All posts filed under: sweet

Sipsmith & Jude’s Gin & Tonic Ice Cream

Gin and Tonic is my favourite pre-dinner tipple. I like the flavour of gin and find it an easy spirit to drink. My drink of choice as a teenager was usually vodka and as such, I put myself off it, buying cheap local versions, packed with sugary mixers. But I never touched gin when I was younger, so it has remained sacrosanct, and something I’ve thoroughly enjoyed as an adult. My friend recently introduced me to Sipsmith gin. After looking at their website, I loved their brand and gorgeous design of their bottles. Sipsmith is the first copper distillery to launch in London for nearly 200 years and they have reintroduced the art of handcrafted, small batch spirit production to the capital. I’ve heard that their distillery tour is really interesting, so I’d love to check it out one day and learn more about how they create their gin. Apparently they have names for their three stills – Constance, Prudence and Patience. Love it! When I found out that they were launching a limited edition …

A Sunday Afternoon Film and Poshcorn

One of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon is to watch a good film at the cinema, with an unnecessarily big cup of coke and a bucket of popcorn to graze on like a cow. It’s overly indulgent but it’s fun! Although I must admit, with the age of movie apps like Lovefilm or Netflix, our cinema trips have become fewer and fewer. With the high cost of cinema tickets in London, it’s got to be a pretty special film for us to go and see it on the big screen, rather than wait for it on Netflix. And one of the problems Tim and I experience when we go to the cinema is that he likes salted popcorn, and I prefer sweet. A first world problem, perhaps, but still a problem when the buckets cost a fortune and there’s no way that you could get through a whole one each. I recently learned that Tyrrells (who you may well know for their popular range of crisps) make popcorn, but not just any old …

Healthy Alpine Snacking – Cuckoo Bircher Muesli

As you may have read in some of my previous posts, I don’t usually have the healthiest approach to breakfast – it’s typically nothing at all or something far too indulgent. So, recently, I’ve been trying other options to get into a better morning habit. I had tried out fruit and yoghurt, and next up on the list was muesli. In particular, Cuckoo Bircher Muesli. I’d never been particularly inclined to try muesli. My mum eats it quite a lot, with a bit of milk and fruit, but it always looks so incredibly dry to me, even though she loves it! But in the nature of trying new things, I thought I’d give it a go. And I was pleasantly surprised! Cuckoo Bircher Muesli was set up by two school friends, Anna Mackenzie and Lucy Wright, who first tried bircher muesli on a school trip to Switzerland. It obviously left a lasting impression because years later, after graduating from university and trying out some exciting flavour combinations, they have turned it into a successful business. …

All Things Chocolate At ‘Bake With Maria’

Now I’ve always loved chocolate (who doesn’t?) and I’ve cooked with it many times, but I have to admit that I didn’t have a great understanding of the whole chocolate making process. So when I was invited to attending a chocolate class at ‘Bake With Maria’, I was really excited to expand my knowledge of this area. The class was held at a baking lab based in St John’s Wood, owned by Maria Mayerhofer. The lovely Maria explained how she started out teaching people how to bake bread at her home (shutting her partner away in the bedroom while the classes took place!) and the popularity of these classes led to her opening the Baking Lab in 2011. They have just introduced chocolate-making classes, hosted by Annamarie Jones, a pastry chef and chocolatier, originally from San Diego. Here she is, introducing us to her very own (albeit slightly tired!) cacao tree, Corky. To begin with, Annamarie explained where our chocolate comes from. The Forastero tree yields around 70% of the world’s chocolate, found in the …

Coffee on the Go!

My morning indulgence is my small skinny cappuccino on the way into work – I don’t get one every day, for the sake of my bank balance, but I would if I could! So when I was given the opportunity to try out the new Emmi CAFFÈ LATTE range, I was keen to find out if this could be a more affordable, practical way of getting my morning caffeine fix. I tried the CAFFÈ LATTE Espresso and the Espresso Zero. The former has three large shots of espresso, with fresh Swiss milk and roasted Arabica coffee beans. And the latter is the UK’s only iced coffee that isn’t sweet, containing no lactose and no added sugar.     They are available in massive 370ml bottles (£1.99), which is too much for me to drink in one go (although Tim had no trouble polishing it off!), but the espresso zero is also available in a smaller 230ml size (£1.35), which is perfect for me to take to work, either walking or taking the bus. Obviously the difference …

Swapping Morning Coffee For Bubble Tea

Earlier this week, I was invited to visit a brand new bubble tea shop in Shoreditch, quite literally a stone’s throw from my office. I’ve been known to go well out of my way for bubble tea and up until now, had been walking 15 minutes to Boxpark to get my fix. But luckily Chatime have come to my rescue! Tim joined me for this tea tasting session but as much as we both enjoy bubble tea, our experience of it had been mostly limited to fruit teas with tapioca – I was keen to learn more about what this new place had to offer. We were very lucky to have Allen Du from Chatime spent over half an hour with the two of us, talking us through the various types of teas available and putting some together for us to try.     There are five different types of tea to choose from (in three sizes) – Milk Tea, Fruit Tea, Fresh Tea, Mousse and Tea Latte. Each of these can be customised with …