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04 
Apr

Gloucestershire Food Producers

Gloucestershire Food ProducersProducers across the country are embracing local and organic ingredients and eco-friendly manufacturing methods, and Gloucestershire food producers are no different. Snuggled in the heart of England, Gloucestershire boasts a food heritage that goes back centuries.

Simon Weaver’s Cotswold Organic Dairy  produces some amazingly creamy and award-winning cheeses. The company farms organically in the Cotswolds at Kirkham Farm where Fresian cows feed on organically grown grass. The milk travels a mere five metres to the creamery every morning where expert cheesemakers turn it into a delicious range of artisan products.

Choose from Organic Cotswold Brie, Blue-Veined Brie or Herb Brie. Importantly, the farm encourages and promotes wildlife with no artificial fertilisers or chemicals used to grow crops, and the creamery itself is powered using renewable energy sources.

Jess’s Ladies  produces milk, cream and yoghurt and is run by the Vaughan family who milk 80 cows on a farm. The cows (the Ladies) produce un-homogenised, pasteurised milk on site. This is taken straight to local shelves to ensure the best possible flavour. Each lady is known by name and milked personally. As the milk is not homogenised, the milk retains its natural composition. The most recent addition to the menu is luxurious natural yoghurt, made by hand.

Gloucestershire Pork

The Cotswold Farmer has been part of the local food community since the 1970s, priding itself on environmental responsibility. The company has sustained a well-deserved reputation for its sausages, using a mixture of ingredients and recipes. Toulouse Style pork sausages, Italian Style, Spicy Spanish Style, Cotswold Herb Garden Style are all on the menu. Their ingredients include red wine, garlic, toasted fennel seeds and traditional Italian and Spanish herbs and spices.

Also on offer are Cotswold Gluten Free pork sausages and as alternatives to pork, venison sausages and St Georges beef sausages. The pigs are bred and reared on the family farm in the North Cotswolds.

Acres of Orchards

Another of Gloucestershire food producers is Day’s Cottage. It has over 20 acres of orchards to help the company produce award-winning apple juice for more than 20 years. Pure apple juice, cider and perry are all manufactured using traditional methods and apples from traditional, mature orchards in Gloucestershire.

No additives or preservatives are used in manufacture. The juice of over 1kg of fresh fruit fills each 75cl bottle.  The orchards are all free from sprays, chemicals or artificial fertilisers. The ciders and perry are fermented and matured in oak barrels. Only old varieties are used, such as Morgan Sweet and Foxwhelp apples and Brown Bess and Blakeney Red pears.

Exotic Additions

Ethical Addictions based in Kingsholm, Gloucester, is a small family company that sources high quality coffee buying direct from the growers. The coffee comes from villages in Brazil and Tanzania. Products include the Grizzly Bear Ethical Coffee Blend and shade grown coffee.

Finally if you’re after raw coconut oil why not try out Bula Batiki which works with Fijian islanders directly to ensure their communities benefit.

Proving once again that there are some unusual as well as mainstream food producers in the counties served by AC Services (Southern).

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Published Date: 4th April 2018
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27 
Mar

Have I Got Food News for You

SW Food & Catering News Round-upFood has been in the regional and national press this week. Just in time for our new monthly food news round-up. With Easter looming, some unusual chocolate constructions have been unveiled. These include the mighty Creme Egg Yorkshire pudding which has been created by a Cardiff pub.

The Cedar Tree Farm has ingeniously combined sponge cakes with Crème Eggs, white and orange fondant inside a giant Yorkshire pudding. Claimed to be the first of its kind in the UK, the dessert is the latest Easter treat being served up in Wales, after The Cottage Coffee Shop & Lunch Bar launched cheesecake-filled Easter eggs.

Prison Food

Staying in Wales, it was announced this week that pies made by prisoners have been crowned champion at the renowned British Pie Awards. The Custodial Pie Corporation is a joint scheme between HMP Berwyn in Wrexham and Dylan’s restaurant company.

The hard work of the restaurant and a group of prisoners plus catering staff and three senior chefs from Dylan’s made the perfect pie and pasty recipe, using Welsh produce.

Nutrient Content of Food

Of course, this is not the only food news. KFC’s chicken crisis continues and a new debate has sparked up over the sugar content in fruit and vegetables. According to a recent analysis, different types of fruit and veg can contain up to twice as many nutrients.  While others have significantly lower levels of sugars and calories. Here’s a summary of some facts: 

  •  Purple cabbage is better than green with ten times more Vitamin A and twice the amount of iron. It also has 36 antioxidants that have been shown to ward off cancer and even improve memory.
  • Canned sweetcorn contains 44% more beta carotene than fresh. The canning processes breaks down corn’s tough cell walls, making it easier for the body to access this important nutrient.
  • Red dates contain about 60% fewer calories, 10% more fibre and half the sugar content than regular dates.
  • Red and black grapes as opposed to green grapes contain resveratrol, catechins and proanthocyanidins. These are all linked to the prevention of various cancers including breast, colon and lung.
  • A Granny Smith apple has around 6g less sugar than a Gala.

Long Lasting Ice Cream

And it’s good news for ice cream. Researchers are claiming this week that banana plant extract could be key to creamier, longer lasting ice cream.  “Adding tiny cellulose fibres extracted from banana plant waste to ice cream could slow melting, increase shelf life and potentially replace fats used to make the tasty treat,” say the scientists involved.

Insects and Yeast

A paper released last week explains how our understanding of insect-yeast ecology could inform the search for new yeasts. It looks specifically at insects that feed on sugars, such as beetles, wasps, bees and fruit flies.

The scientists are particularly interested in those yeasts that can produce fruity and floral aromas, which can add a new dimension to the food industry.

AC Services News

And finally at AC Services this March, we closed two days because of the Beast from the East part one. Fortunately the Beast from the East part two hit on the weekend and didn’t affect work, only a social activity that Helen had organised for our Service Engineers . But the Go Karting will be re-arranged for a warmer month.

Weather forecasters are now forecasting Beast from the East part three, but it’s looking like more northerly parts of the UK will be affected. Even if it does snow and we can’t get to you, we are always on the end of the phone on 01454 322 222 to help you with your Rational oven needs. Or to hear what you think about our monthly food news round-up.

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Published Date: 27th March 2018
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06 
Mar

Cotswold Food Club, The Old Fleece

The Old Fleece Cotswold Food ClubWhat happens to a Rational oven when you leave it outside over Christmas? Simple, AC Services comes along, picks it up and repairs it! That is what happened to Nick Beardsley, joint owner of the Cotswold Food Club.  Nick runs the Old Fleece, the Old Lodge, Fostons Ash and the Britannia, all pubs located around the Cotswold area.

Due to a major power surge just before Christmas, the main motherboard on the SCC WE 101 electric Rational oven at the Old Fleece was damaged and the chefs were unable to use the appliance.

Being a critical piece of equipment over that period, Nick had no choice but to replace his prized oven with a temporary one which led to the Rational oven being left outside. A quick call to AC Services and the engineers turned up to assess the situation.

We assumed that the cold and the outside environment would have damaged the oven beyond repair but as it turned out, the engineers were quite happy to take it away.

We were delighted when we were told that it could be repaired and we could have it back,” explains Nick. “It was even better news for our chef who had been moaning about the quality of the replacement being inferior to the Rational model.”

The Old Fleece

The family-run venue is located between Stroud and Nailsworth and is a 250 year-old former coaching inn. It has been run by the Beardsley family for 25 years and Nick’s son, who was actually born in the Old Fleece, has recently taken over as manager.

The pub caters for numerous events, from staff parties to corporate lunches with chef, Aurel serving up a variety of food either from a set menu or bespoke. He is particularly noted for his Sunday roasts with the pub full at the weekend with hungry customers eager to try his food.

All pubs and hotel belonging to the Cotswold Food Club are set in historic buildings offering high quality, locally sourced food and drink in a relaxed and friendly environment. The group’s own farm in Woodchester supplies a limited amount of lamb and Gloucester Old Spot pork and venison, supplemented from farms in Gloucestershire, therefore offering only traceable, free-range meat.

Perfect Service

We were so pleased to get our oven back in perfect working order,” concludes Nick. “However, we were more impressed with the service offered by AC Services.

Unlike our previous maintenance contractors, the company turned up with everything on the van that might be required to repair the oven and then took it away when it was clear that it needed attention.

We have an adhoc contract with the company so we just paid for a single call out and we are extremely happy with the outcome.”

If you require information about our services and maintenance packages, call AC Services (Southern) on 01454 322222.

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Published Date: 6th March 2018
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07 
Feb

Two Products, One Rational Brand

Rational Brand logoWhen the sales structures of Frima and Rational merged last year, the success of the venture was applauded by all.

Now 2018 has brought a new merger. This time the amalgamation of the two product lines of the Rational combi-steamers and Frima VarioCookingCenter® units under the umbrella Rational brand.

The move opens up the opportunity for the two products to be available to the market under one single roof. Customers are focusing more on seeking a complete solution for their kitchen requirements from a single, reliable and reputable source. This involves not only kitchen appliances but sustainability and optimum service solutions.

Amalgamation of Two Brands

It was a natural progression for Rational to extend its relationship with Frima to combine the expertise and ability of their respective products to better address the market needs. By combining the SelfCookingCenter® and VarioCookingCenter® units, the most professional solutions to virtually all commercial cooking requirements can be met.

As Michael Fuchs, Chairman of the Frima Management Board, says, “the SelfCookingCenter® and the VarioCookingCenter® are a well-co-ordinated team when it comes to meeting the requirements of our customers’ modern kitchens.”

The aim of the amalgamation is to provide a faster and more accurate service to Rational customers.  CSO at Rational, Markus Paschmann explains. “Our principal objective is to continue inspiring our customers in a quick and straightforward way,” he comments. “Our customers in commercial kitchens are increasingly seeking appliances, complete solutions and top services to suit their exact requirements, in as a simple a way as possible, and from a single source.”

Rational Customers Benefit

The customer will benefit from the combined expertise and knowledge of the Rational and Frima specialists. They will act as consultants for the two products, assessing the customers’ individual needs and matching them to the correct appliance solution. In addition, both companies will continue to improve technology within both product lines, which will continue to be developed jointly and produced in tandem at the same factories as before.

Here at AC Services (Southern), we welcome the merger as an example of the unique commitment that Rational has for the future success of its products, services and customers. We have trained engineers on all systems under the Rational brand. This move fits our dedication to provide the highest level of customer service at all times for those in the catering business.

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Published Date: 7th February 2018
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23 
Jan

Worcestershire Food Producers

Worcestershire food producer and sauceWorcestershire food producers are the latest in AC Services’ series on local food producers proving it’s not just Worcestershire Sauce!

In the very heart of England, Worcestershire borders Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire.

Renowned for fruit farming and the cultivation of hops, today only the Vale of Evesham has orchards still worked on a commercial scale.

Banner Foods are based in Bromsgrove, was established over 100 years ago back in 1906 by Sam Banner and his wife. Nowadays the business has three distinct sectors: a farm shop butchery with takeaway food; a manufacturing unit that produces meals for all catering establishments; and most recently a restaurant.

The butcher’s side of the business provides excellent cuts of meat, including lamb in mint and onion gravy, lamb Marrakech with orange, sultana and chickpeas and lambs liver. More exotic meals include curried fragrant guinea fowl breast and rich venison casserole.

Fruits of the Earth

One of the Worcestershire food producers serving the UK is Primafruit is based in Evesham. It is the place for fresh fruit. The company specialises in the sourcing and supply of fresh fruit and works with some of Britain’s best-known retailers and foodservice customers.

Fruit is sourced from around the world and Primafruit prides itself in its excellent relationship with growers and suppliers. The product range includes stone fruit, citrus, grapes, kiwi and pineapples all year round as well as melons and bananas.

No waste is sent to landfill; with a local dairy farm taking significant volumes of fruit waste as cattle feed and compost material.

Ice Cream and Herbs

For those who love ice cream then Bennetts is a familiar name in the county with a delightful selection of traditional and contemporary flavours. All recipes are suitable for vegetarians and are gluten free except amaretto, lemon meringue and champagne sorbet.

There are over 50 flavours of truly traditional ice cream to choose from. This made on the farm in Worcester from milk supplied by Bennett’s own dairy herd and fresh double cream from a local independent dairy.

The farm holds 240 Holstein/Friesian cows. In the summer, the cows graze in luscious pastures, set between the rivers Severn and Teme. The creamiest and freshest morning milk is collected, pasteurised and turned into delicious ice cream within 24 hours. There is a huge choice from Banoffee Fudge, Blue Bubblegum, Caramel Honeycomb & Fig Ice Cream, Coconut & Pineapple Ice Cream or Honey & Ginger.

Finally let’s talk about herbs!  Red Deer grows fresh herbs in Worcester and then distributes them nationwide. Established in 1986, Red Deer Herbs concentrates on processing herbs and related crops to the highest quality standards. The choice includes red and lemon basil, chervil and chives, lovage and fennel and borage, a taste similar to cucumber.

Worcestershire food producers are the last in the first AC Services series of local food producers in the area it serves. But there are so many good local ingredients, we’ll soon start spotlighting some more.

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Published Date: 23rd January 2018
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09 
Jan

Events Calendar 2018

Events Calendar 20182018 is an even year which means a big sporting event is coming up in summer, in this case, the FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia.

We also have the Winter Olympics in South Korea and the Invictus Games in Australia and loads of other sporting attractions.

However, 2018 also promises to be a huge year for the Royal family, with an eagerly anticipated wedding between the world’s most eligible bachelor and a glamorous American actress and the birth of the fourth in line to the throne.

Listed below are some sporting and other interesting events in chronological order: start booking those days off well in advance or prepare events for your customers:

Jan 15-28           Tennis Australia Open, Melbourne, Australia
Jan 15                 World Religion Day
Jan 25                 Burns Night
Jan 25-28           Extreme Sports Winter X Games 22, Aspen, Colorado, USA
Jan 26                 Australia Day
Feb 4                  Gridiron/Football, Super Bowl , Minneapolis, Minnesota
Feb 9-25            Multi-sports, Winter Olympics, Pyeongchang, South Korea
Feb 13                Shrove Tuesday
Feb 14                Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
Feb 16                Chinese New Year , Year of the Dog
Feb 28 – Mar 4  Cycling World Track Championships , Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
March 1               St David’s Day, Wales
March 9-18         Multi-sports, Winter Paralympics, Pyeongchang, South Korea
March 17             St Patrick’s Day, Ireland
March 21             International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 30             Good Friday
Apr 1                    Easter Sunday
Apr 5-8                Golf Masters, Augusta, USA
April 4-15            Multi-sports Commonwealth Games , Gold Coast, Australia
Apr 14                  Horse Racing, Grand National, Aintree, Liverpool
Apr 23                 St George’s Day, England
May 16                Ramadan begins
May 19                Royal Wedding , Windsor
May 19                Football FA Cup final. Wembley Stadium, London
May 26                Football UEFA Champions League Final, Kiev, Ukraine
May 27-Jun 10   Tennis French Open, Paris, France
14 Jun -15 Jul     Football FIFA World Cup, Russia
15 Jun                  Eid al Fitr, end of Ramadan
Jul 7-29                Cycling, Tour de France
Jun 14–17            Golf, US Open , New York
Jul 2                      Tennis, Wimbledon
Jul 19-22              Golf, British Open , Carnoustie, Scotland
July 20-22            Rugby World Cup Sevens, San Francisco, U.S.A.
Jul 21-Aug 5        Hockey World Cup, Women, London, England
Aug 4-12              Multi-sports, Gay Games, Paris, France
Aug 16-19            Golf, US PGA, Town and Country, Missouri
Aug 18-Sep 2       Multi-sports, Asian Games, Jakarta, Indonesia
Aug 27                  Tennis, US Open, New York, USA
Sep 1-9                 Rowing 2018 World Rowing Championships, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Sep 9                     Rosh Hashanah/Jewish New Year
Sep 11-23             Multi-sports, Summer Youth Olympics, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sep TBC                Multi-sports, Invictus Games, Sydney, Australia
Sep 28-30             Golf, Ryder Cup , Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France
Oct 25 – Nov 3     Gymnastics, World Championships (Artistic), Doha, Qatar
Nov 6                     Horse Racing, Melbourne Cup, Victoria, Australia
Nov 7                     Deepavali (also known as Diwali), Festival of Lights
Nov 24-Dec 16     Hockey (Field) World Cup – Men, Bhubaneswar, India
Dec 7-11                Swimming, World Swimming Championships, Hangzhou, China

Don’t forget that while this is the World Events Calendar 2018, there are lots of local events and celebrations around which to create a theme.

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Published Date: 9th January 2018
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19 
Dec

2017 and All That

Happy Christmas 2017We began 2017 with global uncertainty and sadly, we end the year in the same environment. Donald Trump was inaugurated at the 45th President of the United States and the world speculated. In the ensuing months, unease grew, particularly as the war of words with North Korea escalated. Twitter however, relished his appointment: never has the social medium seen so much attention. Theresa May fared little better with the Brexit shenanigans but at least she kept away from social media!

2016 was the Year of the Grim Reaper, but 2017 also took a few great names, from Fats Domino and Tom Petty to Hugh Heffner, Roger Moore and Cheggers. The creator of Paddington, Michael Bond died within days of the screening of the second film of the world’s favourite bear.

New words and phrases were added to the dictionary. Complicit was named word of the year and fake news and Meghan Markle became familiar to all. However, convefe holds the record as the most puzzling and incomprehensible virally released word of 2017.

Food Trends

In the world of food, Forbes has just released the year’s best food and restaurant trends,  evaluated by an esteemed panel of culinary experts, which may find their way over the ocean to our shores.

This year’s trends are generalised around healthy eating, with emphasis on vegan and curative foods as well as sustainable practices. There is also a shift towards ethnic cooking, where second- and third-generation children of immigrant families are taking traditional ingredients and recipes into their own hands.

Activated charcoal powder has become favoured for two reasons: its benefits in detoxification and its ability to turn foods black. Black foods are “a social media darling, the Goth food answer to the recent rainbow and unicorn trend. It also helps that black food and drinks are very Instagrammable.”

Ashes and powders are increasingly being used mainly as relishes, decoration or taste. Various dehydrated substances (vegetables, meat, fruit etc.) are used to splash decoratively onto plates. They also enhance and intensify flavour.

Bring Back the Veg

Vegetables are making a mark in top cuisine with crudités becoming more sophisticated than just mange-tout and baby carrots. When combined with a healthy tasty dip, they have become extremely popular, as have exotic grains. The trend towards gluten free has seen the emergence of maranth, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, sorghum, teff, black and white quinoa, chia and flax seeds.

Finally, look out for zero-waste cooking. In the US, 40% of food goes to waste somewhere within the food chain. Increasingly, chefs and recipe writers are making a commitment to using all parts of the plant or animal to drastically cut down on waste.

All that is left is for us to wish you an extremely happy and safe Christmas with good company, good cheer and good food. If you need our services over the festive period, check out our opening times.  We will see you in the New Year.

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Published Date: 19th December 2017
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05 
Dec

Christmas 2017 Opening Hours

AC Services Christmas 2017 Opening HoursWe are now into December and coming to the end of an astonishing year in history. Changes are afoot which will affect us all but before anything is finalised, we have Christmas to look forward to.

Hopefully, you will have ordered the necessary cleaning accessories and have had your oven checked over before the holidays begin.

But rest assured that although we are closed on the key dates, we will have engineers on call on the days in between.

There are a few simple tips to help you look after your oven and ensure that it is running to its maximum capacity. Have a look here for a list of useful tips for cleaning and maintenance.

AC Services Christmas 2017 Opening Times

Here are AC Services Christmas 2017 opening times:

  • Thursday 21st December – normal opening hours – 8.30 a.m. to 5.15 p.m.
  • Friday 22nd December – 8.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.
  • Saturday 23rd December – office closed – Engineer on call for emergencies
  • Sunday 24th December – office closed – Engineer on call for emergencies
  • Monday 25th December – office closed
  • Tuesday 26th December – office closed (can’t face any more turkey)
  • Wednesday 27th December – office open 8.30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (engineers available)
  • Thursday 28th December – office open 8.30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (engineers available)
  • Friday 29th December – office open 8.30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (engineers available)
  • Saturday 30th December – office closed – Engineer on call for emergencies
  • Sunday 31st December – office closed – Engineer on call for emergencies
  • Monday 1st January – office closed.

It’s back to normal working hours on Tuesday 2nd January.

If you have an emergency with your appliance telephone 01454 322222 and press the appropriate option so we can help you as quickly as we can. If you have a non-urgent issue, leave a message for when the office is next open.

REMEMBER

Leave nothing to chance. We understand that you will have a lot to remember for the festive season but don’t forget to order stock parts and cleaning products.

The last date for guaranteed Christmas delivery for an order to be placed is Wednesday 20th December at 5 p.m. We recommend that you CHECK your stock now, to make sure that you have everything you need.

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Published Date: 5th December 2017
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24 
Oct

The Growth of the Pudding Kitchen

Pudding Kitchen SelectionRachel Middleton knows cakes, which is fortunate as she produces hundreds of portions of delicious puddings every day for very satisfied customers.

In May 2017, she expanded her company, the Pudding Kitchen from producing her products in the family home into a converted milking parlour and took possession of her biggest asset: a Rational electric SCC WE 61 oven. It was, she readily admits, one of the best decisions she has ever made.

The Pudding Kitchen began from an idea Rachel had 20 years ago for her own little cottage industry making puddings. In 2011, the dream came to fruition and Rachel opened the Pudding Kitchen for people to buy homemade cakes and puddings to eat for themselves or pass off as their own.

Rational Decision

The company’s expansion to new premises gave Rachel the opportunity to purchase a new oven and having taken the recommendation from a renowned chef and one of her best customers, she attended a Rational demo with an open mind. The capabilities of the Rational oven convinced her of her need and as luck would have it, an ex-demo appliance became available.

The initial installation wasn’t without its challenges,” confesses Rachel. “The appliance needed some work to get it into full working order and AC Services rose magnificently to the task. The engineers cleaned and tweaked it until it was fully operational and I couldn’t be happier with it.

AC Services On Hand

AC Services have been a constant for the Pudding Kitchen and its progression. From a major incident where a power surge took out the oven, the fridge and freezer to repairing small faults and supplying cleaning materials, the company has kept the new oven performing to its capacity.

The value of AC Services is that they employ real people who know my history,” continues Rachel. “Regardless of the fact that I am a relatively new customer, they are willing to come out at a moment’s notice to check the appliance. Once the warranty on the oven is up, I shall take out a maintenance programme with AC Services so that I can have peace of mind, knowing that should anything occur with the oven, I have full support.”

Mouth-watering Menu

The Pudding Kitchen’s cakes and puddings are legendary in Somerset. Customers can choose from a number of cheesecakes, such as the silky coffee cheesecake topped with Italian meringue ‘froth’ and chocolate sprinkles or walnut and butterscotch cheesecake, with chopped walnuts throughout. The ginger and mango flavoured cheesecake is infused with warming ginger and swirled throughout with mango, all sitting on a ginger nut base and topped with tiny pieces of ginger stem.

Citron tarts are made with fresh lemons, free-range eggs and locally produced double cream, encased in all butter crispy pastry with the pear and chocolate tart featuring poached pears and shards of chocolate “nestling under a blanket of frangipane and almondy loveliness”.

Roulades come in amazing flavours, such as the beautifully rich, tangy lime and cream filling encased in a light as air meringue, topped with almonds for a crunchy finish and passion fruit and seasonal berries, a meringue roulade filled with vibrant tasting passion fruit curd, fresh cream and seasonal berries.

The company also produces individual puddings and maintains a presence for its homemade desserts in North Somerset at the Midsomer Norton Farmers’ Market.

For details on AC Services Southern and how we can help your catering company with your Rational and Frima equipment, call us on 01452 322222.

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Published Date: 24th October 2017
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17 
Oct

Southern Welsh Food Producers

Welsh food producersThe spotlight this week is on Southern Welsh food producers.

Wales has over 78% of its land surface given over to agricultural use. The vast majority of which consists of permanent grass pasture or rough grazing. This has led to the world famous Welsh lamb. Other traditional dishes include laverbread (made from edible seaweed), cawl (a lamb stew) and bara brith (fruit bread).

However there are literally hundreds of Welsh food producers that offer succulent and exotic food to pubs, restaurants and other eateries which are worth a look.

Cider making is big business for Hallets. At their headquarters at Blaengawney Farm, the company uses old traditional methods of cider making from fresh cider apples borrowing a few techniques from wine makers along the way. Ancient oak barrels with cider ageing inside work alongside stainless steel wine fermenters to produce real and draught cider.

We make a number of different draught ciders and a perry… all of which are pure juice. We ferment each variety of apple separately and then blend into the ciders listed below. Our limited edition ciders are also produced in smaller quantities as opposed to our standard products of Heartbreaker, Blindfold and National Treasure which are available all year round,” says a spokeperson.

Apprentice Winner

If cupcakes are your thing, then Ridiculously Rich by Alana had a good start in life, having won the Apprentice Show and the backing of Lord Sugar. Every Ridiculously Rich cake is meticulously hand-crafted in Wales using the finest ingredients. Gooey Chocolate Brownies, Chunky Rocky Road and Salted Caramel Slices are just a few of the delicious flavours on offer. Originating from a little country kitchen, Ridiculously Rich’s approach in the kitchen is described as “perfectionist, experimental, flavour-obsessed, and motivated by all things indulgent.“

Cheese is everyone’s favourite and Caws Cenarth is a family business started in 1987 in response to Milk Quotas. Six generations of cheesemaking tradition go into the manufacture of the Caws Cenarth cheeses, which include the creamy, fresh-flavoured Caerffili. In fact, it lays claim to being the oldest established producer of Welsh Farmhouse Caerffili. Also on the menu are Garlic and Herb Caerffili, Smoked Caerffili and Brie-like Perl Wen, a creamy blue, Perl Las, and Golden Cenarth, a washed-rind cheese.

Hot Grandma

Chutneys, curds, preserves, jams, jellies and marmalades are all available at Little Grandma’s Kitchen a family-run business based in St Clears, Carmarthenshire. The company manufactures mouthwatering chutneys, including Mulled Spiced Apple, Caramelised Red Onion, Grumps Spicy Apple and Apple, Carrot & Ginger. For those brave enough, there is the Inferno Chutney with Naga Chilli and Weapons Grade Chilli! All products are made in small batches to retain their individual flavour using seasonal, local produce where possible.

Last of the Welsh food producers today is The Food Assembly at Abergavenny. This is an award-winning food community delivers the best produce from local Welsh farmers and foodmakers. It works via an online market, where customers to place their orders for vegetables, fruits, eggs, dairy products, meat, bread, honey and fish. The choice ranges from exotic spices to mackerel fillets to organic meat, all locally sourced.

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Published Date: 17th October 2017
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