I love doing nice things for people and surprising people. I don’t do it to get anything in return – it genuinely makes me so happy to put a smile on someone’s face, and much as I joke that I have zero will power when it comes to treats, if I’ve bought a cake, chocolate or any other delicious gift for someone I will never, ever eat it – in fact, if I got (for example) a delicious cake that I know my mum would love, it’d make me happier to save it for her than to eat it myself!
It feels like everyone the food-loving world is talking about the newly unveiled ruby cocoa bean (and if you haven’t heard of it, where have you been hiding!?). But if there’s one place to try it, it surely has to be at the chocolate heaven that is Artisan du Chocolat. Famed for their beautiful chocolates, innovative flavours and stunning packaging, rather than going crazy with marketing and advertising, they let the quality of their products do the talking. Last Friday I was lucky enough to go down and try their two newest launches – chocolate ice cream and their ruby chocolate bars. I was welcomed by Camila, the store manager – an absolutely lovely Brazilian woman who was almost as excited as me about the launch!
Much as we Brits like to take other cuisines, modify them and pass them off as our own, there are a few things we’re well known for – roast dinners, afternoon tea and a hearty portion of fish and chips to name a few!
World famous for fish and chips, Harry Ramsden has been serving the traditional favourite for almost 90 years. Proud of its heritage, Harry Ramsden still closely guards the secret recipe of Harry’s famous batter which is freshly mixed every day to ensure the consistency is just right to complement their MSC certified fish fillets.
Who doesn’t love chai!? I remember years ago when I first discovered the wonder of chai lattes in coffee shops – the combination of sweet, aromatic spices made it my favourite hot drink long before I discovered coffee! I know I’m not the only cinnamon lover around, and the combination of that with the other flavours and creamy milk with a hint of sugar is just perfect in my opinion! Clearly I’m not the only one as I’m pretty sure chai lattes are available in most coffee shop chains (as well as a ton of independent coffee shops) all year round!
Hayman’s ginealogy (yes apparently that’s a real word!) dates back over 150 years, making them the only family of original English gin makers still distilling today. Since 1863 they have been using family techniques and processes handed down through five generations, creating gins by hand in a small English town in North East London. Their recipes use a blend of 10 botanicals, with five types of gin in their collection – London Dry Gin, Old Tom Gin, Family Reserve Gin, Royal Dock Gin and Sloe Gin – all of which mix these botanicals in different measures to achieve various flavours and finishes.
“Discover the Taste of Impeccable Eggs”
Last Wednesday evening I was lucky enough to be invited down to an event held by Heritage Breeds at the wonderful Food @ 52 cookery school. It’s no secret that as a nation we seriously love our eggs! As an absolute breakfast/brunch fanatic I may be biased but recently I feel like we’ve all become brunch obsessed.. and no brunch menu is complete without eggs – you don’t have to scroll far on social media to see some perfectly poached eggs on avocado toast!