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Category: Recipe


Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 31st October 2014


You may have seen our rather punny joke on social media today, and that contemporary witticism has set our taste buds tingling once again. So to rectify that we sent our resident vampiric entity to go in search of a traditional ghoulash (sorry, goulash) recipe that will keep your warm and full as the nights draw in.

It will also keep you off the brains too!

The first recorded reference of goulash can be dated all the way back to the 9th century and the Hungarian dish takes its name from the farmers that prepared the dish? In the Hungarian language “gulya” refers to a ‘herd of cattle’ and, subsequently, “gulyas” means ‘herdsman’.

Goulash is such a versatile dish, something which we hold in high esteem when it comes to culinary concoctions.

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Optimistic outlook for the catering industry

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 27th October 2014

Restaurant glassesA new report – conducted by the market research company JRA and the foodservice data specialists Horizons – has stated that over two thirds of operators have seen a year-on-year increase in food sales. Now that’s news to brighten up a Monday morning!

Over three hundred businesses were surveyed, including a large number of restaurants, pubs and hotels, and the results, as noted in the opening paragraph, indicate that the catering and food service industry is in rude health.

With there being a near sixty-six percent rise across the board, a quarter of those respondents described their increases as ‘large’.

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A very expensive loaf

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 22nd October 2014

BreadAn early morning slice of bread, toasted, and then covered in butter and (lime) marmalade is one of the simpler things in life that I enjoy from time to time. Come to think of it, I really do like a good bread and butter pudding as well.

Basically, I like bread – this recipe is great too by the way.

However there is one freshly cooked loaf that I think would have to be kept away from the toaster or the oven. Instead of finding a home in the breadbin, it is more likely to take up residence in a heavily guarded Swiss bank account.

Robert Didier, who at one point trained with Raymond Blanc, has baked what is set to become the United Kingdom’s most expensive bread.

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The first curry entrepreneur – Sake Dean Mahomet

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 15th October 2014

Sake Dean MahomedToday, Wednesday 12th October, is slap bang in the middle of National Curry Week.

The event, which runs from the 10th to 16th of October, celebrates over two centuries of Indian restaurants and cuisine within the United Kingdom.

Some 23 million people, just under half of the population, eat curry in United Kingdom every year and those behind the Curry Week forecast that the average Brit will spend nearly £34,000 on traditional subcontinent cooking in their lifetime.

With the average wage coming in at £26,500, that means we spend fifteen months’ worth of our salaries on vindaloos, jalfrezis and tikka masalas.

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Incentive healthy eating for children, study claims

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 14th October 2014

school-tray-clip-resizAs parents, we know that it can sometimes be slightly problematic to get children to eat a varied and balanced diet.

Some take to their greens like the proverbial duck to water whilst others view fresh fruit and vegetables with a slightly more sceptic eye.

However researchers from the University of Edinburgh believe that if you play to a youngsters’ competitive streak, children are more likely to eat greens.

According to a recent study, the Scottish-based scientists found that primary school children consumed a third more ‘healthy options’ if mealtimes involved some kind of game.

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Sion aims to refine fans and reduce their raclette

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 10th October 2014

Raclette CheeseWhen Saturday comes, opposing supporters visiting the Swiss town of Sion could be in for a gastronomic treat.

The city’s Raiffeisen Super League outfit, FC Sion, has adopted a forward-thinking strategy in an attempt to minimise crowd trouble at the Stade Tourbillon.

Instead of implementing a heavy-handed police-based strategy to root out troublemakers or imposing draconian restrictions on their rivals, Sion is attempting to refine their rivals.

Back in July at the start of their latest league campaign the club based with the western Valais canton issued a press release that said:

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TripAdvisor creates award for service staff

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 9th October 2014

golden-wreathWe live in an increasingly connected world where customers can voice their opinions within seconds and be heard by thousands in minutes. This social media age has changed the face of how restaurants react and respond to customer service complaints. But, despite the negative aspects, there are a huge number of positives too.

One website at the centre of this debate is the review-centric platform TripAdvisor and they have just announced the launch of their inaugural Exceptional Service Awards.

This new honour is set to honour and recognise those “remarkable hospitality professionals” who work across the entire service industry, including those waiting and bar staff who work in restaurants and other such similar venues.

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A Christmas twist on an Urban-themed restaurant

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 8th October 2014

knitting-silver1Urban and rustic decors have become very popular within the restaurant trade in recent years.

Characterised by exposed brick and woodwork, antiquated character pieces and open hanging light fittings; this scheme has been picked up by a new wave of establishments that have taken gastronomy to new heights of popularity.

On the surface, it may appear that Christmas themes may be out of the question. However there’s always a style to suit any and all venues. But by adopting a neutral base palette with flashes of brighter colours of white, silver and gold, traditional festive colours can be injected without in any way being overbearing.

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Fruit and vegetables linked to mental wellbeing

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 6th October 2014

Group of vegetables

There are many numerous and well documented benefits to eating your greens and gobbling up your vegetables.

However a new study, conducted by researchers based at the University of Warwick, has revealed that eating your fruit and vegetables can boost mental health.

The people based at the Medical School, located in Coventry, collected data from the national Health Survey of England.

After crunching the numbers it was revealed that there was a correlation between a person’s mental wellbeing and the amount of fruit and vegetables that they consumed.

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Couple donates £60 to waiter after ‘terrible service’

Author Damien Wilde
Posted On 3rd October 2014

10-dollar-tipWhen on the receiving end of some poor service when dining out, a number of people would leave feeling somewhat disappointed while some might even take the establishment to task online and leave a negative review of their experience.

But one American couple, who described their meal in an Iowan restaurant as “terrible” bucked the trend.

 Instead of moaning, they gave their waiter a £60 tip

“People all around us were making fun of the restaurant and how back the service was. At one point we counted [that the waiter] had twelve tables [to look after],” the duo, Steven and Makenzie Schultz, said.

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