Monthly food roundup: June

Oops, I didn’t quite manage to squeeze this into June. But nonetheless, here are some things I’ve been loving over the last month.

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1) My incredibly talented friend Hannah wrote this great article on Nigella Lawson and her views on feminism and baking. The article discusses how baking has been seen traditionally as a female pasttime, and that should not make it a less worthwhile branch of cookery, though it seems to be less valued than restaurant food and haute cuisine which is typically male-dominated. Well worth a read!

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2) Hayley from Ceriselle tweeted about these amazing meatball tongs, and now they’re top of my list of things to buy! No more gooey hands!

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3) I was told about the incredible ice cream ball by a colleague and WOW, I want one! Not only does it make ice cream, but it does so using exciting SCIENCE like thermodynamics. A total winner in my book. Perfect for people with dogs – dog gets exercise, you get ice cream!

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4) I know this is only loosely food-related, but still worth a mention. I’ve booked tickets to Potter Pandemonium at the Electric Cinema in Birmingham, to see Parts 1 and 2 of the Deathly Hallows on the night of release, and the cinema will be selling themed cakes and drinks, including Butterbeer! I’m not sure what exactly it will taste like or be made of, but it’s certainly intriguing! As for the cakes, I don’t know what to expect; Hagrid’s rock cakes perhaps? Although from the way they’re described in the books I hope they’re not that similar!

Monthly food roundup: May

I thought I’d start doing a little roundup of food-related articles/products/blog posts/eateries that have caught my eye over the last month. Here goes.

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1) I’m desperate to try the homemade Limoncello on Crumbs for Dinner. I really love Limoncello, and have recently been getting urges to make Nigella’s Lemon and raspberry trifle (although not until I’ve found the perfect trifle dish, still an ongoing quest), so I figure that homemade Limoncello is going to provide the best flavour. And like Grania says on her blog, it will make a great gift come Christmas! It will also be amazing mixed up into cocktails for barbecue season, should the sunshine ever return.

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2) Huffkins is a small chain of bakeries and cafes across the Cotswolds (and in Japan!) with the best scones around. They’re warmed through before being served with loads of jam and clotted cream, and they’re light as a feather. That said, everything I’ve ever eaten there has been nothing short of wonderful. If you ever find yourself in Stow-on-the-Wold, Burford or Witney then I would highly recommend a visit. I frequent the one at Stow more than I care to think about; good news then that apparently they’re launching a loyalty card this month!

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3) The strawberry and black pepper jam on Little Red Courgette seems like the perfect way to make use of the glut of strawberries it looks like I’m going to have this year (that is if I don’t just eat them all whilst I’m out in the garden..oops).

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4) This article by Jay Rayner on The Guardian website following the warning from the World Cancer Research Fund about eating red and processed meat is brilliant and fully articulates everything I would say on the matter!