I love my kitchen and it’s the centre of activity in our home, from making a cup of tea for a neighbour who calls by to helping the children with their homework. Not to mention cooking daily homely meals and the occasional dinner party for friends and family. Good food, good friends, good times!
With the love of being in the kitchen (and food in general!) one Christmas I experimented with some homemade gifts of jam and chutney. With honest natural ingredients and some beautiful packaging, they went down a storm and people were asking for more! The following Christmas was eagerly awaited, for some more chutney creations, but in the meantime I had a go at entering some local jam making competitions at agricultural shows. The preserves section can be full of stiff competition but after winning a few first prize awards I tried my hand in other categories and continued to take first and second prizes, along with a trophy for best in show! All this planted a seed in my mind…maybe one day I could turn my hobby into a business?
After a long wait for an allotment (and then a lot of hard work to make our patch of soil useable!) we started growing our own fruit and vegetables. As anyone with an allotment will know, you get an abundant harvest at certain times of the year, far too much for one family to eat! With a combination of too much produce, my love of working in the kitchen and my previous success with jams and chutneys, Woodcrest Kitchen was born in 2018 – an artisan food micro business.
Honest natural ingredients – mostly homegrown in Burnopfield or foraged locally from hedgerows of surrounding lanes and villages – cooked in small batches with love and care and turned into delicious homemade chutneys and jams; from our kitchen to yours!
How it started - a note from Woodcrest Kitchen's chef and allotment grower!
Burnopfield, County Durham,
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
An award winning artisan producer of jam, chutney and marmalade in Burnopfield, North East England.