Eat well - travel often

Month: January 2016

The Wallace Collection – Afternoon Tea

The Wallace Collection – Afternoon Tea

If you are new to my blog then let me tell you I love afternoon tea and if you are a treasured reader then you already know that!  In fact afternoon tea is the one British tradition I would lobby Parliament to keep if it […]

Judge Cookware brings you thermal cups and glasses

Judge Cookware brings you thermal cups and glasses

Do you hate it when your hot drinks go cold and the cold ones warm up long before you have finished drinking them! A practical solution is thermal cups and glasses, two thin layers of glass with a gap between them help to keep your […]

Travel Tip 2 – Take your condiments

Travel Tip 2 – Take your condiments

I love travelling but I know I will want to bring some goodies back home and with the airlines clamping down on how much luggage you can take with you combined with the fact that I hate carrying too much luggage with me I have started travelling as light as possible.

Well I like to travel to my destination as light as possible leaving me loads of scope for purchases to bring back home!

I love trying new foods when I travel however sometimes you may need a little help, a cup of coffee before you track down a great local cafe, some chili spices in advance of finding that fantastic local restaurant everyone talks about.

I like to take a few condiments with me in case of emergency however a bottle of sauce or a jar of coffee would weigh far too much to be on my packing list.  Solution:-

Take a plastic or other lightweight carrier filling it with a couple of sachets of instant coffee, your favourite sweetener and other must haves.

My emergency stash would include chia seeds, matcha tea, tabasco sauce, coffee and tea bags for Mr R.

These little portions will just keep you calm whilst you get used to the local products – you will usually find most things abroad even if they differ slightly!

What would you put in your little plastic pouch? Leave a comment below – maybe it will turn out to be a reminder to someone else to take with them.

Roast Red Peppers with Tomatoes

Roast Red Peppers with Tomatoes

 Following the Christmas holiday I went through the fridge to see what needed using up.  I hate wasting and sometimes you have so much food in over the holidays that some things get missed. The red peppers in the veg drawer were not at their […]

Afternoon Tea for Men with Mr R – 108 The Pantry

Afternoon Tea for Men with Mr R – 108 The Pantry

I have often said that one of my favourite experiences is traditional Afternoon Tea, little finger sandwiches, tiny little cake replicas of larger pieces and of course tea, one of the only times I really want proper British tea. I was recently invited to try […]

Damson Chocolate are open for business!

Damson Chocolate are open for business!

On a trip to Grenada earlier this year I met a guy named Dom who was on the trip for the Grenada Chocolate Festival and who was making his own fine bean to bar chocolate at home in his kitchen.  A little eccentric perhaps making your own chocolate at home in your kitchen but Dom had aspirations of opening a small shop in London and making his own chocolate.

Well towards the end of 2015 that dream came true and Damson Chocolate opened for business.

There are always trials and tribulations working with any fresh ingredient and chocolate is no different but when it works it really works.

Damson Chocolate, held a grand opening which I was honored to attend where we got to sample the chocolates.

Also available to buy are chocolates from ‘Cocoa Runners’ chocolate, chocolate from all over the wold represented and in different percentages which makes it sure to please the most discerning palate and the everyday chocolate lover as well.

My two favourites were the creamy Whiskey & Cream an almost white chocolate aged in whisky barrels – creamy and almost like that well known Irish whisky and cream drink we seem to get through gallons of

as well as the Nicaraguan 70% with it’s definite ‘bite’, sharp taste and lovely aftertaste as it melts slowly in your mouth. 

Damson Chocolate’s Ecuador dark 70% won bronze medals at the 2015 Academy of Chocolate Awards.

The back of the shop is a bit ‘Heath Robinson’ (if you are old enough to know what I mean) but what difference does it make if the job gets done!

And up to the minute small scale equipment,

As well as selling Damson Chocolate home brand there is also a range of specialty chocolate from around the world available – some of the most attractive wrappers hiding equally as exotic chocolates.

The future holds chocolate making classes and tasting events. 

The shop is open most days from 11:00-17:00 but if you are making a special trip it is best to contact them through the website first. You can also order online if you are not able to get to the shop.

You can follow Damson Chocolate on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as well as signing up for a free newsletter on the website.

All opinions and photographs are my own. I was not required to write a review.

Bertolli with Butter – an Evening with Gennaro Contaldo

Bertolli with Butter – an Evening with Gennaro Contaldo

I have seen Gennaro Contaldo many times on television on his own or with one of his friends Antonio Carluccio or Jamie Oliver but let me tell you meeting him in person is a great experience. The man is a true gentleman, self effacing with […]

Boxing Day Brunch – feed a houseful of guests

Boxing Day Brunch – feed a houseful of guests

We had a houseful of people this Christmas and with guests going to bed at different times and getting up at all different times this could have been a breakfast catering nightmare. I had plenty of ingredients ready for individual smoothies, fresh juices, eggs and […]