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13 March 2012

Celebrating Mum!

Celebrating Mum!

Hi Everyone,

Since the EU regulations came into force on 1st January 2012 eggs continue to be in demand; I have been trying my hardest to keep my hens healthy and happy to ensure you can continue to enjoy some of the best British eggs on the market!

Last week my sister Amy attended the Scottish Egg Producers Conference on organic and free range eggs. Talks centred on the current state of the British egg market; she came home reassured free range eggs are in high demand. Amy was also chuffed she met her Sunday night hero Adam Henson from Countryfile who was one of the guest speakers at the conference!

Remember this Sunday, 18th March is Mothers Day! My Uncle and I have come up with a special recipe to satisfy any mums who have a sweet tooth - Chocolate Macaroons with a Raspberry Surprise; they will not fail to impress!

Kitty’s Chocolate Macaroons with a Raspberry Surprise

Kitty’s tips: separate the egg whites up to seven days in advance and rest in the fridge. Make the macaroons a day in advance to allow the flavours to infuse into the macaroon shell.


  • 180g ground almonds
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 30g coco powder
  • 80ml water
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 x 80g egg whites


Chocolate Ganache


  • 250g dark chocolate broken into pieces
  • 200ml whipping cream
  • 70g butter cut into small cubes
  • 1 pack of raspberries


Mix the icing sugar and ground almonds together until you have a fine even powder. Sieve and set aside.

In a saucepan, bring the water and the caster sugar to the boil. Use a thermometer to ensure that the temperature does not exceed 110°c.

Whisk half the egg whites until they form a soft peak but not too stiff.

Decrease the speed of the whisk, then, still whisking, pour the sugar syrup slowly and thinly down the side of the bowl into the egg white until the mixture has almost cooled; this will take a while and will be easier in a food processor or using an electric hand whisk.

Mix the other half of the egg whites (unbeaten) with the sugar and almond base to get a thick paste.

Add a quarter of the meringue to the almond paste with a flexible spatula and stir in with regular motions from the bottom to the top and from the edges towards the centre of the bowl. Repeat this process adding a quarter at a time until the meringue mixture is fully mixed in with the almond paste. Fill a piping bag with the macaroon mix and pipe small even discs of the mixture on to a tray covered with greaseproof paper. Lightly tap the bottom of the tray on the work surface to remove any small air bubbles. Put the tray aside for 30 minutes to allow the shell to dry.

While the shells are drying make the chocolate ganache. Place the chocolate in a mixing bowl. Bring the cream to the boil, pour over the chocolate and mix until the chocolate has melted and mixed with the cream. Add the butter to the mixture. Stir until the butter has melted. Leave to cool at room temperature.
After resting the macaroon shells for 30 minutes bake in a preheated oven for 13 minutes at 145°c (fan oven 125°C), gas mark 1 ½.


Immediately on taking the macaroon shells out of the oven, slide the greaseproof paper onto a lightly dampened work surface. This will stop them over cooking and make them easier to remove from the paper.

The shells should be glossy and smooth.

With a piping bag fill half the shells with ganache place a raspberry in the middle of the shell then sandwich together with the remaining shells.

Hopefully your mum will enjoy them as much as my mum!


17 February 2012

Pancakes Pancakes Pancakes

Pancakes Pancakes Pancakes

Hi Everyone,

Say hello to you our latest arrivals on the farm including these baby chicks which will eventually lay some delicious Kitty Campbell eggs! They’re not the only ones stealing the limelight just now. The Suffolk sheep have started lambing, with a set triplets being born yesterday! I decided to call the lambs Kitty, Amy and Lorna after my sisters and I. Adam’s dog has also had a litter of pups, and can only be described as a bunch of fluffy rascals that enjoy nothing better than being fed! They’re definitely not camera shy!

Tuesday the 21st of February is PANCAKE DAY so make sure you stock up on Kitty’s eggs!! I thought I would help you out with a recipe that guarantees lip-smacking pancakes every time! I enjoy my pancakes filled with vanilla yogurt, fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and a drizzle of honey. 

Kitty’s Pancake Mixture

  • 110g plain flour
  • salt
  • 2 Kitty Campbell Eggs
  •   200ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 50g butter, melted

Enjoy your pancakes.......


16 December 2011

Season's Greetings!

Season's Greetings!

I hope you have all entered into the Christmas spirit! I managed to fit in some late night shopping last week and relaxed afterwards with a nice big mince pie. I got Geordie a tasty bone and a squeaky toy which will keep him amused.  Next job is to decorate the Christmas Tree and wrap my Christmas presents.

It is always a busy few weeks in the run up to Christmas and New Year so the Kitty Team are all working very hard. On the left you can see me along with three valuable Kitty team players; Darren, Geordie and Tomasz. Darren and Geordie are great friends! Darren often gives Geordie a cheeky corner of his sandwich at lunch time! Tomasz has been busy making sure the scratching areas are nice and soft by raking the shavings to make it easy for the hens to scratch and dust bath.

We had our first scattering of snow the other day; the hens were not so keen to go exploring that day, most of them were perching in the shed or snuggling up in their cosy next boxes. 

Remember, don't forget to treat yourself to some Kitty Campbell eggs for over the festive period.  Why not indulge in eggs benedict for breakfast, omelettes for brunch or melt in the mouth meringues for dessert.  Go on spoil yourself.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


02 December 2011

Kitty's News

Kitty's News

Hi Everyone,

It has been another busy spell on the farm with lots of things going on from introducing new chickens to the farm to saying ‘goodbye’ to calves and lambs that we have reared over the last year.  This is always tinged with a little sadness as you become attached to the animals.  All animals have their own personalities from dozy to adventurous.  The hens tend to be curious and like to go on adventures, often ending up in Mum’s garden!

With working on the farm, I understand the importance of animal welfare and try to make sure my hens, cows and sheep, all lead a happy lifestyle.  I try to make sure they enjoy their time on the farm as much as I do.

We endeavour to make the hens as comfortable as possible in their surroundings by providing them with scratching areas which they can dust bath in, perching areas for roosting, and the freedom to roam outside.  Inside the hens play with footballs which the hens like to peck at and practise their dribbling skills up and down the shed.  Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be any David Beckham's or Wayne Rooney’s on the Kitty team!!  Old CD discs also dangle down for hens to peck at.  The CD’s are like mirrors to the hens, again they are a curious bunch!

Well I best be off.


22 September 2011

Kitty's Summer

Kitty's Summer

Hi Everyone,

Hope you have all been enjoying your Kitty Campbell Free Range eggs!

I am glad to say the hens have been laying well but like us they have not been too fond of this British summer weather. They don’t like to get their feathers wet! The young chicks, in their ‘hot house’ are also thriving. They will be making their move into the laying shed very soon. How time passes.

At the end of August you may have met me in your local Tesco store! As well as answering any questions you had, it was also a chance for me to tell you more about myself, the hens and Geordie the dog! I enjoyed this very much.

I have also been kept busy with my veggie patch this summer which has provided my family with fresh strawberries (my favourite) and other seasonal veggies, which are great for jazzing up an omelette! Why not try making an omelette and let me know how you get on. We are always on the lookout for a new recipe or two.

To end on a high note we had a small celebration down on the farm after winning first prize for our entry of six eggs at our local produce show. The judges were looking for eggs that had good shell quality and golden yolks. Well done hens!

Kitty Campbell