Who won this week’s @FoodAdo Friday #Giveaway? Ask clever Mr Filbert!

October 25th, 2010

Who won this week’s FoodAdo Friday Giveaway? Ask clever Mr Filbert!

He is not only the best at making nut snacks, he knows a lot of other things too!

Mr Filbert travelled the world and discovered many secrets and recipes.

When it comes to snack, he is a complete champion!

We interviewed clever Mr Filbert and he said:

“Hello!

Recently I found a pile of old recipes belonging to my Uncle Archibald.

The sights and smells from my adventures around the world started whirling round in my head and ideas began to fuse, creating a fantastic blend of traditional tastes with fresh flavours collected on my travels.

Now I’m the creator of a whole heap of gorgeously tasty snacks oils and drizzles, each one with a novel twist.

My home has become my workshop and I’d like to invite you in to share my greatest taste inventions.

I hope you love them as much as I do!

Psss! The winner for this week’s FoodAdo Friday Giveaway is Bella Smyth!

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This week FoodAdo Friday Giveaway Competition: Win #Nuts Snacks RT & tell @FoodAdo What really drives you NUTS?

October 22nd, 2010

FoodAdo Friday is a competition on FoodAdo’s Facebook and Twitter pages

The FoodAdo Community is challenged with questions or games.

Friday Oct 22 2010 UK NATIONAL NUTS DAY

What really drives you NUTS?

Prize: A FoodAdo parcel with delicious artisan products (this week: Mr Filbert’s fabulous snacks) will be delivered straight to his home or office, wherever in UK mainland.

Enjoy fun and food creativity!

Play now:

T&C:

In order to be eligible to win you have to hold a free account on FoodAdo.com – http://FoodAdo.com/register (the shipping address specified in the registration is in UK Mainland)


The games starts on Friday at 11.00am and closes on the following Monday at 11.00am

Have fun & love good food!

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This week FoodAdo Friday Giveaway Competition: Win chocolate RT & tell @FoodAdo who you would share chocolate with

October 15th, 2010

FoodAdo Friday is a competition on FoodAdo’s Facebook and Twitter pages

The FoodAdo Community is challenged with questions or games.

Friday Oct 15 2010

Which famous person (of all times) would you share chocolate with?

Prize: A FoodAdo parcel with delicious artisan products (this week: Choc Chick Master Kit) will be delivered straight to his home or office, wherever in UK mainland.

Enjoy chocolatey creativity!

Play now:

T&C:

In order to be eligible to win you have to hold a free account on FoodAdo.com – http://FoodAdo.com/register (the shipping address specified in the registration is in UK Mainland)


The games starts on Friday at 11.00am and closes on the following Monday at 11.00am

Have fun & love good food!

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Uma’s MumsExoticSauces sells at @FoodAdo: When an artisan product is fresh & good no worries about the business plan!

October 14th, 2010

Uma’s success is a demonstration that when a product is very very very good, there is no need to worry to much!

FoodAdo is charmed by Mums Exotic Sauces story:

“My name is Uma Purohit, and I with my husband’s great help and support run my small business, producing and supplying a variety of exotic dips and cooking sauces to small businesses and to customers through three local markets.

Food has always been my passion; I am known to always be entertaining. Any parties I went to I always had to take my salsa sauce. I literally woke up one morning in June 2009 and decided that I was going to take the leap of faith and start a business based solely on comments from my friends and relatives combined with my passion for cooking and for creating interesting and new recipes. I also am a full time health professional with a particular interest in health promotion matters which gives me an important perspective on what is good and wholesome food. This is applied on a daily basis to all my products. I had no business idea, never done anything any thing like this before. I booked a pitch for a Saturday, at one of the famous markets in London, it seemed easy!

I went armed with a decorating table and a borrowed garden gazebo and ventured into the market in Marylebone, London. In those days amazingly we only sold a single product, our home made smooth exotic Salsa. So the next time I made buckets full of salsa sauce and you know what it sold!  People liked the taste, asked if I make any other sauces. So yet again the next time I took a large coffee jar of coriander chilli chutney as a sample, it quickly sold out!! Following that I took some guacamole in a large coffee jar to the next market, it too sold out!!!

To my surprise the Coriander chilli chutney has become our best seller. We have since introduced Gujarati Style cooking sauces, in Mild, Medium and Hot Flavours and they are equally as popular as our Coriander chilli chutney.

The rest I should say is history. Fourteen months later we now have a presence in 3 separate markets, a small list of personal customers and supply to some small delicatessens.

Our small product range includes Exotic Salsa and Smooth Guacamole, Indian green chilli, coriander and ginger chutney and our very versatile Gujarati style cooking sauce in varying degrees of hotness.

The whole operation is run from our kitchen at home with the objective of producing products that are fresh, locally sourced where possible and completely home made without any additives or preservatives.

We now sell at the following markets, Duck Pond Farmers Market in Ruislip on 1st and Duck Pond Food and Craft market on 3rd Sunday in the month and Welwyn Garden City Market on 1st and 3rd Sunday in month. I still have my full time job, and am a devoted wife and mother to my two beautiful daughters.

It is our promise to supply tasty freshly home made products to suit all levels of taste buds.”

FoodAdo has a complete passion for artisan food producers that throw themselves into new adventures. How can you not feel proud for corageous Uma and her successful business?

Well done Uma and thank you for sharing your story with us!

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@FoodAdo’s favourite fairy travels and adventures in Nicaragua – Chapter 2 – @CoffeeFairyUK

October 14th, 2010

(if you haven’t read Chapter 1, click here)

All for one and one for all………

Don’t tell anyone, but I’m finding that working and organising things here in Nicaragua is becoming……..ssssssshhhhhhhh almost easier

Now I know that some will say it’s about time as it’s been five and a half years since I first arrived here, and I should know what I’m doing by now. But in my defence each time I have come over I have started such different sorts of projects, buying the right sort of desks, finding the right colour paint, sourcing the water filters, transport issues, building the toilets at the school etc. that it was always more than a bit of a challenge when I arrived.

This time things have been almost smooth. Now, the desk man knows me and what I want to order and is ready with a fair price, the paint shop can find the right colour as they have me on their records and they also know I will ask for a discount even if I just pay for a paintbrush. A team of builders in the community are all ready to go with a quote to start building the new classroom which can start next week. Good to know some of the coffee farmers are still being somewhat difficult, otherwise I’d probably be bored, probably.

And then there are the Three Muskateers, that includes my NBF (Tom) who is like my personal memory stick, “Martina, don’t forget we have to plan the videos” “Martina, don’t forget the money” “Martina, shall we write a list?” I think I shall be lost wIthout him when we go home, or maybe I will try and lose him beforehand. Meanwhile Sarah and Antony have been doing the most incredible paint job on the exterior of the school, I had a meeting with the coffee farmers, (more of that later), and Tom and I set off on horses to the meeting leaving the other two to start the paint job which we promised we would come back and help with later on. By the time we rode back past the school, it was obvious that Sarah could be rented out as a human spirit level, so straight were the lines and the classrooms looked as if they had been built that day, they looked so amazing. The two of them plus help from a few people in the community meant they had finished everything they could with the paint we had, it really was a top job.

FoodAdo Coffee Fairy in NicaraguaThe best night without a doubt in anyone’s mind so far was the night we handed out the masses of clothes and shoes we had brought. It was absolutely spectacular. We had been waiting till all the ‘guests’ left, friends, relations, neighbours, people popping in for a plate of rice and beans and a chat with Marlon or a catch up on the local gossip with Mayra.

Once they had all gone we closed the doors and unloaded the first of the four massive bags we had each brought, in addition to our own rucksacks. Each bag was packed with as many decent second hand and new clothes and shoes for everyone in the community. As well as that we had a sackful of jewellery, make up, hair stuff and creams and perfumes, they were in heaven. If you have donated even a single item of clothing then be very very proud, to be a part of that was utterly fantastic, we ended up with enough clothes and shoes for forty two people in the community.

Now that, puts recycling into a different perspective. The highlight of the evening was a bag of shoes for children which had been donated by someone from as far away as Canada. Marlon and Mayra’s little boy desperately needed new shoes, screams of shock at the sight of the number of beautiful little shoes turned into ecstatic squeals of delight as they realised that they were his size. I’m not going to lie to you, we ALL burst into tears. Thank you so much, it really was incredible.

Following the announcement on the radio all of my farmers (apart from two) turned up, it was great to see them all, although, as usual, a little intimidating. Pretending I wasn’t in the least bit nervous of all these men we sat in a room in a circle while I launched into how well the coffee was doing in England and how happy we were were that this year we would be able to buy more coffee thanks to increased orders from the prestigious Harvey Nichols and lots of smaller shops and delis. It was difficult to tell if they were pleased so I ploughed on talking about the importance of the coffee being of the same top quality they had sold me before. Silence.

Thinking that it was all pretty much okay Marlon asked if anyone had any questions.

One farmer started to speak, in a nutshell he wanted to know why I couldn’t pay them more money, why, if they were supplying great coffee could they not receive more money directly instead of me funding school projects…….. more silence, except I was simmering inside trying to keep my Italian Irish temper in check. Then, out of nowhere one of the oldest producers spoke up, his contempt was not so easily kept in check. He talked about the differences that had been made working with the Coffee Fairy, the fact that the children had books that were actually relevant to their curriculum, the water filters that had been supplied when I hadn’t bought coffee and the fact that twice a year, every year without fail I was there to reassure them that this was an ongoing project and I always told them how their coffee was doing in England. He talked about the fact that it was an investment in the future and that it was not just the money that I paid for the coffee but that the benefits of selling me coffee in their own community rather than having to take it to the nearest town meant savings upon savings for them. Best of all this quiet and eloquent spokesman had every single farmer in the room nodding in agreement.

Pheeeeeewwww.

FoodAdo Coffee Fairy in NicaraguaAfterwards I took the rogue farmer to one side and asked if he had children at the school. He had three, I then explained that the majority of the school projects were funded by schools in the UK and not by me personally. I said this smiling all the time, and asked if he understood, he said yes, and looked a little shame faced. I walked away with a big smile and clenched fists hidden in my pockets. The bottom line? One farmer out of 16 felt that way, he was seriously out voted by the others and I believe that to have all those others farmers on my side, believing in this project and where we are headed is more than pretty good.

So, it hasn’t all been smooth, but it has been busy and we have made excellent headway with the school which now looks stunning. Already we are project managing the build of the new classroom which will be be a major part of the secondary school, did I mention that the primary school has been given secondary school status by the Nicaraguan government? Thanks to it’s new makeover and improved facilities, this means that the option of secondary education will be open to over 150 students from March.

In the meantime I’ve been thinking….again…..this transport problem is a real issue, too much rainfall, the river floods and people are seriously stuck. They are now facing another two months of a three hour (minimum) bus journey to go to the nearest town, the road is dreadful and really slow, meaning that if anyone is sick or there is an emergency it really is a nightmare for them to reach the nearest emergency services or a doctor.

So, how about we build a bridge? A causeway across the river allowing all vehicles to pass…..how hard could it be?

Never knowingly under-challenged, me.

Next week I shall write more of the Three Muskateers, the way they have coped with the less than fresh toilets, Sarah’s ability to stay calm while a scorpion lost itself in her clothes, fortunately not while she was wearing them, Tom’s aspirations to become a professional horse rider, (v.g.) and Antony’s patience with the food, (a 6’6 man cannot live on fried alone).

Hasta la proxima! xxxx

 

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@FoodAdo is proud for @AlanCoxon & his “Maitrise Escoffier” award by Conseil Culinaire Francais

October 13th, 2010

TV Chef/presenter, food Archaeologist, author and broadcaster Alan Coxon has been awarded the “Maitrise Escoffier” award by the Conseil Culinaire Francais.

The award on recommendation of the President of the Association Culinaire is in recognition for achievements within the culinary profession.

Alan who received notice of the award in the post says:

It was a complete surprise and a great honour and privilege to have been recognised by such a leading culinary body and by my peers

FoodAdo could not resist form interviewing him and discover a bit more.

Who was the first person you told the good news?

My Wife and Children

Why do you think they picked your products?

I have been a member of the Association Culinaire for many years and this surprise award was a nomination by my peers in recognition for the work I have done in the food industry and possibly the fact that I have created a unique ingredient.

What is your secret?

If I told you it would no longer be a secret!! Joking aside, the real secret is  hard work , sheer determination and a passion to see  quality products enjoyed by people that love  quality food and ingredients.

Alan has worked in a variety of hotels and restaurants around the world including the Michelin star restaurant the “Foie Gras”, the Loews hotel Monte Carlo, his own restaurant in the Isle of Man, and the largest 4 star hotel in Paris leading a brigade of 65 International chefs.

Alan has also developed a global following for his TV presentations such as Ever Wondered about food for BBC2, Coxon`s Royal Feast for BBC Worldwide to 4 years as guest presenter on the Gloria Hunniford Open house and 4 years on the UK TV food networks.

Alan has written 3 books to date and has also created a unique range of multi award winning food products, including a 15th century Mediaeval Old English “Ale-Gar”, a Roman period Vinaigre and an Ancient Greek Vinaigre.

All three products are now being exported and to 9 countries around the globe.

He is a complete source of information and inspiration for foodies!

Well done Alan!

If you want to discover more about Alan and his unique products, visit http://foodado.com/coxonskitchen

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@FoodAdo MUMPRENEURS: Galia from CHOC CHICK, how to be a mum & manage a successful business

October 12th, 2010

MUMPRENEURS: Galia fom CHOC CHICK

FoodAdo interviewed Galia, Choc Chick, to discover what is a secret of a working mother that manages to have lovely children and a successful business.

Q: Galia, How did you manage the challenge of being a mother and launch your own business?

A: I actually set up my own business as I was finding it hard to balance my family life and a full time job. By setting up my own company CHOC Chick, I’ve been able to make my own hours and although I actually work longer hours than before, I’m still able to collect my daughters from school, attend school events and be there in the afternoons when they are home. I’ve had a lot of help from my husband and girls and they are very much involved in the business, from developing new chocolate recipes, packing up orders and ingredients to helping out at trade shows and events. It is a constant challenge balancing motherhood with my business but I am extremely lucky to have a very supportive family who are as passionate about my business as I am.

Q: What made you click and think “I want to create CHOC Chick“?

A: I’ve always been a chocoholic and when I discovered, around 3 years ago, how easy, healthy and delicious raw chocolate making is I began making copious amounts of chocolates for friends and family. At that time it was difficult and expensive finding the raw chocolate making ingredients and after making my own chocolate for around 6 months, I decided to leave my full time job and developed a range of affordable raw chocolate making kits with all the ingredients and recipes so that anyone can be a chocolatier and discover the joys of raw chocolate.

Q: Did you have connections or experience in the business before you started?

A: My previous job was in Internet Marketing, so using this experience I initially set up my business online and developed my online shop. As my aim is to make raw chocolate making accessible to all, I realised after a year in business, that I needed to get our Kits and ingredients into retail outlets and the high-street and this has been a huge learning curve as I had absolutely no experience in retail.

Q: What is the most precious tip you would you give to a Mum thinking about starting a small company?

A: Be passionate about your business but do make sure to find time for yourself and delegate as much as you can. When running your own small business you end up doing absolutely everything, on top of the housework, taking care of the children and cooking dinner, so finding ways to delegate some of the work and spending a little time just on yourself (simply going for a walk with my dogs works for me!) is incredibly important.

Q: What is the thing you like the most about CHOC Chick?

A: Setting up my business has been a dream come true, I get to work with everything chocolate, which is one of my biggest passions, but my favourite thing is seeing people’s reactions when they taste raw chocolate and realise how much fun it is to make it themselves. It’s incredibly satisfying to work in something that brings so much happiness to others (and myself of course!).

Q: What is in the future for lovely CHOC Chick?

A: My aim is to continue to grow the business both online and on the high-street and bring raw chocolate making to every kitchen in the UK and beyond.

Galia has recently started selling her beautiful chocolates on http://foodado.com/chocchick, and discovere that FoodAdo is a  website specialised in supporting little UK food producers, many of whom are women and mothers. Good luck Galia!

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Why @FoodAdo loves brilliant @FoodNetworking and its opportunities for small artisan producers

October 12th, 2010

Being a small artisan food producer can be challenging sometimes.

When you start a new business everything around you looks big, difficult and new. Sometimes one can feel it is too difficult.

Luckily artisan producers are not alone.

The Food Network is a brilliant concept that can help each artisan producer to connect with the food industry and stop feeling like they are fighting alone against 1000 giants.

The Food Network, like FoodAdo, can support artisan producers and help them to have successful small businesses.

FoodAdo is actually charmed by the Food Network and its brilliant people: a clever mix of expertise, professionals and fun!

The Food Network covers all areas of the food industry (ingredient producers, manufacturers, branding and packaging specialists, caterers, legal labelling experts, distributors…)

Non-members can access several of their online Forums, view the discussions and place their own discussion.

The Food Network started in the late 1990’s when it became apparent that many food and food related businesses around London would like to network with peers but often found it difficult to commit to regular meetings because of work pressure. So the idea of an electronic forum was formed…….

One immediate advantage was that this meant there was no geographical barrier to the Network and businesses from across the UK and some from Europe signed up.

The group grew by word of mouth and reputation for helping businesses and being incredibly good value for money. The Network continues to expand grow and offer more services to its members

You can follow FoodNetworking and brilliant Jane Milton on twitter @FoodNetworking

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How does @FoodAdo work & why is it important to register? http://FoodAdo.com/register

October 11th, 2010

How does FoodAdo.com work and why is it important to register?

FoodAdo’s technology is integrated with Parcel Force (Shipping) and SagePay (Credid Cards).

When you want to order a product you like, you are asked to register and insert your correct address.

Your order goes directly to the single artisan producer, with the quantity and your shipping details.

They receive an email with your request, they prepare the box with your lovely food and print the shipping label in one go.

Parcel Force is automatically informed by FoodAdo system that they need to pick up a box from them and deliver it to you.

All this saves time to the small producers.

They have more time to produce good food and don’t get mad in organizing orders and delivery pick ups on the phone, writing down addresses, filling in forms. looking for post codes…

It is another way we all can use to help the small artisan producer to resist the food giants’ competition!

Register now and start supporting UK artisan food producers by buying their great products on FoodAdo!!

What is @FoodAdo Friday Giveaway? RT & play. Win artisan foods and drinks from UK producers

October 8th, 2010

FoodAdo Friday is a competition on FoodAdo’s Facebook and Twitter pages

The FoodAdo Community is challenged with questions or games.

Friday Oct 8 2010

This week: Where did you have your best cup of tea?

Reply and post your answers, the one who gets more “Likes” wins.

 

Prize: A FoodAdo parcel with delicious artisan products will be delivered straight to his home or office, wherever in UK mainland.

Play now: http://on.fb.me/FoodFr

T&C:

In order to be eligible to win you have to hold a free account on FoodAdo.com – http://FoodAdo.com/register (the shipping address specified in the registration is in UK Mainland)


The games starts on Friday at 11.00am and closes on the following Monday at 11.00am

Have fun & love good food!

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