Worldwide Food Centre in Aldershot

If you live in a big city you can easily take the availability of foreign produce for granted.  However, small specialist shops are popping up throughout the country, including in military town, Aldershot.  The Worldwide Food Centre is a relatively large shop located on Station Road.

Worldwide Food Centre

It stocks all manner of ingredients and goodies you could ever want from across the world but particularly boasts plenty of Polish, Turkish and Croatian food.

Here’s a snapshot of what you can find on the shelves

Worldwide Food Centre
Selection of honeys and preserves
Worldwide Food Centre, Aldershot
Selection of Polish Pierogi
Worldwide Food Centre
Selection of Polish Bread
Worldwide Food Centre
Croatian Vegeta
Worldwide Food Centre
Selection of Macedonian Ajver

The Worldwide Food Centre, Station Road, Aldershot, Hampshire UK

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Relais & Châteaux Expands

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Hotel Hertelendy Kastely

The prestigious Relais & Châteaux family has announced its continued growth with a staggering 31 new members and three new destinations in the 2010 issue of its Guide. This new influx includes two properties in Central and Eastern Europe: one in Hungary and one in Slovenia.

Hotel Hertelendy Kastely

In the heart of a 300 hectare park, surrounded by woodlands, between Kaposvar and Nagykanizsa, this sumptuous castle awaits you for a stay full of activity in unspoilt, restful nature. Horse riding, tennis, clay pigeon shooting, and even hot air ballooning can be enjoyed at this glorious castle. After plenty of physical exertion, guests can unwind in the spa and savour delicious local cuisine accompanied by renowned Hungarian and international wines.

Hertelendy Kastely Kft, 7541
Kutas-Kozmapuszta 0120/4 (County Somogy), Hungary

Tel: + 36 82 568 400

Fax: + 36 82 568 030

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Central European Chicken with Wild Mushrooms & Garlic

Chicken with Wild Mushrooms & Garlic
Chicken with Wild Mushrooms & Garlic

While a great British roast on a Sunday is all very well and good, sometimes my family and I crave something a little different.  This roasted chicken dish with aromatic herbs proved a great alternative.  With wild mushrooms, celery, white wine and chicken stock, the wonderful sauce is then combined with that traditional Russian flavour of sour cream.

This is perfect for the ultimate feast and great served either with fresh steamed green beans alone, or with an extra side of boiled new potatoes (my preference being the crumbly the better!)

Ingredients (serves 4)

45ml olive or vegetable oil

1.5kg/3lb whole chicken (you could use chicken pieces, just make sure it’s thighs etc. on the bone)

3 celery sticks (peeled so it is not stringy)

1 garlic cloves, crushed

275g wild mushrooms (personally, I wouldn’t bother slicing, even if large but is up to personal tastes)

1 tsp chopped fresh thyme

250ml chicken stock

250ml dry white wine

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (I tend to prefer flat leaf)

120ml sour cream

Salt and ground black pepper

Flat leaf parsley to garnish

Fresh green beans to serve


Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius,  375 degrees Fahrenheit, Gas Mark 5

Heat the oil in a roasting tin and brown the chicken all over


Remove the chicken temporarily

Fry the onions for about 2 minutes in the roasting tin

Add the celery, garlic, wild mushrooms and thyme and cook for 3 minutes


Pour in the chicken stock, wine and lemon juice into the roasting tin (or foil dish as in my case)


Sit the chicken on the top of the stock etc.


Sprinkle over half the parsley

Season well

Place the chicken in the oven for 1 1/2 – 1 3/4 hours or until tender

Baste occasionally to prevent drying out

Remove the chicken from the roasting tin and keep warm

Put the roasting tin on the hob and stir in the sour cream over a gentle heat until you make a thick pouring sauce

Arrange the chicken on a plate, surrounded by the cream and mushroom sauce

Garnish with parsley sprigs

Serve with grean beans and/or potatoes
Serve the chicken with the sauce and fresh green beans