We’ve finally reached Christmas Week and are nearing the end of 2015. What a year it has been!
One of the highlights for us from the past twelve months was catering for The Woodland Trust at the naming ceremony for the Langley Vale WW1 Centenary Woodland in June. It was a huge privilege to be part of such an important event which saw the Princess Royal in attendance.
Another stand-out day was the summer party for High Clandon Estate Vineyard. A beautiful setting and lovely celebration to promote their ‘fantastic English cuvée’. Memorable also because although it was supposed to be flaming June, the heavens opened in the afternoon and the staff needed several changes of shirts during the day!
Afternoon Tea Week in August gave us an excuse to return to some classic tea-time favourites such as mini lemon meringue tarts and Bakewell slice and the opportunity to try out some new recipes like these little marzipan cakes (which quickly became one of our new favourites!) and lemon and mascarpone macarons.
We extended our range of gluten-free, dairy-free and other ‘free-from’ foods this year. It’s always exciting experimenting to find alternative or substitute ingredients.
We were sad to say goodbye to one of our chefs, Claudia, who left the team in the spring but we wish her all the very best for her future ventures and we were delighted to welcome Marc to the ffO kitchen. He was straight in at the deep-end with the numerous weddings and parties we had lined-up over the summer.
Although the weather might be pretty wet and unseasonably mild at the moment, this certainly hasn’t dampened our Christmas spirit and we’ve thrown ourselves into the usual mix of festive drinks parties and preparing luxury hampers and freezer food. There has also been the ‘edible gift’ making; the infusions, mullings, puddings, bakes and seasonal sweet treats and we’ve also had a few winter weddings to organise. Here’s a picture of one of our all-time favourites – simply stunning.
So when the presents are all wrapped, the stockings filled, the turkey’s stuffed, the pigs swaddled in their blankets, the sprouts peeled and the pudding simmered (for the classic Christmas cooks out there!), we hope you are all able to relax and enjoy the holiday!
We’d like to thank everyone we’ve catered for, worked with and been supplied by over the last 12 months and wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year!
Photo credits – Ollie Hilliard and Damian Bailey
Look out for our blog next month on home ‘remedies’ using natural ingredients. Great for tackling the January blues and kick-starting a happy and healthy new year!