Archive for February, 2016

A Little Expansion – Our New Unit

Saturday, February 27th, 2016

It’s still early on, but in January – after many twists and turns – we managed to take on an extra unit at Barker Business Park, just outside of Ripon.  Unit 11 is just across the close from our current unit at 6 Hallikeld Close, which we are keeping.

But it’s been empty for years – pretty much as long as we have been here – so that’s at least 7 or 8 years.  So there are lots of things to do to get it up and running.

Today, for example, the electricians (Niddside Electrical) have been in checking the wiring for the building certificate and the safety of the heating systems – it’s really cold as it’s not been used for ages.  Yesterday, the fire alarm system was looked at and extinguishers installed by H. E. Woolley, plus Calverts Carpets came out to measure two of the rooms that are being kitted out with new flooring – one a meeting room (we’ve never had one) and the other for a kitchen studio or test kitchen.

The idea is simple – teas and herbal teas will move over to the new unit with new tea packing machinery being made and then installed.  Picking and packing will eventually move over there, maybe later this year.

But most excitingly, we’ll have a meeting room and a kitchen for recipe development, photography and video.  The first phase should be completed by end March, with the refitting work for teas and picking and packing taking somewhat longer, as we have structural engineers doing their thing and new water and drainage to install to make it food grade.

We’ll keep you updated with progress here via the blog, but for now here are some pictures of what it looks like now.

Your chance to win one of three One Pot cookbooks by Hattie Ellis

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
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Monday, February 22nd, 2016

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Time for Tea with Henrietta Inman

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Time for Tea – our regular chat with a fellow foodie.

This month we’re delighted to chat to Henrietta Inman, who celebrates the publishing of her fabulous new cookbook Clean Cakes on Thursday 18th February. For some of her delicious recipes try her Chocolate & Hazelnut Torte with Honey Praline Ganache or the Rhubarb & Orange Polenta Cupcakes – all free from gluten, dairy & refined sugar.

  1. What is your favourite tea to set you up for the day first thing in the morning?

detox-herbal-tea-loose-leaf-infusionFirst thing in the morning, even before tea, I have a glass of water to rehydrate and mug of hot water with lemon, a little apple cider vinegar, a pinch of cayenne and a little turmeric to cleanse my system and wake me up, I love it. With my breakfast, I love having warm water with some slices of fresh lemon, ginger and turmeric. If I have tea, I love Steenbergs’ Detox tea, a beautiful blend of dandelion leaves, fennel, peppermint, red clover and nettle.

  1.  What is your favourite tea to relax you in the afternoon?matcha tea open

I love Matcha green tea in the afternoon. It relaxes me but also gives a great energy boost to push me through to the end of the working day.

  1. What do you like best about Steenbergs teas?

I adore Steenbergs teas because you have such an amazing array of them and your herbal infusions are like no other I have ever tasted. In supermarkets, one often finds quite similar blends of herbal teas, but Steenbergs are all so original and always contain those extra special ingredients; take Happiness, for example, you open the packet and you are hit by the most beautiful bright yellow marigold petals, gleaming red pieces of rosehip and shades of green from peppermint, lemon verbena and spearmint… it looks so pretty when it’s being brewed too and it tastes incredible with a delicate and soft floral flavour; it’s very calming and makes me smile as I drink it. One often finds digestive blends with peppermint and liquorice, but Steenbergs add anise seed and orange peel to their Digestive Delight making it so original and very good indeed… they all do what they say on the tin, so to speak, and that’s what I like best about them!

  1. Which Steenbergs tea would you most like to try and why?

New Herbal Tea selection HRWith my book coming out on Thursday 18th February, I’ve had a lot of work on over the last few months with promoting it and building up a buzz. It’s been great and I’m so excited about its release, but after all this work during the day, as well as regular cake orders, I find it quite hard to switch off in the evenings and sometimes when my head hits the pillow it’s still buzzing with thoughts. So I’d love to try Steenbergs’ Dreamtime to help me sleep. As soon as I read the ingredients out to my mother who knows a lot about plants, she said, ‘That will knock you out!’, with St John’s wort, valerian, skullcap and oatstraw to name just a few of the sleep-inducing ingredients! How lovely!

  1. Who would you most like to have a cup of tea with and why?

My granny because she didn’t get to see my book before it was Tortepublished. I’d like to have a cup of tea with her, I’d make her my hazelnut and chocolate torte, she loved chocolate cakes, and we’d sit, drink, eat and read my book together for the most wonderful afternoon tea party a deux.

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How to bake a clean cake with Henrietta Inman’s new cookbook

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Clean CakesClean Cakes is the brand new cook book from skilled pastry chef Henrietta Inman.  Based down in Suffolk, she does baking demonstrations, runs cookery courses and sells at farmer’s markets and festivals, as well as running a successful blog

Her beautiful new recipe book is filled with delicious patisserie that looks delightful and tastes just as good as it looks….but without the guilt! All of the 75 recipes are made with whole, natural, nourishing ingredients and are free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar.  There are ideas for fabulous cakes, homely fruit loaves and muffins, boosting bars, savoury pies and indulgent desserts as well as the basic recipes for nut butters, milks and creams which form the basis of many of the gluten and dairy free recipes. CC_Courgette Cake- Henrietta Inman

Steenbergs fans will love the variety of new flavour combinations and the use of more unusual ingredients, such as Himalayan pink salt, cacao nibs, coconut nectar and chestnut flour – all of which can be found on the Steenbergs website!Other interesting ingredient include purple corn flour, a South American cooking staple made from a purple variety of corn which is high in anthocyanins and adds a pretty purple colour to food (see Henrietta’s Purple Haze Loaf), and acai berry powder, a nutrient and antioxidant rich superfood, which is made from the berries of the acai palm tree.

We’re thrilled to be able to share a couple of recipes from Clean Cakes with you, in advance of the 18th February publishing date, and hope you enjoy them as much as we did.  Keep an eye out for our newsletter coming out on Thursday for a chance to win a copy of the book.  Torte

Chocolate and Hazelnut Torte with Honey Praline GanacheA chocoholic’s delight using homemade praline paste for a really nutty flavour and texture, without being too sweet.

Rhubarb & Orange Polenta Cupcakes with Strawberry Orange Blossom CompoteDelicious soft, crumbly vegan cakes with a subtle sweet sharpness from the rhubarb.  Serve with the creamy ‘yoghurt’ and the fragrant compote which can be made from extra rhubarb when strawberries are not in season.

Cashew CreamA silky cream made from cashew nuts and almond milk, which can be served with any dish as a dairy free alternative.

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