April Lifestyle

April Lifestyle

As April brings longer days and new Spring flowers, everything seems brighter and warmer. It is a time of year of busy planning for nature as everything prepares for the summer ahead.
There is plenty of change that accessories can bring to a room however the biggest impact is a focus piece such as a large carpet rug, a piece of furniture or even a new paint colour. Our paint is made in Scotland and is inspired by the natural colours of scotland. Bring out the bright tones of your carpet or curtains with bold colourful walls.

April Lifestyle

Roasted Rhubarb and Ginger Ice cream
Ice-cream Ingredients - 4 large egg yolks, 1 tbsp cornflour, 100 g caster sugar, 450 ml full fat milk, granulated sugar to sprinkle, 300 ml double cream, 5 pieces stem ginger chopped, 4 tbsp stem ginger syrup from the jar. Ice-cream Method - 1. Combine the egg yolks, cornflour and caster sugar together in a bowl, mix until smooth. 2. Heat the milk in a saucepan until almost boiling. Gradually pour the hot milk into the egg mixture, stirring all the time as you do so. 3. Now return the egg and milk mixture to the pan and cook over a low heat stirring constantly until thickened. 4. Remove from the heat and pour the thickened custard back into a bowl. Sprinkle the surface with a little granulated sugar (this will prevent a skin forming) and allow cool. 5. When the custard has cooled completely, whip the cream in a large mixing bowl until standing in soft peaks. Add the cool custard, chopped ginger and the ginger syrup. Mix until evenly combined. 6. Pour into a shallow freezer proof container and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Roasted Rhubarb Ingredients - 500g rhubarb, 50g caster sugar, 125ml ginger wine. Roasted Rhubarb Method - 1. Preheat oven to 180C/ Gas 4 2. Wash and trim the rhubarb so it fits within an ANTA baking dish. 3. Sprinkle the caster sugar over the rhubarb, pour over the ginger wine. 4. Bake for about 30 minutes until soft.

April Lifestyle

April Lifestyle

Meet the Design... Tartans and tweeds have been named after families and places in Scotland for hundreds of years. We have continued this tradition by calling our designs after contemporary Scots and places throughout the country.
This month we are profiling Yvonne Mackay, our highland and lowland tweed and carpet. Yvonne is also our Operations Manager, she came to ANTA aged just 19 and she quickly progressed through the ranks of the company. She was brought up in Stenness on Orkney and came to the mainland with her now husband Ben. Soon after starting with ANTA, Yvonne began studying textiles in Galashiels. Whilst there she worked part time in the ANTA Edinburgh shop, enabling her to continue her learning about the Scottish textile industry. 2020 marked 100 years since women were able to vote in Britain. What has been the biggest enabler for you to get to where you are now? My parents encouraged me to do my best at school and go on to further education but they also instilled a very strong work ethic in me from a young age, I have always had a job at the weekends from a young age and have enjoyed the independence that it gave me. I would say the biggest enabler for me at ANTA has been the opportunities I have been given. I have moved from one roll to another throughout the company, sometimes being pushed out of my comfort zone but always supported and encouraged. You married Ben in July last year and have bought your first home in Inver. What has been your favourite product in your new house? Our Large Cawdor rug. It has always been a favourite pattern of mine - we have had the rug for over 4 years now and with two dogs and a stove it saw daily abuse. It is now the centerpiece in our sunroom, giving it a shampoo when we moved meant it looks as good as new, my dad even spilled a glass of red wine over it at Christmas which came out no problem - I would recommend it to anyone. Scottish craft and design is world-renowned yet the industry is falling. How do you think ANTA can compete with manufacturing and design on a global scale? I do believe that consumers have become more conscious of where their products come from and how they are manufactured. This probably started with the food industry but has transcended across sectors. ANTA has very strong values which are using natural materials and manufacturing in Scotland. I think we can compete on a global scale by sticking to these beliefs, not compromising on design, training the next generation and finding the market who also appreciate these qualities. It is not uncommon for young people to leave the Highlands in order to find work, especially those who go on to University. Why did you come back to the Highlands and is there a way, do you think, to encourage young people to bring skills back to local businesses? We moved back to the Highlands as I was given the opportunity with ANTA to move back and be based in Fearn. I had lived and worked in Edinburgh for 3 years after graduating but was at the stage where I wanted to live in the countryside again so it was ideal timing. I believe that the key is in creating the job opportunities for people that can compete with what is being offered in the cities.

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