Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Revealed: The World's Most Expensive Trout

The worlds most expensive trout ever produced
The most expensive trout ever produced
complete with it's own commemorative case
The London Reporter gets up close and personal with a trout!

Just when you think you’ve seen and tasted it all, an invitation comes to try the world’s most expensive trout (and who was I to say no!).

RR. Spink & Sons of Arbroath are a brand with a rich heritage which I love, they date back to the 1700’s and hold a Royal Warrant as Fishmonger to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. To celebrate their 300 year anniversary they were revealing 300 limited edition luxury trout fillets, each one costing £300. The event took place in the newly opened Morden and Lea bistro in London’s Soho, owned by Michelin star chef Mark Sergeant.

So what makes this trout so special? Well each fillet is hand-cured, smoked over native Scottish wood including oak, cherry, pine and beech which combine to give it a very unique taste, It’s also given a four-day slow maturation time giving this rather regal fillet a very tasty finish! We were lucky enough to taste individual flakes which if you do the maths probably works out to at least a £1.
An evening in London with RR. Spink & Sons
The evening went swimmingly well......
A fact that might surprise you is that in blind taste tests between salmon and trout - the trout slightly wins! With its silky texture and bright pink colours, this really is a very worthy fish and deserves to be accompanied with Champagne.

Now, I must book my trip up to the Highlands! (Or alternatively, there is Selfridges!).

Disclaimer:  We were invited guests, all thoughts are our own.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Waitrose Christmas in July Press Show 2015

The London reporter sneaks into the foodie press event of the year...

Okay, we admit it right now, Christmas is still a way off but let’s be honest, come September some of us will start to think about the big day and all the yummy food shopping that needs to be done.

Waitrose have just revealed to the press their Christmas food stars and let me tell you - it’s all delicious and amazing and moreish and so on..!

At Kitchen Delights, you may have noticed that we have a sweet tooth so it’s with this in mind that we bring you a small selection of our favourite seasonal sweet treats to look out for!

We’ve created a small flip book for you to look over below including a scrumptious Chocolate & Amaretti Tiffin Snowflake, brioche Christmas tree, cute animal cupcakes, a ginger bread house and baubles! What will be your favourite?

Disclaimer: We were guests of Waitrose. All views are our own.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Melting Goat's Cheese Salad

Melting Goat's Cheese Salad

I've been having a great time recently, I've just returned from a holiday in beautiful Rovinj where it was amazingly hot. Only this last week I attended the 25th Anniversary of The Hyatt Birmingham where the party, food and drink can only be described as amazing, I love the Hyatt.

I'm out and about for the next three weeks and for the majority of the time I'll be away from home. Today I'm in Beckenham and tomorrow I'll be trying to avoid the rain on the southbank in London where I'm reviewing a restaurant with Paul my London based blog partner. This next week is going to be a mix of culture, food, the odd glass of fizz, visiting a few independent coffee shops and shopping.

We're then going home for a few days and moving on to The Wirral for culture, food, and so on and so on.....then we're off to the Lake District, Scotland and the Peak District.

The blog is going to be a bit erratic but both Paul and I have some fabulous posts coming up:

The limited edition luxury trout that costs £300!
Christmas in July with Waitrose
Zwilling Press Event
The Hyatt Birmingham 25th Anniversary Party
Microplane Review
Stellar Cookware Review
Restaurant Reviews
Camp Bestival

And that's just for starters!  So please bear with us whilst we battle our way through the blog posts.

After indulging over the last few weeks we needed a few lighter meals, although true to say there is cheese and pasta involved in this meal which is no bad thing.

You will need:
Bag of washed prepared mixed leaves
Vine cherry tomatoes
Sundried Tomatoes
Cucumber sliced
Red grapes
cooked crispy smoked streaky bacon
2 small rounds of goats cheese

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Freshly ground pepper
Sea Salt

For the farfalle salad
110g farfalle pasta
Small handful of pine nuts
Small amount of washed spinach leaves
Extra Virgin Olive Oil to drizzle
Freshly ground pepper
Sea Salt

1.  Arrange the salad ingredients onto a plate.
2.  Grill the goats cheese gently until starting to melt.
3.  Place the grilled goats cheese onto the salad.
4.  For the dressing:  Add the ingredients to a small bowl and whisk until mixed together. Pour over the salad immediately before serving.
5.  For the farfalle salad: Fill a pan three quarters full with water, bring to the boil, add a sprinkle of salt.  Add the pasta to the pan and cook on a gentle boil for 10 minutes or until cooked.
6.  Drain the cooked pasta and rinse under cold water.
7.  Place the cooled pasta to a bowl, add the spinach leaves and toss.
8.  Place the pine nuts into a small frying pan and toast on the hob until lightly browned.  Remove from the pan and cool.
9.  Add the pine nuts to the salad.
10. Drizzle over the extra virgin olive oil.