What making scones taught us about Japan

In September 2018 we sent a crack team of bakers (Lorna & Elizabeth) from our Witney bakery and Stratford-upon-Avon tearooms all the way to Tokyo! Why? Well to run a pop-up Huffkins tearoom for a week of course! Over 12,000 scones were made by hand and sold during the event alongside selections of our loose leaf teas, preserves, fruitcakes and shortbreads.

 Lorna & Elizabeth making scones in Tokyo

Lorna & Elizabeth making scones in Tokyo

A fully working miniaturised Huffkins was set up for the week inside the world-famous Mitukoshi Nihombashi department store in central Tokyo.

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Here are 3 of our biggest cultural learnings from selling scones in Tokyo:

Japan loves coffee. Japan is known for a deep-rooted tea culture but the Japanese are even more into coffee! In fact Japan is responsible for consuming over 85% of Jamaica's coffee crop each year.

 Customers were treated to an up close display of our time-honoured techniques

Customers were treated to an up close display of our time-honoured techniques

Table manners maketh the man & woman. Pointing with your chopsticks is rude and you should also avoid crossing them which is easier said than done for an untrained Westerner! When eating & drinking it is not rude to slurp, in fact it is considered a compliment, however blowing your nose in public is frowned upon.

 Customers queued around the block for up to 4 hours to experience afternoon tea at Huffkins

Customers queued around the block for up to 4 hours to experience afternoon tea at Huffkins

Age before beauty. About 23% of the population in Japan are over 65. In Japanese culture older people are revered and honoured. When dining the oldest guest is normally seated first at the centre of the table. They will also be served before anybody else.

 Huffkins retail products were made available for sale for the duration of the week.

Huffkins retail products were made available for sale for the duration of the week.

All these social rules might sound a bit daunting but our team also reported that Japanese people are very friendly and understanding. As long as you are respectful you will be made very welcome in spite of any social faux pas. Huffkins products are available in Japan with leading retailers including Charmant Gourmand (online and in their forthcoming Tokyo store), Isetan (Kyoto), Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi (the British exhibition) and with Takashimaya (online).

NEW! Customisable Huffkins gift bags

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Gifts are such an important part of our culture. We use them to mark the big moments in our lives, bring our loves ones joy and show them how much they mean to us. The search for a great gift can be exhausting. Marketeers often want us to buy expensive but what we really want to give is something thoughtful.

Huffkins customisable gift bags are designed to let you give a truly thoughtful gift - simply and inexpensively. You start by choosing a colour of jute eco-bag and then pick out the contents specifically for the person you want to treat. Your time is precious so we even handwrite your bespoke gift message on a card and pop it in the bag for you. Prices start at just £14.95.

You can view the range in our online bakery shop.

Meet Huffkins' newest open sandwich: The Ocean's deep!

Huffkins healthy open sandwich, prawn & smoked salmon

In January we introduced our "Goodness" menu featuring a selection of health-focused dishes including dairy free protein cookies and vegan sausage baps.  Here's a few of the ingredients which make this seafood dish just so GOOD for you!

  1. Prawns are a fantastically low-fat source of protein, containing over 10 times more protein than fat.The majority of the small amount of fats in prawns are unsaturated which can help to improve cholesterol when consumed in place of saturated fats. 
  2. Yoghurt dressing is very low fat compared to vinaigrette. Yoghurt is full of calcium & protein, which increases the body's production of chemicals which signal fullness.
  3. Avocados contain a variety of essential minerals including iron, copper and potassium and are a good source of the B vitamin, folate.  They also have more soluble fibre than most other fruits.

Visit us in store to experience the "Goodness" menu for yourself! Our bakery & tearooms can be found in Stratford-upon-Avon, Cheltenham, Witney, Stow-on-the-Wold & Burford! See more details on our website www.huffkins.com

Why are smoked salmon & scrambled eggs so healthy?

Huffkins Healthy Breakfast Smoked Salmon & Eggs

Smoked salmon & scrambled eggs has been a firm favourite here at Huffkins for a while now and is often enjoyed by people seeking out a healthy option. Here's a few of the health benefits of this dish:

  1. Smoked salmon is a great source of protein (about 18% of its weight is protein). As if that wasn't enough, it also contains B-complex vitamins, as well as vitamin D, magnesium, selenium and is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which have been linked to numerous health benefits including both eye health & fighting depression!
  2. A single egg contains c.7.5g of protein as well as carrying all nine essential amino acids which assists the body in metabolising & utilising the protein we consume in our diet. Indeed, it's for this reason that egg protein is the traditional "benchmark" of protein quality and is often referred to as a "complete" protein. 
  3. Here at Huffkins we use local free range eggs from Billy's Eggs in Gloucestershire and responsibly sourced salmon. All our bread is handmade in our Witney bakery using local Matthews flour, so it has minimal "food miles". This means you can be sure that this dish is as good for the environment as it is for yourself!

You can visit us at any of our 5 locations across the Cotswolds if you'd like to try it for yourself, we'd be delighted to welcome you. This dish is featured on our "Goodness Menu" which has been developed in conjunction with renowned fitness & nutrition coach Alison Harding (http://www.zigzagpt.co.uk).  See further details on our website www.huffkins.com.