Updated: Mar 31
Back to school too, I hope you all got my blog from last week which I focused on snacks and lunchboxes, where did the summer go? If you missed it click here.
Tuesday was a day spent at London Olympia at my favourite of food events, Speciality Fine Foods, I know this is for trade only but it really is the most worthwhile from my point of view. A chance to see some brand new ‘baby’ companies launching, the chocolate company Bean & Pod just three days old to companies we saw this time last year who were just starting off and are already winning Great Taste awards and doing so well! It is a day of sampling and I had forgotten how many crackers, cheeses, chocolates and various other goodies I manage to eat throughout the day. One of the highlights for me was finding Revolicious – smoothie bowls, (ready to go) dried mango from I love snacks like I had experienced in Africa (really tasty rather than so dried it’s like eating cardboard) and Jimini’s edible insects and their new ‘salt and vinegar’ flavour ‘The all-new Salt & Vinegar Crickets are the ultimate bar-snack flavour but full of protein, vitamins and minerals’.
I love watching the food demonstrations too and was lucky enough to time it right to see Will Torrent making an amazing gluten and dairy free chocolate tart. I will make and share the recipe as soon as Mr. Torrent gets it to me, he has promised!
Wednesday I spent a day learning about the new ‘Cook Key’ from Thermomix which makes my ‘magic pot’ wireless. It really is amazing what the technology adds. From going online and planning my meals, searching worldwide for recipe inspiration, making my shopping list to then switching on my Thermomix and following guided cooking – my two daughters will be able to whip up even more exciting supper menus with or without me there. I love the inspiration the thought of looking at ideas from the Far East, salads, smoothies, healthy, and then gluten free options, cannot wait to get experimenting, I will let you know how I get on. If you would like to see this new ‘extra pair of hands’ in my kitchen, please let me know, I can always make a batch of soup or sorbet in just a few minutes.
Wednesday evening our supper clubs returned and they were ‘hands on’ with everyone rolling up their sleeves and making a delicious open apple tart. I made a vibrant green pesto in my Thermomix for all the guests to spoon liberally over their stuffed ‘sunshine chicken’ breast served on a bed of sweet potato, baby spinach salad. Ladies I will get the recipes out to you this weekend.
I can now focus on the next supper club which is going to be so much fun, learning about chocolate paired with sweet and savoury flavours, and cocktails – it doesn’t get better than this for a chocoholic. I ran a similar event over at Temper Temper in Tunbridge Wells earlier in the year and the great news is they are coming to Crockham Hill for the night so we can repeat, if not extend the fun. Please find full details here.
The diary is beginning to fill with events up to the end of the year and they can always be found on my website. I have run freezer workshops, team building days and am excited about helping a couple of newer businesses in the Tunbridge Wells area with bespoke food events. I work with great local chefs and really can bring the fun of food into your business or maybe with a group of friends who want to learn something new. If you would like me to organise something specific for you or your business please get in touch, as long as its food related, large or small in numbers, I really can put a fantastic event together for you.
This weekend we have friends coming to stay and I am planning to serve my ‘one pot’ Mediterranean dish which cooks all by itself, if you missed the recipe please take a look here on my Facebook page at the video link. Life is too short to stand over the stove, I want to spend time with my friends not in the kitchen…. Happy weekend!