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Irayne Paikin from Todenham Manor Farm’s tips for a Stellar Bank Holiday Roast

With the May bank holidays just around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to get together with your loved ones and enjoy a traditional roast dinner. Irayne Paikin, Founder of Todenham Manor Farm, a high-welfare producer of award-winning, rare-breed pork and beef, gives her top tips on which meat cuts to choose to serve the perfect roast dinner:

  • Taste you can trust: The rearing of the animal will have a huge impact on flavour. Animals that have been well looked after and cared for will result in a much higher quality meat – for example, cattle that have enjoyed pasture, once its dry enough for them to go out again. Food labels, such as Great Taste, offer a trusted stamp of approval. Great Taste is the acknowledged benchmark for fine food and drink and a sign you can trust when buying in your local, quality retailer. Or you can buy directly from a farm – don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions about how the animals are reared and cared for, to give you total traceability.
  • Don’t break the bank: Buying a joint of meat doesn’t need to be expensive. For example, topside beef, a large lean cut of beef, offers good value. Check for how long the meat has been hung (or aged) – the longer the better, in terms of tenderness and flavour. All our beef is dry-aged for 28 days in our humidity controlled ageing chiller.
  • Go for gammon: It’s easy to cook and tastes delicious with a simple glaze – my favourite is marmalade! Pork that has been hung before butchering will be much more flavoursome – all our pork is hung for seven days, is rare-breed and outdoor reared. Simmer the joint with bay leaves and peppercorns, and then stud with cloves, glaze and roast for a short time. If you have any left over after the roast, it’s amazing in a cheese toastie!
  • Pull out the stops: If you want to impress, ribeye or sirloin beef is delicious. Don’t be put off by the fat, it’s natural and we’d recommend you keep it on when cooking as it really adds to the flavour and helps to keep the meat moist. For those who prefer a leaner meal, trimming the fat off is easy once cooked.
  • Don’t forget the old favourites: Although not the star of the roast dinner, sausages and bacon are one of the little delights which perfectly complement the plate. Why not try pork sausages for a traditional taste or, for something a little different, try a chorizo sausage for a little extra kick.

Situated in 800 acres of lush farm land in Moreton-in-Marsh, Todenham Manor Farm is home to Middle White, Saddleback and Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, South Devon and Aberdeen Angus cattle. The Farm boasts an onsite butchery, complete with its very own team of master butchers.

Weekend meat box (roast dinner meat plus breakfast as well):

  • 1.5Kg Traditional Rare Breed Sausages
  • 250g Home Cured Rare Breed Streaky Bacon
  • 2Kg Rare Breed Gammon Joint (Boned & Rolled)
  • 2Kg 28 Day Aged Topside Joint of Beef
  • 12 Sage and Onion Stuffing Balls
  • 12 Pigs in Blankets

Todenham Manor Farm ‘Weekend’ meat box – prices start from £84.99 for a box which feeds 6 people. Delivery is direct to your door. Click here to order.

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Vax’s Top 10 Cleaning Tips for Bank Holiday Summer Parties

Britain’s leading floorcare brand Vax shared their top ten tips for giving one’s home a Bank Holiday spruce up before the invasion of guests.

  1. Add a fresh fragrance
lavender bunch from Cambell's flowers
lavender bunch from Cambell’s flowers

While the garden is naturally fragranced with the scent of perfumed flowers or – perhaps more likely – wet grass, the smell indoors is all up to you. How do you bring the fresh smells of summer into your house? General cleanliness will improve the smell, but as a quick fix add some scented vacuum granules into the dirt bin before vacuum cleaning and they will release a pleasant fragrance as you go. Two birds, one stone!

  1. Think pet

Much as we love them, our favourite bundles of fur – big or small – can create chaos in the home and nothing turns the stomach quite like pet mess. Vacuuming can help get rid of their hair – be sure to pay special attention to the areas that your pets love i.e. their beds, sofas, rugs. Some vacuums come with a special tool for removing pet hair that makes the job easy. Go over your carpets with a vacuum before washing them and they will be even cleaner and fresher, especially if you use a specialist ‘Pet’ Solution to tackle any nasty smells. Don’t forget to give their bowls a clean too.

  1. Make carpets like new

Carpet has a huge impact on the overall appearance of the home. Use an extraction washer like the Vax Dual Power Pro Advance and as well as giving your carpets a thorough, all-over wash, you can get at any tough marks and stains with the Pre-treatment Wand. Powerful extraction means you can do this just a day or so before the party and yours carpets will be dry again before the guests arrive and look like new!

  1. Refresh upholstery
    Love Seat from Made.com
    Love Seat from Made.com

    Whether you’re entertaining inside or outside, it’s likely friends and family will want soft clean surfaces to sit on. Vax Carpet Washers come with an upholstery tool so you can adapt it to clean sofas, curtains, chairs and more. If you’ve left the cushions on your patio furniture outside in the garden for a while, or there have been some spills on your indoor furniture, this is even more important.

  1. Clean high, clean low, clean in between

The areas at eye-level are the ones your friends are most likely to see but dust can still congregate beneath furniture and up on high shelves. This can cause discomfort to guests who suffer from asthma and dust allergies, so try to focus attention on the less obvious places too. Cordless vacuum cleaners and handhelds are a lifesaver for hard-to-reach zones so getting up high and down low needn’t hurt your back.

  1. Restroom is the best room
Bathroom at Babington House
Bathroom at Babington House

If the home is our castle, the bathroom is our throne room. A mess in here is the biggest  faux-pas. Your guests should feel comfortable whatever room they are in and it’s likely at some point they will all need to visit this one!  Showers, taps and bath tubs will all be sparkling if you use a steam cleaner . From the mirrors, to the windows, to the sinks, to the shower door, steam can help you clean your bathroom and helps eliminate germs as you go!

  1. Pressure wash your garden to perfection

Grime, moss and dirt are unsightly guests at any garden party, but show up uninvited from time to time regardless. The good news is blasting it away with a pressure washer is as satisfying as it is fun (think giant water pistol for cleaning inanimate objects)., You can clean the BBQ, garden furniture, fences, patios, the shed, cars and bikes. Sure you don’t need all of these for your party, but you might just get carried away…

  1. Food preparation areas should be spotless
Noble Isle Willow Song diffuser
Noble Isle Willow Song diffuser

Maybe you’re a host who prefers finger-foods, or perhaps you’re planning on throwing a three course dinner party. Either way your kitchens and serving areas will need to be spick and span! Clean all the surfaces – even the ones you won’t be using like the cooker, as you will still want it to appear clean. Empty the bins and leave something with a light fragrance in these areas beforehand – like a reed diffuser – to make them inviting.

  1. Have an emergency ‘toolkit’ to hand

Where fun is to be had, spills and accidents are always a possibility. Of course you don’t want to spend the whole occasion cleaning- up . Keep it simple and stress free,  make sure you have the right tools for the job.. Keep an emergency ‘toolkit’ to hand a clean sponge, lint roller, dust pan and brush, stain remover, rubber gloves,If required, whip these out, swiftly deal with the mess and you’re done. Back to the party!

10 Mess prevention ahead of time

It’s one thing cleaning up messes after the event but prevention is even better than cure. When it comes to the carpets and upholstery you can help prevent stains from ever happening in the first place! After cleaning, spray some Vax Carpet Guard in the high traffic and problem areas and it will help protect against  stains! That means you can spread your hard work even further.

And there you have it – one squeaky clean home ready for your guests to admire. You’ll soon be throwing parties every weekend just to show it off!

For more info on Vax products go to www.vax.co.uk