Treats and Cheeses from Marks and Spencer Food

I was recently invited to attend the launch of Marks & Spencers AW 2014 fashion collections by the wonderful team at Brown Beauty. I won’t talk too much about the fashion but I will mention the treats that I received on the day. You really can’t go wrong with M & S Food. They don’t even have to cater externally for their events and why should they. They’re food is pretty much spot on most of the time. My favourite has to be the cheeses! I just love cheese and will be eating all of these on the terrace this weekend!

Here’s what I was able to enjoy on the day:

Macaroons

Macaroons and other sweet treats

M & S Cheese pack!

M & S Cheese pack!

Marks and Spencers Cheeses

Marks and Spencers Cheeses

Eggs Florentine at Canvas & Cream

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I discovered Canvas & Cream in Forest Hill whilst wandering around looking for somewhere nice to meet a friend for brunch.

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This won’t be a very long post but I just wanted to say a few things about Canvas & Cream:

  • The Eggs Florentine were perfect – perfectly poached eggs with hollandaise sauce and spinach on a warm muffin…I’m still salivating!
  • My fresh mint tea was served in a beautiful teapot (I love teapots)
  • The interior decoration is divine – a vintage lovers heaven.
  • The service is spot on – friendly and attentive.
  • It has an art gallery attached to it – cool art in a great space.
  • It’s not too far from The Horniman Museum & Gardens – which everyone in London should visit at least once

That’s it really! Not much else to say aside from find out for yourself by paying them a visit, you could spend all day in there like me, eating lots of lovely eggs!

Canvas & Cream
18 London Road
Forest Hill
SE23 3HF

http://www.canvasandcream.com/restaurant-cafe/

 

Bim's Kitchen Sauces

In The Kitchen with @BimsKitchen Sauces

I recently connected with the co-founder of Bim’s Kitchen, James Adedeji, and was delighted when he wanted to send me samples of the various Bim’s Kitchen Sauces to try. I wasn’t expecting to receive so much but it really made my day when I received this pack of goodies! I decided that, for the rest of the week, my kitchen would effectively become “Bim’s Kitchen” and I used the sauces and jams to my delight with pretty much anything I could get my hands on!

Bim's Kitchen Sauces

Bim’s Kitchen Sauces

I made a prawn and noodle stir-fry with the African coconut chilli relish which was just scrumptious. I’m not a big fan of coconut but the chilli offset the flavour of the coconut perfectly and gave a unique flavour to my stir-fry dish.

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Prawn Stir Fry

The award-winning African Baobab Chilli jam is quite spicy but as I’m a HUGE lover of spicy food it was perfect for me. It goes great on toast with butter, even Mr WFD who isn’t a fan of spicy food enjoyed it. I preferred the chilli jam to the regular baobab jam but that comes down to the fact that I just love chillis. I’m also new to the flavour of baobab, so it was really cool to experience something new on my palate.  The African Ketchup is a great condiment which goes well with pretty much anything, although I would have loved to have tried a hot sauce from the range, as I just love hot sauce!

My next adventure was to make some BBQ chicken wings with The African Baobab BBQ Sauce. I loved the smokey/sweet flavour of this sauce and the baobab really brought out something special in the meat. It has a lovely texture and you can taste the authenticity of the product, it’s not your run of the mill BBQ sauce at all!

BBQ Chicken wings

BBQ Chicken wings

My final culinary adventure, and quite possibly my favourite one, was making some curry with Bim’s Kitchen African Tomato and Cashew Curry Sauce. This exceeded all my expectations! I usually make my curries from scratch these because I find that some of the curry sauces and pastes on the market lack depth of flavour. This curry sauce is not part of that ilk! To be fair it has won a Great Taste Gold Award so it really is something special. The combination of tomato and cashew tasted so much better than I expected, particularly since I don’t usually like nuts in my food, as if not done correctly, they can overpower a dish. I made a beef curry with this sauce and added extra chopped tomatoes to the meal. When I say that the outcome was delicious you HAVE TO BELIEVE ME! I could write a song about the divinity of that curry! Mr WFD is still raving about how lovely it was and I’m wondering if it’s OK to make another this week. Is 2 curries in less than a week good for a person? It must be surely!

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As you can tell I had a wonderful experience with Bim’s Kitchen sauces in my kitchen! I don’t think I could recommend them highly enough. I’ll be ordering more when my batch runs out and will try other products from the range. The sauces come in a variety of heats so don’t worry if you can’t cope with chillis, there is something for everyone in this range.

To order some lovely sauces from Bim’s Kitchen – visit  www.bimskitchen.com

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