We've been busy bees at Omlet HQ over the last few weeks and we have some exciting things coming up. Our spooktacular range of Halloween products is now available on the website, so if you're planning a scary celebration why not take a peek at our Breathless Banquet party range!? If you prefer mince pies to pumpkin pie, make sure you keep an eye on the website for a sack-full of festive goodies which will be arriving from Santa very shortly. Oh, and our designers have been working hard too recently, but all will be revealed on that next month...
The spookiest time of the year is almost here again and that means it is time to get your pumpkins at the ready for Omlet's annual Pumpkin Carving Competition. We've seen stacks of them on offer at the supermarkets already so you can stock up now and start practising your frightening faces, ghostly ghouls and creepy creatures. You'll probably have a spook-load of flesh left on your hands (of the pumpkin variety), so why not give Tom's Pumpkin Soup recipe a whirl? You'll find it later in the newsletter.
Email a photo of your petrifying pumpkin to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5th November for your chance to win a £50 Omlet voucher.
And if you can't carve a pumpkin to save your life, why not check out our Metal Chicken Pumpkin Set? The easiest way to transform your pumpkin into poultry!
Have you ever seen a jar of blue honey? No, we haven't either, but beekeepers in Ribeauville, Strasbourg, have been surprised to discover a rainbow of honey in their hives. Since August, bees had been seen carrying undidentified colourful substances to their hives, causing them to produce honey in red, blue and green shades. Clearly confused by this bee-zare activity, beekeepers embarked on an investigation to discover the cause. And the results...their sweet-toothed bees had been indulging in one too many M&M's. A local biogas plant had been processing waste from a Mars plant, and the bees had soon sniffed out the sweets.
Unfortunately the honey is not sellable, so the beekeepers are rather miffed. We certainly wouldn't turn down the chance to try an M&M flavoured honey though!
Eggsterminate, eggsterminate! With several Doctor Who fans at Omlet HQ, there was much disappointment over the end of another series. Luckily, one clever chicken keeper must have cottoned on to this and cheered us up no end with his cracking combination of two 21st Century favourites – Chicken Coops and Doctor Who. DaveNinja (we don't know his real name) has built the coolest (if a little geeky) chicken house we've seen in some time – a Chicken Tardis! Built from scratch it is one very impressive work of art and we hear that the Cyberhen are happy in their home.
Now from Doctor Who to Fowlty Towers – yes, we did spell it right. Chicken eggcentric Julie Smith has opened this new establishment in the village of Cowden, in Kent, and it is somewhat different to the famously chaotic hotel on the telly. For a start, Fowlty Towers is a hotel for poultry, not people. Secondly, the accomodation is far more stylish and modern than that on the sitcom, with Eglu Cubes for bedrooms. And finally, you can ensure all hens will be fed and watered well, without a barmy, Spanish waiter in sight.
Owner Julie is passionate about chickens and she gives guests all the love, care and attention they deserve on their stay. The food is deleggtable and the bedding luxurious, so you'll be happy to leave your hens there whilst going on your own travels.
Hip hip hooray, it's World Egg Day! First celebrated in 1996, this is a day solely in honour of the humble egg. An affordable source of protein, eggs are a key-player in the diets of people around the world, and it is used in so many of our every day dishes. Not to mention how yummy they are! So let's take a moment to think about eggs. Where would we be without them? What would we dip our soldiers into? How would we make meringues? What would we call our famous chicken coops?
You see, eggs are awesome! So get boiling, frying, poaching, scrambling and whisking tonight, and make sure you have an eggstra special dinner. Happy Egg Day!
1) Cut the pumpkin in pieces and remove the seeds. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in an oven for 30 mins - 180C.
2) When cooked, scoop out the roasted flesh and set aside.
3) Fry the onion with the potato (cut into small pieces) until the onions are opaque, add the herbs, salt/pepper and stock and bring to the boil.
4) Add the pumpkin and nutmeg and simmer until the potato is cooked. I then use a ‘stick blitzer’ to puree the lot, but you can leave it chunkier if you use a potato masher.
5) Cut the tops off the rolls and place in a hot oven for 5 mins. When the rolls are done (they should be solid)!, scoop out the insides using a teaspoon.Fill the rolls up with hot soup and serve!
By the time the soup is finished, the roll should have absorbed the liquid and is delicious!
We all remember the pumpkin that's turned into a coach in Cinderella, but we've never heard of a pumpkin that turns into a chicken. Until now, that is, because this clever set will transform any pumpkin, squash or other large vegetable into a hen. Simply stick the metal pieces into your veggie of choice and your chicken will be ready to take you to the ball!
This set makes a great alternative to a carved pumpkin for halloween decoration.
Add some humour to your haunting halloween party with the Dead Dinner Guest Disguises. With eight ghoulish character masks and eight perilous props, your guests will have a frightfully good time getting into the spirit of halloween. Place a mask at each table place at a dinner party, and let people pose with the props for freaky photos.
Pack includes 8 x character masks and 8 x card props.
A pack of two devilishly decadent decorations for the dinner table. No need for real candles, these props will be the frightening finishing touch to your halloween party. Simply slot the two cardboard pieces together to create your upright candelabra.
Two candelabras per pack.
Give your Halloween party a spooktacular touch with these paper plates, cups and cocktail napkins. Perfect for serving your creepy canapes, freaky finger food and petrifying punch, and wiping those fangs and fingers afterwards.
Plates and cups come in packs of 12. Napkins come in packs of 30.