Beef olives in a red wine & mustard gravy

This week's recipe is beef olives in a red wine and coarse grain mustard gravy! The weather is due to get colder over the next few days and this is definitely the ultimate comfort food for this time of year! 
8 x 3oz thinly cut minute steaks
1lb x Pork sausage meat divided in to 8
2 sliced onions
1 table spoon of coarse grain mustard
1 glass of red wine
salt and pepper
1 pint of beef gravy (granules)
A little oil
Season the sausage meat and divide into 8. Roll in your hands to form a small sausage then place onto the minute steak and roll together.
Season with salt and pepper.
Brown the olives in a little oil and then place them in an oven proof dish.
Meanwhile, gently fry the sliced onions in a little oil over a low heat until soft. Then, add the wine and mustard and reduce until half the volume of wine remains. Add the beef gravy and bring to the boil. 
Pour over the olives, cover and cook in a hot oven 200oc for 1 1/4- 1 1/2 hours (until thoroughly cooked). 
Serve with creamy mash potatoes and vegetables! 
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November in the Garden



November: The days are noticeably shorter and frosts chill the air...

This is a good time for planting all trees and shrubs, as well as hedges, to give them plenty of time to get established before winter. Container-grown plants can be planted at any time of year, but you can save money at this time of year by opting for bare-rooted hedging, or root-balled trees and shrubs.

Tulips are happy to be planted so much later than all the other spring-flowering bulbs. But this is the perfect time to plant, so try not to miss it. If planting in pots then ensure you use a bulb fibre. They wont need watering until the fibre has either completely dried out or the bulbs are well established.

Leaves are piling up in every corner… consider generating your own leaf mould as the decaying leaves produce an invaluable soil conditioner. The job of collecting leaves can be made easier by using a jumbo leaf scoop… they not only protect your hands from thorns and cuts but are also great for collecting other garden debris.

But what about our garden wildlife…. Well the berries in your garden are a feast for birds, thrushes and blackbirds become more noticeable, venturing onto lawns searching for worms and fallen fruit. Bird tables become a bustle of activity, with birds queuing up to take their turn at feeders. It’s so important to keep feeders filled and a fresh supply of water would be an added welcome.

As the days grow colder Hedgehogs will be looking for that cosy place to hibernate. Consider investing in a purpose made Hedgehog home; this doesn’t just offer shelter but also adds a quirky attraction to your garden space. 

If you would like help, ideas and inspiration for your garden or have any questions, please call into the garden centre and have a chat with a member of our knowledgeable team. They’ll be very happy to help. 

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David’s sausage and butter bean cassoulet recipe

We’re celebrating national sausage week, so this week’s recipe is David’s pork sausage, chorizo sausage and butter bean cassoulet. On the specials menu Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November. 
6 x pork sausages
3 x chorizo sausage
2 x cloves of garlic
1 x table spoon of fresh thyme
1 x tins of tomatoes (chopped)
2 x tablespoons of tomato puree
1 x large onion sliced
2 x tins of butter beans drained
1 x vegetable stock cube
salt and pepper
olive oil
In a large pan, fry the pork sausages in a little olive oil. once cooked remove from the pan. cool, then slice.
Add the onion, garlic and thyme to the pan and cook until soft.
Then, add the sliced chorizo sausage and fry for a minute to release the oils.
Add the sliced pork sausage and the rest of the ingredients together.
Bring to the boil then transfer to an oven proof dish and bake in the oven at 200oC for one hour.
Serve with fresh crusty bread.
You can use any type of beans that you like for this recipe, or if using dried beans, soak them overnight
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Christmas Events at Pentland


It’s going to be another fantastic Christmas at Pentland Plants and we’re excited to share with you a fun packed calendar of events for all of the family to enjoy, including: craft workshops, live music, delicious food, Poinsettia walks, dog photo sessions and more! Our online event-booking page is now open, so please take a look and reserve your place today.


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Pentland's Christmas Shopping Event

Thursday 8th November, 5pm – 8pm

It's that time of year again! Join us for our very special Christmas shopping event this November and enjoy a fantastic 20% OFF Christmas and gifts*! 

We’ll be serving our home made complimentary non-alcoholic mulled wine on the night, PLUS we’ll be opening Café Panola late for the occasion with a special BYOB evening menu. 

Click here to reserve a table:

Find the perfect gifts for family and friends, and beautiful Christmas decorations for your home from our new stunning Christmas collections.

Get the date in the diary and keep an eye on our website if you would like to book a table for dinner, as our online table booking page will be open very soon!

We can't wait to see everyone on the 8th! 

*Excludes gift cards

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