Posts from March, 2013

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter to all our Brown Bag customers, friends and family. Thank you for your consistent love and support! Without you, 2013 would not be off to a smashing start, we are already feeling the winds of change in our hair as we weigh up future plans of the Brown Bag… coming soon.

So, good news by the bucket –  LENT is OVER! Forty days and forty nights a self-imposed hunger strike is now over! You can indulge in crisps, chocolate and wine by the bottle-full… If you are away and refuelling your batteries with some good old soul food in the company of family and friends, don’t forget to take us too! We would like to consider ourselves well travelled. Where will you take us this Easter?

So here is to the rest of the year! To clean slates and empty plates with the echoes of laughter. If you like this blog why not give us a thumbs-up on our Facebook page too?

Tick tock….

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At 2am on Sunday March 31st, the clocks go forward. If you are anything like us and time runs away with you, then this is the reminder for you. Brown Bag Crisps – we are more than just crisps, we are human too and we all need a little help from our friends! So the good news is that you have been reminded! The not-so-good news is that you lose an hour of sleep. So, you will be up with the sun, and owning the day. You can do it! We are right behind you.

Words worth

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Happy World Poetry Day! Today, March 21st, is the day that the world celebrates all-things poetry and, as an aside, has caused a particularly poetic buzz in the Brown Bag Crisps’ office and our resident wordsmith, Chloe, has been inspired to put pen to paper to mark the occasion! We love the odd limerick and couplet and we want to take the time to appreciate poetry by writing our own.

Before we do that, what is World Poetry Day all about? Well,  UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) established this event in 1999. The purpose of the day is to promote the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world and to “give fresh recognition and impetus to national, regional and international poetry movements”. From Government officials to classrooms, poetry is exhibited and honoured in all its shapes and forms by being both taught and remembered.

Brown Bag Crisps’ Chloe said: “My first memory of enjoying writing at school happened to be writing poetry. As a child it was sort of a fun half way between writing a story and a song. So with that in mind here is my little ditty for you, guess what I am going to write about…..


What’s in the bag? You here the rustle

In the shops, a noisy bustle,

Of feet finding food to satisfy

But still don’t know, yet what’s in side?


The bag was brown, and the paper thick

I open the bag and take a sniff

My tummy rumbles, I smack my lips!

Between my teeth I started crunching

My eyes are wide as I’m a munching

And the fusion rises I can tell

What flavour rises from the smell

It’s tangy and strong the perfect blend

It’s cheese and onion my brown bag friend!


So there’s my ditty – did you enjoy it? Feeling hungry yet? Do send us your attempts – the silliest, the grossest – the better. Let’s share this day with our children and make their learning fun.


Chloe-Lauren Smith

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

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It’s not that easy being green…but this Sunday it will be. It’s a day where green is the word globally as we all come together to celebrate St Patrick’s Day!

Guinness is the traditional tipple or anything that will have an effect! A time to eat, drink and be merry! So wherever you are and whoever you’re with, take us with you, hunt us down in a local near you. If you’re having friends over then invite us too. If you want to keep the green theme then why not grab our Manchego, Cheddar and Onion crisps to capture all the cheesy moments. Cheers, crunch! And Happy St Paddy’s Day to the lot of you! If you love the Brown Bag then why not share that with us by giving us a thumbs up on Facebook?

What’s COOKing?

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We at Brown Bag Crisps are so proud of our relationship with COOK, who make delicious frozen meals. As they say; birds of a feather flock together. It’s true; we love premium food as do our customers and friends.COOK, like us, are a small family business and my have they grown – to more than 60 stores across the UK! They have one desire to put homemade food back on the nation’s dinner table and they have executed that from strength to strength. This Saturday, March 16, COOK nationwide has got a tasting day, where you are encouraged to sample a range of delicacies that they have in taster. Brown Bag Crisps is delighted to be one of those delicacies. So if you are looking to try before you buy, and want to be convinced of the quality that goes into your food, check out a COOK store near you ( Their staff are friendly, knowledgeable and attentive! I will be at COOK Twickenham flying the Brown Bag banner in my crisp dress – pop in for a pic and a friend-chip! What’s your flavour?!


Chloe-Lauren Smith

Support Red Nose Day

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At Brown Bag Crisps we are shouting about Red Nose Day all week, as we are so passionate about the causes and change it can bring.

Comic Relief has come along way from Bob Geldof’s haunting insight into Africa’s most impoverished. It has grown globally and has spread its wing in supporting many causes, from helping young people with mental health issues, those suffering from alcohol abuse or domestic and sexual abuse, as well as supporting initiatives to reduce the harm caused to young people by sexual exploitation and/or trafficking. These are just a few of the worthy causes that Comic Relief strives to support and at Brown Bag Crisps, we want to see those changes too.

I was really encouraged by the young people in my local community who have clearly been inspired by Comic Relief. Two Saturdays ago I was coming out of the gym at 10:30 in the morning with no make-up on, hoping not to be seen, and wanting to get home as quickly as possible. This proved not to be the case when a band of young people wearing onesies scooted up to me and shouted “Hey, can I get a high five for Comic Relief?!” Without thinking, I was high-fiving all of them, while one of them filmed it on his smart phone. Presumably that footage will be used in their fundraising. However, it put the biggest smile on my face and encouraged me that no matter how overwhelming the issues, change starts with the smallest steps. What steps of action, however big or small, are you taking to help Red Nose Day? Let us know – Tweet us, Facebook us or email us! We would love to hear from you!


Chloe-Lauren Smith.

Delicious Crispy Chicken – a Mothering Sunday treat

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Viv and her Mum

I must really love my Mum (which I do) as I’ve chosen to use a picture of the two of us where she looks lovely and I look like someone heavily pregnant on a very hot day (which I was). Anyway, vanity aside, it’s Mothering Sunday this weekend, where traditionally we honour our Mums by spending time with them, letting them know how much they mean to us, and maybe even giving them pressies.

As Mothering Sunday is all about tradition – and mums – I thought I’d share this little gem of a recipe with you which my Mum used to make us as a treat. Enjoy! And if you’re reading this Mum, I’m very lucky to have you and I love you very much. Happy Mothering Sunday.


Delicious crispy chicken


50g butter

4 x chicken breasts

70g Lightly Salted Brown Bag Crisps

100g grated cheese Cheddar or parmesan

15ml freshly chopped parsley

Half clove of garlic, crushed

5ml freshly chopped tarragon

2.5ml dried tarragon

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 casserole dish, 180c /350F or Gas mark 4, cooking time 45 mins-1 hour


Melt the butter and brush half onto the chicken breasts. Crush the crisps and mix them with the remainder of the ingredients and season to taste. Press the mixture around the chicken breasts and place in an oven proof casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining butter over the chicken when in the casserole dish before putting it into the oven. Bake for 45mins to an 1 hour until the chicken is tender and the juices run clear when pierced with a skewer. Serve from the casserole and enjoy!