Pure Bar & Adams Restaurant Collaberation

A few weeks ago, (well actually its over a month now because I’m so slow at managing to write up my blogs) along with some fellow foodies, the Out in Brum bloggers and Mr @Stegabyte and his lovely wife we excitedly headed up to Pure Bar & Kitchen to attend their collaboration with Michelin Starred Adam Stokes and his restaurant, Adams. This was for a 5 course tasting menu accompanied by matching beers (Pures speciality). It was a ghastly night weather wise, and we rushed in to join the others soaking wet, having had an umbrella failure a few streets away. Luckily the staff were on hand with a few tissues to pat us down and we were greated with some fantastic bread and a glass of Veltins Pilsner. Now I’m not really a beer drinker, although I do drink lager from time to time, but I really enjoyed this one, especially as it was served in a champagne glass!

Shortly after, our first course arrived; Pigs trotter, Bacon Jam and Apple. This really started off the meal as it meant to go on, and looking back was probably my favourite dish of the night. The Pigs trotters were flaked and deep fried and the flavour was out of this world. The apple was a fantastic sharp flavour cutting through the fattiness of the pork. This was complimented with a glass of Purity Mad Goose – a pale ale with a citrusy finish. It went really well and again, another beer that I liked!

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The second course was Scallops, Cauliflower and Grapes with a Williams Bros Caesar Augsutus. This was such a delicate dish. Scallops and cauliflower are quite a classic combination, but the grape flavour with it was excellent.

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Next up, Lamb Shank, Pickled Onions and Tomato with Nogne Imperial Brown Ale – a full bodied ale with malt and toffee notes (apparently), I wasn’t so keen on this ale, but then I know I’m not really an ale drinker so this isn’t any detriment to the beer itself – hubby loved it! The lamb was perfectly soft and tender, and this whole dish was just a perfect flavour and texture combination with the sharpness of the pickled onions, the cumin ash/dust, crunchy broccoli and creamy mash that came with it.

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After this a little Buck Rarebit accompanied some Purtiy UBU ale – a sweet amber ale. This was one rich little bite with the egg yolk, cheese and truffle but boy was it good!

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Pudding was an Apple and Blackberry Crumble, deconstructed of course, and an 8.4% Bosteels Tripel Karmeliet. The freshness of the apple sorbet was my favourite element of this –  I could have eaten a whole bowl on its own!

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To finish off, we had some to die for  little Chocolate Brownies, with Ama Mora Espresso Porter – 9%. I hate coffee, so I can’t comment on this beer myself – but most people enjoyed it – I tried a sip and it tasted like cold fizzy expresso to me! I feel I have a lot to learn in the beer appreciation area! The brownies melted in your mouth, a proper indulgent way to end the meal.

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This was an amazingly good meal, and really successful concept and collaboration – I think we all hope they do it again sometime soon!

http://www.adamsrestaurant.co.uk

http://www.purebarandkitchen.co.uk

Disclosure: We all paid in full for our tickets to this event.

Product Review: La Petite Perriére 2012 from Roberson Wine Merchants

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Back in 1991, Cliff Roberson started a wine merchants on Kensington High Street in London and since then they’ve worked hard to make Roberson the best place to buy wine in the UK, both online and in store.

They offer a range encompassing everything from the very finest, rarest wines, to the best everyday bottles out there. Their website lists the entire range and ships all over the world, whilst their wholesale department supply some of the country’s best restaurants and their fine wine department specialise in trading the world’s fines wines globally.

Their website states that they put quality and value first, and strive to offer the best wine in the best way they can. They list hundreds of quality wines from outstanding producers all over the world, covering the whole spectrum of prices, styles and regions.

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They were kind enough to send over a bottle of wine for us to sample –  La Petite Perriére 2012 from maker Pierre Archambault, in the Loire in France. Now I don’t claim to know huge amounts about wine, but I do like to drink it, and I like to think I ca tell the difference between and £4 supermarket chardonnay and something a little better. This wine is stated to be a great one foe those looking for the taste and quality of Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé but at a slightly less extravagant price tag. On their website – this bottle comes in at £9.95. I really enjoyed this wine – and found it very easy to drink, quite dry but very balanced and I would certainly hunt it out again.

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Take a look at their website for more information on this wine, or to have a browse of their others

Roz :)

Disclosure: We were sent a bottle of wine complimentary, but no other compensation was recieved and their was no expectation of a full blog review or positive review. 

Product Review: Tarte & Berry

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Tarte and Berry is the baby of sisters Jane and Lucy, and specialize in artisan cakes and desserts. They are regulars at Food Shows and Fairs, and from Decmeber, their goodies will be available to order through their online shop.

This coming week they will be at the BBC Good Food Show in Birmingham, as the winners of the Good Food Show Bursary awards.

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I was lucky enough as part of the GFS Blogger team to receive a little taster of their ultimate chocolate brownies before the show, and can honestly say they are out of this world delicious!

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I can’t wait to try a few more of their products at the show too!

So if you’re heading to the Good Food Show next week be sure to hunt down their stand and say hi and pick up some of their treats.

 

Roz :)

 

Disclosure: I was sent a taster of Tarte & Berry Products complimentary as part of the GFS blogger team, but was not expected to write about them or give a positive review.

Product Review: Delicious Alchemy

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Delicious Alchemy are a company based in Sheffield, providing the food market with a bit of gluten-free magic.

Founded by Emma back in 2006, the company was born out of her own struggle with Coeliac disease. 8 years on the company has gone from strength to strength supplying supermarkets and catering companies, with an ever expanding range.

Their products include things from porridge oats to bread mixes to baking mixes, and they all come in lovely bold colourful packaging.

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Delicious Alchemy were kind enough to send a section of things over for me to try before meeting them next week, when they are going to be at the BBC Good Food Show.

So far, I’ve only made the oaty cookies – but they are a big hit, and I look forward to trying some of the others!

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If you’re at the Good Food Show next week, please go check them out!

 

Roz :)

 

Disclosure: I was sent some Delicious Alchemy products as part of my role as a GFS Blogger. I was not expected to write about them, positive or otherwise.

Product Review: BakedIn Cakes

BakedIn is based in Basingstoke, North Hampshire, and was founded in June 2013 by three friends Elaina, Joe and Anna. Have a look here to find out all about them and their baking ethos! DSC_0091 They do a range of baking kits, cookie mixes and mug brownies too, that all come in handy little boxes with everything you need to bake with ease, and minimal fuss time and effort. Great for those times when you just don’t have the time or energy to face baking from scratch. I recently got to try out their original Chocolate Mug brownies – its so easy to do and they tasted yummy – gooey and chocolate – what more could you need in a brownie! I’m definitly intrigued to try out a few more of their kits! DSC_0096 BakedIn are going to be at the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham next week from the 27th-30th of November – so if you’re going, please go and check them out and have a chat!

Roz :)

Disclosure: I was sent some BakedIn Brownies as part of my role as a GFS Blogger. I was expected to write about them, positive or otherwise. 

#ScoFarGo comes to town!

On Saturday 29th November, Scoff Street Food are throwing a street party in conjunction with Fargo – a new independent shopping outlet in Coventry.

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There’s going to be some of the best street food traders around, a vintage fair, real ale festival, cooking demos, live music and of course, good shopping!

Some of my favourite Scoff Vendors are going to be there inlcuding;

  • The Jabberwocky
  • Meatshack
  • Canoodle
  • The Hungry Toad
  • Bournville Waffles
  • Spectacular Goat
  • Big Daddies Diner
  • Fresh Rootz

The event will run from 12-6pm and there’s free entry as well as free parking, and if it rains, they’ve got that ‘covered’ too!

I’m gonna be there, are you?

Christmas Foodie Gift Guide

XMAS PICThis is the second Christmas my blog has been going, so this year I thought I would pull together some ideas for Christmas gifts for all the food lovers out there that read the blog. It probably goes without saying that I love getting foodie gifts – from that Terrys chocolate orange in my stocking to specially picked personalised hampers and everything else in-between, you can’t go wrong with a foodie gift for me.

From stocking fillers to the slightly more extravagant, I hope there’ll be some ideas here for everyone to give to that foodie in your life!

UNDER £5 & stocking fillers

  • Teapigs Spiced winter red tea – Teapigs.co.uk

I’m a big tea lover, and like trying out new flavours. This winter red tea sounds perfect for Christmas and comes in at £4.49 for 15 tea temples.

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  • Stamp Cookie Cutter – notonthehighstreet.com

A set of fun and quirky cookie cutter…who wouldn’t want a cookie with ‘Eat Me’ stamped on it?! £4.95

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  • Chocolate Sprout Roulette – Lakeland.co.uk

This little socking filler from Lakeland really amuses me – With 12 identical-looking chocolates inside, most have a tasty centre but some hide a not-so-scrumptious surprise! A perfect game for the office, or for all the family on Christams afternoon! Will nasty Aunt Agatha get the sprout?! £4.99

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Image: Lakeland.co.uk

  • Star shaped Ravioli Cutter – Souschef.com

If someone you know likes making their own pasta – a star shaped cutter would brighten up their repertoire. £4.95

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  • Hotel Chocolat Mini Selection – Johnlewis.com

A mini selection of festive Hotel Chocolat favourites, this  little box makes a wonderful stocking filler and features four filled chocolates, including the Christmas Eton Mess, Billionaire’s Shortbread, Caramel Supernova and Gingerbread Truffle. £5.00

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GIFTS FROM £5 – £20

  • Proud to Lick Cake Bowls Tea Towel – Notonthehigstreet.com

Slogan tea towels, mugs, aprons etc are all the rage at the moment – and I love this one. Totally me! £13.50

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  • Chicken – Marcus Bean  – Waterstones.com

I love a cookbook and there’s always a few on my list every year. I was lucky enough this year to meet Marcus and his new cookery book looks awesome!* £16.00

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*unless you don’t eat chicken……

  • Monin Cocktail Gift Set – Lakeland.co.uk

This cute little set of non alcoholic syrups is perfect for any budding bartender, or just for those who love experimenting at home with their cocktails £6.49

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  • Joseph Joseph Glass Worktop Saver UK Gastronomy Map – Josephjoseph.com

Joseph Joseph do a great range of glass chopping boards and worktop savers – like this one with a map of the uk pictured out of the names of local and regional foodstuffs. What a great idea! £15.00

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  • Butchers Cuts of Meat Apron – Notonthehighstreet.com

This butcher’s meat cuts apron features diagrams for chicken, pork, lamb and beef – a striking design which I think would be a great look for the man in your life to wear at a BBQ or just hanging on the kitchen door! £17.95

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  • Pips Hot Sauce Gift Set – Pipshotsauce.co.uk

For the spice lover in your life – this gift set from an independent producer near to where I live in Birmingham is ideal – I’ve tried all her sauces and can vouch for their amazingness! £15.00

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  • Cheese Alphabet Print – Notonthehighstreet.com 

This is right up my street and would take pride of place on my kitchen wall I reckon – the alphabet in cheese! Amazing! £16.50

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GIFTS £20 & UPWARDS

  • Personalised Cheese Board & Knives – Notonthehighstreet.com

Personalised cheese board accompanied by a set of four cheese knives and tools –  I love gifts that you can put your own message or engraving on, giving it the personal touch for the lucky recipient. This would be perfect for the foodie couple in your life – i can only hope someone out there might read this and put it under this foodie couples’ tree! £44.95

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  • The XL Man Box – Rossandrossfood.co.uk

This Cotswolds company makes some amazing products, including terrines. chutneys and charcuterie. This one is the perfect gift for the man in your life for Christmas. £36.00

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  • Afternoon Tea for Two at Coombe Abbey – Virginexperiencedays.co.uk

An afternoon tea is one of my favourite ways to relax and unwind for an afternoon, and if its done in beautiful surroundings such as this, its even more perfect – maybe an ideal gift for your mum? (And if you’re extra good she might even take you – bonus!) £39.00

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  • Goats Cheese making kit – BigCheeseMakingKit.com

Eagle eyed people may have noticed a vague theme during this gift guide – there’s a lot of cheese related products! And what could be better than making your own? £22.50

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And if you really want to splash out….

  • A Tasting menu and prosecco for two at Atul Kuchar’s Michelin Starred Benares – Buyagift.co.uk

This is certainly another that I hope lands in the Foodie Couple Stocking! £159.00

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Also, for those of my readers a bit more local in Birmingham and around the Midlands check out some of the local Delis and farm shops – they have some amazing local produce and I love gathering bits and pieces from lots of them and making up foodie hampers for loved ones. There are some great Delis out there – why not check out Warwick Street Kitchen If you’re in Leamington or Warwickshire, or Packington Moor Farm Shop if you’re over in Staffordshire are two I really like.

There is so much stuff out there perfect for foodies at the moment, this guide is just a drop in the ocean. What do you want for Christmas? Drop me a note in the comments!

Roz :)

Disclosure: I have not been paid to promote any of these items or received any free products- the list has been compiled purely because of my love of food&food related stuff!