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Old Fashioned Food & the Whiff of Nostalgia

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 in Homemade, In the butchers, In the deli | 1 comment

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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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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