It was National Vegetarian week last week. We didn’t get around to writing this post then but we did think a lot about how veggie friendly we are as bakers and caterers and we’d like to share this with you.
We’re both interested in vegetarian food. Lynne is a committed veggie and Becky is a pescatarian with occasional lapses! For us veggie food can be the star of the show not just an afterthought. Especially when using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients whcih we pride ourselves in doing. We don’t advertise ourselves as vegetarian caterers but veggie guests are always delighted with what we usually have on offer. Lunch, dinner or afternoon tea menus will often include seasonal veggie quiches such as: wild garlic and mushroom; spinach and feta; beetroot and goat’s cheese. We also do a fabulous frittata with eggs, potatoes, onions and home grown herbs or seasonal veggies such as rainbow chard or french beans.
We do like to be as adventurous as our clients desire and do a splendid range of savoury cakes such as our: fig, walnut and goats cheese loaf cake; cheese and herb muffins and olive and pesto cup cakes. We love foraging and make our own wild garlic pesto when it’s wild garlic season (just coming to an end now).
We cater for vegans too. We’ve recently branched out into vegan baking and so far have been pleased with our vegan brownies, vegan rhubarb cake and vegan fruit cake.
Both of us are concerned about animal welfare and whilst we do serve meat when wanted we buy it from local butchers so we know it has come from local farms and how the animals have been reared.
We buy all our eggs from local farms where we know the hens are able to roam around and do natural hen like things: running, flapping,clucking,scratching and pecking and haven’t just been kept in Barns with sides that lift up during the day: unfortunately that’s the case for a lot of eggs labelled “free range”. One of our suppliers is The Rainbow Egg Company a 4.5 acre family run poultry farm in Oxenhope in beautiful Bronte country.
We’ve just committed ourselves to buying all our milk and cream from a local dairy. Our new supplier is Fieldhead Farm near Keighley so we know that the cows our milk comes from have been outside grazing in fields around Skipton, Keighley and Baildon and it comes straight to our door when we need it. It’s more expensive than supermarket milk but tastes better and we’re much happier that we know it’s not come from zero grazing farms with cows kept inside all year long. See the Compassion in farming website for more information and to watch cows happy to get out into spring pasture.
So if you love local seasonal food and care about animals we are the caterers for you!