Month: May 2017

RHS by Kettler…All in the Detail

Royal Horticultural Society Flower Shows are often the highlight of the summer. Due to the beauty of the Chelsea Flower Show, Harlow Carr or the Wisley Flower Show, it is always exciting to see the latest gardens. The RHS by Kettler garden furniture range has designs to fit into any award-winning garden. It is the little intricacies that make this range so special. Here are the finer details in the RHS by Kettler range:

Wood

RHS Chelsea Bench on a white background.

Chelsea

Rosemoor



Curved Back


RHS branding etched into wood


Comfortable armrests


Steamer Chair


Relax…


adjust the leg rest…


or detach it…


easy!


Adjust the back rest with a simple switch

Wicker


Harlow Carr Dining


Harlow Carr Lounge Set



Handwoven, weatherproof wicker


Glass top tables


Intricate RHS stitching on cushions


Protective Covers


Tailored to fit each product


Quick and easy to remove


UV resistant so won’t fade in the sun


Sharing the Best of Times giveaway

Today’s little moments: tomorrow’s big memories

We know how hard it can be in our hectic modern world to stop, savour the little things, and the people who go with them! Experts have told us for years that in a go-go-go culture we risk missing out on the small moments today that become big memories tomorrow.

With longer, lazier summer days approaching, we thought it was the perfect moment to celebrate the best of times. Kettler is giving you the chance to win our Caleta Corner Set worth £1,799, by sharing your best of times.

Keeping it in the family

Fresh bed sheets, tea first thing in the morning, something simmering in the slow cooker or a hot towel on the radiator as you get out the shower – the tiny ways our nearest and dearest say ‘I love you’ often don’t need any words at all.

A little help from my friends

It’s true that our friends are the family we choose – those wonderful, reliable people that help you move house or suffer in solidarity with you the day after your stag do. They’re a shoulder to cry on, a friendly face to sip glasses of wine with at the end of a long day, and the people we know will be there to share life’s big moments.

The friends we haven’t met yet

Baristas, supermarket assistants, bus drivers, mechanics, people on the street – a smile and a hello could make their day (or yours) that little bit better. Who doesn’t love it when the bus driver spots your mad dash to the stop and graciously waits for you, or when the barista gives you a size up on your coffee because you look a little sleepy?

Enter now

All you need to do is share your best of times with us, and remember, it’s the little things that mean the most. There are a few other entry options for you to choose to get bonus entries. Good luck!

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We’ll take your best of times and add them to our 100 little things page to celebrate – maybe you’ll spot something you’d love to do, too. We’ll be updating it regularly so make sure you check back to see if you’re featured.

As the days get longer and warmer, we can’t wait to savour the small things, knowing that they really do lead to the best of times. Why not check out our Indoors Outdoors ideas? From garden-fresh gin cocktails to toasting tasty treats in your very own fire pit, or stringing up the fairy lights for a garden party to remember – there’s something for every green space, and the best of times therein.


Pulled Pork Slider

Pulled pork burgers cooked from an Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ recipe with decorative gherkins.

Outdoor cooking is more than just a taste experience. The Everdure by Heston Blumenthal pulled pork slider utilises the rotisserie of the HUB or Fusion for a visual experience to make mouths water.

Preparation time: 24h
Cooking time: 4h+
Serves: 4+

Ingredients

For the Suckling Pig:
1.8Kg Suckling Pig
3 Kg Rock Salt

For the BBQ Sauce:
15g Groundnut or grapeseed oil
3 Cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 Banana shallot, peeled and finely chopped
¼ tsp Ground ginger
¼ tsp Powdered allspice
¼ tsp Mustard powder
¼ tsp Cayenne pepper
¼ tsp Smoked paprika
210g Tomato passata
100g Cider vinegar
120g Demerara sugar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Golden syrup
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Black pepper

Method

  1. Dry the skin of the pig. Using a sharp knife, lightly score the skin in a cross hatch direction. Using the salt, massage the skin of the pig ensuring that it is covered in salt.
  2. Place some of the salt on the bottom of a large container. Place the pig on top and sprinkle the remainder of the salt on top to cover. Allow to stand for 2 hours.
  3. After the time has elapsed, remove the pig from the salt and scrub off the excess salt. Dry the skin with kitchen towels and place in the fridge overnight.
  4. Set up the bbq by filling the tray with charcoal and igniting it. In the meantime, rub vegetable oil on the surface of the pig. Place the pig on the middle setting of the rotisserie function and allow to rotate for 1 hour.
  5. Move the rotisserie to its highest setting and continue to rotate for approximately 3 to 3.5 hours while topping up the charcoal as necessary, making sure the heat is evenly distributed.
  6. For the BBQ sauce, heat the oil in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the garlic and shallot and sweat until soft (approximately 7 minutes).
  7. Put in the dry spices, and continue to cook for 2 minutes, stirring to incorporate them. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for 20 minutes.
  8. Pour the contents of the saucepan into a blender and blitz for 30 seconds until smooth. Pass through a fine sieve and allow to cool. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge until needed.
  9. Lower the pig on the rotisserie back to the middle setting for the last 30 min of cooking.
  10. Mix with BBQ sauce and serve the pulled pork slider in the Brioche buns.

It’s the little things that matter

Mother holding and kissing her girl in a garden surrounding.

Life’s most precious moments are in the details. Ongoing small gestures can be so much more gratifying than grand displays.

We’ve curated a list of all the little things that bring the best of times, according to you. Here are some of our favourites:

That first cup of coffee in the morning when the house is still silent and everyone is asleep. Leaving work on Friday, when the sunshine hits your face outside, and you just close your eyes and smile. Seeing the smiles on my kids faces when I get home from work.
Liam Bishop, entered via our site
Big family get-togethers – a great way for family members to catch up on relatives’ lives and strengthen family bonds.
Sophie Baker, entered via our site
When my baby, my partner and I are all laughing together, the feeling of warmth, love and happiness that flows between us make my heart burst.
Penny Bolan, entered via our site
My dog never leaves my side, he adores being with me and gives me lots of love, he melts my heart.
Lauren Henson, entered via The Dadventurer
I love spending time playing outside with my two girls drawing with chalk looking for bugs and playing hopscotch!
Claire Willmer, entered via The Dadventurer
I absolutely love going to the beach and splashing in the water with my three children. Afterwards we always go for some fish and chips. Heaven x
Claire Hart, entered via Everything Mummy
Driving along an empty country road admiring the beauty.
Brett Pereira, entered via Everything Mummy
Getting a chance to read the paper whilst listening to some music. Instead of the usual soundtrack to my life – children’s TV!
Alex Cook, entered via Who’s the Mummy
Hearing the birds singing first thing in the morning & knowing that it’s going to be a beautiful day.
Ann Gwillim, entered via Who’s the Mummy
Watching my baby daughter try new food… If it’s something she especially enjoys she puts her head to one side and makes little “numnumnum” grunts!
Carrie Landeryou, entered via More Than Toast
A family bike ride and picnic. Snuggling under a blanket in the sofa watching a movie and eating popcorn with my children.
Charlotte Astley, entered via More Than Toast
A cup of tea in bed with a good book, catching up with an old friend for coffee, seeing the blossom coming out on the trees and realising that winter is over for another year.
Chloe Shipman, entered via Mummy in the City
Sitting down the garden in the early evening watching the great tits feeding their brood. Joy!
Liz Slade, entered via Mummy in the City
The little thing that makes me happy is every morning I wake up and look to the side of me and see my beautiful sleeping boy. When he wakes up and spots me he instantly has the biggest smile on his face and it makes me so happy to see that face every day.
Anna Sherman, entered via our site
When one of my grandchildren cuddles up and says ‘Love you, Nan’ – three little words that make me tingle inside 🙂
Patricia Avery, entered via our site
The little thing that makes me happy is being woken up by my little rescue dog Maisie in the morning – she always nudges my nose with her cold wet nose and does a little squeak when I open my eyes – she is just too adorable.
Sandra Jo Siddall, entered via our site
Early morning walks with the dog, when the sun has come up and you can feel it’s going to be a gorgeous, sunny day.
Joe Dee Phoenix, entered via The Dadventurer
That moment when the kids are asleep and we both sit together for five minutes, but don’t say anything. It’s the little things.
Danielle Jackson, entered via The Dadventurer
I love the wild pheasants bringing their chicks into our garden each year – honoured!
Suzanne Brown, entered via Everything Mummy
Sitting with my husband with a cup of tea, listening to the birds in the garden and the horses in the paddocks neighing to each other across the fields.
Liane Amos, entered via Everything Mummy
Getting back from work, making a cuppa and having a lie down in my garden on my comfy corner garden sofa.
Laura Nisbet, entered via Who’s the Mummy
Taking the family and dogs to Hengistbury Head in Dorset and walking along the beautiful beaches, huts, harbour, wildlife sanctuary and woods. It doesn’t cost anything and we always have a wonderful day, whatever the weather.
Michelle Clarke, entered via Who’s the Mummy
Listening to the rain outside whilst curled up on the sofa in a big jumper.
Frida Becker, entered via More Than Toast
Impromptu BBQs which turn into late night gatherings finishing with marshmallows around the fire pit.
Jim Flowers, entered via More Than Toast
At 70 years young, just waking up in the morning.
Ian Price, entered via Mummy in the City
Browsing a vintage shop with my boyfriend on a rainy afternoon.
Jayne Hyman, entered via Mummy in the City
The dog sneaking into our bed for morning cuddles before I get up.
Joanne Smith, entered via North East Family Fun
Volunteering at my local animal rescue centre.
Amanda Tanner, entered via North East Family Fun
Breakfast in the garden in our nightclothes when our daughters visit and the weather is really warm!
Judy Herring, entered via our site
The smell of the pavement after it has rained!
Katharine Balyuzi, entered via our site
The little thing that makes me happy is every morning I wake up and look to the side of me and see my beautiful sleeping boy. When he wakes up and spots me he instantly has the biggest smile on his face and it makes me so happy to see that face every day.
Anna Sherman, entered via our site
I have to walk through a park everyday on my way to work. Something always makes me smile. It can be the squirrels playing round a tree or the seagulls doing their little dance to get worms. There is always something.
Jacqui Allen, entered via our site
When my girls play in the garden together and I can sit with a new notebook and sketch as I watch them.
Kate Dalgleish, entered via our site
I love the smells of fresh grass and being by the sea, also a nice cup of tea always goes down a treat.
Tracy Baines, entered via our site
A little bit of sunshine always brings a smile to my face.
Margaret McCaffery, entered via our site
We have an elderly neighbour who literally knows everything about nature and he loves to drop in and tell us how his bees are doing or how to spot badger poo, he’s an absolute delight and we love him dearly.
Bella Bazley, entered via our site
Putting the paddling pool up on a warm day in the garden, eating ice lollies and drinking wine!
Jodie Askew, entered via our site
Freshly baked bread topped with creamy butter.
Mike Cambridge, entered via our site
Cuddles with my cat and a really great book! It doesn’t take much!
Laura Gibson, entered via our site
Sitting in the sun with my shoes off, watching the birds feed and bathe in my pond, with a glass of wine!
Mary Graham, entered via our site

 

The Best of Times giveaway has now closed. Please check back next summer for more competitions.


A garden full of memories

Birds view of a dog standing in front of a red bucket with colourful water ballons.

Some of our most treasured moments often take place in the garden. Whatever your age, outdoor spaces are perfect for having fun and relaxing in, so it’s no surprise that they leave a lasting impression.

We’ve pulled together some of our favourite nostalgic garden moments for you to reminisce about. Who knows, you might even fancy reliving them this summer!

Young boy in a striped sweater holding his eyes closed for a game of hide and seek.

Fun and games in the sun

There was a time when a tap on the shoulder and a shout of ‘Tag!’ was all it took to get everyone excited. The thrill of being chased by your friends through freshly-cut grass was a memory that lasted for years to come.

Once you were exhausted from all the running, you’d play a game of hide-and-seek to give yourselves a breather. Whether it was in the bushes, behind the bench or squeezed into an impossibly small space; the garden was full of great hiding spots. And you never, ever forget your favourite hiding place.

Two children playing football in a field.

The family kick-about

The second a ball was out, things usually got competitive. Football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, or some strange mix of the lot; the rules didn’t matter but the scores certainly did. Even your grandparents produced unbelievable shots when it came down to the wire.

While you might not remember who won, the warm memories of playing your favourite games with your favourite people never leave you.

Blonde girl holding a bundle of cherries.

Hand-picked fruit

When you think of the garden, you probably picture it on a bright, sunny day. The flowers are in full bloom and you can almost taste the fresh fruit, homegrown veg and herbs picked from the patch by the fence.

The sweetness of the strawberries you helped your grandparents cultivate contrasted with the tartness of the gooseberries from the overgrown bush out back. Eaten on their own or dipped in sugar and cream, the flavour still takes you back to those childhood days if you close your eyes.

Young by playing in a rubber pool.

Splashing around

On a hot summer’s day, nothing could beat an inflatable pool filled with cool water from the garden hose. Despite the water rarely coming past your knees, this always provided endless fun.

Whether you were splashing around, playing games or filling your water gun with liquid ammo for an assault on unsuspecting victims, it didn’t matter if everyone ended up soaking wet when you could lie back and dry off in the sun.

Blonde girl reading in a wooden treehouse.

Clambering about

You were the king of the castle. High above everyone else, at the top of your climbing frame, you could survey the garden then make a quick escape from any invading parents via the slide. Or, with a single push of the swing, you’d soar through the air – higher and higher, before jumping off at the highest point.

Then there were the trees you climbed hundreds of times, and the wall that you just had to scale for a peek into the neighbours’ garden. It didn’t matter whether your garden was big or small – it was the experience of being outdoors with family and friends that made it special.

Burger, sausages and kebabs sizzling on a barbecue.

Get the barbie on

With the sun out, the smell of charcoal in the air and everyone over; what’s better for making perfect memories than the humble barbecue? Rustling up the burgers, sausages and kebab skewers was Dad’s time to shine, but the food didn’t need to be fancy as you lay back in the sun.

You’ll never forget those long summer days, when the sun never seemed to set and the party continued late into the evenings. Even when the weather took a turn for the worse; it could never spoil the fun.


Birthdays at Kettler

We here at Kettler take birthdays very seriously. From decorating desks to birthday cards passed around the office, we make a fuss: no exceptions. This week it was Lisa from Transport who celebrated her birthday. As is tradition, she brought in a selection of goodies, including this magnificent, Kettler themed cake.

The cake features images of the Cycle R recumbent bike, RHS Wisley Companion Set and Steamer as well as the RHS Harlow Carr Lounge Sofa. And yes, it tasted as good as it looks.

Thank you for bringing the cake in, Lisa and happy birthday!


A garden for all occasions

Group of young people sitting outside in a beautifully decorated garden.

With some planning and preparation, your garden can be transformed into a magical, social space. There is something special about using your own backyard to celebrate an occasion.

From weddings to birthday parties and intimate dinners with family and friends – it’s the perfect venue to let your creativity run wild.

Preparation is key

Even if you’re the spontaneous type that likes to invite the neighbours over at a minute’s notice, there’s plenty you can do to get your garden guest-ready. Whether it’s removing weeds, cutting grass, or installing a fire pit, creating an action plan will help make your party dreams a reality.

Sprucing up your garden will not only make it look more inviting to your guests but also make it easier to care for in the long run. Once you’ve tidied up, you can start planning the layout of your event. Draw a rough sketch of the space and start visualising where tables, snug retreats and game areas will best fit.

Nicely decorated table in the garden.

It’s time to call the professionals

If you’re planning a major event, like a wedding reception, talk to a professional landscaper in advance. This way you’ll know when and where to plant your favourite flowers, so they bloom in time for the big day.

If you’re finding it hard to decide on the best layout for your outdoor nuptials, enlist the help of a wedding planner. They’ll be able to estimate how many guests will fit in your garden, and what to do if the weather takes a bad turn.

Enhance your event with outdoor furniture

Organising a large alfresco party? Think about renting tables, chairs, bar, tent and whatever else you might need. Make sure the table is the centrepiece of your party, but don’t forget about setting up a cosy corner using cushions and throws for your guests to lounge in after dinner.

Sofas and benches are perfect if you’re going for a more relaxed party vibe or want to create some separate areas for mingling.

Don’t get caught in the rain

Checking the weather forecast at least a week before the event will help you prepare for rain, hail or shine. If it’s likely to rain, hiring or purchasing a gazebo is a quick and easy solution. They’re available in a range of sizes and prices and can look very chic when fitted out stylishly.

If your occasion is slightly more formal, hiring a marquee might be a good idea. Marquees offer shelter from rain and sun and hire companies also provide furniture, heating and lighting.

Create character with lighting

When the sun finally sets, you’ll need ample lighting for the party to continue outside. Lanterns and fairy lights can instantly add dimension to your garden, in addition to creating an enchanting atmosphere.

You may even want to install permanent outdoor lighting if you’re planning on using certain spaces a lot over the warmer months.

Flaming fire pit with two marshmallows.

Keep the party going

Even in summer, keeping your guests warm in evenings is something you should consider. Investing in an outdoor heater or fire pit not only encourages your visitors to stay longer but crowding around a fire is also a lovely way to end the night.

Having plenty of blankets on hand is another easy solution, especially if you’re planning on hosting something like an outdoor cinema. All you need for your open-air movie night is somewhere to hang a white sheet, a projector and some comfy seating (think bean bags and lots of cushions). Don’t forget the popcorn, drinks and – of course – the perfect summer flick for a real VIP screening experience.

Adding these personal touches to your garden will help make your event a memorable one. From the food and drink, you serve to the style of your outdoor furniture, organising a classic British garden party is one of the best ways to enjoy the summer months.


Honey and Red Wine Vinegar Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

Heston's own Honey and Red Wine Vinegar Rotisserie Leg of Lamb and vegetables cooked from an Everdure by Hetson Blumenthal BBQ recipe.

Cook Heston’s own Honey and Red Wine Vinegar Rotisserie Leg of Lamb on your Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ. Serve with charred vegetables for the complete barbeque taste.

Ingredients

For the Lamb:
3g        Star anise
4g        Fennel seeds
20g      Parsley leaves
10g      Tarragon leaves
10g      Garlic cloves, peeled
3g        Fennel pollen
50g     Olive oil
10g      Salt
1          Boned leg of lamb

For the Garnish:
2          Bulbs of fennel
12        Purple baby carrots
100g    Unsalted butter
50g      Honey
2 Litres water with 10g salt

Method

  1. For the lamb, toast star anise and fennel seeds in a pan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and using a pestle and mortar grind to a fine powder.
  2. In a blender add the parsley & tarragon leaves, garlic cloves, star anise and fennel seed powder, plus the fennel pollen. Blitz on low speed while slowly adding the olive oil. Continue to mix until smooth. Season with salt.
  3. Place the leg of lamb on a chopping board and open so that it is flat against the board. Rub the marinade on all sides of the leg. Place in a container and cover. Place in the fridge for 24 hours.
  4. Remove from the fridge and roll the leg back to form a log. Using butcher’s twine, tie the leg together. Place the rod from the spit through the middle of the leg and fasten using the Cliplock Forks.
  5. Place the charcoal in the tray of the HUB barbeque, following the instructions in the user manual for ignition.  Press the ignition button on the front of the barbeque. Place the rod back on the rotisserie poles at height level 3, and press the rotisserie button also on the front of the barbeque.
  6. Continue to add coals throughout the three to four hour cooking time. Baste the leg of lamb with the honey.
  7. Using a thermometer probe as well as an infrared thermometer gun, check that the temperature reaches approximately 60°C on the outside of the meat while reaching 56°C on the core. This will be achieved by moving the charcoal around during the cooking process.
  8. Once the temperature has been reached, remove the leg of lamb from the rotisserie and cover with aluminum foil. Allow to rest on a cooling rack over a tray for 30 minutes.
  9. During this time the lamb will continue to cook reaching a final temperature of approximately 60°C.
  10. For the Garnish, slice fennel top to bottom about 1cm thick and cut the carrots in half lengthways. Reserve the fennel to be cooked on the barbeque.
  11. For the carrots, place them in a medium pan with butter and cover. Place over medium heat and cook until the carrots are cooked but firmed to the touch.
  12. While the leg of lamb is resting, place the carrots and fennel on the grill of the HUB and cook until charred and cooked. Glaze the carrots with some of the cooking butter.
  13. To serve, place the vegetables on a serving platter and place the slices of the leg of lamb on top.

Roasted pineapple sundae

Pineapple coated with crystallised nuts and served with ice cream.

Got a hankering for pineapples? Those with a sweet tooth will love the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal roasted pineapple sundae drizzled in sticky caramel. Coated with crystallised nuts and served with chocolate ice cream and whipped cream, this truly tasty treat is perfect for your next barbecue.

Ingredients

For the pineapple caramel:

500g white caster sugar
125g unsalted butter
225g apple juice
5g salt

For the crystallised nuts:

200g pistachios
200g white caster sugar

For the caramel sauce:

140g demerara sugar
115g golden syrup
115g double cream
30g unsalted butter
¼ tsp salt

Method

  1. For the pineapple caramel, place a medium pan over low heat. Pour the sugar into the pan and melt while whisking constantly.
  2. When it reaches a dark colour, add the butter, a little at a time, each time letting it melt fully and whisking it vigorously to emulsify. Remove from the heat, add the salt and whisk until fully dissolved.
  3. Add 1/3 of the apple juice and whisk until fully incorporated, repeat with the remaining 2/3 of apple juice. When all the juice is emulsified into the caramel, place back on the heat and bring to a boil.
  4. Allow the caramel to cool completely before covering and reserve until ready to use.
  5. To cook the pineapples, remove the skin from the pineapple and slice a “trench”, about 2cm deep and 3cm wide, diagonally from top to bottom.
  6. Place each pineapple on the roasting rods of your Everdure by Heston Blumenthal and fasten on either side. Turn the rotisserie function on and roast for a couple of hours while brushing with the pineapple caramel regularly.
  7. For the crystallised nuts, pre-heat the oven to 170ºC. Place the nuts on a baking tray and toast in the oven for 12 minutes.
  8. In the meantime, put 150g water and the sugar into a small saucepan. Place it over a medium-high heat and bring to the boil.
  9. When the temperature of the liquid reaches 135ºC, or the syrup is beginning to colour at the edge of the pan, add the pistachios and whisk until the syrup has completely crystallized and coated the nuts.
  10. Pour the coated nuts onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and allow to cool.
  11. For the caramel sauce, place the ingredients in a saucepan over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Whisk until the sauce reaches 120ºC, then remove the pan from the heat.
  12. To finish, remove the pineapples from the spit and allow to cool slightly. Using a sundae glass, alternate chocolate ice cream and pieces of the roasted pineapples. Finished with whipped cream, sprinkled some of the crystallised nuts and a drizzle of the caramel sauce.

Kettler 2017 Mesh Chairs: What to Buy

Aerial shot of the Caffe Roma Set with Aqua coloured cushions

With the summer just round the corner people start thinking about what garden furniture their outdoor space needs. If you are thinking of buying mesh chairs we are here to help. Kettler’s 2017 outdoor furniture range is packed with great, stylish mesh chairs.

Two Caredo Chairs with aqua check seat pads and 70cm Mesh Table from KETTLER's Classic metal garden furniture range on a patio.

Let’s start with the Caredo chair. This is a range because of its plain design. You have the straight arm rests and curved back for comfort. The straightforward design makes it a favourite for traditional gardens.

The Siena Dining Chair from KETTLER's Classic Garden furniture range on a grey background.

 

There is something inherently British about sitting outdoors on mesh furniture and enjoying some tea. The Siena chair upholds this patriotic past time with the classic design, featuring the Tudor Rose at the head of the back rest.

 

The Caffe Roma Bistro Set with Aqua Check cushions on a patio.

Caffe Roma continues the Italian theme, this time bringing the relaxed feel of a trendy cafe to your garden. The 2 seat bistro set folds up for easy storage and includes a 60cm round table. The Caffe Roma features a romantic style for couples to relax and dine on a small patio or balcony.

Features of Mesh Chairs

  • Durable and long-lasting – two of the main characteristics of metal.
  • Colour: Iron grey.
  • Easy storage solutions.
  • Tailored cushions also available.
  • 5 year anti-rust warranty.

These are just some of the many mesh chairs we offer. Click here for our full range of mesh furniture.