Bank Holiday on a budget: Tips and tricks

Then next long weekend, summer bank holiday, is fast approaching. Whether you’re planning a weekend away, or you’re craving a lie in, it’s important to make the most of it. This year, why not do something fun without spending much money? Here’s what we’ve come up with:

Try a free festival

You’re spoilt for choice with the number of free and cheap festivals taking place over the bank holiday weekend. Notting Hill Carnival is a great choice, as it’s an open event, suitable for the whole family (Sunday is known as ‘Family Day’). You’ll be able to enjoy a great weekend in a Caribbean style atmosphere, with a parade of stylish costumes and stage performances. Alternatively, you could check out the Festival of Love, Southbank’s summer-themed event, where your kids can enjoy a range of activities.

Get cultured

Maybe it’s time you experienced some culture and history on your bank holiday. There’s loads of free museums around the UK, that are worth visiting. There’s the big hitters like the National History Museum and Tate Modern in London. If you live near Manchester, perhaps you could check out the People’s History Museum. If you’re based in the South West, the Arnolfini is a fantastic arts centre and gallery in Bristol. Glasgow’s Hunterian is a great museum for anyone based in Scotland. Depending on where you live, they’ll be plenty of local museums to get your culture fix.

Go for a bike ride

One sure-fire way to stay productive on your day off is by going for a bike ride. Why not take the family and explore new roads and pathways? There’s plenty of well-ridden tracks and scenic paths, if you’re unsure of where exactly to ride. It’s simple, saddle up and get active!

Have a picnic  

Why not pack a picnic basket for a family day out? Hopefully, the weather will be good enough. In any case, it’s the cheapest way to get a bite to eat, and an ideal way to enjoy your lunch in a relaxing and fun environment that all the family can enjoy.

Beyond the Sandwich: Alternative Lunch Ideas

Even the classic sandwich can be a repetitive snack. You might love your lunchtime toppings, but it’s probably time you ditched the same old sandwiches for tasty wraps and salads. There are so many different ways you can vary your lunch and keep it healthy. Here are our ideas for a sandwich-free lunch:

Mexican chicken wraps

Quick and simple, the Mexican chicken wraps are a great alternative to a sandwich. Fill each wrap with guacamole, sliced tomatoes and chicken pieces. Be sure to customise the wraps however you wish, but remember to fold over both ends tightly. For an even easier (and tastier!) lunch time treat, why not use Taste Inc Spicy Chargrilled Chicken Fillets – that’s your lunch wrapped up!

Full recipe here

Spring rolls

Spring rolls ensure for a super healthy lunch. These crispy roles can be packed with lettuce leaves, pork, vegetables, cheese and shrimp. You’ll be able to taste every filling, no matter the ingredients. These are tasty light bites that are easy to prepare and ensure maximum flavour.

Full recipe here

Cheesy chicken quesadilla  

Ideal for both kids and adults, cheesy chicken quesadilla are toasted tortilla wedges. The best toppings to slap between the flavoursome tortillas, include sliced chicken, cheddar, white and cabbage, and spring onions. Simply place the mixture in a bowl, while pre-heating the grill. This lightweight, quick snack can be cooked in around 10 minutes. We tried this recipe out using our Taste Inc Chicken Fillets: super easy and super tasty!

Full recipe here

Roasted vegetable and ham pasta salad

For those who love a colourful lunch, this pasta salad is the way to go. A mix of roasted vegetables and cheesy pasta, this is a great addition to your lunchbox. Although it can take around half an hour to prepare, it only takes a few simple steps to reach perfection. Simply boil the pasta in a large bowl, while roasting the vegetables. Then, add the vegetables to the bowl and stir the mixture. After you get a taste of this pasta salad, sandwiches will quickly become a thing of the past!

Full recipe here

Always be creative with your lunch. Sandwiches don’t have to be the go-to all the time. So, whip up one of our recommended snacks for a nutritious, fun lunch.

Top Five Family Festivals This Summer

Family Festivals

With summer rolling in, that means festival season is in full swing! There’s plenty of events all around the country that you can attend with your family. Whether you plan to stay for a day or camp for the weekend, here we round up the top five.

Latitude

Latitude festival is entering its twelfth year this summer and remains an absolute haven for families. This year’s line-up includes Mumford and Sons and Two Door Cinema Club. There are various arenas for music, comedy and theatre, and there’s a kids’ area with a curated line up of child entertainment and traditional woodlands crafts.

Pommery Seafood Festival

If you have a taste for seafood, then the Pommery Seafood Festival is the way to go. Located in Weymouth, this festival offers family entertainment over a two-day period. You can expect to see a range of talented acts on top of some great food to sit down and enjoy.

Curious

Curious is an enchanting festival, jam-packed with all kinds of interesting and fun acts, ranging from stand-up comedians, poets and exciting musicians. Children can get involved in traditional games, writing workshops and other fun activities.

The Good Life Experience

Soak up the last of the summer at The Good Life Experience festival. It’s a weekend of traditional campfire sessions and outdoor cookery, as well as music and talks. There’s a free vintage fairground that your children will love. This is a back-to-basics festival, with an emphasis on the great outdoors.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

The place to be this summer for all things folk! From drama, crafts, to music and dance, the Shrewsbury folk festival is an ideal festival for all the family to enjoy. It even has a children’s festival within the main event, called the Pandemonium. Those who are a bit older and want a break from their parents can chill out at the Youth Festival. This is for individuals aged between 11-20. Don’t miss out!

Pack your bags, don the wellies and grab a few tickets to one of these festivals this summer!

Five Countries That Consume The Most Chicken

World Map

From making stir fry slices, cooking up a delicious roast, to munching on a spicy wing, chicken is – hands down – one of the most versatile (and greatest!) ingredients going. But which country takes the crown when it comes to love of the almighty chicken?

Here we run through the top five:

Australia

Chicken is the meat of choice in the land down under. It surpasses all sales for every other type of meat as well as meat consumption daily. Australia have pedigree though as they are the biggest meat-eaters in the world. They consume 205 pounds per person every year!

United States

The average American consumes a whopping 201 pounds of meat annually. Unsurprisingly, there is a high demand for poultry and an estimated 8 billion chickens are consumed over the course of a year in the US. Chicken’s appeal is seemingly timeless with consumption rising every year since the 1960s. Red meat is also popular, to the point that if every American stopped eating beef, it would equal 26 million cars taken off the road.

Argentina

Argentina, famous for its beef and being the birthplace of ‘asado’ (Argentinian Barbeque), love their chicken. They consume around 187 pounds of chicken annually. In the country, chicken is now more popular than ever, while red meat consumption is decreasing. Chicken knows no bounds!

Israel

In Israel, around 80% of the country consume chicken in their daily diet. Poultry as a whole accounts for more than three quarters of all meat consumed in Israel. Interestingly, it is believed that the ancient, abandoned city of Maresha, is where chicken-eating first started. Then, the Romans came along and started spreading this cuisine throughout their empire (and beyond)!

United Kingdom

In the UK, chicken is at the top of everyone’s shopping list accounting for half the meat eaten in the country. Around 2.2 million chickens were eaten every single day in 2013 with 95% of us Brits confessing our love for all things chicken!

Whether you like your chicken grilled, fried, baked or roasted, its adaptability is what makes it so popular. Every country in the world has their own chicken recipes. If reading this has made you famished, why not check out our range?

Because what beats chicken? Chicken that’s ready to eat right away!

Five Reasons Why Chickens Make The Best Pets

Warning: Make sure any dogs or cats are out of the room.

Ready?

Believe it or not, there’s no better pet than a chicken. Raising a chicken can be fun, entertaining as well as proving a useful garden ally. And they never need step foot in your house!

Here’s our top reasons to keep your own backyard chickens:

Eco Warriors

When it comes to sustainability, there is no better pet to own than a chicken. They are the best pet going for turning your waste into their food. Also, did you know nitrogen is found in chicken manure? This means you can use their poo as fertiliser for your garden. Or for fuel for your rocket. Your call.

Unlimited Eggs

With a backyard chicken, you’ll have fresh eggs on tap!  Chickens lay their first egg in six months, so this provides a fresh and convenient breakfast every day. Not to mention it won’t cost you a penny.

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Owning a chicken is relatively cheap. You’ll have to buy or build a chicken coop, but you can feed them kitchen scraps and they can peck around the garden for worms and insects. Your chicken will be a living, walking, clucking pest controller. Bug killer costs money but your trusty chicken will do it for free. Unless they start demanding expenses.

Top Banter

Like all good pets, chickens have very strong and individual personalities. Some are sweet, some are shy and some are cranky. You get to have fun watching their unique quirks flourish in your back garden.

Team Players

Chickens are social creatures, so ideally you should have more than one backyard chicken. You’ll have the opportunity to start a flock from scratch. You’ll have your own army of chickens! A true mother hen!

When you own chickens, they depend on you for food and shelter, but beyond that they’re self-reliant. You don’t need to walk them, but if you wanted they’d be more than happy to oblige! Chickens can live up to 8-10 years, so be ready for the challenge. But one thing’s for sure, chickens really do make great pets.