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We’re celebrating cake, biscuits and buns and all things yum!

The kids are off and at risk of causing some familial troubles, it’s time for us to celebrate cakes, buns and biscuits at Big Barn this week!

Some of you will enjoy a spot of Elevenses after a hard morning in the office, or if the kids were up early sometimes you need something to see you through to lunch and a lovely sweet treat and a cup of tea is just what you need!

It’d be interesting to know how many of you opt for a sweet treat when it comes to 11 o’clock, after all KitKat have famously aligned their brand with a nice sweet breaktime snack and while they’re lovely, we think that they’re fine in moderation. But, if we put the sugary sweets back in the cupboard, leave the additive loaded doughnut or cake in the supermarket and invest some of your hard earned cash in a packet of  delicious artisan biscuits from one of our amazing British bakers? A lemon melt, chocolate dipped ginger or a slice of freshly baked cake from the local bakery or tearoom? These are real treats and ones you’ll savour and enjoy rather than popping in your mouth without a second’s thought.


If you’re feeling creative, and we know some of you need it after lockdown now merging with the school holidays, why not test your skills on a Sunday afternoon and bake something different each week using some brilliant seasonal local produce from the farmshop. It is a brilliant way to show children what fruits and veggies arrive in different seasons and when they’re choosing what to include in their culinary delights, they’ll be much more engaged and can their hard work for the rest of the week (or the rest of the day at least!). You can also use your carrots, courgettes and so much else from your allotment or veggie patch too!

If, however, you are one of those people who try to refrain from the mid-morning munch, then choose National Cake Week at the end of August as a time to reward yourself for being disciplined throughout August and enjoy yourself a slice. Full details on this are here.

For those of you who’d prefer to buy online and fill your cupboards with some delicious, handmade goodies then try our MarketPlace here, where you can buy cakes of all different shapes, sizes and tastes.

Cakes from veg: Courgette Chocolate Cake

Cakes from veg: Courgette Chocolate Cake

Or to discover a deli or farm shop near you take a look at our local food map.

If you’d prefer to give Mary Berry a run for her money and make your own, then why not share your favourite recipe? For the chance to win a prize, please video your recipe and add it to KIS (Keep it Simple) Cookery. Please have a look at existing videos here and try and keep your video less than 2 minutes long.

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