Paella is synonymous with Spanish cuisine, but after witnessing a rapid evolution of its composition in recent years, three chefs are aiming to reclaim one of Valencia’s most iconic dishes from being continually debased.
Wikipaella has been created to ‘police’ paella, so says co-founder Guillermo Navarro. “It’s a dish that’s really trendy;” he laments, “and there’s a lot of people taking advantage of it and selling what they call authentic, traditional or Spanish paella.”
Initially, Navarro thought it was a problem unique to foreign countries, but a visit to Madrid wielded equally unsavoury results. “In Madrid, 90% of the paellas that you eat can’t be compared to real paella.” …continue reading Wikipaella created to reclaim the Valencian dish
Over the weekend the British Culinary Federation (BCF) announced the names of those who will be representing England in the forthcoming Culinary World Cup in November.
Hosted at the Expogast international trade show for Gastronomy in Luxembourg, the World Cup draws together a number of the top chefs who all compete for their country.
The squad of six, plus one supporting role, will be tasked with producing a three-course menu for over one-hundred people, plus an additional internationally themed buffet.
…continue reading British Culinary Federation announce World Cup Squad
For the first time, scientists have created a single strain of genetically modified rice to combat the problems farmers face when faced with exceptionally dry weather, salty soils and a lack of fertiliser, effectively ‘climate-proofing’ rice farms.
Crops have previously been altered to cope with individual stresses, but this is the first variety of rice that is concurrently resistant to these three issues.
Figures provided by the International Rice Research Institute show that drought affects 23 million hectares of rice producing land in south and south-east Asia, annually costing the entire industry $13bn whilst the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations state that salt accounts for a further $1bn loss. …continue reading Scientists claim to have created ‘climate proof’ rice
So February has ended and with March appearing on the scene you could say that we’ve suffered a bout of March Madness with one of our latest special offers.
For a limited time period – the entirety of March to be exact – we have, for the first time, combined the brilliant Cuppone LLK5G gas oven with its specially designed stand and placed them in one superb package.
And then discounted it.
Whatever your preference when it comes to the toppings placed upon your ‘za, everybody knows that an authentic pizza should be cooked on a stone. The porous nature of the stone helps with the absorption of moisture away from your dough ensuring that the crust is crisp, giving your pizza that genuine Italian crunch.
…continue reading March Madness – Cuppone LLK5G Oven
CS Catering are extremely proud to announce that we are now a seller of Meiko products, including their front-loading and pass-through dishwashers and under-counter glasswashers.
Meiko is a company that needs no introduction. With its logo prominently displayed in catering environments throughout the world, the company and its products are synonymous with excellence.
With a reputation founded on an ability to deliver warewashing solutions that combine the best techniques in manufacturing and the very latest technical innovations, every Meiko item is the result of a carefully managed symbiotic process that guarantees unparalleled quality and efficiency.
Now, we can bring these fantastic items at great prices to our valued customers.
…continue reading CS Catering proud to offer fantastic deals on Meiko washware!
So today is the day where we all rummage through the cupboards, find all the eggs, flour, milk and butter we can find, mix them all together and whack it in a pan.
Surely it hasn’t creped up on you?
Poor puns aside, today isn’t solely about naleśniki, panqueques or palačinka. As lovely as crepes are accompanied by a modicum of freshly squeezed lemon juice drizzle and a sprinkling of sugar, sometimes we just want a little bit more.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, variety is, after all, the spice of life. …continue reading More than just lemon and sugar
Falcon is already very well known on these shores for the quality and durability of their commercial catering equipment. The Stirling based company originally started life off as the Falkirk Iron Company nearly two centuries ago and have 150 years of experience manufacturing cooking ranges after making their first coal-fired version in the mid-1800s.
And now, Falcon Foodservice Equipment is hoping to see their business get a huge spike in sales on the back of two great showings.
…continue reading Falcon aiming for a bumper 2014
Vegetable oil can be used as a biofuel alternative to power diesel engines. Now, a study conducted at Washington State University is showing that cooking oil could be used to build roads.
Over the past couple of months Haifang Wen, an assistant professor of Civil Engineering at WSU, has looked into methods of making asphalt from used cooking oil. The compound is traditionally made from leftover bits of plastic, gas and other such environmentally nasty products.
Wen’s method is affordable, uses a resource that is widely available, better for the planet and is also petroleum free.
…continue reading We could be using cooking oil to build roads
The UK Art Fund has just started a new fundraising initiative that will hopefully raise money for museums and galleries in the British Isles, but also get people into the kitchen!
With the rise of the ‘food porn’ trend – where people take pictures of their dishes – the Art Fund’s campaign goes one step further by aiming to replicate historical and iconic masterpieces from the ingredients in your fridge.
Who needs to look at a finely sculptured duck confit when you could gaze at a De Stijl inspired slice of Battenburg cake and ponder about the reduction of the world around us to its rawest and simplest of forms?
…continue reading Edible artistic masterpieces!
Bradford East MP David Ward has called for all food outlets to display their hygiene rating scores, saying that the move would drive up standards across the board.
The Liberal Democrat politician has tabled a Parliamentary motion calling on the coalition Government to make it a mandatory requirement for cafes, restaurants and other, similar establishments, to display their scores issued under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.
The Early Day Motion (EDM) calls for the introduction of ‘an obligation for food establishments to display food hygiene ratings’ and that it would lead to a ‘improved hygiene standards’ and also ‘provide recognition for business that maintain high standards and highlight those which do not.’ …continue reading Bradford MP tables a motion on Food Hygiene Ratings