Food & Drink

Gourmet Gossip – March 2021

A taste challenge

Alice Talbot, the amazing culinary creative and owner of ART’s-Craft Kitchen, is no stranger to bespoke commissions and taste challenges posed by her customers. When asked if she sold Tayberry jam Alice had to admit that she didn’t. Tayberries are the large, sweet fruits of a shrub patented in 1979 as a cross between a blackberry and a red raspberry and named after the River Tay in Scotland. 

Alice travelled to Scotland, stayed overnight on Tuesday, sourced berries from a specialist fruit farm on Wednesday and, having journeyed back home on Thursday, cooked the jam on Friday. “I visited a specialist fruit farm I know in Fife to see if they had frozen any of last year’s crop of Tayberries and they had. It has been my intention to incorporate Scottish fruits into my recipes for a Scottish Specialities Range for a while, but I was anticipating it would be a project to coincide with harvest-time. However, this initiative has started the process earlier than planned and I am extremely pleased with the results. Berries freeze very well, and these were superb examples; big and tangy!” Alice said.

Alice, who has lots of exciting new ventures expected for 2022, will be working hard on developing her Scottish Specialities Range, so keep an eye on her website for news and updates.

www.artscraftkitchen.co.uk

Smoked and dirty…

Marcus Livermore, a truck driver from Ipswich has launched Marcos Smokeshed, a catering trailer offering delicious home-smoked meats and burgers. Marcus, who has spent years on the road eating sub-standard lay-by food, decided to use the inheritance left by his 102-year-old granddad to set up the business which allows him to combine his two great loves: food and feeding people. 

With his new trailer situated on the A12 between Ipswich and Woodbridge, Marcus is serving up a range of handmade ‘dirty’ burgers, roasted meats, pulled pork and brisket that are all freshly prepared, with some hot smoked in advance and the rest cold-smoked in the van.

“I’d been a lorry driver for 20 years but due to health problems I’ve had to hang up my keys. When my granddad passed away last year I inherited enough money to start this new and exciting venture,” explained Marcus. “I’ve spent many years perfecting my smoked foods and dirty burgers. Lorry drivers don’t have the best options to eat on the road – normally it consists of cheap burgers and sausages. It’s fantastic to be able to serve up a roadside menu that really stands out and gives drivers and passers-by something delicious and memorable to talk about.”

Marcus uses only butcher-quality meat on his menu, and all his meats are smoked using high-quality smokers. He intends to evolve his menu over time to include more BBQ foods. Find him in the lay-by on the side of the A12 Woodbridge bound from Ipswich.

www.instagram.com/marcos_smokeshed

Creation series  

Cù Bòcan Single Malt has just released two limited edition expressions within their Creation series; Creation #3 matured in Moroccan Cabernet Sauvignon and North American Rye casks, and Creation #4 which has been matured in a combination of Tawny Port and Cognac casks. 

The experimental Highland Single Malt is distilled every winter at Tomatin Distillery in limited batches and made with lightly peated Scottish barley for its signature wisp of smoke. Cù Bòcan is also renowned for exploring innovative maturations, creating whiskies full of intrigue and surprise and these two new Creations are no exception.   

 Bottled at 46% ABV, the range is non-chill filtered, natural in colour and carries a no age statement. Creation #3 and Creation #4 are limited releases, each with only 4,200 bottles available worldwide. Cù Bòcan is available in specialist shops worldwide with an RRP of £45 per 70cl bottle for the Signature, and £60 for Creationa #3 and #4.

www.cu-bocan.com

The ultimate treat

This Mother’s Day, The Ivy Norwich Brasserie is delighted to be celebrating this wonderful event with a carefully crafted afternoon tea for two. Surprise mothers and loved ones this March with this quintessentially British treat, consisting of Ivy Cure smoked salmon and cream cheese finger sandwiches, chicken and truffle mayonnaise brioche rolls, freshly baked fruit scones, clotted cream and strawberry preserves – all served with a choice of teas, infusions or coffees. For those looking for something really special, The Ivy Norwich Brasserie also offers afternoon tea with a glass of Champagne, allowing guests to indulge on this truly wonderful occasion. The Afternoon Tea is available seven days a week and served between 3pm and 5pm. 

www.theivynorwich.com

Gourmet gift

Mother’s Day is right around the corner which means it’s time to think about surprising mum and showing her how much you care. Why send flowers or chocolates this Mother’s Day when you can send popcorn? Filled to the brim with three tantalising gourmet popcorn flavours, this is the perfect gift for every popcorn-lover out there! Caramel, Chocolate, Cookies and Cream gourmet popcorn gift tin (400g), RRP £25 are available from Amazon and Poporn Shed.

www.popcornshed.com

HAPPi Easter

The demand for plant-based chocolate alternatives is growing and never has a good selection been more important than at Easter. To give all chocolate-lovers their yearly fix, oat milk chocolate brand, HAPPi is made from single origin 47% Colombian cacao and oat milk, and has 35% less sugar than other leading chocolate brands. HAPPi’s Easter Eggs RRP £9.99 and are  available to purchase from Amazon and www.happifreefrom.com

The ultimate treat

This Mother’s Day, The Ivy Norwich Brasserie is delighted to be celebrating this wonderful event with a carefully crafted afternoon tea for two. Surprise mothers and loved ones this March with this quintessentially British treat, consisting of Ivy Cure smoked salmon and cream cheese finger sandwiches, chicken and truffle mayonnaise brioche rolls, freshly baked fruit scones, clotted cream and strawberry preserves – all served with a choice of teas, infusions or coffees. For those looking for something really special, The Ivy Norwich Brasserie also offers afternoon tea with a glass of Champagne, allowing guests to indulge on this truly wonderful occasion. The Afternoon Tea is available seven days a week and served between 3pm and 5pm. 

www.theivynorwich.com

Café Royal

Today the Café Royal at Norwich Theatre is sharing the love with the launch of its new loyalty card. Customers who gather nine stamps on their card will receive the tenth drink free.

So why not pop in and treat yourself and your loved one with a coffee and cake today!
www.norwichtheatre.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New food festival

A new food festival celebrating Great Yarmouth’s diverse food and drink offerings will take place this March. The Flavours event will take place over the weekend beginning 25 March and will showcase the wide variety of cuisines available along King Street, with a road closure allowing businesses to expand outside to create a ‘street party’ atmosphere. Food and drink firms from the wider area can also get involved, with applications for stalls now open. A temporary food market will be held on the piazza outside St George’s Theatre, alongside live cooking and other events in the theatre. Chalets are available to hire at just £30 for the entire weekend, or businesses can book a pitch and bring their own gazebos for just £20.

Restaurants, cafes, and food stalls across the borough are encouraged to get involved. This could mean offers or discounts over the weekend or adding a special flavours dish or cocktail to their menu, showing off the best of their wares. For more information get in touch via events@great-yarmouth.gov.uk

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