Delays and acceleration…

Just taken a call from our rangeman (not Rangeman, as in Stephanie Plum novels, for those that understand) and our frying range will be coming a week earlier than thought!  Gives us a little more time to get other things sorted… roof is off as I write, gas connection is ready for the range but no actual gas until tomorrow.  I was beginning to think that would never happen.  Our neighbour Kevin Bush will be in their decorating from tomorrow, next week the floor goes down…

Meanwhile, courtesy of my friend Mad Marion, a very bad joke:

A man visits the same fish and chip shop every Friday night and always places the same order.  He becomes very well known to the owners, Archie and Tina, who get into the habit of cooking his haddock and chips just before he arrives at the shop so that he doesn’t have to queue when he gets there.  However, one Thursday, the man is delayed on a business trip and realises that he will have to stay an extra day and won’t make it back in time for his Friday haddock and chips.  Knowing that they will be expecting him, he thinks it best to warn the chip shop owners.  So he rings them up and sings:
“Don’t fry for me Arch and Tina…”
Sorry.

 

What’s cooking 2013…

Today we went to Harrogate for “What’s Cooking 2013” – a trade event run by Henry Colbeck’s – suppliers to fish and chip shops, est. 1893.  We met the Chairman and his affable and helpful attitude seems to cascade through the company – and, it seems, through the industry.

We are now back in Shap and rather full of deep fried foods!  Lots of samples – some delicious (scampi, hake) some less so.  Lots of people telling us what sort of batter, oil, potatoes etc to use.  We took the opportunity to learn about sustainable fish supplies and the work of the Marine Stewardship Council.  We met people that we have been speaking to overthe past few weeks from the National Federation of Fish Friers and we tested coffee machines.  We probably won’t have a coffee machine, but boy, did we need coffee!

The most important thing for us was talking about ranges – the frying machine itself.  Three manufacturers were there, we have already spoken to others who weren’t and we are absolutely bamboozled by all the information.  But we are learning, and the more we learn the better position we are in to ask the right questions.  And once we know what questions to ask we can start getting the information to make the right decisions!

We also have our first stock items: two boxes of wooden chip forks courtesy of the lovely man from Atlantika fish!  It’s beginning to feel real…

Wooden chip forks - our first stock item!

Wooden chip forks – our first stock item!