Food and Drink News - April 2012
Go to work on an egg
If you start your day with Clarence Court eggs for breakfast you won’t be feeling any hunger pangs until at least lunchtime.
Fed on a natural cereal and maize diet, the rare breed hens work hard to give their eggs the best flavour by walking up to a mile every day as they roam freely. This helps give the eggs strong shells and a denser albumin, which not only gives a better flavour but also helps to maintain their shape when fried or poached. Their yolks really are the deepest shade of yellow you have ever seen, and once you have tried them, it’s hard to even consider using any other eggs.
Every year Clarence Court launch a seasonal range, this year it is Guinea Fowl eggs, which will be available from March to September
Clarence Court eggs are available at Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason
If you are reading this and you remember with great fondness going to the sweetshop to buy a quarter of Aniseed Balls, then the retro sweetshop A Quarter Of, is right up your street!
Selling well-known sweets, such as Pineapple Chunks, Everton Mints and Acid Drops (does just reading that make your mouth pucker up?), A Quarter Of, stock over 650 types of sweets from the 1950’s to the present day. They manufacture some of their sweets and have even resurrected some old classics. Only available online, the good news is that delivery is worldwide, whether you want Barley Sugar in Glasgow or Jelly Babies in Miami!
This Easter, A Quarter Of, they have released their Cracking Easter Boxes in Small, Medium and Large. Each wooden chest is packed with Easter themed goodies including Speckled Eggs, Crème Eggs, Gold Coins and Chocolate Covered Raisins.
Available online at www.AQuarterOf.co.uk
On the rocks
Created in 1874, Southern Comfort is an American Liquer, which is familiar all around the world nowadays. Very sweet, maybe too sweet for some, it is generally drunk on the rocks, until now. Southern Comfort Lime combines the familiar flavour of Southern Comfort with an infusion of lime to give a light refreshing taste.
Still delicious on the rocks, try making a long drink, by serving it in a tall glass with ice and a splash of lemonade. Perfect for an early evening drink at the end of a sunny day.
Southern Comfort Lime is available from Asda
If you are planning to have roast lamb for Easter Sunday this year, try a new twist on the traditional mint sauce with Owen Potts’ Minted Balsamic Reduction. Not only is it great to serve as an accompaniment to your roast dinner, it can also be used as a glaze for roast potatoes and vegetables and to add a bit of zing to home-made gravy.
Owen Potts’ Minted Balsamic Reduction is available from Sainsbury’s
A potted history
The Potted Fish Co., is the brainchild of Jonathan Bailey and launched when he was just a teenager wondering what to do when he was given a large brown crab!
He began to develop his range using Devon crab, fresh and locally sourced and started the range with Old English Potted Crab, which was soon joined by Potted Crab with Chilli and Potted Smoked Mackerel with Horseradish. The balance of the flavours and the texture is perfect, once out of the fridge and left at room temperature for a little while, the Potted Fish Co range are fabulous for either a quick snack or on toast for a light lunch
The Potted Fish Co range is available in Sainsbury’s and local delicatessens
The Judge Jubilee cookware 14-item range has a clean modern design, while retaining all the qualities of classic, robust cookware with a thick Thermic base, which can be used on all hobs, including induction, as well as being dishwasher safe.
The Milk Sauce Pot has a lip and a jug handle making it easy to pour hot liquids, we found it perfect for making soup, you can blend in the pan and pour straight into a bowl.
14cm Milk Sauce Pot Judge Jubilee cookware is available from Harts of Stur www.hartsofstur.com
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