Heritage : Rare Breed : Ancient : Heirloom

Posted in Food People, Food Places, Food Products, Food Stories, Kitchen News with tags , , , , , on March 24th, 2013 by liberatethelasagna

Handmade Fresh Pasta with heritage and ancient varieties of wheat.

As an artisan producer heritage, ancient, rare breed and heirloom are the words that we are hearing more and more in the world of producers and artisan food makers… as breeds and varieties that often taste better, are more distinctive as well as helping to preserve biodiversity in our countryside.

Whilst we use rare breed Oxford Sandy and Black Pork in our Cuddington Special Lasagna and are exploring Heirloom tomatoes in our sauces (giving each one its own sweetness rating) we were excited when were introduced to ancient and heritage varieties of wheat, by John Letts.

We met John about two years ago at a local apple festival; he spoke about ancient varieties of wheat that he was working with and we discussed how these might work in pasta making as an alternative to the more traditional wheat varieties.

Two years later we met John again and have been making our own fresh pasta using his flour since. We experimented with various different varieties of ancient and heritage wheat flours but have settled on our own unique mix of spelt and rivet wheat flour to make our pasta.

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The heritage rivet flour is milled from rare species of wheat that was first grown in England in the Norman period and became popular because of its high yield and exceptional flavour. The spelt is the parent of modern wheat flour and was first grown in Britain in the Bronze Age (2,000BC) before disappearing from the farmer’s fields in the Saxon period.

John Letts has been working with local farmers in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire to grow a limited supply of these wheat varieties and mills the wheat into the most amazing flour.

By combining the two varieties we have made a pasta that has a fantastic bite and taste. Just by combining the pasta with butter and parmesan you have a great tasting lunch…

John is also growing one of the oldest of all wheats, Emmer. This is closely related to durum wheat so we are looking forward to getting our hands on some of the milled flour to see what we can make…

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Selfridges Food Heroes

Posted in Food People, Food Places, Food Products, Food Stories, Kitchen News with tags , , on March 9th, 2013 by liberatethelasagna

We are thrilled to announce that The CiCi CoCo Kitchen is going to be in Selfridges Food Hall in London from April 2013. We have been chosen to take part in the British Food Heroes month. We will be sampling in store and Selfridges will be stocking our speciality lasagna, pasta sauces and pesto.

Fingers crossed the London public like what we have…

See us in Selfridges in April 2013

See us in Selfridges in April 2013

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Muddy Stiletto Awards | Nominated for Best Local Producer

Posted in Food People, Food Places, Food Products, Food Stories, Kitchen News with tags , , , , on March 9th, 2013 by liberatethelasagna

We have been nominated for the best local producer in the Muddy Stiletto Awards. We need your nominations to get though to the next stage. If you love our food please support us by nominating us at the awards….

http://muddystilettosawards.co.uk/vote/

Thank you in advance for your support,
Simon & Giuliana

Please vote for the CiCi CoCo Kitchen!

Please vote for the CiCi CoCo Kitchen!

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Ten Mile Menu | Launching before Christmas

Posted in Food People, Food Places, Food Stories, Kitchen News with tags , , , on November 24th, 2012 by liberatethelasagna

We met Steve from TenMileMenu a few weeks ago. A refugee from a successful London career, Steve is in the process of setting up an on-line business to source the best local produce from across the South Buckinghamshire Chiltern Hills and deliver them directly to your door. For the next few Saturday’s Steve has a stall at the Leather Bottle in Earlsfield in London where he will be sharing some of the food he has sourced with the London crowd – Starting tonight 24, Nov 2012 and going on for 2 weeks. He will then be launching his new site before Christmas. We are excited to have our products on the Ten Mile Menu so you will be order our food directly from Steve.

Steve came around with his photographer to take some pictures of our food and here is one of the pictures he has shared with us… thick toasted fresh bread, a drizzle of olive oil, a rub of garlic, a generous helping of our Roasted Beetroot & Walnut Pesto and some crumbled Cheshire cheese… delicious.

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Something for all that Christmas Cheese?

Posted in Food People, Food Products, Food Stories, Kitchen News with tags , , on November 13th, 2012 by liberatethelasagna

Ready for the Christmas season have packaged up two Caponatas to make the perfect Christmas Gift. A Caponata is an Sicilian antipasto (which is simply a starter eaten before the pasta course!) and is a slightly sweet and sour vegetable relish. It is fantastic eaten with cheese, as an accompaniment for meat or fish or perfect piled on some thick toasted bread drizzled with a little olive old and rubbed with garlic. The gift box contains two Caponata’s; one made with summer vegetables and the other made with winter vegetables, each is delicious and unique.

The gift box contains:
_ Our Great Taste Award Winning Caponata -Our original antipasto is made with aubergine, peppers, celery, tomatoes as well as olives, capers, pine nuts and a family spice mix.

_ Our newly developed Winter Caponata made with winter vegetables; fennel, cauliflower, apple, sultanas & almonds.

The gift box is £9.50 plus P&P. If you would like to order please drop up as line (thecook@cici-coco.com) or catch us at one of the Christmas markets…

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Windrush Valley Goat Farm

Posted in Food People, Food Products, Kitchen News on October 22nd, 2012 by liberatethelasagna

An added benefit of attending the Wolvercote Farmers Market at the weekend was meeting Richard from Windrush Valley Goat Dairy (their website is nearly ready but ‘google’ them and there is lots to read!). Having tried some their amazing goats cheese we could not resist and brought some home!

We used the Goats cheese on some great pizza’s that we made with the children. We used our Arrabbiata Affumicata as the tomato topping (the warm smokey flavour gives a little of the illusion of a wood pizza oven even in our kitchen oven!) along with some of the great goats cheese and some sweet San Daniele ham. It was delicious and we will definately be stocking up on Richard’s goats cheese next time we see him.

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John and Elaine Moore | Cuddington Village Stores

Posted in Food People, Food Places, Kitchen News with tags , , , , , on October 16th, 2012 by liberatethelasagna

The Cuddington Village Stores is now stocking our Speciality Lasagna, Caponata and Pasts Sauces… it is great to see our products in a local shop. John and Elaine Moore recently took over the village stores and are committed to stocking local produce…

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Our Caponata…

Posted in Food People, Food Products, Kitchen News with tags , , , , on September 20th, 2012 by liberatethelasagna

After winning a Great Taste Award this year for our Sicilian antipasto, we have just jarred our first batch… it will now be available both in plastic tubs but also for the pantry in jars so you always have some available… the first ones were delivered to the beautiful Sandy Lane Farm this morning… and they look and taste amazing.

We hope that you like…

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Cooks to Market – What did you think?

Posted in Food People, Food Stories, Kitchen News on September 7th, 2012 by liberatethelasagna

Here’s a few pictures from the show… if you missed it you can still catch it on SKY Go… originally it was on SKY Living, 8pm on September 5th. Let is know what you think…

Let is know on www.facebook.com/cicicocokitchen

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nonna Lucia’s Melanzane alla Parmigiana

Posted in Food People, Food Products, Food Stories, Kitchen News on September 6th, 2012 by liberatethelasagna

Here’s a great family recipe from the South of Italy… enjoy.

Melanzane Recipe…

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