We are Recruiting !!

Here at Chef de la Maison we have 2 jobs available for immediate start.

Delivery Driver wanted for Peterborough Area mainly, Job includes deliveries, shopping, cleaning, looking after the vans, general Tidying – 12-16 hours a week – Monday to Friday. Hours between 10.30am and 1.30 pm depending on what we have in. Must have full driving licence. £6.50 per hour start rate. Monthly pay

Kitchen Assistant/Delivery driver based in Peterborough, job includes Making and preparing buffets, ordering, shopping and stock, deliveries, cleaning, good team player, hours 7am – 1pm – 30 hours a week. Must have full driving licence, £6.50 per hour start rate, monthly pay. Must have catering experience and work well in a team and be reliable

Please apply to Charis@chefdelamaison.co.uk by 14th April 2014

Many thanks

charis and team

That Friday Feeling – Cake Friday !

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Why not treat your collegues in the office to Cake Friday, delicious fresh cakes and pastries delivered to your business. This can be a weekly or monthly treat for your office team

Cake Friday 

Croissant with Butter and Jam – £1.25 each

Danish Pastries – £1.25 each

Pain Au Chocolate – £1.25 each

Large Assorted Muffins – £1.25 each 

Or we can do a selection of 40 off the above for £45 plus VAT . 

Hot Pastries  ( These can be delivered hot see the list below, they are all £1.30 each plus VAT ) 

Large Sausage Rolls

Cheese and Onion Slice

Cornish Pasty

Bacon and Cheese turnovers

Steak Slice

Chicken and Mushroom Slice 

Fresh Cream Cakes ( These are large ) – £1.75 each 

Horn

Long Doughnut

Eclair

Vanilla Slice

Apple Puff

Iced Long Doughnut

Scone

Iced Ring Doughnut 

Cakes and Slices – £1.50 each 

Jam Doughnuts/Iced Ring Doughnut

Iced Buns

Almond Slice/Coconut Slice/Mincemeat Slice/Apple slice/ Apple Crumble Slice

Caramel ( Millionaire slice )

Flapjack

Viennese Squares

Large Custard Slice

Chelsea Buns

Chocolate Tarts/ Fudge Tart

Home made cake slice

Large Muffins

Why not have a selection of Fresh Cream Cakes and an assortment of the cakes and slices for £60 for 40.

We can mix and match items including the Hot pastries and cakes

Valentines Chocolate Cupcakes

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Treat the One you love to these yummy Chocolate Cupcakes

For the cakes

  • 100g plain flour
  • 20g cocoa powder (i use cadbury bourneville)
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • a pinch of salt
  • 40g unsalted butter (essential that it is at room temperature)
  • 120ml whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • a 12-hole cupcake tray, lined with paper cases

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C(325F)Gas 3
  2. Out the flour ,cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, salt and butter in a free standing electric mixer with paddle attachment (or use a handheld electric whisk)and beat on a slow speed until you get a sandy consitency and everything is combined.
  3. Whisk the milk, egg, and vanilla extract together in a jug ,then slowly pour about half into the flour mixture, beat to combine and turn the mixer up to high speed (scrape any unmixed ingredients from the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula).Continue mixing for a couple more minutes until the mixture is smooth. Do not over mix.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until two-thirds full and bake in a preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the sponge bounces back when touched. A skewer inserted in the center should come out clean. Leave the cupcakes to coll slightly in the tray before turning out onto a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. for the fudge icing

    • 175 grams dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids)
    • 250 grams unsalted butter (softened)
    • 275 grams icing sugar (sifted)
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  6. when the cupcakes are cooled, spread the frosting on with a pallet knife , or squeeze in with a piping bag and decorate with Red Rose Icing Decoration ( can be purchased online ready done ) or other fondant decorations are available in supermarkets or simpy decorate with a Fresh Strawberry

Chef Team Christmas Party 2013

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The Chef Team had there Christmas Party at The Peterborough Greyhound stadium this year. I have to say it was a fabulous Night with Great Food, Staff and service.

We even sponcered Race 3 and had to present the trophy to the winning Dog and owner, despite the gusty wind we managed to get a picture.

As a team we came out with around £200 winnings which was great and an added bonus for the evening.

Thank you Andy Barham and Richard Perkins at Peterborough Greyhound Stadium

New Year Healthy Tip

Water and Lemon Drink

As with everyone in the New Year we all have intentions of being more healthy so I was researching simple things we can do weather we are at Home, Work or even out and About with a thermos …

Drinking a mug of Warm Water with Half a Fresh Lemon has many health advantages take a look at the below:

 

10 Benefits to Drinking Warm Lemon Water Every Morning

1) Aids Digestion. Lemon juice flushes out unwanted materials and toxins from the body. It’s atomic composition is similar to saliva and the hydrochloric acid of digestive juices. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that is required for digestion. Lemons are also high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen ama, or toxins, in the digestive tract. The digestive qualities of lemon juice help to relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as heartburn, belching and bloating. The American Cancer Society actually recommends offering warm lemon water to cancer sufferers to help stimulate bowel movements.

2) Cleanses Your System / is a Diuretic. Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials in part because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Therefore toxins are released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy. The citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and aids in detoxification.

3) Boosts Your Immune System. Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds.  They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) found in lemons demonstrates anti-inflammatory effects, and is used as complementary support for asthma and other respiratory symptoms plus it enhances iron absorption in the body; iron plays an important role in immune function. Lemons also contain saponins, which show antimicrobial properties that may help keep cold and flu at bay. Lemons also reduce the amount of phlegm produced by the body.

4) Balances pH Levels. Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body. Sure, they are acidic on their own, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline (the citric acid does not create acidity in the body once metabolized). Lemons contain both citric and ascorbic acid, weak acids easily metabolized from the body allowing the mineral content of lemons to help alkalize the blood. Disease states only occur when the body pH is acidic. Drinking lemon water regularly can help to remove overall acidity in the body, including uric acid in the joints, which is one of the primary causes of pain and inflammation.

5) Clears Skin. The vitamin C component as well as other antioxidants helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes and it helps to combat free radical damage. Vitamin C is vital for healthy glowing skin while its alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne. It can actually be applied directly to scars or age spots to help reduce their appearance. Since lemon water purges toxins from your blood, it would also be helping to keep your skin clear of blemishes from the inside out. The vitamin C contained in the lemon rejuvenates the skin from within your body.

6) Energizes You and Enhances Your Mood. The energy a human receives from food comes from the atoms and molecules in your food. A reaction occurs when the positive charged ions from food enter the digestive tract and interact with the negative charged enzymes. Lemon is one of the few foods that contain more negative charged ions, providing your body with more energy when it enters the digestive tract. The scent of lemon also has mood enhancing and energizing properties. The smell of lemon juice can brighten your mood and help clear your mind. Lemon can also help reduce anxiety and depression.

7) Promotes Healing. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C), found in abundance in lemons, promotes wound healing, and is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of healthy bones, connective tissue, and cartilage. As noted previously, vitamin C also displays anti-inflammatory properties. Combined, vitamin C is an essential nutrient in the maintenance of good health and recovery from stress and injury.

8) Freshens Breath. Besides fresher breath, lemons have  been known to help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. Be aware that citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should be mindful of this. No not brush your teeth just after drinking your lemon water. It is best to brush your teeth first, then drink your lemon water, or wait a significant amount of time after to brush your teeth. Additionally, you can rinse your mouth with purified water after you finish your lemon water.

9) Hydrates Your Lymph System. Warm water and lemon juice supports the immune system by hydrating and replacing fluids lost by your body. When your body is deprived of water, you can definitely feel the side effects, which include: feeling tired, sluggish, decreased immune function, constipation, lack of energy, low/high blood pressure, lack of sleep, lack of mental clarity and feeling stressed, just to name a few.

10) Aids in Weight Loss. Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. Studies have shown people who maintain a more alkaline diet, do in fact lose weight faster. I personally find myself making better choices throughout the day, if I start my day off right, by making a health conscious choice to drink warm lemon water first thing every morning.

Festive Mulled Wine – Made Easy

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Festive Mulled Wine Recipe and Instructions.

Enjoy this Wonderful, heart warming Festive drink throughout December.

Makes about 12 servings

2 unwaxed oranges
1 lemon, peel only
150g caster sugar
5 cloves, plus extra for garnish
5 cardamom pods, bruised
1 cinnamon stick
A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 bottles of fruity, unoaked red wine
150ml ginger wine

1. Peel and juice 1 orange, and add to a large saucepan along with the lemon peel, sugar and spices. Add enough wine to just cover the sugar, and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, stirring occasionally. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 – 8 minutes until you have thick syrup.

2. Meanwhile, if you’re serving the mulled wine immediately, stud the second orange with 6 vertical lines of cloves, and then cut into segments to use as a garnish.

3. Turn the heat down, and pour the rest of the wine into the saucepan, along with the ginger wine. Gently heat through and serve with the orange segments as a garnish. Alternatively, you can allow the syrup to cool, and pour it into sterilized bottles for use at a later date.

Enjoy anytime of the day with a lovely Homemade Mince Pie

 

Book your Christmas Party Today !

I just wanted to let you know about a promotion we have on for the next 2 weeks regarding Christmas.

“Book your Christmas party with us between 8th  and 22nd November and get FREE branded cupcakes for your office in the first week after your return to work in the New Year as a welcome to 2014 treat”

Even if you have a small office of 10 or less or whether you fancy getting together with your department to have a Christmas Get Together in the office. We have a menu to suit you. Please see http://chefdelamaison.co.uk/menus/christmas/

We are also offer a Gift Service so if you send out gifts to your clients to thank them for their custom for the year then why not send them a box of Delicious Christmas Cupcakes ? I have attached our Christmas Cupcakes promotion. We can get these delivered to your clients in the Peterborough area so all you need to do is place the order and we will do the rest. If you let us have your Christmas Cards we can deliver these with the Cupcakes at the same time….

Or if you fancy some for yourself or your family for Christmas then please let me know.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.

Have a great Day