Some Tasty Titbits from a Team of Luxury Caterers

At Capital Cooking we are full of flavours and great gourmet ideas. So why not have a browse through our articles all about the lives and loves of luxury caterers?

A deep dive into the pros and pros of feasting on fish

From Essex oysters to Welsh lobster and Scottish salmon, the UK boasts a dazzling array of seafood. National Seafood Week – and eight-day celebration of the bounty found in our island’s waters, starts today. And why should we eat more seafood? Well, the health benefits are numerous. Oily sea fish contains plenty of Omega- ...

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Food of the Gods: A Potted History of Chocolate

Look, we know that chocolate isn’t the best thing for us but a little bit of what you fancy really does do you good. And besides, this particular delight has captivated taste buds for centuries. Chocolate was discovered in Central America around 900 AD by the Mayan people, who called it “food of the Gods”. Cocoa was so valua ...

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Organic September: Get Involved

Welcome to Organic September – spearheaded by {https://www.soilassociation.org>The Soil Association} all about raising awareness of organic food. We all know organic is better. But why is it better? What exactly is organic food anyway? And why is it more expensive? Organic simply means ‘natural’ – as nature intended wi ...

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National Burger Day - 23rd August

Yes, there really is a National Burger Day – on 23rd August to be precise. We’re ready for it – and so will you be once you’ve read our guide to making the best burgers – whatever your tastes. No one is really sure where the burger originated. There was a popular cookbook The Art Of Cookery published in 1758 (no that date ...

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Juicy Fruit: In praise of the peach

Fuzz wrapped around juicy flesh – the peach is such a treat, a simple pleasure and synonymous with summer and sweetness. Its botanic name – Prunus Persica – implies that the peach was originally from the Middle East, it was actually from further east than that – in China. In Asia generally the peach is a common symbol of immorta ...

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Cherry On Top

There are few things more joyful than a bulging bag of ripe cherries – and today’s the day to get your hands on some, given that it marks National Cherry Day, which aims to encourage us Brits to eat home- grown cherries. There are two schools of thought when it comes to how cherries arrived in Britain. One is that they came ...

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Peas, Please!

Didn’t think the humble pea warranted an entire week dedicated to celebrating in its honour? Well, you’d be wrong. Today marks the start of Great British Pea Week which will see the heritage and nutritional importance of this little green superfood come to the fore. Each of us eat 9,000 on average of these little green beaut ...

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Berry Nice Indeed

Summer in Britain is synonymous with berries; strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries are all seasonal from June until late summer. Whether you are lucky enough to have an abundance of fruits growing near your home or even in your own gardens, or if the market will have to do, the possibilities are endless. From ...

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Perfect Picnics: How to do al fresco dining

Tomorrow will see the start of National Picnic Week (15 to 24 June) and, if we say so ourselves, Capital Cooking are something of an authority on the subject, having catered for all sorts of al fresco events. Working in testing environments, often without fully kitted out (oe any) kitchens has made us truly understand what it ta ...

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In celebration of National Vegetarian Week (14 to 20 May)

Once upon a time, a meal wasn’t complete without meat. Veggies used to be seen as a side offering or, for children, a necessary evil, eaten only to gain access to ice creams or cake. Not anymore. Designed to encourage people to make and enjoy vegetarian food, National Vegetarian Week celebrates meat-free living – whether on ...

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Tea for… 13,000: Capital Cooking helps Cath Kidston celebrate 25 years

The Capital Cooking team are now master tea makers thanks to Cath Kidston. The iconic clothing and homeware brand’s 25th anniversary celebrations – held over four days at the end of April - saw a range of vintage-inspired events take place across the UK. Most notably a fleet of milk floats decorated with various distinctive ...

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Put the kettle on for National Tea Day – 21st April 2018

There is almost nothing more British than tea. As a nation we drink approximately 165 million cups of the stuff each and every day. It’s an institution which cuts through class, sex, status and wealth. Tea first became popular in the UK during the 17th century. It was first sold in coffee houses, ironically, but by 1750 it wa ...

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In celebration of World Health Day – 7th April 2018

After stuffing ourselves full to bursting with chocolate eggs and hot cross buns, nothing has ever been more needed than an entire day dedicated to good health. Healthy eating is usually seen from one of two distinct perspectives: the obsessive and puritanical or the bored and mocking. Here at Capital Cooking, we like to thi ...

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A Moveable Feast: Easter Day

A Moveable Feast: Easter Day Some of us have fasted during Lent, while many of us have been eating Cadbury’s Crème eggs with complete abandon since mid-February. Eggs are synonymous with Easter - the Christian festival which celebrates the rebirth of Christ –and with the egg representing the stone being rolled away from ...

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St Patrick’s Day: A Celebration of Irish Food

St Patrick’s Day is almost upon us but it’s more than wearing green and necking Guinness in Irish pubs while singing Danny Boy. St Patrick is a patron saint of Ireland and his day –17th March – is when Irish culture is especially honoured. Legend has it that St Patrick drove every last snake from Ireland, although it is a ...

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Meat Feast: Five Good Reasons To Always Buy With A Butcher

This week - 12-18 March - marks National Butchers’ Week, which aims to honour the best of British butchers. We list the benefits of buying your meat with a butcher. 1. You get better quality meat You will get much more variety but also you can see the quality just by looking at it. And none of the meat will have been tamp ...

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Mothering Sunday: An edible tradition

On Sunday it will be Mothering Sunday - where mums all over the land will ideally have a lie in then receive breakfast in bed and a bunch of flowers not purchased from a petrol station forecourt. But when did we start celebrating Mother's Day? And what are the culinary traditions attached to it? Well, the Romans celebrate ...

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Shrove Tuesday AKA Pancake Day - from basic batter to fantastic fillers and a side of history

Take a big bowl. Mix this lot... 100g of plain flour 300ml of milk 2 eggs 1 tablespoon sunflower oil There you have it, your pancake mix, ready to be spooned, bit by bit into a greased, hot frying pan. Pancake batter is a life skill, even if most of us only wheel it out one day a year. Shrove Tuesday is always the d ...

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Shuckers for love: What to eat on Valentine’s Day – oysters, strawberries and champagne

February 14th, St. Valentine’s Day – the day of love - is intrinsically linked to food: restaurants are full of couples and countless others cook feasts for one another, while singles host elaborate dinner parties for their friends and families. Plus, many foods are synonymous with love and passion. There might be little-to- ...

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What’s cooking? January’s edible offerings

There is nothing more satisfying to cooks and diners alike than having a menu that carefully showcases seasonal food. Here are our favourite January staples: Blood oranges It does seem strange that such a sweet, tangy and bright fruit comes into its own in one of the coldest, greyest and most austere months of the European ...

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A January reboot for those of us who don’t do diet or detox

We’ll spare you reams about having good intentions for January – where everyone goes on a chocolate sabbatical and takes out deluxe gym memberships. However, if you are feeling a little liverish and as if Camembert is running through your veins, we’ve compiled a few cooking hacks that make new year feasting deceptively healthy. ...

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The scent of citrus, the love-hate debate around Brussels sprouts, and the ageless glee of finding coins in your pudding. Here, we reveal five things you (probably) didn’t know about your favourite Christmas foods…

The scent of citrus, the love-hate debate around Brussels sprouts, and the ageless glee of finding coins in your pudding: festive food is an integral part of the celebrations but how often do you stop to think about why we eat it? Here, we reveal five things you (probably) didn’t know about your favourite Christmas foods: 1. ...

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Our top 10 tips for perfect festive catering...

It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but Christmas can also be stressful and manic if you have a house full of people to feed. Here are our 10 top tips for perfect festive catering…. 1. Never, ever cook an unpractised recipe on Christmas Day – unless of course you want to tear your hair out/sweat a lot/lock yourse ...

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Canapés for a 2nd Birthday Party

Last night we were lucky enough to cater for Enable Leisure & Culture's 2nd birthday party in the beautiful and tranquil Battersea Park in South West London. Enable Leisure and Culture was established in October 2015 to manage leisure, sports, arts and cultural services for Wandsworth Council. They are an organisation committed ...

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