Pancake-fest-2015 at Ravenscourt Park

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OK, so it’s not really a festival so much as a day of pancake flipping and scoffing at the Tea House in Ravenscourt Park. 20% of all proceeds will be donated to Comic Relief.

If you’re not able to attend then all is not lost, see below for a good reliable recipe. The big decision really what to fill it with? Fried bananas, golden syrup, chocolate spread or good old traditional lemon and sugar.

Basic pancake batter ingredients

  • 110g plain flour
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 200ml semi-skimmed milk mixed with 75ml water
  • 50g….or so of butter

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  • Sift flour and salt into a large mixing bowl
  • Make a well in the centre of the flour and break the eggs into it. Begin whisking the eggs using an electric whisk or a balloon whisk – incorporating any bits of flour from around the edge of the bowl.
  • When the mixture starts to thicken add small quantities of the milk / water mixture, still whisking.
  • Ensure you have scraped all lumpy bits from the size into the batter and whisk until smooth.
  • The pan needs to be hot, then turn the heat down to medium, add a blob of butter and melt and, you’re off. Ladle some batter into the frying pan. The first pancake could be a disaster but persevere. When the batter hits the hot pan, tip it around from side to side to get the base evenly coated with batter. If you have any holes in it, add a teaspoon of batter to fill the holes up. It should take only half a minute or so to cook; you can lift the edge with a palette knife to see if it’s tinged gold as it should be.
  • Flip the pancake over and cook the other side for a few seconds only.
  • Serve with the topping of your choice!

 


Canapes at Lacey Contemporary Gallery

A couple of weeks ago we had the lovely opportunity to provide canapes to the opening at Lacey Contemporary Gallery in Holland Park. The event proved to be quite the success and was buzzing with people enjoying both art, conversation and food.

Image courtesy of Lacey Contemporary Gallery

Image courtesy of Lacey Contemporary Gallery

Image courtesy of Lacy Contemporary Gallery

Image courtesy of Lacy Contemporary Gallery

Images courtesy of Lacey Contemporary Gallery

Images courtesy of Lacey Contemporary Gallery

Image courtesy of Lacey Contemporary Gallery

Image courtesy of Lacey Contemporary Gallery

We were very proud to be able to provide Lacey Contemporary Gallery with canapes for their opening night, and if you would like us to provide similar service for your event, all menus can be found right here.

And for further information, feel free to drop an email to mariam@fait-maison.co.uk and your event can be tailor made to your specifications.


Featured Newsletter For Stratford Village

Fait maisonOur friends in Kensington Designs on Stratford road, have come up with several key ideas for summer items and activities. One of which includes grabbing an impromtu lunch or picnic from one of our branches!

So to find out more, follow the link here and get some ideas on how to spend the next beautiful (or thereabouts) summer weeks.


Bring Fait Maison into the great outdoors – competition

Ravenscourt Park Fait MaisonTAKE THE FABULOUS FLAVOURS OF FAIT MAISON IN TO THE GREAT OUTDOORS

We are offering you a marvellous picnic for up to 6 people, including a range of our scrumptious salads, a choice of 2 main courses, desserts and a choice of freshly squeezed juice.

The competition is open to all our newsletter subscribers as well as our Facebook and Twitter fans (the more you follow, the more chances you have to win)!

Picnic Fait MaisonPicnic Fait MaisonHere’s the small print: Picnic draw will take place on August 22. Fait Maison will contact the winners directly through the means with which you’ve entered the competition. You must be able to collect the picnic from one of our branches. Delivery is only possible within a 2 mile radius of each branch. There is no cash alternative. GOOD LUCK.


Wedding Fair – Ealing Town Hall

To all those unaware, we at Fait Maison, are actually quite good at the whole wedding catering thing. Over the last ten years we’ve catered our fair share of weddings, but realised that not all of our customers seem to be aware of it. And so recently we took part in a wedding fair at the Ealing Town Hall (where we are registered caterers) to show off our food to the unsuspecting public.

The response was fantastic, and below are a few snapshots of the delicious wedding catering goodies that was on display.

Wedding FairWedding Fair 1Wedding cakeWedding Fair 2Wedding canapesWedding Fair 4Wedding canapesWedding canapesWedding canapesOn the day, there were a delicious selection of both savoury and sweet canapes, such as our ‘herbed pancake with wild rice and avocado and lime salsa’ as well as a rather special ‘poached pear and gorgonzola wrapped in bresoala’. But for a full a selection you can find our menu here.


Recipe of the month – Fait Maison Hot Chocolate

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The ultimate in soothing hot drinks has got to be a smooth, silky hot chocolate. It warms the cockles of one’s soul, and has the magic ability to make everything better, if only for the moment. Now, we’re not in the habit of giving away our secrets to making you feel good, but we think this may be a good ‘one off’, as everyone deserves to have delicious hot chocolate available in their own homes. If you don’t want us to make for you instead that is.

And actually it couldn’t be easier, as we’re all about simplicity.

It all starts by making a ganache type mix with chocolate drops and double cream, that will keep in your fridge for up to a week. And each time you want to make a cup of hot chocolate, you add a tablespoon of the mix to your mug, and add hot milk – then stir until perfection.

Ingredients
75% dark chocolate drops
Double cream
Semi-skimmed milk

You’ll note that there are no quantities to the above ingredient’s list, as it will vary from person to person in terms of how much you’ll want to make. For a decently dark hot chocolate, you’ll want equal parts dark chocolate drops to double cream. If you want a milkier chocolate, then have a higher ratio of double cream to chocolate drops. So start by melting the chocolate drops in a bain marie (a glass bowl of a pan of simmering/boiling water) then slowly add the double cream, whisking continuously so that the mixture doesn’t split. Whisk until you reach a nice, thick consistency before leaving to cool.

When the mixture is cool completely, transfer to a container that can be covered and kept in the fridge for a week. And as mentioned before, when needed, use a tablespoon of the chocolate mix with hot milk to make one cup of the perfect hot chocolate. No more powdered mix for you!


Stratford Village – Christmas Street Party

Every year, the Stratford Road in Kensington aka the Stratford Village community, puts on a Christmas street party orchestrated by all the shops on the road. And of course, Fait Maison eagerly participates every year as we have done for the last ten years. In fact, the party started the year we opened our first ever shop right in the heart of the street! The street party is a chance for the local residents to be indulged in free food, drink and a whole host of festive fun.

Street partyThis year’s turn out was a great success, with all the shops in the community participating – it’s long since been an event that all the local residents look forward to. And as usual, Fait Maison puts some delicious assortment of goodies on display, as well as making fresh waffles with maple syrup for everyone.

Stratford road street partyStratford road street partyStratford Road street partyAll the shops on the street either fed the residents or plied them with alcohol, but either way, everyone was happy and quite full!

Stratford road street partyAnd as every year, Miller of Kensington the butchers, put on their turkey competition – guess the weight of the turkey and the closest guess by the end of the evening gets the free range bronze turkey for free. This year drew a particularly large amount of people, hoping to take the turkey home, but there was only one winner who went home extremely happy.

If you missed out this year, then keep us in mind for next year’s festivities and join the street for some early Christmas highlights!


Thanksgiving Catering

For all the American folk that have found themselves on the other side of the pond on a big island here in the UK, we want you to know that Fait Maison is here for you. And what better way to be supportive than to be able to provide you with a Thanksgiving meal that fills you with all the goodness of home. We have an extensive menu this year, which includes everything from cornbread to pumpkin pie.

And let’s not forget the turkey. Our turkeys are free range bronze turkeys and we’re mighty proud of them too, as is our supplier, Miller of Kensington. All turkeys can be fully cooked or pre-cooked, so that you can choose to finish the cooking off at home or not (we don’t judge). The menu also has a few extras, such as a multitude of sides that aren’t all that Thanksgiving-like and a delicious sirloin of beef if you feel like something completely different and really don’t want to go down the turkey route.

Either way, let Fait Maison take the pressure and stress off cooking this year – it’s not too late! We take orders up to a day in advance, but last orders are Friday 29th November. So from everyone at Fait Maison, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Turkey

Canapes galore

Canapes have the knack to make any occasion just that little bit more special, from a business lunch to an intimate get together of friends – they scream ‘effort’. With a revamp of our canapés menu a couple of months ago, it seems everyone’s been quite happy, if the surge in canapé orders is anything to go by.

So we thought we’d share a gander at some of our most popular selections, and let us know what you think.

Wild mushroom canape

Wild mushroom and goat’s cheese quiche

prawn canape

Char grilled tiger prawns

chicken satay canape

Chicken satay skewers

beef fillet canape

Filo tartlet with beef fillet and shredded cucumber, ginger and chilli relish

If you think that a selection of canapés would make your event extra special, take a look at our menu and give us a call.


Recipe of the month – Roast Butternut Squash

As September comes along, so does the autumnal months, right along with a set of new seasonal fruits and vegetables. But we’re in no hurry to say goodbye to the summer, so whilst we’re changing up the menus again, our autumn recipe of the month still retains that bright, summer spice along with a deliciously subtle kick, bringing back all those fond sunny memories.

roast butternut squash

Ingredients
1 butternut squash washed
10g salt
5g pepper
100ml of olive oil

Chutney
2 red peppers sliced
3 red onions sliced
50ml of vegetable oil
10g caraway seeds
1 cinnamon stick
1 star anise
100ml of white wine vinegar
100g of castor sugar
10g salt
100g of currants
chopped parsley for garnish

Pre-heat the oven at 200oC

Cut each butternut in half and each half in 1cm sized pieces. Season the squash with salt, pepper and olive oil, and roast for 25mins.

In a sauce pan heat up the vegetable oil, then add the caraway seeds, star anise, cinnamon stick and red peppers. Cook for 10mins then add the red onions and cook for 10 more minutes. Add the vinegar, sugar and salt and bring to a boil and cook for 10 more minutes. Take off the heat and add the currants before allowing the chutney to cool.

To serve, lay the butternut on a flat dish, spoon over the chutney and sprinkle with chopped parsley for garnish.

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