Looking at Jubilee Style – It’ll soon be the long bank holiday weekend to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee. It looks like the UK will be celebrating this unique occurrence in great style, with street parties, festivals, and lots of special Jubilee products and offers to share and enjoy. I’ve checked out a few for you:
Starting at a great value price point, The Cadbury Dairy Milk Jubilee bar will host a distinguished Pageant stamp of approval, reflecting the long-standing relationship between Cadbury and the monarchy. The Cadbury Dairy Milk Jubilee Tablet is 360g, and has a recommended retail price of £4.23. And another great Jubilee souvenir from Cadbury is the commemorative, limited-edition tin of Roses adorned with a regal red and diamond crown design. It’s a great prize for any street party competition! The 420g Roses Jubilee Tin costs around £6.59
M&S, as to be expected, has come up with a fabulous range of commemorative products at excellent prices. The ever-popular Connie the Caterpillar has been given a touch of royal treatment including a crown and Jubilee cape and she has been paired with a limited edition Corgi pal cake, adorned with a Union Jack cape – a delightful duo, and both made to the usual recipe in a milk chocolate shell. So you get two cakes instead of one large one, but with the same number of servings as the original – £10, and available in-store now. What a fab table display for a street party! Also added to the M&S range for the Jubilee is a range of savoury snack platters: sandwiches; mini rolls and wraps, to make your life even easier.
Lots of companies are launching special editions and ranges to commemorate this momentous occasion, and one of my favourite condiment companies, Tracklements, has launched a limited edition Right Royal Pickle. Packed in a Kilner Jar, it contains vegetables and all manner of spices such as tamarind paste, chill and other spices, resulting in a sweet tang with a sharp bite – the perfect addition to sandwiches, a ploughman’s lunch, or just to enjoy with a slice of pork pie or a Scotch egg. Available from delis and farm shops at around £5.80 for a 200g jar or online from tracklements.co.uk
Perhaps you want to send someone a tasty souvenir gift? It is a rather special occasion! Well, Paxton & Whitfield have prepared a ‘Little Box of Jubilee’. The expert cheesemongers have curated a box of treats, containing a balanced selection of hard, soft and blue cheese, paired with apple and chilli jelly and accompanied by Cornish Buttermilk biscuits for cheese, and freshly baked white chocolate and raspberry flapjack. £35 and available to order now (you choose the delivery date at checkout)
Want to toast Her Majesty in style with some English sparkling wine? Well, Vranken Pommery is the first champagne house to launch an English sparkling: Louis Pommery England. The Pinglestone Estate in Hampshire has created this delicious, award-winning sparkling, that’s crisp and concentrated, with notes of waxy lemon, Granny Smiths, freshly baked bread and honeycomb. This seriously good English fizz is available at Majestic or Ocado at £36 a bottle.
And to celebrate in the right royal style, splash out on the King’s Platinum Jubilee Hamper – and celebrate in style with a selection of the King’s Fine Food’s finest produce. King’s Platinum Caviar is hybrid caviar of Oscietra and Siberian Sturgeon, Platinum has a fresh and intense flavour, often with long nutty notes and a buttery undertone and a colour ranging from dark grey to ebony. This stupendous hamper contains Ayala Brut Champagne; 125g King’s Platinum Caviar; 2 mother of pearl spoons; a caviar tin opener; a King’s cool bag; a caviar tin opener; a selection box of special Drinks Biscuits; a King’s Chocolate Caviar tin and a pack of Out of Africa Mixed Nuts – all presented in a beautiful wicker basket. Quality and luxury like this come at a price, of course, £270, but you’re worth it!
And finally, here are a couple of great recipes – perfect for street parties!
Lemon Curd Platinum Pudding Prep time: 40 mins Cook time: 3 hours chill time Serves: 8
420g lemon sponge swiss roll
1 jar Cottage Delight Lush Lemony Curd
270g lemon jelly
500ml ready-made custard
100g amaretti biscuits
600ml double cream
200g white chocolate
10g mixed peel
Make your decorative chocolate bark in advance. Melt 200g of white chocolate then pour into a shallow 20cm dish and sprinkle over mixed peel while warm. Leave to set in the fridge.
Cut swiss roll into 1inch slices and line the bottom and bottom half of the trifle bowl with the slices. Press slices halfway up along the sides of the bowl.
Make lemon jelly according to pack instructions and pour over the swiss roll layer. Place in fridge to set (approximately 3 hours).
Once set, pour over custard and arrange a single layer of amaretti biscuits, keeping a few back for the decoration. Dollop 4 tbsp of the Lush Lemony Curd over.
In a large bowl, whip the double cream until soft peaks form then stir through 6 tbsp Lush Lemony Curd into the cream.
Spoon the cream mixture onto the curd layer and amaretti biscuits.
Break white chocolate and peel mix into shards and decorate your trifle, finish with a crumbling of amaretti biscuits and remaining dollops of Lush Lemony Curd.
Goat’s Cheese, Grilled Red Peppers and Red Onion Tart (serves 6)
Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 50 mins Level: easy Total time: 1hr
Chop the red peppers and red onions into medium size chunks (approx. 3cm x 3cm). Place on a baking tray, each on its own side. Drizzle both with olive oil and the onion side with some honey too. Cook for 20-25 mins until softened.
Meanwhile, prepare the pastry. Line a flat baking sheet with baking parchment and unroll the puff pastry sheet onto it. Prick all over the inside of the rectangle with a fork.
Then arrange the filling as you like (you can create the union jack as we did). Add the grilled peppers, onions and goat’s cheese and brush the sides of the pastry with beaten egg.
Bake for 15-25 minutes, until the pastry, is golden and crisp.
Toss the salad in Mary Berry’s Honey & Balsamic Vinaigrette and serve. This is also great at room temperature.