Your Guide to the Perfect Family Night in
Staying in is definitely the new going out, right?! OK, we have little choice in the matter right now, but why not embrace the last few days of the November lockdown and…
Easy Family Meals from Asda
Whether you’re looking for some healthy meal ideas or an activity to do as a family, we’ve got you covered with these amazing family recipes from Asda! Asda’s online ‘Kids’ Kitchen’…
8 Family Films To Watch Now
We love movies at Barons Quay and although trips to the cinema may be out of the question at the moment, there’s a host of streaming options to help you get your…
How To Celebrate VE Day At Home
8 May 2020 marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Europe. When the long-awaited news was announced people of…
Sweet Treats from Sticky Paws
In a bid to bring Barons Quay to the homes of our lovely customers during lockdown we have teamed up with the brilliant Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest to bring you…
The Northwich History Quiz
If you’re at home and looking for a challenge, why not give our local history quiz a go? How well do you really know Northwich? Put your knowledge of the town to…
Staying in is definitely the new going out, right?! OK, we have little choice in the matter right now, but why not embrace the last few days of the November lockdown and have a family night to remember?
The Christmas decorations are going up early this year so why not order your festive pjs now?! Surprise your loved ones with some gorgeous new night wear from H&M, we love these matching tartan ones! This will get you all in the mood for a cosy night in as you settle down for some family fun.
FUN & GAMES
The family that plays together, stays together! There’s nothing like a bit of healthy competitiveness to bring a family group together, play as a team if you have younger children and make sure you get the games out early before anyone gets too tired to play.
If your board games are a bit boring why not try a modern spin on a classic with the new Pictionary Air game? Or you could test your knowledge with the brilliant The Chase board game! Both of these plus lots more can be found at The Entertainer, which has some great offers on at the moment and remember, you can click and collect from Barons Quay within 15 minutes of ordering.
We may not be going “out out” at the moment but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a boogie! Release some endorphins and burn off those calories with a home disco! Get yourself a playlist together and turn the volume up for a family dance off!
Install this cool disco ball light from George at Asda and turn your kitchen into a nightclub!
NO TIME TO COOK
You need to treat yourself during your perfect night in! Don’t slave over the oven or have a massive pile of dirty dishes to tidy up…order in! Food from Wildwood at Barons Quay is available via Click and Collect or via Uber Eats and Just Eat! So peruse the menu and make sure you order everyone’s favourite for a faff free meal.
Why not create some fun mocktails together? They can be as healthy or as naughty as you like, you will need fresh fruit juices, ice, soda water, lemonade, fruit cordials and don’t forget the fresh fruit and herbs to garnish your creations!
We love these Mango & Apple Fizz mocktails from Asda, you can see the full recipes here.
Finally, it’s time to decide which movie you are going to watch! There are so many great family friendly films out there, especially if you have one of the TV subscriptions services. Here are our favourites…
Disney+ – Go classic and watch the old Disney films. Snow White, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King are all available on the Disney streaming service. Or why not watch Frozen and Frozen 2 and sing along to the songs?! A big recommendation is the newer film “Onward” – just make sure you have the tissues ready!
Netflix – If you haven’t seen the new “Over The Moon” movie then do so! It is stunning and emotional. “All Dogs Go To Heaven” is a classic from 1989 and is currently streaming on Netflix. Or why not bring it up to date and watch “Spiderman: Into the Spider Verse” or get all Christmassy and watch “Klaus”
Amazon Prime– If you didn’t catch it last year, the animated version of “The Addams Family” is on Prime, along with the action packed “Bumblebee” and the brilliantly acted “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”
Whether you’re looking for some healthy meal ideas or an activity to do as a family, we’ve got you covered with these amazing family recipes from Asda!
Asda’s online ‘Kids’ Kitchen’ has a range of recipes that have been created by children, so they’re really easy to make, look good and most importantly they’re packed with veggies and all the nutrients your child needs, so why not give them a go?
1) Irem’s Sesame Salmon – Kids’ Kitchen
This dish only takes 35 minutes to make and has less than 10 ingredients, parents and children will love this one. Irem’s recipe serves 2 people so adjust the measurements accordingly.
- 1tbsp clear honey
- 1tbsp sweet chilli sauce
- 2tsp finely grated fresh ginger
- 240g pack Asda 2 Salmon Fillets, skin removed
- 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 250g pack Asda Wholegrain Micro Rice
- 1tbsp Asda Reduced Salt Soy Sauce
- 1tsp sesame oil
- 320g Birds Eye Steamfresh Super Sunshine Mix (taken from 540g pack)
See how to make it here.
2) Lottie’s Nachos – Kids’ Kitchen
These nachos are freshly made and a healthy twist on the classic dish. You and your little ones can make the nachos yourself using Asda’s tortillas, swap out the sour cream for Asda’s 75% less fat Crème Fraîche and add in some extra veggies for a fun but nutritious meal!
- 4 Asda Wheat & Corn Tortillas
- Pinch Asda Smoked Paprika
- 1 courgette, chopped
- 1 aubergine, chopped
- ½tsp turmeric
- 1tsp ground cumin
- 100g Asda Sweetcorn, from a can, drained
- 150g cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 red onion, roughly chopped
- 2 mixed colour peppers, chopped
- 3tbsp orange juice
- 75g Asda 50% Less Fat Crème Fraîche
- 1tbsp rapeseed oil
- 2tbsp chopped parsley (optional)
See how to make it here.
3) Lighter Sausage and Egg Muffin
Is anyone in your household missing McDonald’s? Asda have come up with an even better and healthier version to satisfy your cravings! This is one the kids will love as well as parents. Using Asda’s Light & Lean Low Fat Pork Sausages and wholemeal muffins, wholemeal versions are less than 500 cals!
- 400g pack Extra Special 6 Light & Lean Low Fat Pork Sausages
- 4 Asda Wholemeal Muffins, split in half
- 1tbsp light sunflower spread
- 1 beef tomato, sliced
- 4 medium eggs
- Handful baby spinach
- 4tsp Asda Rich & Sweet Tomato Chutney
- Asda Sunflower Oil Spray
- 4 Asda Light Cheese Singles
See how to make it here.
4) French Toast Sandwich with Chocolate Spread
This delicious breakfast treat only takes 15 minutes to make and costs less than £5 for 2 servings! This is a great breakfast to make with the kids on a weekend, you can pack in some extra fruit to keep it tasty while adding more of the good stuff.
- 30g Asda Nutterly Delicious! Hazelnut Chocolate Spread
- 4 slices from an 800g Extra Special White Sliced Bloomer
- 100g strawberries
- 2 medium eggs, beaten
- 50g blueberries
- 1tsp rapeseed oil
See how to make it here.
5) Roasted Vegetable Pizza
This healthier pizza is the perfect meal to make as a family that everyone will love! You can of course adjust the toppings to suit everyone’s taste and in just 45 minutes you can create a meal that everyone will love whilst having fun doing it!
- 400g strong white bread flour, plus a little extra, to dust
- 7g sachet Great To Bake Easy-Bake Yeast
- 1tsp sugar
- 250g Asda Scratch Cook Mediterranean Veg Mix in a Herby Dressing
- 150g Asda Italian Passata
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 125g mozzarella, drained and shredded
- 40g Grower’s Selection Wild Rocket
- 4tsp rapeseed oil
See how to make it here.
We love movies at Barons Quay and although trips to the cinema may be out of the question at the moment, there’s a host of streaming options to help you get your family film fix at home.
Here are just some of our favourites, classics and new releases that are available to watch now!
TROLLS WORLD TOUR (U)
Image: Universal Pictures
Set your watch for hug-time and create a cinema experience at home with the BRAND NEW TROLLS movie! In this epic sequel Poppy and Branch discover that there are six different troll tribes scattered over six different lands. Each tribe is devoted to six different kinds of music – funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock. When rockers Queen Barb and King Thrash set out to destroy the other music, Poppy and Branch embark on a daring mission to unite the trolls and save the diverse melodies from becoming extinct. Available to rent from Amazon Prime.
While this 1992 classic film from award-winning director Stephen Speilberg is almost 30 years old, it still holds its magic and charm. Starring movie legends Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman, Hook is a new take on the classic adventure, we meet a grown up Peter Pan, whose children are abducted by Captain Hook! Middle-aged Peter is forced to return to Neverland, with some help from Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys, he must battle against his old foe to save his kids.
Available on Netflix.
The critically acclaimed live-action movie adaptation of Paddington is a modern classic and a must see for all the family. After a long journey from Peru, Paddington arrives in London where he is adopted by the Brown family, experiencing many adventures in the big city. A heartwarming, positive tale that is sure to give everyone a warm bear-hug in these uncertain times.
Available on Amazon Prime.
Another vintage tale reimagined for the big screen, the Tintin movie features all the classic characters including Snowy the dog and Captain Haddock. Whimsical, yet action packed this modern take will keep everyone entertained from the start – no wonder it won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film in 2011. Featuring the voices of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Simon Pegg.
Available on Netflix.
MISSING LINK (PG)
Image: Annapurna Pictures
This charming story of friendship and adventure is a visual delight that is guaranteed to capture everyone’s imagination. We are transported to Victorian London where adventurer Sir Lionel Frost wants to prove himself as the world’s leading expert on myths and monsters by discovering proof of the missing link. An unlikely friendship develops as he tries to help the lonely bigfoot find his Yeti cousins in the mountains. Featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman and Emma Thompson.
Available on Netflix.
HORRIBLE HISTORIES THE MOVIE: ROTTEN ROMANS (PG)
Image: BBC Films
Now for some educational fun! If you’re a fan of the Horrible Histories series then you’ll love the movie version, which tells the tale of Atti, a Roman teenager with brains but very little brawn. When one of his schemes falls foul of Nero, Atti is forced to join the army and is sent to miserable, cold, wet Britain where the natives are revolting (quite literally!). A brilliant historical comedy that will provide some much-needed belly laughs.
Available on Amazon Prime.
TOY STORY 4 (U)
Image: Disney Pixar
If you didn’t catch this at the cinema last year, then it is worth subscribing to Disney+ for this movie alone! This fourth and most-likely final instalment of the Disney Pixar’s original franchise will appeal to audiences of all ages. Much loved characters; Woody, Buzz and Jessie return, but we also meet some memorable new toys as well as a blast from the past in this heartfelt adventure story.
Available on Disney+.
INCREDIBLES 2 (PG)
Image: Disney Pixar
There’s no doubt that this sequel holds up to the quality of the original film! While Mrs Incredible joins a mission to bring superheroes back, Mr Incredible is left managing family life; Dash’s homework, Violet’s growing up and baby Jack-Jack’s new found powers! Helen’s Elastigirl takes center stage, but Jack-Jack really stole the show for us! You won’t be disappointed with this fast-paced, action packed superhero movie. Available on Disney +
We’d love to know your favourite family films to watch by tweeting @barons_quay with the hashtag #familyfilms
8 May 2020 marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Europe. When the long-awaited news was announced people of all ages came together to mark the moment.
This year we are being asked to celebrate at home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a day of it. We want Northwich to celebrate in style this Friday and so we’ve brought together everything you need for a swinging time including key timings on the day, recipe ideas, decoration tips, a 1940s playlist and retro dance moves.
We are also giving local people the chance to WIN a £50 Asda shopping voucher! All you have to do is share your home celebration photos with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @baronsquay
VE Day Schedule
You can start the celebrations whenever you want but here are some things that you might want to join in with:
- 11am – A national two minute silence to pay tribute to heroes of the past and present.
- 2.45pm – BBC One will broadcast Sir Winston Churchill’s famous victory speech
- 3pm – Take part in ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm by standing up and raising a glass or a mug of your choice and saying the following toast: “To those who gave so much, we thank you”
- 9pm – HRH The Queen will address the nation at the same time her father gave his famous speech 75 years ago. After the monarch’s message you can join in a national singalong of We’ll Meet Again, made famous by Dame Vera Lynn – here’s the lyrics in case you need them!
- Decorate your windows, garden and living room with the decoration of the day, bunting!
- For step-by-step instructions and a bunting template visit the Great British Bunting page. For more decoration ideas take a look here.
Serve afternoon tea
- Popular in the 1940s, easy to make and everyone loves cake and sandwiches, right?
- Make dainty finger sandwiches and display them on a doily or cake stand, if you have one. See Asda’s Coronation Chicken recipe here.
- Scones are an afternoon tea classic, bake some ahead of time and just add blueberries, cream and strawberries on the day for that Union Jack flavour! See Asda’s easy scone recipe here.
- You could always try a traditional treat, inspired by the rations of the time, such as this Eggless Fruitcake?
Host a virtual party
- Do you live alone or perhaps you’re missing friends and family during lockdown? Well, VE Day 75 is the perfect time to organise a virtual party using Zoom, House Party, FaceTime or whatever video call app you prefer!
- Make it more fun by asking everyone to dress up or wear red, white or blue clothing!
- Prepare a WW2 trivia quiz that will engage people of all ages.
- 1940’s Bingo, rather than using numbers, have 1940s films, icons or events to get everyone in the mood.
Music and dancing
- It wouldn’t be a party without music and dancing! If your knowledge of 1940s music is a bit limited, don’t worry there is a dedicated VE Day 75 website, where you can find a Spotify playlist for you to use, you’ll be swinging away with Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Doris Day, take a listen here.
- The ‘Lindy Hop’ is a swing dance that originated in New York in the late 1920s and early 1930s. It gained popularity in the UK in the 1940s thanks to the American servicemen stationed here during the Second World War. You can learn the key moves with this amazing Celebrate at Home toolkit from English Heritage.
Know your stuff
- If you’re homeschooling then there are loads of great resources to teach the kids about WW2 and the significance of VE Day, including The Royal British Legion’s Teaching Remembrance, it covers a range of Remembrance topics, with resources designed for Key Stages 2-4. Find out more here.
- But if you just want to quickly swot up on your history English Heritage has created a list of the top 9 facts you might not know about VE Day… take a look here.
So, we hope that you have a great day however you choose to celebrate, don’t forget to tag us in your VE Day 75 photos on social media using #VEDay75Northwich for a chance to win a £50 Asda shopping voucher.
In a bid to bring Barons Quay to the homes of our lovely customers during lockdown we have teamed up with the brilliant Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest to bring you these delicious recipes especially for your iTi BiTi people!
Easy to make, with not too many ingredients these Brownie Bites and Pancakes with Berry Compote are perfect for making with the kids and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Why not give them a go?
Sticky Paws Brownie Bites Recipe
- 85g plain flour
- 225g caster sugar
- 140g butter
- 200g dark chocolate (70% minimum)
- 2 eggs & 1 extra egg yolk
- 2tsp vanilla extract
- 50g milk chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 180c and light grease and line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment
- Break up the dark chocolate into a heatproof bowl, adding the butter. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water (make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water). Allow the chocolate and butter to slowly melt, mixing them together. Once melted, remove the bowl from the heat and allow to cool for 5 mins
- In a jug lightly whisk together the eggs and yolk, with the vanilla essence. Set aside
- Whisk the sugar into the melted chocolate, and then gradually whisk in the egg mix, until fully combined. Add the milk chocolate chips, stir in
- Sift in the flour over the top and mix together
- Pour the mixture into the baking tin, and bake for 25mins, until you can put a knife in the centre and pull it out clean
- Once cooked, allow to cool in the tin for 5 mins then lift out onto the cooling rack. Cut into 20 bite size squares and enjoy!
Sticky Paws Pancake & Berry Compote Recipe
Berry compote ingredients:
- 500g berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or a mix of all 3)
- 75g caster sugar
- ½ a lemon
Berry compote method:
- Put the berries in a saucepan and pour in the sugar. Squeeze the juice from the lemon half into the saucepan – stopping any seeds from dropping in!
- Cook on a low heat until berries soften, then increase to a medium heat stirring regularly so as not to stick on the bottom of the pan, and simmer for 5minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken
- Taste (careful, it’s hot!) and add more sugar if you like it a little sweeter. Then set aside and leave to cool. *Option: Blend in a food processor for a smoother texture.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Drizzle over pancakes, porridge or yoghurt – yum!
Pancake ingredients (serves 4):
- 200g self raising flour
- 15g caster sugar
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 200ml milk
- 30g butter plus extra for cooking
- Melt the 30g of butter in a saucepan, set aside to cool slightly
- Sift the flour, sugar and baking powder into a large mixing bowl, making a hole in the centre
- Crack and whisk the eggs lightly together in a jug. Add the milk and now cool melted butter. Slowly pour this mixture into the hole in the flour and whisk slowly together with a large whisk until combined
- In a small non-stick frying pan, melt a small tsp of butter on a medium heat. Pour in a ladle of the batter, cooking for 1-2mins, until bubbles start to come out of the top. Flip it over and cook for a further 1-2mins until golden brown. Repeat the process until all of the mixture is used
For more family food inspiration follow @stickpawsflavourforest on instagram or @stickypawsff on Twitter. We’d love to see your home bakes, tweet us @barons_quay using #familyrecipes.
If you’re at home and looking for a challenge, why not give our local history quiz a go?
How well do you really know Northwich? Put your knowledge of the town to the test with the Barons Quay Northwich History Quiz!
How well did you do? Share your score with us on social media and challenge a friend!