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Friday, July 30, 2010

Chocolate by Trish Unveiled

Trish Deseine unveils Chocolate by Trish a new range of Cook’s Chocolates exclusively in Selfridges’ Food Halls October 2010

Renowned chocolate lover, author of the best-selling and award-winning Je veux du chocolat! (I want chocolate!), Trish Deseine unveils her essential, rewarding and unashamedly gorgeous dark, milk and white cook’s chocolate range: Chocolate by Trish.

“Trish has developed a fantastic range of chocolate ingredients that doesn't compare to other cooking chocolate. The couverture offers incredible flavour that adds intensity to any dish. We're delighted to launch Chocolate By Trish at Selfridges and in doing so encourage customers to have fun with cooking and to think about the quality of the ingredients they use”.
Tanya McMullen, Selfridges' Grocery Buyer

Made in France from the very best cocoa beans the Chocolate by Trish range benefits from a fabulous length and depth of flavour. Because each button is rich in cocoa butter, this wonderful cook’s ingredient melts as enticingly on the tongue as it does smoothly in the bowl.

Trish Deseine’s carefully created chocolate buttons contain more cocoa butter than you would usually find so they melt even easier without palaver or waste. Their taste structure is distinctive yet simple.

They are quite simply very, chocolatey chocolates. They boost the flavour of your favourite chocolate recipes and ease their preparation, and then as your confidence grows encourage you to try some new ones.

White Buttons mix sugar, milk and cocoa butter to perfection. Great for dipping and making shapes and decorations, their incomparable unctuous texture adds luxury to a panna cotta or folds of cream over a rhubarb trifle. Trish’s Dark Chocolate Buttons come in two different blends. The elegantly powerful 74% Dark "for baking" buttons have sturdy, earthy, aromatic and intense undertones whilst the sweeter 64% Dark "for covering but mainly nibbling” buttons balance bitterness, acidity, fruity undertones and, of course, sweetness. This means they are the perfect chocolate for moulding and covering, making bonbons and truffles. Creamy yet grown-up 38% Milk Buttons have notes of biscuit and spices and are wonderful for melting, cooking and using in salted caramel mousse. The milk gives the smooth texture we know and love, yet doesn’t stifle the distinct chocolate aromas that sit so well in milk ganache chocolate sauce.

Trish’s crumbly and flaky Dark and White Chocolate Shards jazz up chocolate sundaes, make a masterpiece of a pavlova or dissolve wistfully into steaming mugs of creamy milk whilst the beautifully bitter Cocoa Dust deserves an altogether different treatment. This luxurious Dust is wonderful for coating hand-rolled truffles or adding extra force to a cake, hot chocolate, smoothie or shake. Perfect for savoury recipes too.

Trish has also created a specialist chocolate-making kit with a selection of basic tools of the trade, beautifully formed chocolate moulds and a specially created English version of one of her chocolate recipe books, Atelier Chocolat.

“I’ve been trying to work out how to put good, simple French cook’s chocolate into kitchen cupboards, right next to the flour and sugar. Making it an essential and rewarding ingredient as well as an instant and unashamed pleasure.”, Trish enthused.

On her re-vamped Chocolate by Trish website, launching in conjunction with the range’s appearance in Selfridges, Trish Deseine will be regularly sharing chocolate recipes and video tutorials with visitors to show just how easy cooking with chocolate can be.

Chocolate by Trish Events

As part of Selfridges’ Chocolate Week celebrations in October 2010, Trish Deseine will be creating a deliciously playful trail of chocolate and chocolate recipes throughout the store to taste and make at home. It’s a mini voyage of chocolate discovery with fold-out trail maps available from the Chocolate By Trish stand and ideas planted throughout the store for customers to discover. Expect to see Chocolate ideas throughout the Food
Hall and Selfridges' eateries.

Trish Deseine

Trish Deseine, the “Frenchest of Irish cooks” has lived and worked in France for the past 20 years, developing her love of cooking and subsequently becoming one of France’s most celebrated food writers. She has sold over 1 million cookbooks, presented three TV series and writes for both English and French language publications (Image Ireland, Waitrose Magazine, Elle (France), ELLE à Table, le Guide Fooding…)

Her favourite product is and always has been chocolate.


Chocolate by Trish will be launched in Selfridges in October 2010.
Selfridges Food Halls – London, Manchester Trafford, Manchester Exchange Square & Birmingham.

And online at www.selfridges.com


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

At Home With Trish Deseine

After introducing us to the delights of chocolate granola for breakfast, we have all just been treated to a demonstration of Duck Liver Pate with chocolate (not fois gras) on Irish fruit bread.
Upcoming treats for this afternoon include;

Shapes and Moulding Bars
Northern Irish Traybakes and cakes
French Mousse Cake
Milk Chocolate Salt Caramel Mousse Cake
Little Cups de Cognac
Coeur du Cognac Truffles
White Chocolate and Apricot Trifles

Savoury surprises;

Smoked Venison with chocolate on Irish fruit bread
Venison Sausages with chocolate
Butternut Squash Puree with White Chocolate
Crab Rissotto with Chocolate

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Trish Deseine at Selfridge's Christmas Press Day

Yesterday saw Spoon HQ accompanying Trish Deseine to an utterly moreish and truly delicious day of chocolate buttons and shards. In anticipation of Christmas at Selfridge's lucky journalists were treated to some of Trish's chocolaty creations as well as her new range 'Chocolate by Trish' set to launch in Selfridge's in the autumn. Beguiled and salivating Trish's divine morsels were tasted, nibbled and devoured.

As soon as the launch date is confirmed Spoon HQ will be announcing it here and all across the land we will be creating our own mendiant courtesy of Trish's truly beautiful chocolate.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


A 4* review from today's Evening Standard for The Old Brewery, Greenwich.

"oh joy, a new restaurant and it’s really good. So good that it’s worth the trip to SE10 if you’re not one of us." Fiona Hughes, Evening Standard

To read the full article



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Two new culinary elixirs from the Easy Tasty Magic™ range by Laura Santtini Spellbinding Flavours

Angel Mist & Broken Halos and The Devil’s Breath

U-mamma! Hot on the heels of her Taste #5 Umami Paste™ and the glittering launch of her Food Bling – edible gold and silver flakes and kits – come two potent mists which combine the notion of a potion with the sparkle of edible noble metals. The Devil’s Breath is a transformational mist of brandy liqueur with chilli and edible 23 carat gold flakes. Angel Mist & Broken Halos combines grappa and edible silver flakes. Both can be used to transform drinks and food with the quickest of spritzes and make unusually inspired gifts.

With the summer drawing to an end, transformation is on everyone's minds. As the leaves begin to turn vibrant shades of gold, orange and red, summer’s light and refreshing dishes of carpaccio, ceviche and crudo can be transformed by a light, alcoholic misting with accents of gold and silver.

From ordinary to bling at the push of a finger, few things pimp up a fine autumnal supper more than a squirt of gold. Hearty vegetable soups, slow-cooked stews and blackberry crumbles that warm the soul can be transformed from modest comfort foods to wickedly flavoursome dishes that look devilishly delicious.

‘These seductive boozy atomizers are all about taking the glamour of the boudoir to the table, and because they are mists you get the heady without the headache!’

Angel Mist & Broken Halos
A transformational grappa liqueur and edible silver spray for food and drink.
Grappa is a pure white grape-based elixir with fruit aromas and a legendary potency. The grappa is produced and supplied by Distilleria Bottega, an award-winning Italian distillery that have been producing grappa for 3 generations. For centuries, Italians have sipped this Italian Elixir after meals and even added a little to their morning espresso, to "correct" it. For pure bling, mist a dozen freshly shucked oysters with Angel Mist & Broken Halos or let the fine droplets and silver flakes dance seductively over a trembling panacotta. Also delicious on a simple lemon pasta or risotto.

The Devil’s Breath
Warning: Contains 23 Carat Guilt
With sweet notes, potent heat and a tantalising shimmer, this brandy liqueur is infused with a drop of lucky red chilli pepper and a generous pinch of edible gold flakes. Expel an alchemic breath of this brandy liqueur mist over fillet steak in a creamy mustard sauce, dark chocolate mousse or a simple pasta with pan fried chicken livers and sage. The ideal final touch to a creamy hot chocolate. The brandy liqueur is also produced and supplied by Distilleria Bottega.

Easy Tasty Magic™ is part of Laura Santtini’s Spellbinding Flavours range. Also featuring within the range is Laura’s Credit Crunch Chocolate and Taste #5 Umami Paste™. With a little abracadabra, Easy Tasty Magic™ empowers cooks of all levels with spectacular kitchen wizardry.

Editor’s Notes

The Devil’s Breath
Angel Wings & Broken Halos

Bottle size: 100ml

Alcohol content: 38% vol

Price: £17.99

Selfridges – London, Birmingham, Manchester Trafford & Manchester Exchange Square
Selfridges Enquiries: 0800 123 400

Online via: www.selfridges.com

For details of the rest of the Easy Tasty Magic™ range please visit:

Laura Santtini is a long standing consultant to Selfridges. Her inspirational and truly delicious Credit Crunch Chocolate has received global acclaim whilst her ground-breaking Taste #5 Umami Paste™ became a worldwide culinary phenomenon after landing in Waitrose stores in February 2010. Aside from writing an award winning book, Easy Tasty Italian and developing her own product range, Laura Santtini Spellbinding Flavours whilst running Santini Restaurant, Laura has developed a new Selfridges’ own label herb and spice range.

Based in Bibano in the Prosecco area, 25 miles north of Venice, Distilleria Bottega has been producing award-winning grappas, wines and liqueurs since the 1970s. The company sells its products in more than 110 countries and produces 6 million bottles per year. Its hand-blown Murano glass bottles, made according to the Venetian glass-blowing tradition and part of the Alexander line, are sold all over the world and have won many design awards


Sarah Canet
Spoon PR
Telephone: +44 207 610 9821
Email: sarah@spoon-pr.com

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Bill Granger Cookery Demonstration

Bill Granger will be giving a cookery demonstration for his new book

Bill's Basics at the


Thursday, 30 September 2010, 6:30PM
Tickets £6 includes a glass of wine or soft drink

As part of the delicious.magazine Top Books for Cooks series we are delighted to have a cookery demonstration with Bill Granger.

Further details: 02078512419

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bill Granger at Abergavenny Food Festival

Stop Press! Bill Granger new addition to guest line-up...

Confirmation of this event came too late for our printed programme (which will be hitting doormats shortly). But we’re delighted to announce that Australian chef Bill Granger will be appearing at The Borough Theatre in conversation with Henry Dimbleby on Sunday 19 September at 2.00pm. Let’s make sure we give him a big welcome.

Son of a butcher, one-time art student and self-taught cook, Bill Granger opened his first Sydney Restaurant at the age of 22. Two more followed in Sydney and two in Japan. He has recently moved with his family to the UK, and the legendary ‘bills breakfast‘ is coming to London soon.

Describing himself as an enthusiastic home-cook – not a chef – his joyful, uncomplicated approach to food and dining is quintessentially Australian and has won him a world-wide fan base for his cookery books and TV series.

Henry Dimbleby is co-founder and proprietor of Leon, London’s health fast food restaurant chain, and the author of Leon Book 2, Naturally Fast Food.

Book your tickets online from 15 July.

The Old Brewery Video on the Guardian Website

Spoon HQ was delighted to see the video 'Meantime, its Beer O'Clock' on the Guardian Website.

Henrietta Lovell visits the Old Brewery for a day of discovery 'in pursuit of a better quality pint'!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Summer at The Old Brewery

Summer Menu for The Old Brewery
Following a successful launch menu with upbeat reviews from Time Out, The Independent and first past the post Dos Hermanos, The Old Brewery’s head-chef Daniel Doherty has created a tempting new menu of fresh summer dishes for coat-free evenings and hearty suppers for cooler nights.

As usual, Meantime’s award-winning beer has been skilfully woven through The Old Brewery’s menu and all dishes come with refreshing beer recommendations from the restaurant's extensive beer menu to both compliment the food and help while away lazy summer evenings.

Light summer dishes include a Heritage tomato salad that uses heirloom breeds such as Black Russian, Cherokee Purple and Hillbilly combined with whipped goats' cheese, baby herbs and confit shallot dressing, which has been expertly matched to Meantime’s refreshing Wheat beer, a light feast of banana and cloves.

‘The fruitiness of Meantime’s Wheat Beer compliments the sweetness of the tomatoes and contrasts perfectly with the slight saltiness of the goat’s cheese. Its soft mouthfeel works well with the texture of the cheese.’
Alastair Hook, Master Brewer, founder of Meantime, owner of The Old Brewery.

Seared Dorset scallops with summer squash puree, tomato and cumin dressing are perfectly matched to the fresh and mellow flavours of a chilled glass of Blanche de Bruxelles. Meantime’s popular brew, Kolner, is recommended as a beer match with the Grilled whole lemon sole with Cornish cockles, cucumber, caviar and lemon butter sauce. As Alastair Hook explains:

‘The clean, slightly fruity nose and flavour, together with delicate sweet malt and restrained bitterness, make Meantime Kolner a perfect match for lemon sole. Its crispness cuts the richness of the lemon butter more effectively than many wines.’

For a cooling digestive, a deliciously light Meantime Raspberry Beer Jelly with summer fruits and vanilla cream is logically matched with a wildly refreshing glass of Meantime Raspberry Grand Cru, a beer celebrated for its full raspberry fruit nose, balance of sweet and sour fruit on the palate and zesty finish.

Family-Friendly Alfresco Dining
Adjacent to The Old Brewery’s bar, a beautiful landscaped courtyard provides a sheltered escape from the hustle and bustle of Greenwich’s thriving town centre, making it an instant hit with Greenwich residents, visiting families and those searching for the elusive perfect pit-stop when travelling down the Thames on a river boat. After an enlightening day spent next door at Discover Greenwich trying on Tudor costumes, a morning spent star-gazing at The Royal Observatory or deer-gazing in London’s oldest royal park, there is nowhere better to set up camp for the afternoon and grab a relaxing bite to eat.

This is no average beer garden. Perfectly nestled within Sir Christopher Wren’s architectural masterpiece - The Old Royal Naval College’s complex of historic buildings - The Old Brewery’s family-friendly outdoor space is positioned next to the River Thames within ear-shot of the sounds of practicing musicians from the neighbouring Trinity School of Music.

An all day bar menu of seasonal dishes is available in this idyllic setting. An excellent selection of fish and seafood that befits Maritime Greenwich includes a Pint of Atlantic Prawns with home-made mayonnaise, Irish Carlingford rock oysters doused in Meantime London Stout, Fish and chips with a homemade tartare sauce and a rustic Tuna Nicoise salad. Herdwick mutton burgers with harissa, coriander and lime crème fraiche, Galloway beef burgers, Rib eye steaks and Veal T-bone are available from the grill.

Take-Away Lunches for lazy days in the park
During the day, a selection of food from The Old Brewery’s cafe is available for take-away. The kitchen has put together summer dishes for simple alfresco dining, whether you’re eating in a group or enjoying the sun on your own. Daniel Doherty’s team have prepared the perfect take-away treats for those who intend to head across to Greenwich Park for a picnic, need a pack-lunch for a trip down the Thames or want to relax in the garden with friends.

For adults, the affordable lunch-time menu of freshly prepared sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries is constantly changing with seasonal dishes cooked on-site. Middle White Ham, boiled in Daniel Doherty’s kitchen and matched with English Honey Mustard is served on a specially-created Greenwich Loaf. Containing Meantime spent grain and brewers’ yeast, this loaf is the result of a creative collaboration between Alastair Hook and Greenwich baker Paul Rhodes. To finish this quintessentially English lunch, teas provided by the Rare Tea Company are available to take-away.

For children, The Old Brewery’s kitchen has specially created simple, fuss-free sandwiches, whilst gathering together firm favourites (for children and adults) - fresh pastries, flapjacks, chocolate chip cookies as well as a healthy selection of fresh fruit and juices. Chocolate milk shakes from Shaken Udder are proving especially popular.

Whether dining on-site in the restaurant’s grand main hall or beautifully landscaped beer-garden or off-site at one of Greenwich’s many popular outdoor locations, The Old Brewery’s summer kitchen offers a spectacular meal in a setting to match.