SWEET AND SOUR – A TOUCH OF MISO

Bored of the same old cakes and desserts. Made a salted caramel sauce to drizzle over ice cream, sundaes and waffles. Why not try adding a savoury twist to give your cakes a deeper flavour, another dimension. One of my favourite flavours to get to that point where you can not help but eat more than you should is miso. Miso makes an excellent edition to all of your favourite dishes. One of my favourite things to bake is cinnamon rolls with miso paste and blueberries. This gives a great twist and you will be surprised by what an excellent flavour the miso gives the cinnamon rolls. Umami is what the Japanese might say, but ‘swalty’ it seems we might say here!
Miso is a Japanese paste, a mix of soybeans, grains and sea salt. Once fermented and aged, the mixture is ready to use. The wonderful paste that results from this process comes in a few forms. Buttery shiro (white) misos to medium-bodied shinsu (yellow) misos to beefy, pungent aka (red) varieties. To get an idea of what makes them different, the darker in color the miso, the saltier and more pungent it tastes.
White chocolate and burnt butter miso make for a unique cookie. It can easily be whipped up for a cosy winter afternoon at home either with a hot chocolate or a smooth red wine.
Tried all the variety of brownie recipes. Why not add some white miso paste and give them an umami flavour you never knew was there.
Even cheesecakes can be given a little lift, even if you do use fresh fruit in your mix.
Not sure about miso, why not try adding your favourite vegetable to cakes, carrot, pumpkin, beetroot, butternut squash and courgette to muffins, brownies or loaf cake. Or why not follow the example of the Americans and make a pumpkin pie. But just add a teaspoon of miso, it will become one of your kitchen staples.
Go and explore your cupboard and delight your taste buds.

Korean Food

 

 

Korean food sits somewhere between Japanese and Chinese food, but still able to have a style and individuality all off its own. Top of the list is kimchi, a spicy fermented cabbage or now it can use other vegetables, which is seen as a healthy food that benefits
its said, your diegeston with good bacteria.
There are a few Korean essential ingredients that are the bases for many dishes,
Gochujang​, a red chilli paste, with different heat strengths. Doenjang , a soy bean paste
Ssamjang, used to make a spicy dipping sauce Soy sauce, korean soy is on the lighter side

Chungjang, a fermented black bean paste Always garlic and ginger
Corn,rice,malt syrup, used as a sweetener Aek jeot, fish sauce
Danmuji, pickled daikon
With vegetables such as chinese cabbage, spring onions, perilla/shiso leaves and many other wonderful ingredients to explore.
These foods come together to make exciting and tasty dishes such as bulgogi, the korean bbq sauce for beef, pork, chicken and fish. Kimbap, the korean equivalent to japanese sushi, but then still in its own style.
Dakgangjeong, korean fried chicken, if you have not tried
this yet then it is a must. Spicy, sweet, crisp and yet the chicken remains moist.
Bibimbap, with a base of rice and vegetables, so colourful, top it off with a fried egg. Bossam is pork belly, full of flavour, wrapped in lettuce leaves. Japchae is the name for korean stir fry rice noodles. Galbi jjim is the delicious slow cooked beef short ribs.
There are so many more foods we could list, but these are
some of the more popular ones and if you have not tried any as yet, then start by looking in your local supermarket. A lot of the ingredients mentioned above are beginning to find their way onto the supermarket shelves.
See what you can find and give it a go.
Enjoy. .

Japanese Party Food

Japanese food has become increasingly well-known for more than just Sushi and Yakitori, as now Japan has become the number one destination for foodies to go to and try the vast variety of amazing, tasty dishes with a depth of flavour. This Umami taste comes from a mix of kombu kelp and bonito flakes, also miso, sugar, salt, soya sauce and rice vinegar. They are used widely and wisely to tantalise the taste buds. Miso and soy sauce are made everywhere in Japan: they change in colour and strength of the flavour in local areas. In the east, the taste is much stronger and the colour darker; in the west, it’s a light colour and gentle texture.

So, when it comes to planning parties, try hosting a Japanese food theme party. There are many types of Japanese food that guests can enjoy eating. Form simple starters like Edamame freshly cooked soya beans, Waka-kyu cucumber and seaweed salad with sweet vinaigrette dressing, simple miso soup garnished with lovely grilled king prawns.

Even if you’re having a reception for colleagues, dishes that can be shared like Gyoza, Tempura, yakitori are perfect as they can be meat and vegetarian and even vegan, without the need for plates or dishes, just great finger food for socialising. So, you don’t need to worry about not catering to anybody. 

Not to forget some temaki sushi rolls: you don’t need any chopsticks to eat them with simple cone hand rolls of many flavours. Beautiful salmon, tuna, with avocado, or just avocado or cucumber. For the perfect Japanese meal, it would be nice to finish with a hosomaki roll. A small sushi roll with a bit of rice inside to emphasize the taste of the fish, cucumber, or natto, chopped formatted soybeans season with some mustard and soya sauce and spring onions.

Incorporating all the flavours mentioned plus so many more into mini bowl foods could add so much more to your party, ramen noodles, tonkatsu, yakisoba and katsu curries.

Finally, desserts: the Japanese have perfected making desserts such as Japanese cheesecake (cotton cheesecake). It has a less sweet flavour and is lighter than your traditional cheesecake. Dorayaki is a Japanese pancake sandwich which is typically filled with Anko, a red sweet bean paste.

A very traditional Japanese dessert is Mochi, sticky rice called mochi Gome, can be toasted, dipped into a sauce, or sweetened with a topping called kinako. Daifuku is the same mochi that is filled with a variety of sweet fillings. A summer favourite is Daifuku ice cream – one interesting flavour is red bean paste, it has a subtle sweet taste, and is very refreshing in summer.

All scrumptious desserts are complimented with Japanese green tea, made fresh just before being served to keep the beautiful green colour of Matcha.

Food Intolerance

Food allergies and intolerances and catering for special dietary requirements

almond_allergyMaven Foods are committed to the health and wellbeing of our customers and their guests. We ensure all our employees understand the importance of accurate allergen information, food hygiene and how to correctly cater for people who have special dietary requirements. We are happy to discuss and cater for most special dietary needs and always ensure that on delivery, any specially prepared food are kept separate and clearly labelled.

Here is our guide to allergies and intolerances:

Allergies

A food allergy is an immune system response when the body mistakes a particular food as a harmful substance. Symptoms from an allergic reaction can include rashes, itching, hives, swelling of the throat, severe breathing difficulties and loss of consciousness. The most common foods that cause allergic reactions are wheat, milk, eggs, fish and other seafoods, chocolate, corn, nuts (particularly peanuts).

Celiac disease is a disorder resulting from an immune reaction to gluten. Intolerance to gluten is thought to affect around 1 in 100 people in the UK. Symptoms include diarrhea or constipation (or both), weight loss, fatique, abdominal cramping, bloating of the stomach but in some cases the disorder can be asymptomatic. Celiac disease is caused by a reaction to gliadin (a gluten protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and sometimes oats).There is no cure for celiac disease. The only effective treatment for this disorder is a gluten-free diet.

Foods that naturally do not contain gluten:

Potatoes, rice, plain meat and fish, fruits, vegetables, salad, milk, butter, eggs, plain cheeses, yoghurt, cream, oils, nuts, seeds

Foods to avoid:

Bread, crackers, cakes, biscuits, battered and breaded products, pasta, pastry, pies, pizza

People with coeliac disease should avoid all gluten. Maven Foods can provide special gluten free breads, flour, pasta, cakes and biscuits for gluten free diets.

Intolerance

Food intolerance and food allergies are not the same. Food intolerance is much more common. It is caused by a reaction to certain foods that does not involve the immune system. The symptoms of food intolerance can vary greatly and can include as fatigue, dark circles under the eyes, night sweats, diarrhoea and vomiting, bloating, irritable bowel, skin symptoms such as rashes, eczema, and other chronic conditions. Food intolerance symptoms usually begin about half an hour after eating or drinking the food in question, but sometimes symptoms may delayed up to 48 hours. An example of food intolerance is Lactose intolerance when individuals are unable to digest the sugar in cow’s milk.

Maven Foods are able to cater for most dietary requirements medical, dietary, and religious including halal requirements. Please let us know of your needs when making your booking.