EBLEX Simon Difford Canape and Cocktail Pairing

Diffords Guide to Cocktails

Cocktail and food paring – the key is quality ingredients and simplicity. Cocktail Maestro Simon Difford was asked by Eblex the organisation for the English beef and sheep industry to pair canapés with drinks for a showcase event in London. Canapes and cocktails were as simple, and as delicious, as roast beef atop a muffin buttered with hummous matched with a classic Bloody Mary. Miniature beef tarts with white bean puree… [Read More]

9 Superfoods for a Super 2015

"Grüner Tee, Matcha" by Koumei Matcha - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons -,_Matcha.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Gr%C3%BCner_Tee,_Matcha.jpg

They say “you are what you eat”, so stock your cupboards full of these delicious superfoods in 2015 and you’ll be feeling super too!

Chinese New Year Party Inspirations

Tea Smoked Duck with Spiced Plum Sauce (15)

This year is the Year of the Sheep (or Goat as the word in Chinese is used interchangeably.) The lunar new year falls on 19 February 2015 and will be celebrated with the usual abundance of fabulous food, noisy fire crackers, family time and lots of parties. The very supersitious Chinese Community usually seek out geomancers and astrologers to chart their year before they take any major business decisions. Aspects… [Read More]

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Thanks for reading my blog this year. Looking forward to a very exciting, fun and delicious 2015!

Christmas Gift Guide for Gourmets

lakeland hamper

Thinking of original and interesting gifts for gourmets is not easy. There are so many things to choose from and every year, there are so many new products to confuse you further. Here is an edit of some lovely food and drink gift ideas for Christmas. Dazzle your guests with a Luxury Cheese Selection from Paxton and Whitfield. If you pop into the shop they can help you pick some… [Read More]

Taste of Korea launches in New Malden

Taste of Korea Tesco New Malden

Last week, this ‘Taste of Korea’ was launched at the Tesco in New Malden. Several aisles were filled with Korean food products and they had some tastings of some of the more popular dishes. This is an annual event for promoting great Korean foods to UK and European markets, which supported by Embassy of South Korea. This event will be focused in providing most popular Korean foods in Taste of… [Read More]

The Espresso Italiano Championship 2014

Espresso Italiano Championship 2014 at the RAC

The International National Espresso International (INEI) hosted its 2014 Championship in London for the first time in the stunning RAC Club. They brought together 15 top Baristas from around the world to compete the for ultimate accolade of overall champion. Each Barista had to make 4 cups of espresso and 4 cups of cappuccino and clean up in 11 minutes. Two groups of judges awarded points. the Technical Judges awarded… [Read More]

Highlights of the Speciality Food Show 2014

Woodalls British Charcuterie

Every visit to the Speciality Food Show leads to new discoveries of interesting food producers and food products. It also highlights food trends that are about to hit our supermarkets. This year, there was an abundance of new coconut water brands, Jerky companies, British Charcuterie, Bilitong, Raw Honey, beetroot ketchup, a 16 year old Basque Beef, designer salt and some medicinal mushrooms made into chocolates. As usual, there are lots… [Read More]

Cooking Heston’s Barbecue for a BBQ Off

BBQ Grill

We are enjoying a nice summer this year. Walking around the residential streets of London, you will smell the wafts of meat grilling and the sounds of clinking glasses and drifts of conversation. Last weekend, I had a little BBQ party with a few friend and to make it a bit more fun, we did a BBQ off. Everyone had to bring a dish and we would all judge their… [Read More]

Become your own Barista at home

latte art

Coffee Culture in London is exploding, with many new independent coffee roasters and coffee startups opening up in town. Sitting in cafes and making the most of al fresco coffee culture is always fun, but sometimes staying in is all we really want to do. When the week has been busy and the weekend beckons with promises of lazy mornings reading the newspaper and relaxing on the sofa, the idea… [Read More]

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