It’s been a very busy few months, so sorry about the deal in updating you. Needless to say, I’m doing much in China and Hong Kong and I have been honoured for my work in food in China by being made a Patron of the Western International School Shanghai (WISS).
It all started in 2008 when Julian Metcalfe, co-founder of Pret and itsu was looking for a healthy snack that wouldn’t weigh him down. After experimenting with dozens of flavours and varieties, Julian developed the perfect recipe for freshly popped butterfly popcorn tumbled with Metcalfe’s skinny topcorn’s unique flavours and seasoning to create a flavour sensation unlike any other. Continue reading
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Today the sun is shining and as I looked out my window in Clapham I started to sing to myself. “The hills are alive with the Sound of Music”. At times I worry about myself, but then I realise there are two types of people in this world. The sort that feel the Sound of Music is a beautiful story of love and good conquering evil and the sort that love to see the baddies fight the good ones. We may also joke in these times of austerity of some of the outfits featured in the Great British Sewing Bee on BBC that they could have been Von Trapp curtains. But today, I’m discovering Austrian Food in London.
I must admit before I start out today that I know absolutely nothing about food from Ghana. I don’t even know where the Ganahian areas of London are. All I remember from school geography lessons is that the largest artificial reservoir in the world is in Ghana. I’m excited about learning something new today, not sure what, but a willing mind and all of that. On my way to film I do my usual Google routine and find out I’m wrong. Lake Volta is actually the largest lake in the world by surface area. Not by water volume – that would make it the 4th largest. Looking back to school (not that long ago may I add) I realize that facts like this we no longer need to know, in todays world we just need to know how to Google. Does that make life easier? I’m not sure, but what I am sure of is that we need to reply to emails faster than if writing and posting a letter and that we must know how to interpret the information that we can now quickly search for. My interpretation of today is that we must be cooking with fish as I’m taking Lake Volta into consideration.
Finally the sun has started to shine in London. In true British style I left my flat this morning with a t-shirt, shirt and pullover and my winter coat. I did not have breakfast; rather I’ve been up since 5am working. Blogs do not write themselves. I’m thinking about todays shoot as I leave the flat. Waffles. A thing I have been accused of talking too much of. Not the food, more in ‘ing’.
I’m excited by the news on the press wire today. As one of the judges, I can’t wait to see the products. A record number of entries have been received from food and drink producers in Ireland by organisers of Great Taste 2013 – over 2400 in total from the whole Food Isle. From Northern Ireland there are 627 entries (up by 29% on 2012) and in the Republic of Ireland a total of 1806 products have been entered (43% up on 2012).
I’m finding London markets to be treasure troves of the world in terms of food. Real people, real food, real flavours. Simply put, that makes the real experience. However, experiencing the arctic conditions of Deptford market when I’m trying to experience the Caribbean. Introducing a new hero to the London Food Markets – In a Pikkle.