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Happy 3rd Wedding Anniversary Steph & Andy 1st July!

Another lovely couple who we will always remember, a fantastic day at Lodge Farm 2017 in the summer sunshine. Ceremony in the secret garden, followed by Prosecco and canapés on the terrace. Moving into the Tipi for dinner they choose the BBQ option, cooked to perfection by chefs David and Tim.  Honey, Soy And Chorizo Chicken Skewers; Monkfish, Tiger Prawn And Salmon Skewers; Marinated Haloumi And Vegetable skewers and Rosemary, Honey And Garlic Lamb Cutlets.

Accompanied by Homemade Coleslaw; Rocket salad; Roasted Med Vegetables and Cajun Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges. For dessert they had chocolate brownies and strawberry’s.

A great band played throughout the evening and with the tipsy pony keeping everyone well refreshed, they had a great party! Leaving to a line of sparklers Steph & Andy ran up to the house amid cheers and laughter! A lovely couple and a brilliant day had by all!

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Meals for the NHS – The Big Finish!

We are so proud to have been part of this great campaign. Meals for the NHS mission began back in March to support local hospitals battling COVID-19. On hearing that at the end of gruelling shifts, frontline NHS staff were faced with closed canteens and nothing to eat, these exceptional people decided to make a difference.

12 weeks later, the help of 100 volunteers, more than 200 local food providers, who were also in desperate need of an economic lifeline, and incredibly generous donations of £1.7+m, they have now delivered 225,000+ to 117 hospitals across the country.

Doing our bit here at Kingfisher, we have provided 1,030 Meals to local hospitals; Luton & Dunstable, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Watford.

Recently they have been really happy to see many of the hospitals reduce their orders for meals as COVID-19 cases begin to subside, so the decision to work towards The Big Finish for Meals for the NHS has begun, with the last meals being delivered on 30th June 2020.

You can’t save the nation on an empty stomach!

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4th Wedding Anniversary Dinner

Four years ago yesterday we catered for Lauren & Robbie’s Wedding in Wheathampsted. A beautiful summer’s day with @Tipis4Hire on the 18th green of an old golf course, with views of the fairway. It was so special as they first courted here as Lauren worked as a Nanny to the family who own the land; this place will always hold a special place in their hearts.

So last night we recreated their wedding breakfast menu for them to enjoy at home to celebrate their Wedding Anniversary.

A delicious meal of Smoked salmon & celeriac remoulade to start, followed by Rump of lamb, mint dauphinoise, pistachios, summer vegetables, lamb jus, and a Glazed lemon tartlet, passion fruit with clotted cream for dessert.

I also had the pleasure to Event Manage their day, it was my first Event Management role and such a pleasure working with a lovely couple. We wish them every happiness in their future together.

 

 

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1st Wedding Anniversary Dinner

Our couples are finding different ways to celebrate their wedding anniversaries and their ‘would of been wedding days’ in these unusual times with restaurants and bars closed due to COVID-19. The old going out out! is now going out . . . but staying in!

Last night we recreated Matt & Dianna’s main wedding breakfast menu for them to enjoy at home to celebrate their 1st Wedding Anniversary.

At Brook Farm last June we served a BBQ of Beef And Stilton Burgers; Lamb Leg Skewers Marinated In Mint, Orange And Red Chilli; Chicken, Chorizo, Honey and Soy Skewers accompanied by Homemade Slaw; Greek Salad; Rocket, Parmesan, Pine Nuts And Balsamic Salad and Parmentier Potatoes.

A great way to mark the day and still celebrate in style! And also to have delicious Kingfisher food again!

Happy Anniversary to you both! xxx

 

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Royal Ascot @ Home!

For the first time in the event’s 250+ year history, Royal Ascot 2020 (Tuesday 16th to Saturday 20th June 2020) will take place behind closed doors. All races from all days will be available on Sky Sports Racing while ITV1 will broadcast from Ascot from 1:30pm each day.
Royal Ascot is renowned for its delicious culinary creations, but this year why not let Kingfisher bring some of ours to your home?
Afternoon Tea Boxes and Picnic Boxes are available for home delivery now on our website.
Our quintessentially British afternoon tea is a wonderful way to enjoy a summer’s day, complete with Homemade Scones, Clotted Cream & Strawberry Jam; Lemon Drizzle Cake and Snickers Brownie. It even has a Pimms and Strawberry Jelly!

Our picnic Boxes contain Kingfisher Homemade Sausage Rolls with Caramelized Red Onion; Roasted Vegetable and Goats Cheese Tartlet; Homemade Scotch Eggs and Summer Herb Chicken. Also Snickers Brownies and English Strawberries and Cream!

So what are you waiting for? Order our delicious boxes, put the fizz in the fridge, get dressed up and enjoy Ascot from the comfort of your home!

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Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary Amelia & Patrick!

This day last year – 8th June 2019 – the lovely Amelia & Patrick had their wedding reception at the beautiful Brook Farm! I had the pleasure to Event Manage their day, so I had been very involved with the family in the planning of this awesome day and felt very proud of all our staff and what we delivered for them.

130 guests arrived to canapés and Prosecco in the sunshine served by the lake before entering the Tipi for their wedding breakfast. We served Hog Roast and BBQ platters of Sticky Maple boneless chicken thighs, Haloumi and Vegetable Skewers and marinated lamb leg, in orange, red chilli and mint. Sides of Buttered new potatoes, greek salad, Tuscan panzanella and homemade redslaw completed the feast. We served Lemoncello for toasts followed by a stunning naked wedding cake with berries and cream.

Corabar Entertainment provided DJ and background music all day, and  Blag Band were the band in the evening. An extra 70 guests arrived and they all danced the night away to great music and we served fish and chip cones and bacon baps to keep the munchies at bay! A client stocked bar kept Mark and his team busy all evening and the guests well hydrated!

A day we will never forget! Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary Mr & Mrs Greenwood! xx

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Spoil Yourself this Half Term!

With one of our Kingfisher@Home delicious delivery boxes! Picnic Boxes and Afternoon Tea Boxes are a wonderful way to enjoy a summer’s day with family or friends and can now be delivered to your door in our refrigerated vehicles whilst observing social distancing measures.

Picnic Boxes are £14.50pp. (A minimum order of 4 people)

Delivered in our biodegradable boxes which each will contain:

Kingfisher Homemade Sausage Rolls with Caramelized Red Onion

Roasted Vegetable and Goats Cheese Tartlet (v)

Homemade Scotch Eggs

Summer Herb Chicken

Snickers Brownie

English Strawberries and Cream

Egg and Mustard Cress Roll (v)

Crudites with Smoked Paprika Houmous (v)

Afternoon Tea Boxes are £13.50pp. (A minimum order of 4 people)

Delivered in our biodegradable boxes which will contain:

Homemade Scones

Clotted Cream

Strawberry Jam

Lemon Drizzle Cake

Snickers Brownie

Pimms and Strawberry Jelly

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Finger Sandwiches

Egg and Mustard Cress Finger Sandwiches

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The wait is finally over. . . Kingfisher@Home is now live!

The wait is over! . . . . We have been busy at HQ working on this new offering from us here!

Kingfisher@Home is now live!

Due to the events industry being temporarily on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been trying to keep busy and have adapted some of our wedding and event menus to bring our dishes to your door lovingly prepared by our chefs at Kingfisher HQ using the freshest and seasonal ingredients.

We are now offering 3 course dinner delivery menus that are great if hosting a small dinner party for close family or friends without any of the hassle……… Obviously once we are allowed to do this! 

In addition we have our picnic boxes, afternoon tea, canapé boxes and ready to cook dinners all which will be delivered in our refrigerated vehicles whilst following social distancing measures. Cooking guidelines will be provided and a full list of allergens is available for each dish.

For further information please head over to our website to see our new Kingfisher@Home menus and if we could ask that you share our new @Home menus on Social Media with family and friends as this would be greatly appreciated! 

www.kingfishercaterers.co.uk 

We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Dan, Laura and the Kingfisher team

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Our industry now has a voice

We are proud to be a founding member of the Association of British Wedding Businesses. Along with other members we can tackle the upcoming challenges within our industry together. @assocbritishweddingbusinesses

 

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Kingfisher Cooks at Home Part 3!

John our very talented head chef has been spending his time at home creating some new dishes for you to cook at home! These are easy cook recipes that you can follow and cook yourself ! So please try these out, we would also love to see any pics of your finished dishes! Send them to us at laura@kingfishercaterers.co.uk and I will post in our Social Media. Enjoy!

Today’s dish:

Chicken Milanese with spaghetti Pomodoro

Thin crispy parmesan chicken, fragrant basil, spaghetti and pomodoro sauce is a firm favourite in my house. My boys love this dish, although it can get a bit messy! But then all meals are messy with a three-year-old and a nine-month-old!

The secret to this dish is the tomato sauce. Tinned tomatoes (ideally plum) are great, but need a bit of time to reduce to almost a thick paste which will really intensify the flavour and make this dish a standout.

Ingredients:

Clove of garlic
Bunch of basil
400g tin of tomatoes (plum or chopped)
1 small onion
150g spaghetti
1 large chicken breast
Plain flour (enough to coat the chicken breast)
1 egg
Breadcrumbs (you can make your own or use shop bought ones- panko breadcrumbs work well)
Parmesan cheese (finely grated)
Milk
Olive oil
Salt, pepper and pinch of sugar

Serves 2

Method:

Tomato sauce
1. Roughly chop the onion and garlic.
2. Put in a saucepan with the tomatoes, 100ml of water and 2 or 3 basil stalks. Season with salt, pepper  and a pinch of sugar.
3. Cook for 30/40 minutes on a low heat  until thick and pulpy.
4. Purée with a stick blender until smooth, then return to the pan to keep warm.

Chicken
1. You need 3 bowls, 1 for each of the following: egg whisked with a little milk, plain flour (seasoned with salt and pepper),  and breadcrumbs with a generous handful of parmesan.
2. Split the chicken across the breast to make 2 fillets.
3. Cover with clingfilm and flatten by whacking it with a rolling pin. You should have nice, thin steaks.
4. Coat the chicken in the flour then tap off the excess.
5. Dip the chicken in the egg and milk mixture.
6. Cover with the breadcrumbs and parmesan.
7. Pre-heat a frying pan till it is very hot then add a large glug of olive oil and pan fry until golden brown.

Finishing touches
1. Cook the spaghetti as per the instructions on the packaging. Drain, then add a drizzle of olive oil- this stops your pasta going sticky.
2. Assemble the dish on plates and finish with grated parmesan, chopped basil and a drizzle of olive oil.

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