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Old Fashioned Food & the Whiff of Nostalgia

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 in Homemade, In the butchers, In the deli | 0 comments

Have you noticed how good, old-fashioned food is making a comeback? A ‘real food’ revolution began a few years back, when the recession refocussed families on cooking from scratch, rather than spending a fortune on expensive ready meals. Real food also gets the seal of approval from nutritionists who are rightly sceptical of low-fat, high sugar foods, and those with lots of ingredients most people would struggle to pronounce. As we increasingly worry what’s in processed foods, it can only be a good thing to keep things simple. Fresh ingredients, and less of them, means we know what we eat! But apart from money and health concerns, why are we making for ‘vintage classic’ recipes? The answer is: nostalgia! Flavours and aromas that remind us of granny’s kitchen offer a wonderful sense of comfort. What did your nan make when you were a kid? Steak & kidney pudding? Spotted dick? Can’t you just taste it even as you think back? Don’t you feel warm and cosy and safe casting your mind back to those times? If time pressure is the only thing keeping you from the wonderfully reassuring foods of yesteryear, then New Street Butchers has the answer.  We are making old favourites like steak & kidney pudding, bacon puddings and faggots, by hand, using our own simple, family recipes (probably very similar to your gran’s). We even do the onion gravy to go with them! If you really want to step back in time, we also sell pig cheek, ox cheek and ox tail, cuts that are undergoing a bit of a ‘fashion’ moment right now. You can find simple recipes to cook these  meats. Check out Nigel Slater’s books, as he’s a fan… He describes pigs cheeks as “plump, unctuous porcine cushions that fall apart on your fork”. He continues, “Cheeks are as good-natured a cut as you will find, calmly doing their own thing in a low oven, slowly edging their way towards tenderness. An occasional stir, a turn or two, that is all they need. Oh, and a lid, they must have a lid, to stop them drying out and the cooking liquor evaporating.” If you’re hankering for flavours from your past, come on by to New Street Butchers and let us take you back in...

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Say hello to… Hebridean Liqueur Company

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in In the deli | 0 comments

At New Street Butchers & Deli, the search for fantastic UK suppliers is an ongoing passion. We are delighted when we come across a company that’s as dedicated to high quality food and drink craftsmanship as we are. I want to introduce some of our suppliers to you though this blog, starting with Bill from Hebridean Liqueurs. Bill runs a small family business in Helensburgh in Argyll on the West Coast of Scotland. He blends the highest quality liqueurs and spirits, which are so special that they are attracting attention worldwide. He is devoted to creating new and interesting flavours and providing a sensational drinking experience. At New Street Butchers, we stock a number of Hebridean Liqueur Company’s specialities, which each have their own story. Here are some of the highlights of the collection: William Shakespeare’s Whisky Liqueur The recipe for this whisky liqueur harks back to Shakespeare’s day when whisky was mixed with oranges and caramel, giving it a tangy flavour and a smooth finish. The liqueur is packaged in an antique style bottle, with a copy of William Shakespeare’s Last Will & Testament wrapped around the bottle neck.  Hebridean Whisky Liqueur Each bottle of Hebridean Liqueur is filled by hand, stopped with a special tapered cork, and finished with a distinctive black wax seal. Historically, Scotch whisky was mixed with either orange juice or burnt sugar-caramel. With a recipe inspired by this, Hebridean Whisky Liqueur has a subtle caramel flavour, with a hint of spice. Lord Nelson’s Spiced Rum Liqueur This rum liqueur recalls the flavours of the Caribbean, where Admiral Lord Nelson spent many years of service. A blend of rich caramel and spices results in a luxuriously smooth flavour. It’s perfect for savouring after dinner, or enjoying splashed over ice for a refreshing aperitif.  Ancient Mariner London Dry Gin Inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s haunting poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, this smooth London-made gin is made from 100% British grain has a lovely Juniper aroma. Day after day, day after day, We stuck, nor breath nor motion; As idle as a painted ship Upon a painted ocean. Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink… If you fancy trying a drop or two of something tasty & different, Hebridean Liqueurs and Spirits come highly recommended by New Street Butchers and Deli. The delightful flavours make them an ideal after-dinner drink, while the distinctive bottles are perfect gifts for the hard-to-buy-for man in your...

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Marmalade the way mum made it

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 in Homemade | 0 comments

Did you have a jam mad mum as a child? I did… there would always be a jam making day where pots were bubbling on the hob and jars were lined up waiting to receive deliciously fruity, sticky homemade jam. That’s what the kitchen at New Street Butchers & Deli looks like on quite a regular basis. Because we’ve cherished the memory of homemade jams, marmalades, chutneys and preserves — and we truly believe that homemade always tastes best. We’ve just made a beautiful batch of marmalade and our homemade repertoire is growing every week. So far, we’ve fine tuned our recipes for Mint Sauce, Apple Sauce, Sage Herb Jelly, Rosemary Herb Jelly, Onion Marmalade, Orange Marmalade, Lemon Marmalade, Chilli Jam and a selection of Chutneys. They taste pretty good, though we say so ourselves! We supply other brands too, but we want our customers to have the choice to buy a homemade product if they prefer, made from simple, real ingredients, which are local where possible (oranges and lemons aren’t in huge abundance in Horsham, so we have to go a bit further afield for these!). I’ve had lots of fun making marmalade this week — and I look forward to bringing more homemade recipes to the shelves at New Street Butchers & Deli. New Street Deli Marmalade is £2.25 for a 12oz (280ml)...

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