This Week in Food

Hello and welcome to this week’s round-up of all things food! We’d love to know what you think, so don’t forget to drop us a line in the comments or via Facebook and Twitter.

1. How long did you spend eating your most recent meal? Did you take your time and notice the ingredients and the flavours? New research by fresh soup and sauce makers, Glorious!, has revealed that 79% of us can no longer identify basic flavours in food – all because we’re not taking the time to pay attention! Only 13% of people surveyed said that they had lunch away from their workplace and around half describe lunch as just ‘fuel’. How sad! Dr David Lewis, a psychologist from Mindlab who ran the study, advises that we eat ‘mindfully’ and to ignore distractions such as television.

2. Pizza is one of those meals that everyone loves, but exactly how it’s prepared is a topic of debate. According to The Guardian, it must be wood-fired, eaten with your fingers and accompanied by a sparkling drink. As for toppings, acceptable toppings include cured meats, aubergines and ricotta. Pesto and capers are borderline, and don’t even think about adding sun-dried tomatoes or pine nuts if you want to go fully authentic.

3. The original recipe for Coronation Chicken was created by Constance Spry in 1953 as part of the banquet for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation – consisting of cold-cut chicken, mayonnaise-based sauce, curry powder and raisins, it’s been a staple sandwich filling for years. The Telegraph have updated the recipe as a salad dish to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee this year. A fresh, modern take on a classic!

4. It’s National Vegetarian Week! We like to eat meat-free at least one day a week, but we’re celebrating with a whole host of meat-less recipes this week. Why not try Tinned Tomatoes’ deliciously fresh marinated mozzarella, National Veggie Week’s courgette scones or The Guardian’s vegan chocolate-tahini timbales?

 

Advertisements

This Week in Food

We hope you enjoy this week’s round-up of our favourite foodie news! Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments, or on Facebook or Twitter.

1. Here’s a tasty spring recipe to try this weekend – baked sole and asparagus, from the Guardian. Baking is one of our favourite ways to cook a lovely piece of sole, and this is a perfect light weekend recipe. Just follow the link!

2. We quite fancy trying a papple over the coming days… what’s a papple, you ask? A papple is a new fruit that’s just gone on sale at Marks and Spencer – a cross between two pear varieties (European and Asian) that looks and tastes like an apple! Apparently the fruit has the texture and the skin of a pear, and it’s being called a T109 fruit until it’s official name can be decided. We quite like papple!

3. It’s National Sandwich Week! What’s your very favourite variety? The Independent has asked a few foodies what their favourites are but we’re interested in what you stick between your slices. If you’re stuck for inspiration, here’s one of our favourite open sandwich recipes from BBC Good Food:


4. It’s nearly time for the Jubilee and we’re planning on celebrating and whipping up all kinds of tasty treats over the long weekend – Jubilee chicken, English breakfast quiche, Beef Wellington and our very favourite, this rich Pearly Queen chocolate cake!  This recipe makes 16 little cakes, and the edible pearls and buttons make them look gorgeous!

Best of British

The Best of British Blogger Challenge

Karen Burns Booth from Lavender and Lovage and I have been working on setting up a new challenge covering different regions and areas of the UK.  We are asking bloggers to enter their best interpretation of a recipe or dish which champions the region hosting the challenge each month, this month  Choclette  from Chocolate Log Blog  has kindly agreed to host the event and is looking for THE BEST OF BRITISH CORNWALL –  just think, you could enter Cornish Pasties,  Scones and Cream,  Stargazey pie, Cornish Crab  or anything which you believe shows the Best of British in THAT area.  You don’t have to be local to the region – just willing to try out some regional dishes or create something that showcases some local produce.

Boscastle Harbour Cornwall

We are lucky that New World Appliances as proud BRITISH manufacturers of kitchen appliances are sponsoring this event for the first six months.  Each month, one entrant will be picked AT RANDOM to receive a £50 Amazon voucher.  And, at the end of the six month period we will have a regional showdown, with a judge to pick the best entry (we are still working on who that will be and should be able to announce it shortly).  New World Appliances have kindly offered £300 of Amazon vouchers for the overall winner, so if you enter every month you have 6 chances to win the grand prize!

We’ll be showcasing the entries both on the Face of New World blog and on host blogs and promoting the recipes through Facebook and Twitter, with all your entries fully credited back to your blogs.

So, why not show what you think is the Best of British and join our challenge.

Rules:

  • Post your recipe on your blog with a link back to  The Face of New World Appliances  and to the relevant month’s host (for May/June it’s Chocolate Log Blog)
  • Add the ‘Best of British’ badge to your blog post (you can find it on London Unattached in the side bar)
  • Add ‘Best of British’ in your blog post as a label or tag
  • The recipe can be one of your own or one you’ve seen elsewhere.  You are welcome to republish old recipes/posts but please add the information about this challenge.
  • Please make sure you don’t infringe any copyright laws – if in doubt please contact me on twitter @fionamaclean, or leave a message below  to ask for advice!
  • Please be as creative as you like with the theme for the month.
  • This month’s challenge starts today (15th May) and closes at midnight on 15th June 2012
  • Mail us to let us know you are taking part on bestofbritishchallenge@gmail.com

If you post on twitter, please mention @fionamaclean or @newworldapps and use #BestofBritish and we will try to retweet!

The Best of British Blogger Challenge

This Week in Food

Welcome to this week’s round-up of all of our favourite foodie news!

1. The Guardian has posted its guide to the perfect chocolate chip cookies – using the original American Toll House recipe, of course! Cookies (as opposed to our British biscuits) tend to be more butter-rich, so they’re softer and chewier. The Toll House recipe is very simple – beat butter with two types of sugar and vanilla and blend the eggs. Add flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and choc chips and you’re there! But why is the Toll House recipe the best? The Guardian’s Felicity Cloake thinks it’s down to their buttery taste and just the right blend of sugars – soft brown sugar is often used in American cookies to create a caramel-like flavour. What’s your favourite cookie recipe? The famous Toll House recipe in its entirety is below:

Photograph: Felicity Cloake

120g salted butter, at room temperature
75g light brown sugar
75g granulated sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
240g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
170g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
Sea salt flakes (optional)

1. Using a wooden spoon, or (even better) a food mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until just combined. Add the vanilla extract, then the egg, and beat in well.

2. Sift together the flour and bicarbonate of soda, then use a spoon to add to the mixture, stirring until it just comes together into a dough. Fold in the chocolate pieces, then chill overnight, or for up to 72 hours.

3. Preheat the oven to 180C. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper, and divide the mixture into golf-ball sized rounds, spacing them well apart. Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden, but not browned.

4. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt if using, and allow to cool on the tray for a couple of minutes, before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

2. Seaweed – do you, or don’t you? According to the University of Southern Denmark, we Westerners have ‘forgotten to eat seaweed’. Popular in Asia, seaweed has been eaten by coastal dwellers since prehistoric times and there are as many as 145 different varieties! Twenty species are common in Japanese cooking yet consumption is minimal in our island country, although there are a few well-known seaweed recipes including oatcakes topped with Laver seaweed (a Welsh delicacy) and Dover sole and beer sabayon with seaweed and pommes noisettes. We’d be willing to give it a go!

3. We’ve been mentioned – alongside other great British brands such as Multiyork, Marks and Spencer and Neal’s Yard Remedies – in this piece featured in The Guardian about how buying British-made products can help the country spend its way out of recession! We’re really passionate about our Made in Britain products and are supporting our sister company Stoves’ Made in Britain campaign. You can find out more about our products and the campaign on our website or Stoves’ Made in Britain page.

4. Are you a city-dweller wishing for your own growing patch? Fear not, author Tom Maggach and The Telegraph can tell you how to cultivate fruit and veg in your own urban garden! Tom’s new book, The Urban Kitchen Gardener, includes recipes using home-grown ingredients including honey, beetroot and home-laid eggs as well as tips for creating a perfect city garden, such as creating a pond in a disused bath tub! Here are Tom’s top tips for gardeners:

  • Understand your growing space – its sunny spots, dark corners and draughty bits.
  • Work out which bits get the most sun – use these areas for sun-loving crops.
  • Expand growing space with extra levels and shelves, grow vertically as well.
  • Windowsills offer warmth and protection for seedlings and tender plants.
  • Don’t worry about pollution if you are more than 3m (10ft) away from a main road.
  • If wind is an issue, create windbreaks using screening and trellises.
  • Patrol daily: weeding, checking water and harvesting. I do mine every morning with a cup of tea, and I use my mobile to remind me of chores.

5. And finally, here’s a tasty one for the weekend courtesy of The Guardian – the best garlic bread. Your ideal recipe will depend on how you most like your garlic bread. Is your favourite a pizza-style, dripping with cheese too; a baguette, crispy outside but moist and herby inside; or a traditional French-style thickly cut toast slice? We’re fans of a large garlic bread pizza (perhaps dipped in garlic mayo too, just to be sure) alongside a tasty bowl of pasta. Perfect!