Raw Spinach and Pancetta Salad with Parmesan

Had this last night with some delicious fresh baby spinach from Primrose Vale Farm Shop.  Really simple and makes an excellent addition to all sorts of summer meals.


400g fresh spinach

3 rashers bacon or 50g pancetta

1 clove garlic

Splash of balsamic vinegar

Splash of olive oil



-Fry bacon and garlic in oil until crispy then remove from pan and allow to cool.

-Add balsamic vinegar to the pan and gently whisk to make a dressing.

-Put it all in a bowl and toss together.



Spinach nutrition isn’t just about the vitamins and minerals found within its leafy, green exterior. To be sure, it is loaded with such antioxidants as Vitamins A, C, E, K, B1, B6, minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, and so much more. But, more than this, the major healthy properties of spinach are attributed to special substances it contains. For example, research has shown that spinach is packed with over a dozen phytonutrients.

These phytonutrients are potent substances that have properties that can fight cancer. In fact, extracts of spinach used by researchers have reduced the occurrence of skin cancers on tested animals and lessened cell division in stomach cancer cells. The incidence of breast cancer may also be cut with the consumption of spinach by women. For men, prostate cancer risk may be slashed because of a carotenoid substance spinach contains called neoxanthin. Women who are worried about osteoporosis should consume spinach because it is a rich source of calcium and vitamin K. For the millions of people who are concerned about cardiovascular health, the healthy effects of spinach are promising due to its free radical fighting antioxidants. More and more, a substance called homocysteine is believed to be just as an important marker of heart disease and high levels are also associated with elevated risks of stroke. However, one of the components of spinach nutrition is folate. Folate can help neutralize harmful homocysteine.

Do you suffer from arthritis? You’ll be glad to know that one of the healthy properties of spinach is that it harbors anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Are you worried about macular degeneration and other common eye diseases people get as they age? Spinach has lutein, which is a nutrient that has been extensively shown in Government studies to protect against not only macular degeneration but also cataracts.

Spinach has a long history of providing good nutrition. History books reveal that it was consumed in China in the 7th century and, later, in Europe by royalty.

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Now proud stockists of Willie’s World Class Chocolate!

Hooray, another place you can buy Willie’s World Class Chocolate! This chocolate is absolutely the most delicious, and real, chocolate on the market.

Willie Harcourt-Cooze won our chocolate-loving hearts in the Channel 4 series Willie’s Wonky Chocolate Factory.

We sell Willie’s Supreme Cacao cyclinder bars for delicious hot choclate and home cooking, as well as Willie’s Delectable Cacao for the simple but wonderful pleasure of eating.

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Bunbury Boards

Today we received another delivery of beautiful Bunbury Boards! They make great gifts as they are so unique and well crafted. My favourite is the bark-edged board as it has a rustic charm and retains a real sense of the tree it came from. Take a look at them – they would make a lovely Christmas gift.

Every Bunbury Board is handcrafted and made from the finest Irish hardwood, sourced from sustainable Irish woodland and individually stamped and coded. This code, when entered on the Bunbury Board website, reveals the story of the tree from which the board was born, and what has been done to replace the tree.

Bunbury also craft bespoke boards – contact us at Kitchener if you are interested and we can get you a price.

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Zwilling Henckels In Store Demonstration

Andy Edgar of Zwilling Henckels UK will be in-store between 11 am and 3pm to give advice on knives, sharpening and technique as well as offering exclusive promotions!


Wusthof Knife Demonstration

Coinciding with the Cheltenham Literature Festival we have Christian from Wusthof instore offering help and advice on choosing and caring for knives.

Date: October 7th 10-4pm

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Upcoming Events

To compliment our huge range of knives and vast array of seasonal promotions we have arranged the following product showcases:

Thursday December 1st: Robert Welch kick off late night shopping with their beautiful and affordable Signature Knives, demonstrations and charm aplenty from Joseph!!

December 9th and 10th: Ben Grunwerg of Global Knives Uk will be in to demonstrate the incomparable Global knives and a masterclass in sharpening on a whetstone.

December 18th & 22nd: Henckels member Andy offers advice and care for your knives as well as a veritable treasure trove of Christmas offers!

No appointment is necessary and remember we can sharpen your knives in store so they are ready for the big day!


Pancake Day Promo, Win an SKK Frying Pan Worth £67

Cheltenham Kitchener have teamed up with SKK, the leading German pan maker favoured by Delia Smith, to offer you the chance to win one of 3 20cm titanium non-stick frying pans from their Premium Plus range. Worth £67, an SKK frying pan will give you many years of excellent service, and not just on pancake day!

SKK Premium Plus pans are made with a titanium based non-stick coating. This coating will not crack, peel or blister. SKK cookware is made from cast aluminium, providing outstanding heat distribution and superb performance.  Not only are SKK pans are free from PFOA and other harmful substances, they are oven proof with or without the detachable handle.  They are covered by a limited lifetime guarantee agains manufacturing defects and faulty material.  Please note, this pan is not suitable for induction hobs.

To enter this great competition all you have to do is email with the answer to the following question:

What citrus fruit is most commonly associated with pancakes?

Include your name, address and contact number and lucky winners will be notified by email and on this blog.  The prizes will be sent via courier on Monday 7th to arrive in time for Shrove Tuesday.

No more than one entry per household.  Competition closes midnight Sunday 6th March 2011.


How to sharpen Global Knives

Global knives come out of the factory in Japan with a very sharp edge and CROMOVA 18, Globals unique blade material, ensures that this sharpness will be maintained longer than most other knives. However, Global knives need to be sharpened from time to time to maintain their keen edge. As a general rule, the best sharpening tool for an individual is one that he or she is going to use. Each tool is different and may be easy or difficult to use depending on the individual and their level of experience or skill.

Global recommends periodically sharpening your knives using either a water-stone or ceramic stone. In between stone sharpening, it is recommended that you use the Global fine ceramic or diamond rod (we like this easy to use Minosharp Water Wheel Sharpener) to keep the edges of your knives aligned. (Global serrated knives do not need to be sharpened)

Water-stones & Ceramic Stones

There are various types of water-stones & ceramic stones available and normally a medium grit stone is sufficient to start with. However, if the blade is blunt or damaged, it may be necessary to start with rough grit. There are several differences between water-stones and ceramic stones. A water-stone must be placed in water and allowed to soak for 10-15 minutes to allow it to absorb sufficient moisture. A ceramic stone also requires water, but only needs to soak in water for 3-5 minutes. A ceramic stone is harder than a water-stone, so it will sharpen your knives more quickly. A ceramic stone will last longer and will not develop valleys or grooves as easily as a waterstone.

Regardless of the size or type of stone you are using, the procedures for sharpening are as follows:

  1. The stone should be soaked for the required amount of time before use.
  2. Hold the knife so that the blade meets the stone at a 10-15 degree angle, then push back and forth across the stone in smooth steady strokes maintaining the same angle. Maintaining the same angle is most important and you will know that you are maintaining the same angle from the sound the knife makes against the stone. If you are making the same sound with each stroke back and forth against the stone, you are maintaining the same angle.
  3. Repeat the stage above on both sides of the blade going from one side to the other until your knife is sharp and there are no burrs on either side.
  4. During sharpening a certain amount of wet powder will appear, but do not wash or wipe this residue and continue sharpening. Although this powder appears unsightly, it is this residue which sharpens the knives.
  5. After sharpening, your knives should be washed in hot water and then towel dried.

NOTE Achieving the correct angle is sometimes difficult, particularly for beginners. MinoSharp Sharpening Guide Rails which help to achieve the correct angle when using water-stones and ceramic stones are recommended.

Ceramic & Diamond Rods

Stone sharpening is the best way to sharpen any knives, not just Global knives. In between stone sharpening you can use Globals ceramic or diamond rods. These sharpeners are used in the same way that traditional steels are used to sharpen other knives and, as they are made from the two hardest materials known to man, are suitable for sharpening all good quality knives. The diamond rod is harder than the ceramic rod and will bring back an edge quicker. The diamond rod also will not break if it is hit or dropped like the ceramic rod. However, the ceramic rod will give a finer edge if used regularly and replacements may be purchased if you break your ceramic rod.

NOTE Do not use traditional steels made from other materials as they are likely to damage Global knives.

Water wheel sharpeners

For some people, learning the skill of intermediate sharpening with a ceramic or diamond rod is difficult. It is essential that you maintain your knives on a regular basis and it will be easier to maintain them for the long term. As a Global stockist we carry one of these easy to use devices – a water wheel sharpener called MinoSharp and MinoSharp Plus. These are hand held ceramic sharpeners and no experience or skill is required to use them simply fill the reservoir with water and run your knife backwards and forwards a few times. The revolutionary ceramic wheels ensure the blade is sharpened at the correct angle.


Robert Welch Knives Instore Demonstration

For over 50 years, within a few modest rooms in the 18th century silk mill at Chipping Campden in the Cotswolds, a small team of people has created 3,418 individual new products, leading to sales of over 46 million items around the world.
The Robert Welch range of products is remarkably extensive.
Even more remarkable is the fact that, unlike other design companies, none of the products are bought in or created by outside designers.
Every item, large or small, has been created by the Robert Welch Design Team in Chipping Campden in the same building where Robert Welch started all those years ago.
Robert Welch award winning Signature Knives have been designed in consultation with professional chefs. We have developed a range of knives that give you comfort in the hand and the optimum cutting action.
Fully forged German DIN 1.4116 stainless steel, with a full tang for extra strength, each knife has been individually constructed for its specific task in food preparation to minimise fatigue. All Signature knives are gift boxed, have a lifetime guarantee and are dishwasher safe.


Perfect Pancakes

  1. Blending in the flour: Put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the middle, then pour in about 50ml milk and 1 tbsp oil. Start whisking from the centre, gradually drawing the flour into the eggs, milk and oil. Once all the flour is incorporated, beat until you have a smooth, thick paste. Add a little more milk if it is too stiff to beat.
  2. Finishing the batter: Add a good splash of milk and whisk to loosen the thick batter. While still whisking, pour in a steady stream of the remaining milk. Continue pouring and whisking until you have a batter that is the consistency of slightly thick single cream. Traditionally, people would say to now leave the batter for 30 mins, to allow the starch in the flour to swell, but there’s no need.
  3. Getting the right thickness: Heat the pan over a moderate heat, then wipe it with oiled kitchen paper. Ladle some batter into the pan, tilting the pan to move the mixture around for a thin and even layer. Quickly pour any excess batter into a jug, return the pan to the heat, then leave to cook, undisturbed, for about 30 secs. Pour the excess batter from the jug back into the mixing bowl. If the pan is the right temperature, the pancake should turn golden underneath after about 30 secs and will be ready to turn.
  4. Flipping pancakes: Hold the pan handle, ease a fish slice under the pancake, then quickly lift and flip it over. Make sure the pancake is lying flat against base of the pan with no folds, then cook for another 30 secs before turning out onto a warm plate. Continue with the rest of the batter, serving them as you cook or stack onto a plate. You can freeze the pancakes for 1 month, wrapped in cling film or make them up to a day ahead.