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

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

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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Wedding Catering on a Budget

One of the most important aspects of a wedding is the food, and everyone wants the best. These days however, food is getting more and more expensive, and not everyone wants to blow their entire wedding budget on a meal. So as seasoned caterers, for both weddings and other special occasions, we at Fait Maison have devised some tips to suit all kinds of budgets.

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Catering on a shoestring

The biggest tip if you need to cater for your wedding on a small budget is to shop around and negotiate. It will help if you come with a plan and an idea of what you want but be realistic. If you want a beef dish, then compromise and ask if they can use a cheaper cut and avoid a fillet or sirloin steak.

Asking for a buffet set up is also a cheaper option, which we do really well, than a three course sit down service – predominantly because it requires less serving staff.

Also, take into consideration seasonal produce. Talk to your caterer about designing a menu that uses ingredients which will be in season, and therefore cheaper. There is however, a fine line here, because if it’s ‘new season’ then it can be a bit more expensive. That said, your caterer and the chef should be well versed in this to give you the best advice.

 The relative budget

Typically, an ‘average’ budget or ‘medium’ budget is completely subjective and relative to each couple.  So it’s important to come with a plan of what you’d really like and what you can do without. Generally with these caterings, we talk to our clients about a three-course meal and within it, have a stand out main course with simple starters and desserts. In our case we often recommend an easy Chocolate and Raspberry slice, or a Custard and Caramel Tart.

To help not go over budget, check how much the company charges for equipment hire, as that sometimes seems to be forgotten amongst everything. If your venue doesn’t provide plates, cutlery etc, then the catering company will have to provide it and it’s often extra. All of Fait Maison’s wedding caterings are inclusive of equipment hire in our packages, which we make clear from the beginning.

Sky’s the limit

wedding cateringThere are many things you can do to go above and beyond with the catering. Our favourite option is to add canapés to the menu – something for the guests to nibble on. We do delicious little marinated beef fillet strips in filo pastry, or new potatoes with caviar.

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Adding extra to the dessert section is always a nice touch as well, and we have many clients who add macaroons as petites fours. They also make sweet little wedding favours.

With an endless budget, this is the perfect opportunity to go all out on service and do the full sit down dinner silver service. It generally means that guests don’t have to get up until it’s time to dance!

As an added service, we can also provide our in-house wedding planner to design and dress the tables at your venue, as well as create visually stunning ‘sweet corners’ laden with meringues and macaroons.

Recipe of the month – Summer Slaw

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It’s a safe assumption to say that come summer time and the sun actually appears, salads play a fairly large role in our eating habits – that and a lot of barbecued meat. And at the peak of the season, it seemed the perfect time to bring out a new dish of ours that’s making it’s debut in all our traiteurs. The Summer Slaw is a much lighter, zingier version of the standard coleslaw – there’s no mayo in this slaw. Instead there’s added sweetness from beetroot and a delicate touch of maple syrup, cut through with sherry vinegar and some tart granny smith apples.

Serves 4 – 6


200g thinly sliced  red cabbage
200g thinly sliced white cabbage
1 large carrot grated
2 beetroot peeled and grated
2 granny smith apples cored and sliced
20g of whole grain mustard
15g of chopped chives
15g of chopped dill
15g of chopped parsley
100ml olive oil
100ml sherry vinegar
2-3 cloves of crushed garlic
100ml of maple syrup
Salt and pepper

It just couldn’t be easier.

Mix the cabbages, carrots, beetroot and apples together in a large bowl. In a small empty jar, mix the rest of the ingredients for the dressing, shaking well with the lid tightly shut. Dress the salad and adjust the seasoning if needed.  The salad should be sharp with sweet undertones. You can transfer to a clean serving bowl if the bowl you’re using gets a bit messy. And voila!

summer salad recipe

Royal Baby Cupcakes

In honour of the new addition to the Windsor family, Fait Maison is celebrating the arrival of HRH Prince George of Cambridge with special ‘royal blue’ cupcakes for a week in all of our branches.

royal baby cupcakeIMG_3485royal baby cupcakeTo find out more about the possibility of having customised cupcakes amongst other desserts, have a look at our dessert menu and get in touch to see what we can do for your special occasion.

Happy Birthday Fait Maison

Last weekend marked our 10th anniversary and we celebrated with balloons, hats and lots of cake. It has been an amazing 10 years and with several shops across West London, we are extremely proud to be where we are. We have to thank all of the employees that have been with us for so long, and the newer members that continue to help maintain our standards. And of course, all of our customers who have been with us from the very beginning, and have seen us grow from that one shop on the Stratford Road, to many more.

Thank you all for your support!

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Recipe of the month – Pea and mint croquette

summer recipeOur head chef is putting together a new summer menu, but here’s a sneak peak recipe of one of the items that’s a strong contender for the end of July. It’s a classic combination of green peas and fresh mint in a deliciously light, fresh croquette, served with a delicate mint yoghurt.

Makes 12

4tbsp olive oil
6 large shallots, finely chopped (300g net weight)
1tbsp white-wine vinegar
700g fresh peas (or frozen, defrosted)
20g mint leaves, finely shredded
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
4 free-range eggs, beaten (one egg in a separate bowl, for the pea mixture)
Salt and black pepper
150g panko breadcrumbs
Sunflower oil, for frying


1tsp dried mint
120g soured cream
1tbsp olive oil

Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and sauté the shallots on medium heat, stirring often, for 15-20 minutes, until soft. Add the vinegar, cook for two minutes, then take off the heat.

Put the peas in a food processor and briefly blitz – they need to break down but not so far that they turn into a mushy paste. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the shallots, mint, garlic, one beaten egg, half a teaspoon of salt and lots of black pepper. Take a tray that will fit in the freezer and line it with parchment paper. Shape the mix into 12 patties, 7cm in diameter and 2cm thick (or into tread barrel shapes), and freeze for at least an hour.

Remove the croquettes from the freezer and, one at a time, dip them first in beaten egg, then in the crumbs. Leave at room temperature for up to an hour, until part-defrosted.

Meanwhile, mix together the ingredients for the sauce and season to taste.

Fill a medium frying pan with enough sunflower oil to come 2.5cm up the sides. Place on medium-high heat and, when the oil is hot, fry the croquettes in batches for three minutes each, turning once; make sure the oil isn’t too hot, so the heat can permeate the centre by the time they are golden-brown. Drain on kitchen paper and serve at once with the sauce spooned on top or on the side. summer recipe summer recipe

A day in the kitchen

Our kitchens are having a bit of a shake around, so here’s one last look at our chefs at work before the big move.

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The beginnings of those delicious lemon drizzle cakes.

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Everyone’s hard at work, and this is with two chefs away on the day.

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Our main man for those amazing croissants, pain au chocolat and more.

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Even the savoury kitchen’s getting an expansion.

Sugar snap peas & sweetheart cabbage salad

summer saladA little known fact about cabbage – did you know it has been used to treat hangovers, and in some cases, thought to actually prevent the effects of alcohol?

Well, whilst we’re not entirely sure of such benefits, the sweetheart cabbage used in this summer salad works a treat on satisfying most stomachs and taste buds.

Another new addition to our menu, the sugar snaps and sweetheart cabbage work intrinsically well together, along with sliced courgettes and a mildly tangy dressing. We firmly believe this could be a summer staple, getting the nation back into the beauty of cabbages and reminding everyone that it’s not just for winter soups.

Serves 4
100g sugar snap peas
2 medium courgettes cut diagonally
1 sweetheart cabbage cut into finger sized strips
30g chopped mixed herbs
30ml sesame seed oil
10g toasted sesame seeds
1 clove of crushed garlic
Zest of 1 lemon

Pre heat the oven to 200oC.

First you want to prep your vegetables, so start by blanching your sugar snap peas and your sweetheart cabbage (separately), and roast your courgettes in the oven for about 5 – 7 minutes.

For the dressing, toast your sesame seeds in a non-stick frying pan, making sure not to over brown them before leaving them on the side to cool. Then, in a small bowl, mix together the herbs, sesame seed oil, garlic and the lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then finally mix in the toasted sesame seeds.

When you’re ready to serve, place the vegetables on your serving dish and mix gently with the dressing, leaving a little extra on the side, just in case.

And it’s that simple!

summer salad