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.
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 roasted 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/
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!
Here 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. You 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 like 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!