Friday, November 25, 2016

Your Christmas Day Lunch Delivered To Your Door In The Cotswolds

What do mean you haven't worked out who's cooking Christmas Lunch this year?!

Don't worry though - we've got that covered. Either delivered chilled on Christmas Eve with simple heating instructions for you to heat and serve yourselves, or you can relax with family and friends while our chefs and waiting staff cook and serve it up for you in your home on the day itself!.

Find more details here.
Trio of Fish Starters - Home Cured Salmon Gravadlax,, Smoked Halibut & Crayfish with Mango
We use Norfolk Black turkey which gives you a much better, almost gamey flavour, together with Gloucester Old Spot chipolatas and bacon. Maris Piper potatoes are roasted in goose fat and rosemary, and sprouts are cooked with chestnuts and bacon because everything tastes better with bacon, right? (vegetarian alternative also available). Parsnips are roasted with Cotswold Bees Borage Honey, and your turkey gravy is made from the turkey bones after we have de-boned all the Christmas turkeys. Everything is prepared for maximum flavour - just the way it has been for the last 10 years.
Homemade Christmas Pudding with Crystallised Redcurrants and Brandy Sauce
Our Christmas pudding is made from my Gran's old recipe which dates back at least 100 years - so it's well tried and tested, Not everyone is a Christmas pudding fan of course, so we also have other options for you.
But what will your guests think about you not slaving over a hot stove all day on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day morning? We have one regular client who passes our food off as her own to her guests - just transfers it to her own dishes. That's the way to do it - you deserve it!

Over the years we have done deliveries in the Bristol, Oxford, Worcester, Bath, Stratford-on-Avon, Cheltenham area. If you're around here at Christmas, we still have a few bookings left available - but get there quick before it's gone! Find out more and how to contact us here.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Churros and chocolate chilli torte for a Mexican theme menu in Bristol

This Mexican themed buffet was for a hen party back in August staying in this Magical Listed Townhouse in Bristol (it was magaical too.... and covered in Mexican theme party decorations). 

The organiser of that party had been a guest at another hen party themed menu we had catered for the previous year, and the organiser of that party had in turn been the guest at another party we had done the year before that - it's great when they all recommend us!
Churros with chocolate sauce - what could be better?
 As always, in all the flurry of cooking lots of different Mexican dishes there's an absence of starter and main course photos.
Chilli chocolate torte - suprisingly more popular that the churros that night. 

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Caramelised Oxford Blue Cheese with Bacon Glazed Apples and Almond Butter

Doesn't bacon make everything taste better? Is it wrong to put it on a cheese course after a(nother) 7 course tasting menu? Those 4 ingredients really were meant to be together though.......

Cerney Pyramid Goats Cheese with Honeycomb

This came at the end of a 7 course tasting menu earlier in the year. With so many courses less is best - portion size is everything. 

Serving cheese with honey is more of a continental thing. Shame - they go so well together, especially this Goats Cheese produced just outside Cirencester - not many miles from where we served it!
The honeycomb was a whole tray taken out of the hives at Upton Smokery. It made the ideal 'plate' to sit the cheese on. We did put a plate underneath however - you have to respect other people's tables! 

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Hog Roast in Bishops Cleeve, near Cheltenham

A couple of years ago we catered for this couple's wedding. Now it was the then-bride's parents significant birthdays they wanted us back to cater for this event to be a hog roast and barbecue.

Gloucester Old Spot hog roast with Longhorn beef burgers and Gloucester Old Spot sausages - what a winning combination!

Because we're doing so many hog roasts now around the Cotswolds we now have our own double hog roast machine so we can cook 2 hogs at the same time feeding up to 400 + with a couple of legs put in there as well. And to serve it in we have our heavy duty gazebo. As good as the hog roast is, there's always some guests who like the old traditional Longhorn beef burgers and Gloucester Old Spot sausages, so we've added those in on a lot of pig roast events this summer too!

The venue was their virtually brand new office complex - a converted pub.

An office with it's own bar - some people's dream, right? None of the beer taps are connected - that's the only thing. Look good though. So the event took place in their field behind. I did get to try out their office oven though - the first time it had been used. Still all shiny and new - you don't see ovens like that very often!


Old prescription books from the clients' grandparents who found the pharmacy business - it's come a long way since then!