A Day In The Life | Merchandising

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It’s a tough job organising all of our products here at Cox & Cox, but our Merchandiser/ Quality Control extraordinaire Sam does a brilliant job. She organises all of our products to add stock as often as possible, and makes sure everything is in tip top shape. We sat down with Sam to find out what she loves about working at Cox & Cox >

What do you love about Cox & Cox? I love the brand and what it stands for: beautiful, useful, quirky items for the home – every corner filled with inspirational ideas. I feel so lucky to be working in such a creative environment surrounded by gorgeous things and to be working with like-minded people. It really is a great little company to work for with masses of potential and I hope to be on its journey for many years to come.

What was the last book you read? The Vanished Man by Jeffery Deaver – I love detective thrillers and this one is a real page turner! It’s about the art of distraction with lots of twists and turns. The perfect holiday read – I highly recommend it.

What one item could you not live without? My phone – am loving that you can now do so much on one device – the advance in technology never ceases to amaze – Spotify is my new favourite app

Favourite Cox & Cox product and why? Oh no please don’t make me choose! That really is a tough question because I quite literally love it all… I guess though if pushed I would have to say the Naked Wire Lights – they are so beautiful and can really transform a space, inside and out, into something  truly magical

Favourite place? There is a small town on the West coast of Wales called Aberaeron. I have been going there every year over the August bank holiday weekend since I was little and now I continue the tradition with my husband, children and friends. We camp on a farm with direct access to a pebbly beach, about a 5 minute walk from the centre which is filled with brightly coloured houses, quaint little shops, a pretty harbour and plenty of eateries. On the bank holiday Monday there is a carnival procession in which we take part with dancers dressed up in bright colours, floats and a traditional jazz band. The theme each year is made up of different colours and a variety of costumes ensue. Come rain or shine it’s lots of fun, starts off at the harbour and parades its way around the town stopping off at practically every drinking hole – it’s basically a chance to get into fancy dress and go on a glorified pub crawl! Full of fond memories it’s my favourite place for sure.

What would be your last breakfast on earth? It’s got to be a full English – smoked streaky bacon, good quality pork sausages, fried egg, hash browns, mushrooms, black pudding, and baked beans together with a hefty helping of Nicolas Vahe Porcini Ketchup – that sauce tastes amazing!

What makes you happiest? Food – I love cooking and can often be found poring over a good recipe book, planning my meals for the week ahead. I also love going out to eat and will come up with any excuse in order to ‘do’ lunch or dinner out!

What are your plans for 2014? Holidaying with the kids – this year we’re checking out Butlins, and going to Marmaris, Turkey with friends. Also my year wouldn’t be complete without going to a couple of music festivals…

Who or What is your biggest inspiration? My Granny Babs was a big inspiration to me – she wasn’t your regular ‘blue rinse’ nan – full of fun and much younger than her years – her motto was 6 o’ clock – wine o’clock. I concur.

What did you want to be when you grew up? I remember once thinking it would be fun to be part of a Circus!

Summer Sale | Outdoors

We’ve added some of our favourite outdoor products into our Summer Sale for a limited time so you can update your outdoors for less. Stock is extremely limited so may not be available for long, but here are a few of our favourites >

Two Square Rattan Planters G-RATPLANT2

WAS £125 NOW £37.50

Rattan Planter G-RATPLANT

WAS £120 NOW £60

Natural Wooden Bench G-BENCH

WAS £225 NOW £112.50

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WAS £60 NOW £30

G-TWIGLANT_001

WAS £65 NOW £32.50

Scarecrow Kit G-SCARE

WAS £45 NOW £31.50

G-BOTTEA Alt

WAS £15.50 NOW £7.75

G-COPSTAR5_007

WAS £30 NOW £15

Insect Hotel G-INSECT

WAS £25 NOW £17.50

Bee House G-BEE

WAS £12.50 NOW £8.75

 

Weekend Treat | Caipirinha Granita

What better way to celebrate The World Cup in Brazil than with their national cocktail, a Caipirinha. Extremely refreshing and simple to make, we’ve decided to put our own frozen twist on this refreshing drink >

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What you need:
> 100g Caster Sugar
> 2-3 Large Limes
> 200ml Cachaca
> Lime Zest

1) Add 200ml water and 100g Caster Sugar to a large pan and stir over high heat until completely dissolved

2) Stop stirring and simmer for 5 minutes until syrup has thickened

3) Add juice of 2-3 large limes and 200ml Cachaca, pour into container and leave to cool

4) Move to freezer, using a fork to break up crystals every hour for at least 3

5) Fork out granita into glasses when you are ready to serve and finish with lime zest and a splash of cachaca

Enjoy!

Ingrid Hoffman's Caipirinha

Recipe from Red Magazine & images found on Pinterest.

Recipe | Homemade Elderflower Cordial

Last week we asked you to share your favourite Summer Snacks and inspired by our lucky winner here is our how-to guide to the perfect Elderflower Cordial >

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What you need:
> 2.5kg White Sugar
> 1.5L water
> 2 Unwaxed Lemons
> 20 Fresh Elderflower Heads
> 85g Citric Acid

1) Add the sugar and water into an extra large saucepan and gently heat until sugar has dissolved

2) Zest lemons with potato peeler before slicing lemon into rounds

3) Once sugar is dissolved, bring syrup to boil before taking off heat

4) Rince Elderflower heads before sprinkling flowers over syrup

5) Add lemon zest and citric acid, stir well and cover before leaving to infuse for 24 hours

6) Line a colander with a tea towel and place over a large pan

7) Ladel syrup into tea towel slowly, letting the syrup drip through before discarding tea towel

8) Transfer into bottles and enjoy within 6 weeks!

Cox & Cox Tip : Enjoy with soda water or sparkling wine!

 

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Images found on pinterest.com and recipe here.

Weekend Treat | Bramble Cocktail

To celebrate World Gin Day on Saturday, we are treating ourselves to a ice cool Bramble Cocktail for the weekend, and we think you should too! Here is out easy how-to >

What you need:
> 50ml Gin (we love Hendricks)
> 20ml Fresh Lemon Juice
> 1 Tsp Caster Sugar
> 15ml Berry Liqueur (We love Chambord)
> Lemon Wedge
> Blackberries
> Crushed Ice

1) Add gin, lemon juice and caster sugar to a short glass and stir

2) Fill the glass with crushed ice and drizzle berry liqueur

3) Serve with blackberries and a lemon wedge

Images found on pinterest.com & recipe from Bombay Sapphire

Weekend Treat | Frozen Sangria Margarita

A ice cool treat to be enjoyed in the Sunshine (while it lasts!) >

What you need Pt 1. – Frozen Margarita:
> 4 Cups Ice
> 1/2 Cup Tequila
> 1/2 Cup Orange Liqueur (We recommend Cointreau)
> Juice of 4 Limes
> 1 Tablespoon Agave

What you need Pt 2. – Frozen Sangria:
> 4 Cups Ice
> 1/2 Bottle Red Wine, Chilled
> 1/2 Cup Fresh Orange Juice
> Juice of 2 Lemons
> 1 Tablespoon Agave

1) Blend all Margarita ingredients together until it forms a thick consistency, then pour into a pitcher.

2) Blend all Sangria ingredients together until the same consistency and pour into separate pitcher.

3) Spoon a layer of frozen margarita followed by a layer of frozen sangria into a chilled glass, repeat until glass is filled with layers

4) Enjoy with a straw or spoon!

Images found here, and recipe found here.

Weekend Treat | Blueberry Dutch Pancakes

The perfect brunch idea for a Saturday or Sunday morning, we can’t wait to tuck into these tasty Dutch Pancakes. Here is our easy how-to guide to make your very own >

What you need:
>  4 large eggs
>  1 cup all purpose flour
>  1 cup whole milk
>  1/4 cup granulated sugar
>  1/2 lemon zest
>  1 tablespoon unsalted butter
> 1 cup of berries (we recommend raspberries and blueberries)

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees and blend together eggs, flour, milk and sugar until smooth

2) Heat a cast iron skillet over a high heat before adding butter and allowing to melt

3) Add the pancake mix into the skillet and sprinkle the cup of berries throughout before baking for 15- 18 minutes

4) Dust with icing sugar and serve immediately

Cox & Cox Tip: Enjoy with a strong cup of coffee and a good Sunday paper!

Recipe and images found herehere & here.

Q & A | James Lance

This month we sat down with British Actor and Cox & Cox fan James Lance. Best known for his work in several British comedy series, as well as his part in films such as Bronson and Marie Antionette, James is currently getting ready for his role of Bertie Wooster this Summer.

What do you love most about Cox & Cox? Well the name is rather fun. I also like the Carved Wooden and Linen Headboard.

What was the last book you read? Very Good, Jeeves by PG Wodehouse.

What one item can you not live without? My Rusty Red Peering Cat!

What is your favourite Cox & Cox product and why? I can’t wait for December so I can get my Glass Christmas Tree Jar out & fill it up with colourful treats!

What is your favourite place? Brighton in September.

What would your last breakfast on earth be? Champagne, scrambled eggs, black pudding, cherry tomatoes.

What makes you happiest? A kiss with my girlfriend in the sunshine.

What are your plans for 2014? To make people laugh and turn 40 in great company.

Who or What is your biggest inspiration? Once upon a time it was Basil Brush, then it was Kate Bush…today it’s probably my mate JP.  

What did you want to be when you grew up? An actor.