Food Trends for 2019

I was on Twitter the other day, and a food writer was ranting about being asked about food trend predictions. As is Twitter’s way, others joined in, and so the hashtag #soup was brought forth – as featured on Eater London. I can understand their frustration – food and drink are joys to be savoured,…

Man Food – growing pains.

I’ve not posted in ages, and I realise you have all been pining for my pearls of wisdom. Or not. On this gorgeous Saturday, when I should be out in the garden seeing to my fruit & veg patch that is going wild (mainly with weeds), I am instead, lying on the sofa with a…

IFE: my top picks day 1

IFE is but one of a number of food and drink trade shows that buyers mark into their calendars. It’s a very varied mix of big and small brands, which can be interesting, because you sometimes find some very interesting things. And of course, being every two years, it’s worth a look, even if (like…

The birth of a new food brand: Man Food

I’m not a parent, and it’s highly unlikely I ever will be (though I am a very proud uncle). So I can’t really claim to understand the trials and tribulations of a newborn baby from conception to when it emerges from the womb and takes its first breath. Having said that, lately I’ve been going…

Balsamic comes of age.

Balsamic Vinegar has been on the culinary scene for hundreds of years, yet within the UK, it’s popularity really only grew with Elizabeth David, and finally reached fever pitch when Delia Smith took up the cause. Unfortunately, since then, it’s been a bit hit and miss – mainly down to a lack of knowledge from…

Top 10 favourite picks from SIAL

I deserve a foot rub and spa. I have spent most of the day at SIAL, a major food trade show here in Paris. Where most would take a few days to explore and negotiate the eight halls of food and drink (it shuts on Thursday), I have foolishly done it all in one day….

The New Provence

As popularised in Peter Mayle’s books, the English do seem to have a love affair with France, and in particular Provence. And of course, what’s not to like? Glorious weather (which I’m dreaming of having endured the umpteenth downpour in the UK’s wettest drought), great food and ingredients, and of course a seemingly bucolic lifestyle….

Show me the honey

Clearly I have yet to get the hang of regular blogging, so I’ll take time off the naughty step and (bees)wax lyrical for a moment about honey, considering it has been National Honey Week. We are now all aware of the plight of the honey bee, and ┬áit is encouraging that there seems to be…

Rice Queen

I do feel a bit bad that the Spanish Trade show, Alimentaria was over 3 weeks ago and I’ve only just had time to write about it, but then I have been busy with various events, including The Chocolate Festival, Cheese Maker’s Market and The Cheese & Wine Festival (the latter coming up on 27th…

Good morning Vietnam: new bean to bar chocolates launch

I believe it was Marc DeMarquette who first championed Single Origin chocolate from Vietnam within the UK: his Ben Tre bar, launched in association with Action Against Hunger has been described by Chocablog as having “… a really exotic and interesting flavour. It has the sweet, fruitiness of dark chocolate, but also a fresh, almost…