Summer Dips from Delphi

The weather may have taken a turn for the worse this week but hopefully the sun will be returning very soon and we’ll be able to enjoy these delightful summer dips from Delphi Foods al fresco style.

Red pepper houmous

Established in 1984, Delphi Foods is a family run business specialising in dips, salads, olives and tapas made using the finest ingredients. We have been stocking their products for a long time and following recent introduction of new lines and vibrant new packaging they are really becoming a popular choice for a number of our customers.

Traditional dips include classic houmous, made with ground chickpeas, nutty tahini and lemon juice, refreshing tzatziki with cooling yogurt, chopped cucumber and mint and chunky guacamole made with avocado, coriander, lemon and a hint of chilli. Other dips in their range including smoky aubergine, classic taramasalata, Auberginesmooth tahini and a variety of flavoured houmous.

Their extensive salad range includes fluffy cous cous with smoky char-grilled vegetables, fresh edamame beans and sun-dried tomatoes with mixed herbs and hearty three bean salad with a mix of red kidney, borlotti and cannelloni beans marinated in olive oil and herbs. All of these salads are suitable for vegetarians and the majority are also vegan friendly making them a perfect addition for BBQ’s and al fresco parties this summer. They also travel well which makes them a great picnic staple.

Cous cousAmong their tapas products are classic falafel made from garbanzo beans and Middle Eastern spices, tasty Greek style dolmades made using fresh vine leaves and a delicious mix of cooked rice and herbs and red peppers stuffed with feta cheese and marinated with garlic and fresh herbs.

We love the new look of the Delphi products and the family ethos surrounding the business is similar to our own.
Like the look of these? Head over to http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/salads-dips-and-olives/delphi/ to view the entire range!

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Olive’s Kitchen – Delicious Frozen Gourmet Meals!

A recent report by the British Frozen Food Federation claimed that sales of frozen food are expected to exceed £10 billion by 2025. This immense industry growth is due in part to environmental pressures and the idea of producing less food waste but also the growing idea of ‘locking in’ the nutritional value of fresh ingredients while making healthy meals that are quick, easy and convenient for consumers.

olives kitchen summer (2)Olive’s Kitchen began as a deli in Sherborne, Dorset in 2013. However demand soon grew for owners Charlie and Nikki’s own home-cooked meals and in 2016 they made the decision to close the deli and focus primarily on Olive’s Kitchen in their converted barn at home.

All of their products are made using traditional family methods and techniques as well as locally sourced ingredients, producing quality, home cooked food.

Their range includes delicious vegetarian dishes such as our favourite roastedbutternut_squash lasagne butternut squash lasagne with spinach and ricotta and aubergine parmigiana in a rich tomato and basil sauce topped with a crunchy mozzerella and parmesan crust. As well as meaty favourites such as rich and hearty beef bourguignon and comforting ham, leek & cider pie topped with buttery puff pastry.

For more information and to view the entire range including their fresh pots visit: http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/frozen-gourmet-meals-olives-kitchen/

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It’s Picnic Season!

This month marks National Picnic Month and with the gorgeous weather we’re having at the moment there is no better time to grab a hamper and head outside!

We love celebrating the best in local produce which is why we try to stock as many locally sourced products as possible including artisan cheeses, pies, pasties and savouries, creams and dairy, bacon, fresh fish and more – because local definitely tastes better!

picnic spotsHere in Devon we are also incredibly lucky that there are so many beauty spots to discover and marvel at as you sit down to eat your delicious, locally sourced picnic food. There are plenty of beautiful beaches, rolling hills, endless moors and meandering rivers which make ideal picnic spots.

For many of us picnic food means simple, easy to eat finger food and with this in mind try our small or medium sized hand raised pork pies made with crispy hot water pastry, delicious hard boiled scotch eggs, sausage rolls made by hand using locally sourced pork and slices of Mediterranean style quiche with mixed peppers, basil and mature cheddar cheese.

Sandwiches are always a hit with kids and so quick and easy to make; go for fillings that won’t go soggy or limp after a few hours in a hamper or rucksack. chunk pork pieYou might like to play it safe with the classic Devon cured ham with English mustard or honeyroast ham and mature cheddar cheese or mix things up with chicken breast and sliced chorizo with chipotle mayo or a falafel wrap with minty yogurt sauce.

Finger food doesn’t have to be boring and for something a little different on your next picnic why not try some marinated chicken skewers with haloumi and peppers (leave out the chicken for veggies or replace it with chunks of tofu), chopped veggies such as carrots, cucumber or courgettes with some creamy lemon houmous or plain houmous and maybe even some arancini risotto balls with mushroom, white wine and mozzerella – suprisingly easy to make but look ham and cheese sandwichlike you’ve spent hours on them – good to impress! All of these are great being transported in a picnic basket and will be as good when you arrive as when you left the house.

Wherever you decide to stage your picnic we hope you enjoy this National Picnic Month!

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Father’s Day!

This Sunday 16th is Father’s Day! The perfect day to show your dad how much he means to you and we don’t know about you but the way to our dad’s heart is through his food. Don’t worry we’ve got some delicious foodie ideas to treat him from breakfast until dinner.

PPStreakyBreakfast is the most important meal of the day so they say; why not make the perfect start to your dad’s day with a deliciously hearty breakfast bap? Filled with meaty W. F Chinns sausages, Devon Choice smoked streaky bacon, Bury black pudding and any other accompaniment you can think of – we like adding in an egg and maybe some hash browns or sauteed potatoes – but whatever you decide this is sure to put a spring in his step first thing in the morning.

A Chunk of Devon pie or pasty makes a great lunch or snack any time but we think it makes the perfect treat for your dad this Father’s Day. Their traditional chunk steak pastysteak pasty made with free-range locally sourced beef and wrapped in delicious short crust pastry is their bestseller and also the most decorated Devon pasty having won nine consecutive Taste of the West Gold awards. If your dad is doing his bit for the planet and trying to cut down on meat never fear, the new spicy jack pasty is packed full of flavour with lightly curried spices, coconut milk and delicious jackfruit for a great meat-free alternative.

Dinner time and after a day of indulgence what more could you want than more quickes_extra_matureindulgence!? A quick and simple dish with big, hearty flavours beer mac ‘n’ cheese is one of our guilty pleasures and we’re sure dad will love it too. We like it with both Quicke’s Extra Mature and Quicke’s Oak Smoked for maximum flavour with a light pale ale but choose his favourites and he won’t be disappointed.

We wish all the dad’s out there a happy Father’s Day – filled with some delicious food of course!

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Devon Day!

It’s Devon Day, originally the feast day of St Petroc, to whom the Devon flag is dedicated, and more recently a chance to celebrate the best that our beautiful county has to offer including – most importantly to us – local produce and producers.

Devonshire Tea
devonshire teaBased in Axminster, East Devon and established in 2015, Devonshire Tea are a small independent company creating simple blended teas using the finest ethically sourced ingredients. All of their teabags are plastic free and hand stitched rather than heat sealed and are custom blended to their own recipes. Flavours include the bestselling Classic Breakfast, fragrant Earl Grey and delicate Delightful Afternoon varieties. All of these are available in individual cartons of 20 teabags, cases of six cartons and foodservice catering boxes of 200 individual teabags.

Taw Valley Cheese
The Taw Valley Creamery is situated in the beautiful countryside surroundingtaw valley range North Tawton in the western part of the county. Their master cheesemakers produce excellent quality cheeses using traditional methods and fresh, quality milk from local farms. Their range includes the bestselling Taw Valley Tickler cheddar with superb depth of flavour and distinctive salt crystals giving it a slightly crunchy texture and the Taw Valley Mature which is lovely and creamy with rich and complex flavours. All of the Taw Valley range is available in both retail packs and catering sizes.

Chunk of Devon
Based in Ottery St Mary in East Devon Chunk are one of our longest running lines. Using locally sourced ingredients and traditional pastry skills their ‘hunks’ produce a variety of pies, pasties and savoury snacks which have won many awards including Taste of the West Gold. Their range includes the Kickin Chicken Kickin_chicken_pieCurry Pie made with lightly spiced chicken, onions, tomatoes and peppers in a creamy curry sauce and wrapped in buttery pastry, the new veggie Spicy Jack Pasty made with delicious jackfruit, squash, peppers and sweet potato mixed with spices and wrapped in traditional shortcrust pastry and the original Chunki Sausage Roll made using pork seasoned with sage and onion and wrapped in buttery puff pastry. All are available in individual retail packs, deli-unwrapped cases and frozen un-baked cases.

We hope you enjoy celebrating Devon Day!

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National BBQ Week!

What could be better – it’s a bank holiday, it’s half term and it’s BBQ week!
First launched in the summer of 1997 to recognise the UK’s growing BBQ culture; this is a celebration of all things BBQ and the long way we’ve come from “if it isn’t burnt it’s not BBQ!” We’ve got some great BBQ ideas and although we can’t guarantee the weather, we can guarantee the delicious taste of these fantastic products – rain or shine!

ChinnsSausage_omlo-b1W.F Chinns Sausages
Chinns was established in Crediton over forty years ago and today operates just around the corner from the original factory headed by husband and wife team Rose and Tony Palmer. Their original pork sausages are delicious on a BBQ but if you want to really smoke things up why not try their pork and chorizo sausages for full on flavour? We also particularly love their red onion sausages in a hot dog! All other flavours can be found here – everything from honeyroast to stilton and even gluten free options: http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/local-fresh-sausages/
Did you know that Chinns also produce burgers? Available in packs of four these are proper, meaty burgers perfect for a BBQ and in classic beef and pork & apple flavours.

Dips and Salads
Alongside the main attractions dips and salads such as our range from Delphi Foods have become a common staple at a BBQ. A leading producer of chilled dips, salads and Mediterranean specialities Delphi products are now one of our bestsellers. Their products include various flavoured houmous, olives and tapasdelphi dips. While coleslaw and potato salad are traditional favourites why not also try something different like Middle Eastern style cous cous with char-grilled vegetables or a light Greek tzatziki made with fresh yogurt, cucumber, mint and olive oil would be perfect with some BBQ-ed lamb? For veggies you could also turn their delicous three bean salad with red kidney, borlotti and canellini beans into burgers – mix with some spices and add a slice or two of cheese and you’re good to go! For all other Delphi products have a look here:  http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/salads-dips-and-olives/delphi/

Fish
Fish can be a delicious alternative to meat on the BBQ, whether mixed with fresh, zingy citrus flavours or lightly charred for delicious smokiness. We stock a range fishof fish including frozen cod fillets, smoked haddock and salmon fillets as well as fresh smoked mackerel, peppered mackerel, smoked trout and kippers from Jackson’s Fishmongers in Newton Abbot. Why not make a smoked trout salad with some new potatoes and rocket for a fresh BBQ twist or try some salmon fillets with a soy and ginger marinade wrapped in foil and BBQ-ed? Our whole fish range is available to view here: http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/fish/

We hope you enjoy at least one BBQ this week whether it’s in the brilliant sunshine or with everyone rushing inside after a downpour, it really doesn’t matter as long as the food tastes good right!?

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Cheese Showcase – Cornish Blue

This Cornish Blue cheese is made by the Cornish Cheese Co. on Stansfield’s Farm on the edge of Bodmin Moor. Established in 2001 founders Philip and Carol Stansfield were facing falling milk prices and in a search of a new revenue came up with the initiative of moving to cheesemaking. The only problem was that neither of them knew how to make cheese; Phillip promptly enrolled on a cheesemaking course at Cheshire College of Agriculture and the reality of Cornish Blue was born.

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Made using the milk from their own herd on the family farm, the milk is immediately taken to cheese production – only travelling a few yards to do so. Once the cheese is produced it moves to the maturing room where unlike traditional English blues, it only stays for between 12-14 weeks. This makes it a delightfully creamy and gently sweet cheese with none of the saltiness commonly found in blues. It has a dense, moist texture and its mellow flavour makes it very versatile in cooking or as part of a cheeseboard.

Cornish Blue became internationally renowned after it was named Champion at the World Cheese Awards in 2010 and since then won a string of awards including Best Blue and Best English Cheese.

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It’s English Tourism Week!

english tourism weekWe think of ourselves as extremely lucky to live and work in this beautiful county full of stunning scenery, wonderful attractions and best of all for us, fantastic producers of delicious food. To celebrate English Tourism Week we thought we’d highlight some of the best local producers from Devon including Sutton Lucy Dairy, Waterhouse Fayre and Chunk of Devon who provide a good reason for tourists to flock here all year round!

sutton lucy dairySutton Lucy Dairy
These are a fairly new supplier to us but so far we are receiving some great feedback from our customers. Based near Honiton in East Devon Sutton Lucy Dairy was established in 2017 by husband and wife team Rebecca and Philip Cooke after the closure of two local dairies resulted in their farm shop having to stock Cornish milk and creams. They now produce a variety of yogurts and creams made using the milk from their own herd of Jersey and Holstein cows which we think are delicious – particularly the raspberry and the toffee yogurts which seem to disappear soon after delivery…

waterhouse fayreWaterhouse Fayre
We have been stocking Waterhouse Fayre jams and chutneys for a long time now and the range keeps extending! Made by the lovely Ann Stallard and team in their custom built facilities near Tiverton in Mid Devon, the Waterhouse Fayre products have won many awards including a number of gold and silver at the prestigious Taste of the West Awards. It’s hard to single out a particular favourite but the classic Raspberry jam is always a winner and the Exmoor Pond Weed made with under-ripened green tomatoes and chillies is delicious with some cured meats out in the sunshine!

Chunk of Devon
Chunk of Devon are producers of delicious pies and pasties based in Ottery Stchunk of devon logo Mary and firmly established since 2006. Made using as locally sourced ingredients as possible by a team of passionate ‘hunks’, their pies and pasties have won numerous awards including the controversial Britain’s Best Cornish Pasty in 2009! We love their new addition Spicy Jack pie which is full of nutritious veg, coconut milk and curried spices – we promise you won’t miss the meat with this one!

This is a no means exhaustive list of the fantastic producers we have here in Devon and we are proud to be able to stock their vast array of products. For any more info on these or any of our other suppliers please get in touch!

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Mother’s Day Foodie Inspiration

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and if you’ve yet to plan something for your amazing mum don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Why not try making your own delicious homemade foodie treats to spoil her rotten from breakfast through to afternoon tea?

breakfastWe’ve got all the best bits required to treat your mum to a delicious, indulgent breakfast from the traditional full English to more delicate smoked salmon and poached eggs, the choice is yours.
Chinn’s sausages are made in Crediton using locally sourced meat and techniques established over forty years ago. Their flavours range from traditional pork and cumberland to more exotic combinations such as pork & chorizo, spring onion and soy and, our favourite for breakfast, pork & cranberry. These are available to order Monday-Wednesday and are available in packs of 225g (average of 4 sausages per pack) and 450g (average of 8 per pack).
Devon Choice in Teignmouth have been providing our bacon for too long for ussmoked bacon to remember, locally sourced and cured on their own premises, their bacon is delicious. We particularly like their smoked English cured bacon which is available in 2.27kg catering and 200g pre-packs.
Sliced black pudding from the Bury Black Pudding Co. is one of our bestsellers. It is made to a recipe dating back almost 100 years and is available in packs of 3/4 slices and also as the whole 1.3kg stick.
Add some grilled tomatoes, fried mushrooms, some sauteed potatoes or hash browns and a slice or two of toast and you’ve got a restaurant quality breakfast.

5b057383-dbb8-4659-8b30-a73800a70a0f_800x800If your mum is more ‘less is more’ at breakfast why not treat her to some delicate smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce? This light breakfast is utterly delicious and it’s well worth making your own sauce, the smoked salmon for us has be the delicious John Ross Smoked Salmon which is available in 100g packs. If this isn’t your thing a smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel with some fresh, peppery rocket is always a winner that mum will love.

A Devonian cream tea on it’s own or as part of a larger afternoon tea spread is almost ubiquitous with Mother’s Day. Waterhouse Fayre was established in 2004 imagesusing their own surplus fruit in South Molton, today they produce a variety of delicious jams and chutneys in their custom built facilities. Try a cream tea with traditional strawberry jam or really push the boat out and try raspberry instead! All of the Waterhouse Fayre jams are available in 320g jars.
200g-clotted-webLangage Farm have been producing their award-winning creams and yogurts since 1980 and today they are well regarded throughout the county. We think the 200g clotted cream pot made using the milk from Jersey and Guernsey cattle would be perfect as part of a cream tea, but there are also individual 57g and 113g clotted cream pots available and the 907g catering size would be perfect for larger parties.

If you have more time (and patience!) available it is much nicer to make yourHoneyRoastHam_c470-f8 own classic afternoon tea. Think dainty finger sandwiches, mini cakes and savoury treats; best of all you can tailor your flavours to your mum’s taste and really make her day. For the finger sandwiches the opportunities are endless, pick your mum’s favourites and make a tiny sandwich – easy as that! What about a classic thick cut Devon ham and Waterhouse Fayre chutney? Or a local Devon Cheddar such as Taw Valley Tickler or a Quicke’s Mature with pickle or tomato? Taw Valley Creamery is based in North Tawton and all of their cheeses are handmade by master tawvalleyrange_ck6q-r8cheesemakers using locally sourced milk. The Quicke’s have been producing their traditional cloth-bound cheeses for the last 500 years using recipes passed down through the generations.
For some savoury treats try some mini tartlets with creamy Somerset Brie, parma ham and rocket or perhaps cheese scones, pastrami and horseradish canapes or all of the above!

We wish all the fantastic mum’s out there a Happy Mother’s Day and hope you get well and truly spoilt this Sunday!

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Cheese Showcase – Garlic Yarg

This Garlic Yarg from Lynher Dairies in Ponsanooth Cornwall is made to the same recipe as traditonal Yarg with the only difference being that instead of wrapped in nettles it is wrapped in wild garlic leaves.

Foraging in far flung places as untouched by humans as possible, the skilled leaf-picking team select only the best pungent leaves to encase the cheese. The team look for vibrant green leaves which are not torn or trodden on and of the right size – if the leaves are too small the tight, concentric circles needed to wrap the cheese are almost impossible to achieve. All of this means that the pickers have a very small time frame in which to collect the leaves, usually from mid-March to the end of April.

The wild leaves impart a gentle garlicky flavour into the cheese and their moisture also results in a slightly firmer texture than traditional Yarg. It is delicate and fresh with a lovely subtle creaminess that perfectly embodies this time of year. Try it as a twist to traditional cheese scones or it is equally delicious as part of a cheeseboard.

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