Have you got worms? We have, and we LOVE them! It's all thanks to the new Hungry Bin Worm Composter which is the latest addition to the Omlet website.
It's a really fast way to compost. Hungry Bin can process up to 2kg of your kitchen leftovers and garden clippings a day.
What's your favourite way to eat eggs? Many are partial to a poached egg, some are barmy about boiled eggs and most people agree that fried eggs are fantastic...but how do you fancy the sound of 3 month old, green, gelatinous egg? No, it's not our cup of tea either, but believe it or not this is considered a delicacy in China.
Known as the Century Egg, this speciality is produced by preserving eggs in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime and rice hulls for anywhere between a few weeks and several months. The yolk turns an appetising shade of dark green and the white transforms into a brown, translucent jelly. A strong sulphur odor develops (ie. a very eggy smell indeed) and it becomes full of flavour (apparantly), but if that didn't make you cringe 'enouef', the Century Egg is commonly added to a bowlful of rice porridge for breakfast.
It all sounds rather stomach-churning, but on a recent trip to China, an Omlet Director tasted this delicacy, and the verdict...well, it wasn't too bad!
So, have you tried any wierd egg dishes? Let us know, and even better, send us a photo!
Up until recently, it was bee-lieved that black honeybees were only still living in a few places in the very north of Britain, but they have recently been discovered in North Wales, East Anglia and West Sussex too. Previously feared to have died out in most of Britain, this is very exciting news for beekeepers everywhere.
The native honeybee was virtually wiped out 100 years ago, by a virus, leading to European bees filling the void. It has long been argued that native bees are important for biodiversity, so a black bee conservation project began in 1997. Although only 1% of UK hives are likely to house the black bee today, it is extremely encouraging that they have recently been found in different areas.
Bee experts hope that the black honeybee could be the key to reversing the decline in honeybee numbers, because it is better adapted to the British climate than the European honeybees that many beekeepers use. Evidence has been found to support the idea that black honeybees have a higher survival rate than European bees, as they are a hardier breed. They are much darker and have evolved thicker, longer hair and a larger body to keep warm in cooler climates. They also have smaller populations going into Winter, which means they need less food for the colony and have a better chance of survival.
So what next? Well, the president of the British Beekeepers Assocation already encourages its 22,000 members to do local breeding instead of importing, but the Professor of Apiculture at Sussex University, says “What is needed now is a large-scale queen-rearing programme on a commercial scale.” Bibba hope to have black honeybees readily available for sale within three years which could 'bee' a huge turning point for British honeybees and their keepers. Bee-rilliant!
This month we are eggcited to have been mentioned in two magazines. First, there's a great article on keeping chickens in the May edition of Sainsbury's Magazine. Elizabeth Aitken eggsplains why she first decided to get chickens, how she chose their housing and why she loves getting fresh eggs every day. Elizabeth's a vegetarian, so eggs are a great source of protein in her diet, and she says that her own hens' eggs have 'the brightest yellow yolks imaginable'. Obviously, Elizabeth decided on an Eglu as her choice of chicken house because (in her own words) 'it is practical, secure, well-insulated and easy to move.' And she was pleased with the delivery too, saying 'a lovely chap from Omlet delivered it, erected it in the garden and gave me some good tips about how to introduce the birds.'
What other eggscuse could you need to treat yourself to a shiny new Eglu?
Meanwhile, stylish, glossy publication The London Magazine has featured one of our smaller products, the Robot Salt and Pepper Shakers. Sat alongside a £510 gilt salt pot and £485 pepper pot, our funky robots area real bargain at £16, and we think they are far more fun! After all, what other salt and pepper shakers can you wind up and watch walk across the table?
This week Tom has been testing one of our recent products, the Teacupcakes. Not only do these funky cake cases look great, but they make baking easy, and Tom gives them the thumbs up! Follow his simple recipe to create an awesome looking teatime treat!
50g/2oz soft butter
50g/2oz golden caster sugar
50g/2oz self raising flour
1 small egg
2-4 teaspoons milk
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4 (170C fan).
2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
3. Add the beaten egg and combine until smooth.
4. Sift in the flour and mix, adding a little milk if the mixture is too firm.
5. Divide between the four silicone teacups and bake for 12-15 minutes, until they are golden brown
and spring back slightly when pressed.
6. Cool on a wire rack and then decorate with icing.
Perfect for newbies, the Starter Packs includes Hungry Bin Worm Composter, Assembly Instructions, Worm Composting Guide, Composting Worms and optional Prepared Bedding. Everything you need to have a great start to worm composting! You'll receive a mix of Tiger worms and Dendrobaena for the best composting experience.
There are many great sights at the dinner table, and the routemaster bus salt and pepper shakers will stop at all the tourist favourites. Take a trip to the Houses of Condiment, visit Baconham Palace and have a ride on the London Pie. And after all that eggcitement you can park up right by your plate and, in true British style, make it rain salt and pepper on your food.
Cats love getting their 40 winks! In fact, most moggies get far more than 40 winks and seem to spend most of their lives settling down and dreaming of mice. (Lucky them!) It's important that they have somewhere comfy and warm to get their beauty sleep every day, and this bed ticks all the boxes...
The 2 in 1 can bed can be radiator mounted or floor standing...Simply hang it over any household radiator to give your feline a warm and toasty spot to curl up in, or place it on the floor if your moggy is more of a grounded type. Whichever way you choose to use it, your cats will love the soft fleecy cover and the sturdy, supportive base.
We haven't been blessed with the best weather lately and your chickens are probably feeling just as fed up as you are with all this rain, so if you haven't done already, now is the perfect time to treat your hens to a brand new Eglu Cover.
The Clear Covers, available for Eglu Go, Classic and Cube, have been highly rated by our customers, and it's easy to see why. These hard-wearing covers will attach to your Eglu run easily to provide ultimate protection from the rain. Hens will have a lovely dry area to run around in, even when it's pouring, and because it is clear it will let any sunlight shine through. Plus, you'll have a great view of your chickens from your kitchen window!