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Cornish Food Market

12 Aug

Lately I’ve been ordering from Cornish Food Market and am absolutely delighted by them!

They source fresh, seasonal food from local Cornish producers and their prices are really competitive. Plus, they deliver free of charge. You can’t beat that!

They also sell amazing cheeses, cut to order and beautifully packaged:

You can also order ordinary things from them – they sell cereal, jam, tinned things, baking supplies, cleaning products, etc. There’s really no need to ever set foot in a supermarket again.

But I particularly like the ‘special’ things that I don’t see anywhere else. This week I ordered edible flowers (which were lovely scattered over a salad) and purple carrots:

I roasted the carrots with olive oil, garlic and rosemary and they were delicious.

Also on offer is sustainable fish from Newlyn, Padstow, Fowey and St. Ives; Spanish treats from Falmouth’s Courtyard Deli; fresh Indian curries made by Ruby June; and breads from the incredible Baker Tom (a personal favourite of mine).

*Special offer this week: English jamming plums, only £1 a punnet!

St. Ives Food and Drink Festival

22 May

Between Friday’s farmers’ market and today’s trip to the St. Ives Food and Drink Festival, this has been an extremely food-ful weekend. Not that I’m complaining, mind you.

It was great to see St. Ives buzzing and full of people.

And the weather couldn’t have been better.

We really only went to the food producers’ market along the pier, but that was enough to keep me dipping into my purse every minute or so.

There was local fruit and veg:

… delicious cheeses:

… smoked haddock chowder (which was scrumptious) and giant pans of paella:

…lots to wash it down with:

(The husband will report back with his verdict on the Boilers Cornish Ale later on, and I can already vouch for the yummy-ness of Polgoon’s Aval, which you can order online. It’s one of my very favourite tipples.)

…and plenty of sweet treats for afters:

I opted for Jaffa Cake which was homemade dark chocolate ice cream and orange ice cream swirled together with an orange reduction syrup type thing, and with chunks of Jaffa Cake mixed in. Heaven.

A splendid day. Shame we didn’t leave many crumbs for this fellow and his friends:

Hot Chocolate Blocks

22 Sep

With cooler weather setting in and thoughts turning to cosy nights by the fire, what could be nicer than a rich mug of hot chocolate.

Melt, a fabulous London chocolatier and boutique, has developed a gorgeous range of  hot chocolate blocks.

Simply dissolve a block in a mug of hot milk and there you have it!

The blocks come in six flavours (all single origin): Venezuela Dark, Milk Madagascar, Dark Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Caribbean and Colombia.

At only £2.50 each and wrapped so prettily, I think they make the perfect gift. Or stocking stuffer, if you’re one of those enviable people already preparing for Christmas.

You can buy the blocks online at the Melt website or, if you’re in London, visit the boutique in Notting Hill.

Blackberry Cordial

12 Sep

Yesterday was a gorgeous hot late summer day, so the husband and I set off on a brambling expedition. We came home with purple-stained fingers (and clothes) and with more blackberries than I knew what to do with. After all, there are only so many crumbles a couple can eat. So I decided to try making some blackberry cordial, and it’s delicious!

There are lots of boozy blackberry cordial recipes out there, but I wanted something non-alcoholic, icy and cold that I could gulp down from a tall glass on a hot afternoon.

Blackberry Cordial
(makes about 1 litre)

400g (13 oz) blackberries
1 litre ( 1 ¾ pints) water
300g (10 oz) caster sugar (next time I’ll use a bit less)

Wash the berries and place them, with the sugar and water, in a heavy pan over medium heat. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and press through a sieve until you get as much juice out as you can. Cool the juice, then bottle and refrigerate.

Serve with soda water over ice. Refreshing!