Saturday, 28 June 2014

Strawberry, Pimms and Mascarpone Swiss Roll and Oxo Giveaway

Strawberries are having a great year. Unlike the recent fortunes of the English national football team and suncream sellers at Glastonbury.

Bumper crops of sweeter and juicier fruits are being enjoyed in larger quantities than ever before as we've tucked into a phenomenal four times as many tonnes over the last month than the same time last year. Meanwhile, strawberries were the top selling product in all of Waitrose last week while M&S have sold 20 million of the juicy berries in the last seven days (most of which, I'm quite certain, ended up on our kitchen table). And this is all thanks to the ideal conditions of recent months: a mild, wet winter and early, warm Spring.

Walkers Market Deli Potato Chips Launch

We eat a whooping six billion packets of crisps each year in the UK. That's a humongous amount of sliced potato. The equivalent of 150 packs per person. And, incidentally, we've loved the same flavours for decades (in descending order, fact fans, Cheese & Onion, Ready Salted, Salt & Vinegar, Prawn Cocktail and Chicken). 

And on a warm, sunny evening last week I trotted off to the launch event of the latest addition to the snack food aisle: Walker's Market Deli Potato Chips. 

Sunday, 22 June 2014

American Bakes: Snickerdoodles

The whimsical sounding Snickerdoodle biscuits are most unlike the chocolatey confectionery that share their name. I was a little disappointed. A nougat, peanut and sweet caramel biscuit encased in milk chocolate sounds really a rather fine invention, don't you agree? I'd even go as far to say that the company behind Snickers are missing a trick there, but I am very happy to sell my idea for a six figure sum and fifty percent share allocation (Yes, I may have been watching a bit too much "Dragon's Den" of late).

Sunday, 15 June 2014

American Bakes: Individual Key Lime Pies

Rather peculiarly it was at a place devoted to the art of butchery that we tucked in to the best dessert of our recent USA trip.

Cochon Butchers, in New Orleans, where award winning Chef Donald Link pays homage to everything that is very tasty in pork, wouldn't look out of place in the darkest depths of trendy Shoreditch. Exposed raw brickwork, iron piping running across the high ceilings and bearded, tattooed waiting staff in a uniform of black skinny jeans creating lethal bourbon cocktails and supervising the pungent meat smoker in the corner .

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Postcard from the USA

 Well, helllooooo.

We've barely landed back, deliriously tired but very happy, with a suitcase consisting mainly of Hershey's Cookie-n-Cream bars and novelty Cajun alligator jerky from the swamps of Louisiana*.

* Possibly not to be enjoyed together.