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Learning about Feta with Odysea and Roussas Dairy

There’s nothing I love more than an invitation to an event related to cheese. And even more so if it’s about my beloved feta! Feta is a cheese which I’ve grown up with – in Cyprus I always preferred it to halloumi. It was also the cause of many a family row when eating at a local taverna – cubes of it would be scattered on top of the Greek salad at the start of a meal, and there would inevitably always be a fight for the last piece! I was recently invited to a feta tasting at The Greek Larder in King’s Cross, a restaurant I’ve been meaning to visit ever since it opened but frustratingly never got round to it. It’s a 10 minute walk from Kings Cross, in the very cool and completely revamped area north of the station, with large glass windows surrounding it in-keeping with the area. But inside you feel very much like you’re in a traditional Greek restaurant, with local produce adorning the shelves and displays. I was …

A Day Out At Malton Food Lovers Festival

I can’t believe I’m only just getting round to writing this, but in May, I went to a great food festival with my Mum when I was up visiting in Yorkshire. It took place in Malton (a quaint market town about 30-40 mins drive from York), aptly named the Malton Food Lovers Festival. My Mum and I love any excuse to wander around a food market and this one didn’t disappoint, with all different types of cuisines, crafts, live music and performances. It was incredibly busy, so not particularly easy to take lots of photos of the food stalls, but here are a few I managed to snap. There was so much amazing produce on offer – I ended up buying two pheasants, a rhubarb liqueur and Yorkshire halloumi cheese. We stopped for a tea and scone at one of the permanent restaurants on the square, and watched the world go by. There were also a number of live cookery demonstrations taking place with celebrity chefs such as Rosemary Shrager, but unfortunately we just didn’t …

Moretti Gran Tour 2016

You may have read my post last summer about the Moretti Gran Tour in Hackney, a brilliant evening of Italian street food vendors and, as you might have guessed, Moretti beer! It was one of my favourite foodie events I went to last year – it was just so well all organised and all of the food was incredibly tasty and authentic. So when I was invited to go again this year, I couldn’t wait! This year’s event was held just off Brick Lane in East London and was completely out in the open, so it was pretty fortunate we were experiencing  a heat wave. It was the perfect weather for an event like this – enjoying an ice cold beer in the evening sun. Birra Moretti have recently launched the Regionali Range, featuring Birra Moretti alla Toscana and Birra Moretti alla Siciliana, which was available to sample for the first time in the UK. This year there were two cookery classes taking place – butchery and pasta making. I did the latter last year, so …

Taste of London 2016

One of my absolute favourite events of the year is Taste of London. I went last year and just loved everything about it. An outdoor festival, packed with some of the best restaurants in London, serving small portions of delicious food so you have the opportunity to try lots of dishes… what more could a foodie want? The event runs throughout the week and into the weekend – this year I was tempted to go earlier in the week, but decided to go on Saturday to make the most of it with plenty of tipples, and without fear of a mid-week hangover! It was quite muddy underfoot when we went, as it had been raining pretty heavily during the week, but we were fortunate that it stayed away for our visit. Still, I don’t think rain could dampen my spirits at this event! Like last year, I thought I’d list the dishes we tried and tell you what I thought! First up was Cobia sashimi with pickled green chilli salsa, black sesame and chive oil …

Do you know where your pork comes from?

The question raised in this blog post is something which has always been very important to me. As you may have read in my ‘about’ section, my father was a manager for the Meat and Livestock Commission, set up by the government in the 60’s to promote British meat and to maintain standards within the industry. As you can imagine, our house was stocked with good quality meat and growing up in a tiny rural village in North Yorkshire, I was always aware of what ‘good’ meat should be. But as time has gone on, meat has become cheaper, often without people really questioning how or why. And the reasons are usually pretty horrendous. There has been plenty in the news over the past 10 years about free-range chickens and what ‘free range’ actually means. But what about pigs and other livestock? This is where ‘Farms Not Factories’ steps in. I came across this non-profit organisation a few weeks ago and in that time, their campaign has created a storm! Their aim is to expose the …

A Fab Fishy Supper with the EatAbout Founders

  The lovely Alexandra of EatAbout (formerly of Zomato) recently invited me to a supper club hosted by EatAbout’s founders, Philip and Felix, and I was promised a LOT of seafood. I couldn’t wait! Especially when the team were posting photos from their trip to Billingsgate Market ridiculously early that morning (including them tucking into bacon and scallop butties, which might just be one of the best things ever!) The event was hosted at the flat Philip and Felix share, just up the road from Chancery Lane station – you couldn’t ask for a better location! The place was beautifully decorated with a few touches of Swedish décor, where the guys are originally from. In case you haven’t heard of it, EatAbout is an alternative to typical restaurants where you eat in the home of a chef! You can search the website by city, date and number of guests, and they’ll match you with the available chefs and show you what meals are on offer. The meals are sorted by proximity to your search location, and …

A Recipe Masterclass with Jude’s Ice Cream

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a ‘recipe masterclass’ with Jude’s Ice Cream at the gorgeous Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell. I’d tried out Jude’s Gin & Tonic Ice Cream last summer and just loved it – I mean, what more could you ask for?! They’ve since expanded their range and they now have a vast repertoire, including, now let me take a deep breath, because there’s quite a lot… Scoops: blood orange sorbet, brown butter, chocolate, coffee, crème fraiche, ginger spice, honeycomb, lemon sorbet, mango sorbet, milk, mint choc chip, pistachio, raspberry ripple, raspberry sorbet, rum and raisin, strawberry, vanilla. Tubs: Ginger Spice, Salted Caramel, Strawberry Tease, Truly Chocolate, Very Vanilla and the brand new Brown Butter Pecan! But what I think is important to note is that while there are lots of flavours, each one is still of an extremely high quality – their 25+ Great Taste Award gold medals don’t lie! It’s without a doubt the best ice cream I’ve ever tried. To me, most of the other big ice cream brands …