Bakers Ross Dea and Michael

first_imgCostello recently enjoyed a course at the House of Bread in Asten, Austria, after winning the Piero Scacco award (arranged by the Worshipful Company of Bakers).They baked products including yoghurt bread, Nordic fruit bread, pretzels and Danish pastries during the week. Here Dea (centre) and Costello (right) discuss handling ciabatta bread dough with their tutor.last_img

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knowing your business

first_imgWhile I sit at my desk writing this, a hard-working electrician doing a job for me has just asked: “What kind of government is it that penalises the working people to give to the lazy?” There is no answer to that except to say, “A British one”.And one question remains unanswered in my mind. Why is it that everyone I speak with – both employers and employees – all seem to feel the same. Yet we, the majority, are still ruled by the minority.Back to business, Neville, my MD, and I were having a brief discussion about our spending plans for the year, starting with the inevitable wish list, followed by what we can afford to make us the best return on capital.Now I know you will say there are many better ways of getting higher returns on capital than investing it in bakery. That may be true, but if we do not invest, we shall end up losing everything. You could say we are on a treadmill and that, if we stop, we shall not succeed and our labour costs will spiral out of control.DON’T BANK ON THE BANKOne point I made strongly to Neville, based upon years of bitter experience, is never trust your bank. When you are doing well, they will give you, within reason, anything you ask for. Then, having built up a good working relationship with your bank or area manager, he or she gets promoted and the next guy can be a right son-of-a-gun.Always borrow for capital equipment on lease or hire purchase. I prefer the latter as it is simple, fixed payments and it is yours at the end of the period. Never buy capital equipment by using an overdraft that is a short-term loan, which can be rescinded on demand by the bank. Remember that old adage: never borrow short to spend long. The way I see it, a fool and his money are lucky to get together in the first place.Always try to be realistic when doing a budget: if you have a boomerang that won’t come back, just accept the fact that it is a stick.beware tax schemesI am always wary of schemes that appear to have such great tax advantages to me. But the reality is that you have to make large profits before the tax advantages kick in.With a new year here, a vision of the future is important. Otherwise we’ll be going nowhere. So what are the secrets for success? Well we must have the right management team, always be looking to control and cut costs and, I suppose, know the business we are in.The latter may sound obvious, yet in many ways is the most difficult to define. Are we bakers or fast food operators, retailers or manufacturers? We all know we are a bit of each, and while each part of the company is interdependent on the other, which should take priority?In my opinion, if you are a retailer the retail side of the business should always have priority. After all, even if you make the best products in the country, if people don’t buy them, you have no money just products. nlast_img read more

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Expansion plans for Glasgow café chain

first_imgThe founder of Glaswegian internet café brand iCafé plans to expand within Scotland. Umer Ashraf said he plans to roll out the café brand “one step at a time” in Glasgow, then in other parts of the country.Ashraf opened the first iCafé in Glasgow in January 2005 and a second in October 2006. A third shop, also based in the West End, will open this July, and a fourth will open in Glasgow’s Southside in January 2009.iCafé’s point of difference is that it has much better coffee and food than the typical internet café, Asraf told delegates at a Caffè Culture seminar on successful start-ups. “If you look at the internet cafés of the 1990s, they were very impersonal and had no staff interaction and the quality of the food and the coffee was very poor,” he said.iCafé’s food menu includes paninis, wraps, soups and sandwiches, filled bagels and cakes. It also has its own brand of chocolate bars. Ashraf also said top-quality, friendly customer service could be missing from large café chains, so he made that a priority for his business. “The question I asked myself was, ’How would I like to be treated as a customer?’ That’s the way I’m going to treat my customers.”The first thing the customer notices is who’s behind the counter. In a café environment, it’s important that that person at least says ’Hello’ or ’Good morning’. And after you’ve ordered, does someone actually come up and say, ’How was your meal? How was your coffee?’—-=== In Short ===== Clam’s cupcakes ==South Wales bakery Clam’s has launched a range of cupcakes in coffee and pecan, chocolate fudge and ginger and pumpkin seed variations. The Crickhowell-based bakery, which sources locally, supplies 3,000 cakes a week to retailers including large department stores.== A touch of froth ==British coffee machine supplier Fracino’s latest range addition is a bean-to-cup machine. Director Frank Maxwell said the Cybercino unit is ideal for busy cafés, that don’t have time to train a barista. The machine includes a coffee frother for cappuccinos and lattes.== A better cuppa ==The London School of Coffee is helping cafés serve a better cup of coffee with its one-day training course. Gayle Reed said: “We run a one-day training course, which runs from 10am to 4pm and costs £150 per trainee. We teach people how to choose the right coffees, roasting skills, barista skills and how to serve the coffee.” They leave with a recognised City & Guilds qualification.== Twinings goes natural ==Twinings was targeting bakery chains and food-to-go outlets with a new ’All Naturals’ range of fruit infusions. It was also showing four black teas: Kenyan, Ceylon Earl Grey, Assam and Darjeeling, plus a range of Jacksons of Piccadilly Fairtrade teas.== Juicy stories ==Tropicana showed its new line of pure fruit smoothies in chiller cabinet bottles, available in a range of flavours.Good Natured launched a new range of fruit juices made from Rainforest Alliance-certified fruit. The juices come with a tag that says ’Juice that doesn’t cost the earth’ and are available in orange and tropical flavours.—-=== iCafé: the offer ===* High-speed wireless internet access with every purchase* Also terminals in each café with CD-burning facilities and high-speed USB connections* DVD rentals in first shop in Great Western Road* Own-blend coffee from 100% Arabica beans* Organic tea and pure fruit smoothieslast_img read more

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Spice rack: Cumin

first_imgCumin is a spice that is used in many countries around the world, but in particular in India, The Middle East, North Africa and Mexico. It is also added to some European cheeses.It is used either as a seed or ground and is said to be the second most popular spice after black pepper, as it is often added to curries and can be used as one of the spices in the filling for samosas. Cumin also goes very well with vegetables, and a vegetarian strudel can be made by cooking together butternut squash, onions, lentils, ground cumin (or cumin seeds) and thyme before wrapping them in filo pastry and baking. Make chilli beef pies and flavour the filling with both chilli and ground cumin before topping with puff or shortcrust pastry.Why not make Curried Corn Bread, by adding ground cumin to gently softened onions, along with turmeric and a little chilli, then mixing with the flour, corn meal (or polenta), bicarbonate of soda and buttermilk. White bread can also be given a different flavour by adding ground cumin to the flour or you could make Cumin Onion Bread by adding it to sweated sliced onions and adding to the bread mixture.Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from the Leiths School of Foodand Winelast_img read more

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Wolcottville couple accused of child molestation in LaGrange County Jail

first_img Pinterest Google+ Twitter By Jon Zimney – May 22, 2020 2 611 Pinterest Facebook Google+ WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews (Photos supplied/LaGrange County Jail) On Tuesday May 19th, the Indiana State Police in Fort Wayne received a complaint from the Indiana Department of Child Services regarding alleged sexual activity with a minor.The State Police criminal investigation that immediately followed this complaint revealed evidence that suggested a married Wolcottville couple, Robert M. Hoff, 34, and Mandy J. Hoff, 38, of the 6400 block of County Road 500E, had been engaging in sexual activity with a 13-year-old girl on a regular basis over the last four years.On Wednesday, May 20, after interviewing the couple, and after consultation with the LaGrange County Prosecutor’s Office, Indiana State Police detectives then arrested both Robert and Mandy Hoff on felony child molestation charges. They were transported to the LaGrange County Jail, were they were incarcerated and remain in custody pending an initial hearing on the matter.This is an active ongoing criminal investigation, and no other information will be released at this time.Arrested:Robert M. Hoff, 34, Wolcottville; (2) counts of Child Molestation, Level 1 FelonyMandy J. Hoff, 38, Wolcottville; (2) counts of Child Molestation, Level 1 Felony Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Wolcottville couple accused of child molestation in LaGrange County Jail Previous articleSen. Todd Young to visit South Bend on his RESTART TourNext articleConstruction worker from Knox killed while working on I-94 Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

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Notre Dame decides not to host the scheduled presidential debate in September

first_img Facebook Google+ Twitter Notre Dame decides not to host the scheduled presidential debate in September CoronavirusIndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ By Tommie Lee – July 28, 2020 5 582 WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Pinterest By Eccekevin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons The University of Notre Dame has announced that they will not be hosting the scheduled Presidential Debate planned for September.University President The Reverend John Jenkins made the announcement Monday afternoon. Notre Dame had been scheduled to host the first of the 2020 presidential debates on September 29.Jenkins said he made the difficult decision after consulting with Dr. Mark Fox, the St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer, and with the unanimous support of the Executive Committee of the school’s Board of Trustees.Notre Dame has hosted six presidents at commencement ceremonies through the years, but this would have been the University’s first presidential debate. Twitter Previous articleAARP: Social isolation over time has devastating negative consequenceNext articleVeto override to get Mayor Mueller to issue State of Emergency regarding homeless fails Tommie Leelast_img read more

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Face mask order in St. Joseph County extended through end of 2020

first_img Google+ Pinterest Face mask order in St. Joseph County extended through end of 2020 By Jon Zimney – September 5, 2020 0 465 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Facebook (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) The face mask order in St. Joseph County that was set to expire on Monday has been extended through the end of the year.The St. Joseph County Health amended the order to specifically calling for face masks to fit over one’s nose and mouth and snugly against the sides of one’s face.They’ve also now just suggested face masks for children ages 2 through 5, instead of requiring them to wear masks. WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Twitter Previous articleLaPorte County police looking for woman with 11 active warrantsNext article$1,000 reward offered for the arrest shooting suspect connected to child’s death Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

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City of South Bend releases latest SBPD use of force policy to public

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market City of South Bend releases latest SBPD use of force policy to public Google+ By Carl Stutsman – December 9, 2020 0 1216 Pinterest WhatsApp (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) The City of South Bend has released its second draft of their new publicly available use of force policy. The new policy is now up for public review, and they will be holding a virtual meeting to get input on the changes. A community Action Group meeting will be Thursday Dec 9th at 6pm via zoom to get feedback from residents.Below are links for the complete policy and zoom meeting:Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/99260089741Link to Policy: https://southbendin.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/20201130-Use-of-Force-Update.pdf WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ Twitter Facebook Pinterest Previous articleFormer Irish football player Louis Nix III shot; posts video onlineNext articleSurvey: Favorite Christmas treats in each state Carl Stutsmanlast_img read more

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News story: Rededication and burial services for first world war soldiers

Burial service for soldier of the first world warA burial service will be held in the morning of Tuesday 27 March at Bailleul Road East Cemetery, France for 1 soldier of the first world war.The remains of a soldier of the Royal Scots were discovered by a team of workmen near to Athiens. Given the location of where the remains were found it is a possibility that this soldier was killed during the Battle of Arras in April 1917. However there are still too many soldiers of the Royal Scots missing from that battle to identify this soldier.The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by British Defence Staff, regimental representatives from The Royal Regiment of Scotland and local dignitaries. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will be providing the headstone.Rededication service for Serjeant John MacKenzie MMA rededication service will be held in the afternoon of Tuesday 27 March at Anneux British Cemetery, France for Serjeant John Mackenzie MM.Serjeant John MacKenzie MM was just 21 years old when he died on 25 March 1918, a few days after the start of the German Spring Offensive. Having been wounded he was taken prisoner and died of his wounds in Inchy-en-Artois. Until recently the location of Serjeant MacKenzie’s grave remained unknown and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. However research has shown that he is in fact buried in Anneux British Cemetery.The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by British Defence Staff, members of the family, regimental representatives from The Royal Regiment of Scotland and local dignitaries. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will be providing the headstone.Burial service for soldiers of the first world warA burial service will be held on in the morning of Wednesday 28 March at Orchard Dump Cemetery, France, for soldiers of the first world war.The remains of two soldiers of the Royal Scots were discovered by a farmer near to Haisnes. The location of where the remains were found makes it possible that these soldiers were killed during the Battle of Loos in September 1915. However there are still too many soldiers of the Royal Scots missing from that battle to identify these soldiers.These 2 members of the Royal Scots will be buried alongside an unknown soldier of an unknown regiment. His remains were found by a farmer near to the former Hohenzollern Redoubt, a German defensive position which was fought over several times.The remains of a soldier of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were discovered by a farmer in Cuinchy. Again, given the location of where the remains were found it is a possibility that this soldier was killed during the Battle of Loos in September 1915. However there are still too many soldiers of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders missing from that battle to identify this soldier.A burial service will be held on in the afternoon of Wednesday 28 March at Worburn Abbey Cemetery, France, for a soldier of the First World War.The services have been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre and will be attended by British Defence Staff, members of the family, regimental representatives from The Royal Regiment of Scotland and local dignitaries. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission will be providing the headstones. read more

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Press release: Countdown to high speed broadband for all begins

first_img A requirement for demand aggregation, so that people within an area can combine their per premise cost thresholds, to ensure that as many people who want to get connected do get connected Uniform pricing so that those connected under the USO do not have to pay more for similar services to consumers served commercially. A download speed of at least 10Mbps, with quality requirements for upload speeds, responsiveness of connections, and data cap; this could be delivered by a range of fixed line and wireless technologies For it to be funded by industry rather than public funding; and The Government believes that only a regulatory USO offers sufficient certainty and the legal enforceability that is required to ensure high speed broadband access for the whole of the UK by 2020. 95% of the UK already has access to superfast broadband, and the USO will provide a “digital safety net” for those in the most remote and hardest to reach places.The specification for the USO design includes: In the 21st century, accessing the internet is a necessity not a luxury. We are building a Britain that is fit for the future, and we’re now putting high speed broadband on a similar footing as other essential services like water and phone lines.center_img Ofcom now has up to 2 years to implement the scheme, meaning that by 2020, everyone in the UK will have a legal right to an affordable connection of at least 10 Mbps, from a designated provider, no matter where they live or work, up to a reasonable cost threshold.Digital minister Margot James said: Although the USO minimum speed will initially be set at at least 10Mbps, this will be kept under review and we expect it to be increased over time. Ofcom advise that 10Mbps is the speed required for a typical household’s use of internet access to services such as web browsing, email and video services.Government and Ofcom are now working to put in place a number of processes to implement the USO as quickly as possible. This includes the running of a process to designate the universal service provider(s) who will be required to offer the service, giving both small and large providers a chance to put their names forward for consideration. Ofcom will also be responsible for establishing an industry fund that will support delivery of connections made under the USO.Following the creation of new powers when the Government passed the Digital Economy Act 2017, the Government consulted on the design of the USO. The detailed response to this consultation has also been published today.Notes to Editors A per premises cost threshold of £3,400, enabling coverage to around 99.8% of premises. Consumers outside this threshold will be able to get a satellite connection, or would have the option to cover the excess themselves (in the same way the universal service right to a landline telephone works) Ofcom’s Connected Nations 2017 report shows that the number of premises without 10Mbps broadband download and 1Mbps upload speeds is 1.1 million, or 4% of premises, compared with 1.6 million or 6% of premises in 2016 The designated provider will be under statutory obligation to connect people up to the cost threshold, and to connect them if they are willing to pay excess costs above the threshold.last_img read more

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