Afternoon Tea Week

TEA WEEK Around 180 years ago, the 7th Duchess of Bedford, Anne Russell, decided that she could not make it from lunch all the way through to her evening meal without some serious hunger pangs. A lifelong friend of Queen Victoria, the Duchess, in a similar vein to the pioneering Earl of Sandwich, took matters into her own hands (not literally) and ordered her servants to prepare some tea and light food. With this simple order, Afternoon Tea was officially born and it soon grew to become the occasion and celebration it remains today.

So as the annual Afternoon Tea Week celebration begins on the 8th August, spare a thought for the Duchess and do her proud by making it a week to remember for customers and guests.

GO POSH

Afternoon Tea is the ultimate indulgence so it’s one of those times that you can really push the boat out. It means taking no shortcuts with ingredients and recipes and ensuring your offering, tableware, crockery, cutlery or takeaway options have a
regal feel to them.

CROSSING THE T’S

While a touch of bubbly will often be enjoyed during Afternoon Tea, the beverage of choice for most is still a quality cup of tea. Our award-winning 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified
Tea Bags have great depth and flavour, making them the perfect accompaniment to scones, cakes and the various treats on show.

“I USE THE COUNTRY RANGE UHT DAIRY WHIPPING CREAM IN PLACE OF MASCARPONE, WHICH IS VERY EXPENSIVE, AND WHIP IT UP WITH LEMON JUICE AND VANILLA ESSENCE TO MAKE A CHANTILLY- STYLE CREAM.” – HOSTEL, NOTTING HILL

STUNNING SCONES

For any Afternoon Tea worth its salt, exceptional scones are a must. Our Country Range Scone Mix can be used for both sweet and savoury options. All your guests and customers have to worry about is what goes first – cream or jam!

CHARMING CAKES

For guaranteed crowd pleasers without too much fuss, our Mini Cake Assortment and Mini Eclairs are all visually stunning and taste great too!

SENSATIONAL SANDWICHES

Sliced white bread still rules supreme for Afternoon Tea. Our frozen loaves just need thawing and
will provide the perfect base for a selection of sandwiches. Add any Country Range filling for a varied sandwich selection throughout the week.

CRG launch ground-breaking New Potato Fries

With the humble fry no longer just a sideshow but a star attraction on menus right across the foodservice spectrum, Country Range have further strengthened their potato portfolio with the addition of a new range of premium fries.

Ensuring chefs have a top-quality, taste-rich, crunchy, and consistent fry for all occasions, the new Country Range trio are beneficial to kitchens of all sizes and are available immediately in 2.5kg bags, which come in boxes of four.

Utilising the latest chip technology, the premium, no-hassle fry range delivers impeccable chip crispness, while ensuring an unbeatable, silky soft inner potato.

A great way for chefs to upweight and add value to their side and snack offerings, the innovative trio can be ‘pimped up’ and loaded with all manner of imaginative toppings.

Lightly salted for a quick and easy serve, the fries can be valuable in helping kitchens to reduce waste and are pre-fried in sunflower oil, instead of palm oil for additional environmental credentials.

Double Crunch Fries

Gloriously golden in colour and visually appealing, the versatile Double Crunch duo are available in a 14mm standard fry and 10mm Skin-on fry.

Coated in an ingenious, invisible batter, the fries offer the ultimate crunch and soft centre that will remain for an extraordinary 40 minutes, once taken out of the fryer or oven.

Excellent for food-to-go and takeaway but also for chefs working under heat lamps or serving hot buffets, no other fry can get close to its Double Crunch lasting-power.

Triple Cooked Chunky Fries

Looking a bit more like a traditional pub chip with that classic thicker cut, our Triple Cooked Chunky Fries are different than anything else on the market.

While other thick cut chips have a firmer centre, we use another bespoke coating and cooking process that ensures the fries stay crisp for at least 20 minutes and have an exquisitely unique, almost mash potato centre.

The Spuds

We use carefully selected in-season Fontane potatoes – a great tasting, all-round spud that is fantastic for fries.  By using a single variety, we can guarantee absolute consistency throughout the year when it comes to flavour, appearance, and performance.

 

Country Range launch ground-breaking New Potato Fries

With the humble fry no longer just a sideshow but a star attraction on menus right across the foodservice spectrum, Country Range have further strengthened their potato portfolio with the addition of a new range of premium fries.

Ensuring chefs have a top-quality, taste-rich, crunchy, and consistent fry for all occasions, the new Country Range trio are beneficial to kitchens of all sizes and are available immediately in 2.5kg bags, which come in boxes of four.

Utilising the latest chip technology, the premium, no-hassle fry range delivers impeccable chip crispness, while ensuring an unbeatable, silky soft inner potato.

A great way for chefs to upweight and add value to their side and snack offerings, the innovative trio can be ‘pimped up’ and loaded with all manner of imaginative toppings.

Lightly salted for a quick and easy serve, the fries can be valuable in helping kitchens to reduce waste and are pre-fried in sunflower oil, instead of palm oil for additional environmental credentials.

Double Crunch Fries

Gloriously golden in colour and visually appealing, the versatile Double Crunch duo are available in a 14mm standard fry and 10mm Skin-on fry.

Coated in an ingenious, invisible batter, the fries offer the ultimate crunch and soft centre that will remain for an extraordinary 40 minutes, once taken out of the fryer or oven.

Excellent for food-to-go and takeaway but also for chefs working under heat lamps or serving hot buffets, no other fry can get close to its Double Crunch lasting-power.

Triple Cooked Chunky Fries

Looking a bit more like a traditional pub chip with that classic thicker cut, our Triple Cooked Chunky Fries are different than anything else on the market.

While other thick cut chips have a firmer centre, we use another bespoke coating and cooking process that ensures the fries stay crisp for at least 20 minutes and have an exquisitely unique, almost mash potato centre.

The Spuds

We use carefully selected in-season Fontane potatoes – a great tasting, all-round spud that is fantastic for fries.  By using a single variety, we can guarantee absolute consistency throughout the year when it comes to flavour, appearance, and performance.

 

National BBQ Week – 2-11 July

The BBQ is another occasion that has been given a foodie makeover in recent years and the days of over-charred, undercooked sausages and burgers only identifiable by dental records are thankfully over. Cooking over fire is now revered as an art form by chefs and consumers alike so make sure you don’t disappoint! Here’s some pointers to ensure your BBQ offering is smoking hot this National BBQ Week and beyond.

Mix up the menu – the variety of ingredients cooked over coals is expanding every year so there really are no limits. Look at different meats, fish, vegetables and cuts. Try our BBQ Chicken Wings for the stress-free option or try our Curried BBQ Chicken recipe.

Rubs and marinades – vital for infusing flavour and adding international colour into dishes. Try our Homemade BBQ Sauce recipe which is great as a marinade or dipping sauce.

Choose your fuel wisely – wood and coal will add so much more to the final flavour.

US theme – take advantage of the Independence Day celebrations this month with some classic American-inspired dishes and flavours.

Sides, salads and sauces – the glue that binds the BBQ and add real texture and colour.

 

The Summer Breakfast Opportunity

While touted as the most important meal of the day, breakfast was often a meal rushed, missed or certainly down the list of importance when it came to eating occasions.

Thankfully, that has all changed and now there is a newfound respect and excitement around breakfast which is only going to build this summer.

You can be certain that for kitchens to survive and thrive in the coming months, they will need to make the most of every dining occasion, across all day parts.

Here we’ve broken down the latest consumer trends to help support you to create the perfect breakfast offer:

Health

Even before the pandemic, the trend for healthy living and eating was growing. This has only increased in the last year with more and more people looking to keep fit. Make sure you have the food and drinks to fuel and reward this health-conscious crowd. In care homes a healthy, fortified breakfast can give residents a big boost in the morning. Offering a variety of drink options such as our Summer Fruit Smoothie made with Country Range Frozen Summer Fruits as well as a breakfast food dish can help to increase intake of essential vitamins, fluid and calories.

Indulge

This summer will be dominated by reconnecting with friends, family and loved ones. With many opting for breakfast or brunch, instead of the big Sunday roast or night time drinks, there is a great opportunity for kitchens to pull out all of the stops. Mix it up with some savoury and sweet specials such as our Yogurt Pancakes or Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese recipes.

Breakfast-to-go

A newfound love of the outdoors for many, means local parks and commons will still be popular breakfast dining venues so make sure your menu has takeaway options, smoothies and coffee to-go.

Go Global

People are desperate for sea, sand, surf and serene scenery abroad so cater for these whims by showcasing some classic international twists on breakfasts. Consider using global inspired flavours and formats in both a sweet and savoury option. For a savoury option our Baked Mexican Egg recipe uses Country Range Medium Free Range Eggs, Country Range Tomato and Basil Sauce and a variety of the Country Range herbs and spices. For a sweet option recreate our indulgent Bombay Spiced French Toast recipe which includes the Country Range Natural Yoghurt, Country Range Coconut Milk and Country Range Medium Free Range Eggs.

Themed Breakfasts

Go the extra mile and run some themed breakfasts in the month of May, as there are plenty of occasions coming up. Think bottomless brunches or breakfast’s for the bank holiday weekends, a mexican inspired breakfast or brunch for Cinco de Mayo, or even a sport or charity related breakfast event.