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Today is Red Nose day 2019.

So today is Red Nose Day 2019, if you was doing a sponsored “Eat the same meal for a week, Breakfast, Lunch and dinner” What would you pick ?

The very first red nose day was in 1988. Lenny Henry and a group of children in Ethiopia celebrate the first ever Red Nose Day. Over 150 celebrities and comedians take part as 30 million viewers watch a huge night of TV on the BBC and raise over £15 million.

The Second Red Nose Day was held on Friday 10 March 1989 with the slogan: “Red Nose Day 2”, and raised £27 million.

The Third Red Nose Day was held on Friday 15 March 1991, with the slogan “The Stonker”, and Raised £20 million. The charity song was a double A-sided single featuring “The Stonk” performed by Hale & Pace and “The Smile Song” performed by Victoria Wood.

The Fourth Red Nose Day was held on Friday 12 March 1993 with the slogan “The Invasion of the Comic Tomatoes”, and Raised £18 million.

The Fifth Red Nose Day was held on Friday 17 March 1995, with the slogan “What A Difference A Day Makes”, and Raised £22 million.

The 1997 Red Nose Day event was held on 14 March. Its slogan for the year was “Small Change – Big Difference”. The event raised over £27m for charitable causes.

The 1999 Red Nose Day was held on 12 March and raised over £35m.

The 2001 Red Nose Day was held on 16 March. The total raised was £61,000,140.

The 2003 Red Nose Day was held on 14 March. A total of £61,477,539 was raised that year, setting a new record.

The 2005 Red Nose Day was held on 11 March, Over £63m was raised.

The 2015 event took place on Friday 13 March 2015. It was broadcast live for the first time at the London Palladium with £99,418,831 being raised.

 

Pancake Day 2019 !

Get your eggs, flour, milk and butter ready: Pancake Day is today. But why do we apparently need to use up our basic foodstuffs every year?

Pancake Day has been celebrated by Britons for centuries.  Known also as Shrove Tuesday, its exact date – rather confusingly – changes every year, as it is determined by when Easter falls.

But it is always the day preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), and always falls in February or March.

The date of Shrove Tuesday is intrinsically linked to Easter, a move-able feast which falls between March 22 and April 25. This year Easter Sunday falls on April 21.

The period in between Shrove Tuesday and Easter Sunday is known as Lent and officially begins on Ash Wednesday, ending on Holy Saturday.

While it is commonly said that Lent lasts 40 days, there are actually 46 days from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday. However traditionally Lent was not followed on Sundays, giving followers a day of rest a week; if you exclude all of the Sundays in the period, then Lent lasts 40 days.

What does Shrove Tuesday mean?

The word shrove is a form of the English word shrive, which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and penance. The verb to shrive describes the act of hearing a confession, often by a priest.

Shrove Tuesday gets its name from the custom for Christians to be “shriven” before the start of Lent. Traditionally, Anglo-Saxon Christians would go to church to confession and be absolved from their sins on this day.

The day marks the end of Pre-Lenten Season, also known as Shrovetide. The period begins on Septuagesima, three Sundays before Ash Wednesday (this year, it fell on January 31).

Shrovetide was traditionally seen as a chance to indulge before the prohibitive period of Lent and is tied to Carnival seasons celebrated in other parts of the world.

Why do we celebrate Pancake Day?

Traditionally, pancakes were eaten on this day to use up rich, indulgent foods like eggs and milk before the fasting season of Lent began.

But although it is enshrined in Christian tradition, it is believed that Pancake Day might originate in a pagan holiday, when eating warm, round pancakes – symbolising the sun – was a way of celebrating the arrival of spring.

What is Valentine’s Day ?

Valentine’s Day is named after Saint Valentine, a Catholic priest who lived in Rome in the 3rd Century. There are many stories about St Valentine and over time these stories grew into the legend we know today.

At the time of Valentine’s life, many Romans were converting to Christianity, but the Emperor Claudius II was a pagan and created strict laws about what Christians were allowed to do. Claudius believed that Roman soldiers should be completely devoted to Rome and therefore passed a law preventing them from marrying. St Valentine began to marry these soldiers in secret Christian ceremonies and this was the beginning of his reputation for believing in the importance of love.

Eventually, Valentine was found out and jailed for his crimes against Claudius. While imprisoned, Valentine cared for his fellow prisoners and also his jailor’s blind daughter. Legend has it that Valentine cured the girl’s blindness and that his final act before being executed was to write her a love message signed ‘from your Valentine’. Valentine was executed on 14 February in the year 270.

While Valentine’s Day is celebrated in most countries, different cultures have developed their own traditions for this festival. In some parts of the world Valentine’s Day is observed as a day for expressing love between family members and friends, rather than that of romantic couples. Some traditions include leaving lollies and gifts for children and others include acts of appreciation between friends.

Valentine’s Day is most commonly associated with romantic love, with millions of Valentine’s Day cards being exchanged each year. Gifts of flowers or a single red rose are sent with romantic messages to loved ones and couples spend special time together.

Many couples choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day with dinner, a picnic or special home-cooked meal. Many restaurants offer Valentine’s Day Dinner promotions and food is often presented with symbols of love like hearts and flowers. Another popular Valentine’s Day activity is to indulge in a luxury hotel stay in a beautiful location, allowing a couple to get away from it all and enjoy some quality time together. Marriage proposals are also popular on Valentine’s Day, and it is often chosen as the perfect day to express their love and commitment. Some marriage proposals are delivered very creatively, such as after climbing to the top of a mountain, or posting a message on a billboard. Whatever the method, marriage proposals made on Valentine’s Day are generally romantic and memorable.

Spoil your loved one at work or home with a Roses Only Valentine’s Day romantics arrangement of flowers.

How do you like your Eggs ?

With dozens of ways to cook them, eggs have a language all of their own.
 
Eggs Benedict – An English muffin topped with ham or bacon, a poached egg and hollandaise sauce.
 
Hard Boiled – An egg cooked in boiling water with the shell intact. Hard boiled eggs are cooked through until both the whites and yolk have completely set.
 
Omelette – Uncooked whole eggs that have been beaten and then cooked quickly in a frying pan. Omelettes are then folded in half over fillings like cheese, vegetables and meat.
 
Over Easy – A fried egg that is flipped once and cooked yolk side down only long enough to create a film over the top of the yolk, leaving the centre of the yolk liquid.
 
Over Hard – A fried egg that is flipped and cooked yolk side down until the yolk has completely cooked through.
 
Poached – Eggs that have been cracked into a pot of hot liquid for cooking. The liquid is usually water or broth, but can be any sauce. The egg is cooked until the white has mostly set, but the yolk remains soft.
 
Scrambled – Uncooked whole eggs are beaten together and then cooked in a skillet. The beaten egg mixture is gently moved around the skillet as it sets to create a soft, curdled texture.
 
Shirred – Eggs that have been baked in a ramekin, usually with butter or cream, until the whites have set but the yolk is still mostly liquid.
 
Soft Boiled – An egg cooked in boiling water with the shell intact. Soft-boiled eggs are cooked until the whites are set but the yolk is still liquid.
 
Sunny Side Up – A fried egg that is not flipped or cooked yolk side down. The whites cook until completely or partially set while the yolk remains liquid.

Burns Night 2019: How Scottish favourite haggis but did you know it could have English roots ?

Burns Night, held in honour of Scotland’s most famous poet Robert Burns, is celebrated at the end of January every year. The night is a way to remember the life of the 18th century bard and it falls on his birthday – January 25.

The tradition started a few years after the poet’s death in 1796, when his friends commemorated his career on the date of his death (July 21) each year.

Could haggis actually be English?

While the dish might be Scottish favourite, it might actually have English roots. A 1430 cookbook called Liber Cure Cocorum from Lancashire contains the earliest known recipe for haggis.

The meal is a savoury pudding, made from a mixture of sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs, oatmeal, onion, suet and stock. While for centuries it was served in the animal’s stomach, that tradition has died (fortunately) out.

Leading food historian Catherine Brown believes that Scottish nationalists may have appropriated haggis as a symbol of their nationhood in the decades following the Act of Union with England in 1707.

“It seems to be that there’s an identity thing there. We’d lost our monarchy, we’d lost our parliament and we gained our haggis,” she said.

“There was a latching onto everything that was distinctive about Scotland, and Burns had identified the dish in such an evocative way.”

She added Burns claimed the pudding as Scottish with his poem “Address to a Haggis” in 1787 because it was a thrifty contrast to the elaborate and pretentious French cuisine popular in Edinburgh at the time.

Five things you didn’t know about haggis 

  1. It’s a Scottish favourite, but most haggis isn’t even consumed in Scotland. According to Macsween, over 60 per cent of the 1000 tons of haggis they make is sent to England each year – with the dish selling particularly well in London.
  2. Despite the $1000 fine for anyone caught smuggling haggis into America, there’s allegedly a multimillion dollar haggis smuggling ring dedicated to getting Scottish expats their haggis. The dish was banned in America in 1971, with officials stating it was unfit for human consumption.
  3. Haggis hurling is a thing. Really. In June 2011, Lorne Coltart set the record, hurling his haggis an impressive 217 feet.
  4. An ancient version of haggis is mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey, “a man before a great blazing fire turning swiftly this way and that a stomach full of fat and blood, very eager to have it roasted quickly”.
  5. The world’s biggest haggis was made by Halls of Scotland and weighs 2,226 lb 10 oz – that’s as much as a small car.

In America today is National Pie Day.

Celebrated annually on January 23rd, National Pie Day is an unofficial holiday to celebrate that baked dish made out of pastry dough and filled with a tasty and usually sweet filling (although the filling can be savoury, as well) – otherwise known as the pie. This day has been celebrated since the 1970s. Today, it’s a great day to have a slice of pie !

Pie ! So where did it come from ? Its roots all the way back to the Greeks. The Greeks created what is believed to be the first pastry shell by mixing together water and flour. They would then fill these pastries with a variety of different things – everything from honey to fruits to meats.

The Romans adopted these pies and began to improvise with them by filling them with a variety of fruits and nuts, meats, fish, and even mussels.  So they have a lot to answer for with them and a big push on paste, which was brought to Italy by Marco Polo from China.

Of course, while the pies of the Middle Ages were closer to modern pies than what the Greeks and Romans offered, they would still probably be unrecognisable to most Americans or Europeans today. That’s because these early pies were covered in a ton of dough. This kept the food inside from drying out and preserved the food once it was done, but it made the pie crust just about inedible. No one would eat the dough of the pie, it was pretty hard so they just ate the fillings. Another interesting thing about these early pies is that sometimes the crust would be reused for another dish. Yes, that’s right, Medieval crusts were that tough.

Today, there are a dozens of pies available to the consumer. However, in the United States, there are a few pies that really stand out as being the most liked among Americans. These top ten pies include: 1) Apple, 2) Pumpkin, 3) Chocolate Creme, 4) Cherry, 5) Apple Crumb, 6) Pecan, 7) Lemon Meringue, 8) Blueberry, 9) Key Lime Pie and 10) Peach. Sweet Potato Pie is also a popular pie in the U.S as well.

But we are British so what is our favourite pie ? In the office today we have chosen the following:  1) Shepherds Pie 2) Lamb & Mint 3) Cheery Pie 4) Key Lime Pie 5) Steak & Mushroom 6) Steak & Ale and 7) Cheese & Onion.

 

Friday 18th January 2019 is National Honey day.

Honey. It makes a wonderful spread, has incredible natural healing powers and even doubles as a great homemade moisturiser but we bet you can’t guess what it’s made from… a lovely combination of nectar and… bee vomit. Yes, we did say bee vomit.

  • Bees are the only insect in the world that make food that people can eat.
  • It would take 1,100 bees to make 1kg of honey and they would have to visit 4 million flowers, because one bee will only make 1/12 of a teaspoon on honey in its entire life.
  • The queen bee will lay around 1,500 eggs a day.
  • Bees have two separate stomachs; one for food and another just for nectar.
  • Honey has natural preservatives so that it won’t go bad.
  • Bee keepers only take the honey that the bees do not need, but this can be as much as 45kg from one hive!

Charity Donation 2018.

Instead of sending Christmas cards out to our staff and client we pick two Charities each year and donate cash to them.

The two Charities that we picked this year was Ashbourne Animal Welfare and Treetops Hospice Care.

It is always nice to get a “Thank you” letter from them.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a fab New Year.

Here’s wishing you a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year! May you and your family cherish the wonderful memories, of love, care, and happiness. May you live life in joy and peace. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Christmas is a time for cherishing those who bring so many blessings to our lives.

A massive THANK YOU to all of our staff members for everything that you have done thorough out 2018, also a big THANK YOU to all our clients for their continuous support over the last year.

Enjoy the festive fun-times.

Left to right: Nadja, Craig, Rachel, Sue, Jane, Julie & Russ.

Christmas Fuddle Week.

Monday 10th to Friday 14th December 10am-3pm.

We would like to invite you into the office for Christmas nibbles and a cuppa. It would be lovely to see you even if it’s only briefly so that we can wish you a Merry Christmas.

Black Friday deals at Full Circle Catering.

Now Christmas is in full swing with every shopping centre playing Christmas songs on repeat and no doubt your emails will be clogging up with Black Friday deals…..we can help you you purchase your Black Friday bargains.

The winter is a busy time of the year, so we’ll always have jobs with hours to meet your availability. Whether you’re a Chef or a Kitchen Assistant, we’d like to hear from you.

Christmas doesn’t come cheap even with Black Friday deals, and with so many things to buy why not think about picking up a few extra shifts between now and Christmas? We’ve done the maths and worked out how much money you could earn working for the Full Circle Catering team.

If you are a Chef you could earn the following:

  • One 10 hour shift per week between now and Christmas = £394.00 (Paye) or £460.00 (Limited Company)

  • Three 6 hour shifts per week between now and Christmas = £709.20 or (Paye) or £828.00 (Limited Copany)

​If you are a Kitchen Assistant you could earn the following:

  • Four 4 hour shifts per week between now and Christmas = £528.00
  • Five 6 hour shifts per week between now and Christmas = £99.00

We offer WEEKLY pay so you will have your wages for Christmas and don’t forget you can also receive Holiday pay on top!!

To register please email: [email protected] or call 01623 404311

International Tripe Day.

Did you know that today ( Wednesday 24th October) is International Tripe Day ?

How to Serve Tripe?

Cows have a four chambered stomach, and each stomach is the source of a different form of tripe. Blanket Tripe (also known as smooth, flat, or plain tripe) is from the first stomach and is the least popular among those who love tripe. Honeycomb tripe comes from the second stomach, specifically from the lowest part of the same. It has a tender and meaty flavor and retains its shape during preparation. Its honeycomb texture makes it a great tripe to serve with sauces. The second stomach is also the source of “pocket tripe”. Book tripe comes from the third stomach and reed tripe from the fourth.

Tripe can be served a variety of ways. It can be boiled and then added to a red sauce.  It can be served plain, having been cooked in butter or olive oil.  There are of course more ways to eat and serve tripe, as evidenced by the many cultures that use it more frequently in their dishes than we do.

For those who want to try, here’s a recipe.

  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 slices smoked bacon chopped
  • 2 beef tomatoes chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 clove garlic
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 235ml water
  • 2 lb parboiled tripe cut into finger strips
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tbsp grated Italian cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped mint leaves

Place onion, bacon, parsley & garlic in frying pan and brown slowly and thoroughly.  Add tomato paste and water and cook 10 minutes.  Add carrots, beef tomatoes & tripe, simmer and cook slowly for 1 hour or until tripe is as tender as you desire.  Add salt and pepper and if the sauce is too thick add a little water.  Remove from pan, sprinkle with cheese and mint and serve.  Serves 6.

Good luck – We don’t vouch for any recipe using tripe!

 

National Egg week (8th -14th October)

The idea behind The National Egg week was raising awareness across the world, of the important place eggs have in human nutrition. Many countries now participate in World Egg Week, hosting a huge variety of events and activities. Including, distributing free eggs; promotional and educational broadcasts across social media; school fun days; and cooking demonstrations and competitions. The egg is an incredibly versatile ingredient, for both sweet and savoury dishes. From the humble boiled egg to the master chef’s soufflé, the egg has a vital place as an ingredient in many recipes. There is no country in the world that doesn’t make extensive use of the egg in its’ traditional cuisine. Not only do eggs taste good, they do you good too. Eggs are a source of low calorie, high-quality protein. Besides the protein eggs also contain vitamins B and D, and a good proportion of minerals that are important to health. They even come in a biodegradable protective container. Besides the positive nutritional benefits you gain from eating eggs, they are relatively inexpensive.

So what is your favourite egg dish ?

 

The Sun is finally shining…..

It feels like summer is finally here! The temperatures are rising! Just a reminder to all the Chefs and Kitchen Assistants  out there working in hot kitchens make sure you stay hydrated.  Try and drink lots of water or other fluids such as Herbal Teas, Squash or Fruit Juice throughout the day and snack on foods high in water content such as Melon, Strawberries, Cucumber or Celery….. staying hydrated will help keep you at the top of  your game!

 

Sunshine

Happy Easter Everyone.

A few facts about Easter.

  • You will be guaranteed to get stuck in traffic.
  • Easter is usually celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon, after the spring equinox.
  • But Easter is that most confusing of dates – one that is never fixed and changes according to the lunar calendar.
  • Your Children will have far to much Chocolate.
  • Chocolate Easter eggs became popular because Easter is the end of the Lenten fast.
  • Blame the Germans for the Easter bunny. Originally an ‘Easter hare’, a buck-toothed bringer of chocolate to the kids that have behaved themselves was first mentioned in German literature in 1682.
  • Hot cross buns are also a traditional snack for this time of year. Eaten on Good Friday, they mark the end of Lent. The cross on the top represents the crucifixion of Christ and the spices inside remind Christians of the spices put on his body.

Easter Eggs

 

Happy Retirement Colin.

Well it’s 16 years ago that the one and only Colin set up his wonderful business with Nadja. Today is the day that he hangs up his keyboard and mouse for the very last time. Well where do we start with Colin! There is never a dull moment when working with him. For anybody that has ever meet him or worked with / for him then you will never ever meet a more genuine person. Whether it’s his stories from his childhood, the trouble he got into with Bryan (his brother) or his latest Magically Mystery Tour when out on his motorbike (Thank goodness he’s stopped videoing the trips ! ! ). If you ever got into a conversation with him about Politics or MotorGp then you would simply be on it for hours. So THANK YOU Colin for bringing so much fun & laughter to our office and the place will not be the same without you. You are leaving a large hole not just in the office but our hearts.  Have fun in your retirement. Work Photos 235Work Photos 232Work Photos 230Work Photos 229TTJune08 133TTJune08 032photojoe 349joe 351joe 009joe 002IMG_8856IMG_8852Colin Thornton

So British Summer Time Begins.

It’s all about the money, £485m to be precise. That’s how much a recent report from Cambridge University claimed could be saved by not going pushing the clocks back in Autumn and keeping on British Summer Time.

The saving comes from the fact that, between October and March, for a large part of the time it gets light in the mornings when everyone is asleep whereas everybody is up and about in the early evening.

The British did actually abandon British Summer Time in 1968 until 1971 in an experiment confusingly titled ‘British Standard Time’. It was decided that while there were both pros and cons of getting rid of British Summer Time the ultimate decision was to made to revert back.

It’s not for everyone. In fact, Daylight Saving changes are only used in about a quarter of the world’s countries. If you’re near the equator then there’s just no need as things don’t really change too much when it comes to daylight hours. In the US, it’s used everywhere apart from Arizona and Hawaii who decided against it. Fair enough.

For the time being at least, British Summer Time isn’t going anywhere. So enjoy the extra hour in bed and think about how great it is to be on Greenwich Mean Time again.

Summer Time