Boswells Blog - March 2019

29th March 2019

Mother's Day Weekend Itinerary Suggestions!

Mother's Day Weekend Itinerary Suggestions!

Stuck for ideas this Mother’s Day weekend? We hope that these suggestions for our fellow Oxonians might just be the perfect timeline combination!

Saturday night why not go to the award winning, 40 year long running performance at the New Theatre Oxford of The Rocky Horror Show! Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp, The Rocky Horror Show is the story of two squeaky clean college kids - Brad and his fiancée Janet. When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank’n’Furter. Safe to say it’s an adventure they’ll never forget and definitely a great pre-Mother’s Day evening outing!...

So Sunday means Mother’s Day has arrived, you might have gone to the Rocky Horror Show or done your own thing, either way I’m sure mum is getting hungry! How about Sunday lunch in our very own marvellous 1738 Tearoom for a sandwich and a bit of cake? Our delicious selection of food and beverages are sure to keep mum feeling happy!

Sunday evening there’s only one place we want to go to… The Sunday Afternoon Social at Tap Social Movement in Botley is the perfect chill out location for the whole family! It even says in their Facebook event ‘Bring the kids, bring the dog’! Founded in 2016, Tap Social Movement grew out of a passion for good beer and social justice. We are a craft brewery which provides training courses for people serving prison sentences, offering courses in brewing and business start-up, and providing one-on-one support in securing permanent employment to assist in effective rehabilitation. A valiant cause with delicious drinks to enjoy with mum!

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15th March 2019

Early Mother's Day DIY Gift Ideas

Early Mother's Day DIY Gift Ideas

Knowing what to get your mum on Mother's Day is never easy. You could play it safe with chocolates or flowers or try something a bit different that you’ve done yourself. We've rounded up a handful of gifts that fall into the latter category. They might not be for everyone, but they'll definitely surprise and hopefully delight! Remember, Mother's Day 2019 falls on March 31 so you've still got a bit of time to please that special woman in your life.

Coconut Rose Body Polish

Pamper mom this Christmas with a jar of this luxurious DIY body polish. It is made using coconut oil, Himalayan pink salt, sugar and a couple of essential oils which lend a beautiful aroma. Make your way over to Boxwood Avenue to find out all the details of this lovely polish.

Etched Wooden Spoons

If your mom loves to cook, you might consider making her a set of these gorgeous wooden spoons. Begin with plain wooden utensils, then get a basic wood burning kit to customize them with your designs. Head on over to Design Mom to check out the full tutorial.

Floral Embroidery Gift

If your mom loves floral motifs, give this fun DIY project a try. Begin with the free printable, and then add your own embroidery to give it a personal touch. Head on over to the colourful blog Sarah Hearts to check out all the instructions for this creative gift.

Printable Wall Art

If mom loves hanging art on her wall, then she’s sure to love this pretty floral print that has a fun quote – “Home is where Mom is.” And best of all, it’s free! Just print it out and pop it in a frame. Head on over to The Kiwi In The Clouds to download the printable file.

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1st March 2019

Pancake Day Recipe!

Pancake Day Recipe!

Shrove Tuesday is less than a week away.

Traditionally it was all about emptying the cupboards of fattening ingredients in preparation for fasting through Lent. Shrove Tuesday would have been the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lenten fast and pancakes are the perfect way of using up these ingredients. In more recent times even those that don’t fast consider the day as an excuse for a pancake feast.

So, whether you can make perfect pancakes or end up scraping batter off the ceiling, whether you’re a frying pan flipper or someone who carefully turns over with a spatula, whether you top with sweet or savory…  it’s time to get your frying pans at the ready!

Ingredients:

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 300ml milk
  • Melted butter or oil for frying

Method:

Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Now make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Then begin whisking the eggs incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl as you do so.

Next gradually add small quantities of the milk, still whisking. The batter should end up smooth, with the consistency of thin cream. Now heat the oil or melt the butter in a pan, pour the rest into a bowl and use it to lubricate the pan, using a wodge of kitchen paper to smear it round before you make each pancake.

Now get the pan really hot, and then turn the heat down to medium. Ladle the batter and as soon as it hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. You can lift the edge with a spatula to see if its tinged gold as it should be. Flip the pancake over and cook the other side for just a few seconds only - then simply slide it out of the pan onto a plate.

You can stack the pancakes as you make them between sheets of greaseproof paper on a plate fitted over simmering water, to keep them warm while you make the rest. Or keep the plate in the oven on a low heat or re-heat in the microwave after making them all.

Serve with you favourite toppings!

Pancakes

If you’re feeling fancy you could use some of our metal cutters to make neat, shaped pancakes. Place the metal cutter in the pan, carefully spoon in the batter and once the first side looks cooked carefully remove the cutter (with tongs or oven gloves!) and flip the pancake to cook briefly on the other side.

Follow us on social media for more top pancake tips on Tuesday. 

Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food

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