Asparagus adoration – celebrating the season’s best

Chicken and Asparagus Salad

The asparagus season comes but once a year and if you’re anything like us you’ll have been gorging on this fabulous treat for the last couple of weeks. To add a little variety why not try this Fait Maison house recipe – Chicken and Asparagus Salad –  it’s going down a storm in our all our branches, but we’re not greedy….it’s the perfect entertaining summer salad, so why don’t you try it at home.

Ingredients
8 chicken breast fillets
8 to 10 asparagus stems
4 tsp Tandoori spice mix
200ml natural yoghurt (more if necessary)
2 tsp dried mixed herbs
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper
Mixed leaves of your choice

Dressing
White wine vinegar
Olive oil
Salt
Pepper

  • First separate the chicken breast fillets into two bowls, four in each. Mix the Tandoori spice mix into a separate small bowl of yoghurt and stir well, then add to one bowl of chicken. Make sure the chicken breasts are thoroughly coated, then cover in cling film and leave in the fridge to marinate for at least an hour.
  • Add the mixed herbs and a drizzle of olive oil to the other bowl of chicken breasts.
    Prepare a hot griddle, then proceed to cook the chicken fillets charring each side evenly and cooking for 4 to 5 minutes on each side; or until cooked through. Leave to rest.
  • Meanwhile, prep your asparagus and tie in a bundle before adding a large pot of boiling water. Cover with a lid and cook for 3 to 6 minutes. When ready, remove, drain and leave to cool. Then cut each asparagus spear in half.
  • When ready to serve, add the mixed leaves to a large bowl, then add the asparagus and the chicken. For your dressing, you want one part vinegar to one part olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Make sure to either whisk or blend thoroughly to emulsify. Then drizzle a bit at a time into the salad bowl, to give a light sheen over the asparagus and leaves.
  • To serve, each portion should have two fillets (one from each marinade), four pieces of asparagus and a handful of leaves. Leave extra dressing on the side.

Voilà, a fantastically fresh celebration of early summer.


Comic Relief 2015 – colouring competition & Mother’s Day madness

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We’re preparing ourselves for Comic Relief and have a great colouring competition for our younger customers. To win tea and cake, here’s what you need to do:

  • Print out the attached form
  • Design and colour in a silly or funny face
  • Remember to write your name and contact details and take your entry to your nearest Fait Maison branch or email it to alex@www.fait-maison.co.uk
  • Check to see if your picture is on our website and / or facebook page
  • Wait to hear if you’ve won afternoon tea for you and your family!

Some rather silly examples of funny faces to get you in the mood…

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Mother’s Day special offer – Sunday 15th March

Hot on the heels of Comic Relief, Mother’s Day is looming very closely on the horizon. It’s been one of those weeks for parents; kitchen tables across the land are groaning from the sewing efforts of World Book Day and now flinching under the weight of Easter bonnet creations….It’s only right that mums should get a little back and we’re right behind them. So, to say thank you we’re making this Sunday – Free cake for mummy day! (free cake for mums when they visit Fait Maison with their family).

Meanwhile back at Fait Maison….

Looking pretty good and getting some practice in for RND’15

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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@www.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.

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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.

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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!

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