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Latest courses from Reaseheath Food Centre!

With September  just around the corner, here’s the latest courses on offer in our BRC grade A accredited Food Centre!

Food Courses - Sept 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on any of the courses, contact Julie Bent – Training and Communications Co-ordinator 01270 613191 or email: julieb@reaseheath.ac.uk

 

 

Family JAM Victoria plums

Seasonal Foods in August

Family JAM Victoria plums

There’s lots of different fresh fruit and vegetables in the garden in August.  It’s a time for alfresco eating and barbecues.  Enjoy runner beans (one of the easiest vegetables to grow).  Remember to pick runner beans regularly, whilst they’re still young and crisp, and you’ll also encourage more pods.

It’s the salad season – try adding some sorrel leaves to add interest to your salads.  They naturally have a sharp taste (due to oxalic acid).  If farmers have lots of sorrel it could mean their land needs lime!

Mint-leavesMint is a useful herb, and can be used to liven up vegetables like peas and potatoes,  Besides garden mint, there’s many other sorts.  Have you tried apple mint or pineapple mint?  Spearmint and peppermint aid digestion, and you can also make mint tea.

It’s also the start of the British plum season which come in all sorts of different shapes and colours.  Some of the tarter varieties are better cooked.  Plum sauce is good with duck, and  how about a plum cobbler or crumble?

Don’t buy under ripe plums, they’re best picked when they’re ripe – just before the wasps have them!

If you want to learn more about plums, I can recommend a visit to Pershore Plum Festival.

Country sports enthusiasts  refer to the 12th August, as this is the start of the shooting season for red grouse.

Lancastrians celebrate St Oswald’s Day in August with a Tosset Feast.  Tosset Cakes (similar to Goosnargh cake) would traditionally  be made to eat on this day.

Some Web Links

Have a look on the web for more ideas:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/seasons/august

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/seasonal-calendar/month/august

http://blog.vegbox-recipes.co.uk/tag/august

http://www.eattheseasons.co.uk/august.php

 

Bill Pearson

Aaron Dixon Jordan Slawinski and Cedric Mandaya with celebrity chef James Martin LIGHTER

A great day at Nantwich Show 2014

Aaron Dixon Jordan Slawinski and Cedric Mandaya with celebrity chef James Martin LIGHTER

We had a great time at the Nantwich Show on Wednesday. It was good to meet up with so many industry partners and current and ex students at our local show. Our stand which was awarded second in the Trade Stand Competition and was really busy with visitors.

Three of our Bakery and Patisserie students had a great experience assisting celebrity chefs James Martin, Will Holland, Jonathan Harrison and Sean Wilson during their cooking demonstrations. Cedric Mandaya and Jordan Slawinski have just finished their Level 3 course and are off to find jobs while Aaron Dixon is moving onto Level 3 from Level 2 in September.

Here they are with James Martin.

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Eden students’ cheese triumphs at Nantwich Show 2014

 

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Fantastic results for our second year Dairy Technology (Eden) students at the International Cheese Awards held at Nantwich Show 2014. Our students produced two award winning cheeses:

Speciality Cheese Maker Category – SILVER for the ‘Derby’

Food Technologists Andrea Winkler, Jane Gilman and Penny Masters with our award winning cheeses

Food Technologists Andrea Winkler, Jane Gilman and Penny Masters with our award winning cheeses

Novice Cheese Maker Category – BRONZE for the ‘Coloured Cheshire’

This was a great accolade for our students, as this show is truly the best of the best, with 4,400 cheeses entered from 23 countries! Staff from our Food Centre stewarded for the judges.