Helping the Community: What We’ve Been Doing

Helping the Community: What We’ve Been Doing

Before Christmas, we talked about how we had been doing our bit for the community and more specifically the NHS throughout last year. We were proud to be able to provide breakfast for the COVID-19 unit at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. We also donated over 4,000 pairs of gloves. You can read more about what we did last year in our November blog.

We are really passionate about doing our bit where we can. Since November we have done even more to help out our local community. As we have mentioned before, we think having access to a good meal is essential, particularly when you are tired and stressed. We know that a lot of our keyworkers and NHS staff don’t have time to make sure that they are getting enough food, that’s why we wanted to help.

Breakfast For NHS Staff

On 23rd December 2020, we donated a breakfast morning to NHS paramedic and ambulance staff. We really wanted to thank them for their efforts throughout the year and for their continued commitment over the holiday period.

NHS worker enjoying a Lauren's Catering baguette

Donation to Local Vaccination Clinic

On New Year’s Eve we made a special delivery to the Covid vaccination clinic at Hucclecote Surgery. We donated lunches to all of the staff, including some of our best sandwiches complete with snacks. It’s safe to say they were all happily received.Selection of sandwiches and crisps donated to Hucclecote Surgery

Rosebank Health

We also donated lunch to Rosebank Surgery on 6th January. They have been working hard vaccinating patients against Covid-19 and we wanted to show them that they had the support of the community. It was also a great way to show our thanks for all that they have been doing throughout the pandemic.

Rosebank surgery lunch donation

We wanted to take some time to say thank you to all frontline workers and NHS staff. They have continued to help our country throughout these trying times. I’m sure that we will all be forever thankful for their dedication to helping their people. Especially throughout what has been a strenuous and unprecedented period in our history. We will continue to help out where we can, even if it’s just making sure that they have access to a good nutritious lunch!

If you’d like to keep up to date with what we’ve been up to, you can follow us on Facebook. If you have any question about what we do and our food, feel free to get in touch. We would be happy to help!

Roast Turkey Top Tips

Roast Turkey Top Tips

Christmas is just around the corner meaning that it is nearly time for Christmas dinner. Although a wonderful thing, it can cause a lot of stress and anxiety, especially for first-time roasters. That’s where we can help. We are here to answer your questions and provide a few top tips to hopefully take some of the stress away and help you to cook the perfect roast turkey.

What size turkey should I get?

The size of the turkey you should get depends on a few different factors. One main one is how many people you need it to feed. As a general rule, you should allow about 1 pound (uncooked) per person. Even if you don’t plan on having an army of guests, you should keep in mind that if you intend to have leftovers the next day you might want to get a turkey a little bigger that will provide more than one serving per person.

Top Tip: Not the most obvious thing to consider, you should also take into account the size of your oven. A classic comedic tale, many people have bought a turkey that’s the perfect size but find when they get it home it won’t fit in the oven! A good top tip is that if you need a turkey that will feed a larger number of guests, instead of buying one big one, buy two smaller ones. You’ll be able to fit them both in the oven and they’ll even fit in the fridge better in the run-up to the big day!

 

How long should I roast the turkey for?

Typically, the label on your turkey will give instructions to help you work out how long to roast it for. If it doesn’t, a good rule to follow is to allow about 40 minutes per kg or roughly 20 minutes per pound of the total weight of the bird, which includes any stuffing. If you are still unsure, the BBC have a really helpful tool to help you calculate how long to cook your meat for.

Top Tip: To achieve crispy skin on your turkey, you could try dry brining. This involves rubbing salt all over the turkey, which helps to draw out moisture. This salty moisture is then reabsorbed by the meat, which also dries out the skin, helping it to crisp up. You could also try increasing the temperature of your oven by about 20⁰c for the last 30 minutes of the cooking time.

 

Should I use a roasting rack?

Put simply, if you can, you should. The use of a roasting rack lifts the meat off of the bottom of the tray, allowing air to circulate around the meat which promotes even cooking. It also stops the meat from sticking to the bottom of the roasting tin. Because turkeys are often too large to flip in the tray, using a rack is one of the best ways to evenly cook your meat.

Top Tip: Don’t have a roasting rack? You can easily use vegetables to lift the turkey up. Simply use long carrots, thick slices of onion, or even celery sticks to elevate your roast. Doing this can also make your veggies extra flavourful!

 

Should I let the meat rest?

For the perfect juicy turkey, you should leave it to rest out of the oven before serving. If you were to carve the meat straight out of the oven, all of its lovely juices would seep out onto your chopping board. By leaving it to rest, you give the meat a chance to reabsorb these juices, as well as allowing the meat to coagulate making it easier to carve. Once out of the oven you should leave it to rest in a warm place for between 30 minutes – 1 hour.

Top Tip: When carving your meat, remove the legs by cutting through the skin that links it to the breast. Doing this will give you better access to the breast meat, making it a lot easier to show off your carving skills!

 

What can I have instead of turkey?

If you’re looking for something other than roast turkey this year, there are many alternatives that you can try. Goose is a great option, with fat that naturally bastes the meat, making it nearly impossible to dry it out. Another brilliant choice is gammon. Marinated in a honey and mustard dressing, gammon is soft and juicy and makes for a great leftover sandwich the next day.

Top Tip: Vegetarian options can often be few and far between when it comes to Christmas but there are many things you can do instead. Fish is a good choice and would pair well with those lovely roast potatoes that you might be cooking for other guests. If you want something that can go with a more traditional Christmas dinner, something like a nut roast or vegetarian wellington would work well with the other parts typically found in a roast dinner.

 

We hope that you have found these tips useful and wish you lots of luck with your Christmas dinner – we’re sure it will be delicious!

Remember, we will be open for pre-orders between Christmas and New Year. If you would like to find out more, please do get in touch and we’d be happy to help!

The history of the sandwich

The history of the sandwich

At Lauren’s we are known for our tasty sandwiches, but did you know that over 4 billion are purchased from UK retailers and catering outlets each year? Sandwiches have become a popular lunchtime snack for us brits so surely we should know more about the humble sandwich. Here is a brief look at the history of the sandwich.

The sandwich that we enjoy today became popular in England way back in 1762 by the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu. Montagu was a HUGE fan of bread and meat, so would regularly eat them together. His creation skyrocketed and the sandwich revolution began. The first recorded sandwich recipe did not appear in an American cookbook until 1815, despite it being a popular delicacy in England.

You can see all of our delicious sandwiches and more over on our menu – don’t just take our word for it, check out our testimonials page!