All posts in March 2019

Flowers are lovely, but they can’t feed you.

We have many regulars at Katering at Home whom we speak to weekly. We love to delight them with menu items we know they’ll enjoy and it’s our pleasure to tailor their delivery specifically to their needs. From busy families and hardworking couples to those who simply loathe cooking, we take pride in making sure everyone is well fed and feels looked after.

We humans often show our love and support by feeding others. How often have you dispensed a reassuring embrace with the phrase: ‘have you eaten?’. Or fretted over a loved one’s less than ideal eating habits? No doubt you’ve offered a sweet treat as a pick-me-up when a good friend dropped their bundle in front of you. It’s in our nature to nurture with the one thing we know will not only sustain us, but which also has the power to bring happiness, even if it’s momentary.

At Katering at Home, you’ll often hear us say we’re here to help. But it’s not simply a line; it’s one of the true joys of our business. We offer our clients a uniquely bespoke service in helping them express their love and give support to those who they care for deeply with a box of meals and a hand-written note.

Over the years we’ve put together and delivered hundreds of care packages, sent by our clients to people who need a little extra hand. Sadly, it’s often the case that these packages are given to those in unenviable circumstances for whom meal planning is considerably low on the list of priorities.

At other times, our gifted deliveries celebrate the wonderful chaos of a newborn baby and the ensuing lack of time to cook, dress, and shower. And some people prefer to gift a credit for meals alongside a bunch of flowers, be it for a birthday or just because. There are also a handful of lovely clients who organise the weekly meals on behalf of their treasured but ageing parents.

Obviously, working with food as the Katering at Home team does, we are natural born feeders. But each and every one of us understands the healing power of a beautifully prepared, wholesome meal. From our mum’s Bolognese to a bowl of a friend’s restorative chicken soup offered alongside a shoulder to cry on, we’ve all experienced food’s power to soothe an aching heart and stitch together a torn soul.

To be able to help our customers offer such grounding, life-altering comfort is an honour for our team. So should you need to send delicious provisions to nurture or celebrate, give us a call. We are here to help you, help yours.

A cool change

Last week, Kate and the team thoroughly enjoyed styling and catering the launch of a stunning new Meriton development in Dee Why called Lighthouse. With the event being held on the Northern Beaches and with the building echoing a cool Hamptons-esque vibe, we decided to make good use of beautiful fresh seafood and lovely late-summer produce. But it won’t be long before our menus begin to take on a more autumnal tone.

We’re slowly but surely sliding into the cooler months. The memory of summer is slipping a little further away with every day that dips below 30-degrees. Green leaves are quietly turning to rusty-brown and stone fruit and berries are dwindling in our shopping baskets.

Our thoughts are turning to restorative soups, sour pickled plums, robust pulses and slowly braised meats. But, if you know what to look for, summer has left a few little gifts in her wake.

You might be surprised to learn that mushrooms are beautiful at this time of year, especially king brown and field mushrooms. In fact, we’re so excited about these spongy, pudgy little earth-dwellers that we’re creating a mushroom bar for an upcoming event. There’ll be mushroom gnocchi, shiitake dumplings, mushrooms stuffed with quinoa, and a fantastic truffle mushroom cappuccino.

And while peaches and nectarines are winding down, late-summer, early-autumn plums are sweet and plump. There are few things more delightful than a perfectly ripe plum. Most people seem to miss the season entirely, grabbing them too early when they’re still tart, giving this crimson gem a bad wrap. But if you catch them now while their skin is deep purple and they’re ever so soft to the touch, you’ll find yourself with a full-blown plum addiction.

Which is exactly what we’ve developed here at Katering HQ. We’ve had to come up with a way to devour as many plums as possible before they disappear, so we created this gorgeous plum and apple crumble that makes use of the last plums and crisp, new season Granny Smith apples. In the interest of enabling your new addiction, we’ve shared the recipe, below.


Plum, apple and almond crumble

8 large plums, halved, stoned, and chopped into large chunks
6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
80g brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
The finely grated zest of one orange
180g plain flour
Pinch of salt
140g unsalted butter, chilled and diced
60g rolled oats
75g Demerara sugar
30g sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 200C. Place the chopped plum, apple, sugar, cinnamon, orange zest and 100ml water in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Cover and cook gently for 5 minutes or until apples are softened. Transfer to a shallow, medium ovenproof serving dish and set aside.

To make the crumble, place the flour and salt in a bowl. Using your fingertips, rub in the chilled butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in the oats, Demerara sugar and almonds. Scatter the crumble over the fruit in large chunks. Bake for 30 minutes or until crumble is golden. Serve with fresh vanilla ice-cream or cream.