Archives for category: my food experiments

Marmite– I must confess I belong to the ‘Hate it’ group.
Chocolate– l love it.
Marmite + chocolate= I have to try it! It is also eagerly anticipated by a lot of Marmite fans. 

I like the packaging. It is mysterious and seductive. Even non-Marmite fan like me want to give it a go. Continue Reading >>

Heston Blumenthal, chef of Fat Duck ( the 3 Michelin starred restaurant and one of the top 3 in the world) and Dinner (which explores ancient British receipes) collaborated with high- end supermarket Waitrose to create a range of food products from condiments to pies. Has he done a Marco Pierre White, who endorsed poor quality product for profit or has he really added colour to our meals at home? I have reviewed the Vanilla mayonnaise, steak, ale and kombu pie and Lapsang Souchong tea smoked salmon, here is the review of the coriander and rose salt.

This salt is officially the most expensive salt I have ever bought- £4.99 for 45g! It beat my last record of £4.49 for 250g for the Halen Mon sea salt. They are both from the Welsh Isle of Anglesy. The latter is plain salt. Heston’s one is mixed with ground coriander, rose petals, ground coriander leaf, ground ginger and green tea. The recipe is said to be inspired by a trip to the medina in Morocco. Continue reading >>

Do they really have charcoal? Yes, 1.5% .

Both traditional cheese and fine goods shop  Paxton and Whitefield (established 200 years ago) and relatively younger  Dorset family baker Fudges (established in 1926) produce their own charcoal crackers. How do they compare?

The Paxton and Whitefield charcoal crackers have a stronger aroma. In terms of texture, they are firmer and are closer to oat cakes (but not as thick). They are very tasty. The Fudges ones, on the other hand, taste more bland but are a touch saltier. They are also thinner.

Both crackers are marketed as a complement to cheese. Which one you should go for really depends on the cheese you plan to have. However, if I were to have them on their own as a snack, I will definitely go for Paxton and Whitefield’s.

On thing worth mentioning is that you cannot buy Fudges charcoal crackers on their own. They are sold with oat & walnut crackers in a 180g box. This is rather annoying as I do not think the latter is that special and it has a whopping 14.2g of saturated fat per 100g! (charcoal crackers only have 1.2g) I always end up giving this half away!

Just in case you are wondering- none of the crackers claims to contain activated charcoal, which is the type of charcoal that can adsorb (not ‘absorb’ – read the Science here) harmful substances, eliminates bad breath or eases indigestion.

66%, 77%, 88%, 99% chocolate – which is the best?

Starting from top: Chocolate 99 (coca and cocabutter 99%) , chocolate 88, chocolate 77 and chocolate 66 from Teuscher,  a small chocolate shop located in the Old Town of Zürich. This store is the original epicurean shop. The decoration inside is traditional (a little cheesy for some perhaps) but it is a sweet and cosy alternative to Sprungli

I decided to do a tasting of chocolate blind folded. By doing so , it opened up my other senses to the experience.  (I recommend a nice warm cup of green tea to cleanse the palette in between each tasting!)

Chocolate 99 and chocolate 88 both have a very nice chocolate aroma. They are hard and dry. The taste is bland – just bitter (chocolate 88) and more bitter (chocolate 99)! I do not enjoy the aftertaste as my tongue feels rough.

Chocolate 77 and chocolate 66, on the other hand, are not attractive on the nose. However, they have a lovely velvety texture in the mouth. The taste is richer and more interesting. Chocolate 66 is sweeter and feels more processed.

77% is my favourite!