tell Rococo: what is your recipe for a Great British Picnic?

Let Rococo know by posting in the comments on their Facebook or Twitter pages by 29th April so that they can get you your prize in time for the Bank Holiday weekend.

 10% off online at Rococo and English Provender Company

That’s not all though! We're offering a 10% discount on our online shop until 30th April 2013. To get your discount, enter the code ProvenderRococo10 at the checkout.  AND Rococo will be offering 10% off at the Rococo Chocolates online store until 30th April 2013. Just enter the code PICNIC10 at the checkout (offer valid online only).

Take a peek at Rococo's blog here: 
http://blog.rococochocolates.com/2013/spring-is-finally-here-win-picnic-goodies-and-get-10-off-at-rococo-and-english-provender/

Rococo, Chutney & Curds Winners

Friday, March 08, 2013

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Thanks so much to everyone who entered our competition!

The suggestions were really & truly fabulous, there was even a poem! Though it was tricky (& our mouths were seriously watering) we did manage to pick out three lucky winners & they're delightful entries are below:



Your chocs and chutneys sound really yummy, 
Just what I'd love for my yummy mummy,
My girls love their mum, and I love "my bird",
And sure she'd love your ginger curd!
(Tom)


For a fresh cream homemade ginger and pear trifle. Sandwich some Victoria sponge together with the curd. Top with tinned pears in juice (optional sherry), then chocolate custard. Whipped cream sprinkled with chopped pecans, crystalised stem ginger and grated dark chocolate.
(Hayley)


I'm a simple girl. I'd brew a big pot of tea, toast some doorstops of white bread, spread liberally with good butter, and top with generous spoonfuls of lovely, golden, indulgent ginger curd.
(Jayne)

Thanks again to all!

Win heavenly Rococo chocolates, curds & chutneys!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

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To celebrate Mother's Day we're giving away this marvellous prize!

Including our new Luxury Lemon & Ginger Curd, three of our favourite chutneys, & some utterly delicious Rococo chocolates - it's foodie heaven!



Rococo chocolates really are rather special! Beginning in London in 1983, they've been sharing their chocolate dream ever since; making award-winning, eclectic, beautiful & always deliciously tempting chocolate treats! 
And to tops things off, the lovely folks at Rococo, have also given us a rather special treat too.... 


10% off Rococo’s online shop !


Simply enter
ENGLPROV when prompted in the checkout process to get your discount*.


TO ENTER TO WIN this delicious prize, simply comment letting us know

how you’d use our New Luxury Ginger Curd! 


We’ll pick our favourite 3 suggestions to win! Competition draw will take place on 08/03/13 at midday. Good Luck :)

* Rococo 10% off code valid from 04/03/13 – 25/03/13, to be used on one order only

Cheese & Chutney...a match made in heaven?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

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To celebrate Valentine's Day & the perfect pairing that is cheese & chutney, we've got a lovely little giveaway coming up soon! Head over to our Facebook page on the 14th for a chance to win!!

Or if you're looking for quite possibly the best ever Valentine's present, why not give one of our delightful natural hessian gift bags? It's the perfect gift for foodies, including 4 of our favourite chutneys for only £10!

Picture of Fetch the Cheeseboard - Chutney Gift Bag (x4)


Our Lovely New Flower Waters & Celebratory Baking!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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We've redesigned our Flower Waters & made them a lot more colourful! What do you think? And to celebrate the lovely Lynne baked these beauties...fat free (amazing!!) Angel Food Cake with Rose Water, & Orange Water Madeleines, yum yum yum!

Win a Christmas Hamper!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

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We’ve teamed up with our friends at Ryvita this Christmas to offer you the chance to win 1 of 5 delicious hampers packed full of  delectable chutneys, condiments & a selection of  Ryvita Thins & Crackers for Cheese (& chutney, of course!). Simply follow the link for more details on how to enter the competition: 

www.ryvita.co.uk/ryvita-news/latest-competitions



Merry Christmas!

Children in Need Baking Bonanza!

Friday, November 16, 2012

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There's been some seriously delicious baking underway to raise money for Children in Need today! Has anyone else made anything scrumptious for Pudsey? Tantalise your taste-buds with these luscious home-made Lemon Curd cupcakes, chocolate cornflake cakes & ridiculously good fudgy chocolate brownies!

Has anyone else made anything delicious for Children in Need? We'd love to hear! :)

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