All posts tagged: organic

Graham’s The Family Dairy ‘Milk Sommelier’ & Tasting Evening

I was recently invited to an event which got me excited from the moment I saw the subject in my inbox. I was being invited to a milk sommelier event. A MILK sommelier event! It sounded weird and wacky and it involved milk, and I loved it. It was being hosted by Graham’s The Family Dairy. Based in the heart of Scotland,  the dairy produces an award-winning, home-grown range of the highest quality food and drink, including milk, cheese, cream, butter, ice-cream, cottage cheese, quark, sour cream and yogurt. Established for more than 76 years, it remains a family-run company with a focus on farming, provenance, high quality produce and a quest to promote the best of Scotland’s larder throughout the country. And one of the many ways they’re doing this is by hiring their own very curiously titled ‘milk sommelier’, Douglas Wood. A former chemical engineer, Douglas is the owner of WoodWinters, an award-winning wine and spirits merchant with outlets in Bridge of Allan, Edinburgh and Inverness and supplier to hotels and restaurants across …

Fine Dining at Two Michelin-Starred Don Alfonso 1890, Sorrento

There are some restaurants you visit that you just know you’re going to remember every little detail of forever, as it really blows you away. That happened in September at Don Alfonso 1890 in Sorrento. Tim and I were in Italy for my friend Kelly’s absolutely stunning wedding, and we had a day to ourselves afterwards before heading back to Blighty. We thought we’d treat ourselves to a luxurious date night, at Don Alfonso 1890 which is around a 20 minute drive from the centre of Sorrento. It’s a family-run business for over 40 years, and upon arrival we were introduced to Livia Iaccarino, pictured bottom-right. She was wearing some very cool sparkly multi-coloured trainers under a long skirt, and was one of the most charming and polite people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in a restaurant environment. We would soon learn that those shoes were an analogy for the whole dining experience. Don Alfonso 1890 was modern yet old-school. The decor was clean and fresh with bright tones of pinks and purples, adorned …

#OrganicUnboxed – Greek Lamb Curry Recipe

This is the second of my recipes for the #OrganicUnboxed Challenge. You can read about the challenge here, and my first recipe here. For this recipe, I thought I’d draw inspiration from my upbringing in Cyprus. Looking in the box, I could see quite a few items which would go into a moussaka. I’ve actually written a recipe for this on the blog previously, so I thought I’d try something a little different. And this is where the idea for a Greek ‘curry’ came from. Greek Lamb Curry Serves 2 Ingredients 1 white onion (chopped finely) 2 cloves of garlic (minced) 2 aubergines (chopped into bite-sized chunks) 400g lamb mince 1 tin of chopped tomatoes 1 tin of chick peas (drained) 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp coriander 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tbsp tomato purée Salt and Pepper Olive Oil 1 cup of brown rice Method Fry the onion in a medium sized pan (one which has a lid) on a medium heat, with a dash of olive oil, …

The #OrganicUnboxed Challenge

Look at the amount of goodies in the photo above! And the best part? They’re all organic! I was recently challenged to come up with some recipes from said mystery box of goodies! Beforehand I had no idea what to expect, but I was overwhelmed with the amount of items I was sent. The campaign was officially kicked off by  Madeleine Shaw: In addition to the above video, here’s a few quick facts about organic food: Organic crops are exposed to fewer pesticides Organic livestock (chicken, beef, lamb, pork etc.) are truly free range, meaning they have more space to roam and enjoy high welfare standards Organic dairy cows are free range and pasture fed Organic farming is great for farmers and more environmentally friendly Recent research has shown that organic crops are up to 60% higher in a number of key antioxidants and that both organic milk and meat contain around 50% more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. Here’s a full list of the items I was sent to work with – it was all very ‘Ready …

Cakes at Violet Bakery, Hackney

My lovely friend Ceri let me know about a bakery in Hackney, fairly close to where I live, that she thought I’d like. She works in publishing and they recently published the cookbook for it – ‘The Violet Bakery Cookbook‘. I was lucky enough to be given a copy, which I’ll be giving away as a competition prize on my social media channels early next week, so keep your eyes peeled! I was planning to meet my friend, Laura, for lunch today, so we thought we’d check out the bakery. It was a stunning day today, barely a cloud in the sky, so it was the perfect day to visit.     The Violet Bakery is situated on a side street (Wilton Way) parallel to the main road between Dalston Junction and Hackney Central overground stations. And you could easily miss it, with its neutral white walls and small entrance… if it wasn’t for the massive queue leading out of the door, and the groups of people dotted around it! This was clearly a popular …