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Learning about Soy Sauce with Kikkoman at Sushisamba

How much do you know about soy sauce? If you’re anything like me, then probably not a lot! I love it, and happily pour it over stir fries and sushi (mixed with a little wasabi). But I was embarrassingly ignorant about the story and history behind it. I was recently invited to an event by Kikkoman and I was excited to learn more about it, and banish my soy-related ignorance. Not only that, but the event was hosted on the 38th floor of Heron Tower at Sushisamba, a Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian restaurant which had been on my list for some time but I’d just never got around to visiting. Upon arrival (after getting rather giddy and excited by the glass lift journey to the top – I know I’m late to the party but I challenge anyone not to get excited by it if you’re a Sushisamba lift virgin. Unless you’re scared of heights, then it’s probably not for you!), we were greeted with cocktails. With Kikkoman soy sauce in them. As regular readers will know, I’m …

Saving the Forest with The Gin Bothy

It’s no secret now that I just adore gin. I think this was encouraged by my best friend Ceri, who you will no doubt have read about on this blog – she is a gin queen and has inspired my love of this delicious spirit. I’m always excited to learn about and try new gins, and one of these recently was the Scottish ‘Gin Bothy’, with a wonderful and heart warming story. I’m also a lover of all things Scottish – you might have read about my recent trips to Edinburgh and Loch Lomond on here – Tim and I are hoping to visit again soon, this time with the car to explore even further afield. This is also a gin which is ‘doing good’ – sales of the artisan small batch gin are raising money to conserve the precious ancient pine trees whose needles give it flavour. Loch Arkaig pine forest near Spean Bridge was recently bought in a partnership between the Woodland Trust and community group Arkaig Community Forest. Now award-winning Angus distiller …

West Country Cheese Co – Cheese & Christmas Cake

You might have seen a few posts on the blog and on my social  channels about the West Country Cheese Company – they supplied our amazing wedding cheese cake and I also receive a monthly cheese box from (the highlight of my month, for sure!) For Christmas I was getting excited about which cheeses to order for Christmas (once again, a highlight of my Christmas planning) and then I saw the new Christmas cheese cakes by West Country Cheese Co. I mean, LOOK HOW PRETTY?! There was one in particular that I had my eye on – the Christmas Cake with Stilton. And here’s what this beautiful creation consisted of… Creamy Wensleydale approx 1.4kg – Real Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese – creamy, crumbly and full of flavour. Lovingly hand-crafted in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales Rich Fruit Cake, 800g – Rich, sumptuous fruit filled fruit cake, soaked in brandy for a deliciously rich, moist fruit cake Colston Bassett Stilton, 1kg – One of Britans best known cheeses is Stilton, Colston Bassett is one of the …

A Fancy Trimmings Hamper from Harvey Nichols

How are you getting on with your Christmas shopping? I think I’m just about there with mine – I’m fortunate to have fellow food-loving friends and family and so it’s always a pleasure thinking of things to buy them. Something that always goes down well is a good food hamper! In the run up to Christmas I love to try out a new hamper, and this year it was my first experience testing out the fabulous ‘Fancy Trimmings’ hamper from Harvey Nichols. It would make such a great Chrimbo pressie and has all the important elements of a very tasty Christmas! As well as the iconic black Harvey Nichols hamper, inside you’ll find (beautifully presented!)… Christmas Pudding 230g Brandy Butter 210g and Cranberry Sauce 200g Bag of Chocolate Coins 80g Milk Chocolate Marc de Champagne Truffles 125g Almond Butter Biscuits 175g Christmas Loose Leaf Tea 125g Prosecco di Valdobbiadene NV Italy 750ml and Mulled Wine Germany 750ml Taxi Christmas Tree Decoration I haven’t tried everything yet as I’m saving most of it for over Christmas, but …

New artisan cheese range from Aldi

For regular readers of this blog, you’ll know how obsessed with cheese I am. I’m always looking to try out new kinds and find new places to make my cheesey purchases! I was particularly excited to hear from Aldi recently – the discount supermarket has extended its range of products with a selection of high quality, British cheeses carefully crafted by artisan producers. And I was even more excited to learn that they would send me a hamper of them to test out for myself. And as you will have seen from the photo at the top of this post, there was A LOT! It was a cheese feast! Selected by Aldi’s expert cheese buyer, the new range is sourced from creameries across the country, who employ traditional cheese making methods that go back centuries and have been refined over decades. From cloth bound mature Cheddar cold-smoked over locally sourced oak chips in Devon and a crumbly Lancashire made using a closely guarded secret culture developed at a family-run farm, to a cave-aged British goats …

Cooking Cabrito Goat Meat and ‘Goatober’

Growing up in Cyprus, we were quite literally surrounded by goats – we didn’t eat them (that we knew of!), but we ate cheese produced from their milk on a near daily basis. I was therefore so saddened to learn recently that a huge number of male goats (estimated 40,000 per year) are killed at birth because they are simply not needed. Goats cheese is in such high demand that goats are being bred for the female goats to continue to produce milk. There’s an interesting article about this on Munchies here, if you’d like to read more into this (and I recommend you do). Now a number of companies, such as Cabrito, are encouraging people to eat goat meat and to ensure these billies aren’t dying in vain. I recently tried out goat meat for the first time at Gourmet Goat in Borough Market – an absolute must-try if you’re in the area. It was delicious with a unique and very ‘meaty’ flavour. After this, I was keen to try it out at home, …

Competition: Getting the most out of your herbs with NuCasa

I recently tried out a new Typhoon oil infuser and mezzaluna from NuCasa. I adore cooking with fresh herbs – it completely transforms a dish and I always use fresh herbs whenever possible. In Spring we planted lavender, rosemary and thyme in the garden, and it has been fantastic being able to pop outside and pick some for our cooking adventures. I’d been wanting to try out an oil infuser for some time now – I love flavoured oils and so being able to do the flavouring bit myself sounded like a lot of fun. The infuser from NuCasa is attractive to look at and very lightweight. The bottle and removable infuder section are made from mouth-blown, hand-finished glass, making each one unique! The bung is made from silicone and has a twist open and closed function, to keep the oil as fresh as possible. I filled mine with fresh rosemary, which was perfect for our Sunday roast lamb – I allowed it to infuse overnight and it was lovely! I also tried out a …