Two weeks ago I was invited to attend BBC Good Food Show at London Olympia with my friend and photographer Vanessa Kerr (here is her lovely website). We’ve had a great time – chilling out and sampling lots of delicious food while Vanessa sampled all gin/vodkas/etc for me (after all this we skipped wine section). Here are few highlights of the event.
“Family run company which specialises in supplying the finest artisan product from Morocco, with impeccable provenance and sustainable practices”
I remember from holiday in Morocco a taste of fresh baghrir dipped in argan oil and honey and sweet taste of AMLOU almond spread or as I call it “Moroccan Nutella” we had for breakfast almost every morning. AMLOU is a mix of argan oil and blended almonds, best eaten on hot baghrir (1000 holes pancake) or on toasted bread. This is really a must try/must buy! I knew I have to buy smooth version of amlou or I will regret it (it’s hard to find REAL amlou with REAL argan oil added – don’t feel tempted to buy some cheap crap from Ebay or Amazon unless you know it’s legit as there is lots of false distributors). If you ever see SAVEUR DU MAROC at Borough Market in London say hello to lovely Safiya (I hope I got the name right) she’s the owner of Saveur du Maroc, very sweet girl and will definitely tell you all about fascinating methods of argan oil production.
“It’s a given that Mr Organic says “No way” to pesticides and harmful hormones. But he’s not just a one trick pony. With Mr Organic, you’re not simply buying delicious, wholesome food; even more importantly, you’re buying into an achievable ideal: to create an honest, positive and sustainable food production ethic, ultimately leading to a healthier, happier world! At Mr Organic we’re working really hard to achieve this by taking care of each and every stage of food production, from the seed to the shelf and beyond. This is what makes Mr Organic special.”
They produce THE BEST tomato ketchup eveeer! Heinz watch out! I stopped buying ketchup for one simple reason – I hate water and acid residue coming out after few days in the fridge, most of ketchup producers add lots of vinegar that sometimes overpowers the taste of tomatoes. I bought one bottle from Mr.Organic and love it! Unfortunately for me, they do not stock it in any local shops, there are few farm shops couple of miles from Luton that have their range in stock but it’s a bit of a hassle for me to drive miles for a bottle of ketchup and pesto. Pesto is another thing I liked very much. It’s made out of basil with no parmesan added so it’s veggie and vegan friendly, gluten free. I used it up quickly – few spoons for my ultimate baked pesto & mozarella sandwiches, rest stirred in to pasta with olives and tuna.
“When we started to look at the adult drinks market it was clear that there had been no real innovation for several years. Qcumber was born out of one of those rare ‘eureka’ moments. One summer’s evening we were enjoying a gin with slices of crisp cucumber in it and the thought came to us ‘this could be the next flavour’ ….and (after a lot of hard work!) Qcumber saw the light of day! A versatile drink, great on its own but also perfect as a mixer for gin, vodka and Pimms”
I’m a teetotaler it means I don’t drink alcohol and I don’t use alcohol in my recipes (I like 0,0% beer or wine plainly for their taste – I never drank wine/beer for alcohol rather for their taste). When I saw a bottle of Qcumber on their stall I was intrigued. I liked the look of the bottle, very stylish. When I took the first sip it was like cucumber exploded in my mouth – lovely refreshing drink with strong taste of cucumber (they also had a bottle with dash of mint which was also very tasty!). There is only 27 calories per 100 ml so that’s another bonus!
“TIANA Fair Trade Organics Ltd is an established UK importer, manufacturer and supplier of premium quality, organic and Fair Trade products which include coconut oil, butters, coconut water, coconut nectar, coconut flour, selection of raw active honey, coconut sugar alternative. All the products are produced using 100% organic and fair trade certified ingredients.”
I sampled their sugar alternative – coconut sugar and LOVED IT, what a great sugar substitution, raw coconut cream and raw honey. Everything was delicious and I would love to have some to try in my recipes so will look for it in the shops!
MORE pictures taken during BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW in London OLYMPIA.