Matts Life 25th July 2015

Time for a makeover in Matt’s Lfe

After a grilling that he’s beards getting out of hand from his other half and a few derogatory remarks from Robert, Matt decided it’s time for a makeover.
Matt asked if we had any ideas of what his new look should be like so we thought he should be a bit more in touch with his feminine side and suggested the image below!

If you have any suggestions, let Matt know ASAP.

Matt, our Super Salesman is available on 07903 204675 or email matt@countysupp.com

Black Garlic

Black Garlic starts life as premium quality white garlic but, after gentle heating and a little time, its cloves become sweet, dark and jellied .
This is achieved through the ageing process only; there are no additives, but Black Garlic has twice the antioxidants of normal garlic, is low in fat, rich in natural sugars and leaves no smell or bad breath.
Black Garlic’s sweet taste, with hints of molasses, balsamic and undertones of regular garlic, make it the perfect addition to a wide variety of recipes.
It instantly brings a new depth of flavour to the dishes you already love, and can also inspire new recipes of its own. Its mellow flavour ensures that it is far more versatile than white garlic, and can even be enjoyed as a snack.
We sell peeled Black Garlic in 1kg bags, give us a call for prices.

CSL Market Report 25th July 2015

Fruit & Vegetable Market Report 25th July 2015

This unusual cold spell shows no sign of returning to the lovely warm weather we expected for July and as a subsequence soft fruits are starting to suffer as they need warm dry weather. So if the cold & wet continues English Strawberries & Raspberries will suffer the most and prices will increase. We still have English Cherries, but supplies are getting shorter. English Plums have now started and the first early variety we have is a ‘Meritare’ which is not dissimilar to a Victoria Plum. Dutch Pineberries & Stayberries are now available again. English Apricots are lovely but not available every day. All Citrus Fruit in particular Oranges & Lemons remains very tight and prices are high. Pineapples too are creeping up in price. Water Melons are cheaper this week so are a good buy.
Broccoli has doubled in price due to short supply, Cauliflower, Cucumbers and Baby Artichokes are all dearer this week too. Marrows are plentiful now and are a good price. All the English Lettuces remain a good price, as do the Beef Tomatoes. The Wild Mushroom selection is a bit limited this time of year and can be expensive, so you may want to check before ordering. Avocados are in short supply still and the ‘Hass‘  variety is still the best around even though it is a bit pricier.

Best of British Produce – July

July is a great month for fantastic seasonal British produce. See below for a selection of the finest ingredients that should feature in every chef’s menu this month.

Salads

Round Lettuce, Cucumbers, Lollo Rosso & Biando, Iceberg, Cos, Little Gem, Pousse, Watercress, Baby leaf salads.

Vegetables

Cauliflower, Leeks, Swede, Beetroot, Carrots, Parsnips, White, Red & Primo Cabbage, Chantenay Carrots, Leeks, Cornish Mid Potatoes, Broccoli, Jersey Royal Potatoes*, Turnips, Peas, Broad Beans, Runner Beans.

Fruit

Bramley Cooking Apples, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Cherries, Rhubarb, Few Apricots, Rhubarb.

Foraging

Elder Flowers*
*coming to an end

Matts Life 14th July 2015

After a Matt style pig-out of Pork Ribs, Beef Ribs, Lobster Burger, Brisket…….etc, at Dinerama in Shoreditch on a boys night out on Friday night Matt decided he needed a bit of exercise over the weekend to burn off a few calories.
So first on the agenda he went for a 5 mile dog walk with his other half on the Saturday. Sunday was all about the golf so feeling a bit stiff from the walk he attempted 18 holes, unfortunately he got to the 15th and collapsed. He definitely has a handicap only not a golf one.
He thinks it was due to something he ate… more like how much he ate!!

Matt, our Super Salesman is available on 07903 204675 or email matt@countysupp.com

CSL Market Report 14th July 2015

County Supplies London Market Report 14th July

Apart from a few heated exchanges and a broken toe, the Covent Garden 5-a-side football tournament on Saturday went quite well. So Monday was more about the football than the produce!
Little change on last week, we have some good sized English Savoy Cabbage from Kent, Red/Green Curly Kale and good sized Cauliflowers from Lincolnshire. English Marrows & Courgettes are also around. There is a good selection of English baby Leaves including Baby Kale, Pousse, Rocket and Mixed Leaf – all available in 500g bags. Smoked Garlic has started again and there is some good loose French Corn-on-Cob. Smooth skin Feurte Avocado’s are not ripening well so we’re limited to buying the dearer Hass Variety.
Citrus prices are a problem and prices are rising affecting Oranges, Lemons & Limes. All the English Berries are available and quality is good. Peaches and Nectarines are now in their peak and prices are very reasonable. There are some French Greengages available and even some English Apricots on the market. The best easy peeler is still the Peruvian Satsumas and prices are easing slightly.

Honey Berries

An edible Honeysuckle berry with similar tasting fruit to blueberries is set to be the next superfood.
The blue honeysuckle berries, also called honeyberries or haksaps has been grown and enjoyed for centuries in Siberia and Japan. Only a small amount has been grown in this country so far but next year they will be available commercially as they are being cultivated by farmers who usually grow strawberries in Hampshire, Somerset and Scotland, while supplies will be boosted by Polish producers. Unfortunately they will only be available for three to four weeks as they have a short growing season. They are said to be high in beneficial antioxidants and Vitamins A, E and especially C. A small handful contains 60 per cent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C and they have three times as much iron per 100g as a blueberry.
Honeyberries are so versatile as they can be eaten fresh or made into jams, jellies, pies and ice cream. They even freeze successfully.

Wild Rose Petal Honey

This was a popular feature from Robin Harford’s blog last year on how to make this seasonal treat.

“My current favourite tasting rose petal is that of ‘Rosa rugosa’ aka Red Japanese Rose which not only smells heavenly, but tastes extraordinary. Chances are you’ve walked by it many times. It’s the rose with the massive hip, and is usually found in urban spaces”.

Ingredients:
1 clean jar with screw top lid.
1 jar of light, clear honey.
A tub of Rosa rugosa petals.

Suggested Instructions:
Finely chop the rose petals, the put into your empty jar and pour over the honey.
Stir well, then allow to sit on a windowsill in sunlight. The petals will all rise to the top, so when they have, add more carefully stirring them in. You might think you have filled the jar up, but keep adding more until the honey and rose petal mixture is nearly over flowing. Cap and return to the windowsill. Add more petals if there is honey showing as the petals try and separate. It’s all a guesstimate with this recipe.

Leave for a few weeks and then use on hot buttered toasted tea cakes or just plain toast. Stir into porridge, or for the wild and free, drizzle over your lovers body and indulge

CSL Market Report 8th July 2015

County Supplies London Market Report 8th July 

Its been a tough week getting produce from the continent with all the strikes at Calais and subsequent problems on Eurostar. Usually we have our daily delivery around 1am, over the last week your lucky if it came at all! But we managed and luckily this time of year we have a lot of home grown produce around like the lovely Runner Beans & Broad Beans from D Southall & Sons in Worcs. The hike in the Cucumber price was short lived and is now back to normal. The English New Potatoes from Suffolk taste great, so do the Fresh Peas from K.S. Coles Farm in Somerset. Cauliflowers are a good size and coming from Lincolnshire at present. Please note that English Asparagus has finished, it’s Peruvian now.

Good Black Seedless Grapes are still a problem and pricey. Lemons are more expensive now that we’re buying the better quality new season Argentinian. Limes too are due to rise in price as supplies get tighter. Plenty of English berries about now including Blackberries & Blueberries. We have some lovely English Cherries from Barfield Farm in Kent (see pic), currently it’s a variety called ‘Sasha’ but it can change daily. Spanish Peaches, Nectarines & Apricots continue to be excellent and are reasonably priced.

English Cherries Kent
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