Zesty Chicken Kebabs- serves 6

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kebab8For the marinade
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 red chilli seeded and finely chopped
• 2 finely chopped cloves garlic
• 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
• 2 tablespoons lime juice
• 2 tablespoons honey
• Finely grated zest and juice half a lemon
• Finely grated zest and juice one orange
• Handful of fresh coriander leaves finely chopped

• 500g boneless chicken cut into chunky cubes

1. Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and cover with a lid/ foil.
2. Add the cubed chicken and marinade for a minimum of 2 hours or even better overnight if you can as this will improve the flavour we have found.
3. Gently thread the chicken onto your Kadai skewers and place them on your skewer rack over the hot Kadai.
4. Turn the skewers whilst cooking which will take approx. 15 mins. Ensure the chicken is thoroughly cooked before serving with rice or potatoes.
5. We enjoyed some Pinot Grigio with these and served with rice. Delicious!
Notes
Leave seeds in and up the chilli for some UMPHHH. Possibly try with lamb adding mint or rosemary!

Cast in Style Mobile Web Site Launched

Cast in Style Mobile Web Site

New Mobile Web Site Launched April 2014

After weeks of work we are really pleased to launch our brand new Mobile Web Site. We’ve given it a really fresh crisp look to make it look great and easy to use on your phone. It has all the same features as our main web site, and a really easy to use checkout. So now you can have the freedom to see our great range of products when you are out and about, without having to buy a new pair of glasses to see our site on your phone!

We would love to hear what you think of it, so please feel free to tell us.

Happy Mobile Surfing the new www.castinstyle.co.uk on your mobile

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Protecting Your Cast Iron This Winter

 

Cottage Door

Sage Green Cottage Door

Cast iron is an attractive and solid material, which is why it is used on external doors, letterboxes, barbecues and other outside furniture up and down the country.

However, in order to maintain its attractiveness – not to mention usefulness – it’s important to look after your cast iron and protect it from the elements, in order to prevent rust and deterioration. Iron oxidises easily, which is why protecting it is not so much a choice, but an essential aspect of ownership.

So, how do we maintain the beautiful cast iron aspects of our homes and gardens? The following are a few ways to keep your features rust free and attractive, thus extending their life for as long as possible.

1) Beeswax – for Bare Metal

Beeswax

Beeswax is an affordable and simple way to keep your cast iron looking prim and proper and is used on bare metal work. Simply by applying blacksmith beeswax maintenance wax with a rag or brush, after rubbing any rust off with a wire wool, you’ll restore the cast iron to a great condition. It is also recommended that a light coating of oil is applied occasionally, due to the abrasion that occurs when wire wool is used to clear the rust before waxing. Beeswax is not recommended for outside use as it wears away quickly. It is best for indoors to give a lovely

 
Window fasteners about to leave the powder coating track

“old” quality to ironwork, but you will need to keep up the maintenance by applying more wax from time to time. Just think of it as you would polish a table from time to time.

2) Powder coating

Powder coating window fastnersThis is more something to consider when buying cast iron products than it is something you can apply yourself. Items with a powder coating go through a rigorous procedure. First they are hung on a track which is positively charged. They are then sprayed with a dry powder which is negatively charged. The powder particles are attracted to the positively charged iron and stick to it’s surface. The powder is delicate at this stage so the track moves the items into a very large oven where they are baked to “set” the powder coating rock solid, which gives them their solid finish and means they can endure the rough British weather much easier than other items. The powder coating often changes colour at this stage to the final colour required.

If you notice any damage to ironmongery with a powder coating, such as scratching, then don’t fret – it’s a relatively simple procedure to return your belongings to their former glory. Carefully touch up any minor damage with a special multi-purpose metal paint such as Hammerite, and you’ll have your cast iron looking good as new in no time.

3) Paint coating

Cast iron Hanging Basket Bracket

Cast iron Hanging Basket Bracket

If your outdoor items have a powder coating finish or not,  it’s well worthwhile considering a paint coating for added protection. New products should not need this, but over the years there is nothing wrong with painting cast iron to make it last and prevent rusting. While many cast iron items may come with a paint coating, if they don’t then it’s something that can be applied, with care, at home – There are many metal paints you can buy. We recommend an enamel based paint such as hammerite. It’s also worth paying for a good quality paint as poor paints are runny and difficult to apply, they also wear away quickly. While a paint coating won’t last as long as a powder coating, it is a strong second, and will provide good, solid protection whilst fighting off rust for some time.

Ironmongery is attractive, and there’s no reason why you should be put off from owning it simply out of fear of what the British weather might do. Just keep a careful eye on your cast iron belongings and follow the above few steps, applying blacksmith beeswax at regular intervals, and your ironmongery will last through the winter and a long time after that too.

4) Oiling and Rust

In addition, don’t be alarmed when you see a little bit of rust: while many people panic and throw things out at the first sign of deterioration, rust is a natural process of cast iron. Just wire brush off the excess rust, paint over it with a good paint and give it plenty of oil on the joints, giving the joints a good “wiggle” to get the oil into the parts. It should loosen up and move freely. You often get more rust appearing in the oil itself. This is good, it’s working the rust out. Just wipe it way and add some more oil and move the joint until it stops. Simply follow the advice in this post and you’ll be able to get your ironmongery looking as good as new again.

That’s our advice, but we want to hear from you. Do you have any handy hints or tips for keeping your products in tip top shape this winter? Let us know in the comments section below, and stay tuned to our blog for more resourceful posts

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Top Five Christmas Gift Ideas From Cast In Style

If you’re searching for interesting and unusual gifts this year – perhaps you have an über-practical person who needs a present they can use and not just look at; or maybe you have someone who isn’t up to speed on the electronic offerings out there. If that’s the case, Cast in Style’s Christmas offers are just what you need! Continue reading

BBC Children in Need – DIY SOS Special

 

BBC Chrildren in Need
We’re Proud to have donated our Famous Kitchen Maid Clothes Airers to BBC Children in Need
We’re proud to have donated our clothes airer to the BBC Children in Need charity. On BBC ONE on Wednesday 13th November at 8pm, DIY SOS will be conducting a “Million Pound Build for Children in Need” in a special program called Little Miracles in Peterborough. Look out for our Famous Kitchen Maid Pulley Clothes airer during the program.

Preparing Your Garden For The Winter

Leaves-With-RakeWhether your garden is more of a hobby or simply a space to relax in the warmer months, it’s important to keep it in good shape all year round to avoid it becoming overgrown. As the winter draws in, you don’t want to be pruning, cleaning or planting when the weather gets bitterly cold and wet; so that’s why it’s important to prepare  for the harsher climates, before they can do damage. Do this sooner rather than later in order to protect the grass, soil, plants and any furniture you have. Here are some easy steps you can take to be fully prepared.

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Cast Iron cookware makes simply the best food for Bonfire Night and it’s a great Christmas gift too!!

Cast iron cookware

Cast Iron Cookware is the “Original” way to cook and lasts a lifetime

cast iron skillets and cast iron griddle pans

Our great range of “Original” Solid Cast Iron Skillets and Griddle Pans

Cast in Style has an excellent range of cast iron cookware from, skillets, griddle pans, chapatti pans and hot plates. Cooking food in a REAL solid cast iron skillet makes it simply gorgeous. It is the original good honest way too cook, just like your grand parents did. For a really great Christmas gift, give somebody a true original Cast Iron skillet. They will love you forever, and the cookware will last forever too!!

Order directly online. Just click here to see our Cast Iron Cookware. A product for you to be as proud of as we are.

Sizzling Cookware

Sizzling Cookware for Bonfire Night

See what our customers say…

“Without a doubt the best frying pan I have EVER bought! I have a large skillet and a small one and use them all the time, for whatever I may need to cook. With the proper care these two pans will last for my lifetime and beyond! I would recommend that any serious cook buys them! They are really great!” Henk Bielderman

“Had such a hard time finding a small pan for my induction hob, should have known to visit here first and saved a lot of trouble! Excellent, just right as was the Chapati pan I bought from you.” Sandra Wadhams

“Highly recommended. Great product. This is the best frying pan I’ve ever owned and I don’t expect to ever need to replace it. I bought a 10 inch Skillet last year from Cast in Style. I seasoned it by coating with lard and baked it in the oven. It has been in use now for about 6 months and is perfectly sealed and completely non stick. Great for use dry to burn off curry spices and with oil for frying. After each use I allow it to cool then clean under a running hot water tap with a nylon dish brush (No washing up liquid) I then dry it off using the hob. I immediately melt lard in it wipe over with a piece of kitchen roll, Allow to cool and store away. I am so pleased with this skillet that I will be buying more in other sizes. Now it is fully seasoned it looks great too when left out ‘on display’. Highly recommended. Great product.” John