Super Kate and Lahloo Tea win Gold Taste Award 2010

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

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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Cool Summer Jellies – Raspberry and Earl Grey Tea!

July 12th, 2010

 

Raspberry and Earl Grey Jellies - Serves 6

Here’s a recipe to make refreshing summer jellies with fresh raspberries and Earl Grey Tea.

Takes about 1 hour to make, plus setting.  You will need

Steps to Prepare:

  1. Mash the raspberries and sugar to a juicy pulp.  Set aside for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, so the sugar dissolves.  Rub through a sieve.
  2. Half-fill a bowl with cold water, and lay the gelatine in it to soften.  Drop the tea bags into a measuring jug and pour in enough boiling water to come up to the 300ml mark.  Leave for a few minutes to brew but while it’s hot remove the tea bags.
  3. Scoop the gelatine out of its bath, squeeze out excess water and stir into the steaming tea.  Now add the lemon juice and pour in the raspberry liquid.  Pour into 6 x 120ml moulds or champagne flutes or small wine glasses.  Leave to cool, then put in the fridge to set for 5-6 hours.

Turn out the jellies on to serving plates, or serve in champagne flutes or glasses.

Posted by Paul, FoodAdo Team

Recipe Courtesy of Clare Jones at the Bellevue Tea Company

 

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

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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When the dairy cancelled their goats milk contract in favour of cheaper imported milk, Alan and Angela decided to go into cheese making!

July 7th, 2010

Where the cheese starts!When the dairy cancelled their local goats milk contract and started to import cheaper goat’s milk from abroad, Alan and Angela were left with a herd of 300 goats producing hundreds of litres of milk each day and no customer!  They quickly had to change their business and so they decided to go into cheese making.

We’re so glad – because as a result they now make the best goats cheese we’ve tasted!

Delicious blue goats cheese!
The goats are milked by hand and the cheese is made by hand in small batches almost every day.  What makes their artisan cheese so unique is that the person who milks the goats is the person who makes the cheese! Its a labour of love and produces outstanding artisan cheese.
Wobbly Bottom Farm is a small farm situated a mile outside the historic market town of Hitchin in Hertfordshire.  The goats are free to graze on the 39 acres of grass fields and because the grass is very sweet the cheese that is not as “goaty” as some European goat’s cheese.

Welcome aboard to Wobbly Bottom Farm – our latest producer to join the family of gourmet artisan producers at FoodAdo!

Posted by Paul , FoodAdo Team

 

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The Coffee Fairy does her magic and conquers exclusive Harvey Nichols!

July 1st, 2010

FoodAdo is P R O U D to announce that Martina, our lovely Coffee Fairy, made it into the selected number of those who can sell at very exclusive Harvey Nichols!

She is that good!

FoodAdo Team was very excited and curious about this great producer’s achievement and could not avoid to ask her a few questions.

What was the first thing you thought when they told you?

The first thing I thought and said was “You are kidding?” I really didn’t believe it and figured it was just yet another example of someone liking it, but not actually following it up with an order.

You must understand that I have been here so many times before it’s hard to believe what anyone says.”

What was the first person you called with the good news?

“I called my friend Jo, who I live with and who has put up with months of missing rent and tears and who has always always believed it was going to happen for me.”

Why do you think they liked your coffee over other products?

“I think they know it’s a quality product, but they love everything else too, the branding, the story behind it, the ethics, the whole project.”

We totally agree it is, and that is why wanted it to be on FoodAdo from start: it is just great! Congratulations Martina, we hope you will have more and more success!

“Thank you! I am still pinching myself!”

The Coffee Fairy might be still pinching herself but the FoodAdo Team and all the foodies who tried her beautiful coffee have the same opinion:

“Martina, your coffee is just great, of course they wanted it!!”

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Tea: from great-great grandfather to great-great granddaughter!

June 30th, 2010

Kate Gover used to hate tea with a passion.

That was until she tasted a Japanese green tea produced by farmers on a tiny estate. She fell in love with the complex taste and a new and exciting world opened up in front of her.

That one extraordinary cup inspired Kate to start Lahloo and it would be hard to find somebody more passionate about tea.

Although Kate’s love of tea was ignited by a single cup of artisan Japanese green tea, it was studying tea and its British history that led her to a remarkable discovery, not to mention inspiration for the company name.

During her research, she learnt that her great-great grandfather, George Hockaday, sailed aboard an iconic 19th century tea clipper called the Lahloo.

She offers tea drinkers a boutique collection of loose-leaf tea from some of the world’s finest small tea gardens. These distinctive teas are a world away from the faceless, mass-produced tea produced in huge factories.

This is hand-picked tea with character, flavour, provenance, and, like Kate and Lahloo, each one has its own fascinating story to tell.

 

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When Art and Food meet

June 22nd, 2010

When Art and Food meet the result can’t be anything but really good!

Holly has just come on board with FoodAdo: the more we discover about her the more we like her and the delicate chocolate she creates.

“As an artist painting magical and uplifting pictures, who was also a foodie and a chocoholic, I was interested in quality  chocolate, and was so inspired after seeing the film “Chocolat” that I began to experiment with various chilli and chocolate concoctions of my own, and embarked upon a quest to discover the secrets behind the best and most delicious chocolate in the world.

Initially I started to sell my chocolate creations alongside my art at exhibitions.  This proved very successful, and I began to fuse my passion for art and chocolate by putting my own art on the packaging.  In early 2008, l launched Chocoholly, with a mission to produce the finest quality organic hand-made chocolate, together with my own packaging  I had designed myself.  The rest, as they say, is history!

I have been greatly inspired by Anita Roddick, founder of The Body Shop, she has been a real trailblazer for peoples rights and the environment, and an absolutely amazing woman. I admire women who’ve gone into business and become a success against the odds,  like Jo Malone who has successfully built a luxury fragrance brand and  now coaches women starting their own new businesses.

I believe strongly in the provenance and purity of the ingredients I use, which means everything is organic. No chemicals have been used in the growing of any of my ingredients. There’s nothing artificial added, and my range of chocolates are accredited by the Soil Association.  I make everything by hand in small batches, the old fashioned way, and I even create my own chilli oil for flavour, and everything is in harmony with the environment.  This is what Chocoholly really stands for, and the price reflects this because the ingredients are organic and pure which results in the finest artisan chocolate for the most discerning chocoholic.

I love creating recipes and my Chilli and Coconut dark chocolate is a very popular flavour as it is perfectly balanced, and not the usual mouth burner that chilli can be. Probably because I make my own chilli oil using a variety of different chillies for flavour. My Cardamom chocolate is so subtle and wonderful that it has become my best seller.

I intend to incorporate more and more creativity in to my chocolate, and to continue to create organic chocolate that is pure and in harmony with the environment. If you have any suggestions for new flavours I’d love to hear from you!”

 

Father’s Day in London: lots of children and lots of safe food!

June 21st, 2010

FoodAdo was invited by LondonMums for a lovely Father’s Day in Putney, London.


Families, happy children and delicious surprises inside the FoodAdo hampers.

The Champions of the Tournament won hampers full of tasty surprises.

FoodAdo brought lots of presents and specialities: good and safe for the children and for their parents too.

Monica from LondonMums organized the fun day and invited FoodAdo to join in for the Tournament and the raffle.

LondonMums.org.uk is a a beautiful community of families living in London, that organizes events and share good tips for parents in its colourful newsletter.

It was a good Sunday afternoon!

 

FoodAdo exploring “Taste of London” in Regents Park

June 18th, 2010

Tom Aikens and other food experts for the Taste of London 2010 in lovely (and SUNNY) Regents Park.

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