What is Real Food?
adj.1. Genuine and authentic; not artificial or spurious.2. Being no less than what is stated; worthy of the name.
- I cook in my own Devon kitchen, so nothing is added that a keen cook wouldn’t have in their home kitchen.
- I don’t add salt in our everyday cooking so that’s how I cook for my customers. Customers can add salt if they wish…the main thing is, it’s under their control.
- All meals are also free from preservatives and colouring, they’re simply frozen to preserve them.
These things really matter to me:
- Knowing where my food comes from, especially meat – always free-range, grass-fed meat from local suppliers.
- Growing vegetables in my kitchen garden. I’ve been able to supply leeks, pumpkins, garlic, chilli and herbs for the meals. In summer, I add tomatoes, aubergines and peppers to my list of homegrown ingredients.
- What I can’t grow, I source from local producers or local businesses.
- I hate waste and love leftovers!
- Making things from scratch for example, I cure and smoke my own Pancetta and Bacon so I know where the meat’s from.
We always look for ways of doing things better and more sustainably:
- Minimising food miles.
- Using paperboard oven trays – better for the environment than any other containers in the market.
- We use sustainable, recyclable insulation packaging for shipping food nationwide – NOT polystyrene.
- Using paper carrier bags or recycled NOT new plastic ones.
- We use sustainably-sourced, compostable catering packaging NOT plastic.
- Using environmentally-friendly cleaning products made from plants NOT chemicals.
- We recycle everything we can, including vegetable waste which go to feed the worms and provide us with lovely garden compost.