Christmas at mmm… and glug…

If you are looking for food and drink gifts this Christmas then we have the answer for you.

At mmm… and glug… we source products from local suppliers and small family companies further afield, who all make tasty food and drink with care, taste and passion.

All of these Christmas at mmm… and glug… gift ideas are supplied in high-quality card boxes with shredded paper and a clear front. Samples are available to see in our shop.

These gifts are just an idea of what we do. If you want us to make up something different or unique, then just ask.

Please visit mmm… and glug… to order your box or shop online to have your hampers made up to collect or be delivered anywhere in the UK.

Delivery in time for Christmas? When you order online we will get in touch to you arrange the date(s) that you would like your hamper(s) delivered on.


Traditional Christmas hamper – option 1

Proof of the Pudding Original Alnwick Rum Christmas Pudding (225g); Potts Brandy Sauce (275g); Potts Toffee & Whisky Sauce (275g); Trotters Mostarda or chutney (340g); Crellow Fruit Jelly (227g); Summer Harvest Bramble & Juniper Dressing (250ml); JR Jam (295g); Hawkshead Relish Salted Caramel Sauce (200g); Your Piece Oatcakes (140g); Peters Yard Mini crackers (100g); Kitty’s Ginger Wine (35cl); Peelham Farm Organic Air Dried Ham (55g); Isle of Wight Garlic Farm sweet garlic cloves in olive oil (340g); Loopy Lisa Fudge (100g); Asharun Spices Mulled wine mix; and Davenports Chocolates Buttonettes (150g).

christmas-mmm-glug-1500x1000-2Cost – £80.

Traditional Christmas hamper – option 2

Proof of the Pudding Original Alnwick Rum Christmas Pudding (225g); Potts Brandy Sauce (275g); Potts Toffee & Whisky Sauce (275g); Trotters Mostarda or chutney (340g); Crellow Fruit Jelly (227g); Summer Harvest Bramble & Juniper Dressing (250ml); JR Jam (295g); Hawkshead Relish Salted Caramel Sauce (200g); Your Piece Oatcakes (140g); Peters Yard Mini crackers (100g); Kitty’s Ginger Wine (35cl); Peelham Farm Organic Air Dried Ham (55g); Isle of Wight Garlic Farm sweet garlic cloves in olive oil (340g); Loopy Lisa Fudge (100g); Wildon Grange Celebration Cranberry Sauce (275g); Asharun Spices Mulled wine mix; The Garlic Farm Toasted Garlic Mayonnaise (255g); Olives Et Al Boozy Nocellara Olives (165g); The Garlic Farm Mint Sauce with Garlic (185g); Great Glen Game Venison Salami (75g); Davenports Chocolates Gift Box )150g); Truffle Hunter Truffle Oil (100ml); Mr. Fitzpatrick’s Cranberry and Pomegranate (500ml).

Cost – £120


‘Alternative’ Christmas hamper – option 1

Asharun Spices Main (20g); Asharun Spices Starter (20g); Bim’s African Peanut Curry Sauce (360g); Etruscany Wild Game Ragu (180g); Just so Italian Sweet Sicilian Olives (150g); Cool Chile Co Mayan Drinking Chocolate (150g); Isle of Wight Garlic Farm Luxury Black Garlic Pesto (285g); Mr. Vikki’s Cranberry Chilli Jam (210g); Mr. Vikki’s North Indian Curry christmas-mmm-glug-1500x1000-2Paste (200g); Panpepato (200g); Mic’s Chilli BBQ Sauce (275g); South Devon Chilli Farm Chocolate (100g); and Olives et Al Mixed Nut Selection (250g).

Cost – £65

‘Alternative’ Christmas hamper – option 2

Asharun Spices Main (20g); Asharun Spices Main (20g); Asharun Spices Onion Bhaji Mix (260g); Asharun Spices Starter (20g); Asharun Spices Starter (20g); Bim’s African Peanut Curry Sauce (360g); Etruscany Wild Game Ragu (180g); Just so Italian Sweet Sicilian Olives (150g); Cool Chile Co Mayan Drinking Chocolate (150g); Davenports Chilli Choc Truffles (150g); Gran Luchito Smoked Chilli Honey (250g); Hawkshead Chillililli (240g); Cumberland Honey Mustard (185g); Isle of Wight Garlic Farm Luxury Black Garlic Pesto (285g); Mr. Vikki’s Cranberry Chilli Jam (210g); Mr. Vikki’s North Indian Curry Paste (200g); Panpepato (200g); Mic’s Chilli BBQ Sauce (275g); South Devon Chilli Farm Chocolate (100g); and Olives et Al Mixed Nut Selection (250g).

Cost – £100


Boxing Day hamper – option 1

Isle of Wight Garlic Farm Onion Marmalade (245g); Little Doone Sweet Balsamic Dressing (250ml); Peter’s Yard Swedish Crispbreads (200g); Your Piece Oatcakes; Posh Pickles Preserve (230g); and Crellow Fruit Jelly (227g).

Boxing Day buffetCost – £30

Boxing Day hamper – option 2

Isle of Wight Garlic Farm Onion Marmalade (245g); Little Doone Sweet Balsamic Dressing (250ml); Peter’s Yard Swedish Crispbreads (200g); Your Piece Oatcakes; Posh Pickles Preserve (230g); Summer Harvest Bramble and Juniper Dressing (100ml); Crellow Fruit Jelly (227g); and Cumberland Honey Mustard (170g).

Cost £40

Boxing Day hamper – option 3

Isle of Wight Garlic Farm Onion Marmalade (245g); Little Doone Sweet Balsamic Dressing (250ml); Peter’s Yard Swedish Crispbreads (200g); Your Piece Oatcakes; Posh Pickles Preserve (230g); Summer Harvest Bramble and Juniper Dressing (100ml); Cumberland Honey Mustard (170g); Wildon Grange Fantastic Figgy Pear Relish (290g); Crellow Fruit Jelly (227g); and Silver & Green Marinated Olives (200g).

Cost – £50

  • Add a selction of local cheeses for an extra £15 (only available on click and collect)
  • Add the following wines for an extra £55  – 2012 Camel Valley ‘Cornwall ‘Brut (IWC Silver Medal Winner); and Sagrado Tawny Port.

Sweet treats hamper – option 1

Montezuma’s Chocolate Bars (100g) x 2; Hawkshead Relish Salted Caramel Sauce (200g); Bekaert’s Belgian Biscuit Butter (350g); and Handcrafted Fudge from the Northumbrian Fudge Parlour.

Cost – £20

Sweet treats hamper – option 2

montezuma-chocolateHawkshead Relish Salted Caramel Sauce (200g); Bekaert’s Belgian Biscuit Butter (350g); Handcrafted Fudge from the Northumbrian Fudge Parlour; Just so Italian Handmade Italian Sweet Biscuits (200g); Mexican Drinking Chocolate (150g); Davenport’s Chocolates Buttonettes (130g); Your Piece Baking Co. Shortbread Bites (150g); and Gustosecco Rice Pudding (150g min.).

Cost – £40

Sweet treats hamper – option 3

Montezuma’s Chocolate Bars (100g) x 3; Hawkshead Relish Salted Caramel Sauce (200g); Bekaert’s Belgian Biscuit Butter (350g); Handcrafted Fudge from the Northumbrian Fudge Parlour (x2); Just so; Italian Handmade Italian Sweet Biscuits (200g); Mexican Drinking Chocolate (150g); Davenport’s Chocolates Buttonettes (130g); Davenport’s Chocolates Buttonettes (130g); Your Piece Baking Co. Shortbread Bites (150g); Gustosecco Rice Pudding (150g min.); Venchi Cocoa & Hazelnut Spread (40g); and Panforte (200g).

Cost – £55


Masala Dabba spice boxMade in India (cooked in Britain)

Meera Sodha’s ‘Made in India’ book and a Masala Dabba (traditional Indian spice tin).

Plus seven spices to get you cooking up a storm:

Amchoor Mango Powder, Asafoetida, Cardamom Pods, Kalonji Onion Seeds, Fenugreek Seeds, Coriander seeds and Cumin Seeds.

Cost – £35


A taste of Spain – option 1

Delicioso Ali Olli Garlic Mayonnaise (175g); Delicioso Salsa Brava (185g); Bomba Paella Rice (500g); Spicy Smoked Asturian Chorizo (250g); and Paella Seasoning Sachets (15g).

Coast – £25.

A taste of Spain – option 2

Delicioso Ali Olli Garlic Mayonnaise (175g); Delicioso Salsa Brava (185g); Bomba Paella Rice (500g); Spicy PaellaSmoked Asturian Chorizo (250g); Smoked Asturian Charcuterie (250g); Paella Seasoning Sachets (15g); El Rey de la Vera smoked paprika (75g); Leyenda Roasted Piquillo Peppers (314g); and Sardinellas (111g).

Cost – £35

A taste of Spain – option 3

Delicioso Ali Olli Garlic Mayonnaise (175g); Delicioso Salsa Brava (185g); Bomba Paella Rice (500g); Spicy Smoked Asturian Chorizo (250g); Smoked Asturian Charcuterie (250g); El Rey de la Vera smoked paprika (75g); Leyenda Roasted Piquillo Peppers (314g); Sardinellas (111g); Pedro Ximenez Sherry Vinegar (250ml); Jose Lou Arbequina Olives 355g; and Habitas Fritas (125g).

Cost – £50

A taste of Spain – option 4

Delicioso Ali Olli Garlic Mayonnaise (175g); Delicioso Salsa Brava (185g); Bomba Paella Rice (500g); Spicy Smoked Asturian Chorizo (250g); Smoked Asturian Charcuterie (250g); El Rey de la Vera smoked paprika (75g); Leyenda Roasted Piquillo Peppers (314g); Sardinellas (111g); Pedro Ximenez Sherry Vinegar (250ml); Jose Lou Arbequina Olives 355g; and Habitas Fritas (125g) – plus a copy of Rick Stein’s ‘Spain’.

Cost – £80

  • Add the following wines for an extra £30 – Pazo das Tapias Alma de Tinto Mencia (Spanish, medium dry red) and Cop de Ma Garnacha Blanca (Spanish, medium dry white).

Say it with flours – option 1

bread kneadingLittle Pod Coffee Extract (100ml); Little Pod Chocolate Extract (100ml); Mexican Gourmet Vanilla Pod (two pod pack); Salamandra Dulce de Leche (280g); and Arabica Spice Orange Blossom water (240ml).

Plus a mmm… flour voucher worth £15.

Cost £50.

Say it with flours – option 2

Little Pod Coffee Extract (100ml); Little Pod Chocolate Extract (100ml); Mexican Gourmet Vanilla Pod (2 pod pack); Salamandra Dulce de Leche (280g); and Arabica Spice Orange Blossom water (240ml).

Plus a mmm… flour voucher worth £15 and ‘The Great British Bake Off Big Book of Baking’.

Cost – £65


A bit of Mr Vikki’s – option 1

King Naga (110ml); Banana Habanero (210g); Chilli Jam (215g); Chipotle Sauce (140ml); and Harry’s Smokin Ranch Sauce (250g).

Cost – £25 

New Mr Vikki's chilli jamA bit of Mr Vikki’s – option 2

King Naga (110ml); Hell Hot Habanero (110ml); Hot Goan Curry Paste (200g); Brinjal Piquin (210g); Chilli Jam (215g); Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce (140ml); and Hot Lime Pickle (210g).

Cost – £35

A bit of Mr Vikki’s – option 3

King Naga (110ml); Queen Naga (50g); Banana Habanero (210g); Hot Goan Curry Paste (200g); Brinjal Piquin (210g); Chilli Jam (215g); Chipotle Sauce (140ml); and Harry’s Smokin Ranch Sauce (250g).

Cost – £45

A bit of Mr Vikki’s – option 4

King Naga (110ml); Queen Naga (50g); Banana Habanero (210g); Hot Goan Curry Paste (200g); Brinjal Piquin (210g); Chilli Jam (215g); Hot Coriander Sauce (210g); Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce (140ml); Chipotle Sauce (140ml); Harry’s Smokin Ranch Sauce (250g) and Keswick Market Curry Sauce.

Cost – £55


A taste of the Middle East – option 1

Arabica Spice Wild Sumac (60g); Arabica Spice Za’atar Special Blend (60g; Arabica Spice Rosewater (240ml); Seasoned Pioneers Dukkah (30g); Seasoned Pioneers Harissa (27g); Asharun Spices Lamb Tagine Spice Kit (20g); and Asharun Spices Ras-El Hanout Spice Kit (20g).

Cost – £25

A taste of the Middle East – option 2

SumacArabica Spice Wild Sumac (60g); Zaytoun Za’ata Spice Mix (80g); Arabica Spice Rosewater (240ml); Arabica Spice Orange Blossom water (240ml); Seasoned Pioneers Dukkah (30g); Seasoned Pioneers Harissa (27g); Asharun Spices Lamb Tagine Spice Kit (20g); Asharun Spices Ras-El Hanout Spice Kit (20g); and Saffron (1g).

Cost – £35

A taste of the Middle East – option 3

Arabica Spice Wild Sumac (60g); Arabica Spice Za’atar Special Blend (60g; Arabica Spice Pomegranate Mollasses (240ml); Arabica Spice Rosewater (240ml); Arabica Spice Orange Blossom water (240ml); Arabica Tahini (300g); Seasoned Pioneers Dukkah (30g); Seasoned Pioneers Harissa (27g); Asharun Spices Lamb Tagine Spice Kit (20g); Asharun Spices Ras-El Hanout Spice Kit (20g); Zaytoun Maftoul Couscous (250g); Zaytoun Freekeh (250g); and Saffron (1g).

Cost – £50

A taste of the Middle East – option 4

Arabica Spice Wild Sumac (60g); Arabica Spice Za’atar Special Blend (60g); Arabica Spice Pomegranate Mollasses (240ml); Arabica Spice Rosewater (240ml); Arabica Spice Orange Blossom water (240ml); Arabica Tahini (300g); Seasoned Pioneers Dukkah (30g); Seasoned Pioneers Harissa (27g); Asharun Spices Lamb Tagine Spice Kit (20g); Asharun Spices Ras-El Hanout Spice Kit (20g); Zaytoun Maftoul Couscous (250g); Zaytoun Freekeh (250g); and Saffron (1g).

Plus a copy of top ten bestselling ‘Persiana’ by Sabrina Ghayour.

Cost – £65


Down Mexico way – option 1

Cool Chile Chipotle Salsa (270g); Cool Chile Mexican Al Pastor Kit (52g); Doña Chonita Mole Sauce (350g); Kankun Mexican Chipotle Sauce (150ml); La Costena Salsa Verde ; and Mexican Drinking Chocolate (150g).

Cost – £25

Down Mexico way – option 2

Ancho chilliesCapsicana Ancho Poblano Chillies (30g); Capsicana Chipotle Chillies (30g); Cool Chile Co. Achiote Paste (100g); Cool Chile Co. Mexican Oregano (25g); Gran Luchito Smoked Chilli Paste (150g); KanKun Habanero Sauce (150ml); Cool Chile Co. Masa Harina (500g); Tomatillos (tinned) (340g); and Mexican Drinking Chocolate (150g).

Cost – £45

Down Mexico way – option 3

Capsicana Ancho Poblano Chillies (30g); Capsicana Chipotle Chillies (30g); Capsicana Mexican Cinnamon (50g); Cool Chile Co. Achiote Paste (100g); Cool Chile Co. Mexican Epazote (25g); Cool Chile Co. Mexican Oregano (25g); Gran Luchito Smoked Chilli Paste (150g); KanKun Habanero Sauce (150ml); La Morena Chipotle in Adobo (200g); La Morena Refried Beans (440g); Cool Chile Co. Masa Harina (500g); Otomi Gourmet Mexican Vanilla Pod (2 pod pack); Tomatillos (tinned) (340g); Cool Chile Co. Margarita Rim (70g); and Mexican Drinking Chocolate (150g).

Cost – £55

  • Add ‘Wahaca – Mexican Food to Cook at Home’ by Thomasina Miers for £15.

A taste of Italy – option 1

Etruscany Wild Game Ragu (180g); Herb Mix for Pasta (80g); Pasta Nero di Seppia (250g); Salt Flakes with Black summer truffle (30g); and Panforte Tuscan cake (200g).

Cost – £30

A taste of Italy – option 2

PastaEtruscany Wild Game Ragu (180g); Herb Mix for Pasta (80g); Pasta Nero di Seppia (250g); Salt Flakes with Black summer truffle (30g); Farro (500g); White Balsamic Condiment (500ml); Salted Capers (100g); Ferron Risotto Rice (250g); and Panforte Tuscan cake (200g).

Cost – £45

A taste of Italy – option 3

Farro (500g); Castelluccio Lentils (500g); White Balsamic Condiment (500ml); Salted Capers (100g); Black Truffle Carpaccio (50g); Truffle Hunter Black Truffle Linguine (250g); Squid Ink (4g); Ferron Risotto Rice (250g); ‘00’ Flour (1Kg); Planeta Extra Virgin Olive Oil DOP Val di Mazara (500ml); and Panforte (200g).

Cost – £65

  • For an extra £30 add the following wines – Fattoria dei Barbi Brusco dei Barbi (full-bodied Italian red) and Vigneti del Salento Verdecca Puglia (medium-dry Italian white).
  • Add Gino D’Acampo’s ‘Gino’s Italian Escape- a Taste of the Sun’ for an extra £15.

Hot and spicy – option 1

Cool Chile Co Habanero Hot Sauce (150g); The Chilli Jam Man Bhut Jolokia Chilli Jam*; Mr Vikki’s King Naga (110g); Edible Ornamentals Inferno Chilli Sauce; and Bim’s Kitchen Hot African Pepper Sauce (100ml).

Cost – £25

Naga chillies at mmmHot and spicy – option 2

Cool Chile Co Habanero Hot Sauce (150g); The Chilli Jam Man Bhut Jolokia Chilli Jam*; The Chilli Jam Man Squealers Pork Scratchings (90g)*; Mr Vikki’s King Naga (110g); Edible Ornamentals Inferno Chilli Sauce; Bim’s Kitchen Hot African Pepper Sauce (100ml); and South Devon Chilli Farm Extreme Chilli Chocolate (100g).

Cost – £35

Hot and spicy – option 3

Cool Chile Co Habanero Hot Sauce (150g); The Chilli Jam Man Bhut Jolokia Chilli Jam*; Chilli Jam Man Bhut Jolokia Flakes; The Chilli Jam Man Squealers Pork Scratchings (90g)*; Mr Vikki’s King Naga (110g); Mr Vikki’s Queen Naga (50g); Edible Ornamentals Inferno Chilli Sauce; Bims Kitchen African Baobab Chilli Jam (215g); Bim’s Kitchen Hot African Pepper Sauce (100ml); and South Devon Chilli Farm Extreme Chilli Chocolate (100g).

Cost – £50

* Want a veggie friendly version of our Hot and Spicy Hampers? Please order then call us on 0191 222 1818 or email info@mmm-glug.co.uk and we will arrange.


Oh so garlicky – option 1

Isle of Wight Smoked Garlic Bulb ; Isle of Wight Garlic Bulb ; Isle of Wight Toasted Garlic Mayonnaise (255g); Isle of Wight Hot Garlic Pickle (282g); Isle of Wight Sweet Garlic Cloves in Oil with herbs (340g); and Little Doone Garlic Sweet Balsamic Dressing (250ml).

Cost – £25

Smoked garlicOh so garlicky – option 2

Isle of Wight Smoked Garlic Bulb ; Isle of Wight Garlic Bulbs (x2); Isle of Wight Toasted Garlic Mayonnaise (255g); Isle of Wight Hot Garlic Pickle (282g); Isle of Wight Sweet Garlic Cloves in Oil with herbs (340g); Yellowfields Garlic Rapeseed Oil (250ml); Little Doone Garlic Sweet Balsamic Dressing (250ml); and Delicioso Ali Olli Garlic Mayonnaise (175g).

Cost – £35

Oh so garlicky – option 3

Isle of Wight Smoked Garlic Bulb ; Isle of Wight Garlic Bulbs (x2); Isle of Wight Toasted Garlic Mayonnaise (255g); Isle of Wight Hot Garlic Pickle (282g); Isle of Wight Sweet Garlic Cloves in Oil with herbs (340g); Yellowfields Garlic Rapeseed Oil (250ml); Bims Kitchen African Lemon, Garlic and Pepper Sauce (250ml); Little Doone Garlic Sweet Balsamic Dressing (250ml); Falksalt Sea Salt with Wild Garlic (125g); Cumberland Honey Mustard with Garlic (170g); Isle of Wight Garlic Farm Roast Garlic Jam (240g); and Delicioso Ali Olli Garlic Mayonnaise (175g).

Cost – £50


Christmas wines – case of 12

Prosecco corkWhite Wines: Heartland Stickleback White (Australia, medium dry); Stopham Estate Pinot Blanc (England, dry); Valentin Bianchi Finca Los Primos Torrentes (Argentina, dry); and Chateau Nicot Blanc Bordeaux (France, off-dry).

Red Wines: Painter Bridge Zinfandel (USA, medium-bodied); Vesevo Beneventano Aglianico (Italy, medium-bodied); Quinta Do Sagrado Mutante (Portugla); Gilles Louvet Corbierres (france, medium-bodied); and Pazio Das Tapias Alma De Tinto Mencia (Spain).

Sparkling Wines: Camel Valley ‘ Cornwall Brut’ (England, award-winning dry sparkling white) and Fiol Prosecco (Italy, extra dry).

Port: Sagrado Tawny Port .

Cost – £225


Local beersLocal beers and ales – mixed case of 12

Mixed case of 12 500ml bottles of our local favourites, including beers and ales from Allendale Ales, Durham Brewery, Jarrow Brewery, Mordue Brewery, Panda Frog Brewery (330ml), Three Kings Brewery, Tyne Bank Brewery and Wylam Brewery.

At least six different breweries will be included in the case, including any seasonal specials or limited edition beers (where available).

Cost – £42

Allendale Ales – mixed case of 12

Cost – £42

Cullercoats Brewery – mixed case of 12

Cost – £45

Cullercoats Brewery – three bottle gift box

Cost – £12

Durham Brewery – mixed case of 12

Cost – £45

Jarrow Brewery – mixed case of 12

Cost – £42

Jarrow Brewery – three bottle gift box

Cost – £11

Mordue Brewery/Panda Frog Brewery – mixed case of 12

Cost – £42

Tyne Bank Brewery – mixed case of 12

Cost – £45

Tyne Bank Brewery – three bottle gift box

Cost – £12

Wylam Brewery – mixed case of 12

Cost – £42

Wylam Brewery – three bottle gift box

Cost – £42


British beersBritish beers and ales – case of 12

Mixed case of 12 500ml bottles of our UK favourites, including beers and ales.

At least six different breweries will be included in the case, including any seasonal specials or limited edition beers (where available).

Cost £TBC


Beers of EuropeBeers of Europe – case of 12

Mixed case of 12 bottles of our European favourites, including beers from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic and Scandinavia.

Cost £TBC

Beers of Europe – three bottle gift box

Cost – £TBC


US_beers_hamper_test_imageBeers and ales of the USA – case of 12

Mixed case of 12 bottles of our favourites beers and ales from the USA.

Case will include a mixed selection from Brooklyn Brewery, Anchor Brewery, Founders Brewing, Left Hand Brewing Company, Flying Dog and Sierra Nevada.

Cost £TBC

Beers of the US – three bottle gift box

Cost – £TBC


Please check online for further beer and wine hamper options towards Christmas, including mini-kegs to order.

Please note: Photographs are for illustration purposes only. Please check the contents of your chosen hamper before placing your order.

As many of our products are handmade by small artisan producers, we may supply alternative item(s) should stock be unavailable. Replacement items will be of an equal or greater value and we will advise you of any changes prior to your order being despatched. 

The information contained in our Christmas leaflet or on this website may contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. All liability of mmm food and drink ltd. for any loss, damage or inconvenience caused as a result of reliance on such information is expressly excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. 

Newcastle food store aims to be Britain’s best

mmm glug logosA Newcastle food and drink store wants local shoppers who are shunning the supermarkets to help it carry off a top UK food award for independent retailers.

Grainger Market-based mmm… and glug… is in the running for the 2015 Farm Shop & Deli Awards and hopes that the award can come to the north east for the first time.

The store, a major supporter of small food producers both in and out of the region, has been on a mission to get more people cooking and eating since it opened six years ago.

The Farm Shop & Deli Awards recognise the very best standards in the UK’s independent, speciality retail market.

And, despite being up against delis and shops in the UK that have been established far longer, owner Simone Clarkin, 51, is determined to show that the region can compete with the whole of the country.

She said: “When we first opened mmm… and then glug… we wanted to get more local people talking about and more importantly, eating great food and drink – and not just relying on the choices supermarkets offer.

“By working with award-winning local producers such as Zen Bakers, Davenports Chocolates, Wylam Brewery, Mr Vikkis, Gilchesters and Anarchy Brewery we have helped raise the profile of the fantastic food and drink being produced in the region.

“But we also look beyond the region by aiming to supply top cooking ingredients that many of our customers and chefs say they can’t get anywhere but London or even abroad.

“We are hoping north east twitterers, food lovers, cooks and chefs can vote and see the accolade coming to the region on behalf of our great suppliers and the food-loving north east as a whole.”

Food lovers can vote for mmm… online at http://www.farmshopanddelishow.co.uk/entry/mmm-food-drink-ltd

The Awards developed from Founding Partner Olives Et Al’s Deli of the Year, saw nearly 300 entries in 2014, doubling the amount from previous year.

The overall winner will be announced at Farm Shop & Deli Show on 20 April 2015 at Birmingham’s NEC.

mmm… and the recently opened glug… which stocks hundreds of craft beers, wine and ciders is based at 10-13 Grainger Arcade in the Grainger Market.

The store can be followed online at www.twitter.com/mmm_newcastle where over 16,000 followers regularly swap foodie hints, tips, recipes and recommendations.

For more information call Simone Clarkin on 0191 222 1818 or email simone@mmm-glug.co.uk

The Zen Baker at mmm…

Every Saturday morning we sell hand-made artisan bread from Northumberland-based The Zen Baker.

Zen Bakers

Zen Baker is a family business who make all of their products by hand using traditional skills and methods before they are baked to perfection.

They pride themselves on the care and attention they take over their hand products.

Adam and Vicky are as passionate about the North East as they are about producing and experiencing the very best food, so they use the highest quality ingredients available from our beautiful area.

They wholeheartedly believe that this reflects in the flavour and quality of their baking, and we think that you will too.

What we sell at mmm…

The range changes regularly but our core Zen Baker breads include:

  • The legendary black pudding and caramelised onion ‘piggy’ loaves
  • Honey and oat
  • Seeded Viking
  • Tiger loaves
  • Treacle loaves
  • Focaccia – sun-dried tomato; black olive; and rosemary/sea salt
  • Malted rye
  • Red rye and onion
  • Date and walnut loaves
  • Giant garlic and cheese loaves
  • Anadama (New England) loaves
  • Wholemeal tin loaves
  • And more …

Want to know more?

 

 

Wildon Grange at mmm…

adam-wildon-grangeWe have stocked Wildon Grange at mmm… for a number of years originally through Dot and Richard Ritzema who produced homemade salad dressings and marinades, chutneys and flavoured balsamic vinegars from their farmhouse kitchen in Teesdale.

The business is now run by Adam Guy (see right), a long-time family friend, who hand-makes all the products in small batches to offer something for every set of tastebuds – and is just as loved at mmm… as ever.

The recipes are all original, being named after family members, some of whom have more than two legs.

What we sell at mmm…

Blueberry_BalsamicBlueberry balsamic
A legendary sensation at mmm…

This balsamic enlivens any salad or stir fry and is beautiful with fruit or even on  ice cream!

Also delicious for marinating venison, duck and game, as a glaze for roasting veg, a dip for almost anything, or drizzle over fish.

So popular we sometimes have to hide it so everyone can enjoy it!

Apple_BalsamicApple balsamic
Enlivens any salad or stir fry and is beautiful with fruit.

Also delicious for marinating pork, duck and game, as a glaze for roasting veg.

Works as a dip for almost anything or drizzle over fish.

Cranberry Balsamic
Enlivens any salad or stir fry and is beautiful with fruit.Cranberry_Balsamic

Also delicious for marinating turkey, duck and game.

Or use as a glaze for roasting veg, a dip for almost anything.

Try drizzling over fish.

Pomegranate Balsamic
Pomegranate_BalsamicEnlivens any salad or stir fry and is beautiful with fruit.

Also delicious for marinating venison, duck and game.

Try it as a glaze for roasting veg, a dip for almost anything.

Try a drizzle over fish.

Catherine’s Celebration Cranberry Sauce
A delightful cranberry sauce infused with orange and port, delicious all year round.

Cranberry sauce isn’t just for Christmas!

Figgy_PearFrancesca’s Fantastic Figgy Pear Relish
An enticing fusion of eight fruits, hints of Eastern spices and ginger.

Wonderful with cheese, meats or new potatoes.

Spread it on crusty bread or service with quiche or pate and much more!

  • Awarded 2 GOLD STARS at the 2010 Great Taste Awards.

Christophers_CosmicChristopher’s Cosmic Carrot
A divine caramelised carrot with peppers and chilli.

Delicious with cheese, meats, new potatoes and pasta,

Spread it on crusty bread or service with quiche or pate and much more!

  • Awarded 3 GOLD STARS at the Great Taste Awards 2007
  • Voted No. 1 Chutney in Britain by The Independent Newspaper.

lucys_dressingNEW – Lucy’s Lovable Salad Dressing

Enjoy Lucy’s Loveable, beautifully combining fresh zesty lemon with the distinctive flavours of dill and chives, perfect with any salad.

Also a delicious marinade for fish or pork, a dip for prawns, mixed through pasta or noodles and drizzled over potatoes or stir fry.

Further uses include as a marinade for chicken or fish, and as a drizzle over potatoes or pasta.

Sarahs_DressingSarah’s Sublime Ginger and Lime Dressing
Fusing together a zingy lime hit and a ginger kick which adds distinction to any salad.

Also delicious as a marinade for chicken or salmon.

Try as a dip for prawns.

Or mix through into pasta or noodles and drizzled over potatoes or stir fry.

And much more!

Leos_DressingLeo’s Luscious orange and balsamic dressing
A beautiful and unique fusion of balsamic and orange, enlivening any salad.

Also delicious for marinating lamb, duck or fish.

Try it as a glaze for roasted veg or a dip for almost anything.

Or mix through into pasta or noodles or drizzle over potatoes or stir fry.

And much more!

Izzys_DressingIzzy’s Interesting Italian Dressing – an exciting blend of garlic, herbs and tangy peppers, which adds an interesting twist to any salad.

Also delicious as a marinade for chicken or sausages.

Try it as a dip for almost anything, mixed through into pasta or noodles and drizzled over potatoes or stir fry.

And much more!

Georges_DressingGeorge’s Gorgeous Garlic and Honey Dressing – a sophisticated smooth blend of garlic, honey and mustard which excites any salad.

Also delicious for marinating chicken or pork.

Try it drizzled over potatoes or into stir fry or as dips for almost anything and mixed through into pasta or noodles.

And much more!

Dots_Salad_DressingDot’s Delicious Salad Dressing – a traditional blend of mustard and herbs, delightful on any salad.

Also delicious as a marinade for chicken or pork.

Try it as a dip for almost anything, mixed through into pasta or noodles and drizzled over potatoes or stir fry.

And much more!

Want to know more?

Please note: as we deal with small suppliers, many of which make our orders from scratch or depend on seasonal ingredients, it is always best to check with us in advance if there is a specific product you want.

Thanks to Wildon Grange for the information (and images) on this page.

Newcastle trader wants views on market’s future

A local business has taken to social media to get views on the opening hours of Newcastle’s Grainger Market after being inundated with customers wanting to shop more often.

mmm… and glug… who are based in the 180-year-old venue, has set up an online survey to get the views of existing and potential market shoppers, ahead of a poll of traders by Newcastle City Council.

The food and drink store, which has over 17,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook, wants Newcastle City Council and other traders to look at consistent opening hours, as well as Bank Holiday and Sunday openings.

The business set up the survey after being regularly asked as to why the market closes at 5.30pm most days and is closed every Sunday and public holidays.

Simone Clarkin, 51, who set up mmm… six years ago, says the market needs to change to reflect the views of today’s shoppers and that changes could create new jobs and a boost to the local economy.

She said: “Barely a day goes by when customers who shop in the whole market and other traders bemoan the early closing hours or the lack of Sunday and holiday shopping.

“We appreciate that the market has a tradition dating back to 1835, but times change, as do people’s working and home lives.

“Even in the short time that we have been in the Grainger Market it is amazing to see the number of new and exciting businesses opening up.

“This has ranged from Italian pizza makers and hand made jewelry shops to pet boutiques and a soon to be opened French Crêperie.

“Established traders have also taken up the mantle to make it Newcastle’s most enjoyable independent shopping venue, generating millions of pounds for the local economy each year.

“We want to get existing and potential shoppers’ views so we can share them with Newcastle City Council and other traders to help shape the long-term future of the market.”

The survey results (top level with individual comments removed) are here – Grainger Market customer survey results – June 2014

The results of the poll of traders/businesses/tenancies are here – Grainger Market Traders poll – June 2014

English wines at glug…

We love British food and drink at glug… and we are delighted to be now stocking the first of many to come wines from vineyards in the south of England.

What do we stock?

First is the Cornwall Brut sparkling white wine from Camel Valley vineyard, one of the finest grown in England.

English wineCamel Valley Brut (12.5% abv) – English sparkling wine with a fresh, bright character and smooth fruit flavours with floral notes. 12.5% alcohol.

Then from Kenton Vineyard in Devon we have the highly aromatic Bacchus and the intensely fruity Rose.

Kenton Vineyard Bacchus (11.5% abv) – a single varietal wine made from Bacchus grapes grown at the Vineyard.

It is a highly aromatic, dry wine with crisp fruit flavours and a long finish.

Kenton Vineyard Rose (11.5% abc) – a slightly darker, full-flavoured rose, with intense red fruit nose also coming through on the palate.

So is English wine any good?

Wine making was introduced to England by the Romans, and has continued with varying levels of success through the centuries.

More recently the warmer British summers have seen a growth in an industry which has traditionally struggled with an unsuitably cold climate.

Chalky, limestone soils in parts of southern England are extremely similar to those found just across the Channel in Champagne and growers have found which grape varieties do well.

Not surprisingly these include the Champagne grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier for the sparklings; Bacchus, Siegerrebe and Seyval Blanc for whites and Rondo, Regent, Dornfelder and Pinot Noir for reds.

Sparkling wines have made huge strides in the last decade and the best of these can easily stand up to French competition.

White wines have developed a delightful, delicate, elderflower-scented style, and beautiful reds ranging from light and pink through to gutsy and dark are beginning to emerge.

We hope you enjoy discovering the exciting world of English wine with us.

Want to know more?

Thanks to Kenton Vineyard, Devon and Enotria World Wine for information on individual wines on this page.

Trotter’s Independent Condiments at mmm…

What we love most at mmm… about Fife-based Trotter’s Independent Condiments is how they specialise in sourcing, developing and producing products that are unusual or unobtainable in the British market.

Byam Trotter, the owner of Trotters intends to keep increasing the range as they discover and develop new products.

Their most recent additions, which we stock at mmm…, are Mojito Marmalade and A bloody Shame (see below).

What we sell at mmm…

A bloody shame at mmmA Bloody Shame – Byam Trotter loves bloody Mary cocktails and he is a big fan of Bloody mary Chutney, but he had never found one where you can taste the vodka.

His friend Rosanna suggested we just take the Vodka out and call it ‘A Bloody Shame’. So that’s what he did.

Great as a pizza topping, with cold meats and baked potatoes, sandwiches, a pasta sauce or as salsa for crisps and tortillas.

Trotters pepper jelly and dipping sauceSweet pepper dipping sauce – is made using the same Peppers (scotch bonnet and sweet) as Trotter’s Hot Pepper Jelly.

The dip, unlike the jelly, is runny with bits of pepper in it for a different texture and consistency and can be used for different things.

Great with crisps, tempura prawns, salad dressings, stir drys, mayonnaise (as a dip), pate, egg mayo sandwiches and omelettes.

Uncle Allan’s Chutney – is a raw fruit chutney made from apples, onions, dates and sultanas.

Instead of cooking, the chutney it sits in a vat and socks in Malt vinegar for a few days before going into the jars where it sits for at least a month to mature before selling.

It also benefits form a subtle kick from a hint of Cayenne Pepper. Great with mature cheeses, sandwiches, cold meats, leftover lunches and picnics.

Mojito jelly – is literally a Mojito turned into jelly. It is non-alcoholic, whether that is a good thing or not we will leave to your own judgement but you can still taste the rum and it is delicious.

Great with oily fish such as mackerel and salmon, oysters, lamb (as a mint sauce), ice cream and arm desserts such as crumbles (it will melt into a nice sauce).

Trotters mostardo at mmmMostarda – is an Italian recipe which is a fruit based condiment that gains quite a kick from a healthy jolt of powdered mustard and mustard seeds.

It is one of the standard condiments served with cold meats in Northern Italy. The condiment also goes extremely well with any cheese but is especially good with hard cheese.

Great with making any sandwich into a luxury lunch, ploughman’s, cold meats and mixed leaves, bacon roll, cold meats, baked potatoes, coleslaw, cheese, beans (yes, really), shepherds pie, curries, stews, casseroles and porridge!

Suzanne’s marmalade – a seville orange marmalade with the addition of lap sang Souchong tea to give it a smokey aroma.

The name comes from the Leonard Cohen song of the same name ‘Suzanne’ where one of the lyrics is “She brings you tea and oranges that come all the way from china.”

Check out recipes using Trotter’s Independent Condiments here.

Want to know more?

Please note: as we deal with small suppliers, many of which make our orders from scratch or depend on seasonal ingredients, it is always best to check with us in advance if there is a specific product you want.

Thanks to Trotters Independent Condiments for the information on this page.

The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight

We are delighted to have increased our range of garlic-based goodies from The Garlic Farm on the The Isle of Wight at mmm…

The range, which is seasonal so please check for updates, includes:

Garlic_hampersExtra large Iberian garlic – this garlic has been grown for the Garlic Farm by their partners in Spain.The variety is very similar to our own Iberian Wight which produces large round cloves of medium strength garlic.

Great for Mediterranean and tapas style dishes where you do not want to over power the fresh simple flavours of the cooking.

Oak smoked garlic bulbs – smoked garlic is partially cooked; expect it to keep 4-6 weeks from date of purchase. This is outstanding stuffed inside a roast chicken and slow cooked.

Black garlic – if you have not had this before, it really is quite special. Naturally heat-aged over a period of months this garlic is a highly sought-after ingredient in top restaurants world wide.

It’s perfect sweet syrupy flavour and garlic undertones make it a very versatile ingredient with a host of culinary uses. It is also delicious simply as a snack without the fear of garlic breath.

Garlic mayonnaiseGarlic mayonnaise – a thick, smooth & creamy garlic mayonnaise tasting as it should. There’s no turning back.

Toasted garlic mayonnaise – a mayonnaise that has an addictive quality with creamy garlic flavours. Add liberally as a topping to a traditional steak sandwich served with French fries, and fresh crisp salad.

Perfect with grilled meats, or when used simply as a dip.

Garlic mayonnaise with mint (limited edition) – mayo, garlic and mint? Try this with Lamb kebabs or mix into a new potato salad.

Garlic mayonnaise with chilli (limited edition) – our classic garlic mayo with a bit of bite. Perfect as a dipping sauce, with sausages or why not try a chilli mayo coleslaw?

Garlic Farm hot garlic pickle at mmmHot garlic pickle – finely chopped garlic mixed with many complex flavours including distinctive black onion seed, chilli and cumin.

A fantastic partner for sausages and red meats and pies. Also serve with Indian curries such as lamb or as a condiment to South Indian dishes.

Fig, apple and garlic chutney – a fruity temptation from the Garden of Eden. This rich fruity chutney partners well with cheese and game dishes.

With the perfect sweet/sour balance it also compliments curries, casseroles and rice dishes.

Vampire relish – hot tomato salsa with garlic – a blood-red tomato salsa with serious garlic undertones makes this the ideal associate for home made burgers and sausages and a must for pre-barbecue snack with tortilla chips.

Try Vampire Relish as an alternative to tomato sauce or to stir through your pasta dish. Alternatively, this delicious tangy relish is simply addictive when used as a dip.

Garlic, olive oil and white balsamic vinaigrette – a classic vinaigrette that will enliven any summer salad. The perfect blend of Greek olives with garlic undertones.

Chilli and garlic dressing – great for enlivening salads, pastas and fish dishes, this is an outstanding gourmet dressing with a real garlic and chilli kick.

Gourmet Mediterranean mix – the perfect antipasti mix of Cornichons, Silver Skin Onions, Sweet Snacking Garlic Cloves & Sun Dried Tomatoes. Can be served as a snack, tapas or tossed into salads.

Sweet snacking cloves in oil with chilli – whole garlic cloves marinated in oil with chilli flakes.

A slightly fiercer bite and very popular with all those who like the tanged heat of chilli with their sweet and crunchy garlic clove. Ideal to pass around as tapas or crunch with a beer or wine.

Gourmet Mediterranean mixSweet snacking cloves in oil with herbs – whole garlic cloves marinated in oil with mixed herbs. Sweet and crunchy without the biting heat of fresh garlic.

This won’t linger on the breath yet assures you that its garlic goodness is still there. Ideal to pass around as tapas or crunch with a beer or wine.

Sweet snacking cloves in oil with herbs – whole garlic cloves marinated in oil with mixed herbs. Sweet & crunchy without the biting heat of fresh garlic.

This won’t linger on the breath yet assures you that its garlic goodness is still there. Ideal to pass around as tapas or crunch with a beer or wine.

Garlic puree – easy to use garlic purée – the essential aid for the gourmet chef. Suitable for almost any dish where garlic is required and especially when time is of the essence.

No peeling, crushing, slicing. Just open and squeeze!

The garlic salt collection – enhance almost any conceivable dish with a simple twist of one of our four garlic salts.

Each has its own distinctive character and application and deserves it’s space in the spice cupboard of the garlic lover.

Want to know more?

Thanks to The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight for the garlicky information on this page.

Little Salkeld Watermill flours at mmm…

We have an ever growing range of flour from local organically-grown through to authentic Italian ’00′ flour.

We pride ourselves on always looking to find new ranges of flours and are delighted to be stocking stoneground flours from Cumbrian-based Little Salkeld Watermill.

The Penrith-based mill is one of the country’s few working waterpowered corn mills still producing stoneground flour the traditional way.

What we sell at mmm…

  • 100% Wholewheat
  • 85% Wholewheat
  • 100% Rye
  • Granarius (malted wheat flour)
  • Four Grain (which contains Barley, Rye and Oats and Wheat).

Download a guide to getting the best from Little Salkeld Watermill flours or using Little Salkeld Watermill flours with a bread maker.

Want to know more?

Thanks to Little Salkeld Mill for the information on this page.

 

Bims Kitchen at mmm…

A firm favourite at mmm… Bim’s Kitchen is the creation of husband and wife team James “Bim” (pictured below with mmm… owner Simone Clarkin at a tasting in our shop) and Nicola Adedejire.

The small family business makes an award-winning range of own-recipe African-inspired food products including sauces, ketchups, marinades, hot sauces and chutneys.

They use ingredients native to or commonly used in Africa like baobab fruit, cashew nuts, alligtor pepper, cubeb and hibiscus flowers amongst others, to make easy-to-use sauces and condiments

SBims Kitchen at mmm - tastingome of their recipes had long been enjoyed by friends, family and work colleagues who actively encouraged them to develop a range of retail products for others to enjoy.

Others have been created as their business has grown and they found new and ever more tasty and interesting things to make with our unique range of ingredients.

Whatever Bims Kitchen product you try from mmm…, you are in for a real treat!

What we sell at mmm… (heat ratings in brackets)

African Lemon, Garlic and Pepper Sauce (none) – a mild piquant sauce with a delightful flavour. A great condiment for meat, fish, vegetables or tofu.

ideal as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, gourmet crisps, fried, grilled or roasted meat and fish; on burgers, hot dogs or can be used to “spice up” salad dressings, mayonnaise, coleslaw or marinades.

Makes a great marinade for pork, chicken and fish and a tasty salad dressing. Also a great ingredient for stir-fries and stews.

Spicy African Ketchup (medium) – a bit more exciting than your usual ketchup! Great as a dipping sauce for spring rolls, gourmet crisps, fried, grilled or roasted meat and fish; on burgers, hot dogs or can be used to “spice up” salad dressings, mayonnaise or coleslaw.

Add some lemon juice and oil to create a tasty marinade or add to mayonnaise/plain yoghurt to create a tasty dip or sandwich spread. Also a great cooking ingredient.

Spicy African BBQ Sauce (medium) – very moreish and smoky, packed full of flavour and a delightful marinade for pork/beef ribs, chicken or use as a pour-on condiment.

African Baobab BBQ Sauce (none) – another great sauce made with baobab fruit- a delightful smoky marinade for ribs, chicken etc. and an all-round condiment which is also great with vegetable dishes.

Hot African Baobab BBQ Sauce (high) – this BBQ Sauce combines the fantastic flavour of the original with added cayenne and birdseye chillies! The new sauce is a delightful marinade for pork/beef ribs, chicken or use as a pour-on condiment or stir-fry sauce.

African Lemony Piri Piri (medium) – perfect as a marinade especially for making delicious grilled chicken and pork, but equally great with lamb and fish.

Can be used as a cooking sauce or added to mayonnaise/plain yoghurt to create a tasty dip or sandwich spread or added to rice, pasta or noodles.

Hot African Lemony Piri Piri (high) – this is for chilli heat lovers- a hotter version of Bim’s Lemony Piri Piri! Use like the Lemony Piri Piri Sauce when you want more heat.

African Chilli Coconut Relish (high) – a lovely blend of real coconut, red chilli, alligator pepper, tomato, lemon juice and other spices.

Great with steak, burgers, cold meat, pate, fish, cheese or mix with beaten egg for a delicious omelette. A great stir-fry ingredient- especially with prawns.

African Baobab Chilli Jam (high) – a great chilli jam which uniquely combines the African baobab fruit in a tangy, very flavourful recipe.

Delightful with meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, cheese or some  past and noodles. It makes a tasty marinade or dipping sauce and can spice-up your favourite stew or stir-fry.

African Baobab Pepper Jam (none) – the baobab chilli jam without the chilli! It is delightful with meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, cheese or with pasta and noodles.

Makes a tasty marinade or dipping sauce and can spice-up your favourite stew or stir-fry.

Hot African Pepper Sauce (very high) – Bim’s first hot sauce made with a blend of chillies, roasted red peppers and other exotic ingredients including ginger, oregano, alligator pepper, cubeb, fruity hibiscus and lots of garlic and lemon juice.

Perfect for adding extra heat and flavour to any dish as a pour-on sauce on eggs, vegetables, meat and fish or in marinades, sauces, casseroles and stews.

Fiery African Pepper Sauce (very, very high) – Bim’s latest and hottest sauce which adds a fiery kick to any dish.

African Peanut Curry Sauce (medium) – made from a special blend of ingredients including roasted peanuts, coconut milk, dried ginger, garlic, alligator pepper, cubeb pepper, lemon and tomatoes.It contains everything in a jar to create a delicious meat, fish or vegetable curry, or just on its own with rice.

African Tomato and Cashew Curry Sauce (medium) – made with tomatoes and roasted cashew nuts as well as Bim’s special blend of herbs and spices.

This is a great cooking sauce for cooking meat, fish or vegetables.

Want to know more?

Please note: as we deal with small suppliers, many of which make our orders from scratch or depend on seasonal ingredients, it is always best to check with us in advance if there is a specific product you want.

Thanks to Bims Kitchen for the information on this page.