Ok.... So I'll give the whole blog things another go.

Its funny isnt it? It was difficult getting used to the lockdown thing. Getting used to the limitations that were put on us all and the change in mindset that that entailed. I found that as a business we needed to find new suppliers, foster new relationships and get a little creative with how we were getting together ingredients. Obviously, we managed to find our way through things, we managed to produce the products you were after and the rest is history.....

Three months on..... The government is taking the brake off of things and starting to allow us a bit more freedom to interact (albeit in a socially distanced way). We are again looking at new ways of doing things again and trying to establish how we can suit your needs as customers.

In general the Fish and Chip nights have grown to both Fridays and Saturdays, theyre really enjoyable but we have been sure that there are ways that we can get to more customers and make a bigger sucess of things with out compromising on quality. With so many people self isolating or unable to get to us to collect their order we found that we excluded these people from our little bit of deliciousness. With this in mind we've managed to come up with someone reliable and trustworthy so that we can put in place a delivery service. This should be up and running for the upcoming weekend. I'm not really confident that we can move packs of fish and chips miles and miles will lead to great products arriving at the other end of these journeys.

So.... if you know someone that might be interested in some great quality hot food dropped at their door make sure to give them our details and we'll get them sorted. We're doing free frlivery for orders of £10 or more and £2 for under that value. To ensure quality we're limiting things to 5 miles of PE12 9JU.

You never know, you could be having something like this in the back garden at the weekend!

I suppose one thing that the Covid thing has brought about has been an ever changing landscape for businesses and a changing list of needs that we as a business need to help people with. At the end of the day thats what we're doing at the moment, we're trying to provide those little things that make life a little more bareable. I suppose that's why the Fish and Chip Fry-yay and now Saturdays have going down so well. People have been missing those simple things.

Such has been the success and the positive feedback from the weekends we've decided to continue them for the time being and just 'see how things go'.

They're enjoyable, I get to have a chat as I serve and I'm loving the commute.

This week, I've managed to keep our bacon production rolling along as well as smoked salmon and smoked trout (which I haven't done for a while) as well as messing around with some

doughnuts. The doughnuts came up after a discussion with a friend in a "can you do it" kind of vibe. I love a project and after looking at a couple of recipes I saw its an enriched dough (similar to brioche) that's handled a little differently. It was a great little excercise and filled and afternoon with the kids during their half term holiday (they only knew it was a holiday, as neither one of us wasn't nagging them to do school work!)

Back in the work 'world' there are a few plans in the offing in the medium term that I'm really excited about and hopefully I can fill you in on in the next few weeks.

What is happening is a special competition for all of those that have been caring for people that have been shut in over the last few weeks. I think its a nice little prize and I think it rewards the great community spirit that has been show by so many people. Make sure to check out Facebook for the details and make sure to nominate someone to receive the prize.

Possibly the last thing to mention is that the first of the bread subscription orders went out to a number of customers on Friday. They received the first of their weekly delivery of fresh bread to their doorsteps ready for the weekend. Make sure to take a look at the offer and grab a subscription, at the moment we're doing it on a rolling monthly renewal so that if it doesnt suit its not a problem to drop out at the end of your paid period.

Anyway, have a great week, keep on staying safe and I'll see some of you on Friday and Saturday.


Updated: May 21

I've read everywhere, I've been told by friends in the know, I probably know deep down inside that I should be blogging. We know there are people out there that follow what we do here at TCFK (nope.... I can't be bothered to type Three Counties Field Kitchen all the time) so we really should be making an effort to engage with you.

It currently feels like day 152 of the lock down, Kirst is busy being school marm and laying down the law while I try not to bark orders and randomly launch books, ornaments and whatever I can lay my hands on across the living room. To be honest we're all dealing with things quite well, if we keep ourselves busy the time does go by quite quickly (my God! that sounds like we're doing time).

After our initial busy period helping people fill the gaps in their larders caused by the lock down, panic buying and the fact that some individuals needed to be self isolated. I think that we've all become used to the adjustment in shopping and found new ways to deal with the new normal. The need for this service has dwindled to the extent that we have stopped the delivery service for the time being. That said, if you need any of the legendary bacon (that we always have in stock) please give us a shout or just go to the shop page if you live a bit further afield.

So, currently we're offering a Fry-Yay night fish and chips menu and out Saturday Supper Club menu. It’s keeping me busy in an admin context, making sure that people are socially distanced for collections has been interesting but it's also been fun. However, considering all chef contracting, markets and events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future we've needed to create a niche for ourselves. Truth be told I'm quite enjoying the two evenings, they're quite contrasting and there’s quite a bit of license to be a bit more creative (especially on Saturday menus).

Anyway, we've had some great reviews for BOTH evenings. If you're interested in either menu there are available via..... again, the shop.

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