Here in Devon we are extremely lucky to have so many fantastic local producers on our doorstep – from artisan cheeses and bespoke blended teas to quality sausages and handmade puddings. In a time when consumers are increasingly concerned with low food miles and the provenance of their food, locality and the ‘shop local’ campaign have never been more apt. With this in mind we are producing a blog series on our local producers and their delicious products, this week focusing on Olive’s Kitchen.Olive’s Kitchen are producers of gourmet, handmade meals freshly made by husband and wife team Charlie and Nikki Allhusen from their converted barn in Sherbourne, Dorset. The business was established in 2013 as a deli and soon customers began asking for homemade meals that they could take home and reheat for themselves – allowing them to eat a healthy, nutritious meal with the ease and convenience of fast food. In 2016 after developing a reputation for their delicious meals, Charlie and Nikki made the decision to close the deli and concentrate fully on Olive’s Kitchen. They converted a barn near their home which became headquarters and began developing the range available today.
We currently stock a wide range of the Olive’s Kitchen products including the rich and succulent Beef Bourguignon made using locally sourced beef slow cooked in a red wine sauce and creamy Fish Pie made using sustainable smoked haddock, salmon and cod in a creamy sauce with leeks and spinach, topped with buttery mash and toasted breadcrumbs. We are particularly fond of their dessert range which includes deliciously spiced Apple Crumble with a crunchy oat topping and the decadently gooey Chocolate Brownie with an irresistible melt in the middle centre.
All of the Olive’s Kitchen range is made using traditional family methods and techniques alongside locally sourced ingredients to create the good honest food that their customers would expect if they cooked the meals themselves. Click here to view the whole range.
Today marks the start of UK Sausage Week, a campaign organised by Meat Management magazine focusing on championing and raising the profile of the culinary delight that is the British sausage.
From traditional cumberland, pork and chipolatas to festive cranberry, caramelised red onion and gluten free varieties this versatile ingredient makes a perfect accompaniment to a traditional full English breakfast, the centrepiece of a hearty sausage and mash or a comforting classic in a warm autumnal casserole.
Today there are more than 500 different recipes and flavours for sausages in the UK with traditional pork remaining the country’s favourite despite newer flavours gaining in popularity over the last few years. The majority of our fresh sausage sales come from W.F Chinns, a well established sausage producer based in Crediton and owned by Tony and Rose Palmer.
Their retail sausages are available in 225g packs with an average of four individual sausages and 450g packs with an average of eight individual sausages in each. We love the pork & apple sausages for their succulent sweetness and their pork & chorizo sausages for double porkiness! The subtle smoky flavour from the chorizo lends itself to charcoal bbq’s in the summer and rich, hearty casseroles at this time of year.
We hope you enjoy UK Sausage Week!
Last week was the prestigious World Cheese Awards this year held in Bergamo, Italy as part of the city’s annual FORME cheese festival. A record 3804 cheeses were entered to be judged in a single day by teams of technical experts, buyers, retailers and food writers on their colour, texture, consistency and taste. A number of our local cheeses were recipients of awards ranging from Bronze to Gold including Sharpham Cheese, Quicke’s Cheese, the Cornish Cheese Co and Lynher Dairies.
Sharpham Rustic with Chive & Garlic
Made by Sharpham Dairy on the Sharpham Estate in Totnes, South Devon this won Silver at the World Cheese Awards last week. A semi-hard unpasteurised cheese made from Jersey cows milk it is full of rich, pungent garlic flavours underlined by a lovely creaminess with a soft, edible white rind. The team at Sharpham employ traditional techniques paired with a wealth of expertise to create their range of fantastic cheeses and are certainly no strangers to awards. Their Rustic Plain, sister cheese to the chive version, won Gold at last years International Cheese Awards while the Ticklemore Goat also won Silver at the World Cheese awards this year. Their range of cheeses are available in whole 1kg rounds as well as 150g retail packs.
This wild nettle wrapped cheese is made by Lynher Dairies on their farm in rural Cornwall using milk from both their own herd of Ayrshire cows and cows from carefully selected local farms. The nettles are hand picked from hedgerows in early spring and then frozen so that they last all year round. Wrapped around the cheese before the 4-5 week maturation, the leaves impart a delicate, mushroom flavour and the nettles themselves develop an attractive white bloom. This is a deliciously fresh and creamy cheese which clearly appealed to the judges as it won Gold at this years awards. Other cheeses made by the dairy have also been the recipient of many awards over the years including the prestigious Supreme Champion at the 2017 World Cheese Awards for their Cornish Kern and their Wild Garlic wrapped Yarg also won Gold at this years awards. The Yarg is available in whole 3kg rounds as well as 150g retail packs.
Congratulations to all winners at the World Cheese Awards!
Here in Devon we are extremely lucky to have so many fantastic local producers on our doorstep – from artisan cheeses and bespoke blended teas to quality sausages and handmade puddings. In a time when consumers are increasingly concerned with low food miles and the provenance of their food, locality and the ‘shop local’ campaign have never been more apt. With this in mind we are producing a blog series on our local producers and their delicious products, this week focusing on Cornish Olive Stall.
Cornish Olive Stall source the best olives from around the world and combine them with delicious home made marinades from their premises in St Austell, Cornwall. Founded and run by husband and wife Steve and Nikki Magill the Cornish Olive Stall differ from mass produced olives in that they are not stored in a salty brine or oil only in their own light marinade and are much larger and juicier than their supermarket counterparts. Packed in practical, stand up pouches they are perfect stored at ambient temperatures without the need for preservatives and, when ready to eat, remain as fresh as when they were packed.
The current range features 11 different flavours including the award-winning The Mix, a more-ish mix of pitted green Halkidiki and Kalamata olives marinated with orange, thyme and coriander seeds and Lemon, pitted green Halkidiki olives in a lemon, tarragon and parsley marinade. Our favourite flavour is the Basil Pesto, simply big green Halkidiki olives in a rich basil pesto marinade which we love! All flavours are available in retail 200g pouches and 1kg catering bags and the full range is available to view here.
The Quicke’s have been farming their land on Home Farm in Newton St Cyres for the last 500 years and producing their award-winning cheeses for the last 45. Using recipes passed down through generations, their nine expert cheese makers individually craft each cheese by hand using milk from the Quicke’s own herd of hybrid cows.
All of the cheeses are slowly matured in their ‘cathedral of cheese’; cool and dark this hall allows the cheeses to develop their characteristic rind displaying a range of colours and textures from green and grey to blue and orange. Turned every 10 days to maintain an even texture, some cheeses remain here for up to two years during which time their unique flavours begin to emerge.
Devonshire Red is the Quicke’s take on a classic Red Leicester. Matured for around six months it is a vibrant, full bodied cheese infused with natural annatto for a rich, orange hue and delightfully nutty flavour. It is fresher than other Quicke’s Cheddars yet retains a lovely creaminess and crumbly texture.
The Devonshire Red is available in individual 150g retail packs and the full range of Quicke’s cheeses are available to view here.
Here in Devon we are extremely lucky to have so many fantastic local producers on our doorstep – from artisan cheeses and bespoke blended teas to quality sausages and handmade puddings. In a time when consumers are increasingly concerned with low food miles and the provenance of their food, locality and the ‘shop local’ campaign have never been more apt. With this in mind we are producing a blog series on our local producers and their delicious products, this week focusing on Georgie Porgie’s Puddings.
Georgie Porgie’s Puddings was established by George Hollywood in 1994 originally producing traditional steamed Christmas puddings. Soon the business began to expand and today Georgie Porgie’s produce a variety of traditional puddings as well as steamed sponges on their premises in Budleigh Salterton, East Devon. Each pudding is handmade using the finest ingredients by expert pudding chefs to original recipes and all of them truly taste delicious.
The range of fruit puddings includes the summery lemon & Pimms and zesty orange & Cointreau as well as our favourite the decadent chocolate orange & Baileys and the one that started it all, their flagship traditional Christmas pudding.
In 2001 the business broadened to include classic steamed sponges available in four different flavours from traditional spotted dick and treacle sponge to sticky toffee and strawberry jam varieties. The muslin wrapped fruit puddings are available in both 5oz (142g) and 16oz (454g) portions while the sponges are available in single 100g and make a sumptuous treat.
George is continuously expanding the range and this year to mark the business’s 25th anniversary he has teamed up with Exeter Gin to produce the Ultimate Gin Pudding packed with fruit and bursting with citrus flavours and of course gin, available as an individual 16oz (454g) pudding.
Georgie Porgie’s Puddings continue to grow and expand with their deliciously flavoured sponges and puddings made in keeping to traditional methods proving that fruit puddings are not just for Christmas! Click here for more info and to see the entire Georgie Porgie range.
This week is National Seafood Week, an annual campaign celebrating the wide variety of fish and shellfish available in the UK. Organised by Seafish, a Non-Departmental Public Body set up to support the £10 billion UK seafood industry, the campaign has been running since 2015 and focuses on encouraging people to consume more seafood more often and promoting seafood as a healthy, sustainable food source.
We currently stock a variety of seafood from fresh smoked mackerel to frozen salmon fillets. Our fresh fish is sourced from Jacksons Fishmongers. Based in Newton Abbot and passionate about sustainable fishing, Jacksons purchase the freshest fish from vessels coming in to nearby Brixham and prepare and smoke their fish on site. We stock their smoked mackerel, peppered mackerel and smoked kippers which are available in fresh 150g retail packs. We also stock their fresh smoked trout which is available in 100g retail packs. All fish is naturally rich in essential nutrients and oily fish such as mackerel even more so making it a healthy food source. Why not try it in a light, creamy pate with sourdough toast or try an Asian style noodle dish with teriyaki and lemon?
Our frozen fish range is sourced from M&J Seafood and includes cod, haddock, smoked haddock and salmon fillets which are all available in 150-200g retail packs. M&J Seafood was founded in 1978 and today they continue to work to purchase the freshest fish and shellfish available from sustainable sources. Their ethos is based on no-nonsense, honest fishmongery from expert, award-winning fishmongers. This Seafood Week enjoy an old fashioned fish supper using our cod or haddock fillets or make some fragrant salmon fishcakes with lemon and dill.
To view our entire range of fish click here.
We are lucky to live in a country rich with seafood from River Exe mussels to shoals of mackerel to Scottish salmon. Seafood Week can encourage us to try something new or revert to a comforting favourite; however you choose to celebrate we hope you enjoy Seafood Week.
Here in Devon we are extremely lucky to have so many fantastic local producers on our doorstep – from artisan cheeses and bespoke blended teas to quality sausages and handmade puddings. In a time when consumers are increasingly concerned with low food miles and the provenance of their food, locality and the ‘shop local’ campaign have never been more apt. With this in mind we are producing a blog series on our local producers and their delicious products, this week focusing on Sutton Lucy Dairy.
Sutton Lucy Dairy was established in 2017 by husband and wife Rebecca and Phillip Cook. Following the closure of two local dairies they began sourcing milk and cream for their farm shop in Honiton from dairies in Cornwall. However customers soon began to question why they were not stocking Devonshire products and the idea of opening their own dairy was realised. Today they have two herds of Holstein and Jersey cows and produce a variety of creams, yogurts and milk for their now thriving business.
The dairy’s ethos focuses on providing the best care and respect for their cows which results in delicious, high quality milk. We currently stock their thick and creamy natural yogurts which are available in both 500g and 140g pots and their single and double creams which are available in 142ml and 284ml bottles. The full range is available to view here: http://www.iscafoods.co.uk/sutton-lucy-dairy/. We can also stock their various flavoured yogurts including our favourite lemon curd yogurt and sweet toffee yogurts although these do require a pre-order.
Sutton Lucy Dairy’s wonderfully creamy yogurts and luxurious creams are increasingly popular among our customers for their delicious flavour, locality and animal welfare ethos.
Is it to early for the ‘C’ word!?
For us the planning for Christmas has already begun and we’re currently in the process of preparing our brochure which should be out to all of our customers in the next few weeks, in the meantime here is a sneak peek of some new products coming to you for Christmas 2019 – enjoy!
Shropshire Spicy Company Gourmet Stuffing
Specialising in producing dips, spice mixes and of course their gourmet stuffing range, the Shropshire Spice Company was established in the 1970’s and their delicious products can now be found up and down the country. Their range includes traditional wild sage and red onion stuffing, fragrant lemon, thyme and parsley and festive roasted chestnut, cranberry and orange. These make a delicious addition to your roast dinner no matter the time of year and are available now in cases of 6x150g packs. The whole range is available to view here.
Waterhouse Fayre Pickles
Waterhouse Fayre are Devon based producers of award winning small batch jams and chutneys. Their products are all handmade using traditional home cooking techniques and locally sourced ingredients. This Christmas we will be stocking their new range of pickles including classic pickled onions in a variety of different flavours, pickled shallots and pickled eggs which are all available in cases of 6x420g jars. For the full range of flavours click here.
It’s never to early to start thinking about Christmas; look out for our 2019 Christmas brochure with your invoices in the next few weeks.
This Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October Powderham Castle plays host to a foodie festival celebrating the finest South West food and drink producers.
Now in its eighth year the festival features cookery demonstrations from chefs Nick Evans from Rick Stein’s Cookery School, Jim Fisher from Exeter Cookery School and Great British Bake Off 2018 contestant Briony Williams. This year organisers will also be introducing four miniature ‘villages’ within the festival including Gin & Fizz, Feast of Fire, Wellness and Chocolate tents each with their own demonstrations and tasters.
Over 150 food and drink producers will be attending the event including our favourite Cornish cheese producers the Cornish Cheese Co. and Cornish Gouda. The Cornish Cheese Co. have been making their award-winning cheese since 2001 and in 2010 their Cornish Blue scooped Champion Cheese at the World Cheese Awards. It is light and mild with a dense rich creaminess without the tang of traditional English blues and is best enjoyed young.
Cornish Gouda use milk from their own herd of Holstein cows and traditional Dutch cheese-making techniques to produce their ever popular Cornish Gouda. The medium Gouda is smooth and creamy with a distinct nutty flavour while the mature is rich and buttery with nods to indulgent caramel.
We hope you enjoy the festival!