Strawberries

first_imgBritish strawberries were traditionally in season from early June until mid-August, but with the widespread use of polytunnels and by growing a range of different varieties, this season has been extended to the end of September.The British climate is ideally suited to growing soft fruits and so, in season, buy British. When strawberries are shipped from long distances, the fruit is picked before it is ripe to ensure it does not go mushy in transit and so the texture and flavour suffer as a result. Fresh strawberries are best used as fillings with cream, cream cheeses such as mascarpone or crème patissiere, in pastries, tarts, choux buns, roulades, meringues and cakes. They mix well with nuts, so that shortcakes, biscuits or pastry can be made using, for example, hazelnuts. Strawberries go well with rhubarb, gooseberries, raspberries, redcurrants, passion fruit, elderflower and chocolate among other things.If strawberries are cooked they release a lot of liquid, so adding a crumble on top helps to absorb some of that. For a different strawberry tart, mix with other summer fruits and cook to release their juices with some sugar. Put into pastry cases and cover with a crumble mix that contains oats and, possibly, nuts. For a summer twist on a winter pudding make a Strawberry and Rhubarb Crumble using amaretti biscuits in the crumble mix.* Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from the world-famous Leiths School of Food and Winelast_img read more

Greggs opens fourth drive-through in Newcastle

first_imgGreggs has opened a new drive-through in Newcastle, close to its first-ever store.The latest opening, which is the fourth drive-through in Gregg’s estate, is located in North Gosforth, just down the road from where John Gregg opened his first bakery.The food-to-go retailer said the opening would create 20 new jobs in the area.To commemorate the launch, Greggs decked a vintage ‘Sausage Rolls’ Rolls Royce in bunting, and allowed it to be the first car to use the drive-through, accompanied by a brass band.The first customers through the drive-through snapped up free Greggs-themed merchandise including air fresheners and stickers.“Since Greggs was founded 80 years ago, we’ve constantly evolved as a business to meet the changing needs of our customers. We know having convenient access to quality food on the go is key, so that’s why we’re opening more stores where our customers want us to be, including more travel locations,” said Greggs chief executive Roger Whiteside.“We’ve experienced high demand from our existing drive-through shops and we hope to replicate this successful format elsewhere across the UK.”Greggs’ three other drive-throughs are located in Irlam (Greater Manchester), Ashby-de-la-Zouch (Derbyshire) and Blackburn (Lancashire).last_img read more

Antique urges parents to vaccinate kids vs polio

first_imgAbiera said FIC means a child has been immunizedagainst polio, Hepatitis B, and other childhood diseases. Integrated Provincial Health Office-Antique urges parents to have their children immunized with polio vaccine due to the reemergence of the viral disease in the country. PNA “We, however, believe there are still childrenwho were not able to have their full immunization last year and so weencouraged parents to cope with their missed immunization,” Abiera said, addingthat children, who missed their polio immunization, could still have it untilfive years old. He said parents should carry out stricthygiene among their children like hand-washing before and after eating.  “We are now strengthening our routinevaccination so that the children when they reach 1-year-old, would become fullyimmunized children (FIC),” he added. He added the target was a projected figurebased on the data provided by the Philippine Statistics Authority. “Our target last year was 16,280 1-year-oldchildren but health workers reported only 9,191 FIC,” Abiera said. SAN JOSE, Antique – The Integrated ProvincialHealth Office (IPHO) in this province urges parents to have their childrenimmunized with polio vaccine due to the reemergence of the viral disease in thecountry. Provincial health officer Dr. Leoncio AbieraJr. on Wednesday said parents should bring their children to rural healthcenters for vaccination. Last year, a total of 9,191 children aged one,were considered FIC in Antique. “We know that the mode of transmission onpolio is fecal-oral so children have to really practice hand-washing,” addedAbiera.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more