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Garlic and Herb Encrusted Chicken with Mr Crumb

Review by Lola Agondogo-Hegba

I recently received the a sample of the latest offering from 2017 Gold Great Taste Award winner Irish stuffing maker Mr.Crumb, their Fresh ‘Roasted Garlic and Herb’. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the stuffing is hand produced in small batches and blends onions and garlic sautéed in Irish butter with fresh breadcrumbs sourced from a local bakery. What a delicious sounding treat and I couldn’t wait to feed the family with this new foodie find.

Mr-Crumb Stuffing

The recommended recipe was to try garlic & herb topped salmon but I didn’t follow the advice by adding the stuffing on a salmon fish as suggested. I added it on to a chicken instead – yes I know usually stuffing is supposed to go INSIDE the chicken but I wanted to try something new and was inspired by the recommendation.


The stuffing was  flavourful, I didn’t need to add more stock or spices to boost its flavour, it had enough salt and spices. I put the stuffing all over the chicken (as well as inside) and popped it in the oven, by the time it had cooked it was still smooth not crunchy or dry and it melted in the mouth. This stuffing was gorgeous, full of flavour with a perfect balance of ingredients that were perfectly mixed. I would have thought that the garlic would override all the other flavours but it really did not. The+- stuffing tasted fresh and moreish and the family really enjoyed it, including the kids.

The 225g pack serves four costs around £2 and can be found in the chiller aisle next to the Yorkshire puds in Morrison’s and in all good independent grocery retailers nationwide.  Mr Crumb’s famous Sage and Onion stuffing is also available in ASDA and Sainsbury’s.

Cottons Caribbean Restaurant & Rum Shack Launches in Vauxhall

Written by Abiola Lawal

Last week we were invited down to the launch party of the new Cottons restaurant at their new South London location in Vauxhall. The restaurant is located along the Riverside Walk just 2 minutes away from the Tube station.

We were greeted by a lively crowd and wonderful rum punch flowed freely all night. There were colourful carnival girls and a brilliant live reggae band who really kept the party going all night, and tasty Caribbean canapes on offer to tantalise our taste buds.  We were introduced to samples of the full menu which included pork ribs roasted with rum and molasses served with a guava & chilli reduction; or vegan friendly sweet potato patties with spiced coconut callaloo sauce. Cottons classics include jerk half chicken slow roasted with pimiento and spices; and Cottons homemade curried mutton – both served with rice ‘n’ peas. Those with a hearty appetite will love the Mixed Jerk Grill Platter (featuring jerk pork ribs, chicken pieces & wing, lamb chop with rice ‘n’ peas, jerk sauce and plantain). The chicken wings were particularly popular with everyone on the evening.

I would also like to shout out all of the staff who were on point at the event they were all attentive, prepared and very professional, I was very impressed with the level of service I received throughout the evening from the busy bar to the servers who kept the crowd satisfied.

Many thanks to Cottons and we would encourage you all to check out this beautiful new riverside restaurant.

Cottons Vauxhall

Unit 12, Flagstaff House, St Georges Wharf, Vauxhall, SW8 2LE

www.cottons-restaurant.co.uk