Recipe of the Month – Aloo Gobi

This Indian vegetarian recipe of cauliflower and potato in a spiced tomato sauce is great served over steamed basmati rice.

Serves 4

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking time : under 30 minutes

 

Ingredients

Low calorie cooking spray

2 onions, peeled and finely chopped

2 tsp garlic granules

2 tsp ground ginger

2 tbsp mild curry powder

500g potatoes, peeled and cut into small bite-sized pieces

300g cauliflower/broccoli florets

1 red pepper, de-seeded and cut into bite-sized squares

300g frozen peas

500ml passata

200ml water

1 tsp artificial sweetener

 

Method

Spray a large, non-stick frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat.

Add the onions and stir-fry for 2–3 minutes.Add the garlic granules, ginger and curry powder and stir-fry for 20–30 seconds.

Add the potatoes, cauliflower/broccoli, red pepper and peas and stir-fry for 2–3 minutes.Stir in the passata, water and sweetener and bring to the boil.

Cover, reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15–20 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.

Serve drizzled with the yogurt and garnished with the chopped mint and coriander. Serve with steamed basmati rice, if desired.

 

 

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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

2017 Christmas and New Year Opening Hours:

Up to and including Friday 22nd December – normal opening hours (8am – 4pm)

Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th December – closed

Wednesday 27th – Friday 29th December – normal opening hours (8am – 4pm)

Monday 1st January – closed

Tuesday 2nd January – normal hours resume

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our clients a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

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Recipe of the Month – Venison & Black Pudding Scotch Egg

So here we are again, Christmas is just around the corner – where has 2017 gone!  If, like me, you have a family who just won’t consider alternatives to turkey for the big day, this would be a great starter to let some flair shine through!  This venison and black pudding scotch egg really is heaven on a plate!

Ingredients: Scotch Eggs

360g of venison mince

180g of black pudding

6 eggs

flour

breadcrumbs

nutmeg

thyme

salt

pepper

Ingredients: Celeriac Remoulade

1 celeriac

1 tbsp of wholegrain mustard

4 tbsp of mayonnaise

lemon juice

salt

pepper

Method:

Begin by soft boiling 4 eggs.  Lower the eggs into boiling water for 7 minutes.  Remove and plunge directly into iced water to halt the cooking process.  Peel and set aside.

Add the venison and black pudding into a bowl and mix well.  Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and thyme and divide into 4 equal portions.

Flatten out the mince balls slightly so they resemble thin, firm burger patties.  Wrap each patty around an egg, using your hands to form an even coating.

Add the flour, remaining 2 eggs and breadcrumbs into 3 separate bowls and dredge the scotch eggs through each to achieve a nice even coating of breadcrumbs.

Preheat the deep fat fryer to 180C and the oven to 175C / gas mark 4

Fry the scotch eggs until golden brown and crisp, then drain and transfer to the oven for 7 minutes to cook through.

Meanwhile, prepare the remoulade.  Peel and finely shred the celeriac, then add to a mixing bowl with the mustard and mayonnaise.  Season with lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.  Mix well.  Serve alongside the warm Scotch Eggs and some mixed salad leaves.

The Inhouse Manager team wishes you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

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Recipe of the Month – Butterbean & Vegetable Stew

Perfect for when time is short, this vegetarian recipe bursting with butterbeans and vegetables is crying out to have big chunks of baguette dipped in it.

  • Serves 4
  • Hands-on time 30 min

 

Ingredients

Olive oil for frying

2 onions, finely sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

4 carrots, chopped into 1cm cubes

600ml passata

Pinch caster sugar

200g frozen spinach

2 x 400g tins butterbeans, drained and rinsed

½ large bunch fresh flatleaf parsley, chopped

Handful fresh basil, roughly chopped

 

To serve

Crusty baguette slices

 

Method

Heat a glug of oil in a large flameproof casserole dish or chefs pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and fry for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and carrots. Fry for a further 5-10 minutes until the carrots start to soften.

Add the passata along with 200ml water and a pinch of sugar. Bring to a simmer and bubble for 5 minutes, then add the spinach and beans. Simmer for a further 10 minutes until hot, then taste and season with salt and pepper.

Stir through the parsley and basil, then serve in bowls with crusty baguette slices.

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GO Sustainable Procurement Award 2017/18

GO Sustainable Procurement Award Scotland – Finalists Announced!

We are delighted to report that Inhouse Manager has been selected as a finalist for the GO Sustainable Procurement Award 2017/18 for our entry ‘Supporting Rural Areas’

The award ceremony will take place on Wednesday 25th October at the Marriot Hotel in Glasgow.  Anita Carthew, Business Development Director, and Muriel MacKaveney, Business Development Manager for Scotland, will be attending the event.

At Inhouse Manager, we work with multiple rural Scottish sites to ensure that they receive the ingredients they need, when they need them.  Our software takes away much of the administration associated with running a busy kitchen, and we provide great onsite support for the staff.

During the day you can come and see us on our stand at Procurex, Scotland’s Annual Festival of Procurement being held at the SEC Glasgow.  For more information on the event please visit http://www.procurexlive.co.uk/scotland/

We look forward to seeing friends both old and new at the event!

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Recipe of the Month – Lemon Curd Cheesecake

Bring a little sunshine into your life with this easy to make cheesecake, perfect for citrus lovers!

  • Serves 12
  • Hands-on time 25 min, Oven time 1 hour, plus 12 hours chilling

Ingredients

150g digestive biscuits, or your favourite biscuits

75g caster sugar

75g unsalted butter, melted

2 tsp warm water

 

For the filling

300g cream cheese, softened (we recommend Philadelphia)

180g caster sugar

300g soured cream

3 large free-range eggs

Finely grated zest and juice 1 lemon

 

For the lemon curd topping

125g unsalted butter

Finely grated zest 1 lemon, plus the juice of 1½

25g free-range egg yolk (around 1 medium free-range egg yolk)

95g caster sugar

 

To serve 

Double cream, whipped to soft peaks (when you lift out the beaters, the peaks curl over)

Candied lemon slices to garnish (optional)

Sifted icing sugar for dusting

 

You’ll also need…

23cm loose-bottomed cake tin

 

Method

Grease the base of the cake tin, then line the base and sides with baking paper. Break the biscuits into chunks, then put in a food processor. if you don’t have a food processor, put the biscuits into a lunch bag and bash with a rolling pin.  Whizz until the biscuits have the consistency of sand, then tip into a bowl. Add the sugar, the melted butter and water, then mix until all the crumbs are damp with the butter, like wet sand. Tip the crumbs into the cake tin, then use the back of a metal spoon or a straight-sided glass to press the mixture into the base of the tin. Put in the fridge to set for an hour or so.

When you’re ready to bake, heat the oven to 170°C/150°C fan/gas 3½. To make the filling, beat the cream cheese and sugar in a bowl, using an electric mixer, until soft and well combined. Add the soured cream and beat on a slow speed to combine. Don’t overbeat the mixture or beat it too fast, as this will beat in air and make the cheesecake rise as it cooks, then crack as it cools – always set the mixer speed to slow-medium. Add the eggs one at a time, beating in each one until incorporated. Add the lemon zest and juice, then beat slowly for about a minute.

Pour the mixture over the biscuit base. Bake for 1 hour or until the cheesecake is a light golden colour, but still a bit wobbly in the middle. Leave to cool in the oven with the door ajar. Refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight until chilled.

To make the lemon curd topping, put the butter and lemon zest in a heavy-based saucepan and put over a medium heat. In a separate bowl, mix together the egg yolk and sugar. When the butter has melted, add the egg yolk mixture and lemon juice, then whisk constantly using a balloon whisk until the curd thickens. This will take about 10 minutes. Leave to cool.

Just before serving, carefully remove the cheesecake from the tin, then spread with most of the lemon curd. Decorate with big dollops of thick cream and candied lemon slices, if desired. Drizzle with the remaining lemon curd, dust with icing sugar, then serve.

 

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A.S.S.I.S.T. FM Conference August 2017

Facilities Management Conference & Supplier Exhibition

Anita, pictured below, and Muriel attended the recent A.S.S.I.S.T FM Conference in August, held at The Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.

It was a great opportunity to catch up with many of the Councils to talk about our range of services.  The next couple of months will be very busy as a result, with a great amount of interest being shown.  Many of the Councils currently use two different systems to help manage costings and analyse their menus, and so were pleased to hear that we offer catering management, meal ordering, allergens and nutritional analysis all in a single system.

Gala Dinner & Awards

In the evening it was time for the Gala Dinner and Awards.  We’re delighted to report that Inhouse Manager was shortlisted for the Supplier Innovation Award – we were absolutely over the moon!  We’d like to congratulate all the Award nominees and winners throughout the evening.

We are very much looking forward to working more closely with the Councils in Scotland, and supporting them in the challenges they face in providing nutritious, healthy meals.

We can’t wait for next years’ Conference!

About A.S.S.I.S.T

The principal objective of the association is to help promote and improve service delivery to public sector organisations throughout Scotland and to provide support to those officers involved in delivery of services.

For more information, you can visit their website http://www.assistfm.com

 

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Recipe of the Month – Provençal beef daube

Ready for the cooler September evenings, this dish will warm the cockles of your heart! It’s a little more technical than our usual recipes … you’ll be fine!  It’s perfect for making ahead and freezing, and we’ve included notes on this in the method.

  • Serves 6-8
  • Hands-on time 1 hour 5 min, oven time 2-3 hours

Ingredients

1 large celery stick

2 bay leaves

3 large fresh parsley sprigs

4 large fresh thyme sprigs

1kg British braising steak, such as chuck or blade

4 tbsp olive oil

225g unsmoked free-range bacon lardons, in short chunky strips

3 onions, halved and thinly sliced

6 fat garlic cloves, thinly sliced

600ml red wine, such as cabernet sauvignon

200ml good quality fresh beef stock

350g carrots, cut into small chunky pieces

400g can chopped tomatoes

2 anchovy fillets, chopped

4 strips pared orange zest

100g black olives

For the beurre manié

20g soft butter

20g plain flour

For the persillade

25g fresh flat leaf parsley leaves

1 fat garlic clove

 

Method

Make a bouquet garni by cutting the celery stick in half, sandwiching the herbs between the 2 pieces and tying everything into a tight bundle with kitchen string. Set aside.

Cut the braising steak into large chunky pieces – thick slices cut across the grain about 3cm thick and each weighing about 75-100g. Heat 3 tbsp of the olive oil in a large flameproof casserole and brown the meat in batches until well coloured all over. Lift each batch onto a plate, then season with salt and pepper.

Add the bacon strips to the pan and fry until golden brown, then remove and set aside with the beef. Add the remaining oil and the onions to the casserole and fry for 10-12 minutes until richly browned and slightly caramelised. Add the sliced garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes more.

Add the wine to the casserole and leave to simmer vigorously, scraping the base of the casserole with a wooden spoon to release all the caramelised juices, until the liquid has reduced by half.

Heat the oven to 150°C/fan130°C/gas 2. Stir in the beef stock and return the meat and bacon to the casserole with the carrots,  chopped tomatoes, anchovies, pared orange zest, bouquet garni, 1 tsp salt and some pepper. Cover with a sheet of foil and a close-fitting lid, then cook in the oven for 2-3 hours until the meat is fall-apart tender.

Shortly before the daube is ready, knead or stir the butter and flour for the beurre manié to a thick paste.

Remove the daube from the oven, uncover and skim off any excess oil from the top, then remove and discard the bouquet garni. Bring it to a gentle simmer on top of the stove and stir in the beurre manié and olives. Simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from the heat and leave to go cold. Spoon into a lidded freezer proof container and freeze until required.

When ready to serve, remove the daube from the freezer and leave to thaw overnight in the fridge. Spoon it back into a flameproof casserole, bring it gently back to a simmer and leave it to heat through for 10-15 minutes. Take care when stirring to make sure you don’t break up the meat. Meanwhile, put the parsley and garlic on a board and finely chop them together. Sprinkle the persillade over the daube and take it to the table immediately. Serve with olive oil mash and vegetables of your choice.

 

 

 

 

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Recipe of the Month – Mexican Sweetcorn Pancakes, Poached eggs and Salsa

For August, the recipe of the month is a tasty, healthy breakfast.  Add a zing to your morning with this delicious – Mexican Sweetcorn Pancakes, Poached eggs and Salsa!

Serves 2

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

 

Ingredients

For the Sweetcorn Pancakes

100g/3½oz plain flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 egg

150ml/5fl oz whole milk

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 sweetcorn on the cob, kernels only

1 tbsp. vegetable oil

For the Tomato Chilli Salsa

3 tomatoes, skin and seeds removed, chopped

6 coriander sprigs, leaves only, chopped

1 green chilli, very finely chopped

Pinch sugar

¼ small red onion, finely chopped

1 lime, juice only

Pinch sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

For the Poached Eggs

1 tbsp. white wine vinegar

4 eggs

 

Method

For the sweetcorn pancakes, sieve the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl, then whisk in the egg and half of the milk to form a thick batter with a consistency slightly thicker than double cream. Add more milk as necessary to loosen the mixture. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then stir in the sweetcorn.

Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium to high heat. Spoon half of the batter into the pan and fry for 1-2 minutes on each side, or until the pancake is golden-brown on both sides. Set the pancake aside on a warm plate and cover loosely with foil. Repeat with the remaining batter.

For the tomato chilli salsa, mix the tomatoes, coriander, chilli, sugar, finely chopped onion, lime juice and salt until well combined. Season to taste with freshly ground black pepper.

For the poached eggs, bring a pan of water to the boil, stir in the vinegar and turn down the heat so that the water is simmering. Add the eggs and poach for 3-4 minutes, or until cooked to your liking, then remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

To serve, place one of the sweetcorn pancakes onto each plate, arrange two of the poached eggs on top, and finish with a spoonful of the tomato chilli salsa.  Enjoy!

 

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Recipe of the Month – Strawberry and Passion Fruit Pavlova

For July, ready for Wimbledon, the Summer recipe of the month is a tasty, mouthwatering – Strawberry and Passion Fruit Pavlova!

 

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves: 8

Ingredients

5 Egg whites

250g (8oz) Caster sugar

2tsp Vinegar

1tsp Vanilla extract

1tbsp Cornflour

300ml (9ltr) Double cream

250g (8oz) Strawberries

A few fresh mint leaves

Icing sugar, for dusting

Method

Heat the oven to 120°C (gas mark 1).  Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper, then draw a 20cm (8inch) circle in the middle of it.

Place the egg whites and a pinch of salt in a bowl.  Beat until soft peaks form.  Gradually add the caster sugar, beating well after each addition.  Beat until the mixture is stiff and glossy.

Fold in the vinegar, vanilla extract and cornflour.

Heap the mixture onto the circle on the baking paper, shaping the meringue with a spatula and leaving the centre slightly hollowed.  Cook for 1hr – 1hr 15mins, or until crisp and dry on the outside.  Turn off the heat and allow to cool in the oven with the oven door ajar.

Place the passion fruit in a large bowl.  Add the sugar and cream, then whisk until soft peaks form.

Fill the pavlova with the cream and pile the berries on top.  Sprinkle with mint leaves, dust with icing sugar and serve!

 

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