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January Jollies

Its January again, no need to get down as there are lots of things to look forward too.

Here at Vanilla we are busy preparing for the new year, buying new catering equipment for our ever expanding kitchens,  a new van will also be added to our fleet, any suggestions for a name will be greatly appreciated, so far we have Eric, Terrance, Josephine and Horatio, me thinks the ladies are outnumbered here so please send in suggestions.

We have our first wedding of the year on Saturday when the lovely Jessica marries Kavian at the Tithe barn in Ditcham. They have a bespoke menu which is an English Caribbean fusion and I will reveal the menu in my next blog as I don’t want to spoil it for the 120 guests they have invited.

January also see’s Chinese New Year, this year it is the Year of the dragon…..Hope all our Chinese friends have a wonderful party and a special big Happy New Year to my good friend Yangjing who cooked me the most amazing Chinese meal last week, sticky pork rice balls to die for …….

It’s the month when Kit, one of our directors, goes head to head with Ben, one of our lovely chef’s, in a weight loss challenge. They are both hoping to loose weight, Ben needs to get fit for a 10k run he’s has signed up for in aid of Parkinsons, kit just needs to get fit !  As you can imagine is very difficult trying to loose weight when we are surrounded by all this lovely food.

January also hosts Burns night so I hope you will all be partaking in a wee portion of Haggis on 25th January

 As an aside did you know ?

A Burns supper is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, author of many Scots poems. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet's birthday, 25 January, sometimes also known as Robert Burns Day or Burns Night the main dish of eth supper is Haggis. Haggis  is a dish containing sheep's 'pluck' (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in the animal's stomach for approximately three hours. Most modern commercial haggis is prepared in a casing rather than an actual stomach.

Everyone stands as the main course is brought in. This is always a haggis on a large dish. It is usually brought in by the cook, generally while a piper plays bagpipes and leads the way to the host's table, where the haggis is laid down.

Burns night is a very special night for me as it’s the day my lovely husband proposed to me …..20 years ago, so ladies the haggis obviously did something for him, maybe you should try it too !

On  Saturday 28th January we will be at the Tithe  barn open  day ( 01730 825 562) this is a truly amazing venue in which to hold a wedding so why not come along to the  barn to have  a nosey, meet the team ,sample some of our produce and chat about your big day ! .

Don’t forget For every guest at you wedding party or event we will donate 20p to the EllenMacarthur Trust ( so we hope that a happy occasion such as a wedding or party will bring a little happiness for young people aged between 8-24 by allowing them to sail to help them regain their confidence, on their way to recovery from cancer, leukaemia and other serious illness.

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Have a good week and speak soon

Sally and the team



Monday 9th January 2012

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