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Category: Catering News

Edible artistic masterpieces!

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 27th February 2014

Photograph by Maja Smend, food styling by Kim Morphew, prop styling by Lydia Brun, recipe by Georgia LevyThe 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?

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Baked potato perfection

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 21st February 2014

Jacket PotatoTo round off our potato themed week of blog posts where we pondered if the perfect chip could exist, talked about chip week and genetically modified potatoes, and introduced the Bake-King Mini, it is time to round these past few days off with a tip or two on how to make some of the best baked potatoes around.

Chips may reign supreme, whilst mash is incredibly adaptable, but sometimes you can’t beat a great jacket; crisp, crunchy skin covering the white fluffy innards with a topping, gently melting over it.

It doesn’t get better than that.

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The nirvana of ‘the perfect chip’

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 19th February 2014

Nirvana of chips

Given that it takes only two ingredients to make a portion – those being potatoes and cooking oil – it can be incredibly hard to come up with a recipe for the perfect chip.

Actually, such a thing might not exist.

Even with just two elements, chips can vary: Chip shop chips are dissimilar in taste, appearance and texture to the French fry, and the current favourite, double, or even triple, cooked chips taste different too.

Spuds can be split down the middle with those falling on one side of the dividing line, like Maris Peer potatoes, being waxy, whilst the varieties in the other camp, such as King Edwards, have a more floury texture.

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Curried Coconut Carrot Soup

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 13th February 2014

Curried Carrot SoupIt is certainly soup weather at the moment.

On these gloomy – and being British, decidedly wet and windy – days, it often takes more than an alluring smell to perk up interests and inject a little spring in the steps of people who are feeling the ill effects of the endless horizon of grey clouds.

It is a time of year when the family meal would often consist of hearty foods: stews, puddings and casseroles, that kind of thing.

To preface most main Sunday meals a soup would be served.

In order to provide a little uplift in spirits, here’s a soup recipe that will immediately grab the attention of your senses and leave you with a lovely little fuzzy feeling (the good kind!) in your stomach.

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Fish fillets with rhubarb and ginger

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 10th February 2014

Fish fillet with rhubarb and gingerCooking fish, inside a parcel of foil is a common practise in the kitchen. Not only does it saves time and labour when it comes to the washing up process, but it also ensures that all the flavour and aromas are secured, creating a mixture of  wonderful infusions. 

This recipe uses a real local favourite of ours, rhubarb, together with its traditional flavouring companion of ginger.

Fish parcels with rhubarb and ginger

This recipe is designed to serve four people, whilst the preparation and cooking time is about 30 minutes. Perfect for those who don’t want have countless hours to spend in the kitchen!

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Durian, Durian. The notorious fruit

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 6th February 2014

durianfruitRevered for a pungent odour that has been likened, rather diplomatically, to raw sewage and a formidable thorn-covered husk, the Durian has unsurprisingly failed to make any inroads into the culinary habits on our shores just yet.

But, prepare yourselves; whilst the infamous south-east Asian fruit has been available in Great Britain for some time, a new, more repugnant variety is set to hit the shelves. Banned in many public establishments and spaces in Singapore, the Durian splits opinion; a bit like marmite only a lot smellier.

Writing in The New York Times, Thomas Fuller waxes lyrical about the fruit stating that ‘you’ll experience overtones of hazelnut, apricot, caramelised banana and egg custard.’ Yet, ‘words fail’ in describing just what lies inside the barbed casing. Others just point to towards its pong as reason enough never go near it.

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