We Won! Best Independent Producer | Bucks & Oxon

Posted in Food Products, Food Stories, Kitchen News with tags , , , , , , on June 23rd, 2013 by liberatethelasagna

We are proud to say that we won ‘Best Independent Producer’ in the Muddy Stiletto Award 2013. There was some stiff competition not least from many producers who we know from our involvement with the ‘Vale Harvest Food Group‘ and our monthly markets. It was a battle to the finish but we finally won. Thank you to everyone who voted for us… we are thrilled.

See more about the awards at Muddy Stilettos.

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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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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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Handmade Spelt Pasta

Posted in Food Products, Food Stories, Kitchen News with tags , , , , on January 25th, 2013 by liberatethelasagna

We have been experimenting making different pastas… the best so far is Spelt Pasta… delicious.

We have called it ‘Tagliatelle di Francesca.’

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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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The ‘Full Range’

Posted in Food Products, Food Stories, Kitchen News with tags , on October 22nd, 2012 by liberatethelasagna

Last week we completed the task of cooking the full range for the first time… we now have ‘ambient’ products (ones that have longer shelf lives and don’t need to be chilled) as well as our range of chilled lasagna. We are having a series of meeting to expand our distribution so there are some very lucky people out there working their way though a feast of award winning food! Hopefully the feedback will be good and it will be that little bit easier to find our food.

The full range now includes our tomato sauces all made from fresh tomatoes. We taste each batch and give them a sweetness rating, on each jar you will find the variety of the tomato and the sweetness of the sauce.
They include:
__ Arrabbiata Affumicata : A classic with a twist. Sweet English tomatoes, Posillo chilli & smoked garlic give give this sauce a warm and smokey finish.
__ Sugo Classico al Basilico : Classic English Tomato & Basil pasta sauce.
__ Sugo Di Zucchini : Fresh Pasta sauce made with English tomatoes,  courgettes, capers, chilli & mint.

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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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