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Date Archives: February 2018

Perfect British Pancakes Recipe!

Pancake Day

Pancakes in the UK are traditionally eaten on Shrove Tuesday as the last meal before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Historically, people would use up the goodies and treats in their larders before a 40 day fast as they pray and prepare themselves for Christ’s death and resurrection at Easter.
This is a great recipe to enjoy in February as pure breed hens are just coming back into lay and, hopefully, you’ll have eggs aplenty!

This quantity of batter makes 6 pancakes.

Ingredients:

7oz plain flour
1/5 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup of milk

To cook:

Vegetable oil (we used organic rapeseed oil)

To serve:

Sugar and lemon wedges

 

Method:

1) Combine the flour and salt in a large jug, make a dip/well in the middle of the flour and crack the eggs into the well.

2) Begin to whisk the eggs together with a couple of tablespoons of milk starting to incorporate some of the flour as you go.

3) Continue to add the milk a few tablespoons at a time, whisking as you go, gradually incorporating the flour. This will help create a smooth batter.

4) Once all the ingredients are combined, leave the batter to rest for 30 minutes.

5) Preheat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat, brushing the inside with a thin coating of oil.

6) Pour in a small amount of batter and swirl it around the pan for an even coating.

7) As it cooks, watch for the pancake to start coming away from the edges of the pan, then loosen under the pancake with a spatula.

8) Confidently toss your pancake (or carefully turn over) to cook the other side, they are ready once lightly browned each side.

9) Continue cooking the rest of the batter, brushing the pans with a little oil in between each new pancake.

Serve sprinkled with sugar and lemon juice, or any indulgent topping of your choice!

If you want a great way to keep your eggs fresh and in the correct order, why not treat yourself to a fabulous Egg Skelter?

 

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This entry was posted in Recipe on February 13th, 2018 by sammorley


Become a Course Host!

Running your own course is a fulfilling and rewarding way for you to share your hobby. Whether you keep chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs or another type of animal in your Eglu you can apply to set up your own course.

We like to encourage the best duty of care for animals therefore we encourage our more experienced customers to share their knowledge with new starters. Particularly when it comes to keeping chickens. In recent years backyard chicken keeping has massively increased in popularity although lots of people still don’t know how to get started or they’ve put off getting their own flock as they’re not too sure how much care and upkeep it entails. Whilst you can easily watch a Youtube clip or read blogs to get a better idea, nothing beats face to face and hands on teaching.

How much you charge for your course is entirely up to you, you need to analyse and value what you think your course is worth, for a 2 hour beginners guide to chicken keeping we would recommend charging $30 per attendee depending on what you provide the attendees with (refreshments, pamphlets, guidebooks, printouts.) Courses are booked through the Omlet website and you must have an Eglu to qualify to host a course.

The courses you host don’t have to be very long they could simply be an afternoon or evening, designed to appeal to a range of ages. We recommend offering a form of refreshments for your course attendees when they arrive, a really nice touch is to perhaps bake something using your farm fresh eggs to demonstrate how great they taste. We would then suggest telling your attendees a bit about your background story and how you got into chicken keeping and how it has affected your lives. Ideally the weather will be good so you can take your guests out to your Eglu coop to demonstrate how to use it.

You will then want explain the needs of chickens, their daily, weekly and monthly needs. How to care for chickens, what to look for if you think a chicken is poorly, different weather conditions and how to alter your chicken care, supplements, cleaning, how to store eggs etc.

Perhaps offer them the opportunity to ‘hug a hen’ and see what nice and friendly animals they are. A good way to round off your course is a Q and A session so people have the opportunity to ask you the questions the internet has not been able to answer for them. You don’t need to know the answer for all of them, it can become a discussion and all you can do is offer them your best advice from you experience and wisdom.

To apply to become a course host and receive more information either login or create an Omlet account here and then click on the Courses section of the portal. 

 

 

 

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This entry was posted in Guides on February 9th, 2018 by sammorley


#UnlikelyLove Valentines Competition

 

Now’s your chance to win a $200 Omlet Voucher and a 16″ x 12″ Pet Portrait courtesy of Splendid Beast Pet Portraits this Valentines Day!

All you have to do is share a picture of a time you’ve captured a surprising friendship on our Facebook posttweet us or tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #UnlikelyLove, winners will be announced at midday on Friday 16th February so you have until then to enter! Good Luck!

Terms and conditions apply: The competition closes at 11.45am EST on Friday 16th February 2018.  Entries are only applicable from social media channels. The winning entrant will be selected and notified by social media on Friday 16th February 2018. Omlet reserve the right to withdraw the competition at any point. Prizes cannot be transferred to cash. This competition is only open to US residents.  Splendid Beast will produce a 16″ x 12″ pet portrait of your choice. Please allow two months for the portrait to be produced.

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This entry was posted in Competitions on February 9th, 2018 by sammorley


Heading On A Roadtrip With Your Dog? Check Out These Top Tips….

  • It is always best to crate your dogs when travelling in a car so that they are secure and wont be at risk of injury if you break sharply or are involved in an accident. It also means they are not a distraction to you as the driver making it a much safer journey for everyone.
  • Make sure your dog is crate trained before you first want to take them on a trip. Some dogs find journeys stressful, you don’t want to increase this stress by putting them in a crate for the first time and then putting them in a moving vehicle.
  • A crate shouldn’t be used as a form of punishment, positive reinforcement will encourage your dogs to use the crate with ease. Never force them to go in their crate, leave the door open and let them go into the crate by themselves.
  • Make sure you take them on a long walk before you are heading off on a trip, this way you will tire out your pups and they will more likely want to rest once they’re in the car, this also prevents accidents happening.
  • That being said make sure you plan stops en route at least every 2 hours to allow them the opportunity to stretch their legs and go to the bathroom.
  • When you do stop, remember not to leave your dog in a parked car, you’d be surprised how quickly your car can become very hot and will leave your dog dehydrated which is potentially fatal, never risk it.
  • Make sure you have the right sized crate for your dog. Omlet Fido Classic Crates are available in 24, 30 and 36 inches, with optional accessories such as water bowls and beds.

  • It’s a nice idea to sometimes bring your dogs favourite blanket or toy to relax them and keep them calm.
  • Make sure your dog is microchipped before you set off, also carry a recent photo of them just in case you become separated.
  • Test the water with a few short drives prior to your big trip, get them used to the car and they should become less anxious.
  • Make a list of all your packing essentials such as the food/water bowl, wipes, waste bags, ID tags, collar, leash etc.
  • Feed them at least 3 hours before you intend on travelling to prevent them feeling sick, if it’s a very long journey feed them some light snacks when you stop for a break.

To view the full range of travel and home crates we have to offer, check out the Fido page here.

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This entry was posted in Guides on February 5th, 2018 by sammorley