• We’ve teamed up with Sandhya’s Kitchen for Valentine’s Day to create the perfect pancake recipe. Beautifully styled on our Natural Canvas collection and complete with a tea set, this recipe is eye-catching, delicious and full of nutrients from the beetroot used. Surprise your favourite person with these red velvet pancakes this Valentine’s.

    Makes: 12 pancakes

    Cooking time: 3 minutes per pancake

    Ingredients:

    135g Plain Flour

    150g Cooked Beetroot (3 medium sized beetroot)

    10g Baking Powder (2 tsp approx)

    3g Salt (1/2 tsp approx)

    3 Tsp Caster Sugar

    130ml Milk

    2 Tsp of Sunflower/Olive Oil

    1 Slightly Beaten Large Egg

    1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

    Butter for greasing

    Cream Cheese Glaze:

    180g Cream Cheese

    1 Cup Icing Sugar

    1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

    1 Tbsp Milk ( if required)

    Toppings (optional):

    Berries

    Mint leaves

    Instructions:

    • To prepare the cream cheese glaze, beat the cream cheese, icing sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth. Thin the consistency with a tbsp of milk if needed and set it aside

    • For the pancakes, sift the flour, baking powder, caster sugar and salt together

    • Blend the cooked beetroot and milk until you get a smooth puree. Then mix the beetroot and milk puree with the oil, vanilla extract and lightly beaten egg

    • Add the wet ingredients to dry gradually and whisk

    • Heat a non-stick pan on a low heat and add the butter

    • Pour 2 small ladles of the batter into the pan

    • When the bubbles begin to appear (approx 2 minutes after), flip the pancake and cook for another 1 minute

    • Repeat the process until all of the batter is used up. Keep the pancakes warm by stacking them in an oven (heated on the lowest setting)

    • Finally, stack the pancakes and top them with the cream cheese glaze and berries.

    Discover more of Sandhya’s recipes here.

    Valentine’s Red Velvet Pancakes by Sandhya’s Kitchen
  • Instagram Magic by the @Meringuegirls

    Food is the most shared thing on Instagram, and our Art of Entertaining Trend Report found that 45% of people think the way their food looks on a plate is just as important as how it tastes.

    Thankfully, Instagram gurus the Meringue Girls have let us in on some of their secrets to catch the best shot. Read their top tips below:

    Natural Lighting

    There’s no need to splash out on fancy lighting gear because natural lighting is all you need. Cloudy days are actually the best days for shooting, as the light is softer and more even. Artificial light and flash creates shadows and can often make food look unappealing, so make sure you capture that shot before the sun goes down.

    Background & Colour

    We find that you can create the most Instagrammable shots by using a simple background with striking, standout tableware, or alternatively a colourful background with simple crockery. Either way, you'll be letting the food speak for itself and not overwhelming with too many different patterns and textures in the background.

    If you’re at home, have a look around at the different floorboards and bathroom tiles and you can always use them to style on. Marble, wooden chopping boards, and painted slats are our favourites.

    Props for Scale

    Smaller plates of food appear more elegant so don't overcrowd the dish and always leave a clear wide rim. You can cleverly show scale (and draw the viewer in) by utilising props such as a hand holding a perfectly twirled pasta fork, a steaming hot coffee, or spoon about to dive into an enticing dessert.

    Uneven Numbers

    Even numbers create symmetry, but uneven numbers are much more interesting to the eye and allow viewers to explore the picture instead of scanning for symmetrical imperfections.

    Decorate, Decorate, Decorate!

    Use fresh and interesting ingredients to add colour, texture and excitement to the shot. A sprinkle of rose petals, a drizzle of yogurt or a curl of lemon zest add that extra something to a shot.

    Angles

    Certain foods require certain shots. The rules are: if the dish is built vertically, shoot from the side. If it’s flat, shoot from above. For example, thick burgers, gooey cheese toasties, and tall cakes require side angle shots, whereas individual portions of cheese on boards are much better overhead.

    Instagram Magic by the @Meringuegirls
  • Valentine’s Day Gifts

    Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and we have collated our favourite gifts to give this year. As our stoneware collections are crafted from hardy Derbyshire clay and fired at 1200 degrees, they truly make a special gift that will last a lifetime.

    A new shape, our Natural Canvas Cafetiere showcases the history and quality of classic Denby whilst providing a contemporary and practical piece to use every day. Natural Canvas was originally inspired by our 1960’s Chevron collection with its defined roulette detailing. This Cafetiere design is beautiful and subtle in shape and colour. It can also be used as a jug or vase after removing the plunger and filling with an array of beautiful flowers.

    Co-ordinate your mugs with our pastel hued His & Hers Mug Set; this pair of mugs makes a thoughtful gift and will add colour to your kitchen cupboards. Use the mugs to pour the perfect morning coffee or use to serve your dessert choice of mousse, ice-cream or sorbet this Valentines.

    Our latest Cast Iron casserole dishes have been designed to make the tastiest one-pot dishes, ideal for date night. By heating up faster and staying hotter for longer, our new Cast Iron guarantees a tasty meal whilst the bright and appealing red shade of this particular dish will brighten up your table setting.

    For any baking lover, our Heritage Baking Set makes a great gift and includes a mixing bowl, heart mould and spatula. Modern in hue, the spacious bowl can be used to mix up anything from pancake batter to a chocolate cake and banana loaf. Embrace the theme of Valentines and create a heart shaped bake in the silicone heart mould, making it quick and hassle-free to remove after cooking.

    Finally, give a gift to share with James Martin’s 6 Piece Deli Set, ideal for a dinner party or casual lunch with friends. Present your favourite cheeses, meats, breads, olives, nuts, oils and dips on this stylish and versatile piece. Available in a smart box, it’s easily wrapped, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

    See our full range of Valentine's Day gifts here.

    Valentine’s Day Gifts
  • The New Health Foods

    Purple vegetables, seaweed, grains, coconut flour and sugar are anticipated to be some of the most popular health foods to eat and enjoy this year. Luckily, these ingredients can make for a range of tantalising dishes that are visually pleasing and appetising to taste.

    Packed with nutrients and antioxidants, purple vegetables are the new green veg! Ultimately showcasing the nutritional benefit of darker coloured foods, purple vegetables help to combat disease, reduce inflammation and improve heart health. Introducing them into your diet is easy – keep an eye out for aubergines, purple cauliflower, corn, sweet potatoes and asparagus. On a side note, they will certainly brighten up your dinnertime Instagram photo! Plate up your veggies on a Halo Medium Deep Plate for the perfect contemporary backdrop.

    Japanese cuisine is on the rise and seaweed is amongst the top food trends in 2017. Enjoy it as a quick and easy snack in the form of seaweed crisps or as a main meal in seaweed pasta or as a flavoursome topping to your salad – our Imperial Blue 7 Piece Asian Set is ideal for serving your favourite international dishes.

    Continuing on from the growth of bowl food, filling your cupboards with grains and pulses including quinoa, lentils and couscous can enable you to create simple and nutritious meals that will give you more energy, and avoid the over-full carbohydrate feeling. Start with your grain or pulse of choice, layer with vegetables and protein and finish with a sauce. Serve in one of our eye-catching Nesting Bowls and eat with a fork or spoon.

    Gluten-free and high in protein, coconut flour is a great choice for guilt-free baking, and gives a subtle coconut taste. In addition, coconut sugar is a natural unrefined sugar, made from the sap of coconut tree flowers. Substituting cane sugar for coconut sugar in your banana bread or brownie mix is a guaranteed way to lower your unnatural sugar intake. Mix up your sweet treats using coconut flour and sugar in a Heritage Veranda Serving Bowl, and present to your guests on our Heritage Pavilion Large Rectangular Platter.

    Explore our full Healthy Eating collection here.

    The New Health Foods
  • Indy Power’s Apple and Cinnamon Baked Oats

    Feel good chef Indy Power has created a series of delicious one-pot recipes ideal to cook in our Cast Iron and Oven to Tableware ranges.

    The second of Indy’s recipes is a dreamy brunch creation: Apple and Cinnamon Baked Oats with Raspberry Drizzle. Indy says, “This is the dreamiest breakfast or brunch and perfect for when you have friends over.”

    Serves: 6

    Preparation time: 10 minutes

    Cooking time: 30 minutes

    Ingredients:

    2 & 1/2 Cups of Gluten Free Oats (250g)

    2 Teaspoons of Cinnamon

    2 Large Apples

    2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup

    2 Cups of Unsweetened Nut Milk (500ml)

    2 Eggs

    Large Handful of Walnuts

    For the Raspberry Drizzle:

    150g of Raspberries

    3 Tablespoons of Water

    Instructions:

    • Preheat the oven to 180’C

    • In a large bowl, combine the cinnamon and oats. Grate the apple into the bowl and mix well

    • In another bowl or jug, combine the nut milk, eggs and maple syrup and whisk well. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well

    • Pour the mixture out into a large oven dish and spread it out evenly. Sprinkle the walnuts on top and bake at 180’C for about 30 minutes until lightly golden and set

    • During the last ten minutes of baking time, add the raspberries and water to a small saucepan on medium heat. Let it simmer gently for 5-10 minutes until thick and sweet

    • Serve the oats hot as is or with a dash more almond milk and a drizzle of the raspberry sauce.

    Take part in our 'Invention Test' and create your very own one-pot recipe on Facebook or Instagram using #DenbyCastIron and #DenbyOvenware for a chance to WIN a Halo Large Rectangular Oven Dish

    Shop the Halo Large Rectangular Oven Dish that Indy used to cook her recipe here.

    Indy Power’s Apple and Cinnamon Baked Oats