Why save brunch just for the weekends when a spot of let breakfast during the week might be just what your colleagues would enjoy.

With coffees, teas of different flavours and some juices, brunch might make a change from croissants, fruits and bacon rolls.

If you’re planning to start your business meeting a little later, or if you had started very early and a mid-morning break was due but needed more substantial food, lunch is going to be late.

Then try some gluten-free sweetcorn pancakes made with chickpea flour, topped with bacon and fried plantain, and drizzled with maple syrup.

A tuna and spring onion omelette, avocado mash with smoked salmon with some sriracha sauce and nigella seeds. Just like the Mexican dish where tomato, chorizo and peppers are fried in a pan and then topped with a baked egg, huevos rancheros.

Well, try this with a Korean twist with fried kimchi, prawns and peppers with the addition of Gochujang with a baked, fried egg. Not quite bibimbap. But with a spicy kick.


Summertime Picnics


Now summer is truly here; sitting in the park or any quiet space under the canvas of trees, to spread out a blanket, open your cool box to reveal foods neatly packed or even individual lunch boxes.

Summer gives colleagues the chance to enjoy some time together, games can be organised such as rounders or if there are a few colleagues, French cricket. Drinks can be chilled, whether it’s pre-made cocktails, beers or soft drinks. With some light sports, not too much, it is for fun, and this is a chance to have a get-together. A fun afternoon can be had by all.

From simple lunch bags to trays of Italian antipasto to Korean fried chicken with Asian salads. A selection to suit all tastes as well as gluten-free and other allergens.

We can prepare duck rillettes and pulled ham hock with mustard and pickles, smoked salmon pate, and spanakopita. Home-made crostinis and roasted pita flavoured with smoked paprika, oregano and seasoning, black pudding scotch eggs and asparagus wrapped with prosciutto and rocket, ham and cheese croquettes. A picnic does not have to be sandwiches and crudites. If drinks are wanted, then we can assist there too. We would hope everyone’s tastes are covered.

Get out and enjoy the outside space. Summer is here!




South America has a rich history, with a mix of many cultures who in turn have brought their foods to add to the pot. The indigenous people already grow potatoes, corn, avocados, sweet potatoes, chillies and so much more.

With the arrival of the Spanish, French and Portuguese, bridging with them their own style of cuisine but mixing it and using local ingredients. When Africa and Asia are added to the mix, we have an exciting array of foods that are used in everyday cooking.

With the development of cattle ranches, beef and for that matter all meats play a big part in the foods of South America. With charcoal easily available, barbecuing has found its place. With accompanying sauces and marinades, giving get the flavour to enjoy with colleagues, family and friends. With so many chilis, each gives its unique flavour and spice to your dish.

You can not leave out avocados, sliced, mashed guacamole, or the coolness of the spice.

Chimichurri sauce, a mix of herbs, garlic and chillies spooned over steaks, prawns and even bbq cauliflower, add a fresh touch. Green salsa made with tomatillo and jalapenos is another great accompaniment to pork, chicken and grilled sweet potatoes.

Honey and ponzu dressing from Asia, tequila and lime prawns, honey-chipotle chicken wings.

Lots to savour as always, but great to give your BBQ a new direction and get the taste buds going.


We were asked to create some canapes that have a slight hint of a south American/Asian feel.

So we did and it was refreshing to do so. As a result, we thought we would share in a blog to say that we do like to get out of our comfort zone and reach out to other cultures in the world. We took patatas bravas and added yucca in a deep smoky tomato sauce, simple but full of flavour.

Saltfish croquettes with roasted garlic hollandaise were amazing. Saltfish in South America is very popular, being such a large landmass, salted fish to preserve it was the only for it to travel long distances without spoiling and as such is still used widely today. Tradition is a wonderful thing but also when it’s good why try to change it.

We slowly cooked some pork belly in spices for hours then glazed it in Lime and chilli. Roasted some

salted cashews and crushed them to give some texture. This was served on a carrot, pea and wakame salad, served on a spoon.

Beefsteak plays a big part, which we will add to in another blog. Sirloin beef anticuchos with a sweetcorn and coriander dip. Seasoned steak, grilled with a smooth sweetcorn and coriander dip.

Arancini is a mix of rice, cooked until it is able to hold together in a ball. This was flavoured with lobster stock and lobster meat, cheese is there too. Served with a sriracha and herb sauce.

Spiced tuna cones – sesame ginger tuile – chilli aioli, wasabi, tosa sauce, daikon sprouts is a combination of marinated tuna with different sauce toppings in a sesame tuile cone.


Is macaroni cheese one of the great comfort foods, We say yes and that’s first because it contains cheese. Cheese is all you want it to be, rich, satisfying food that affects your brain so you crave it more. So we suppose that is what makes a comfort food, happy, contentment. Mac and cheese can be enjoyed as a bowl food, even as a late-night snack as a party winds down, to fuel the body for the journey home, especially on colder nights. With different flavour cheeses, such as stilton mac and cheese, red Leicester mac and cheese, even there the list could go on for as many cheeses there are.

To the grandness of lobster mac and cheese with its cheese sauce infused with a bisque flavour and fresh lobster sitting proudly on top. Wild mushroom mac and cheese. The wild mushroom gives it an earthiness and with the smooth richness of cheese such as goats, stilton or cheddar, any one of them would complement each other Bacon or pancetta, fried in lardons sitting proudly on mac and cheese with a few crispy onions to finish.

Now it is possible to use vegan cheese and replacement milk and still finish with a vegan chorizo sausage or bbq vegan pulled pork. The sweet tanginess of hoisin duck on mac and cheese. You see the possibilities are endless After reading this, there must be an inkling stirring somewhere, mac and cheese. But hey if it hits the spot every now and again, enjoy!

Low Carb or Keto?

Low-carb and Ketogenic (Keto) diets are two ways of intentionally focusing your diet on restricting carbs. This kind of diet induces weight loss, which can have varying knock-on health benefits such as improved blood pressure and cardiovascular performance. This is not to mention the bonus benefit of a leaner physique. Many also claim a more stable, sustained energy level without heavy carbs and the visceral fat reduction can help improve or maintain organ health and function! Both diets also have their own specific benefits. But, you may wonder, if both types of diet focus on reduced carbohydrate intake then what, if anything, sets them apart? The main difference between these diets is carbohydrate intake. On a low carb diet, you typically eat 50–150 grams of carbs per day, but on the keto diet, daily carb intake is restricted to fewer than 50 grams. Another main difference is protein intake. With low carb diets, protein intake may be high, but with keto diets, protein intake should be moderate at around 20% of total calories. This is because excessive protein intake can prevent ketosis.

Additionally, fat intake tends to be significantly higher on the keto diet, as fats replace carbs and protein. The goal is to reach nutritional ketosis. In this state, your body produces ketones from fat in your liver and uses fat as its main fuel source instead of carbs. This induces significant weight loss. While Keto provides more rapid and extreme results, it is extremely restrictive a

nd may not be beneficial for long periods due to common cases of constipation and fatigue, with an extreme adjustment period. On the other hand, a low-carb diet is much easier to maintain, and has a much less extreme adaptation period. The less restrictive nature also makes it easier to adhere to long term in a practical sense. For most people, these benefits far outweigh the slower rate of weight loss. These pro

s and cons should always be considered before trying one of these diets. One should also take into consideration any health problems, as both diets affect insulin sensitivity and the reduced fibre intake can have repercussions on the digestive system. In any case, switching between short term keto periods and long term low carb periods seems like the answer for anyone looking to seriously change their weight. However, for a more healthy long term diet, the Low Carb diet with a higher protein intake and lower fats would make for a great lifestyle change for most people.


Now that office lunch is on its way back, let us get you familiar with the different options that are available.

There are the hot buffets as well as cold buffets, always a go-to when you would like something more hearty delivered to your city office ready to set up, kept warm in chafing dishes where possible.

Lunch boxes provide individual lunches ready to eat when you are, with a variety to choose from, vegetarian and vegan are also here.

Finger food is a firm favourite among colleagues as it can offer a wide range of styles and tastes and eat anywhere. We can also make these individuals if you are looking for that choice.

Sometimes when reception is called for, we would be able to help with a wide range of canapes and drinks from cocktails to prosecco and or champagne.

Breakfast is also a good way to start your day, with filled croissants and fruit platters.

And there are sandwich lunches with popular fillings of fish, meats, vegetarian and vegan. Slices of bread can range from multi-grain, ciabatta, and wraps as well as gluten-free bread.

We would hope that we cover most aspects of an office lunch or the drinks reception you might be planning. From china and glassware, quality recyclable/compostable plates and cups. Waiting for staff if needed to serve and look after your guests or colleagues.

Please get in contact 0207 018 6610, orders@mavenfoods .co.uk and view our website mavenfoods.co.uk for more ideas and information.



Adding some extra protein to your diet!!

Protein is one of the essentials of your diet intake of foods, but nowadays some of us like to add a little extra to help

us through our busy days especially if you go to a gym too. In some cases cutting down on carbohydrates and replacing them with protein-based foods might be better for you in the long run.

We are not experts or asking you to eat an extra helping of meat, as that is a main sauce of protein. There are others, eggs, dairy, fish, and for vegans nuts and pulses, all with a varying degree of protein content.

So just changing your diet slightly by taking out some carbohydrates such as pasta, potatoes, or rice and adding a cooked egg could help sustain a more healthy lifestyle especially those who workout at a gym on a regular basis.

Next time you’re cooking up a beef bolognese, maybe only cook a third of the amount of pasta but add a tin of borlotti beans to your bolognese. In this way you are adding more protein to your diet but not in the form of red meat.

Make a ratatouille with kidney beans and some cooked chicken and leave out the rice. Cook some lentils, spice them up with a curry paste and a spoon of yoghurt and sprinkle with some toasted nuts.

Starting the day well might make you feel better in yourself with a handful of fresh berries, to give you some fruit sugars for energy, combined with natural yoghurt, nut granola and again a sprinkle of extra almonds.

Please be careful when focusing on weight loss and using fat-free foods, somewhat surprisingly, some use extra sugars for taste and can be misleading. A good breakfast can set you up for the day and is a good way to start.

As we have said, we are no experts in nutrition, but would like to think taking a sensible approach to what you might eat, taking out a few foods or just cutting down, is a good place to start.

Create food to enjoy, this way you might enjoy what you eat.





A Lunch bag, with all that you might need within it. A filled sandwich with either meat, fish, vegetarian or vegan on granary bread or if you are after a gluten-free bread too.

You can have a drink, a piece of fruit and a classic chocolate bar or crisps. Once the basics are decided you can add more such as a chocolate brownie, a savoury food such as sausage roll or a salad pot.

A lunch bag can do so much, help with social awareness, and keep colleagues safe. When you need people to feed but they would be in different areas, collect and go.

This brown paper bag can contain so much, it can be a safe option, you can add more and create your own selection for your colleagues, on the go lunch.

We are going to introduce some Asian flavoured foods, snacks that would be hard to find here, but would adda little twist in your lunch bag. From tempura seaweed to kimchi noodle bowls.

We are just expanding choice and flavours for you to enjoy

As well as an Asian influence, we are going to add breakfast bags to our lineup. With filled croissants , mini danish pastries, a drink and fruit, all that you might need for an early morning breakfast on the go.

Take a look at our lunch bag menu, it might be what you are looking for.