Is there a season for eating chocolate? I personally don’t think so. Chocolate for me is the ultimate comfort food, a sure-fire stand-by in times of stress and a mood enhancer. If you eat lots, of course, its not good for you, but if you eat a few pieces of fine dark chocolate there are many health benefits. When I suggest dark chocolate this would be with a cocoa percentage of around seventy per cent or more – proper ‘chocolate’ not confectionary which I am afraid most of the chocolate bars on the supermarket shelves really are! ‘Good chocolate’ should have a beautiful shine, and a great snap at room temperature.
I have been lucky enough to work with Aneesh Popat, The Chocolatier – we spoke on the phone just this week, about chocolate and one of the busiest times of year for him! Aneesh has an interesting story as a mathematician and scientist he then decided to make chocolates… unusual as he makes healthier chocolates with a water ganache! Listen to our Podcast here. Been thrilled to be giving out his beautiful water ganache truffles at my events this month. So if you were lucky enough to receive a few to try let me know what you think and check out his website here to order more. I love the sound of his chocolate club!
This recipe for chocolate balsamic glazed pork ribs caught my eye. One to try over the Easter weekend!
Speaking of Easter-next weekend is the time for the Easter bunny to visit! When we generally as a country, spend a huge amount on chocolate eggs of all shapes and sizes. Yes, I have already got my ‘avocado egg’ from Waitrose, as I missed out last year!
With the holidays round the corner, we had an inspiring evening with our guest Chef Julie Friend at our latest Spring themed supper club.
Whatever is on your Easter menu, try and get ahead of the game so you can enjoy time with friends and family!