Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness…
Autumn is here and so, as we wave a teary farewell to bbqs and Pimms, we start preparing our kitchens for the heady warmth of Autumn’s culinary delights.
Autumn officially begins on September 23rd and we food product suppliers are kicking into gear. The talented lot in the Quattro Foods kitchen take a closer look at the herbs and spices of the season and the changing seasonal needs of our customers in various sectors.
As the leaves on the trees turn paler and start to feel crispy underfoot as they fall, the vibrant foods of the summer follow suit and become more muted in tones – but not in taste.
We need warmth but nothing too sparkling or mulled quite yet. Simply tasty, delicious and well, cooked foods will do. Salads were great in August, but the oven is starting to feel neglected.
Traditionally autumnal ingredients include apple, blackberries, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, savoy and spring green cabbage, carrots, cauliflower and celery. Herbs grown this season include chervil, chicory, coriander, fennel, garlic bulbs, lavender, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rocket, sage, sorrel, rosemary, thyme and tarragon.
With such a wealth of flavoursome ingredients to plunder, Quattro chefs have an enviable job of creating the most delicious fresh, chilled and ambient food products for our loyal customers.
Soup really is a sign that Summer is long gone. It’s the perfect starter to a family meal and a brilliant way to slip veggies, unknowingly, into fussy little tummies.
Our favourite autumnal soups, fresh from the Quattro kitchen, are:
• Chicken veg broth
• Chunky Veg & Red Lentil Soup
• Leek & Potato Soup
• Moroccan Lamb Soup
• Thai Chicken Soup
• Tomato & Basil Soup
• Beef Chunk & Chianti Ragu
• Gorgonzola & Broccoli Soup
• Greens & Proteins Soup
• Sweet Potato & Butternut Soup
• Minestrone Pancetta Fennel Soup
Carbs, did someone say carbs? After a virtuous salad-filled Summer, who can resist a piping hot bowl of plump pasta shells filled with a juicy and delicious sauce? We can’t. And as far as sauces go, we’re truly in keeping with the season. Our customers love:
• Braised Pork Ragu
• Spicy Salami & Pomdoro
• Chicken & Chorizo
• Duck Ragu
• Beef Ragu
• Chicken & Mushroom
Pies, glorious pies. What could be heartier? We fight the post-Summer blues with our delectable pie fillings, including:
• Chicken & Ham
• Chicken & Leek
• Chicken and Mushroom
• Chicken Curry
• Chicken Ham Tarragon
• Chilli Steak Pie
As one of the UK’s leading food suppliers and manufacturers we take into account not only our customers’ ever-evolving needs, but the season in which we find ourselves. Known for using only the freshest seasonal produce, and committed to supporting local business, the Quattro chefs trawl the farms and fields of Hampshire for the best produce on the South coast to produce the finest chilled, ambient and fresh food products around.
Happy Autumn one and all!