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Bake Off

Browns Bake Off!

We know we can create distinctive and remarkable clothes, but can we create distinctive and remarkable bakes?? Here is our very own Bake Off!

 

In the name of charity we gave it a go! Here’s how we got on…

 

 

Not too shabby looking hey?!

 

Our new chairman, Dereck (on the far right) sampled all 13 anonymous bakes judging on looks, but more importantly taste!

 

 

 

And the winner was… drum roll please… our head of quality control – Linda!

 

Her Malteezer crunchy chocolately square thingies were out of this world! Could she be ready to enter the Great British Bake Off?

 

 

Then, like the vultures we are, we all piled in…

 

 

 

 

 


We promise we’re not all now slumped in the office with cake sweats (is that even a thing?) we’re creating more beautiful clothes for you – honest!

We raised just over 90 quid for our efforts which we’ll be sending off to the #RedNoseDay guys to help with the amazing work they do.  Have you been fundraising?

 

 

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the worlds most travelled coat

Help us create the world’s most travelled coat!

Do you fancy being part of a world’s first with Joe Browns while helping us raise money for charity?

 

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With your help we’re aiming to produce the word’s most travelled coat created from pieces of material that have all travelled to different parts of the world.

 

Whether it’s the old shorts you were wearing when you back-packed across Australia or the scarf that kept you warm as you trekked across the Scottish Highlands – We’d love to have it!

 

So if you’re planning a clear out, or know of a few forgotten pieces at the bottom of your wardrobe that have a story to tell, please donate them to us so we can tell it. While at the same time helping to raise some much needed funds for the West Yorkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre.

 

Our aim is to produce a one-off Joe Browns patchwork coat with more air miles under its belt than Richard Branson, that, once sold to the highest bidder, can help provide support for people struggling to live with MS.

 

All you need to do is send your well-travelled garment (or section of it if it’s no longer in one piece) to ….

 

Joe’s Coat Team,
Joe Browns Ltd,
Kandy Works,
Brown Lane East,
Holbeck,
Leeds,
LS11 0BT

 

Along with your name and a note telling us its story or simply where it’s been.

 

Once we’ve received it, we would like to thank you for your time and effort with a £5 Joe Browns voucher*. Make sure to include your email address so we can send you your voucher.

 

We will do our up-most to include all pieces of donated fabric in the final design.

 

So please help us create something truly unique (and of course gorgeously stylish) that could help change lives!

 

The closing date to get all pieces of material to us is Monday 22nd August 2016.

 

 

 

 *Voucher ts & cs apply. Reward will apply for the first 50 garments received at the above address only.

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Wishes come true shop

Wishes Come True Top

We’ve teamed up with the Fight Hunger Foundation to create a beautiful limited edition top to help make some wishes come true for the poorest children living in the Govandi Slum in Mumbai.

 

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All proceeds from the 222 tops will go towards this worthy cause to help prevent child hunger in India.

 

The charity aims to fight malnutrition by concentrating on three areas:

 

1. Awareness-raising: Promoting the management of acute malnutrition as a priority for stakeholders including the Indian government, to influence effective change in policy and practice.

 

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2. Community projects: Detection, treatment and prevention of malnutrition in hospitals, health centres and in communities.

3. Research: to understand the underlying causes of acute malnutrition.

 

Fight Hunger Foundation’s goal is to reach 3 million children and mothers by 2017.

 

Click here to find out more about the foundation, or here to buy your Wishes Come True Top.

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Small Pork Pie with Quails’ Egg

Today we’re killing two birds with one pie!

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In homage to British Pie Week and in preparation for Red Nose Day, we thought we’d share with you a pork pie recipe from the Great British Bake-Off’s stud-muffin Paul Hollywood.

 

This awesome small pork pie with quails’ egg recipe was on one of the shows comic relief specials and is great for picnics or selling for Red Nose Day!

 

Sooo… On your marks.  Get set. Bake!

 

Ingredients

 

 

For the hot water crust pastry

 

 

 

For the filling

 

  • 6 quails’ eggs
  • onion, very finely chopped
  • 350g/12oz pork loin, finely chopped
  • 100g/3½oz unsmoked streaky bacon, finely chopped
  • small bunch of parsley, finely chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 1 chicken stock cube (optional)
  • 150ml/5fl oz boiling water (optional)
  • 2 leaves gelatine (optional)

 

 

Preparation method

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Grease a 6-hole muffin tin
  2. To make the pastry, sift the flours into a bowl and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Bring the water and salt to a boil then add the lard and stir until the lard has melted.
  3. Pour the lard and water over the flour mixture and stir to form a dough. Tip the dough onto a floured work surface and work into a smooth ball (you must work quickly or the dough will become too firm to handle).
  4. Roll the pastry out to a thickness of about 3mm/⅛in. Cut out six 15cm/6in circles and use each circle to line a hole in the muffin tin. Cut six 10cm/4in circles for the lids and set them aside.
  5. For the filling, cook the quails’ eggs in a pan of boiling water for two minutes then refresh in cold water, peel carefully and set aside.
  6. Put the onion, pork, bacon and parsley into a bowl, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and mix until well combined. Spoon a little of the mixture into each lined pie case, place a quail’s egg in the centre and spoon over a little more filling.
  7. Brush the edge of each pie case with a little beaten egg, place the lids on top and crimp the edges together to seal completely. Make a small hole in centre of each pie and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
  8. When the pies are cooked, set them aside to cool for 10 minutes. If making the jelly, dissolve the stock cube in the boiling water. Soak the gelatine in a little cold water until soft then squeeze out excess water and whisk into the warm chicken stock.
  9. Pour the gelatine mixture into the hole in the top of each pie until the hollow cavity within the pie is filled. Allow the pies to set in the fridge overnight.

 

 

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Joe Browns Charity ‘Wishes Come True’ Tunic

Calling all Joe Browns lovers! Are you ready to feel amazing in our new ‘Wishes Come True Tunic’?

 

As if you needed an excuse, not only will you be looking lovely, you’ll be helping out for a really good cause at the same time. All proceeds from the sale of these tunics will go to the Make a Wish Foundation.

 

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You will have noticed that we have taken part in different charity activities in the past few weeks, and this is chapter three of our journey. One of our lovely suppliers, Alan, embarked in a great project completing the 220k Iron Man challenge back in July this year. Instead of sending yet another sponsorship form round his family and friends, he created the ‘220 wonderful acts of kindness’ project – asking for people to take part. How could we not get involved?

 

We started off by collecting unwanted football kits from around the office for a wonderful charity called ‘kits4causes’. A fantastic chance for children all around the world to enjoy the great game.

 

We then went on to gather together as many teddy bears as we could – with the objective of collecting 220 teddies in the hope that these little furry friends will make a BIG difference.

 

So here is our third Act of Kindness: we have decided on a challenge with a remarkable Joe Browns twist! Alan has collected an array of fabulous fabrics from India, which we then turned into stunning tunics! Each one will be unique in its design, so you won’t see another like it anywhere! There will only be 220 of these beautiful tunics made. We are charging just £22 for these, and all proceeds will be going directly to the Make A Wish Foundation.

 

The best bit about this tunic is the feel good factor every time you wear it – truly special. Enjoy.

 

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Happy Teddy Bear Day!

Here at Joe Browns we love lending a hand for a good cause!  So when one of our business suppliers needed help to complete his 220 acts of kindness, we simply had to help!

 

Alan decided to compete in the 220k Iron man challenge back in July this year – but instead of asking people for sponsorship in the form of money, he developed his ‘220 wonderful acts of kindness’ project – basically asking for ideas for ways to make a difference in the world.

 

Alan’s list contains everything from small, local projects that would help an individual or a local community – to some really major initiatives that would truly make a real difference to the world we live in.  Read more about Alan’s mission over at www.the220challenge.com

 

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For our latest act of kindness we are trying to gather together as many teddy bears as we can – with the objective of collecting 220 teddies to send to an orphanage in India. There are lots of children around the world who have very little and we really hope that these little furry friends will make a BIG difference! We’re now nagging families, friends and children to hand over their unwanted teddies – after all, everyone has a few around the house that are taken for granted don’t they? So not only will we be generating lots of big smiles, we’ll also be fulfilling the ambitions of 220 teddy bears, born to give out cuddles and make children happy! J. We’ve had a great response with 72 teddy bears in the collection so far (see pic).

 

Alongside this, we also recently collected lots of pieces of unwanted football kit for a charity called ‘kits4causes’. Football is loved the world over, however it is the sad case that there are many people around the world who are not able to experience it like many of us in more economically developed countries can – and it was great that we were all able to help and provide the vital tools to help communities come together and enjoy the great game. Nelson Mandela once said “Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else can.”  Great words!

 

We’ve loved being involved with this exciting charity project, and are already making plans to get stuck into our third act of kindness- so keep a look out as this is one where you can really get involved!

 

If you want to donate, get involved or suggest a ‘random act of kindness’ for Alan to complete, head over to www.the220challenge.com and get involved in whatever way you can.

 

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My Cambodian Adventure: Part 2

Faith swapped the exciting world of Joe Browns for a fulfilling experience helping out in Cambodia. Here is part two of her story… (Part 1 can be found here)

 

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TLC is one of three schools where disadvantaged children can go to continue their schooling. The children that come to TLC are able to pass their exams and remain at school until the age of 18, with many going onto higher education that would not have otherwise. The school provides each child with a uniform, toothbrush, books and a hot meal each day; for many this is their only meal. Harvest of Hope is another such school, and we went and did some crafts and games with the children there; the face painting was particularly popular. The teachers from both of these schools benefited from some more of the clothes donated by Joe Browns as they are almost as poor as the people they are trying to help. They earn just $60 per month (about £29) – a living wage in Cambodia would be at least $150 per month (about £89)!

 

Most of the team survived the 2 weeks without major illness, though the temperatures reached around 40˚C, only dropping by a few degrees at night. We even survived the roads which were quite frankly scary!

 

The local wildlife around the hotel (otherwise known as dinner) included wild dogs and cats, a couple of very loud geckos, several smaller silent geckos, bats, a couple of cockroaches and a rat, not including all the insects. Yes – they eat insects! Some of my team were a bit more adventurous than myself and sampled deep fried tarantula, red ant curry, snake on a stick and spicy frogs. I did sample some of the local food and can highly recommend Water Buffalo Lock Lac, and Fish Amok. The staple food is of course rice – which is served for almost every meal – and after two weeks of almost non-stop rice I really enjoyed my dad’s steak and veg pie when I got home again.

 

My adventure really changed my perspective on life – I’m so glad I was able to go and make a difference in the lives of those I met. My new challenge is to do the same here in my own country!

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