Saturday, May 30, 2009

Henshelwoods Jams and Mustard

We are often asked where we find all our stock. And to be honest I'm always on the look out for new products and find them all over the place. One range in particular, has a particularly unusual source...

I use the post office in my home village (as well as the one in Eton, of course) and the postmaster knows who I am and all about the shop. A few months ago a regular post office customer came in to excitedly collect a parcel, got chatting to the postmaster, Raj, and told him all about the contents of the box; jams and mustard from Henshelwoods. She loved the products but couldn't get them anywhere locally so had them sent from Scotland. Raj suggested she contact me. A letter was written and passed to me, on my next visit to the post office. I contacted Henshelwoods and before long their award winning jams and mustards were making their debut in Eton. (And I was providing a mail order delivery service to my home village!).

Friday, May 15, 2009

March Hare Food

After much searching and tasting, we have decided to sell the frozen meals made by Julia and Colin Whitham of March Hare Foods in County Durham. By freezing the food, they don't need to pack it full of preservatives. The meals can even be cooked straight from frozen (30 minutes in an oven, 8 in a microwave). Every meal we tried tasted great and was quick and easy to cook. Most of the meals are generous single portions which (depending on the meal) can be served with potatoes, rice, cous cous or one of the delicious March Hare accompaniments such as colcannon or sherried lentils. Some of the meals are complete as they are: Salmon Laksa which comes with noodles, or Mushroom & Spinach Lasagne. They were just what we were looking for.

I've put a list of the meals we offer online so you can browse at your leisure by visiting:

Friday, May 08, 2009

Cheese & Wine – Very Fine

On the 15th May you will find me at the Laithwaites wine festival in Savil Gardens. There will be lots and lots of wines available to taste and wine producers there to talk to, and also a stall of cheeses to try (and buy). The event starts at 6pm and is open to everyone, although tickets are limited due to the space available. Contact Laithwaites in Windsor for tickets (01753 866 192).