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. 

Healthy breakfast ideas: 3 Tips for a better poached egg

 Huffkins Chilli Smashed Avocado & Eggs on Sourdough

Huffkins Chilli Smashed Avocado & Eggs on Sourdough

Here at Huffkins we take eggs very seriously indeed and we'd like to say a huge thanks to Billy's Eggs in Gloucestershire who supply our free range local eggs.  Poached eggs can be one of the most nutritious & satisfying starts to the day if they're done properly, but one of the most frustrating if they don't turn out as intended! Follow these tips for a cracking time...

  1. THE FRESHER THE BETTER: The fresher an egg it is the "tighter" it will poach as the egg white (albumen) becomes more fluid over time, increasing the chance of getting 'whispy' tails on your egg...
  2. SIMMER DON'T BOIL: Don't add an egg to water which is at a rolling boil, it's too violent & you'll likely end up with egg soup.  You should take the water to a gentle simmer, not an aggressive boil. Add the egg delicately from a ramekin into a medium pan with about 3 inches of water up the sides for a straightforward approach.
  3. ADD A TEASPOON OF VINEGAR  to the water. This lowers the temperature at which the white solidifies, helping you to achieve a perfect poach. 3 minutes is a good guide time for a runny yolk.

You can visit us across the cotswolds if you'd like to sample our Chilli Smashed Avocado & Eggs on Sourdough (pictured), or perhaps an Eggs Benedict or Royale if you'd rather. See our menu for more details.

Huffkins Chocoholics Anonymous...3 tips for a better chocolate cake

Chocolate Cake. It's usually the first thing I think of in the morning, and it frequently occupies my mind when I'm in bed trying to go to sleep. If this is also something with which you are also currently suffering, please see below tips for the perfect chocolate cake...

  1. DARK NOT SWEET. The core of any good chocolate cake should be achieving a real depth of chocolatey flavour. Use an unsweetened cocoa powder or a high quality melted dark chocolate to get proper chocolate depth. Sweetness can be introduced into the batter in a number of other ways, so make real chocolate flavour & depth the first & only focus of the chocolate ingredients.
  2. TAKE YOUR TIME. Although it can be tempting to serve up your cake as soon as it's decorated, you'll get a better flavour by leaving it covered for 24 hours before eating. Flavours take some time to fully mature in cake (our fruitcakes take 3 months to properly mature), so try make the cake slightly in advance if you can.
  3. A PINCH OF SALT. Added to the batter early on can really help to bring out flavour & depth in the cake. Be sure to add it early in the process as seasoning benefits from time to develop & mature flavour.

Whilst I can't promise that the above tips are 100% effective for preventing dreams about chocolate cake, they should at least help to ensure that your chocolatey dreams don't turn the corner into cocoa-based nightmares... Visit us at one of our 5 locations in the Cotswolds to sample our Chocolate Tuck Shop Gâteau (pictured).

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