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Month: December 2014

The Meating Room

The Meating Room

Most of the restaurants I get to review are in London so I really appreciate the chance to review a local establishment. The Meating Room in St Albans (22 Catherine Street) is about 7 months old and a great gem to find.  The owner, Al, […]

Foxcroft & Ginger – Restaurant Review

Foxcroft & Ginger – Restaurant Review

When I first worked in London I would walk along Berwick Street in Soho to get my fruit and vegetables from the market. This market had been there for many years, with one side of the street a colleciton of cafes and Asian incence shops […]

Quark from Lake District Dairy makes a great pudding!

Quark from Lake District Dairy makes a great pudding!

I was invited to take part in a pudding challenge from Lake District Dairy Company to use their Quark in a special pudding for the festive period or any special meal.

The start of my pudding was inspired by Fuss Free Flavours chocolate pots.  These were two layers of chocolate pudding but I wanted to take it one step further.

Lake District Dairy Company Quark has 55% fewer caleries per serving and 99% less saturated fat per serving than creme fraiche.  There is also 69% more protein per serving than other quarks and creme fraiche.

So for my pudding:

Melt 100gm of milk chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
Heat 100ml of double cream in a sauce pan until just simmering.
Mix the melted milk chocolate and warm cream and carefully pour into a variety of glasses.

Repeat the above but with 100g white chocolate and 100ml of double cream.

Just before serving add a good scoop of vanilla ice cream to each glass of chocolate cream.

Dollop over the ice cream with the Lake District Dairy Naturally Fat Free Quark with Vanilla, serve and enjoy!

Even though this challenge was for a special pudding I couldn’t resist the temptation to use the glut of celery we seemed to have accumulated in the fridge to make celery soup.  Home made celery soup is one of my favourites and instead of adding cream I used the Lake District Dairy plain quark.  It was creamy and tasty. Pure celery heaven!

So don’t keep the quark for the puddings, use it in savoury too!

I was sent samples of the Lake District Dairy Naturally Fat Free quark but I was not paid to use it or to write this post.  As usual all opinions, recipes and photos are my own.

Our Christmas with a little help from Aldi!

Our Christmas with a little help from Aldi!

I was asked to do some shopping in Aldi to get things for our Christmas meals.  I was  pleased to see the wide range of Christmas food they had in my local store even so close to Christmas. They have a wide range of frozen […]

Let’s Hear It For the Girls! – Tabasco Bloody Mary Championships

Let’s Hear It For the Girls! – Tabasco Bloody Mary Championships

This is the third year I have been a guest at the Tabasco British Bloody Mary Championships in London.  This year was perhaps the most exciting! The usual rules applied to the first round, hosted this year by Chef Ainsley Harriet, a straight up version […]

Aldi Christmas Cocktails – My Cranberry & Orange Delight

Aldi Christmas Cocktails – My Cranberry & Orange Delight

I was sent some of Aldi’s top quality spirits as well as a cocktail making equipment and asked to make a seasonal cocktail.

I chose the Tamova Vodka – awarded a silver medal at the Internal Spirits Competition 2014.

I thought what would be some great Christmas flavours, mmmmm how about cranberry and orange?

To start my cocktail I infused some cranberries cut in half and some orange peel in the vodka for 4-5 days.

Lime goes really well with cranberry and orange and vodka so I put a piece of lime in the cocktail jug and slightly muddled it with the muddler!

When the vodka was infused I poured 100ml of it into the cocktail jug. 

I added cranberry juice (200ml) and fizzy orange (300ml), ice and gave it a good shake.  Strained into a chilled cocktail glass, garnished with a slice of orange and a cocktail stick of cranberries

and watched Mr R’s face as he sipped my new Christmas Cocktail – Cranberry & Orange Delight!

I was also send a bottle of Aldi Advocaat – Christmas Day I will be serving the old fashioned Advocaat and Lemonade with a cherry garnish – How decadent will that be!!

I was not paid to write this piece but was sent a hamper of goodies from Aldi. As usual all opinions and photos are my own.

 
 
 

 

 

 
Giveaway – Win a a bundle of goodies from the group of the Best Italian
Foods

Giveaway – Win a a bundle of goodies from the group of the Best Italian Foods

I have been fortunate to have been invited to loads of events where I have cooked with the best ingredients or had food prepared for me using the King and Queen of the Italian food world. Here is a chance to win a few great […]

Supper with Ping – Masterchef Winner not  a Microwave!

Supper with Ping – Masterchef Winner not a Microwave!

I was invited to attend a SupperClub being held atFoodat52 and hosted by Malaysian Kitchen. Malaysian Kitchen is the portal or vehicle specifically designed to bring Malaysian cuisine to the UK. The SupperClub was superbly cooked and presented by Ping Coombes, Masterchef Winner 2014. On arrival […]

Artisan Drinks by Lindy Wildsmith – book review

Artisan Drinks by Lindy Wildsmith – book review

Just when the weather has turned to proper autumn I got this book to review. Artisan Drinks by Lindy Wildsmith makes me want to go out and forrage and make delicious drinks to keep warm throughout the winter months.

Lindy Wildsmith has written this book to combine freshly harvested ingredients with artisinal techniques and clear step-by-step instructions to take you from the leafy lanes to your winter gatherings with friends.

I have always been a fan of sloe gin and Lindy’s recipe for Damson Gin can also be used if you want to substitute sloes.

My sloe gin ready for drinking this winter! Bring it on Mother Nature I shall be ready!!

The pages and photography are clear, clean and easy to read with step-by-step instructions, along with artisinal techniques and storing and keeping hints and tips.

There is an offer for Kitchen Talk readers below:-
 
To order Artisan Drinks at the discounted price of £20.00 including p&p* (RRP: £25.00), telephone 01903 828503 or email mailorders@lbsltd.co.uk and quote the offer code APG236.

*UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.


Artisan Drinks is published by Jacqui Small, you can also find them on Twitter – @JacquiSmallPub
 

It’s Old El Paso Night!!

It’s Old El Paso Night!!

I was sent a selection of Old El Paso products to try for fun, quick and easy meals.  Most people think of Old El Paso as Mexican food but in fact is the more American Tex-Mex cuisine.  This is food that has been an influence […]