Private Catering

Posted on Apr 12, 2016

Private Catering

Poppy’s Kitchen offers a full private catering service ranging from intimate dinner parties at home to weddings.

Our team can take care of all the details of your event from creating bespoke menus to organising hire equipment, celebration cakes and entertainment.

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Welcome Hampers & Celebration Crates

Posted on Apr 12, 2016

Welcome Hampers & Celebration Crates

Our welcome hampers work well for holiday lets, your lazy weekend breaks with friends or as a nice surprise for a spoiling breakfast. The hampers can be tailor made to suit your requirements; order a simple selection of our organic bread, dairy + eggs or a glut of organic fruit and vegetables.

Celebration crates can be created for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, baby showers + birthdays.

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Cafe dining al fresco in Deal!

Posted on Jul 17, 2015

Cafe dining al fresco in Deal!

Poppy’s Kitchen is buzzing! The sun is shining in Kent and it’s all about dining al fresco in our garden.  The full cafe menu for breakfast and lunch is available in the garden and there’s plenty of space for dogs and children alike. It’s only be four months since we opened the doors and I’m just catching my breath, but what an experience so far. I’ve lost count of how many eggs I’ve fried, how many chickens I’ve poached and how many balls of shortcrust pastry I’ve rolled out (an increasingly mean feat in this hot weather). The menu is ever evolving, as the seasons change so do our ingredients and our salads are the perfect example of this. The celeriac slaw has been replaced by a fresher carrot and beetroot raw salad and root vegetables have given way to broad beans, courgette and cucumbers. The shop is a riot of colour with stone fruits of all varieties – British cherries and rhubarb, Kentish strawberries and raspberries and just a few Spanish imposters in the form of nectarines, peaches and apricots. The abundance in the shop allows for more creativity in the kitchen, leading to new specials such as our new potato, Wingham Well watercress, soft boiled egg and black olive salad and hearty chicken, chorizo and marrowfat pea stew. The heatwave has not put a dent in demand for our cooked house breakfasts which are served right up to 3pm each day.  Every day we cook The Black Pig’s Cumberland sausages and smoked back bacon to order along with Walmestone Growers’ famous cherry tomatoes and our homemade baked beans with chipotle. I hope to see you sunning yourself in our garden with a chilled glass of Chapel Down Rose or a cup of coffee soon, come and say hello to Poppy in the kitchen!...

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Save the best ’till last – NYE 2014

Posted on Jan 6, 2015

Save the best ’till last – NYE 2014

2014 was largely a year of hard graft and no holidays so we celebrated its passing in style with a big get together in in the rural setting of Gloucestershire with 20 of our friends and it was quite a foodie endeavour.

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Olive picking in Catalonia

Posted on Nov 19, 2014

Olive picking in Catalonia

Olive oil is a product that is evocative of the good life and of luxury, despite Jamie Oliver drizzling it with wild abandon.  A top quality extra virgin olive oil can be very expensive but having taken part in my first olive harvest this November I now realise why! Family friends Andrew and Sally Scarth were looking for a holiday getaway in Spain that didn’t require too much work or hassle.  What they found in 2008 was Finca Pere, near Tortosa, 2 hours away from Barcelona, Catalonia.  There was barely a house on this remote plot of hilly arid land but there were plenty of olive trees.  The Scarths have since built a lovely family home and now harvest olives every November with the help of willing volunteers like Ed and I and extended family.  It has become something of a passion, seeing them produce top quality extra virgin olive oil from Morut, Sevillenca and Farga olives.  Extra Virgin Olive oil is defined as having an acidity level lower than 0.8% and Andrew and Sally’s oil consistently scores below 0.5%. We worked hard for 3 full days, getting outside at 8:30 am to make the most of the dry, clear and sunny weather to harvest the olives.  The process is kept simple by the Scarths who hand pick the olives with the help of small rakes, nets and buckets.  Once the trailer (and the boot of the car) are full of olives they are driven down to the local mill where they are cleaned and then pressed to extract the oil.  It was an amazing feeling to see the fruits of our labour in the form of a bright green clear extra virgin olive oil that we couldn’t wait to dunk our chunks of bread into. So next time you are tutting at the price of an artisan olive oil, remember us weather worn olive pickers who hand selected the finest Spanish olives for you to drizzle liberally! View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View Image View...

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