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Thank you Churchill China!

Check out this fabulous and stylish new range of tableware we received today from Churchill China!

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We are excited to create beautiful new images for our clients, showcasing their amazing food on these gorgeous plates and bowls.

To see the new ranges for yourself, you can visit www.churchill1795.com.

Written by Kate Davies, Full Steam Pictures Media Manager.

Cupcake Day: Supporting the Alzheimer's Society.

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There is some debate as to what differentiates the cupcake (American English) from the fairy cake (British English). The general consensus is that cupcakes tend to be bigger, whilst fairy cakes are not usually as elaborately iced. There is also the muffin, of course, but nobody seems to be able to agree on the difference there…

Cupcake Day 2019 falls today, on June 13th, and is organized by the Alzheimer’s Society to try and raise money for dementia research, sufferers and their treatments. The Alzheimer’s Society is trying to organise individuals to host a Cupcake Day to raise funds, and the day doesn’t have to be today - it can be any day you like!

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Having lost a family member to Alzheimer’s, I can attest to how dreadful this disease is, not just to the sufferer, but to those around them. According to the Alzheimer’s Society website, “in the time it takes to bake a batch of cakes, six people will develop dementia. It is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales, overtaking both cancer and heart disease.”

Cupcakes are a brilliant way to raise money, as they can be as simple or as decorative as you like, and it is a rare person who will turn down a cupcake with a cup of steaming tea! I was once a baker myself, and used to have loads of fun at certain times of the year, making ghost cupcakes for Halloween, and heart cupcakes for Valentine’s Day.

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The first recorded mention of ‘cupcakes’ was in 1796, when a recipe for a ‘cake to bake in small cups’ was written in ‘American Cookery’ by Amelia Simmons. As cupcake and muffin tins were not yet commonplace, cupcakes were baked in small cups, ramekins and molds.

Interesting fact: The record for eating the most cupcakes in the shortest time is 29 cupcakes in 30 seconds.

For more information about hosting your own Cupcake Day fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society, please visit https://cupcakeday.alzheimers.org.uk

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Photography by Full Steam Pictures.
Written by Kate Davies, Full Steam Pictures Media Manager.

Fairburn's Eggs: A British Family Business

Recently, the Full Steam Pictures team had the privilege of visiting Fairburn’s Eggs, a British family business, located in the heart of Lincolnshire.

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Fairburn’s has been a family-run organization since 1951, and is now run by Daniel Fairburn, supported by his wife, Sarah Louise, and his sisters, Caroline and Sarah. The company is one of the largest in the industry, producing and packing over 17 million eggs a week.

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Their fresh eggs are produced on their farms and packaged in their own facilities, and their brands include: Fairburn’s Free Range Eggs, Fairburn’s Lincolnshire Free Range Eggs, Heal’s Shropshire Free Range Eggs, and British Blue Free Range Eggs.

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Fairburn’s British Blue eggs are truly a spectacular sight. With a pastel blue shell and sumptuous golden yolk, this egg was acclaimed the ‘perfect egg’ since winning a Great Taste Award in 2017.

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The Fairburn’s family is also very active in charity work, having raised over £26,000 for Farm Africa, and £16,000 for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, to name just a couple of their philanthropic efforts.

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Animal welfare is one of their primary concerns. Their hens are kept in the best possible conditions, rigorously checked by their experienced rearing team, as well as being evaluated by the British Lion Code and RSPCA Freedom Food to make sure that the highest standards of hygiene and welfare are met.

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Tom Davies, our Lead Photographer, describes the week spent with the Fairburn’s family as a welcoming and enriching experience. He was gathered into the family fold, and made to feel a part of them. Despite the cold and rainy weather, there was a warm glow as the Fairburn’s clan described how important it is to them that their children are also a part of the business, and that one day they will hand over the reins to the next generation.

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Written by Kate Davies, Full Steam Pictures Media Manager.

National Blood Week 2019

This week is National Blood Week here in the UK. NHS Blood and Transplant needs 400 new people to register as new donors every day in order to keep up with demand.

To support this effort, here are five foods you can eat to support red blood cell count:

Red Meat.

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Red Meat, such as beef, is high in iron, and can increase your body’s production of red blood cells. Normal RBC counts range from 4.7 to 6.1 million cells per microliter for men, and 4.2 to 5.4 million cells per microliter for women.

Red meats are also high in Vitamin B-12, which supports blood health.

Dark, Leafy Green Vegetables.

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Vegetables such as spinach and kale are also iron-rich, and are also high in Folic Acid and Vitamin A, which support healthy red blood cell production. The average person needs about 100 to 250 mcg per day, though this number jumps for pregnant women.

Dried Fruits.

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Dried fruits, such as prunes and raisins are high in iron also, and provide other nutrients to support the body’s overall health.

Iron deficiency causes low RBC production, and women need about 18 milligrams per day, where men tend to only need about 10 milligrams per day.

Beans.

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Beans, while high in iron and Folic Acid, are also high in Copper, which doesn’t directly result in RBC production, but does help your RBC’s access the iron they need to replicate. Women need about 18mg per day, and men need about 8mg per day. This number can vary based on other factors such as age and body weight.

Egg Yolks.

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Egg yolks are surprisingly high in iron, though this doesn’t help vegans at all. Eggs are high in a number of other nutrients, so if supplements are needed due to a special diet, it is best to talk to your physician about what your body needs for healthy operation.

If you are anything like me, while you pay attention to your overall health, you don’t consider the individual processes that occur in your body that contribute to that health. One of these aspects is the importance of blood health.

Blood supports various functions in the body, including supplying oxygen to cells and tissues, providing vital nutrients to cells, and protecting the body from infection through the white blood cells.

For more information about supporting National Blood Week and/or becoming a blood donor, please visit https://www.blood.co.uk

Written by Kate Davies, Media Manager Full Steam Pictures.

National Fish and Chips Day

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When you think ‘British food’, there are certain things that are going to jump straight into your mind; buttered crumpets, bangers and mash… and fish and chips.

When I lived in San Diego, there were certain things that I desperately missed about home; a strong cup of tea, a decent rasher of thick bacon, and proper freshly-fried fish and chips. Though there were a couple of fish and chip shops, their food never managed to match up to what I remembered getting from the chip shop on a Friday night, the air redolent with hot oil, salt, and malt vinegar.

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Fish and chips became a popular meal for the British working classes due to the ready availability of fish when trawl fishing in the North Sea was rapidly developing. The first recorded fish and chip shop was opened in 1860 by Joseph Malin in London.

Traditionally, the food was fried in beef dripping or lard, but many chippies now use vegetable oils to cut down on fat content, and to make them edible for vegetarians and people of certain faiths.

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In fact, the National Fish and Chip Day is organized by NEODA (National Edible Oil Distributors Association).

Fish and Chips are seen as a comfort food by many Brits; bringing back memories of passing around the package of chips to share with family and friends, or being the one meal you were allowed to eat with your hands instead of using cutlery. During the First World War, it is believed that fish and chips gave the British soldiers an edge over the Germans, as the British were better fed.

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We Brits eat about 382 million portions of fish and chips every year, and the annual spend on the meal is a whopping £1.2 billion.

For more information on National Fish and Chips Day, visit http://www.neoda.org.uk/fishandchipday

Written by Kate Davies, Full Steam Pictures Media Manager.