With a flurry of new starters joining Ceres, we recently held a session on the latest nutritional trends and regulations. Being experts in the food space, it is important for us to keep up to speed on health claims and the benefits of the food we eat, but we never forget that food should be a pleasure too. The training sparked an in-depth office conversation around our favourite foods. Find out who chose what below - although it was difficult to pick just one each, we just about managed it…
Naomi – Cheese
Now where do I start with my love affair for cheese… Hot, cold, spread on crackers (with relish) or toast, a scrumptious ingredient or recipe topper (or as I like to think of it, completer!) – with so many varieties and flavours too!
There are few evening meals that I don’t add a sprinkling of grated mozzarella to, what’s a Nando’s without a side of halloumi? And then of course there’s the ultimate Baked Camembert, with garlic cloves and rosemary! Seriously, what’s not to love?
Jennifer – Potatoes
What’s not to love about potatoes… from a golden fluffy chip to a bowl of creamy mash, a jacket straight from the oven or a really new potato… and then there are roasts… I can’t imagine life without them! I always loved talking about potatoes – so much to say and so many ways to enjoy and then you get all the health benefits too… definitely my favourite food.
Emily – Croissants
Can you imagine a world without a freshly baked croissant?! I certainly can’t. For me it’s not just the smell and taste (which is in equal parts deliciously squidgy and crispy), but also what it represents to me… the weekend and being relaxed on holiday!
It’s such a versatile product too depending on what mood you’re in – fruity, chocolatey, savoury or with lashings of honey – yum yum!
Taryn – Focaccia
Crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, focaccia bread is safely top of my favourite foods… specifically one that has plenty of rosemary and garlic mixed in!
At the weekend, I’ll use focaccia to make DIY pizzas, topping with passata, goats cheese, basil and onion, for a delightful dinner that really gives me a weekend feeling…
It’s also great for entertaining friends and family, and is perfect dipped in balsamic vinegar and oil, with a side of black olives – amazing!!!
Charlotte – Chocolate
My favourite food… obviously chocolate! With so many options and flavours, chocolate is perfect for any mood or occasion and goes with basically everything. There’s never a wrong time for chocolate
Joe – Doughnuts
One of my earliest memories is of me sitting on a park bench, eating a doughnut! From that moment, my love for a sugared ring doughnut (my favourite) has gone from strength to strength. They're fluffy yet perfectly sculptured, like a piece of art that should be installed in the Tate Modern! It has got to the point that I must avoid all supermarket bakeries like my life depends on it... otherwise I will dive in for a pack of five and eat at least three before I get home!
Karina – Pasta
It has to be pasta! Whether using dried pasta and a jar of shop bought sauce or making pasta from scratch and whipping up a homemade sauce, it’s filling, delicious and puts a smile on my face every time! I am yet to find a pasta dish that I haven’t enjoyed, and the absolute best thing about pasta… no matter the dish, it’s always great topped with cheese!
Kathryn – Seedless easy peelers
OMG they are so irresistible, deliciously sweet, easy to peel, an amazing on the go snack - I eat them for breakfast, mid-morning snack, on my drive home after work, always have one in my pocket when walking the dog! Some would say slightly obsessed… it was a bit troubling in lockdown when I was restricted to only being able to put two nets of seedless easy peelers in my online shop! And best of all two of them equates to one of my 5 a day… just must remember to mix up my five a day and not eat ten easy peelers in one day!
Emma – Nuts
Small yet mighty, my favourite foods are nuts! Tasty when enjoyed on their own, they can also be sprinkled on everything from salads to porridge, and used in recipes for burgers, curry, veggie bolognaise and more. Delicious!
David – Pizza
Yes, this is a bit of a cheat because pizzas can be so varied – but that’s the appeal – and I’ve been smitten ever since a family holiday to Italy when I was 10. Sometimes you may want to keep it simple with a classic Margherita, another time it’s a meaty feast, and then next time it’s a new combination using up whatever you have in the fridge. You can’t really go wrong with a pizza, although you’ll never quite beat the real thing fresh out of an Italian pizza oven. Oh, and anyone who thinks pineapple doesn’t belong on a pizza is simply wrong!