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Cyrus Todiwala and his restaurant’s best specialities

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Cyrus Todiwala MBE (‘A chef of genius’ — HARPERS) is Executive Chef and co-owner – with Mrs Todiwala – of the award-winning restaurant, Café Spice Namaste, in the City of London. He has cooked for prime ministers, presidents and royalty and appears regularly on radio and television.

Foodies rejoice! In response to overwhelming demand from customers at Café Spice Namaste, we have launched the Mr Todiwala collection of splendid spicy pickles and chutneys. All are made on the premises of Cafe Spice Namaste using the finest, freshest ingredients. Where possible he celebrates the very best of British produce including Cheltenham beetroot, sweet Russet apples and organic Estate Venison. Flavours include: Kerala Beef pickle, Grundon’s Apple & Mango Chutney, Hot and Spicy Prawn Pickle and Hot Tomato and Garlic Chutney. Delicious with Indian food…or with your favourite roasts, cold meats, pies and salads. Better still, give your daily sandwich a mouth-watering makeover. But be warned – one taste and you’ll be addicted!

Café Spice Namaste is a firm favourite with both critics and customers alike. And it’s easy to see why with a sophisticated menu offering a range of Parsee and Indo-European dishes from Goa, North India, Hyderabad and Kashmir, using the best seasonal produce sourced from Britain wherever possible.

Cyrus’ food is ‘quite simply divine’, a fact acknowledged by TIME OUT, who’ve said, ‘If there is a God, the canteen in Heaven will be run by Cyrus Todiwala.’

All of our excellent pickles and chutneys are hand made in our restaurant kitchen, not a factory. They contain no preservative except citric acid crystals, and they possess certain qualities that may be lacking in more mass-produced products. Besides being mostly seasonal, our products also depend largely on local produce and some exotic meats such as venison, wild boar, game, prawns, fish and other products which we find are good for pickling.

Welcome to Mr Todiwala’s splendid spicy pickles and chutnies – designed to make your taste buds tingle!

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Mr Filbert’s travels and recipes

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

A note from Mr Filbert: My company, Filbert’s Fine Foods, was launched in 2010 by my friends, Mark Taylor and Paul Dooley; two food enthusiasts with a passion for inventive and original recipes. Between them they have over 40 years experience in the food business, and have been awarded over 30 taste awards from expert panels for different products along the way. From their base in the idyllic village of Milton Abbas in Dorset, they have crafted a range of distinctive new products under my brand, Mr Filbert’s.

A note from Mark and Paul: We created Mr Filbert to help us tell our story in a richer and more interesting way. Mr Filbert is a charming and slightly eccentric culinary inventor. Having spent much of his early life travelling the world in search of adventure, Mr Filbert returned to England with his faithful dog Mac when he inherited The Old Watermill in Dellcombe Bottom from his Great Uncle Archibald, together with a very vocal parrot called Duck. From his kitchen workshop, Mr Filbert set about devising amazing recipes and contraptions with which to surprise and delight his friends. He sources the finest local produce and exotic ingredients from around the globe to create his range of deliciously different nutty snacks, gourmet oils and sumptuous drizzles. Take a look at www.mrfilberts.com to find out more about him!

We hope you enjoy our delectable recipes as much as we enjoy making them!

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Alan Coxon and his time machine: go back to Roman times with his recipes!

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Alan and his time machine for foodies

Alan Coxon is a creative cook and a food archaeologist who explores food with a unique approach.

Vinegar is not just vinegar to him, there is so much more to discover.

“I was always been fascinated with the history of food, the origination of our everyday ingredients ,and so I decided to study and investigate the foods of  Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire and  Mediaeval old England.

I have been working on an historic food range created from recipes and theories of centuries past.  I have explored the flavours and ingredients that once adorned tables of the mighty Roman Emperors, Medieval Knights and Ancient Greek temples.

Each period product holds unique combinations of flavours that will enhance modern cooking make for interesting discussion in the kitchen at the dinner table or around the barbecue, they also make for stunning and innovative quality gifts for any foodie, chef or cook!”

Alan and his beautiful vinegars won many awards including 5 gold “Innovation” and “Superior Quality Taste Awards”.

The FoodAdo Team is very happy to have him coming on board!

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UK National Picnic Week 9-15th August

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

National Picnic Week 9-15th August: an old tradition that is still great fun

During the 14th century, picnics were medieval hunting feasts. These feasts, taking place before the hunt began, were of special importance. The typical foods would be cheese, baked specialities, pastries and lovely preserves.

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary (2nd edition, volume XI, p. 779) picnic means “a fashionable social entertainment in which each person present contributed a share of the provisions; a party including an excursion to some spot in the country.

The oldest print evidence of the word picnic in the English language can be traced back to 1748, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The word picnic was known in France, Germany, and Sweden before it became part of the English society.

According to Wikipedia, “the first usage of the word picnic was traced to a 16th century French text, describing a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine. A theory has it that the word picnic is based on the verb piquer which means ‘pick’ or ‘peck’ with the rhyming nique perhaps meaning trifle. The 1692 edition of Origines de la Langue Franqoise de Ménage, which mentions ‘piquenique’ as being of recent origin, marks the first appearance of the word picnic in print. The word picnic first appeared in English texts in the mid-1700s, and may have entered the English language from this French word or from the German Picknick.”

What about today?

Picnic is fashionable more then ever! People are still in love with picnics in UK and you will see lots of groups this week end: from families to friends or couples, from easygoing to high end, from beer to champagne!

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Sasha and his family, growing beautiful plants and seeds in their organic farm

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Sasha from Sun and Seed, growing organic plants and seeds with real passion

Sasha and his family produce cold-pressed pumpkin seed and sunflower seed oils, employing traditional, old fashioned methods and aiming for the best.

The result is very different from the cheap refined oils that one could find in supermarkets.

“Our farm is almost completely self-sufficient. We make considerable effort to keep our environmental impact positive in all aspects of our production.

It is not only about producing organic seeds. We always use recycled glass for Sun and Seed jars and bottles, never transport our products using airfreight; and all of our agricultural waste is either composted or used to generate power for our workshop.

We believe that neither our customer nor the environment requires anything unnatural, so we crafts our products using traditional techniques and artisan imagination.”

Sasha grows Sun and Seeds plants in Vojvodina (northern Serbia), where the land is very fertile and there is no heavy industry – therefore no pollution.

As the business grew, the family teamed up with other farmers in the area who were as passionate about great organic food.

They began to work together to grow more types of organic food and market them through the Sun & Seed collective.

Today they are able to produce a comprehensive range of our award-winning products.

The quality is high, the taste is great and they are organic and healthy!

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What is a FoodAdo Friday? Rules and T&Cs Friday Oct 1st 2010

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

FoodAdo Friday is a competition on FoodAdo’s Facebook and Twitter pages during which the FoodAdo Community is challenged with questions or games.

Foodies enter the game by registering an account on FoodAdo.com and posting their answers, recipes, pictures or solutions to the Friday riddles.

Once the games are closed, one clever foodie is proclaimed “FoodAdo Friday Winner” and receives a pack with delicious artisan products delivered straight to his home or office, wherever in UK mainland.

A tasty present from FoodAdo that wishes to spoil the most creative foodies on the web.

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T&C:

In order to be eligible to win you have to:

1) be resident in UK mainland

2) hold a free account on FoodAdo.com – http://FoodAdo.com/register

3) post your comment/answer – the more creative and unique the better

4) get at least 5 people to “like” it – let’s share our foodie community’s best ideas!

5) be nice & respectful to the other foodies on FoodAdo community – no scratching, no biting! :)


The games starts on Friday at 11.00am and closes on the following Monday at 11.00am

Have fun & love good food!

 

 

These below are the prizes won in the past weeks: tasty Pinks Organics and SUN & SEED specialities

Check them out in Sun&Seed Pinks Organics Shop on FoodAdo!

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Pinks Organics: hand made food – the old fashioned way!

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Pinks Organics, as we know it, was founded by Fiona Pink and Tom Vickers.

Far before them, in the early 1880s, Fiona Pink’s Great Great Grandfather, founded a company called Pinks. Pinks soon became the biggest jam company in the world. It was a household name and had the contract to supply the British troops fighting in the great war, with Pinks Plum Jam.

This was a time when production was mainly done by hand; before high levels of pesticide use and intensive farming set in, ensuring purity and quality of food.

This ethos – to supply food that’s pure and untainted, is the inspiration for a new era of Pinks.

I grew up with the history and stories of Pinks Jam as a child and so it seemed only natural to want to revive the company”, says Fiona.

As a result, nestled in the heart of the Dorset countryside, Pinks Organics holds on to those values by producing an exciting range of artisan products that are simple in origin and true in flavours.

Semi dried and smoked semi dried cherry tomatoes form the basis of this range which is both refreshing and pure.

Tom and I are delighted at the fantastic response that Pinks Organics has already received” says Fiona .

“I know my Great Great Grandfather would wholeheartedly approve!”

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Super Kate and Lahloo Tea win Gold Taste Award 2010

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Kate Gover at Lahloo Tea wins Taste Award 2010

Lahloo is celebrating after winning four prizes at the sixteenth annual national Great Taste Awards this week.

Lahloo won GREAT TASTE GOLD for 4 of their beautiful loose leaf teas.

“We got the exciting phone call the other day and have been dancing around the room since with huge grins on our faces!”

Lahloo is specialized in artisan single estate and custom-blended loose leaf tea with flavour and provenance.

“I know how fantastic Lahloo Tea is but to stand out among what is really talented competition after just 18 months and receive these awards is a great achievement. It gives me confidence that Lahloo is heading in the right direction.”

This is quite an achievement for such a young company especially as Kate Gover used to hate tea with a passion!!

Mary’s heart is made of chocolate

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Mary Kinsella, from the  Gorgeous Chocolate Heart Company, is a committed chocoholic and a talented artisan producer with a passion for research.

She managed to create raw chocolate snacks that have all the nutrient goodies in: full of superfoods, energy enhancing, nutrient dense and no roasting or additives (wheat, dairy and gluten free).

“I am passionate about creating the best raw chocolate, and am constantly doing research (and lots of tastings!) to improve my products and create more delicious recipes.”

She is indeed! And she has a collection of interesting recipes too!

Her raw chocolate balls are unique and it is fun to explore them all. They just surprise you with their character!

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Meet Gary and Maarit and their ethical family run hand roasted artisan single estate Arabica coffee!

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Gary and Maarit run Coffee Real, a small ethical family run ‘artisan’ coffee roastery specialising  in top quality single estate Arabica coffee.

As a true artisan producer, their roasting process is intimate and hands-on and Gary and Maarit hand roast their coffee “to order” in small 12kg batches, which allows them to roast and ship the same day for the ultimate in freshness.
They source and select some of the best single estate Arabica coffee beans in the world at origin and then hand roast them to perfection, and access to some very small amounts of limited edition single estate coffees, making their coffee highly unique in the UK.
They include single estate varieties from Brazil, Sumatra, Guatemala, and the outstanding Yirgacheffe (Lot No:1130) grown by villagers in the high rolling hills of Ethiopia on organically rich pocket-sized plots, using completely traditional methods.  The elegant Yirgacheffe has notes of jasmine,  honey and tangerine  and has to be tasted to be believed!
Coffee Real trades ethically through direct relationships with farmers under their own “RealTrade” approach based on fact, first hand observation and experience.

As they say, “if you haven’t tried our coffee yet, let’s just say you are missing out on some enlightenment!”

A big welcome aboard to Gary and Maarit and their wonderful hand roasted coffees to the growing familyof gourmet artisan producers at FoodAdo!

Posted by Paul , FoodAdo Team

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