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Tori Karaage

Tori Karaage

Posted by Nick on 4th Mar 2023

Tori karaage, named after its cooking method (frying), is traditionally made with small, boneless chicken pieces, usually thigh meat. In this recipe, the chicken is marinated in fresh ginger, garli … read more
Fritto Misto

Fritto Misto

Posted by Nick on 4th Mar 2023

Every culture does fried food, but Italians do it exceptionally well. In Italy, Fritto Misto is nearly always served as a first course and is especially lovely in bite-size pieces. We reco … read more
Crispy Hot Wings

Crispy Hot Wings

Posted by Nick on 4th Mar 2023

Nothing beats a portion of delicious hot wings with a side of punchy bacon & blue cheese sauce. Chicken wings are cheap, tasty and addictive, and you can serve them as a side or a profit-maki … read more
Sour Cream & Chive Dip

Sour Cream & Chive Dip

Posted by Nick on 4th Mar 2023

Homemade Sour Cream and Chive Dip? This Sour Cream and Chive Dip recipe is the perfect dip. It is incredibly adaptable and packed with flavour, using only a few ingredients.It tastes better than buyin … read more
Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Tenders

Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Tenders

Posted by Nick on 4th Mar 2023

These deep-fried chicken tenders are one delicious treat that your customers will love! Marinated in buttermilk and Alpha Coated, they are juicy and succulent. Perfectly crispy, these tenders a … read more
British Pie Week

British Pie Week

Posted by Stelios on 19th Feb 2023

From 6th-12th March all eyes are on the pies as British Pie Week takes place, and we have all the bases covered. We’ve got everything from a really simple homemade steak pie that even you w … read more
Ceres Proves a Problem Solver for Auckley Friery

Ceres Proves a Problem Solver for Auckley Friery

Posted by Emily on 31st Jan 2023

David Nicolaou bought Auckley Friery in Auckley, Doncaster, almost 20 years ago. A traditional ‘80s shop at the time, it was dated with strip lighting down the middle and a suspended ceiling.  … read more
The Benefits of Being Small

The Benefits of Being Small

Posted by Emily on 24th Jan 2023

Having fried fish and chips seven days a week for 10 years and eventually burning themselves out, Terry Collinson and his wife Jennifer, downsized and bought a takeaway in Pagham, West Sussex, which t … read more
Miller's Keeps Moving Forward

Miller's Keeps Moving Forward

Posted by Emily on 8th Dec 2022

Millers certainly can’t be accused of resting on its laurels. Since winning Fish & Chip Shop of the Year in 2018, the York-based, family-run chippy has worked tirelessly to build its brand and carve o … read more
Homemade Coleslaw

Homemade Coleslaw

Posted by Nick on 29th Nov 2022

Set aside shop-bought versions of Coleslaw and supercharge your menu with homemade slaw. It’s an ideal side for Fish & Chips, kebabs, and homemade fried chicken.This Homemade Coleslaw recipe is a … read more
Pitco Fryer Cleaning with Ceres Deep Fryer Cleaner

Pitco Fryer Cleaning with Ceres Deep Fryer Cleaner

Posted by Stelios on 1st Nov 2022

Pitco fryers are used by many restaurants and commercial kitchens. These deep fryers can produce a variety of fried foods, from chicken nuggets to fried chicken, in just a few minutes. That's why regu … read more
Every Day Is a School Day at Chez Fred

Every Day Is a School Day at Chez Fred

Posted by Miria on 1st Nov 2022

Even with 38 years in the fish and chip trade, the last 33 spent at Chez Fred in Bournemouth, Fred Capel still believes that every day is a school day.  There’s always something to learn, … read more
Egg vs Batter!

Egg vs Batter!

Posted by Stelios on 1st Aug 2022

For as long as we have been making our Ceres Fishcake Mix we’ve had plenty of customers ask us what is best for dipping the fishcakes into so as the breadcrumb sticks. There are two … read more
Getting Creative With Dan Nash

Getting Creative With Dan Nash

Posted by Michael on 1st Aug 2022

Dan Nash is the founder of SixEight, a creative agency that helps turn food brands into cult brands through the power of storytelling. In our latest podcast, Dan cuts through all the marketing jargo … read more
Ramp up your recruitment drive

Ramp up your recruitment drive

Posted by Emily on 7th Jul 2022

While all business sectors are currently undergoing a staffing crisis, the hospitality industry is bearing the brunt with staff shortages reaching critical levels. According to recent ONS figures … read more
Calabrian Chilli Mayonnaise

Calabrian Chilli Mayonnaise

Posted by Stelios on 7th Jul 2022

Anyone who knows me will know that I love chillies. Something about how the chillies taste, scotch bonnets are oddly fruity underneath the fire, and African bird’s eye chillies are peppery under th … read more
Paul Gunning on his shoebox success

Paul Gunning on his shoebox success

Posted by Emily on 7th Jun 2022

He’s worked in five star hotels, 2-3 rosette and Michelin starred restaurants and, 11 years ago, he opened Purslane in Edinburgh. If you’ve not yet had a chance to listen to our podcast with Paul … read more
Tips for tough times

Tips for tough times

Posted by Stelios on 19th May 2022

It might feel at the moment that everything is stacked against you. Price increases on core ingredients are coming thick and fast, while problems with product availability are an increasing worry f … read more
Life at the sharp end

Life at the sharp end

Posted by Emily on 18th May 2022

“Knife sharpening is an important trade,” says Stefano Nella, director of sales operations of knife sharpening service Nella Cutlery Services. And he’s not joking, stating that the importanc … read more
​Fish and chips the Wright way

​Fish and chips the Wright way

Posted by Emily on 8th May 2022

“I would never have thought of doing this in the UK because there are so many fish and chip shops, but I came to the States and there was a niche. I grabbed it, ran with it and we’ve been really su … read more
Sandy’s raises the bar in Folkestone

Sandy’s raises the bar in Folkestone

Posted by Emily on 5th May 2022

Following a £150,000 refurbishment, a rebrand and new ownership, Sandy’s Fish & Chips has become the top-rated fish and chip shop in the Kent coastal town of Folkestone on both Google and Just Eat, an … read more
Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day

Posted by Emily on 6th Apr 2022

There are plenty of days throughout the year that you can use as a hook to promote new menu items, signature dishes and your business generally. National Fish & Chip Day is the big one, of course, but … read more
Stand Out With Our New Labelling Solutions

Stand Out With Our New Labelling Solutions

Posted by Stelios on 21st Mar 2022

We’ve launched a series of high quality, value for money food labels to help your shop run more smoothly. The first is our Advanced Food Rotation Label which allows staff preparing bat … read more
Growing a Business Organically

Growing a Business Organically

Posted by Emily on 1st Mar 2022

When is the right time to open a second shop? When an opportunity comes up that’s just too good to miss? When a business reaches capacity and the market is large enough to support a second s … read more
Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking

Posted by Stelios on 1st Feb 2022

I don’t know if I’m alone in thinking this – and I hope I’m not – but I feel quite optimistic about 2022. The scrapping of most Covid measures across the UK recently has felt like a massive step fo … read more
Christmas cracker or a festive flop?

Christmas cracker or a festive flop?

Posted by Emily on 10th Dec 2021

2021 looks set to end the same way it started, with much uncertainty about what is to come. Growing fears around the Omicron variant are already showing signs of dampening consumer confidence while … read more
Starting the Year Vegan-friendly

Starting the Year Vegan-friendly

Posted by Nick on 30th Nov 2021

Move over basted turkey, pigs in blankets and honey-glazed ham, because just seven days after sitting down to a traditional Christmas feast, attention quickly turns to Veganuary. A whole month dedi … read more
Lifting Lunchtime Trade

Lifting Lunchtime Trade

Posted by Stelios on 21st Nov 2021

Lunchtime trade has taken a kicking over the last 18 months as Covid had people working from home and turning to homemade lunches or treating the family in the evening instead. The grey pound, whic … read more
Athena B Inspired by Ceres Support

Athena B Inspired by Ceres Support

Posted by Emily on 1st Nov 2021

What started as a recommendation to use Ceres Natural Batter Mix has resulted in a journey of discovery for Athena B in Portslade, Brighton. Matthew Konen and his mum Mary took the lease back … read more
Head to Head: Kate Nicholls, U.K Hospitality

Head to Head: Kate Nicholls, U.K Hospitality

Posted by Stelios on 14th Oct 2021

This week, UKHospitality stepped up pressure on the Government to retain the current 12.5% VAT rate for hospitality long-term by launching its #VATsEnough campaign. We caught up with CEO Kate Nicho … read more
​Street food meets fish and chips

​Street food meets fish and chips

Posted by Emily on 2nd Mar 2021

Located in Southbourne, Bournemouth, just a few hundred yards from the beach, Ricky’s isn’t your average chippy. But then again, owner Ricky Knowlton isn’t your average fish frier. Building on … read more
Delivery Aggregators Unwrapped – 2021 Update

Delivery Aggregators Unwrapped – 2021 Update

Posted by Stelios on 2nd Mar 2021

The world is significantly transforming how people buy and consume food. Modern consumers are more likely to order fast food while sitting at home watching Bridgerton on Netflix than they are to co … read more
​Burton Road Chippy Finds a New Home

​Burton Road Chippy Finds a New Home

Posted by Emily on 1st Feb 2021

Confronted with a steep 17% hike in rent coupled with the mandatory shuttering of their restaurant due to the COVID-19 crisis, Burton Road Chippy in Lincoln opted for relocation last summer. Lesley … read more
​How to Be a Great Podcast Guest

​How to Be a Great Podcast Guest

Posted by Stelios on 1st Jan 2021

The art of interviewing is a popular topic, but what about the art of being interviewed? While the role may feel more passive, it's just as active as the interviewer's.These tips for a memorable (in a … read more
Episode 48: ​James Ritchie bosses it at Stroud

Episode 48: ​James Ritchie bosses it at Stroud

Posted by Emily on 18th Mar 2020

Although James Ritchie’s plans for the first fish and chip shop he bought with his ex-wife Bonny was to own it for a couple of years and sell it on, it quickly became their baby and resulted in the … read more
 Bespoke Touch: Beyond the Ordinary at Krispies

Bespoke Touch: Beyond the Ordinary at Krispies

Posted by Emily on 29th Jan 2020

Krispies in Exmouth, Devon, prides itself on serving top quality food, whether from the takeaway or its newly opened click-and-collect and delivery shop, and its owners, Kelly and Tim Barnes, are m … read more
​Lets Get Technical

​Lets Get Technical

Posted by Stelios on 1st Jan 2020

We have compiled a guide to help you get the best audio quality on the day of your podcast recording. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.What Screen - It's best to use a … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Capers

​Ingredient Glossary: Capers

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Capers are petite, brined flower buds with a unique salty character. Learn how to choose the finest ones and integrate them into your recipes. But be aware that they may be small but full of flavou … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Parmesan

​Ingredient Glossary: Parmesan

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

This is a robustly flavoured Italian matured hard cheese and a favourite addition to pasta dishes and many more. Learn about Parmesan's PDO credentials, how to select the finest quality, and what r … read more
​Ingredients Glossary: Quinoa

​Ingredients Glossary: Quinoa

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Quinoa? Quinoa consists of tiny, bead-like seeds, which are more commonly categorised alongside grains. These seeds sprout a tiny tail when cooked and boast a subtly nutty flavour as w … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Quince

​Ingredient Glossary: Quince

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

The dual forms of quince, resembling both apples and pears, provide an evident hint towards their closely related fruits. When mature, quinces emanate a strong fragrance and boast a sleek, golden-y … read more
​Ingredients Glossary: Beansprouts

​Ingredients Glossary: Beansprouts

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What are Beansprouts? The two most prevalent beansprouts are the green-topped mung bean and the larger, yellow-topped soya bean. Often regarded as a primary, somewhat mystical ingredient, bean sp … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Quark

​Ingredient Glossary: Quark

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Quark? Quark is a soft, velvety curd cheese with a pleasingly light tartness. It varies from low-fat versions made from skimmed milk to richer varieties enhanced with cream. Traditionally … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Beetroot

​Ingredient Glossary: Beetroot

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Beetroot? Once a staple in 1970s British salads where it was typically cooked and pickled in vinegar, beetroot is a vibrant root vegetable with a deep purple exterior and a rich pink t … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Quail

​Ingredient Glossary: Quail

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What Are Quails? Initially indigenous to the Middle East, quails are now widespread across Europe. These small birds typically serve one person as a starter dish; for a main course, you would … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Anchovy

​Ingredient Glossary: Anchovy

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Commonly sold in tins or jars, anchovies bring a savoury, umami touch to various sauces and dressings. Here's your comprehensive purchasing guide for storing, preparing, and cooking this versatile … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Agar-Agar

​Ingredient Glossary: Agar-Agar

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Comparable in texture to jelly, agar-agar serves as a setting agent for terrines, custards, and creams. Learn how to buy, store, and prepare dishes using agar-agar. Originally discovered in Ja … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Tahini

​Ingredient Glossary: Tahini

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Tahini, a paste crafted from ground sesame seeds, is more than a mere auxiliary ingredient; it stands tall as a sauce and condiment in its own right. Often overshadowed by the likes of chickpe … read more
Ingredient Glossary: ​Arrowroot

Ingredient Glossary: ​Arrowroot

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Arrowroot powder serves as a versatile starch substitute for cornflour. It's particularly effective for thickening liquids and is the go-to choice for creating transparent jellies. While its use in … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Asparagus

​Ingredient Glossary: Asparagus

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Asparagus? A cultivated lily plant yields the young shoots known as Asparagus, a delicacy vegetable. These shoots have a unique, potent, savoury flavour and are relatively expensive. T … read more
Ingredient Glossary: Hen Eggs

Ingredient Glossary: Hen Eggs

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What Are Eggs? Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse, rich in protein and 18 essential vitamins and minerals. They are incredibly versatile in cooking, serving as binding agents and flavour enhancers … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Banana

​Ingredient Glossary: Banana

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Originating from what is believed to be the Arabic word for 'finger', 'banan', bananas have comfortably claimed the title of the most sought-after tropical fruit worldwide. There's a delightful arr … read more
Ingredient Glossary: Asafoetida

Ingredient Glossary: Asafoetida

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Asafoetida? Asafoetida is a resinous gum derived from a species of giant fennel, and it is well-known for its intensely pungent aroma, akin to decaying garlic. It is an invaluable spice f … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Mincemeat

​Ingredient Glossary: Mincemeat

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Mincemeat? A quintessential component in Christmas mince pies, mincemeat also lends well to year-round baking. Originating as an age-old concoction of dried fruits, ground almonds, spi … read more
​Ingredients Glossary: Bamboo Shoots

​Ingredients Glossary: Bamboo Shoots

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Originating from the heart of Asia, bamboo shoots are the tender offshoots of various bamboo species. Before consumption, it's imperative to cook them comprehensively, as many contain toxins that c … read more
Ingredient Glossary: Baking Powder

Ingredient Glossary: Baking Powder

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Baking powder acts as a leavening agent frequently utilised in the world of baking, particularly in the creation of cakes. Its core components include bicarbonate of soda (an alkali) and cream of t … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Basil

​Ingredient Glossary: Basil

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Basil, though commonly linked with Mediterranean cuisine, has made significant inroads into Asian culinary traditions. This aromatic herb is cherished for its captivating, sweet scent and robust fl … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Balsamic Vinegar

​Ingredient Glossary: Balsamic Vinegar

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Authentic Balsamic vinegar hails from Modena, situated in Emilia Romagna, Italy. It is meticulously crafted using grape must (juice) that undergoes a reduction process, followed by fermentation. Su … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Bavette

​Ingredient Glossary: Bavette

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Bavette? Bavette is the French term for flank steak. Similar to onglet, it is a loosely textured and flavourful flat cut. It's often referred to as the butcher's cut, as it's believed tha … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Dates

​Ingredient Glossary: Dates

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Dates are among the most ancient fruits ever to be cultivated. Dates were believed to be a fundamental component of the Babylonian diet nearly 8,000 years ago. Predominantly grown in North Africa a … read more
Ingredient Glossary: ​Dark Chocolate

Ingredient Glossary: ​Dark Chocolate

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Dark Chocolate? Dark chocolate refers to the glossy, dark-reddish brown confection made from the cacao bean, scientifically known as Theobroma cacao. It is commonly available as pre-fo … read more
Ingredient Glossary: Damson

Ingredient Glossary: Damson

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

A petite fruit featuring a vivid, dark blue hue, damsons resemble plums and belong to the rose family. They possess a substantial stone and are frequently juicy, although they are seldom consumed r … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Avocado

​Ingredient Glossary: Avocado

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is an Avocado? Although technically classified as a fruit, the mildly flavoured avocado is more commonly used as a vegetable. Originating from Central America, the primary types include t … read more
Ingredient Glossary: Aubergine

Ingredient Glossary: Aubergine

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What are Aubergines? Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the Aubergine is used as a vegetable. It's native to Southeast Asia but is grown worldwide, with many varieties. The … read more
Ingredient Glossary: Bacon

Ingredient Glossary: Bacon

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Etymology The term "bacon" traces its origins back to the early 14th century, describing meat taken from the back and sides of a pig. This meat could be fresh or cured, although it was particu … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Za'atar

​Ingredient Glossary: Za'atar

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Za'atar is a renowned spice blend in Middle Eastern and Levantine cuisine. An Introduction to Za'atar Za'atar is transformative; once tasted, it's easy to see why it has become a staple in n … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Arborio Rice

​Ingredient Glossary: Arborio Rice

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Arborio Rice? Arborio is a variety of superfine rice originating from Italy, precisely one of the largest types within the short Italian rice variants in the species Oryza sativa japon … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Apricot

​Ingredient Glossary: Apricot

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

A close cousin to the peach, nectarine, plum, and cherry, apricots exude a delightful aroma and soft, velvety skin ranging from a subtle yellow to a rich orange hue. The interior houses a large sto … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Sumac

​Ingredient Glossary: Sumac

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Description: A drupe that is sun-dried and ground Flavour Profile: Vibrant, citrusy, tart, floral Associated Cuisines: Native American, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines such as Pale … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Amaranth

​Ingredient Glossary: Amaranth

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Amaranth is a versatile, protein-packed pseudo-cereal similar to quinoa, and it's distantly related to leafy greens like Swiss chard and spinach. The plant produces numerous seed heads, each yieldi … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Apple

​Ingredient Glossary: Apple

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

Grown in temperate climates, apples are among the most extensively cultivated tree fruits. Over 7,000 varieties exist, many of which are produced in the UK. Nonetheless, a mere dozen or so types ar … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Almond

​Ingredient Glossary: Almond

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What Are Almonds? Sweet almonds possess a delicate aroma that is well-suited for baking, and also complements fish and chicken dishes. Classic almond recipes include trout with almonds, Ba … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Aduki Bean

​Ingredient Glossary: Aduki Bean

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What Are Aduki Beans? The Aduki Bean is a tiny, reddish-brown bean with a cream-coloured seam and sweet, nutty flavour. It is particularly popular in Asian cooking, often used for sweet dishes … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Agave Syrup

​Ingredient Glossary: Agave Syrup

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What Is Agave Syrup? Agave syrup (also known as agave nectar) is a naturally occurring sweetener akin in texture to honey, albeit slightly thinner. It's derived from various species of the aga … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Duck

​Ingredient Glossary: Duck

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What is Duck? Duck meat is rich and robust in flavour, offering a high nutritional value. It's a good source of protein, B vitamins, and minerals such as zinc, potassium, magnesium, and iron. … read more
​Ingredient Glossary: Udon Noodles

​Ingredient Glossary: Udon Noodles

Posted by Emily on 1st Dec 2019

What Are Udon Noodles? Udon noodles are a staple of Japanese cuisine, known for their thick, white, and somewhat ribbon-like appearance. These noodles are primarily crafted from strong white w … read more