With the celebration cake market growing consistently over the last few years, ingredients supplier Bakels (Bicester, Oxfordshire) is offering a range of ingredients to produce celebration cakes for any occasion.The company says its Multi-Mix Cake Base can be used for a variety of cakes, with the addition of water, egg and oil. Fruit and nuts can be added to the mix to make a customised cake or it can be coloured and flavoured using Bakels range of Fruit Pastes and Flavourings. On request, Bakels can provide more than 40 recipe ideas using the mix, which comes in 12.5kg bags.For decorating cakes, the company’s Sugarpaste Concen-trate is claimed to offer a 25-30% saving over ready-to-use products. It contains all the ingredients required to manufacture sugarpaste except for icing sugar. The standard ratio is 80% icing sugar to 20% Sugarpaste Concentrate, but the softness can be modified by varying the proportion of Concentrate to icing sugar. Sugarpaste Concen-trate comes in brilliant white, but Bakels can also produce Sugarpaste Concentrate in specific shades on a bespoke basis.For bakers who prefer ready-to-use products, the company offers its Pettinice RTU sugarpaste, which is ready to roll straight from the 5kg pail.
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Rocket is a leaf vegetable. The leaves are at their best when they are young and tender, but as they get older the flavour becomes stronger and, when they are roughly chopped, give a strong peppery, slightly lemony taste. It has been grown in the Mediterranean since Roman times and has grown in popularity as a salad green in this country since the mid-1990s. Although it is available all year round, the season runs from the end of April.Rocket is more commonly found in salads, but it can be added to some baked goods and can be exchanged with, or added to watercress, which has a similar peppery flavour. Chop roughly before use because the stalks can become stringy when cooked and add to flans with goat’s cheese or feta cheese. Put in cheese cornbreads in much the same way you would add chopped herbs. Rocket can also be used instead of basil in pesto, which can be drizzled over focaccia just before it is put in the oven to bake. Mix chopped rocket with olives and sun-dried tomatoes to add to breads or savoury muffins. It also goes well with fish and so can be used as an herb, instead of tarragon or dill, with salmon en croute.Season: end of April – mid-OctoberFiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from the world-famous Leiths School of Food and Wine
A new report has revealed that 52% of consumers asked said they would like to see either locally or regionally produced bakery products in their supermarkets.The Regional and Local Food & Drink report by research company Adsearch, which looked at all areas of food, found that 65% of respondents said they wanted to buy local and regional products in order to support the local economy, 53% to support small scale production and 51% to get fresh quality flavours.The report also revealed that many consumers believe every supermarket should sell a local and regional range, defined as being within 27 miles of the shop. However, many also commented that it was often hard to distinguish when products were local, and so they preferred to shop at farmers’ markets or farm shops.
Artisan bakeries the Flour Station and the Bread Factory have won listings with Union Market a newly launched retailer that combines elements of a farmers’ market with the convenience of a supermarket.The first Union Market store, located in the 5,000sq ft former booking hall at Fulham Broadway underground station, opened this month, championing local and British food and drink from small producers.The bakery section, which is in a prominent position near the entrance, features over 100 different products from London bakeries the Bread Factory and the Flour Station, including sourdoughs, farmhouse loaves, rolls, muffins and bagels.Also available is Flour Station’s London Bloomer, first launched in Britain during the Second World War and made with wheat grown and milled within the bounds of the M25.Patisserie and loose chocolates are supplied by chocolatier Damian Allsop, while the Flour Station and the Bread Factory are working together to deliver the products to the store in one go, thereby helping to reduce food miles.The deals could prove lucrative for the two bakeries in the future, with plans to open up to 20 Union Market outlets in London in the next five years before rolling the brand out nationally.”If their plans succeed, they would be a really good customer for us,” said Tom Molnar, trading director at The Bread Factory. “There’s a huge appetite for good food out there and it says something about how people view freshly baked bread that they have put their bakery display right at the front of the shop.”Union Market is the brainchild of investor Tony Bromovsky, with financial backing from investment group Odey Asset Management, and is headed up by former Whole Foods and Selfridges executives.
Despite the Met Office announcing the sunniest June since 1929, the rise in wheat prices in the past few weeks could mean a significant increase in flour costs.Wheat prices surged again by £8 today – the equivalent of £11 per tonne of flour – having risen sharply since 29 June.Gary Sharkey, head of wheat procurement at Rank Hovis, told British Baker: “We are in a global market and wider forces hold the key to UK wheat and, therefore, flour prices. One reason for the recent surge in wheat prices is that excessive rains and flooding in the high-quality wheat-growing regions of Canada are forecast to reduce their production by 4 million tonnes from previous estimates.”He said that while the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) only reduced their forecast for EU production by 1 million tonnes, most traders and government bodies said the recent high temperatures would have affected yields adversely by 10-15%.Sharkey said: ” Looking further afield, Russian production is now estimated to be 8 million tonnes below last year, which will impact global trade, as Russia has become the source of supplies for many north African destinations in the past few years.”Closer to home, based on forward UK breadmaking prices for the harvest 2010, flour costs could be 15-20% higher year-on-year, Sharkey stated. He added that the USDA’s annual corn-seeding forecast, released on 30 June, stated that US farmers have planted 1.5 million acres less corn than anticipated by international trading companies. “This impacts on wheat values, because corn is the underlying commodity in world feed grain trade and many processors have the ability to switch into wheat,” said Sharkey. “If corn prices rise, so do wheat prices.”Alex Waugh, director general of the National Association of British and Irish Millers, said: “Perversely, the wonderful weather we have been enjoying in Britain may help bring about an increase in wheat prices as yield is expected to be lower due to the dry weather. Quality may be good, but that all depends on weather during the harvest period.”
Chalk Hills Bakery has won Surrey’s Local Business Accelerators (LBA) competition.LBA is a nationwide competition being run by local newspapers, in conjunction with the Newspaper Society. Its aim is to help promising fledgling businesses increase their achievements with professional support from a local business mentor.Chalk Hills’ local paper, the Surrey Mirror, supported the initiative with free advertising for the business for an agreed period of time. The initiative has been backed by Prime Minister David Cameron, the Confederation of British Industry, and the Business Growth Fund. Dragon’s Den star Deborah Meaden is also an ambassador for the scheme.Up to 1,000 small businesses across England have entered the competition, with one firm to be crowned overall winner later this year. They will then receive mentoring from Meaden.Chris Robinson, who owns Chalk Hills Bakery with his wife Rosie, said: “We are so pleased to have won this competition, especially in the current economic climate. We believe our business has potential for growth and we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Mike Dove, our local mentor and entrepreneur, and the Surrey Mirror over the coming months.”
Twitter Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ Pinterest By Jon Zimney – May 3, 2020 0 344 Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Indiana confirmed COVID-19 cases nearing 20,000 mark Previous articleSouth Bend Mayor critical of reopening plan, St. Joseph County, Mishawaka, Elkhart support itNext articleMichigan reports 43,754 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Twitter WhatsApp Facebook (Photo supplied/Indiana State Department of Health) The Indiana State Department of Health announced on Sunday, May 3, that 645 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at ISDH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and private laboratories. That brings to 19,933 the total number of Indiana residents known to have the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s total.While the number of cases has increased, intensive care unit and ventilator capacity remain steady. As of Sunday, 43.7 percent of ICU beds and 80.4 percent of ventilators were available at hospitals throughout the state.A total of 1,132 Hoosiers have been confirmed to have died of COVID-19, an increase of 17 over the previous day. Another 114 probable deaths have been reported. Probable deaths are those for which a physician listed COVID-19 as a contributing cause based on X-rays, scans and other clinical symptoms but for which no positive test is on record. Deaths are reported based on when data are received by ISDH and occurred over multiple days.Locally, St. Joseph County reported 658 cases with 20 deaths. Elkhart County reported 311 cases with 12 deaths.Marion County had the most new cases, at 193. Other counties with more than 10 new cases were Allen (19), Carroll (16), Cass (70), Dearborn (16), Elkhart (16), Hamilton (14), Hendricks (19), Johnson (38), LaPorte (22), Lake (43), St. Joseph (13), Tippecanoe (36) and White (25). The Lake County totals include results from East Chicago and Gary, which have their own health departments.ISDH will offer drive-thru testing clinics this week across the state. The testing is open to symptomatic healthcare workers, first responders or essential workers, individuals who have symptoms and are in a high-risk category due to age, weight or underlying health conditions, and those who live in the same residence as one of the priority categories. Participants should bring a driver’s license or other state-issued identification card. Tests will be conducted as long as supplies last and will be limited to one individual per vehicle.Testing sites are:East Chicago9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT May 4-5East Chicago Central High School1100 W. Columbus DriveLafayette9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT, May 6-9Lafayette Jeff High School1801 S. 18th StreetNew Castle9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT, May 6-9First Baptist Church709 S. Memorial DrivePlymouth9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT, May 6-9Plymouth High School#1 Big Red DriveSeymour9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT, May 6-9Seymour High School1350 W. Second St.Visit the ISDH COVID-19 dashboard at www.coronavirus.in.gov for additional information on cases.
2021 could be record breaking year for RV shipments Facebook (Sam Householder/Elkhart Truth) The latest projection from ITR Economics says that 2021 could be record breaking for shipments. As it stands, even with the pandemic, 2020 could finish as the 4th best year ever as well.This year the projected shipments total will fall somewhere between 414 and 433-thousand shipments. That would mark an increase of at least 4% from last year. As far as 2021 goes they are forecasting up to 515-thousand total shipments, which would shatter the current record of 504-thousand that was set in 2017.The Elkhart Truth says the industry continues to be driven by strong consumer demand. Facebook Google+ By Carl Stutsman – December 2, 2020 0 260 Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Google+ Pinterest IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Previous articleAs patients skip screenings, doctors warn of ‘late-stage cancer pandemic’Next articleSt. Joseph County COVID-19 testing moving to fairgrounds Carl Stutsman
Experience the best of British culture and innovation at the #GreatBritishFestival launch event on 23 February as the British Embassy Manila brings together different UK brands to create a fun-filled day with great British music, fashion, food, and arts at Glorietta 2 Palm Drive Activity Center, Makati City.Daniel Pruce, British Ambassador to the Philippines said: In this year’s festival, our goal is to showcase the very best of what Great Britain as a whole nation has to offer. We are gathering a broad spectrum of British companies that represent not only world-class British culture and creativity but also the core values of the nation. Among the participating companies are: M&S, Speedo, The Body Shop, Lush, Clarks, Shell, STI Limited, Digital Barriers, Diageo, Quorn, Costa Coffee, Union Jack Tavern, Shakeaway, Norton Motorcycles and HSBC.Different fun activities await everyone in Glorietta Mall on February 23. There will be interactive exhibits, multiple raffles, a great trivia challenge, British film screenings, book reading for children, a whisky pavilion, and the much-anticipated Rockaoke Contest (with a first prize of two tickets to London on Etihad Airways).Admission to this Great British Festival event is free.This year’s Festival will be a celebration of UK culture and innovation and will reach out across the Philippines. It will run for two weeks, with activities in Metro Manila, Iloilo, Cebu, Dumaguete, and Baguio.Organised by the British Embassy and its partners, the Great British Festival 2018 will be a great showcase of the creativity, innovation, culture, heritage and knowledge that spell Britain’s success in fashion, music, food, education and design.Watch what we’re up to and join in the conversation on our social media channels.For more information, like and follow the British Embassy Manila on Facebook and Twitter.