It’s British Sandwich Week!

high-tea-sandwiches-finger-sandwichesThe humble sandwich ranges from the ultimate grab and go lunch to dainty afternoon tea finger food and towering meat monstrosities covered in cheese that demand your attention.

The sandwich’s invention is accredited to John Montague, the 4th Earl of Sandwich who ordered cold beef between slices of toast in order to eat without disturbing his game of cards and today the sandwich is a firm stable of lunchboxes up and down the country.

Part of the sandwich’s longevity is the vast array of fillings available and new combinations being created every day. We now have more choice than ever in what we put between our bread and yet in a recent survey to discover Britain’s favourite sandwich fillings the top three were cheese, ham and cheese and ham salad. It seems that contemporary flavour revolutions have a long way to go to beat the old classics.

And why not make the best out of the classics? Try a cheese sandwich made with simple, delicious Vintage Reserve cheese from Barbers Cheesemakers. Matured cat-699-720-1for up to 24 months this cheese is rich and powerful in flavour with a smooth and creamy texture. Or for those craving more flavour try a mozzerella sandwich with fresh basil and tomato to really taste the summer. Likewise ham and cheese sandwiches can be enjoyed simply, with great quality premium Devon ham and our full bodied, creamy Baskerville Extra Mature. For a ham salad sandwich the star of the show has to be the ham. All of our sliced hams are sourced from Plymouth and have many accolades including Taste of the West and South West Food & Drink awards. Pair premium quality ham with fresh mixed leaves, juicy tomatoes and cucumber for a deliciously simple sandwich.

Enjoy British Sandwich Week!

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Waterhouse Fayre extended range!

We have been stocking Waterhouse Fayre jams, chutneys and preserves for a while now and the range keeps extending!

Based on the outskirts of Tiverton, this family run company produces award winning products using home grown and locally sourced fruits. This excellent base combined with recipes passed down through generations and given a modern twist by founder Ann Stallard results in outstanding jams and chutneys.

imagesTraditional jam favourites include double gold award winner strawberry, rich apricot, and raspberry jam made using five different varieties of raspberry. More unusual flavours include pear and honey jam with deliciously delicate pear and sweet, subtle honey, beautiful rhubarb and ginger jam made with red rhubarb and both root and crystallised ginger and whortleberry jam made using wild blueberries grown on Dartmoor and Exmoor.

The ingenious flavours don’t stop with jam, Waterhouse Fayre chutneys are fast becoming bestsellers. Their peach, date & chilli chutney combines slightpond weeed sweetness with a kick of chilli heat, slow roasted garlic chutney with red onions, spices and red wine vinegar has a sweet, mellow flavour and haymakers pickle made with apple, onions and subtle curry spices is delicious with a ploughmans lunch.

Ann is continually developing new flavours such as the new for 2018 fresh turmeric chutney with mango, pineapple, ginger and garlic and spicy tomato chutney rich in tomato and chilli flavours as well as Exmoor pond weed chutney made from unripened green tomatoes, apples, onion and spices. There is always a new flavour to discover from Waterhouse Fayre!

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Cheese Showcase: Sharpham Dairy

Sharpham Dairy was established in the grounds of the Sharpham Estate in 1981 using the eighteenth century coachouse as their creamery. As their cheeses  became more popular, they relocated to a purpose built creamery next to the winery where they have continued producing high quality, award winning cheeses ever since. Their cheese may now be made in a modern building but the team still employ traditional cheese making techniques and use the rich, fresh milk from their own Jersey cattle to produce these great cheeses. We’ve listed a few of our favourites from Sharpham below.

rustic chiveRustic with Chives and Garlic
This is a semi-hard, unpasteurised cheese with an intense, savoury depth of flavour due to the addition of fresh pureed garlic. The cheese is turned weekly to ensure even maturation and its coat is rubbed by hand to form a thin, natural rind. The fresh, lemony creaminess of the cheese is complimented by the fresh chives and pureed garlic to create a truly delicious cheese.

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This is a handmade original recipe brie with rich, buttery flavours and creamy texture. It is made from the combination of simple ingredients: fresh Jersey cows’ milk, starter cultures, salt, vegetarian rennet and nothing else. Once the cheese is made it is left for seven days for its natural rind to grow, and then further matured for four weeks in breathable paper. It is a slow ripening cheese turning from chalky to a soft and gooey brie.

Ticklemore Goat
Originally made by Ticklemore Dairy it is now part of the neighbouring Sharpham family. A pasteurised semi-hard goats cheese full of zesty, lemon sharphamticklemoorgoats (2)flavours and with a moist, slightly crumbly texture. Like the Rustic this cheese is turned regularly and rubbed by hand to form its signature white rind.

We currently stock these cheeses in both bulk and pre-packed sizes suitable for catering and retail use. Call us today to order yours!

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Quick & Tasty Lunch Recipes

Sick of the same boring sandwiches for lunch? Try some of our great tasting recipes and get out of your lunchtime rut.

Bacon, Brie and Cranberry Panini

brie paniniIngredients:
200g smoked back bacon
30g Somerset brie
1 panini roll
2½ tablespoons cranberry sauce

Method:
1: Grill the bacon until crispy, slice the brie and the panini roll.
2: Spread the cranberry sauce over one side of the panini.
3: Add the bacon and brie and if using grill in a sandwich maker. If not place under a grill until the brie starts to melt, cover with baking parchment and place a hot skillet on the top for two minutes.

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Great for a quick lunch fix this mixes Delphi tabouli with lentils and tomatoes for a healthy, satisfying lunch.

Ingredients:
170g Delphi tabouli
100g puy lentils
200g cherry tomatoes

Method:
1: Rinse the lentils and cook in salted water until tender, drain and set aside to cool
2: Halve the tomatoes and add to the cooled lentils
3: Add the tabouli and season with salt and black pepper

Goats Cheese & Chorizo Omlette

Another quick and tasty lunch recipe full of delicious flavours using rich and creamy Capricorn goats cheese and authentic, smokey Spanish chorizo – guaranteed to keep you going through the afternoon.

recipe-image-legacy-id--3280_12Ingredients:
2 eggs
1 tsp sunflower oil
50g sliced chorizo
30g goats cheese
handful chopped chives

Method:
1: Beat the eggs together in a bowl, stir in the chives and season with salt and black pepper.
2: Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the chorizo for three minutes.
3: Pour in the egg and cook for one minute, or until set and add the cheese. Cook for 30 seconds or until the cheese begins to melt slightly and enjoy!

Spinach & Cheddar Savoury Muffins

These delicious savoury muffins make a great lunchtime treat or quick snack. We’ve used Barbers 1833 Cheddar here which has a powerful, strong and complex flavour that really comes through in the muffins.

Ingredients:033 spinach goat muffins
2 eggs
150ml milk
75g melted butter
150g grated Cheddar
1 chopped spring onion
75g chopped spinach
250g self raising flour
½ vegetable stock cube

Method:
1: Preheat the oven to 180C and line a muffin tin with 12 muffin cases.
2: Whisk the eggs and stir in the milk and melted butter. Add the grated cheese, spring onion and spinach.
3: Add the flour and crumble in the stock cube, mix until the ingredients have combined.
4: Divide the mixture between the 12 muffin cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until slightly golden on top.

Make your lunchtimes more exciting by trying any of these recipes and let us know how yours turn out!

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The Best Cornwall Cheeses! (in our opinion)

In 2017 Cornish Kern, made by Lynher Dairies, was voted as the World’s Best Cheese at the annual World Cheese Awards. As a relatively small dairy this was a huge achievement and got us thinking about other great cheeses originating from our neighbouring county and as Kern won’t be available until 2019, we’ve listed a few of our favourite Cornish cheeses to nibble on in the meantime.

cheeseroundCornish Blue
Cornish Blue is made by the Cornish Cheese Company using local Cornish milk from a family farm on the edge of Bodmin Moor. The cheese differs from its traditional counterparts in that it is designed to be eaten when young, making its flavours much more mild, creamy and slightly sweet than its tangy cousins. The cheese production process is entirely carried out by hand by highly skilled cheesemakers, resulting in a delicious, crumbly blue cheese.

Miss Thymed
This creamy, delicate cheese is made by Whalesborough Cheese, a small batch artisan cheese makers based on the North Cornwall coast. Miss Thymed was created by taking their sweet, continental style Miss Muffet and blending it with Lemon & Thyme Cornish Sea Salt, creating a delicious citrus cheese perfectly complimented by nutty, savoury undertones.

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This cheese is hand crafted by Giel Spierings and the skilled cheesemakers of the Cornish Gouda Company, based near Looe and producers of artisan cheeses. The cheese is made using rich milk from the farms own herd of Holstein Friesian cows and traditional Dutch cheese making techinques. It is matured for 5-6 months and is smooth and creamy with nutty flavours.

Garlic Yarg
Yarg is made by Lynher Dairies, one of the most successful artisan cheese makers in the country, who are based in Ponsanooth, Cornwall. This cheese is made to the same recipe as their award winning Yarg with the addition of wild garlic 486-1leaves which lends a gentle, fresh savoury flavour to the creamy, mild cheese as it matures.

These small scale dairies prove that local, natural ingredients, fresh, rich milk and highly skilled cheesemakers produce the best cheese – and even better, their right next door!

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The Best Cheeses to enjoy this Spring!

hungry-calf-cApril showers and brief glimpses of sunshine signal the beginning of a new season – spring! The slightly warmer weather coupled with a few drops of rain results in sweet and lush green grass which is enthusiastically chomped at by cows, goats and sheep who have likely been grazing on hay all winter; meaning fresh new cheeses full of the tastes, smells and feel of spring. We’ve listed a few of our favourite cheeses below that we think are best enjoyed at this time of year.

Fosseway Fleece from the Somerset Cheese Company is a perfect spring cheese. A hard, pasteurised ewes milk cheese, it is light and creamy with a fresh, mellow afterglow and slight sweetness. It is made in the style of Cheddar which makes it a great choice of ewes cheese novices.

A fantastic spring goat’s cheese is the Capricorn from Cricket St Thomas’ Lubborn Creamery. This is a soft, creamy cheese with an irresistible gooey centre and mild, clean and fresh flavour and a firm favourite of ours.

Sharpham2-1024x1024The Sharpham Estate produce some great year round cheeses. However we think spring is the perfect time to try their Rustic cheese. As it has yet to fully mature the cheese is fresh and clean tasting with lovely lemon and citrus flavours coupled with a slightly crumbly texture. It is also available with fresh garlic and chives which adds a delicious savoury depth to the cheese.

Beenleigh Blue is a ewes milk cheese made by Ticklemore Cheese in Totnes, South Devon. It has the bright, floral flavours characteristic of spring cheeses which develop into richer, creamier flavours as the cheese matures and a slightly crumbly texture.

Embrace the seasons and discover the vast seasonal differences in your favourite cheeses.

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British Pie Week!

SteakStiltonPieCropIt’s British Pie Week! Originally a marketing campaign by ready made pastry company Jus-Roll, British Pie Week has evolved into so much more with many restaurants, bakeries and good old fashioned pie shops offering traditional staples as well as new innovations.

We have been suppliers of Chunk of Devon pies for a long time. Traditional pie and pasty makers since 2006 and based in Ottery St Mary, they are producers of multi award winning pies, pasties and sausage rolls with a variety of flavour combinations, all wrapped in their signature buttery pastry. All of their products are made using locally sourced ingredients and they pride themselves on delivering great tasting pastries without any additives and preservatives.

There are many different flavours to discover from traditional steak pie with redfishpie wine, bacon and baby onions to tender lamb pasty with sundried tomatoes, fresh rosemary and caraway seeds and goats cheese pie with butternut squash, sweet potato and red onions. For a limited time only they are also offering their Posh Fishpie which is filled with pollock, salmon, smoked haddock and prawns in a creamy cheese sauce.

According to a recent survey 75% of households consume some sort of pie every week. Why not make it a good one and order your Chunk of Devon pie today!

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Langage Farm Products

200g-clotted-webWe have been stocking Langage Farm’s clotted cream, double cream, yogurts and cottage cheeses for a long time now. On a cold winter’s day, there is nothing better than curling up with a hot crumble or sticky toffee pudding with a good dollop of clotted cream.

Langage Farm has been a working farmstead for over 900 years and in 1980 the Harvey family began using Jersey and Guernsey cows’ milk to produce clotted cream for a nearby shop. You could say that since then the company has grown and now their creams, yogurts, desserts and ice creams can be found up and down the Devon countryside. Today they employ around 50 people and a herd of over 250 Jersey and Guernsey cows to produce award winning products.c91b73589a12d865db685e8e2b5a95e8

We currently stock their 57g, 113g, 200g and 1kg clotted cream as well as their 284ml double cream and cottage cheeses in natural, chive and pineapple flavours. Their creams make delicious additions to desserts but why not also try them in recipes such as cookies, cheesecakes and brownies? For those with less of a sweet tooth try their cottages cheeses on jacket potatoes, liven up salads or even add to lasagne.

The luxury layered fruit yogurts in glass jars are relatively new. These make a decadent dessert or sweet treat and the glass jars can be reused to hold your own Langage-layered-yogurts-webdesserts, tea lights or even store small trinkets. Deliciously thick and creamy, these yogurts are available in the following flavours: blood orange and cranberry, raspberry, salted caramel and lemon curd.

With so many fantastic products on offer, why not treat yourself and enjoy some of Devon’s finest produce?

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Lodge Farm Kitchen Offer!

Lodge Farm Kitchen are producers of gourmet frozen meals based in Herefordshire. For a limited time we are offering 10% off of their double serving dishes including rich Beef Lasagne, creamy Fishpie and fragrant Thai Green Chicken Curry.

Fish pie Pie- final Hi res (1 of 1)Established in 2009 on the family farm, Lodge Farm Kitchen use local, fresh ingredients and expert, creative chefs to create all of their meals. These are then blast frozen to lock in the flavour and freshness ready for you to enjoy at a time that suits you. When the business began to expand it was time for a move to a purpose built, state of the art kitchen in Ross-on-Wye, the company still retain their home cooked ethos and keep ingredients as locally sourced as possible.

Enjoy 10% off of the following products:

concasse_2bBeef Lasagne 700g
Cottage Pie 700g
Beef & Mushroom Pie 900g
Meatballs in Tomato Concasse 700g
Beef & Stout Pie 900g
Chicken Pie 900g
Thai Green Chicken Curry 700g
Fishpie 700g
Haddock & Dill Gratin 700g

Take advantage of this limited time offer and try some of their delicious home cooked meals!

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Devon Cheese

Devon has a rich history of dairy farming which lends itself rather well to cheese production. The rich milk from well nourished herds roaming freely among lush green pastures produces delicious artisan cheeses. We’ve listed a few of our favourite Devon cheeses below.

Dartmoor ChilliCurworthy Cheese 
Based at Stockbeare Farm near Okehampton in Devon, Curworthy have been producing top quality artisan cheeses for the last 25 years. The milk is sourced from local dairy farms and pasteurised on site to produce award winning cheeses. Their signature Devon Oke is made to a recipe dating back to the 17th century and has mellow, slightly sweet flavours and a creamy texture. Newer cheeses include Dartmoor Chilli which blends Devon Oke with fiery Ring of Fire chillies grown at the nearby South Devon Chilli Farm and Devon Maid, a mould ripened soft cheese with rich and creamy flavours and described as a combination between brie and camembert.

Sharpham Cheese
Sharpham Dairy was established in 1981 on the Sharpham Estate near Totnes, SharphamBrie_(2)Devon. They produce hand made artisan cheeses using the rich milk from their own herd of Jersey cows and today employ traditional cheese making techniques such as ‘cheddaring’ the cheese by hand. Their cheeses include the Rustic which is a semi-hard, unpasteurised cheese with fresh, lemony flavours, there is also a variation using fresh garlic and chives which lends a savoury depth to the cheese. Their brie is award winning with delicious buttery flavours and creamy texture.

QuickesGeneralImage_wok4-m7Quickes Cheese
The Quickes have been producing traditional cloth bound Cheddar on Home Farm near Exeter, Devon for the last 500 years using recipes passed down through the generations and milk from their own herd. Their cheeses are all made by hand and allowed to slowly mature for the best flavours. Their vintage cheese is matured for up to two years which allows the rich caramel flavours to fully develop, resulting in a full bodied, complex cheese. Their cloth bound goats cheese is full of buttery, creamy flavours with distinct nutty undertones and is typically matured for six months.

Ticklemore Cheese
Ticklemore Cheese are based in Totnes, Devon and have been making cheeses for the last 40 years. One of its founders Robin Congdon was a pioneer in the 1970’s, reviving the tradition of milking sheep in the UK. One of their most popular Beenleigh3cheeses is the Devon Blue which is made using pasteurised milk from local farms. It has clean, buttery flavours and moist, slightly crumbly texture. Another favourite is the Beenleigh Blue which is a ewes milk cheese. The milk is only available in the Spring and early Summer, during this time as much Beenleigh as possible is made, some is then kept back at colder temperatures to last throughout the year. The result is varying seasonal flavours, early cheeses are light and fresh while the matured cheese is richer and creamier.

We are proud to stock local cheeses and support local dairies wherever possible, it does help that Devon produces some great tasting cheeses!

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