It’s that time of year that is every food writers dream. The kids have gone back to school (not that I have any) so the flights are cheaper and the hotels empty. It’s my time of year to travel and see more of the world of food. This year its Germany. I’ve always loved that country, its beautiful the food superb. And over 10 days I’m going to show you what I have found.
James McIntosh is Britain’s Food Ambassador – a multi world award winning Home Economist with global experience and contacts in consumer, trade and professional media. He uses his contacts with companies to produce strategic noise for clients. From the initial launch to making the client THE authority, James works strategically to achieve great results on an international level. Brand affiliation, charity and corporate associations form James’ approach to client work.
We all have them, and probably more than one: cookbooks. Celebrity chefs dominate our TV, press and now political lobbying. But has this brand size got to the point of too much ‘celebrity’ and not enough home food? How many meals can you cook in fifteen minutes?
Guest Post from Vanessa Hudson co-author of Goodness Me it’s Gluten Free
It’s estimated that 1 in 100 people in the UK have coeliac disease which means that more than half a million people in the UK are affected and most of those have no idea. Vanessa Hudson co-author of the two times Gourmand Award winning cookbook Goodness Me it’s Gluten Free shares about her journey of discovery through the world of coeliac disease and gluten intolerance.
It starts with me. Thats the recent marketing campaign by the Terrance Higgins Trust. Regular readers of my blog will know my appreciation of ‘the Ronseal principle’; where it says what it is on the tin, and THT have done just that. HIV has not gone away, and its decimated many communities. Thankfully its no longer what it was, but as THT say, its about knowledge and responsibility and it starts with you and me. Imagine this global pandemic being wiped out in a generation? Well, thats why they are having supper. Are you coming along?
Every now and again I’m sent some info about food products, equipment or services that just jumps to the top of the pile. In an earlier post I talked about Fria the gluten free produce that does not taste gluten free. I love their Kladdkaka, Swedish sticky chocolate cake. I recently learnt how to cook my own versions of the Kladdkaka on the AGA. London’s own Swedish evangelist Monika sent me info about a site all about Swedish Food for the UK that as the stap-line says is Swedelicious.
The stars of Great Taste 2013 will be on show at the first ever Great Taste Deli at Speciality & Fine Food Fair in London (8 – 10th September at Olympia).
It’s always the quiet ones you have to watch. Or so my mother told me, I have always been noisy in my hope that no one is looking! It was at a drinks event with the Guild of Food Writers I met Mridula Baljekar, a quiet and polite lady, she had just finished cooking at No. 10, I was intrigued to find out more.
It was 2003, I was working as a recipe writer for Le Cordon Bleu cookery schools, based between London and Paris – I was living the “tale of 2 cities” with a beautiful 4 Oven AGA in dark blue in the main demonstration kitchen. I used to work early and late so I could test the ideas of Escoffier and Carême the grandfathers of modern day French gastronomy on the AGA in London. Just like the Dickens book I was the peasant working for the aristocracy, but it taught me my food knowledge. My revolution was food. It was at that point I met Marlena Spieler, she had just returned from winning the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards and was going to present a guest evening at the school. Who was I to know that 10 years later after winning the award myself I would be sharing a stage with Marlena, cooking in Paris at the World Cookbook Awards in the Carrousel de Louvre, and yes, the smell of our cooking made the Mona Lisa smile.
“What’s in the box James?” It’s a strange question to be asked when sitting down for lunch. It was 2004 and I was at a work conference in Kyoto, Japan. The box queried was a bento box, the first time I had ever eaten from one and I did not recognize any of the beautiful food items, but boy did they taste good.