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Tangy and crunchy piccalilli paired with a pork pie. A dollop of cranberry jelly with roast turkey. Even marmalade on toast. We all have our favourite condiments.

With National Preserving Week taking place from July 24 to August 1, this is the perfect opportunity to shine a light on a range of delicious products made by acclaimed jam and preserve maker, Mrs Darlington.

From pickles to lemon curd, Marion Darlington started making her award-winning range of products in the 1980s. With a glut of eggs to use up on her family’s Cheshire farm, she started making batches of lemon curd, which she would sell on her egg round in the local villages and towns.

A year on and demand began to outstrip supply, so Marion’s husband Tom Darlington converted some of his farm buildings into a large kitchen area to aid production.

By 1985, the business was expanding both in size and the range of products it was able to make and sell.

Fast-forward to today and now Mrs Darlington’s products are shipped across Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand, along with a host of other countries.

Now 84 years young, Marion still oversees all recipe creation in the family business – few rival her skill in creating preserves and chutneys with an authentic homemade taste.

It is the flavour and quality of her products that set them apart, which is why we are proud to sell Mrs Darlington’s delicious range both online and in our Louth-based shop.

The perfect side for lamb

There are too many to list here, but our favourites include Mrs Darlington’s mint sauce. Made from finely chopped mint, vinegar and sugar, Mrs Darlington’s mint sauce is not only perfect with Lakings grass-fed lamb but equally impressive with new potatoes and fresh peas.

Better with beef

Or why not try Mrs Darlington’s Hot Horseradish Sauce? Hot without being overpowering, a dollop of this creamy condiment can make a serving of roast beef even more mouthwatering. Try it in a steak sandwich, too.

Super on Sundays

Finally, our last recommendation (although there are many more to choose from) has to be cupboard staple Mrs Darlington’s English Mustard. Packing a punch of warmth and flavour, Sarah Darlington’s English mustard works wonders for the Sunday roast beef, cold cuts of meat, pork pies and a ploughman’s lunch. Try mixing it with mayonnaise and honey for a tantalising dip for chipolata sausages.

Find Mrs Darlington’s products on our website including the now famous lemon curd that started her on her incredible path to success.

How do you celebrate National Hot Dog Day?

Americans are gearing up to celebrate National Hot Dog Day – an annual summer holiday, which was created by the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council.

Celebrated on the third Wednesday of July, the event is part of the bigger month-long celebration of National Hot Dog Month each July. This year, the celebration falls on July 19. It’s a pretty big deal across the Pond but sausage lovers everywhere can join in.

Traditionally marked by eating what we would call a Frankfurter, nothing is stopping you from mixing things up and making hot dogs with Lakings Lincolnshire sausages.

Made using the finest Lincolnshire pork and our special blend of herbs and spices here in the rolling countryside of the Wolds, our sausages are a great starting point to begin experimenting with toppings.

The most popular hot dog condiments are mustard, ketchup, onions, chilli, relish, sauerkraut, coleslaw and jalapeno but it’s not unheard of to add a slice of cheese – cheese-dog, anyone?

We like eating ours with a dollop of Mrs Darlington’ Spicy Tomato and Sticky Onion Chutney for a tangy switch-up. But let’s be honest, when it comes to enjoying hot dogs, anything goes and Lakings Lincolnshire sausages make the perfect quick meal, any day of the week. Why wait for National Hot Dog Day?

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