Reader, for you I sacrificed myself and ate one of these rich and creamy meringues (right). It was sweet and light and made by local chef Ailsa Pettersson who for the last 20 years has had a business, Creative Cuisine, cooking for office lunches, weddings and parties. Delicious canapés include wild rice pancakes with crème fraiche, crab and sweet potato, duck spring rolls smoked salmon and caviar and my pick, Yorkshire puddings with Bearnaise sauce and roast beef.
Ailsa’s interest in becoming an entrepreneur was lit when she was still only 12 and living in Northamptonshire. Her mother taught piano and Ailsa would cook cakes and snacks to sell to the students. Once school was over she went to Leiths School of Food and Wine and then worked for a catering company.
Ailsa decided to launch Creative Cuisine 20 years ago and has been cooking for local people and businesses ever since, providing delicious dinners, canapé parties, business buffets, meeting lunches all with healthy food in mind. She also supports lots of local food suppliers. She buys baskets of fresh vegetables from Alan and Lyn Wakeling in Portobello market (pic left) fish from Golborne Fisheries and nuts and rice from the Golborne Cash and Carry.
Recently Creative Cuisine has catered for a lot of 40th and 50th birthday parties. She also does a lot of almond based cakes and a flourless chocolate cake (pic above). I tried that too. It was smooth and rich and there was lemon curd and creme fraiche to go with it. If you decide to have a party, Ailsa arrives with all the staff and hire equipment. Ailsa has had 20 years experience at this, so you’re with a safe pair of hands. You can relax, wash your hair, arrange some flowers, chat to those guests who get the time wrong and come early. Creative Cuisine will have everything sorted and you can have the best of times. creative-cuisine