It’s here! Its Christmas! It’s that very special time
When families and friends get together to dine,And Christmas Day really is the ‘lunch’ of the year…..and it fills most people with terrifying fear!
How long to cook the turkey? Will it dry out?What if my guests don’t like Brussel sprouts?So here is our guide, so you can prepare,To ensure you dazzle, with culinary flair!
To start – Sophisticated canapés, lining the way
With glasses of bubbly, after all it’s a special day!
Pigs in blankets, fluffy roasties, all cooked in goose fat,Stirring the rich gravy (add the meat juices), in your designer paper hat!
Honey glazed parsnips, buttered carrots and peas,Enough for seconds? Oh go on then…yes please!
Followed by dessert after dessert of sweet mini pots,Christmas cocktails and a few naughty shots,A rich glass of port and a huge board of cheese,
Chocolate mints, petit fours, posh coffees and teas. For the evening, a decadent buffet, a feast before the eyes Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and not forgetting, mince pies!Sweets and chocolates, bowls of nibbles and nutsPork pies, quiche and hams – of all different cuts,So sit back, relax, it will all be fine…..everyone will love it, after a few glasses of wine!
Food makes us happy, and that’s why we’re here….At Ginger we all love Christmas – it’s that crazy time of year!
We know how important it is to have some “WooSah” when things get hot and workloads seem heavy, so we’ve put together a couple of our favourite things to help you chill out -either before a big event or post reflection.
Pimp Your H2O
Keeping yourself hydrated and encouraging your guests to keep the alcohol/water balance seems obvious but when there is so much going on around you it can easily be forgotten. ‘Help yourself’ Kilner jars on the bar side with infusions of Mint and Lime (the water Mojito) looks instantly refreshing and appealing and no need to queue to be served. The Water ‘Pimm’s’ with Strawberries, cucumber, Mint and Lemon looks beautiful and tastes glorious on a hot summers day.
Love Where You Live
Be it a 10-minute walk to the nearest park, or a 20-minute drive to the nearest seaside, we are so lucky in the UK to have so much within our reach and really, we are utterly spoilt here in Hampshire for what we have in our area. We’ve been to so many locations recently that we are grateful to have been invited to. The most recent of Newhouse Estate, a privately owned stunning little wedding venue with a pond and beautiful gardens. It only takes 2 minutes to look around and smell the roses and appreciate what summer brings to light.
The season of English fruit and Veg is just booming now and we whole-heartily believe in incorporating freshness into everything we do. We encourage you to use that £1.20 Basil on your kitchen windowsill that looks so pretty but honestly tastes even better added to a fresh tomato salad. And check the garden for herbs and flowers that can add excitement to your dishes. Did you know you could eat those bright orange Nasturtium flowers? They make great decoration and we eat with our eyes! Or why not pay a visit to your local farm shop or market to see what amazing produce there is out there now. Food makes us happy J
Stay Cool, Eat Ice Cream
Okay, it’s not for everyone – we know! But ice cream just puts a smile on our face. Again, we are lucky to have so many great ice creams made locally around us…… New Forest Ice Creams, Jude’s, just to name some and you may be able to dig out that old Christmas present and have a go at making it yourself. We recently served cupcakes and ice cream as a wedding dessert and served the ice cream in ice bowls to keep it fresh and melt free with an option of two flavours to enjoy. Matt (our Head Chef) makes a fabulous Raspberry Sorbet which is perfectly zingy, delicious, and hits the spot on a hot Summers day!
There you go, top tips from us at Ginger Catering Company on how to get your calm on this Summer. If you fancy big bowls bursting with vibrant salads, zingy slaws and fresh spices (and they are just the sides!), hearty foods to power you through the night and array of pop up bar refreshments tailored to your event – we are here to make it all happen!
Wow! What a couple of fast flying months we’ve just experienced, we cannot believe that’s its now June and Summer is imminent. Do you want to know what’s been keeping the Ginger Catering bees so busy recently? Well here goes…
Firstly, We’re in! We have our brand spanking new HQ which has been fully kitted out and is now fully operational. Ginger Catering can now be found tucked away along the Waterside, in the pretty village of Hythe – we have beautiful sea views and the Seagull’s tunes. We’ve been working on this new space since January, we cannot say it was easy however hard work, vision and determination has meant that we were all settled in by April and it has been fantastic welcoming our clients to our new home.
What did we do in April? April kicked off with a lovely return visit to one of the private houses in Beaulieu for a Surf ‘N’ Turf style birthday celebration. Tim couldn’t have been any luckier with the weather which enabled us to have the dining table set up in their beautiful garden as we served the food and kept the wine flowing.
We were also blessed with another sunshine Spring day at the Minstead Lodge wedding showcase. We managed to meet plenty of budding newly engaged couples and had a chance to catch up with some of our favourite wedding suppliers. In true Ginger style we fed our guests well with a selection of canapes…from Tempura Veg with Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce, Tomato and Mozzarella Aranchini with Pesto Mayo and Mini Pavlova’s with Chantilly Cream and Homemade Honeycomb, all presented beautifully in our unique Ginger style.
A first for us was catering a Hen night with the theme of Murder Mystery, it started with Canapes and then a two course sit down meal with the entertainment of crime solving in between courses. A fun night was enjoyed by all and we managed to escape alive!
And how could we forget the first wedding of the year at Barford Park. We were absolutely thrilled to be a part of the beautiful Nicola and Ross’s day. The guests enjoyed a selection of Canapes, and then freshly baked bread with dips to start, all vegetarian mains followed with a choice of authentic Rotolo or a hearty Lasagne and the meal was finished with a selection of mini desserts – Chocolate Brownie, Crème Brulee and Eton Mess. We also provided a mini Meringue station with an array of rainbow coloured peaks and candy striped bags to pack them into. For more of the day check out this blog by their incredibly talented photographers Big Bouquet Photography. http://bit.ly/2sEyYBM
May is for Meetings. We’ve been catching up with all the brides & grooms to be, finalising details and tasting menus. We’ve been invited back to corporate offices and prestigious clients to serve canapes and bubbly. We catered for a weekend of Stag celebrations at the stunning Somerley House and we’ve met with a number of exciting new contacts and friendly familiar faces – we can’t help but get excited when plans come together!
As we step into the wedding season armed with fresh summer recipes bursting with flavour, colour and creativity, we have so much to look forward to with our Brides and Grooms. With themes such as ‘Moroccan’, ‘Woodland’ and ‘Peacock’ to think about the Ginger creative juices are constantly flowing. Our ethos is ‘Anything is Possible’ here at Ginger Catering, so do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss how we make your event one to remember!
You may think we are clutching at ‘straws’ or we ‘dough’ not have enough material to write another wedding blog but I promise you we have some inspiration that could be just ‘rye’ for you…
You might not have thought about having bread as a part of your wedding feast however we have plenty of food for thought here at Ginger and this one should be considered. We’ve mentioned in our recent blog about the ‘up-rising’ popularity of sharing platters – food that brings your guests together and has that rustic but luxurious theme, and bread certainly fits in nicely with this. Bread is far from boring when you’re pairing it with freshly prepared Anti-Pasti, char-grilled Mediterranean vegetables, or mopping up fragrant, balsamic olive oil with warmed, soft focaccia…….
Picture this….Pumpernickel, Ciabatta and seeded Baguette sliced and served with a selection of New Forest cheeses on an Autumnal late afternoon, post wedding breakfast, illuminated by the warmth of candle lanterns. Making you hungry? It certainly gets our stomachs rumbling, especially that smell of freshly baked goods coming straight from the oven. Ginger catering are all about combining fresh, exciting ingredients and beautiful presentation and our glazed, perfectly baked, flavoursome breads are always a hit! It is also suited to any time of year, it can accompany any plate of food and is enjoyed alongside worldwide cultural dishes. Genuinely, the possibilities are endless and at Ginger we aim to inspire you with our menus and ideas.
“Let us break bread together”
Already known throughout history as a tradition that people share together, bread is one of the oldest of prepared foods. It has a social and an emotional significance and as well as the perfect texture duo of crusty outer and cloud-soft centre; it’s an ideal food for a wedding or any celebration. Not surprising I’m sure, but we think a lot about food here at Ginger and what it means to people, the way it makes us feel before and after. So if you are looking for a caterer who thinks more than just putting food on the table, at Ginger we believe in the experience, the memories and bonding people together through the love of food.
We’ve been busy this Winter and we are very excited about what’s already instore for 2017, including new and exciting recipes joining our seasonal menus. Having a Hampshire wedding, corporate occasion or private celebration? Ginger catering will be here to serve your daily bread.
Let’s break traditional and get intimate. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the elegance of a three course plated meal but there is something quite fun about having an abundance of food delivered to the centre of the table, for guests to dive into. We are not talking about a medieval style self-serve buffet or an even older style banquet of ripping into a carcass, but instead a beautifully plated selection of succulent meats, with a balance of carbs and vibrant salads. But Veggies and Vegan’s, don’t feel that this option is solely for the meat eater, oh no, our vegetarian wedding options are just as substantial and stunningly presented.
At Ginger HQ, excitingly we have already seen the increase of sharing platter enquiries come through and we predict this will be a strong trend for 2017 weddings. There are quite a few reasons for couples to opt for this style of service and we at Ginger Catering Company LOVE the appeal for these following reasons…
We love a New Forest rustic wedding and what a better way to compliment it then wooden boards laden with Charcuterie and it doesn’t stop there, at Ginger we let you choose three main dishes…
Sharing platters create an intimate guest experience. Table awkwardness will be a thing of the past when your guests have to break the ice by sharing and bonding over most people’s favourite past time- eating!
We find it very hard to choose what to eat and this idea gives everyone a wide selection of glorious food to eat as much or as little (as if…) as you wish.
We want your guests to lean back in their seats, wide-eyed and jaw-dropped when our staff deliver your choice of wedding cuisine to the table. We want to see big grins and satisfied tummies with that little spaced put aside to allow room for dessert without feeling bloated – to enable a great night of boogying on the dance floor. If all of that wasn’t enough we can, of course, provide that pick-me-up of evening food which features some great classics and new inspirations.
Remember, although we are mobile caterers in the heart of Hampshire, we bring our services to wherever you decided to have your wedding across the South Coast. If you wanted a nautical themed wedding in Dorset with a ‘catch of the day’ style seafood platter or the back drop of Wiltshire Countryside complimented with local meats and cheeses to match- anything is possible!
One of the reasons we got into wedding catering is because we get to show you how much we care about food and service. Sharing platters give us the opportunity to match colours, themes and add personality to dishes on your wedding day. So if you’re currently going through ideas for your wedding and need catering inspiration, get in touch with Ginger. We are excited about our upcoming Hampshire weddings and will be holding another wedding showcase in the New Forest next April 2017 and would love to see you there.