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Christmas Cheer at the End of the Year 2021

As we’re nearing the end of 2021, we’ve navigated our way through Covid, have kept environments safe, flexed with hybrid working, operated through effects of interrupted supply chains and continue to fuel businesses with consistent fresh, nutritious food.

Now that we’re in December, as we reflect on the past year and look forward to the next, it is important to celebrate our achievements and adaptations to business and innovative ways to provide new solutions in contract catering.

One way that we have kept things fun at Talkington Bates is shared in our Christmas edition EatingIn magazine. We share recipes, best team Christmas memories and we feature interviews with industry experts, Calvin on health and safety and Meggan on compliance. Why not try some recipes and check out the quizzes and cross word and prepare for a lovely Christmas?

As we raise a glass to toast for Christmas, here is a luxurious ‘Homemade Irish cream’ recipe to serve on the rocks. (Vegan version featured too!)

Home-made Irish Cream


1 can (14 oz.) Dulce de leche

1 x 250ml single cream

1 x 100-300ml Irish Whisky (or milk for a non- alcoholic version)

1.5 tsp Camp chicory & coffee essence

1 tsp Vanilla extract


Blend all ingredients till smooth. Serve on ice, coffee or desserts. Enjoy!

Vegan Irish Cream


1 x 400ml can light coconut milk

1 x 400ml can full fat coconut milk

110g brown sugar

1.5 tsp Camp chicory & coffee essence

1 x 100-300ml Irish whiskey to suit taste

2 tsp cacao

Pinch of salt


1. Whisk the cans of coconut milk and sugar in a pan. Bring to a low boil and simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Stirring frequently, until it cooks down and thickens slightly.

2. Remove from heat and stir in the coffee essence and cacao.

3. Add a pinch of salt and finally the Irish Whiskey, to taste. Serve with Ice, puddings or coffee as you wish! Enjoy!

If you are reading this and are looking for innovative catering solutions for 2022 and beyond, do email us at, we look forward to hearing from you!


Wishing you all a super Christmas and may you all have a prosperous New Year.


Paul, Janice and all the team at Talkington Bates


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