If music be the food of love: Junior Wells – Chitlin Con Carne

So here’s another food related track. I like the vibe of this one – I listened to it whilst making a nice “three alarm” chilli con carne as well… how apposite! I went deep into the umami cave and developed a pretty tasty batch with chipotle, birdseye and habenero peppers as well as some sweet pointed and bell peppers. Throw in some of my colleague’s husbands smoky paprika and chilli mix and some other wee flavour bombs and I’m half way to heaven.

Wish I had some of The Tempest Brewery’s Cascadia Blonde beer to wash it down!  Another favorite of mine. Whilst on that note a big well done to them and their brewery tap The Cobbles  on yet more CAMRA award success!


Life on the Farm… for Caterers

The great thing about working here on Newton Don Home Farm is that we have so many amazing resources right on our door step! Whether it’s great beef or smoked produce over the hill at Hardiesmill or super rich Jersey Cream from Stichill Jerseys we don’t have to venture far to come across some unique food stuffs from which to take inspiration.

In the past year we’ve held wine tastings at our unit, trained new staff and prepared food to feed thousands of hungry customers. You can check out some of their feed back on our website here.

If Music be the food of Love: Soul Kitchen – The Doors

“Soul Kitchen” by The Doors from their self titled debut album The Doors is a tribute to the soul food restaurant Olivia’s in Venice Beach, LA, where Jim Morrison often ate as it reminded him of his home.

We love this ditty in the office, it’s lunch time now so we’re off to sample some of our home cured gravadlax.


If music be the food of Love: Champion Jack Dupree, Cabbage Greens

Champion Jack Dupree, an inspiring figure who sets up this friday for us in just the right tone.

If Music Be the Food of Love: What’s Cookin? by LRG

Conventional wisdom tells us not to talk with our mouth full, but no one ever said anything about pieces of food rapping along to some of the best culinary lines in hip-hop history. The latest short from production duo BankShot with music by DJ Nick Castle finds a stop-motion film that shows everything from pancakes and bacon to a green pepper with a platinum grill lip-synching along to classic lines from Biggie Smalls, Guru, Raekwon, Q-Tip, Action Bronson, Method Man and a whole lot more notable emcees. Dinner is served.

Help choose our new mission Statement!!!

I'd choose to Keep Calm and Chive On!... but that option isn't available at work.

Our Events & HR manager Heather Taylor posted this picture up on our Facebook. Which one do you think we should opt for? Maybe you have an even better one to share.

Springtime Weddings

We held a wonderful wedding at Harmony House, Melrose at the end of March this year. The venue itself plays host to the well regarded Border’s Book Festival during June but on this occasion the house and gardens were the setting for a fresh Spring Wedding.

We served an array of canapés to the guests on the lawn accompanied by champagne and sparkling elderflower. Later a starter of Salmon Mousse encased in Smoked Salmon was served followed by Fillet Steak with Pancetta, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Julienne Carrots & Fine Beans and for pudding a very seasonal Rhubard Crumble with Candied Rhubard, Creme Anglais and a Fresh Rhubarb Coulis were delivered to much appreciation!

We received a wonderful thank you letter from the Bride and Groom who are now back at home in Dubai:

…we wanted to send you and your team a huge thank you for catering& waiting on our wedding. The food was delicious and the service fantastic. All our guests commented on the great food. You made the whole experience from planning stages to the actual event an enjoyable and easy experience.

We will certainly be recommending you and your team to anyone requiring caterers.

Wendy & Josh Smithson

A great job was done by Best Intent Marquees who along with us dressed the dining space with a simple elegance. The Stunning back drop of Melrose Abbey and the flood lit grounds around Harmony House made for a perfect backdrop with which to party the night away.

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