Regional Tuscan Cookery Course / 8th Feb, 2014

Posted in Food Places, Kitchen News with tags , , , on February 6th, 2014 by liberatethelasagna

We are looking forward to our cookery course this weekend at the beautiful Tyringham Hall. Tyringham Hall is a private manor house in our village, Cuddington in Buckinghamshire. The cookery course takes places in the kitchens and then we will be eating the product of our labour in the dining room (in the Summer we will be able to visit the gardens)…

We will be next at Tyringham Hall on the 29th March for our Quattro Pasta Making Cookery Course, lots of delicious sauces and pasta. In between we will be visiting Dadbrook Gallery again and then back to the CiCi CoCo Kitchen…

For more details on any of our cookery course please e-mail thecook@cici-coco.com

Tyringham Hall

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Local Food Heroes | Selfridges, London

Posted in Food People, Food Places, Food Products, Food Stories, Kitchen News with tags , , , , on April 15th, 2013 by liberatethelasagna

Amazingly we are already two weeks into our four week promotion at Selfridges Food Hall in London. We have delivered into London for the first time, completed staff inductions, sampled in the food hall, and cooked like crazy to keep up. The response on the sampling days has been fantastic with sales spiking whenever we are in store. Our ‘Roasted Beetroot and Walnut Pesto’ has been a favourite followed closely by our speciality lasagna.

Thanks to all those that have supported us and all our new London customers!

Preparing for the Selfridges staff

Preparing for the Selfridges staff

Selfridges Food Heroes

Selfridges Food Heroes

About us!

About us!

In store

In store

Sampling in-store

Sampling in-store

Our first delivery

Our first delivery

'Grab & Go' stocked

‘Grab & Go’ stocked

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Vale Harvest Local Producers Market

Posted in Food Places, Food Stories, Kitchen News with tags , , , , , , , on April 15th, 2013 by liberatethelasagna

We are proud to be associated with the Vale Harvest Local Producers Market that is going from strength to strength. Last year the market moved around a bit; we had the beautiful location at Orchard View Farm that proved a bit too far for our customers to travels too and then the windswept and rainy XT Brewery yard that was just too cold and wet!

Since the beginning of the year  though we have been firmly located in Haddenham. On the first Saturday of each month we put up our tent and spread out our food along with lots of other amazing local producers. The market was immediately well supported by the local community and is growing each month. You can get everything from your basics: bread, vegetables and meat (all locally baked, grown or reared!) to more elaborate cakes, jams and of course our lasagna and sauces. We have also been experimenting with hand made pasta at the market made from ancient varieties of spelt and rivet wheat that has been selling well.

You can see when the next market it at http://valeharvest.weebly.com/ – we hope to see you there!

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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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Sandy Lane Christmas Market | Dec 1st & 2nd

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

This Christmas the Sandy Lane Farm are putting on a Christmas Market in their beautiful barn. It should be a great event not least because of its beautiful local location. We will have some food on sale there like our Winter Wild Venison, Pork & Chestnut Lasagna but there will also be lots of other goodies to buy for Christmas…

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Our Village Christmas Fair | 17th Nov

Posted in Food Places, Food Stories, Kitchen News with tags , , , , on November 16th, 2012 by liberatethelasagna

Christmas is approaching fast and the Cuddington Christmas Fair takes places tomorrow in the beautiful Bernard Hall in Cuddington. We will be taking along our Christmas Boxes of Caponata and our Boxed pack of Tomato Sauces…a  perfect gift for Christmas – local and tasty. We hope to see you there 2-4pm.
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Vale Harvest Farmers Market | Saturday 3rd Nov

Posted in Food Places, Food Stories, Kitchen News on October 26th, 2012 by liberatethelasagna

The hyper-local Vale Harvest farmers market is back… this time at the XT Brewery in Long Crendon. A really interesting mix of local producers and suppliers (including the CiCi CoCo Kitchen of course) in a great setting. Pop along to see us, support local producers and get some great things for dinner!

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