British Pie Week: get your bake on

British Pie Week 2018

If you love pies as much as we do, you’ll already know that 5 March marks the first day of British Pie Week 2018. What started out as a catchy marketing campaign by a ready-made pasty company has now turned into a national event. Pie sellers from all over the United Kingdom submit their encrusted inventions for a week-long celebration of the family favourite.

The actual awards take place on 7 March in Melton Mowbray, home of the pork pie. But if you can’t make it to the Leicestershire finals, how can you get involved? Why not bake a unique creation at home, or even host a pie party for friends and relatives?

Here’s a slice of our favourites to help you prepare that culinary masterpiece. Continue reading


National Barbecue Week


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Next week is National Barbecue Week (27th May – 2nd June) which means its time to dust off your barbecue, fill it with some coals and get cooking some great food. Countries all over the world have all sorts of different styles of outdoor cooking and some countries that have good enough weather can even cook outdoors everyday.

In Jamaica outdoor cooking is a way of life with one of their most famous dishes being Jerk chicken, and who can forget the fabulous Scotch Bonnet chilli which is one of Jamaica’s favourite cooking ingredients.

Australia is also well known for barbecuing being a large part of their culture, mainly because they have the weather to do it almost every day. Australia even has public coin operated gas or electric barbecues in parks to encourage people to get out and cook some healthy grilled food under the beautiful sun. Australians are also well known for barbecuing shrimp and shell fish.

Americans love to barbecue and are well known for the phenomenon of tailgating. This often occurs in the parking lots of American Football matches and Baseball Games where hundreds of people pull up and unload stacks of meat, kegs of beer, and huge BBQ’s. Then they all get grilling and everybody enjoys each others food and the parking lot turns into a festival type atmosphere.

In South Africa they celebrate barbecuing with an event they call “Braai Day”. Braai is the South African word for barbecue or grill. The day is celebrated annually on the 24th of September which is their spring and aims to unite all South Africans together with a day of fun activities and great food.

Now you’re in the mood for some grilled meat or fish and your taste buds are watering you’ll need some tasty recipes to make your BBQ go down like a house on fire with your friends. Barbecuing should be very rustic and should never be fancy food that’s too complicated. Burgers, steak, ribs, wings, sausages, shrimp, and hot dogs are all acceptable dishes. If your into the American style of barbecuing then we’ve found a great website online full of barbecuing recipes which we would like to share with you.

It’s the website of the famous BBQ PIT BOYS from the American oil state of Texas where they love to rustle up a good BBQ. These guys have started a YouTube channel showing off their recipes and barbecuing tips while at the same time somehow managing to merchandise their name and have groups of people creating “Chapters” of their own all around the world, almost like the scouts but for middle aged hungry men. They now have 680 Chapters all around the world spreading the word of the BBQ PIT BOYS and their recipes.

Harlequin Design Polycotton Chefs Apron (Single Apron/Pack of 10)

Once you’ve found the perfect recipes to cook you will need something to protect your clothes before firing up the BBQ. We have a wonderful selection of Catering Aprons on our online store at great value.

Any of our aprons will do the job just fine and some of the more brightly coloured ones may be a good conversation point at your dinner party.

To see our entire range of Catering Aprons Click Here…

National Carers Week 13th – 19th June

It’s National Carers Week 13th – 19th June so when we heard that the Warwickshire Young Carers project  and Guideposts Trust Rugby were having a ‘Cook Off’ to raise awareness for local young carers we were more than happy to supply them with ten of our traditional chefs hats to help them look and feel the part for their charity awareness event!

The ‘Cook Off’ is to be held on Tuesday 14th June at the Hill Street Youth and Community Centre in Rugby, Warwickshire from 4:00pm where the aim is to cook a delicious three course meal on a strict budget. The newly appointed  Mayor of Rugby, Gwen Hotten, will be on the judging panel for the event and there will also be a stand where you can get more information on the support services available from both projects. If you would like to find out more about this event, please contact Anne Deas on (01788) 577825.

The Warwickshire Young Carers Project is an independent local charity that aims to improve the lives of young carers in the county by offering free and confidential support. The project works with young carers from 8yrs upwards, encouraging them to also cater for their own needs and personal development alongside caring for a member of their family.  The Rugby Guideposts are a charity with over 30 years experience in helping people with dementia, mental health problems and learning disabilities. They can provide support workers to those with dementia and also offer information a free information service for carers of someone with dementia.

If you would like to make a donation to either of these worthy charities, or simply find out more, you can do so online by clicking on the banners below.

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