Just because it’s summer here in the northern hemisphere, it doesn’t mean we don’t want chocolate. It was Anything Goes for this month’s We Should Cocoa and we have 17 gorgeous chocolate recipes for you as a result. Have a scroll through and if you don’t find something you immediately want to make, I’ll eat my hat (a chocolate one, of course).
Wringer & Mangle is a neighbourhood hangout bar and restaurant in London Fields, Hackney. It offers home cooked British food using fresh, seasonal and locally sourced produce. Cocktails are a speciality as is their Bottomless Brunch. They are offering one Tin and Thyme reader a two course meal for six people with Cava thrown in for good measure.
As some of you may have noticed, since trying matcha in baking a few years ago, with this matcha, rhubarb and chocolate cake, I’ve become rather a fan. Matcha, which is somewhat bitter with umami notes offsets the sweetness of the sugar nicely. I was recently overtaken by a craving for something sweet and I realised I’d never made matcha blondies. Game, set and matcha.
The first time I remember eating Mexican food was in that well-known Hispanic enclave, Loughborough, when I was a student many years ago. In those days, even tortilla chips were hard to get hold of and I felt quite hip eating such an unusual cuisine. I fell in love with the vibrant punchy flavours and have never looked back. These corn spinach polenta triangles may not be authentic Mexican cuisine, but they are certainly inspired by it.
It really is too hot to think about food at the moment. I know we’ve not had much of a summer yet, but I don’t take too well to the heat; now it’s arrived all I want to do is lie in a hammock under a shady tree and drink iced tea – peach and rhubarb iced tea to be exact.
It’s always useful to have some simple but delicious and portable food up one’s sleeve for this time of year. Our British summers can be quite changeable and embarking on a picnic or al fresco dining is often a last minute affair. Higgidy quiches are ideal for these occasions, as is this orange ginger carrot salad, which fits the bill perfectly. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the recipe.
Whilst I enjoy cooking and the creative process of deciding what ingredients to pair with what, it is sometimes a blessed relief not to have to think ‘what to cook’ of an evening. This is where recipe boxes come in. A box of ingredients arrives at your door with accompanying recipes. All you have to do is make them. I recently tried a Marley Spoon recipe box for two, with three meals provided. I’m pleased to announce that I also have one to offer as a giveaway to one of my readers.
A couple of weeks ago I made maple tofu skewers for a BBQ supper. They were a roaring success, as was the tahini sauce with clementines and smoked paprika that I made to accompany it. This recipe is another in my Flavours of the Middle East series.
Last week, CT and I were somewhat shocked to find we’d been together for twenty years. How did that happen? To celebrate we both took the day off and went clambering around the Cornish coast. We also called in at the Canteen at Maker Heights. How could we resist the best food in those parts? There, sitting on the counter was a round of almond rye shortbread. Completely intrigued, I had to recreate it.
Chocolate is an all year round necessity in this household. We have our favourites of course, but we also like to change things up a bit and try new brands, styles and flavours. We get especially excited by those that reflect the seasons as they pass. The Hotel Chocolat Summer Collection does just that.