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Omlet Newsletter – Friday, 2nd July 2010

It’s another beautiful day but if you’re still fuming from England’s football failure we have a suggestion to help you take out your frustration: boil an egg, put it in an England Footballer Egg Cup, draw a Wayne Rooney face on it and…well, we’ll leave that to your imagination! Or another option – just read our latest newsletter to forget all about it…

Competition Results

England might have been knocked out of the World Cup but we still have something to celebrate because we can finally reveal the results of the omelette competition. Before all the football fever kicked off we asked you to send us your ideas for an omelette to represent one of the teams. We had some weird and wonderful ideas sent in – some more unusual than others and we shortlisted some to cook up and put to the taste test. The results were not as eggspected…

In third place was Sarah’s Greek omelette, with red onion, tomatoes, olives, feta and oregano. This classic combo tasted great as an omelette!

Coming in a close second was Michelle’s Spanish omelette, with olives, capers, anchovies, chorizo, manchego and tabasco. A fun recipe that was full of flavour and a perfect footie snack.

But pipping it to the number one spot was Emma’s American omelette…Now, the thought of eating eggs, bacon, bananas and maple syrup may make your stomach turn but this omelette was surprisingly scrumptious. Eggspectionally moreish – the plate was clean in seconds and we urge you to try it!

Click here to see the three omelettes being cooked. Prizes are on their way to the winners but a big thankyou to everyone that entered.

An Eglu in Paris

The Eglu is becoming more popular by the day, popping up in gardens everywhere and making chicken keeping a trendy hobby. It’s not just family gardens you’ll see them in though, we often get orders from schools and even the occasional restaurant, and if you’re lucky enough to be dining in Paris House anytime soon you might just spot a green Eglu Cube while you’re there.

Paris House isn’t a house in Paris but a top restaurant in Woburn, with eggsquisite food and a beautiful setting. There’s even a famous chef – Alan Murchison, star of the Great British Menu tv series. But despite all of this head chef Phil Fanning thought something was missing outside. He wanted chickens, and he needed a coop just as stylish as the building itself. Of course, he opted for the Eglu Cube, which he says has proved to be “a big hit with our chefs and guests”. He told us “We love our chickens they are great fun. The Omlet coop is brilliant, it makes the rubbish job of clearning them quite bearable.”

You can read what they have said about the Eglu by visiting their website, or why not treat yourself to dinner there to see it for yourself!?

Competition Reminder

It’s two weeks since we launched our latest competition to win an Eglu Go and you have sent you entries by the bucketload. Hundreds of you have emailed in to tell us why you want to win this amazing price and we have been slowly but surely trawling through them. There have been some eggcellent entries so far and we’ve still got over a week left of the competition – crikey! So if you missed it the first time round because you were too busy watching the football or enjoying the sunshine we will give you one more chance (because we’re just nice like that)!

If you want to win a fabulous Eglu Go, complete with two meter run, feeder and drinker, summer shade and 10 egg boxes just send us an email telling us why you want, or deserve, to win one. Simple! Send your entry to stephanie@omlet.co.uk by Sunday 11th July. Good luck!

In the Press

Our products have been hitting the press again this month, with loads of brilliant comments and some rave reviews.

The Eglu has been discovered by the Trendspotter for The Financial Times Online. The article focused on the increasing popularity of keeping chickens during these difficult economic times. “…frugality is no longer a question of life or death, but there are important aesthetic considerations: any self-respecting bantam demands a stylish coop if it is expected to deliver the goods.”

In The Sunday Telegraph Martin Gurdon, author of Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance, has been writing a regular column on keeping chickens. He also has a video blog called Chicken TV on the website “Think of it as a riposte to chick lit and Big Brother, but with more interesting characters, and you won’t be far wrong.”

Sainsbury’s Magazine has an article about the mix of city living and country life. Apparantly “a taste of rural life offers a chance to get away from it all” so there are more and more urbanites taking up hobbies like keeping chickens. Anneliese Rigby lives in South London with her husband, 5 cats and 2 hens. She first saw the Eglu when having dinner at a friends house and after tasting their eggs she decided to buy one herself. She says that watching her hens Margo and Barbara is “like a scene from a slapstick comedy”.

The Eglu also made appears in this month’s Which? Gardening magazine. Principal researcher Steve was asked to keep chickens for a year and record the progress for a feature. He had never thought of keeping chickens before so he chose an Eglu for ease. (Good choice.) It was an easier eggsperience than he had eggspected. Steve has calculated that over 40 weeks he has had around £150 worth of eggs, and his verdict was “I’ve enjoyed having hens in the garden and I’d definitely recommend them…They don’t take much work considering the reward of at least one tasty, fresh egg a day.”

And let’s not forget the bees…The Sunday Telegraph has launched the Bring Back Bees campaign to raise awareness of the decline in bee population. The article explains why we need bees – mainly because they are essential for growth of one third of our crops. You can help by sponsoring a beehive or making your garden bee friendly, or if you want to try keeping bees yourself the article suggests going on one of the Omlet beekeeping courses.

The Bugs and the Bees

And talking of bees, it’s no secret that bees are special little creatures; they pollinate our food, make tasty honey and they really are rather clever. But these bee-rilliant insects may just have gone one step further to impress us human beeings…it has been discovered that honey bees could help in the fight against the hospital bug MRSA. The sticky substance that bees make, propolis, has been found to stop the MRSA bacteria from growing. It has been tested on 15 strains of the bug and was effective against them all.

Although propolis has been used as a folk remedy for years this latest research could lead towards developing new antibiotics. And the reason for it being investigated was that it is already used as an antiseptic by bees to seal gaps between honeycombs and preserve their hives from contamination.

The Omlet Team

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