It’s Afternoon Tea Week!

Is there anything more quintessentially British than Afternoon Tea Week?

Afternoon tea was introduced to England in 1840 by the seventh Duchess of Bedford who felt that the period of time between lunch and dinner was too long. She began to ask for a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake to be served at 4 o’clock in the afternoon and soon began inviting friends to join her – the fashionable social event of afternoon tea was born.

Traditional afternoon tea consists of dainty finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, miniature cakes and sweet pastries with loose leaf tea. However modern afternoon teas can include more exotic flavours like samosas and filo pastry parcels and are also often served with fizz to mark a celebratory occasion.

smoked_salmonWe stock a range of items suitable for producing your own afternoon tea at home including sandwich fillings such as smoked salmon and cream cheese – a personal favourite and sliced ham and Cheddar cheese with a Devon chutney from Waterhouse Fayre (we like the simple Devon Apple chutney). We also stock the accompaniments to a classic Devon cream tea including fresh clotted cream from Langage Farm and delicious strawberry jam from Waterhouse Fayre.

afternoon tea hamperEarlier this year our sister company Orchardlea Occasion Foods launched their range of hampers including a Sweet & Savoury Afternoon Tea Hamper. All hampers can be bespoke but in general this one contains a Chunk of Devon sausage roll and traditional pasty, Burts hand cooked crisps, 2 homemade plain scones, 2 homemade chocolate brownies, a jar of Waterhouse Fayre jam, a pot of Langage Farm clotted cream and a box of Devonshire Tea teabags.
For more info on this and their other hampers visit: http://www.orchardleaoccasionfoods.co.uk/gift-hampers/

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Feature image by Tea & Tittle Tattle via https://www.teaandtittletattle.co.uk/vintage-high-teas.html

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Local Producers – Olive’s Kitchen

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 kitchenOlive’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 ham piewhich 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.

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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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