OFFICE LUNCH

Now that office lunch is on its way back, let us get you familiar with the different options that are available.

There are the hot buffets as well as cold buffets, always a go-to when you would like something more hearty delivered to your city office ready to set up, kept warm in chafing dishes where possible.

Lunch boxes provide individual lunches ready to eat when you are, with a variety to choose from, vegetarian and vegan are also here.

Finger food is a firm favourite among colleagues as it can offer a wide range of styles and tastes and eat anywhere. We can also make these individuals if you are looking for that choice.

Sometimes when reception is called for, we would be able to help with a wide range of canapes and drinks from cocktails to prosecco and or champagne.

Breakfast is also a good way to start your day, with filled croissants and fruit platters.

And there are sandwich lunches with popular fillings of fish, meats, vegetarian and vegan. Slices of bread can range from multi-grain, ciabatta, and wraps as well as gluten-free bread.

We would hope that we cover most aspects of an office lunch or the drinks reception you might be planning. From china and glassware, quality recyclable/compostable plates and cups. Waiting for staff if needed to serve and look after your guests or colleagues.

Please get in contact 0207 018 6610, orders@mavenfoods .co.uk and view our website mavenfoods.co.uk for more ideas and information.

 

 

Adding some extra protein to your diet!!

Protein is one of the essentials of your diet intake of foods, but nowadays some of us like to add a little extra to help

us through our busy days especially if you go to a gym too. In some cases cutting down on carbohydrates and replacing them with protein-based foods might be better for you in the long run.

We are not experts or asking you to eat an extra helping of meat, as that is a main sauce of protein. There are others, eggs, dairy, fish, and for vegans nuts and pulses, all with a varying degree of protein content.

So just changing your diet slightly by taking out some carbohydrates such as pasta, potatoes, or rice and adding a cooked egg could help sustain a more healthy lifestyle especially those who workout at a gym on a regular basis.

Next time you’re cooking up a beef bolognese, maybe only cook a third of the amount of pasta but add a tin of borlotti beans to your bolognese. In this way you are adding more protein to your diet but not in the form of red meat.

Make a ratatouille with kidney beans and some cooked chicken and leave out the rice. Cook some lentils, spice them up with a curry paste and a spoon of yoghurt and sprinkle with some toasted nuts.

Starting the day well might make you feel better in yourself with a handful of fresh berries, to give you some fruit sugars for energy, combined with natural yoghurt, nut granola and again a sprinkle of extra almonds.

Please be careful when focusing on weight loss and using fat-free foods, somewhat surprisingly, some use extra sugars for taste and can be misleading. A good breakfast can set you up for the day and is a good way to start.

As we have said, we are no experts in nutrition, but would like to think taking a sensible approach to what you might eat, taking out a few foods or just cutting down, is a good place to start.

Create food to enjoy, this way you might enjoy what you eat.

 

 

LUNCH BAG – Blog

 

A Lunch bag, with all that you might need within it. A filled sandwich with either meat, fish, vegetarian or vegan on granary bread or if you are after a gluten-free bread too.

You can have a drink, a piece of fruit and a classic chocolate bar or crisps. Once the basics are decided you can add more such as a chocolate brownie, a savoury food such as sausage roll or a salad pot.

A lunch bag can do so much, help with social awareness, and keep colleagues safe. When you need people to feed but they would be in different areas, collect and go.

This brown paper bag can contain so much, it can be a safe option, you can add more and create your own selection for your colleagues, on the go lunch.

We are going to introduce some Asian flavoured foods, snacks that would be hard to find here, but would adda little twist in your lunch bag. From tempura seaweed to kimchi noodle bowls.

We are just expanding choice and flavours for you to enjoy

As well as an Asian influence, we are going to add breakfast bags to our lineup. With filled croissants , mini danish pastries, a drink and fruit, all that you might need for an early morning breakfast on the go.

Take a look at our lunch bag menu, it might be what you are looking for.

 

GRAZING TABLE OR BUFFET

We suppose there is not much difference between them, a buffet being a selection of foods normally placed in one line. You would take a dinner plate and choose

from a selection of what’s on offer and then be seated at a table to eat.

Please don’t get us wrong, a buffet would have a good choice of foods and a place to sit and enjoy whatever you may choose and some that works well, a bit more formal.

Whereas a grazing table in our minds is more individual items such as crostinis topped with mashed avocado and sunblushed tomatoes, rolls of prosciutto filled with celeriac remoulade. All decked out on a table to suit the number of guests, maybe at different levels with cut breads, fruits and flowers and foliage to set it all off.

For some this gives a more social aspect as you might not be seated once you have made your choice, but instead have smaller plates and a fork and rome around the grazing table to help yourself to whatever takes your eye

Sometimes desserts can be amongst the savoury, or placed on a grazing table of their own, for later in the evening. This can give colleagues a chance to nibble here and there, take a drink and keep going back for more. At some point introduce the desserts and again have a little of what you fancy more often.

There are no set rules, it’s what works for you in the space you might have available. Please call if you would like to explore grazing tables.

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.