Cocktail fans will want to know what this impressive piece of kit, spotted at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa, is for. His bar operations manager Spencer Large explains. “It’s called a rotary evaporator, or a “rotavap”.
This warm roast veg salad with lentils and barley is a great way to pack in plenty of nutrients and vegetables. It’s colourful, warming and full of flavour. Even if there’s just two of you it’s easier to make a big batch of this and it keeps really well in the fridge.
We have pulled together five fragrant Asian soups to add some zingy flavours to your lunchtimes. Prawn ramen, heat-packed Laksa, creamy carrot with added fragrance of lemongrass, spicy tom yum soup and a hearty meatball broth; we have enough recipes for every day of the week with plenty of variety.
White linen and table service just not hitting the spot? Gaia Adventures in North Wales has just launched a more adventurous way to eat. An Afternoon on the Edge involves enjoying a glass of port and a local seafood feast while suspended from a portaledge on a sea cliff, overlooking the waves. It’ll cost you a bit more than fish and chips, mind; from £90pp, jelly legs not included. For details click here.
These cheese and mushroom calzones make a hearty meat-free dinner. Use roasted veg instead of the mushrooms if you prefer.
This warm chocolate and orange tart is inspired by Wyatt and Jones, Broadstairs. This family-run restaurant boasts a pudding menu where almost every option is worth skipping a starter for, but the chocolate orange tart with ice cream and clementines in gin is definitely the stand-out dish. Try this indulgent chocolate dessert after a Sunday roast or as an afternoon treat.
Make the most of the pheasant season with this hearty and comforting pie. If you have a good butcher, ask them to take the breasts and legs off the birds for you. Also make sure you check for shot and dig any out as you prepare the meat.
This rich chocolate mousse is gooey and intense. Chocolate mousse is perfect when you’re having people round as it’s so simple and almost no one refuses it. To add extra indulgence you can add cognac or armagnac to this recipe (about 2 tbsp) or spoon the mousse over prunes soaked overnight in Earl Grey tea.
The Chocolate Show is a great way to finish Chocolate Week with a bang. We visited last night and have pulled together a guide for you to use at the show. Have fun!
Stalls to visit
Best for chocolate brownies: Paul. A. Young dense gooey molten brownies that stick to the roof of your mouth and melt on your tongue.
Best for delicious chocolate: Rococo artisan chocolate in all shapes and sizes
Best for generous samples: Lindt Lindt EXCELLENCE Dark with a touch of Sea Salt chocolate is paired with a full-bodied red for a winning combination. There are plenty more Lindt flavours up for grabs also.
Best for great gift ideas: Hans Sloane This drinking chocolate specialist has created a new twist on the individual drinking chocolate gift… These smart little boxes contain a large chocolate cocoa pod that collapses when you pour hot water over it to reveal chocolate beads that make your velvety smooth drinking chocolate.
Best for children’s fun: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Meet members of Willy Wonka’s cast and crew
A few tips
- Take a bottle of water so you can maximise chocolate consumption
- To avoid disappointment don’t expect fashion show dresses to all be made entirely of chocolate… although some of them certainly are!
- There is a Chocolate Show app with exclusive offers and tasting information, download it here.
After a glut of early autumn events the food festival season is finally slowing down. Not in Barnstaple, though. This Sunday sees the town’s iconic 19th century Pannier Market put to even more gastronomic use as it plays host to North Devon Foodfest. Highlights of this one-day food gathering include demos by chefs Michael Caines, Mark Dodson and Noel Corston and a wide range of local producer stalls, including SeaDog Foods’ fish based street eats (pictured), Glampig’s free-range Devon pork sausages and local baker, The Little Pantry.