Valentine’s bakery trends to spread the love

first_imgSource: Getty ImagesGet virtual Valentine’s Day is still a big deal for bakers, but the way they shift their wares may change.“Most of our sales this year will be online so there will be a big uplift through this channel,” notes Ginger Bakers’ Smith.Fulop Gabor, owner of London-based Jack & Beyond, believes that bakers can seize opportunities by offering UK wide shipping or local, contact-free delivery services.“Bakers should focus on working on their online presence by setting up a user-friendly website and online shop and start marketing their products to target audiences via social media such as Instagram and Facebook,” he adds.Gabor says that Valentine’s sales should not be too affected by lockdown, as the romantic day can easily be celebrated indoors. However, job losses and redundancies could include how much people spend on gifts this year. Source: Dawn FoodsDoughnutsForget chocolates, this Valentine’s Day consumers are opting to share the love with doughnuts.“Doughnuts are making a strong appearance again, along with plenty of vegan options,” adds Dawn Foods’ Passmore.Dawn is tapping into this trend with a new lovestruck recipe. Recipe developer and influencer Emma Hanton has whipped up Valentine’s vegan raspberry doughnuts for bakers to use. Made from Dawn’s new vegan doughnut mix and vegan fruit filling and glaze, the raspberry flavour amps up the nostalgia factor, it adds.Elsewhere, Krispy Kreme has teamed up with sweet brand Love Hearts on its range of heart-shaped doughnuts while Doughnut Time has created heart-shaped delights suitable for home delivery. Its range includes jam- and chocolate-filled treats as well as DIY options. Source: Bloom BakersLetterbox giftingLockdown restrictions mean that many couples will be spending Valentine’s Day apart. As such, letterbox gifting has become more popular than ever, with consumers posting iced biscuits, macarons or brownies to loved ones.“Gifting, sending loved one’s special treats and showing appreciation has definitely increased, this has become so much easier to do with many businesses making online purchasing simple, slicker and accessible,” says Lisa Smith from Ginger Bakers.Leeds-based Bloom Bakers, for example, has launched a new range of Valentine’s letterbox biscuits. For the first time this year, the brand has launched a dedicated Valentine’s shop with its most popular messages. Consumers can choose from Missing You Biscuits at £22.50 or an Individual Valentine’s Biscuit for £6 emblazoned with ‘You = Happy’.“Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for sending cakes in the post and we are seeing many bakeries, cafes and restaurants making the most of this business opportunity, using social media platforms to communicate their offering,” says Jacqui Passmore, marketing manager UK and Ireland at Dawn Foods.“We are going to see thousands of brownies delivered by post too. There has been massive growth in on-line brownie delivery businesses as brownies are easy to make, for example, using Dawn’s Brownie Mix and make a great gifting item.” Source: Dawn FoodsValentine’s Day will likely be a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean consumers don’t want to spread the love with flowers, chocolates and, er, doughnuts.To celebrate a Valentine’s like no other, bakers have adapted their offerings to fit a romantic occasion amidst a pandemic. There’s letterbox gifting, doughnuts and bite-size treats, which have all boomed in popularity.Lovingly Artisan, Paul Bakery and Pleesecakes, meanwhile, have already tapped into these trends with a host of new products. Here are some bakery trends sure to get hearts racing on 14 February:center_img Source: Tiree Dawson PhotographyLocal pride Over the past twelve months, there has been a great appreciation for all things local and Ginger Bakers believes this will carry over to 14 February.“For Valentine’s Day this year we have collaborated with one of our neighbours in Cumbria. Shed 1 is a gin distillery and has a great seasonal gin, with buoyant alcohol sales during lockdown this seemed a perfect partnership,” says owner Lisa Smith.Called Shed Loads of Love, the cake is inspired by the classic Persian Love Cake and comprises dried edible rose petals and chopped pistachios. Source: Jack & BeyondBite-size Lockdown has increased the demand for smaller cakes and desserts that serve two people.As Valentine’s dinners at home become the norm, a host of high street retailers including M&S, Aldi and Morrisons have unveiled ‘Dine in for Two’ offers.Bakers everywhere, meanwhile, are rolling out miniature bakes, from cheesecakes to pavlovas.Cheesecake specialist Pleesecakes, for example, has created individual portions of heart-shaped cheesecakes including caramel & butterscotch, vanilla with a coconut twist and Nutella variants.Jack & Beyond, on the other hand, has a range of Valentine’s Day Cupcakes with an rsp of £3.60. These vanilla cupcakes are finished with buttercream icing and a topping of meringues.last_img read more

Men’s Rowing: Four Wisconsin rowers earn invitation to top National Team Selection Camp

first_imgFour University of Wisconsin rowers have secured invitations to attend the 2017 USRowing Men’s U23 Selection Camp, a precursor to representing the U.S. in the 2017 World Rowing Under 23 Championship. Wisconsin rowers, senior Sebastian Amberger, senior Andrew Griffin, senior Sam Weeks and junior Erik Kernozek are among the 29 athletes invited to the national team camp. The Men’s U23 Selection Camp will be held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, this summer. The group of invited rowers will compete for making boat placement to represent the U.S. at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in July in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The training camp will be coached by Dave O’Neill of the University of Texas and Brian De Regt of Oakland Strokes. They will evaluate the rowers and winnow down the group to comprise just an eight and a four.Rowing in a league of their own, Wisconsin women compete at elite levelsOn an international stage in Rotterdam, Netherlands, rowers from around the world gathered to compete in the 2016  World Under 23 Rowing Read…Wisconsin’s Sam Weeks attended the national team selection camp in 2016 and is determined to take his upcoming experience as far as he can. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get a second shot at selection camp,” Weeks said. “Being cut on the final day of camp last year, I’m hoping to use my experience to take the next step this summer and make one of the boats.”As a senior, with his NCAA eligibility coming to a close and years of rowing for one of the top men’s rowing teams in the country, Weeks has both the ideal mindset and skillset to accomplish his goals. “This is likely the best I will be at rowing since my collegiate eligibility runs out once this season is over, so I will be in the best possible position to perform at my highest ability,” Weeks said.College basketball’s top performers throughout historyCentral Michigan’s Marcus Keene recorded the first 50-point game in NCAA Division I play in the last four years a Read…Along with Wisconsin rowers being frequently invited to U23 selection camp on consecutive years, UW’s rowing team also provides the most athletes chosen for the prestigious camp compared to other schools each year. In 2016, six Badgers were invited to the Men’s U23 National Team Selection camp: John Laing Wise IV, Sam Weeks, Sebastian Amberger, Andrew Griffin, James Lueken and James Roen. An invitation to selection camp is based upon “coach recommendations, physical and physiological characteristics (e.g. height, weight,), past performance in international and domestic competition, and the athlete’s ability to match the style and technique of the crew as determined by the designated coach,” according to USRowing. Cornell University and Yale are each sending three rowers, followed by Harvard and Princeton, who will each send two. The men’s rowing program at Wisconsin has great strength in producing athletes who are highly competitive at the top level of collegiate rowing. “Coach Clark has always told us he runs the Wisconsin system like a national team program,” Weeks said. “We race a lot and are constantly being tested and scored, but this gives every rower countless opportunities to show improvement and move up in the rankings.” While other colleges with rowing traditions use a strategy of creating a winning team by further developing rowers who proved themselves on the high school stage, Wisconsin largely draws from “walk-ons” with no prior rowing experience. UW cultivates top rowers from scratch in the realm of collegiate rowing, and for some, on the national and international arena.Wisconsin’s Erik Kernozek walked on to the men’s rowing team at Wisconsin his freshman year and now has the revered opportunity to make the national team. “The top end of collegiate rowing right now is extremely saturated with internationally recruited oarsmen,” Kernozek said. “I’m proud to be a part of a team that develops walk-on, home-grown athletes like myself to the United States national team selection camp level.”Men’s hockey: Here are all the Badgers currently playing in the 2017 NHL PlayoffsWith the NHL Playoffs beginning last weekend, it can be hard to know who to root for. Maybe your team Read…Weeks came into NCAA Division I collegiate rowing with some high school rowing experience, but showed dramatic improvement while rowing for the Badgers. “The system here allowed me to develop from being the slowest recruit in my class to being invited to the U23 camp,” Weeks said. “What is even more impressive is that two of the other three guys invited from Wisconsin are walk-ons and had never rowed a stroke before college, which really validates how quickly and well the system can develop elite American oarsmen.” Beyond the athletic development that makes a top collegiate rower, the dedication and commitment needed for such achievements has also had profound positive mental effects on the athletes.  “Rowing has forced my mentality to change from being afraid of work and pain, to the love of results,” Kernozek said. “Because of rowing, when I approach obstacles in my life, rather than thinking about where I would rather be in the moment, I always look forward to where I know I will be if I put in the work.” The Wisconsin rowers selected for the Men’s U23 Selection Camp are optimistic about their upcoming experience and the prudence of their efforts. “Ending my rowing career by representing the United States at the World Championships would be a very nice way to go out,” Weeks said. “Regardless of the final outcome, I want to end the camp with no regrets about my effort.”last_img read more

Froch claims Groves rejected rematch offer

first_imgCarl Froch claims George Groves has rejected an offer worth more than £1m to face him in a rematch.The Hammersmith man’s challenge for Froch’s WBA and IBF world titles in November ended in controversial circumstances when he was stopped in the ninth round.Groves was ahead, had floored Froch earlier in the fight and appeared to be well capable of continuing when referee Howard Foster halted the contest after a flurry of shots thrown by the champion.There has since been a clamour for the pair to meet again – but Nottingham’s Froch says he is now likely to fight Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.Froch kept his titles after Groves was stopped.In a statement, Froch said: “There has been plenty of speculation over the last few weeks regarding my future.“As it stands we are looking closely at two options: George Groves and Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.“Yesterday, we made a seven-figure offer to George Groves for a second fight that would have seen him earn around double that of the first. Disappointingly, George rejected this offer.“I understand the demand for the Groves fight in the UK, but also the demand in the US for the Chavez fight.“Talks are ongoing and no doubt some further news will break soon. I’m happy to fight anyone, as I have done throughout my entire career.”See also:Heartbreak for Groves in world title clashFroch insists ref was right to stop fightPromoter predicts Froch-Groves rematchGroves: I’ll bounce back and be championGroves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight refereeGutted Groves says he proved he belongs at the top levelFroch ordered to face Groves in rematchFroch-Groves rematch will be at WembleyGroves vows to avenge ‘stonewall robbery’Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors’ Shaun Livingston out vs. Phoenix

first_imgOAKLAND — Warriors reserve guard/forward Shaun Livingston will miss his second consecutive game when the Warriors (2-0) host the Phoenix Suns (1-1) on Monday at Oracle Arena because of a left knee contusion. Livingston also stayed sidelined during Sunday’s loss in Denver.Warriors coach Steve Kerr offered that Livingston’s absence may provide increased playing time for fourth-year guard Quinn Cook, training camp … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

Fly the Flag for Football!

first_imgThousands of South African flags will be handed out to travellers and holidaymakers over the Easter weekend as part of “Fly the Flag for Football“, a national campaign to build public support and excitement leading up to the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.The 2010 National Communication Partnership, a partnership of organisations involved in communicating about the soccer showpieces being hosted by South Africa, aims to distribute over 47-million South African flags through various campaigns by the time the World Cup kicks off in June 2010.“Our national Flag is a powerful symbol of unity and pride, and we would like to play our part by encouraging South Africans to proudly fly the flag as the eyes of the world are upon us,” Margaret Dingalo of the International Marketing Council of South Africa said in a statement on Monday.“The 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup is starting in less than 100 days, and excitement is building,” Dingalo said. “We need to help drive enthusiasm and patriotism, garnering support among South Africans for Bafana Bafana and the event as a whole.”Dingalo said the Easter long weekend had been chosen to launch the campaign as it was traditionally one of the busiest holiday periods in South Africa, with thousands of people travelling across the country.Colourful face-painted figures wearing South African flag t-shirts and makarapas, the football fan hat that is unique to South Africa, will be handing out free flags at tollgates, garages and airports across the country.Stand to win Confederations Cup tickets for yourself and three friends: visit flythesouthafricanflag on your mobile, or SMS ‘FLAG’ to 41929 (R2 per SMS).State-of-the-art digital “shoot-outs” will take place at a number of airports and garages along busy holiday routes, where members of the public will have a chance to win prizes by taking shots at a virtual goal.Zakumi, the 2010 Fifa World Cup mascot, will also be spotted around the country interacting with people and encouraging support.For South African football great Mark Fish, the campaign’s official spokesman, the Confederations Cup and World Cup are about more than football, representing “the opportunity of a lifetime, for South Africa and Africa as a whole.“Let us raise our flags in unity, joining together to make the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup joyful, unforgettable events,” Fish said. “Fly your flag and show the world the warmth and spirit of South Africa.”The Fly the Flag for Football! campaign will include an interactive mobile website, where members of the public can find more information and enter competitions.Members of the 2010 National Communication Partnership include the International Marketing Council of SA, South African Tourism, the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee, the Department of Arts and Culture, South African Airways, Proudly South African, and several other private sector and civil society groups.Related articlePress Releases: Fly the flag for footballlast_img read more

South African author shares lessons after winning Caine Prize

first_imgListening is important and reading is essential. These are just a few lessons Lidudumalingani Mqombothi gained on his journey as a writer. He won the 17th annual Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Memories We Lost earlier this month.Mqombothi believes he is a vessel, an instrument to tell precious stories. When he was asked if Memories We Lost is an African story, he replies: “I do not know what that [African story] even means. It is important to tell stories that might appear African or even South African. We should not make the mistake of thinking our experiences are uniquely South African.”Mqombothi received his prize, £10 000 (about R188 000) at a ceremony at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. He told BBC Africa that a conversation with a South African friend inspired him to write Memories We Lost.“My friend was trying to write a series of poems about her father who has Alzheimer’s. That was two years ago. Since then I would find myself either reading or watching something about mental illness.” Shortly thereafter he says the opportunity came to write a story about the illness.Memories We Lost“The winning story explores a difficult subject – how traditional beliefs in a rural community are used to tackle schizophrenia,” said chair of judges Delia Jarrett-Macauley. “Multi-layered, and gracefully narrated, this short story leaves the reader full of sympathy and wonder at the plight of its protagonists”.Memories We Lost details the heart wrenching story of two sisters and how they deal with the mental anguish one endures. The narrator speaks of “This Thing” that sometimes transforms her sister, making her do bad things, and causes her physical and emotional pain. She remembers her sister dropping out of school. The reader also finds out about the false impressions villagers have about “This Thing”.This short story is published in the Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You by the Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015 edition.Listen to Mqombothi’s story here:Mqombothi grew up in the Zikhovane Village in Transkei in the Eastern Cape. He was in his early twenties when he started writing poetry. “I attended a poetry session and felt I could write better poems. I could not, but I continued writing and now here we are.”He is also a photographer and a filmmaker. On 7 July, a few his images featured in the Real City of Cape Town Group Exhibition held in the Bo-Kaap.Mqombothi says his influences include poets, novelists, essayists, photographers, filmmakers, and the everyday man.“To narrow it down to a few would be an impossible and an unfair task. To amuse you, I will give you a few names: Ben Okri, Bessie Head, Dambudzo Marechera, Lewis Nkosi, Anne Michaels, Michael Ondaatje, Teju Cole, Junot Diaz, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou, Rachel Zadok and Zoe Wicomb.”Watch Mqombothi talk about his experience as a writer in South Africa:More about Caine Prize winnerThe Caine Prize for African Writing is awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The prize encourages and highlights the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider international audience. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.The other authors on the shortlist were:Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) for What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky,Tope Folarin (Nigeria) for Genesis,Bongani Kona (Zimbabwe) for At Your Requiem, published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You,and;Abdul Adan (Somalia/Kenya) for The Lifebloom Gift, published in The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014.last_img read more

Adventures great and small

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I’ve shared in the past how the pursuit of fish and game has led me to meet great folks, visit new places and share adventures big and small. A knock on a farmhouse door 20 years ago opened the opportunity to enjoy all three. I was following up on a “Hunting with Permission” sign I saw posted on an out-of-the way CRP field as I scouted for places to hunt pheasants. My research and plat map study eventually brought me to the Baker’s mud room and a conversation with Margaret, who was into her 70s when she first granted me permission to hunt the spot on the family farm. But not before sitting down in the kitchen for a chat.That was the first of 20 such talks around the kitchen table, as she kneaded dough or chopped vegetables as Margaret and I caught up on the previous year. I knocked on the door every October since, too late for most hunters who waited that late in the season to ask for one of the coveted permission slips. I always nervously eyed the same hand-written note Margaret re-taped to the storm door each autumn, after all the allotted slips for that season had been awarded to hunters, stating that it was too late to ask.Each fall it took a little longer for my knock to be answered, before was I ushered into a cluttered kitchen that always smelled of home cooking. Margaret would make me sit and squirm some years before revealing a permission slip that she had set aside for me, but I always left with more than I had come for, beyond the opportunity to walk the rich acreage she and her husband had set aside for wildlife each year. I was welcome and I was trusted, even after starting out as a stranger.I have hunted the patch on Thanksgiving morning carrying an infant in a backpack, paced it countless times with my wife on warm autumn days and hiked it back and forth on bitter cold December afternoons, following one of four English setters that have come and three gone, doing their best to sniff out roosters hiding in the grassy swales there over two decades.A younger version of Margaret met my tardy knock a few weeks ago, and I did a double take before her daughter informed me of her passing. Had I been on time this season I might have shared one more tableside chat, and perhaps some of her famous peanut brittle — which not even family members with the original recipe could replicate. Instead I stepped off the Baker’s doorstep for the final time clasping a note on torn pink paper stating that all the slips are accounted for. I left with memories of adventures great and small enjoyed in a field set aside for just that, and the person who opened the door to do so.last_img read more

Painters frustrate Gin Kings

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more Mr. Nice Guy: Tiu at peace with decision to retire PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESCALASIAO, Pangasinan—It wouldn’t be a typical heroic night for Gabe Norwood if he would shine on offense alone.After dropping two big long jumpers inside the final 2:14, Norwood came up with the biggest defensive play and led Rain or Shine to an 83-80 win over Barangay Ginebra in a Petron Saturday Special Game of the PBA Philippine Cup at Calasiao Sports Complex here.ADVERTISEMENT Meanwhile, defending four-time champion San Miguel Beer and surprising Columbian shoot for victories to strengthen their respective positions in the elimination round standings on Sunday as action returns to Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Beermen have a two-game winning streak going and can add to TNT KaTropa’s woes in the 6:45 p.m. game, just after the Dyip try to assemble their first winning streak and win for the third time in four games in their tussle with struggling NLEX.The Texters will actually be coming off their first victory but will come into their clash with the Beermen short in manpower, with Troy Rosario expected to sit out another game.Columbian has made heads turn here after claiming NorthPort’s scalp on Friday, 110-100, and with the Road Warriors reeling from three straight defeats, the Dyip are given more than an even chance in their 4:30 p.m. confrontation.“I told my players that every game is important for us for us to gain respect [from the field],” Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel said after the Friday win.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img The national team’s best defensive player then snuffed out all of the Gin Kings’ hopes of turning the result around a few plays later when he snared the most critical offensive rebound that led to the Elasto Painters’ second straight win.Ginebra lost for the second consecutive night and dropped to 1-2 after not getting the benefit in two play reviews—the first on Norwood’s chase-down block on LA Tenorio which would have made it a one-point game, and the second when it was ruled that Tenorio touched the ball last in the ensuing jump ball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRain or Shine got two unheralded big men in Norbert Torres and Mark Borboran leading all of its scorers with 12 coming off the bench, while Japeth Aguilar tossed in 19 to spearhead Ginebra.Maverick Ahanmisi was the only starter in twin digits for the Painters with 11. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View commentslast_img read more