Saturday, November 21, 2015

Christmas Gift Guide Ideas For the Home Cook

Taste by Laura Rowe

Taste - The Infographic Book of Food by Laura Rowe
Foodies will adore this book it's a real page turner, perfect for Christmas Day and one to keep on the coffee table after the 'big day'.  The inside of the book with it's amazing illustrations are as eye catching as the book cover. From food trends to ideas how to use ingredients, the book provides a wealth of knowledge and one to turn to time and again. A bookshelf must from talented food journalist Laura Rowe,

RRP £20
Author: Laura Rowe
Illustrator: Vicky Turner
Publisher: Aurum Press
Hardback: 224 Pages


Oh Come All Ye Tasteful - The Foodies Guide to a Millionaire's Christmas Feast by Ian Flitcroft

Oh Come All Ye Tasteful

Foodie fun at Christmas with lots of ideas about how to dine and drink like a millionaire over the festive period.  It doesn't matter if you're a competent cook or an armchair cook you'll find this a good read. The book is full to the brim with humour, some of it 'tongueincheek' but lots of useful advice too. There are 30 recipes to try including the ultimate roast potatoes covered in edible gold leaf (now there's a talking point), some recipes are ridiculously easy and others take more effort. The book covers everything from aperitifs, cocktails and wines, choosing the turkey, making Christmas Plum and Chocolate Bomb for pudding, cheese recommendations, coffee, to an unexpected petits fours recipe for chocolate covered brussel sprout!

Author: Ian Flitcroft
Publisher: Legend Press
RRP £9.99 Hardback or £6.99 ebook
Stockists: Amazon, Waterstones, Hive


Super Quick Muffin Tin Meals

Super Quick Muffin Tin Meals Cookery Book

Innovative meal ideas, both sweet and savoury, using a muffin tin. The author Melanie LaDue lives in Phoenix, Arizona and writes the blog Reasons to Skip the Housework. There are 70 delicious easy to make recipes from chicken burrito bites, mini shepherds pie to snickerdoodle rolls there's something for everyone. Portion control will be on our minds come the new year and muffin size meals will no doubt be on the menu.
For us here in the UK some of the ingredients aren't readily available but an internet search and a little imagination will help find an alternative product.

Publisher: Race Point
RRP £16.00
Available: Quarto Books


Stellar Colourtone 4 Piece Cutting Board With Kitchen Knives

Coloured Chopping Board and Knives Set

A non-slip cutting board is essential when using sharp knives, there's nothing worse than chasing a chopping board around the work surface. Supplied with 3 handy soft touch knives with sheaths for safe storage. There is a draining groove around the sides of the board which is very handy when you're cutting fruits.

Splash of colour in the kitchen.
Chefs knife 18cm, Santoku knife 14cm, Utility knife 9cm
Dishwasher safe.
Well known trusted brand.
Stellar Lifetime Guarantee.
Available in either red or lime.
Stockists: Pride Kitchens
Current Price £38.60


Judge Milk Frother

Judge Milk Frother

We love frothy coffee and this is a quick, easy and convenient way to make frothy milk for lattes, cappuccino's and hot chocolate. Simply whiz away and as if by magic the 14,000 motor will froth your milk for your very own coffee shop style drinks.  All you have to do is make an espresso, top with your freshly made hot frothy milk and hey presto latte!
Takes 4 - AA batteries.
Judge Milk Frother (TC344)
RRP £12.00
Stockists: Harts of Stur

Disclaimer: Thank you to all the brands for the samples.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Review: Ella Kitchen and Tableware from Premier Housewares

Ella Textiles and Mugs by Premier Housewares

Here at Kitchen Delights we love 'a bit of retro' and this Ella Collection design, described by Premier Housewares as stylised floral in a retro design, will add fun and colour to your home.

I've been enjoying using the set of four stylish mugs - two have a white background and two with a black background, both colourways are yellow and green.

The pack of four mugs come beautifully presented and will make a fabulous gift.

Set of 4 Ella Mugs by Premier Housewares

The pack of 3 cotton tea towels to match measure w40 x h60cm.

Ella Tea Towels by Premier Housewares

To complete the retro look there are double oven gloves, single oven glove, apron, lap tray, table mats and coasters and they will all make a lovely gift.

Set of 4 porcelain mugs £13.49
Pack of 3 cotton tea towels £9.99
Stockist: Prime Furnishing

Disclaimer: We were sent the products for review, all thoughts are our own.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Review of Percy & Founders, London, Autumn Menu

Percy & Founders Restaurant Sign

The London Reporter @paulfoodie experiences all day dining at the coolest place to be spotted in central London.

It's always exciting to be invited to review a new restaurant with other blogger's. Everyone is always up for a fantastic night out and we all enjoy meeting new people. So if a venue facilitates this well, then it's proof that they've done their job to perfection.

Last week we dined at Percy & Founders which is on the former site of the Middlesex Hospital. We were treated to fizz in the main bar then whizzed through to tables opposite the open kitchen in the dining area. Don't you just love seeing chefs hard at work? I do, and it makes me trust a restaurant seeing the process and appreciating the skill and hard graft involved.

The Kitchen Pass at Percy & Founders

The menu is very British and whilst deciding what to have, we were brought sharing boards with vegetables and dips as well as a selection of hams and bread.

Vegetables and dips

Bread platter

So for starters - we enjoyed potted rabbit with apple jelly served in a glass kilner style jar with a flip back lid and hot toast which was beautifully presented. It was lovely and quite rich as you would expect but other options could have been charred mackerel or salt-based celeriac.

Potted Rabbit with Apple Jelly

We also enjoyed a MAGNUM of Alsace wine - wow! Now the inside of the restaurant and bar are truly impressive. As a fellow foodie, you may have noticed the all day dining trend and how the venues are light, modern and look like they cost a heap of money. They lend themselves to lounging...

Interior view of Percy & Founders

Lamb loin and shoulder was my main choice. It was served with an onion purée and roasted shallots. Again we were treated to a Magnum of wine between the bloggers, but this time a 2009 Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Domaine Bachelet Monnot, Burgundy - wow, talk about an embarrassingly fabulous size! If I were to go again, I think I would go for the shepherd's pie with venison. It screamed comfort and just what we need during these blustery autumn months.

Lamb loin with shoulder of lamb

Everyone looked like they could pop at this point, but when the going gets tough the tough get eating up their desserts. Yup, that's right. So on I went with vanilla pears with rice pudding ice cream which is fine if you need a palette cleanser and something lighter but I found that I had enormous food envy of my dining companion as he smugly ate crepe soufflé with apricots and caramel.  It was all washed down with a beautiful dessert wine - a 2013 Jurancon 'Marie Kattalin', Domaine de Souch, South West.

Vanilla pears with rice pudding ice cream

A special thank you to the staff who were so passionate. The executive chef Diego Cardoso came and said hello which was really cool. He had been the former head chef at Angela Hartnett's Murano. Also, thanks to the Beverage Director Marc-Andrea Levy - again a man who knows all there is to know about wine and made it a great night.

Beverage Director

Percy & Founders
1 Pearson Square

Disclaimer: We were guests of Percy & Founders. All thoughts are our own.