Seasonal seller

first_imgBananas are available all year round, but in the months when there is less fresh seasonal fruit around, bananas are good stand-bys. They are grown in India, China, Africa, South and Central America, Australia and the Caribbean. The Windward Islands, in particular, produce a high-quality crop.Under-ripe bananas are green and reach their peak when they are yellow, with a very light speckling of brown. At this stage, the starch has been converted to sugar and they have a sweet taste with a firm texture. Over-ripe fruit can be used in cooking, but often the strong “banana” taste is overwhelming. If banana slices are to be used as decoration they need to be dipped briefly, or painted with lemon or lime juice as they discolour on contact with air, then coated with an apricot glaze.Generally, it is best to mash the bananas for use in cakes, breads and muffins. Banana bread can be varied by using different spices, chocolate, dried fruits and nuts. They can be put, cut in chunks or sliced down their length, in bread-and-butter puddings or crumbles. Try including crushed Amaretti biscuits instead of some of the flour and sugar in the topping.In season: all year – from different parts of the worldFiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from the world-famous Leiths School of Food and Wine in Londonlast_img read more

Crantock’s small bites

first_imgCrantock Bakery has launched new breakfast pasties, to cater for busy consumers who want to eat-on-the-go. The new ’Breakfast Bites’ have been developed following retailer feedback requesting a broader range of products. The pasty will be available in two variants: sausage, cheese and baked beans or smoked bacon, beans and cheese.”Recent research shows that one in five people are too busy to eat breakfast before they leave home in the morning,” explained Becky Hornabrook, Crantock Bakery. “Our customers told us there was demand for a smaller product for people who are picking up breakfast on the way to work.”The 150g Breakfast Bites are available for trade and wholesale customers in cases of 36Price: 55p/unit or £19.80/ case read more

Coffee chains angered by Wi-Fi access proposals

first_imgMajor coffee house chains and bakeries have slammed proposals to prosecute and even shut down cafés with Wi-Fi access if they fail to stop customers accessing illegal material.Last-minute changes to the Digital Economy Bill due to become law before the general election mean that cafés, pubs and airports offering Wi-Fi could be prosecuted if customers view, download or share copyright-infringing material while on their premises.The amendments, already passed by the House of Lords and due to go before the Commons this summer, are part of the wider Bill aimed at stopping websites from illegally showing copyright-infringing material, such as football highlights, film clips or music videos.But coffee shop chains are concerned that the proposals to include shop owners have gone too far. Maggie Wright, spokeswoman for Coffee Republic, which has sites with Wi-Fi access across the UK, said: “We have looked at the contents of this Bill and are extremely concerned by some of the proposals.”Meanwhile, Clare Sheppard, spokeswoman for bakery chain Le Pain Quotidien, which has more than a dozen outlets with Wi-Fi across London, added: “The proposals seem to be unfair and unworkable.”Lord Clement-Jones, the Liberal Democrat peer who tabled the amendment, said the changes would offer a “more proportionate, specific and appropriate” way to tackle copyright infringement.last_img read more

Drop in UK bakery sales troubles Maple Leaf

first_imgPoor bakery sales in the UK have helped to cause a decline in Maple Leaf Food’s fortunes.The Canadian firm, which sells bagels here under the New York Bakery Co brand, blamed lower sales volumes in the UK bakery operations for its falling figures; sales fell to C$381.5m (£246.8m) from C$412.5m (£266.8m) in the bakery products group in the first quarter ended 31 March 2010. Maple Leaf also pointed to the impact of the stronger Canadian dollar and lower sales volumes in its North American frozen bakery operations.The company said it was taking steps to reduce the cost base in the company’s UK operations until volumes improved, while it expected the fall in North America to be transitory as new business was gradually being secured. It added that the declines in these two business units were more than offset by improved performance in its fresh bakery business.Said Michael H McCain, president and CEO: “The bakery business experienced a weaker quarter due to performance in the UK and the North American frozen bakery business. How-ever, we are seeing signs of improvement in both these areas as volumes recover and our cost reduction initiatives take hold.”He added: “This, along with price adjustments being implemented mostly in the second quarter, gives us confidence in expecting stronger margin growth and continued improvement through the remainder of 2010.”Overall sales at Maple Leaf Foods for the first quarter fell by 7% to C$1,191.5m (£770.8m) from C$1,279.3m (£827.3m) last year.last_img read more

NICE conflicts with FSA over sat fats

first_imgThe Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) position as the nation’s nutritional guardian appears to be slipping as fellow government quango the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) publishes conflicting advice on saturated fats.FSA guidelines published earlier this year called for a 10% reduction in saturated fat in plain cakes by 2012 and a 5% reduction in non-plain cakes by 2014, with the aim of reducing the nation’s intake of saturated fat from 13.3% of the food we eat to below 11% this year. But NICE is now calling for manufacturers to further reduce the levels of saturated fat in all food products, and to eliminate the use of dangerous trans fats from processed food and take-aways. It says a further substantial reduction would greatly reduce cardiovascular disease and related deaths.An announcement on government plans to transfer the FSA’s responsibilities for nutritional advice to the Department of Health is expected soon, confirmed a spokeswoman.NICE added that although it was completely separate to the FSA, it had been involved as a stakeholder in the production of the guidance on sat fats.last_img read more

Criminal checks

first_imgEmployers and voluntary organisations, many of whom will access the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) information for the first time, will be able to take it into account when judging a person’s suitability for a post. This service will strengthen safeguards for protecting children and vulnerable adults by providing employers with much wider access to criminal records information. But remember that you must get the employee’s permission first.CRB privacy statementThe CRB is committed to compliance with the Data Protection Act and has a legal duty to do so. It will take every precaution to protect a person’s data. The following principles apply when they process personal data:l data is only processed with the knowledge and consent of the person in questionl only data that is actually nee-ded is collected and processedl the data is only seen by those who need it to do their jobsl the data is retained only for as long as it is requiredl the data is accurate and is only used as part of the CRB processl decisions affecting employees are made on the basis of reliable and up-to-date datal the data is protected from unauthorised or accidental disclosurel on request, an employee will be provided with a copy of data held on theml there will be procedures in place for dealing promptly with any disputesl all will apply whether the data is held on paper or electronically.A CRB check costs £26 for the standard check and £44 for an enhanced check.Standard and enhanced disclosuresBoth these levels of disclosure contain details of all convictions on the Police National Computer, including ’spent’ convictions ones that happened some time ago and normally do not need to be revealed, as specified in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Both levels also contain details of any police cautions, reprimands or warnings. Also, for posts involving contact with children, they contain any relevant information on the government department lists held by the Department of Health and the Department for Education and Skills.The essential difference between standard and enhanced is that enhanced disclosures are for positions that involve a greater degree of contact with children and vulnerable adults, such as regularly caring for, training, supervising or being in sole charge. This difference is reflected in the depth and detail of checking that is carried out. Enhanced disclosures also involve an extra level of checking with local police force records.l For general enquiries, call 0870 9090 811 or visit read more

Tesco UK boss steps down

first_imgRichard Brasher, boss of Tesco UK, has stepped down from the board, with Philip Clarke, chief executive of Tesco plc, to lead the charge with the UK business.Brasher will leave the retailer in July, following the transition of the UK business to Clarke. The move follows the decision by Clarke to take a much closer involvement in the UK business, said Tesco.Clarke said: “I have decided to assume responsibility as the CEO of our UK business at this very important time. This greater focus will allow me to oversee the improvements that are so important for customers.“Richard will leave behind a UK business which has very strong plans for improvement and, over the last two months, these plans are beginning to show progress, in line with our expectations.”Tesco’s share price has fallen -1.28% since 8am this morning, and currently stands at 320.52p per share (9.30am), significantly down from its 420.05p high point over the past 52 weeks.In a trading update for the six weeks to 7 January 2012, announced earlier this year, the supermarket chain achieved only a 1.7% increase in UK total sales, including VAT and excluding petrol.>>Tesco results “not about price” says chief exec>>Tesco needs to invest for success argues analystlast_img read more

Indiana casinos reopen with big changes

first_img Facebook Indiana casinos reopen with big changes By Network Indiana – June 16, 2020 0 490 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Facebook Google+ Google+ Pinterest Previous articleTax Day deadline less than one month awayNext articleChild injured after running in front of vehicle Monday Network Indiana Twitter Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians) (INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana’s casinos are open for the first time in three months.The Indiana Gaming Commission shut down casinos a week before the rest of the state went into lockdown. They got the green light to reopen Monday morning, but with precautions. Casinos have redesigned floor plans and closed some slot machines and tables to comply with social distancing rules.You’ll have to wear a mask to play table games — masks are recommended elsewhere. Tables which are open will allow fewer players. Casinos will disinfect slot machines and dice for every new player, and break out new decks of cards on every shift.Customers will be asked at the door whether they’re experiencing any virus symptoms. All workers will undergo a daily temperature check, and Casino Association of Indiana president Matt Bell says some casinos have installed thermal cameras to check customers too.Poker rooms remain closed, and casinos aren’t allowed to resume concerts and other entertainment yet.Bell says based on other states, he expects a lot of pent-up demand, but he says it’ll take a while for casinos to get back to where they were before the shutdown. For now, they’re limited to half capacity. Casinos are under the jurisdiction of the Gaming Commission, not Governor Holcomb’s five-stage reopening plan for the rest of the state. The last virus restrictions are scheduled to be lifted on the Fourth of July, but the commission hasn’t said whether it’ll loosen casino restrictions then.last_img read more

Athletic, picture challenge set up at Chain O’Lakes State Park

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Facebook Athletic, picture challenge set up at Chain O’Lakes State Park By 95.3 MNC – June 21, 2020 0 351 (Photo supplied/Indiana State Parks) Chain O’Lakes State Park has created the sixth challenge at Indiana State Parks and the first that is water-based.The park’s 9 Lake Challenge tests paddlers by having them cross the park’s nine connected kettle lakes, a feat that covers a total of 5 miles. Those who complete the challenge will get a free sticker that says “I paddled the chain!” and can purchase a challenge T-shirt at the park office.The 9 Lake Challenge consists of paddling from Sucker Lake to Miller Lake, either all at one time or in sections. Paddle trail maps can be picked up at the park’s boat rental or headquarters. The challenge usually takes two to three hours to complete. Paddlers must take nine photos, one at each lake, and show them to park staff to prove they completed the challenge. The nine photos are:Sucker Lake: Photo with Paddle Trail Mile 0 signLong Lake: Photo of Wagon Wheel at rampDock Lake: Photo of park headquarters on the hillBowen Lake: Selfie on the lakeSand Lake: Photo of the beach or evidence of beaversWeber Lake: Channel selfie going into Weber LakeMud Lake: Photo of Canoe Camp bridgeRivir Lake: Landscape photoMiller Lake: Completion photoChain’s challenge joins challenges at five other state parks: 3 Dune Challenge at Indiana Dunes, 4 Falls Challenge at Clifty Falls, 5 Mile Challenge at Turkey Run, 6 Ravine Challenge at Shades and Hell’s Point Challenge, which covers 8 miles, at Pokagon. Google+ Google+ Previous articleBody believed to be apparent drowning victim located in St. Joseph RiverNext articleIt’s now easier to report a civil rights violation 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Twitter Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more