AHF visit – In their own words…

May 29, 2015 at 10:22 am

In a recent post, we reported that we’d had a welcome return visit by members of the Abu Hanifah Foundation Cub Scouts Group – or, more precisely, AHF Beavers. We’ve already spoken about it but we thought you’d like to hear the views of the boys and girls themselves. After their visit, they very kindly sent us all sorts of letters of thanks – even some pictures. We’ve listed a few examples below.

“I thought that the day was so amazing. They make so many burgers and sausages in a day. I really enjoyed making and eating the sausages.”
Hafsa

“I wish  we could have breakfast  like this every Sunday!”

Hamza-Yusuf

Hakim and Zaki sent us a lovely drawing, which describes the fun they had.

AHF visit - KQF factoryIn it, they note that their favourite part was the food tasting – saying: “I loved the taste of the KQF chicken and I’m sure all the other cubs/ scouts enjoyed it too! I also liked the part when we saw how KQF made the delicious sausages… The overall experience was outstanding!”

Another of the visitors, Mohammed sent us a thoughtful report, which described all that he’d done during his stay with us. He noted how the children had all put on hygienic protective clothing and that they’d learned a great deal about the production process. He wrote: “We saw men making sausages… one of the machines could make 3,800 burgers in ten minutes!”

We also received text messages from parents describing how interesting and enjoyable trip their children had at KQF factory. The message says  – “My son really enjoyed his trip at KQF factory. The visit has converted not only their son but entire family to eat delicious sausages for the breakfast. We will definitely buy them again and again”.

We’re very glad that the children enjoyed their trip. It was a pleasure to welcome such bright and appreciative visitors, and everyone at KQF looks forward to seeing our friends from AHF again.

Texan-style burgers with red pepper salsa

May 13, 2015 at 11:49 am

Weighing 110g each, our Jumbo Texan Beef Burgers are very satisfying and considerably larger than ordinary high street burgers. They’re also made with a much higher meat content so they’re a great choice when you want something special for a family barbecue.

The Jumbo range includes Great British and Texan-style quarter-pounders. The difference is that the British version is simply seasoned with salt and pepper, whereas the Texan burger, with all its Mexican influences, is enlivened with a tasty blend of onion, peppers, green chillies and miscellaneous herbs and spices.

This barbecue suggestion builds on the peppery theme with a spicy salsa relish that makes a great accompaniment to a meaty summertime treat.

To serve four people, you will need:

Red pepper Salsa dip

  • Half a red pepper
  • Half a yellow pepper
  • One large tomato
  • A quarter of a cucumber
  • A quarter of an onion
  • One lemon, a clove of garlic
  • I teaspoon of paprika
  • 20ml olive oil (approx 1 tablespoon)
  • Salt and pepper & fresh chilli to taste

The method really couldn’t be easier. Just chop the vegetables, add the zest and juice of the lemon and mix in the other ingredients. Add the seasoning, spices, garlic and chilli to taste.

The result is a delicious, fresh and feisty salsa dressing that also works well as a fantastic dip for breads and tortilla chips.

 

Thai-style burgers and rice noodle salad

May 5, 2015 at 11:48 am

Summer is on its way and, with a host of new halal foods to offer, we thought we’d take the opportunity to suggest a few ideas for a great family barbecue. A straightforward burger in a bun is always a winner, of course, but sometimes it’s nice to try something different.

Our new Exotic range seems like the obvious place to start for some interesting new suggestions, so in this post, we’ll look at our new Exotic Thai-style gourmet burgers and how you can make them the centrepiece of a delicious summertime treat. The burgers in the Exotic range are made with HMC-certified halal beef and they weight 220g (half a pound) so they really are very substantial and satisfying. You certainly shouldn’t need to go back for a second one…

BBQ idea: Thai-style burgers and rice noodle salad

The Exotic Thai-style halal beef burger can be served with all sorts of different accompaniments, from a conventional burger bun to the more culturally-authentic steamed rice or noodles. This recipe idea uses rice noodles, which are quick and easy to cook and can be served hot or cold.

Beef-ExoticBurger-ThaiTo serve approximately four people, you will need:

  • 200g of dried rice noodles (flat variety)
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 large wine tomato
  • 2 limes
  • 1 handful of fresh coriander
  • 20 ml (2 dessert spoons) of ginger syrup
  • Fresh chilli and spring onion to taste

Rice noodles are most often sold dry and pre-packed and although they are usually very quick to cook, their cooking times vary. Typically, to reduce cooking time, they can be soaked in cold water before steaming or boiling. Follow the instructions on the pack.

If you plan to make this a cold salad, then you can cook the noodles in advance, but if so, keep them in a sealed container so they don’t start to dry out. If you want to serve them hot, then schedule the following preparations to that the noodles are ready at the same time as the burgers.

Method:

Rice-noodle-salad

  • Peel the carrots and grate them into a large bowl.
  • Finely dice or grate the cucumber into the same bowl.
  • Put big chunks of wine tomato into the bowl.
  • Add the zest and juice of the two limes.
  • Add the ginger syrup (You can buy jars of stem ginger in syrup. Use the thinly cut stem ginger, too, if you wish.)
  • Add the coriander leaves, finely chopped.
  • Finely chop the spring onions and red chilli, and add to taste.
  • Add the cooked rice noodles and mix thoroughly.

Fresh, zingy and packed with vitamins, these noodles make a great accompaniment to KQF’s Thai-style Gourmet Beef Burgers, but they also work well with plainer meats such as barbecued chicken or even hard boiled eggs.