Wednesday 18 January 2012

Stewed! One-Pot Meals Open First Of Chain Of Takeaway Kiosks

I've told you many times about the gorgeous one-pot meals created by stewed! which are perfect for a quick, no-fuss but nutritious dinner when you can't be bothered or don't have the time to cook. I reviewed the meals here, as well as the stewed! recipe book here, and even shared some of the recipes for you to try here. Well, exciting news this week reveals that they are about to open a chain of takeaway shops. The first one is at Reading station but I can't wait to see where the others will pop up. But that's not all they've been up to. Reading this press release made my work load suddenly seem quite light !


The first of stewed! chain of kiosks opens in February ... Chef-founder-author Alan hits the small screen as a guest judge on good food channel's perfect ...  Plus festivals, exhibitions and demos galore ... And the small matter of re-educating children on their diets ... Bring it on!

At last … some recompense for those exorbitant rail fares: stewed! open their FIRST TAKEAWAY KIOSK this February in Reading train station

Putting the First and Great into First Great Western rail travel, the gorgeously designed, inaugural stewed! kiosk will be offering a day long menu of one-pot meals, keeping you topped up with the same fresh, healthy, nutritious, innovative meals that are the byline of the nationally available stewed! range.

Our one-pots are still gluten, preservative and additive-free, still crazily low in calories, up to 2 of your 5-a-day, but now on tap, hot, catering for breakfast through to dinner and with an inspired mix-and-match menu of staples, specials, accompaniments and extra toppings to tax the most decisive diner, so …

Four simple steps to one-pot nirvana …

Step 1:
Kick start the day with a satisfying stewed! breakfast. But will it be a pot of Alan’s famous Meaty Boston beans, packed with smoked bacon and sausage and steeped in molasses, or its Veggie Boston Beans sidekick? Will you top it with a poached egg, a roasted tomato or finish the feast with a slab of crusty bread? Or will you plump for a piping hot porridge? And with honey or fresh fruit compotes? Or a creamy yoghurt with granola …?

Step 2:
Scoff with unseemly relish.
Step 3:
Count the hours before lunch / dinner when you can return and further agonise over Alan’s original one-pot recipes: inspired by global cuisine, brought to you via his Bounds Green kitchen. From British Beef in Ale to Thai Green Chicken and with a changing specials board for the serendipitous sort, it won’t be easy. Now choose from the complimentary accompaniment of mash, cous cous or rice and stand back for a heap of crisp, fresh veg on top. And for the hollow-legged amongst us, go ponder over the further selection of extras … cheesy dumpling anyone?

Step 4:
Don’t allow anyone else a taste. Return to Step 1 and repeat on a daily

Backward in coming forward …

The launch of this kiosk in mid February – the first of a planned national chain - marks an exciting development for stewed!; while brilliantly reversing the usual foodie business model of restaurant - cookbook - own brand launch, in the trail blazing and maverick style  so characteristic of this visionary little company; a vision that led the way in the subsequent explosion of the one-pot meal market.

Watch this space for Kiosk Number 2 following hot on Reading’s heels … it could be near you and you never need cook again.

Meanwhile, stewed! chef-founder-author Alan Rosenthal has found time to appear, in his role of undisputed “King of the Stew” (Channel 4 online), as a judge on a winter warmer special of …

Good Food Channel’s PERFECT on 13th February at 7pm

Perfect is new and exclusive to Good Food, Monday – Wednesday at 7pm from 16th January 2012 (Sky / HD 249, Virgin 260). Hit that series record option.

And he will be going demo-crazy over the next few months….

·     Festival of British Roots Festival – 27th and 28th January 2012, Portobello Market, London, 11am – 4pm daily. Free event. Now on its second outing, this vibrant festival is dedicated to highlighting Portobello Market’s origins as a fruit and vegetable market. It brings together local business, schools and residential communities and London’s wholesale markets in a packed programme of demos, workshops and activities. Amidst all the fun lie the serious issues of health, sustainability and food security, however … and consequently an ethical excuse to gorge on lovely, local produce: from the Humming Bird Bakery’s bespoke festival cupcakes to one of our very own Alan Rosenthal’s one-pot wonders, magicked up live from purely Portobello produce.
   ( / / twitter @rbkc_markets)

·   Your Green Future – 13th and 14th March 2012, UWE’s Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bristol. Free event. Underlining the stewed! commitment to their CSR and environmental credentials, Alan will be contributing to a student workshop focused around the eco-friendly production of ready meals. Your Green Future is aimed at inspiring young people from 14 to 19 years, through exhibitions, workshops and speeches by political and business personnel, to consider the green economy in their career choice and to thus secure a sustainable future for the UK.
( / twitter @YourGreenFutur)

·   Allergy and Free From Show – 18th – 20th May 2012, Olympia, London. As a determinedly gluten-free and (bar the Sweet potato, Chickpea and Feta variant), dairy-free product, stewed! is keen to help its growing coeliac following; and will not only be exhibiting at this annual showcase for those with sensitivities, intolerances and allergies, but Alan will also be running cookery demonstrations during the show.
        ( / twitter @AllergyShow)

While also continuing his relationship with Trees for Cities and their Edible Playgrounds project, with a series of cookery workshops at Havelock Primary School, Ealing in April …

stewed! has long supported the admirable work of Trees for Cities, which seeks to introduce fruit and nut trees into schools and public spaces in a series of Edible Playgrounds. The aim is to bring communities together and to encourage a culture of growing trees for food. To date they have planted a staggering 225,494 trees worldwide.

stewed! is particularly pleased to be involved in their Edible Playgrounds project which strives to educate and connect children with the food they eat by planting playgrounds with vegetables and fruit and nut trees.

From April, Alan Rosenthal will be running 10 weekly workshops for Year 4 children at Havelock Primary School in Southall - a school that serves a largely disadvantaged area of Ealing, West London and is a recipient of one of TfC’s Edible Playgrounds. Not only will he be cooking up delicious dishes using their playground produce, but underlining the importance of healthy eating, sustainable food and food miles in the doing. Where possible, parents will also be involved in the workshops, to literally take the messages home.

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  1. These look yummy! I doubt they will be anywhere near us, it's all pork pies round here!

  2. Sounds good - we often change trains at Reading so I'll look out for it. I hope they offer some tasty vegetarian options and also some things that the children might like to eat.

  3. Hey, thanks for the blog post!! It's all very exciting.. and yes we will have a veggie option - at least 1 or 2 a day :) Please come visit us, hope to open mid next mont :))



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