Easter is going to be a little different this year. Not the usual, family gathering, chocolate-filled, day of excitement it often is. But that doesn't mean we can't keep spirits up with adapted traditions, support local businesses or surprise someone with a chocolate treat. In fact sometimes, nothing says it better. So here's our list of [mostly] UK based Chocolate companies to add a touch of sweetness to your day, or someone else's.
A galette is basically the hipster version of a tart. It is imperfect to perfection, rustic to the point of being refreshingly contemporary. And was the ultimate trend setter. Until everybody caught on. It also just so happens to be the easiest seasonally-adapting hack to entertaining. Don’t have a tart tin? Galette. Don’t have perfectly just-ripe fruit or veg? Galette. Don’t have hours to prep? Galette. Don’t want to hear more reasons? Galette.
Talking about transformation has never seemed quite so pertinent. March is the month that signifies the turning of seasons. Those long dreary Winter days are almost over. The days are getting longer, daffodils are shinning happy yellow faces in parks, grass has replaced mud and the need to wear a beanie along with 7 other layers is less necessary. It's safe to say Spring is finally here.
Who better to feature in our month of pairings than a business that seriously knows a thing or two about food pairings. We have been working with Elysia for a while now; one of our longest standing customers, in fact, from using our juice pulp crackers back in the day, to regularly sourcing our brownies made from juice pulp. Founded by Sophie Andre, a fellow food waste worrier since starting in 2017; they have saved more than 9 tonnes of British artisan food from going to waste and served more than 29,000 people around London. That is most certainly something worth celebrating.
Italy’s shining glory. Done differently in every region. Hell, every household I’m sure. But always available per prendere via [to take away]. And the PERFECT vehicle for any combination of toppings and crazy pairings your creative self can come up with. Pizza is very forgiving, like that.
I’m not really one to ‘meal plan’. Even if, interestingly, that is often touted as quite an effective way to reduce food waste in the kitchen. If I’m honest, I just never get organized. Instead, I like to invest in one ingredient, and see what I can add to it from the excess odds and ends I have lying around [perhaps you can relate…]
It's simple, and humble in its appearance. But, done right, it will blow anybody's socks off [this coming from a non-coffee drinker]. So we thought it could perhaps offer some inspiration for the forthcoming New Year's Eve celebrations. You can make it in advance, you can upcycle any stale biscuit ends, fruit - poached/canned [the Italians might disagree here, but I was once served a white chocolate and berry version and it was pretty excellent], and bottom-of-the-bottle booze. It really is the ultimate, bestover celebration dish.