Archive | June, 2015

Grow your own

Back in May I planted a short post about growing your own fruit and vegetables.  I have been growing these with my children,  its now July and its looking great. I have harvested my first potatoes and broccoli. Our carrots should be ready in the next week or two, im quite amazed at what we have achieved considering I have never […]

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sweet potato, thyme and squash strudel

Here’s a nice and simple vegetarian option for you to try   puff pastry 2 sweet potato 1 butternut squash a couple sprigs thyme seasoning enough for your taste olive oil garlic x 3 cloves peeled and chopped   recipe peel your butternut, sweet potato and onion cut into 1/2 inch dice roast in the oven […]

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berry berry and Scottish strawberry crumble cake

sponge base 200g butter 200g icing sugar, caster sugar can be used 4 eggs 240g self raising flour 250g strawberries, 100g berries crumble topping 150g flour 75g butter 75g sugar cream butter and sugar till white and creamy add little flour and eggs slowely fold in the rest of the flour, pour into a greased […]

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Taste of London Summer 2015

Taste Of London Summer 2015   Last year was a first for me at the show and it was such a success that I convinced the etc venues food  group to give it a whirl this year! With great weather forecast, fantastic food and drink on offer and some fantastic chefs to see it was […]

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July Crop Report

            Top of the Crops…………UK Crops New Season Somerset Green Gooseberries – Simply stunning. New Season English Cherries New Season English Broccoli  & Lincolnshire Cauliflower, are now in stock. English ‘Speciality’ Tomatoes from Evesham – available with 48hrs notice. New Season Norfolk Mids & Tiny Tots are a ‘Peer’ Variety. […]

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Soil Association Catering Award

We enjoyed a great speech from Prue Leith at the Soil Association Awards last night on the credibility of awards….. “Too many awards can be effectively bought by sponsorship or voting by friends and family” ….. Umm…….. She does have a point. After over a year and over 8 hours of accreditation inspection to a level […]

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Zuma Knightsbridge

Have a treat this #nationalsushiday and book a meal at Zuma. the sushi not only tastes fresh and delicious the presentation is outstanding!     “Zuma in London’s Knightsbridge offers a sophisticated twist on traditional Japanese izakaya style of informal eating and drinking ethos.” The definition of “izakaya” is a common kind of Japanese bar, […]

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How to make Californian rolls

I am far off a sushi chef but I will try any new skill . Back in my days in the al a carte restaurant scene I had plenty of attempts at these and over the years in my opinion I’ve eventually managed to pull it off. I am a little slower than your professional sushi chef which takes a […]

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Sushi and bowl food event 155 Bishopsgate

As its #nationalsushiday here are a few snaps from a wonderful event for a key client @etcvenues #155bishopsgate ! stay tuned on how to make Californian sushi rolls! Big Al

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Spiced Buttermilk Chicken, Mustard Mayonnaise

Spiced Buttermilk Chicken 1 tsp of onion powder 1 tbsp of garlic powder ½ tsp of cayenne pepper ½ tsp of Chilli powder ½ tsp of Smoked paprika 1 tsp of black pepper 2 tsp of celery seeds 1 tsp of salt 400g of seasoned plain flour 1 Chicken breast diced about 1 inch is […]

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