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Gourmet on the Go!

Gourmet on the Go!
When not slaving away with only Twitter and mad dog for company, I occasionally have a 'life.' This usually entails cooking for friends, trying far too many wines, and the occasional entire day out. I will post my ramblings, recipes and recommendations here on the 'Gourmet on the Go' blog. Hope you find something of interest!

 

December 14, 2010

Top 5 Mostly Free Foodie Apps for 2010

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Have you heard the joke “How do you know when someone owns an iPhone – Because they constantly tell you!”  Yes, there is many a true word said in jest.  Anyway, having rummaged through the deep barrel of iPhone foodie apps I have selected my top 5 for 2010.  They are of course mostly free, as I loathe ‘paying’, and all rate high on the handy app scale…

  1. Foodspotting  (free)
    FoodSpottingYes all restaurants report to serve wonderful food and until you get there you are shrouded by this sometimes illusion.  This fab app allows you to upload piccies of dishes from individual restaurants and give them a ‘nom’ rating.  What a splendid idea!  There will be of course, many restaurants that do not like this app, I say – tough!  Pull your socks up.

  2. Yelp (free)
    YelpSo it’s two o’clock in the morning and you are yearning for Peking Duck, some hot Sake, and perhaps a packet of Polo’s and some Rennies.  Yelp jumps in to the rescue!  This handy app lists places to eat, shop and drink, with contact details and opening times.  Handy reviews from the ‘community’ provide feedback (not always from the business owner either!)

  3. Jamie’s 20 Minute Meals (£4.99 – lorks!)
    Jamie's 20 Minute MealsJamie Oliver, the patron saint of Essex has brought to us his app for tasty meals that can be prepared in a 20 minute flash.  Yes, we are all so busy etc., etc., that time to cook has become a rare luxury (even though many people dwindle away hours watching xfactor and soap operas, ahem.)  So here you can find a host of quick recipes that will feed your family without the fuss.  If you cannot cut up onions or garlic, it will take you at least 30 mins though…

  4. OpenTable (free)
    OpenTableOK, so we live in a society where nobody wants to actually ‘talk’.  Why talk, when you can press buttons and forego all that embarrassing politeness and god forbid – questions.  Open Table takes the hassle out of reserving a table at your favourite eatery, by allowing you to view where tables are available, how long you will need to wait and book without even a whiff of scary human interaction.

  5. Global Eater Food Dictionary ($0.99)  
    Global Eater DictionarySo you don’t know your velouté from your vichyssoise this great little app will educate!  Food stuffs and dishes from popular world cuisines are simply defined so that you knows what they is…  I heard that A.A.Gill ‘relies’ on this app – no, really!

  6. Added Handy Bonus App! – Flashlight (free)
    FlashlightOK, so you are in a restaurant and you want to take a photo of your fine dish du jour (to upload to Foodspotting), although it is dark and the haughty restaurant expressly states ‘no photographs’.  Ahh, but wait Flashlight shines a light on this dilemma.   Just pretend you are showing this fabulous app to your friend “Oh look, bright light – haw haw” and then whisk out your camera, turn off the flash – surreptitious snap, snap & done.

Enjoy!!


September 17, 2009

British Food Fortnight – 19th September to 4th October 2009

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If you need an excuse to buy local produce, now is the time.  The 8th British Food Fortnight runs from the 19th September to the 4th October, celebrating the diversity, premium quality and abundance of local, fresh seasonal produce throughout the country.

Numerous businesses, supermarkets, shops, farms, restaurants, pubs and schools are participating in this celebratory event to promote local British food at its finest.

British Food - Eat Well, Eat Local

British Food - Eat Well, Eat Local

From an Essex viewpoint, The Bell Inn, Horndon on the Hill are partaking in this national event by providing the best of local seasonal produce on their imaginative menus. 

It’s also a time to visit your local farm shops and farmers markets to indulge in the wonderful autumnal bounty that is on offer, from locally reared free range meats to delicious fresh & crisp vegetables.  For dessert, try a sumptuous tart or crumble with apples, pears or plums that are at their best right now; Lathcoats Farm Shop, Galleywood, provide over 40 varieties of their own orchard apples, as well as the best of local produce.

Marks Hall, Coggeshall hold their monthly Food Market on Saturday 26th featuring a wide array of local producers selling fresh and prepared meats, seasonal vegetables and fruit, bread and cakes, wines, beers and juices.  Try before you buy, or stock up on the ingredients to create your own local feast.

For the fervent foodie, this year’s Aldeburgh food & drink festival gets underway on the 26th of Sept for 10 days of celebrations.  The Festival takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh on the Suffolk Coast.  A showcase of over 70 local exhibitors, cookery demonstrations, walks, talks and fine local fare will greet you in what has become renowned as one of the most significant food and drink festivals in Britain.

For information on these events and more, visit: http://lovebritishfood.co.uk

Eat well, Eat Local!


July 6, 2009

Wild Food in a Day with Food Safari

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The hunter gatherer instinct is prevalent in us all, even if evolution has chipped away at its core.  Unfortunately we are more inclined to battle for a bargain at the supermarket, than hunt for our dinner.  Although, what could be better than collecting the fruits of natures gardens and cooking up a feast with your beautiful and completely free harvest?   

The trouble these days, is knowing exactly what is safe and of course tasty to eat – no one wants that dreaded ‘tummy bug’ or to kill off your fellow foodie friends, let alone torture your palette.  A solution to this dilemma is a Food Safari Wild Food in a Day event.

Wild Food Expert Jacky Sutton-Adam

Wild Food Expert Jacky Sutton-Adam

Set in the stunning greenery of the Suffolk countryside – The bountiful Henham Estate to be exact – you will be lead by wild food expert Jacky Sutton-Adam on a foraging expedition into the leafy larder that is the estate.

Jacky instils in you the kind of confidence, enthusiasm and know how, to just dig in and sample what you would ordinarily dare not, even the children amongst the party were game to carefully pick and taste what turned out to be highly nutritious and surprisingly delicious natural herbs and roughage found amongst the common nettle.  Respect for the countryside, picking techniques, recipe ideas and taste analysis were all par for the very welcome course.

From the rambling country estate, we then set off to venture onto the Blyth Estuary and sample the sweet and salty offerings of the shore line, before our final stop at the Anchor pub restaurant in Walberswick.

'Chicken of the Woods' Risotto

'Chicken of the Woods' Risotto

After being meted and greeted we tucked into what can only be labelled as a ‘grand feast’ of foraged fodder and delicious local produce; samphire in gram pancakes, fresh buttered asparagus, sea cabbage, hop shoot tempura, chicken of the woods risotto, barbequed perfectly pink new season lamb, elderflower panacotta with gooseberry compote, and ripe cheeses, all accompanied by fine beers and wine. 

My, what a banquet of sublime flavours we had.  The beautiful setting, delightful and knowledgeable hosts added to what was a fantastically enjoyable and very insightful day. 

For those seeking to learn, lunch and gain insight into the local produce and producers within Suffolk, I can heartily recommend Food Safari days.  Other events include Wild Meat in a Day, Catch and Cook and Free Range Pork in a Day, including butchery demonstrations and making your own sausages – now where’s my diary…

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