Blake’s Foodhall at Christmas Darren
FESTIVE FOOD WRAPPED UP
From perfect party food to delicious roasts finished off with mouthwatering cheese and wines – we’ve got everything you need to make a fabulous festive feast.
STARTERS & PARTY FOOD
We have a fabulous selection of nibbles for your parties. Choose from cheese straws, cheese palmiers and dipping crackers to enjoy with either our salmon, stilton or garlic dips, or with our wide selection of over 50 cheeses. Create a delicious bruschetta with our locally grown ‘Drew’s of Worcester’ tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, rustic Italian bread, baked within the food hall, topped with deliciously flavoured balsamic vinegar. Canapé shells are a perfect pairing for Checketts meat or fish patés, add Croome Cuisine Christmas Cheese for that wow factor! Olives are another great party favourite, choose from sun dried tomato stuffed, garlic stuffed, rosemary and garlic, herb olives, chilli olives, Kalamata olives and more!
BLAKE’S RECOMMENDATION: BAKED CAMEMBERT CHEESE
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 8 as a starter or
2 x 250g Le Rustique
6 thyme sprigs,
plus extra to serve
50g walnut pieces
4 perfectly ripe pears
8 fresh figs
4 tsp Beowulf Honey
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/ fan 170°C /gas mark 5.
2. Score the top of each cheese with a sharp knife and push
the thyme into the cheese.
3. Place the cheeses, in their boxes, on a baking sheet and
bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until wobbly in the centre.
4. Spread the walnuts out on a baking tray and add to the
oven for the last 5 minutes of cooking.
5. Remove the cores from the pears, cut them and the figs
6. Scatter the tops of the cheese with the toasted walnuts,
some more thyme leaves and a drizzle of honey.
7. Serve with the pears and figs to dip.
CHRISTMAS DAY CHECKLIST
Don’t forget to order your Christmas meat from our local award winning butcher. From beef Wellington’s to free range turkey & seafood platters, not forgetting sausages, bacon, black pudding and all your boxing day platter foods all under one roof! Order in-store by the 15th December.
Fresh from Caldecott Farm in Worcestershire, order by
15th December to avoid disappointment!
WHOLE TURKEY FROM £50 (4.5KG)
ROLLED TURKEY BREAST FROM £15
Bespoke range of veggies from Worcester Produce,
order by 15th December.
VEGGIE BOX FROM ONLY £9.99
PIGS IN BLANKETS
Hand made by Checketts Master Butchers.
FROM ONLY 80P EACH
GRAVY, GOOSE FAT AND
Local and lovingly made with a variety to choose from.
CHRISTMAS PUDDING, STOLLEN
AND MINCE PIES
We have a great range of puddings to satisfy any
discerning Christmas connoisseur.
You can pick up everything you need to make your Christmas day meal run smoothly, from your traditional turkey or maybe something a little different such as rib of beef or beef Wellington and don’t forget your pigs in blankets; from Checketts Butchers. Your vegetables can be ordered in especially in a handy Veggie Box for you to take away, which leaves your gravy, goose fat and condiments which can all be purchased in the food hall.
CHECKETTS RECOMMENDATION: MUSTARD CRUSTED RIB OF BEEF with port & blackberry gravy
Preparation time: 25 minutes,
Cooking time: 3 hours 30
minutes plus resting
Serves: 10 – 12
5.5kg British 28 day dry
aged rib of beef supplied by
4 tbsp Tracklements wholegrain
2 tbsp light brown soft sugar
1-2 tbsp flaky sea salt
2 tbsp crushed black
3 onions, halved
1 garlic bulb, halved
2 celery stalks, cut into large
2 carrots, cut into large chunks
2 rosemary sprigs
For the Gravy
200ml Taylor’s ruby port
200ml Checketts beef or
4 juniper berries
1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/ fan 200°C/ Gas mark 7
2. Mix the mustard, sugar, salt and pepper, and rub all over
3. Put the onion, garlic, celery, carrots and rosemary in a
large roasting tin and sit the beef on top. Roast for 20
minutes, then lower the heat to 160°C/ fan 140°C / gas
mark 3, and roast for another 2 hours 30 minutes-3 hours
for medium-rare. A thermometer inserted into the centre
should read 55-60°C.
4. Transfer the joint to a carving board and cover with foil;
rest for at least 1 hour – just enough time to roast your
potatoes. We recommend Worcester Produce potatoes –
perfect for roasting.
5. To make the gravy, pour off the excess fat from the
roasting tin, then place on the hob over a medium heat.
Pour in the port and stock and simmer for a few minutes,
using a wooden spoon to scrape up any sticky bits from
the base of the pan. Tip everything into a saucepan with
the blackberries and juniper. Simmer briskly for about
20 minutes, then pass through a sieve, pushing gently to
extract the juices, and return to the pan.
6. Carve the beef. Add any meat juices to the gravy, simmer
again briefly, then pour into a jug to serve with the roast.
DRINKS & CHEESES
With over 50 cheeses to select from we are a cheese lovers’ paradise. We have
knowledgeable staff in the food hall to assist you with pairing your cheese and wine.
We have a fabulous selection of wine from Europe and around the world and an extensive range of craft beers and ciders from local brewers and those slightly further afield. Our spirits and ports are specially selected, along with our non-alcoholic drinks, so that there is something for everyone.
Looking for a ‘foodie’ gift for a loved one? We have a wide range of of gift items to suit all tastes and budgets.
Christmas tree Chocolates
Free From Christmas
We can make up beautiful bespoke hampers in-store: Choose your own items and we’ll put it all together in a stunning package or if you want one delivered choose from one of our top selling hampers online from only £14.99. A great way to treat a loved one.