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Introducing: Eggmobile Egg Shaper

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Unusual gifts for men, especially gifts for men who have everything, are nearly impossible to come by. But fear not – we think we have the perfect solution in the form of the Eggmobile Egg Shaper, the mould that turns your eggs into a vehicle -shaped culinary masterpiece. Let’s face it, we all know a car – mad man (or woman) who loves to cook a fry up after a heavy night on the town, or that special someone who likes to think they are the next hybrid of James Martin meets Picasso.

Let us introduce your latest kitchen must -have – the Eggmobile Egg Shaper. These vehicle shaped egg moulds come either as a camper van, pick – up truck or bubble car. So whether you want to create a scene from your favourite movie over breakfast or pretend you’re on an edible road trip, don’t forget to show off your artistic flare on Instagram. All hipsters do. #eggart

How does one turn their egg into a piece of art? Simply place the Eggmobile in the pan and pour your eggs into the mould. We didn’t say it was difficult to become an egg legend…

A great gift for your boyfriend and best friend alike, Eggmobile Egg Shaper will also ensure that you are given a good hearty breakfast whenever you stay. Kitchen gifts for the win.

3 Ways to Celebrate International Watermelon Day

Pepo by Monkey Business

It’s International Watermelon Day, hurrah! Whilst it may not be a date that takes pride of place in your calendar, it’s definitely an excuse for a celebration. And anything that showcases how super watermelons are gets our vote! Plus it’s definitely a theme that throws out loads of cool gift ideas for summer babies – if your friends or family are fruit nuts, then think about theming their birthday celebrations around some of these suggestions.

Make A Fruity Feast

Let’s start with the obvious – watermelon is super tasty, and super healthy, so it makes the perfect treat on those hot summer days. Make a super fruit salad with all your favourites, and chow down on some 5-a-day goodness. If you want to really impress your friends with some awesome presentation, use Cucumbo to spiralise some of the harder fruits (apples, pears etc.), and line the bowl with lollipop shaped slices of watermelon, courtesy of Pepo melon slicer. Pepo makes for a super cool gift for summer holidays – because who doesn’t like to eat fruit whilst pretending it’s an ice lolly? Fact of the Day: Pepo is the name for the family of fruit that watermelon belongs to – it’s actually classed as a berry! Throw that casually into conversation and prepare to feel clever for the rest of the day…

Throw a Tropical Party

Any excuse for a party, aye? Get fruity on a weekday with watermelon themed decorations – make some red and green bunting, but make sure you draw on some pips to ensure you don’t get confused and end up having an unplanned mid-year Christmas instead. Then think about drinks (hooray!). Blend up some watermelon and add your favourite spirits, squeezing in some lemon or lime to your tasting. Try using the Juice Bruce – a pointy Easter Island shaped citrus juicer that makes for a cool gift idea for any alcohol loving friend. Why not go all out and put your tropical punch in these Luckies Party Cups? An endless selection of funny faces that are guaranteed to liven up any gathering. Although remember kids, it is a school night, and Luckies accepts no responsibility for any hangovers…

Have A Watermelon Sports Day

This is possibly our favourite way to celebrate Watermelon Day… invite your friends over for a watermelon themed sports day! Play watermelon bowling (using some empty pop bottles as pins and a melon bowling ball), have boat races with hollowed out watermelon halves, host watermelon eating contests or come up with your own inventive ways to compete – make the prize something watermelon themed and you’ll be fighting out for poll position in no time!

 

Gourmet Scratch Map™ Recipe: Boeuf Bourguignon

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Originating from Burgundy, boeuf bourguignon is French comfort food at its finest. Beef bourguignon is now commonly regarded as one of many examples of peasant dishes being slowly refined into haute cuisine – the method of slowly simmering the beef in wine originated as a means of tenderizing cuts of meat that would have been too tough to cook any other way. What most people don’t know is that the secret to this super-rich beef casserole is to use all wine and no stock…**hic**

Ingredients

  • 2 lb (900 g) braising steak, cut into 2 inch (5 cm) squares
  • 3 x tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 x medium onion, sliced
  • 1 x heaped tablespoon plain flour
  • 15 fl oz (425 ml) red Burgundy (or other red wine or dry cider)
  • Beanie Bottle Stopper
  • 2 x cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 x sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 x bay leaf
  • Chili Herb Infuser
  • 12 oz (350 g) shallots
  • 2 x 130 g packs cubetti pancetta or 225 g smoked or unsmoked streaky bacon, bought in one piece then cut into cubes
  • 4 oz (110 g) dark-gilled mushrooms, cut into chunks
  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper

Method

Bring 1¼ tablespoons of the olive oil to sizzling point in a casserole pot and sear the beef to a rich, dark brown on all sides. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meat to a plate as it browns. Next add the sliced onion to the casserole pot and brown that a little too. Return the meat to the casserole pot and sprinkle in the flour, stirring it round to soak up all the juices. Gradually pour in the Burgundy, again stirring all the time. To stop the rest of the bottle going stale, you can either drink it or use Beanie Bottle Stopper. We know which option we’d choose.

Add the chopped garlic, herbs and seasoning, put the lid on and cook very gently on top of the stove for 2 hours. If you have any herb fusspots in the family, stick the thyme and bay leaf in Chili Herb Infuser then you can fish them out with no added hassle once the dish is finished. Make sure the heat is kept very low if using a diffuser. Using a the rest of the olive oil, fry the shallots and bacon in a small frying pan to colour them lightly. Add to the casserole, together with the mushrooms, then put the lid on and cook for a further hour. Serve with a green salad or new potatoes.

The Perfect Movie Night Recipe For A Hipster Dad

If you’re lucky enough to have a hipster Dad, you’ll have avoided cringing at terrible Dad jokes or pretending you didn’t know him when he insisted on wearing his Simpsons tie to parent’s evening. In fact, you were more likely to suspect your friends had come over to visit him instead of you. But how do you set up the perfect movie and dinner night for a Dad who’s more on trend than you?

First off, set him up with the Smartphone Projector 2.0 in Copper – this copper accented mobile projector is bound to compliment his minimalist interiors, and will fit nicely between his vinyl collection and that ironic Banksy print…

Next, think of food. With a hipster Dad, just whipping up a classic meat and two veg dish isn’t going to cut it. Try a Zucchini Noodle and Braised Corn Salad – because nothing is (and probably never will be) cooler than spiralized food. You’ll need:

  • Oil for frying
  • 1 x Red Onion
  • 1 x Fresh Corn
  • 3 x Courgettes (aka Zucchini to some..)
  • Cucumbo
  • 1 x can of Chick Peas
  • Coriander and Lime for garnish

3. Use your Cucumbo spiralizer to make the courgette noodles into continuous spirals – it’s soooo satisfying! Then shave the corn off of the cob, chop the red onion and drain the chickpeas.

4. Prepare your grill, (you want a medium flame), then fry some olive oil lightly. Fry the corn until browning, then add the courgette until it goes slightly crispy.

5. Semi crush the chick peas and mix with the red onion – leave these uncooked for extra crunch and flavour.

6. Mix everything together and garnish with coriander for a truly summery taste. Use the Juice Bruce to squeeze over some fresh lime (or if you’re feeling adventurous, to make some super cool cocktails), and you’ve got yourself a dinner fit for even the coolest of hipsters!

A Luckies Guide to buying the perfect Father’s Day gift for a foodie Dad

Father's Day Cool Gift Ideas

No longer do mums slave away over a hot stove preparing your father’s mashed potato for tea, but instead foodie fathers around the world are enjoying cooking up a storm for the whole family to devour. With our expert guide to buying the perfect Father’s Day gift for a foodie dad we have more kitchen gift ideas than you can shake a chow mein covered chopstick at.

Whether Dad resembles one of the Hairy Bikers or the more easy-on-the-eyes Gino D’Acampo, why not celebrate Father’s Day this June 19th by lighting up the family barbecue. With BBQ Steak Stamp, Dad can become the ultimate grill master with this fun branding iron which will personalise his delicious steaks from ‘Black & Blue’ to ‘Little bit of Blood’. Be sure to compliment this macho gift with Oli & Co Pourer a unique industrial design inspired oil container that can conveniently sit on the barbecue shelf to help him avoid oily fingers and tongs.

If, however, your father prefers to cook up a storm in the kitchen then Chili Herb Infuser is the perfect Father’s Day gift guaranteed to give your Dad’s famous Sunday night chili con carne that extra spice kick. Also perfect for soups, stews and curries where he can fill the chilli shaped container with herbs and spices and leave to infuse for those one pot culinary masterpieces. If your dad’s chili is already the extra hot kind you can only enjoy with plenty of sour cream and iced water, cooling lollipop shaped watermelon slices created by Pepo Watermelon Slicer are going to be in high demand once you’ve left the dinner table. Either enjoy making these lollipops with Pop or give as a gift to subtly encourage his 5 a day!

If your old man simply can’t get enough of everything food related then Gourmet Scratch Map™ poster will be the perfect Father’s Day gift sure to land you with favourite child status. The Scratch Map® poster made for his taste buds, this foil covered map of Europe means dad can uncover the culinary classics he’s devoured around the world. Whether he’s gorged on gnocchi in Italy or kept it sophisticated in Paris with helpings of snails, with this map of Europe, your dad can create his very own Man v. Food adventure this Father’s Day. And if this awesome gift encourages him to book a trip to Berlin to enjoy helpings of Frankfurters then set him on his way with Brown Paper Bag, a handy insulated lunch bag with magnetic fastening he can use again and again as his very own doggy bag for all those leftovers. His eyes are bigger than his tummy after all…

A Luckies Guide to planning the perfect Summer BBQ

Here at Luckies we believe that the great British summertime is nothing without the perfect summer BBQ. Before you know it, the spring blossom is blown away, it’s stopped raining for more than 15 minutes and summer is on your doorstep. With our guide to planning the perfect summer BBQ you’ll be in your Ray-Bans dusting off that barbie that’s been rusting at the bottom of your garden for most of the year. Trust us, this year’s gonna be a scorcher. 

The best thing about summertime barbecues is that they are an excuse to create a mini festival in your back garden…just without the feared festival porter loos! With Pocket Tin Speaker, a nifty rechargeable speaker with up to 12 hours playback, you can create your own Main Stage arena as you turn it all the way up with some hot weather hits. Whether you want to chill in the acoustic tent with Bob Marley’s soulful summer vibes or get all emosh late into the evening with some classic Coldplay (lighters in the air, kinda vibe), connect up to Spotify or your own playlist and become the official barbecue DJ.

If you’re going for a family friendly barbie or simply enjoy all things silly, then ditch the bog-standard paper cups for our fun-filled Party Cups. Each Party Cups pack contains 12 paper cups in different colours, different faces and different expressions. With so many variations it means you can create up to 48 unique cup designs by twisting the faces round until you get the expression you want. Start the night holding a cheeky clown and end it with him looking slightly worse for wear as the Pimms keeps pouring. You can also keep to the no-things-boring rule with Party Straws, mix and match these hilarious party straws with 48 pop-out card mouths that you can attach to your straw. From a ‘toothless grin’ expression to a ‘pucker up’ pair of lips, these witty expressions keep the bantz a plenty and help identify everyone’s drink…“I asked for DIET coke!”

With cups, straws and songs covered it’s time to whip out the steaks and light that bad boy barbecue up. With this being a Luckies Guide to the perfect summer BBQ, to guarantee the most luscious steaks be sure to marinade them before putting on the heat. Mix up a splash of olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar and Worcestershire sauce and cover the steaks (or aubergine for veggies!) before leaving them for 2 hours in the fridge to soak up the flavours. Once barbecue ready, chuck them on the coals and brand with Barbeque Stamp, a unique and fun branding iron that can personalise your steaks by labelling them ‘Black & Blue’, ‘Nearly Burnt’ or ‘Little Bit of Blood’ (very manly).

And finally, whatever the style of BBQ, us Brits do love a bit of booze in the sun. Keep the many many many mojitos coming with Juice Bruce Squeezer, a handy wooden citrus squeezer, called Bruce, of course, that makes juicing those many limes for the mojitos all the more enjoyable…

Spring Break Margarita Recipe with Juice Bruce

Juice Bruce Squeezer by Monkey Business

If you’re lucky enough to be revealing the coloured foil underneath Mexico on your Scratch Map® world map poster this Spring Break, we think you need to get a margarita recipe down. Or if like us, you didn’t quite get your flights booked to Cancun in time (your bank account/annual leave said no) and need some consoling that you won’t be dancing around in a bikini to MTV bangers, just remember that when life gives you lemons (limes), make margaritas! So stop sulking, get a group of mates together, grab a paddling pool, throw on your sombrero and have your own Spring Break in your back garden with our cracking margarita recipe. After two of these, you won’t even be able to spell Cancun let alone be sad about it…

Serves 20-24

What you’ll need:

  • Large jug or punch bowl
  • Juice Bruce Squeezer
  • Nessie Ladle
  • Stirrer
  • Salt
  • 750ml bottle of tequila (tip: use a high quality, 100% agave tequila if you want a better chance at avoiding the hangover…)
  • 2 cups of Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 lime (to flavour the rim of the glasses)
  • 2 bags of ice cubes

Method:

First things first, pour some salt onto a plate and cut one lime into wedges to rim the edge of the glasses with. You can do this right before you serve the draaaaanks for extra freshness. In the meantime, fill each glass with ice cubes to chill. You’ll throw these out before serving. Start squeezing the rest of limes with Juice Bruce. Once you’ve got a cup full pour it, along with the bottle bottle of tequila, 2 cups of Triple Sec or Cointreau into the jug and give it a good stir. Taste and add more orange liqueur if you think your margaritas need more sweet oranginess to balance the other flavours.

To serve:

Throw the ice out of the glasses, run a lime wedge round the rim of the glass and invert into the plate with the salt to give them a light dusting round the edge. Use Nessie Ladle to fill the glass with your delicious concoction and enjoy!

If you’re actually heading to Mexico and don’t want to worry about glassware, serve in our Party Cups instead. The quirky characters will distract you from the lack of salt around the rim of your glass…

A Luckies Guide to making the perfect Afternoon Tea 

How To Make Perfect Afternoon Tea

With preparations proudly underway to celebrate Her Royal Highness’s 90th birthday, it is only too fitting to offer a Luckies Guide to making the perfect afternoon tea so you can celebrate with your friends and totally out-posh Elizabeth. Sure you may have to excuse K-Mids and Wills for not being able to attend on this occasion, but with our royal advice you’ll become a dinky cake creating expert who brews a corking cuppa. So, as was once said by Queen Marie Antoinette a very long time ago – let them eat cake!

The forefront for the perfect afternoon tea is, without a hesitation, the tea! Just like you wouldn’t dream of having only one variety of tea on offer, like bog-standard English Breakfast, you wouldn’t dream of having just one way of serving it…would you?! With Umbrella tea infuser you’ll have happy faces all round by offering a variety of loose tea (we’re talking Lapsang Souchong, Ceylon, Assam, Lady Grey and Darjeeling), served in the cutest of ways. So whether it’s a builders brew with three sugars, or a decaf on its own (because you’re sweet enough, wink wink), enjoy this quirky tea infuser that lets the leaves beautifully brew away creating the perfect Rosie-Lee. Oh, and don’t forget to remind your guests of the royal etiquette of sticking out their pinky finger when they sip!

Next up on the Luckies Guide to making the perfect afternoon tea is the grub. Though we expect your guests to be complete ladies and gentlemen who do not shovel food into their mouths like hungry children, it’s still a good idea to provide a tower of food, preferably served on a tiered tea stand to keep with custom, of course. With Cookie Cup Cookie Cutter, a cute cookie cutter shaped like a tea cup, you can choose to stick to afternoon tea tradition by serving scrummy scones and clotted cream or get busy by baking bite size biscuits. And why not make life even sweeter with Message Rolling Pin, one of our many cool gift ideas and afternoon tea essentials ideal when adding that personal touch. Ever wanted to tell your crush how you feel about them? Well with this message covered rolling pin you can by inviting them to afternoon tea and creating biscuits with ‘Bite me’ on! We’re pretty sure Charles will be getting Camilla this on her next birthday.

And finally, when it comes to savoury finger food, no afternoon tea would be complete without the ultimate miniature cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches. With this being a Luckies Guide it means that these are no ordinary cucumber sandwiches, but sandwiches with a cucumber twist. Literally. With Cucumbo, the spiral slicer for cucumbers you’ll have the perfect afternoon tea and finger food fit for a Queen. Just trim off those pesky crusts, slice the cucumber into spirals and serve just as guests arrive to avoid any soggy sarnies.

Now you can relax because that’s cuppas, cake and cucumbers all created with our amazing cool gift ideas for the perfect afternoon tea. Well done, you’ve done your country proud.

Seasonal Spring Chicken Casserole with Lid Sid

For all foodies out there, the best thing about spring time (besides the heaps of chocolate eggs) is the bloom of super seasonal spring veg. We’re talking about spring onions, spring beans and everyone’s pal, asparagus. With our spring chicken casserole you can relish the nature-friendly benefits of eating in season and enjoy the company of Lid Sid; a little man shaped device that bravely lifts the pot lid to let out your casserole’s steam. So forget casseroles being just for winter, after gobbling down this light, one-pot packed pesto casserole you’ll most definitely be left with a seasonal spring in your step!

Serves 4

You’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 500g boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 300g small new potatos
  • 425ml vegetable stock
  • 350g broccoli
  • 350g spring greens
  • 140g petit pois
  • 1 bunch of spring onions
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • Asparagus (optional, served on the side)

Method:

With the help of Oiladdin, pour just a drizzle of olive oil in a large, heavy pan and add the diced onion, gently frying for 5 mins until softened. Then add the spring chicken and fry until lightly coloured.

Next, add the potatoes, stock and plenty of freshly ground black pepper and bring to the boil. Whilst boiling, go fetch Lid Sid, your new best bud in the kitchen, and place him on the side of the pan, under the lid. Sid will helpfully let out all the steam whilst locking in the flavours for the next 30 mins until the potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked. Whilst simmering you can spring into action with your spring veg as you chop the broccoli, spring greens, petit pois and spring onions. And this to your pot, stir well, then return to the boil. Cover with a lid with handy Lid Sid’s help one final time and simmer for 5 mins more before adding the pesto.

When serving, if you’re feeling extra seasonal then steam the asparagus on the side then gobble it down and become full of the joys of spring!

A Luckies Guide: Cool Gift Ideas for Food Lovers

For all foodies, veggies and besties that can’t get enough of cooking, our cool gift ideas for food lovers is sure to whet your appetite. Whether your signature dish be curry, soup or fancy casserole (is this making you hungry!?) these culinary gifts are sure to keep your foodie friends cooking and in turn, your belly nice and full.

Nessie Family Gift Set

If you’re looking to score big brownie points then the ultimate of cool gift ideas for food lovers is the Nessie Family Gift Set. It’s often said a family that eat together, stay together, so feel the Nessie family love with ladle, colander and tea infuser all in one box. Each utensil is a must-have for anyone who loves cooking as they can now serve souped-up soup and stews in monster portions. Forget the expression ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’, because these three handy helpers cutely fit together causing minimal mess and bring a splash of colour to the kitchen.

Oiladdin Bottle Pourer

Oiladdin Bottle Pourer is perfect for foodie fanatics as they can rub this mini magic lamp and wish for just a ‘light drizzle’ of oil and *poof!* – wish granted! With this little gadget you won’t get an uncontrollable flow of oil pouring all over the place and ruining that nice salad, but can now enjoy an Arabian night in as you fry, drizzle and bake away. Also working as a bottle stopper that fits most bottles, you can proudly have this exotic little lamp on display as you conjure up your next wish.

Mafaldine Bands

If your foodie friends are anything like ours then once they’re done cooking up a storm, the aftermaths can be seen sprayed around the kitchen. Every counter top is covered in the contents of half open packets of rice, pasta and cereals and though their chicken stew is coming along nicely, the kitchen needs a bit of TLC. With Mafaldine Bands you can avoid such disasters with these cute elastic organisers tightly sealing and securing all open packets. They’re a quirky kitchen gadget that keeps food fresh and organised ready for the next culinary storm brewing…

Nutwork Nutcracker

And finally, the Nutwork Nutcracker is the latest of our cool gift ideas for food lovers who are real hard nuts to crack. They may have every kitchen utensil going, but what they won’t have is this swanky metal nutcracker which gets down to the nuts and bolts of nut cracking. Designed to look like a heavy duty G-Clump, it’s the perfect gift for those protein packing friends of yours, or for anyone who is quite simply nuts about nuts!