Not just a high street wedding cake, this is a marks and spencer wedding cake

So, you’re getting married – Congratulations! You’ve just embarked on a whirlwind adventure towards one of the best days of your life. Now with all the planning to do, the venue, the dress, the cars, the table plans, the dress, have you considered a high street wedding cake?

Marks and Spencer’s might not be the first retailer to spring to mind when buying a wedding cake, but with their notoriety for quality, ease of purchase and selected cakes ready at your local store within just 7 days, they are certainly a leading competitor.

They stock a wide range of wedding cakes, from a traditional round, 3 tier to a more contemporary chocolate curl – or perhaps an ever more popular individual cupcake collection. The site boasts of 37 to choose from ranging in both design and price.

Cakes range in price with the cheapest starting at a mere £8, a nice mid range cake will set you back between £25-£40, or if you want to splash out, their most expensive cakes are in the region of £250.

One of the most notable benefits of considering a high street wedding cake from M&S is the convenient delivery for free to your local store, which is free and ranges between 7-21 days, most needing 21 (a reassuring time I think!)

Ordering online gives you access to some additional handy features – dietary requirements, size – are you serving 12 or a mammoth 244 guests?! – price range and star rating then, Voilà, you’ve found your perfect cake.

Before you leave the site don’t forget to watch their handy cake cutting demonstration video!

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This entry was posted in Food Blog, Uncategorized on January 26, 2013 by .

5 Ideas to spend less at the supermarket

It’s a fact that most people think they don’t have enough disposable income because they don’t earn enough but in the majority of cases it’s quicker and easier to have more money by spending less than trying to have more.

Here’s 5 ways to make a start with your everyday food shopping, leaving a little extra to spend on the little gourmet luxuries we all enjoy.

1. Take a shopping list and stick to it. Split your shopping list into 2 – meals and store cupboard. Plan your meals and only buy the things you need, for the store cupboard only buy things when you need them or when they’re on offer. Try to think, do I need this in this shop?

2. Don’t over buy – every year the uk wastes over 3 tonnes of food, used to feed the bin when use-by-dates have been exceeded. Every time you throw food out make a note of it and buy less next time, or remember to freeze it if suitable before it goes off. Every household in the uk wastes an average £270 a year on throwing food out and a lot of this is due to multi buy deals and 3 for 2 style offers. Be wary of them, especially on perishable items.

3. Forget brand loyalty, buy what’s on offer or own brand. If you’re trying to spend less don’t stick to a brand or product for the sake of it.

4. Avoid pre-prepared food and ingredients. Supermarkets offer a big range of pre prepared food, everything from ready mashed mash to ready diced meat. More often than not you’re paying for this extra process and convenience – putting this time and process in yourself means you’re not paying the supermarket to do it for you.

5. Play the loyalty scheme game. This means don’t get caught up in the marketing tactics of buying more – but do collect points that’ll help you save on your shopping in the future.

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This entry was posted in Food Blog on January 22, 2013 by . 20130115-182435.jpg

3 Good Reasons to Visit Your Local Chinese Supermarket

If you live in or near a big city you’ll likely have access to a Chinese supermarket and while they might at first look like scary places with unfamiliar food and labelling, here are 3 good reasons to pop in!

1 – The real deal ingredients. If you’re after cheap and authentic ingredients they are often the only place to find them, and often the more common ingredients are cheaper than the supermarket.

2 – Re-ignite your inner foodie! You’ll come across food and ingredients that are either new to you or that you aren’t familiar with which will enliven your interest in food and cooking. Fine, you might not want to eat or cook frozen chicken feet, but exotic and different ingredients will re-awaken you to the possibilities out there!

3. Quick and easy Chinese food. I’ve never been, but I’m guessing Chinese people like quick and easy cooking sometimes too. You can grab your very own slice of this at the Chinese supermarket – from frozen dim sum, ready made sauces, noodles and dishes you’ll find ready to cook (or eat) food and ingredients that will make the quick chinese meal you make look, feel and taste more authentic.

This entry was posted in Food Blog on January 15, 2013 by .

Shepherds Purse Cheeses gain national listing with Morrisons

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Yorkshire artisan cheese makers, Shepherds Purse, has secured a national listing for its best selling cheese with the fourth biggest retailer in the UK, Morrisons. The Thirsk based, family-run business will supply the jewel in its crown, multi-award winning Yorkshire Blue cheese into more than 370 stores from July. The company’s Monks Folly cheese, listed as a seasonal product last year, has also been selected nationally due to its popularity and will be available July.

Traditionally handcrafted at the company’s North Yorkshire dairy, Yorkshire Blue, made from 100 per cent cow’s milk sourced from local farmers, will be sold on the new look deli counter at Morrisons stores nationwide. The cheese is based on a continental style recipe and has a mellow, creamy and buttery flavour. Monks Folly is a traditional mould rinded, soft cow’s milk cheese originating from a recipe developed by monks in the Middle Ages and reproduced by Shepherds Purse for modern palettes.

Commenting on the deal Katie Matten, director, Shepherds Purse said: “We have worked with Morrisons regionally for many years and have featured as one of the supermarket’s Local Heroes, so we are delighted to introduce our handmade Yorkshire Blue cheese nationwide to customers. We are sure that blue cheese lovers will enjoy its mild flavour and non blue cheese eaters will be converted once they’ve tried it!

“Morrisons is a hugely supportive retailer who actively buys and sources local produce and we are proud to be part of its line up of top quality British cheeses. We’re also pleased with the national listing of our Monks Folly cheese, which proved a real hit with Christmas shoppers.”

Jenny Dixon, buyer, Morrisons said: “Shepherds Pure is one of the leading specialist blue cheese makers in the region and Yorkshire Blue is a world class cheese. It is great news for our customers who not only expect premium quality and value when they shop at Morrisons, they also enjoy buying products with a real story to tell. Our customers love to try new cheese flavours that offer authenticity and excellence in quality, taste and value. We have recently reinvented our deli counter as part of our Market Street concept and Yorkshire Blue and Monks Folly are perfect additions to our product offer.”

Award winning blue and mould ripened cheese specialists, Shepherds Purse, was founded by Judy Bell on her farmhouse kitchen table more than 25 years ago before handing over the reins to daughters Caroline Bell and Katie Matten. Famous for its Yorkshire Blue, it counts the English rival to Roquefort; Mrs Bell’s Blue and the first Buffalo milk blue cheese made in the UK, Buffalo Blue among its specialist range.

This entry was posted in News & Press Releases and tagged , on July 22, 2012 by .

Taste Tradition win Best Beef Product at The Meat Management Industry Awards 2012

Taste Tradition have won The Meat Management Industry Awards 2012 – known as the Oscars of the meat industry – beating the other finalists Asda, Marks & Spencer and Tesco – as ‘Winners of the Best Beef Product’.

Joyce Ashbridge and her son Charles founded Taste Tradition on New Years day seven years ago, as a small farmgate business at Cold Kirby at the top of Sutton Bank in the North York Moors National Park. The Ashbridge family has farmed there for three generations using the traditional methods of breeding, rearing and finishing livestock.

They started to get incredible feedback from their customers, as there was such a demand for their outdoor reared rare breed and traditional pigs, cattle and sheep that they realised they needed to expand their business in a serious way and developed another farm just two miles from their butchery at Thirsk.

The Taste Tradition Farms are well stocked with a variety of animals; Longhorn, Shorthorn, Aberdeen Angus, Red Poll, Dexter, Hereford, Galloway, Belted Galloway, Welsh, Irish Moiled cattle. Saddleback, Gloucester Old Spot and Welsh pigs and Texel and Suffolk sheep round out the occupants.

The business has seen exceptional expansion over the last seven years. The business operates from two modern factory premises in Thirsk, just a few miles from the farms. To support this expansion, Charles and Joyce joined forces four years ago with James Wright, who is now a director of the company. Between them they have a great complementary balance of traditional farming and butchery skills.

Taste Tradition serves customers both locally and nationwide. The majority of their customers are in London and the South East and include many of the countries leading restaurateurs and TV ‘celebrity’ chefs.

Nigel Haworth’s Northcote Manor and Ribble Valley Inns,
Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen,
Andrew Pern’s Star Inn, Harome,
Roast Restaurant (Borough Market)
St John’s Restaurant
L’enclume
Kew Gardens
The British Library
The National Gallery
The Royal Academy of Arts
Gordon Ramsey
P & O Cruses
To name but a few…
“It’s a real tribute to Taste Tradition and to our region to be putting Yorkshire produce on the menus of some of London’s most prestigious venues” said James. “We treat celebrity chefs in exactly the same way in which we would treat our local customers, and I believe that they appreciate our honest, no nonsense, Yorkshire approach”.

The teaming up of Joyce, Charles and James has turned Taste Tradition into an amazing award winning business, gaining them national recognition and a succession of highly recognised awards over the last five years, which acknowledges their reputation as award winning farmers and wholesale butchers specialising in rare and native British breeds.

But topping all their previous awards, they have recently won The Meat Management Industry Awards 2012 – known as the Oscars of the meat industry – beating the other finalists Asda, Marks & Spencer and Tesco – as ‘Winners of the Best Beef Product’.

“We were absolutely overjoyed in winning this award, it is such an accolade” said Charles. “We have always received such positive feedback from all our customers, but this is huge recognition and an endorsement for our traditionally run Yorkshire business” he added.

Taste Tradition have a highly skilled team of butchers, packers, drivers and office staff all from the local area, and they will be taking on more staff in August when they have completed their new production unit, which will mean further recruitment opportunities.

Visit www.tastetradition.co.uk for more information.

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Malaysian chef sensation causes lengthy queues at start of his 2012 tour

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Leading Malaysian chef Norman Musa has kicked off his summer and autumn tour of food festivals with his best-ever audiences.

Having seen a 20% increase in interest in his Malaysian cuisine in Dublin last month, he caused a real stir at last weekend’s Foodies Festival on his home turf of Manchester.

In spite of the mud-bath fields, 300 people packed into the cooking theatre on Saturday to watch the affable and entertaining chef cook up a great Malaysian Lime Curry and then to pick a member of the audience to join him on stage for some wok theatre!

Cooking up – indeed tossing up – some famous Char Kuey Teow noodles, his up-for-it student, Bex (in photo shown), rose to the occasion to prove Chef Norman’s mission that making a Malaysian meal is easy.

Demand for his cookbook afterwards was so high that the organisers had to hastily move book signing to a dedicated stall outside. Julie Umpleby, who was one of the 60 or so people who queued later emailed Musa, “I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the demonstration at the Tatton Foodies Festival on Saturday, in spite of the mud! I have never experienced Malaysian food before, but your enthusiasm and the beautiful aromas inspired me to buy your book with a view to trying to make the chicken curry you showcased.”

Chef Norman, who was also working in his York ‘Ning’ restaurant that evening, later travelled to Cardiff over the weekend. Making a welcome return visit to the ever-popular Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival at Cardiff Bay on Sunday, he pulled in a crowd of 120 despite another momentous event happening at the same time – a certain men’s final in tennis!

“All my hard work pays off when I see audiences’ reaction and hear of people inspired to cook and eat Malaysian food,” said Musa after his epic 48 hours of crisscrossing the UK; “The momentum is really growing for Malaysian cuisine and I’m glad that I can be such an ambassador for it in Britain, with the support of the Malaysian government.”

Chef Norman’s programme of events are supported through the Malaysia Kitchen campaign by the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation, MATRADE.

He is next demonstrating at the EAT! NewcastleGateshead event on 28 July, 1pm, by the Eldon Square Shopping Centre.

Visit www.normanmusa.com for more information.

This entry was posted in News & Press Releases and tagged , on July 22, 2012 by .

PESCATORI LAUNCH AFTERNOON DINING

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It seems that Londoners are embracing more and more that very Continental trend of eating outside traditional lunch and dinner hours. Whether it’s a fast paced business life that sees us working through to mid-afternoon, a ‘shop till you drop’ day, or plans for a very early dinner before the theatre, we want good food when we want it, and a sandwich often won’t do.

In the buzzing media hub of Fitzrovia, Pescatori, Italian & Seafood Restaurant at 57 Charlotte Street, London W1, has introduced an all-day menu available from 12 noon to 6.45 pm Monday to Friday, offering freshly cooked dishes, swiftly served, and at a fixed price.

The special lunch, afternoon and pre-theatre menu is £23 per person for three courses, and offers lighter, tasty starters, mains and desserts which change regularly. Oysters Pescatori, Devon crab & avocado and Poached new season asparagus with Parma ham & Piemonte dolcelatte cheese are some of the delicious starters on offer. A favourite main course is the Dorset Blue lobster burger, in a sesame bun with tomato hollandaise, salad and fries, but there is also a light Monkfish and scallop risotto, and for meat aficionados there is a succulent New season Cornish lamb cutlets dish.

With a choice of desserts and a glass of Prosecco, champagne or wine from the well-chosen wine list, this is a great menu to enjoy at any time.

Pescatori sources its fish and shellfish from well managed and sustainable fisheries. The kitchen’s ethos is to work with the seasons to harness the very best produce available from the sea and the land. Casual elegant and relaxed, you can dine at Pescatori on the front terrace or snuggle up in the cosy booths inside. Pescatori is ideal to enjoy some of the best Italian and seafood cuisine in Fitzrovia. Pescatori, 57 Charlotte Street, W1T 4PD Tel: 020 7580 3289 www.pescatori.co.uk

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Waitrose

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Waitrose grocery delivery.

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Wiltshire Farm Foods

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Delivery of healthy, responsible meals to UK households.

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Sainsbury’s delivery

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Online grocery and shopping order for delivery.

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