Oktoberfest beers recipe-fest

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You’ve got your Hacker-Pschorr, your Paulaner stein and a whole load of beers on reserve, it’s now time to think about the Oktoberfest recipes inspired from ingredients at mmm… and glug… Here some of our favourite recipes we think you should add to your repertoire immediately in order to make the most of Oktoberfest 2018. Often, we head straight to the sausages, shanks and schnitzels when thinking about German cuisine but here at mmm… and glug… we’re putting the beer on centre stage.

Ein – Beer mustard/Bier Senf

From experience, this is delicious with a steak, or sausages, or potatoes, or in sandwiches, or, just anything! Don’t forget – every Friday we have freshly made Pink Lane Bakery pretzels our store. Deliciously dunkable with a homemade beer mustard!
BBC Good Food recipe here.

Zwei – Oxtail stew/Ochsenschwanz-Eintopf

As the nights draw in, it’s well worth making the time to cosy up with this rich oxtail stew.
And, if you haven’t had a traditional German potato dumpling before, you haven’t experience comfort. Delicious Magazine recipe here.
Swap your mash or regular flour dumplings with these beauties for an indulgent autumn supper. Taste of Home dumpling recipe here.

Drei – Beer and cheese soup/Bier und Käse Suppe

Did someone say beer and cheese? YES. Need we say more? Beer and cheese is a match made in heaven. Try our very popular Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock for a darker soup or a Spaten lager for a lighter one. Food Republic recipe here.

Vier – Rarebit/Käse auf Toastbrot

Forget about Guinness, try adding one of our dark German beers (such as Schlosser Altbier or Paulaner Celebrator) to take your Welsh Rarebit to the next level. Olive Magazine recipe here.

Fünf – Chocolate truffles – with beer, of course/ Schokoladentrüffel mit Bier

Trust us, this one may sound odd, but the bitterness that the beer brings to the table works like a dream against that rich dark chocolate. Try using our German wheat beers  (such as Erdinger of Schneider Weisse) rather than an IPA for something truly delicious. Bon Appetit recipe here.

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Our ingredients – pomegranate molasses

We often get a whole host of questions about how to use the products and ingredients in our shop – from the extraordinary array of herbs, spices and chillies, through to the ever trendy black garlic…not forgetting the adventurous and curious flavours of cordials on hand.

So, we thought it was about time to start sharing some of our favourite hints, tips and recipes to get you going and maybe even debunk some myths along the way. 

Today we’re focusing on Pomegranate Molasses, why?

Well, too many times we’ve heard you cry, ‘I used it once and then it sat in my cupboard for a billion years unused’… a travesty!

There’s so much you can do with this ancient and wondrous ingredient – it’s sweet but sour, thick, sharp, rich, deep and completely versatile.

As a native fruit of Persia, the pomegranate (and pomegranate molasses) is synonymous with Middle Eastern, African and Mediterranean cooking, which is where the ingredient really does shine.

It adds a fruity almost citric taste to any dish meaning there’s no excuse as to why you can’t get creative with the ingredient.

It can work as a super substitute for balsamic vinegar, honey, or even lemon juice – anything you want to imbue with a richness, tartness, sweetness.

Think drinks, soups, stews, dressings and desserts…no longer may this ingredient sit sorrowfully in the back of your cupboard!  

Here are three recipes to get you going: – stick with it

1, 2, 3 BAKE!

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You could make your own at home, but we promise you it’s probably not worth it.

Pomegranate molasses is made from the fruits fresh juice, which is reduced to a thick, luxurious syrup to enhance and intensify the natural flavours.

Technically it’s not really a molasses, just a delicious concentrated syrup.

Now, it might sound easy to make yourself, but fresh pomegranates are really expensive and often a right faff, so why make your life difficult making it yourself?!

Oh! And looking for something a bit different? Don’t like pomegranate? Well don’t you worry – we stock Cherry Molasses too!

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Little Turban curry sauces at mmm…

Little Turban sauces at mmm

‘Little Turban’ (aka Harj) is an artisan producer of modern regional Indian cooking sauces available at mmm…

Their vision is to introduce real authentic, regional flavours and aromas from around India to your dining table.

Little Turban’s products reflect the diverse flavours, aromas, spices and tastes India has to offer.

Each of their cooking sauces is inspired by a regional classic steeped in tradition and influenced from past generations and rulers.

Little Turban at mmm…

Rich and aromatic Lababdar Curry

A meal fit for Royalty!

A rich sauce made with a cashew nut paste, cream and butter for that decadent experience.

This dish originates from the Mughal era and has stood the test of time as a truly rich royal dish from Hyderabad.

Rustic and hearty Kashmiri Rogan Josh

The famous Rogan Josh created in the way it was orginally created with freshly ground Kashmiri chillies.

These chillies give this sauce a deep red colour.

Combined with a blend of aromatic spices and tomatoes this sauce is a umami hit, which gives it an amazing meaty taste.

Creamy and aromatic Makhani Masala

Creamy, rich and well spiced is the only description for my version of the famous Butter Chicken made famous in Old Delhi

Little Turban was inspired to recreate it with his special blend of tandoori spices.

A real must for lovers of Butter Chicken and for those that enjoy a little spicy kick.

Hot and spicy Naga and Mango Curry

Little Turban’s take on the classic chicken curry but with a bit of kick.

This smooth sauce is combined with a special garam masala blend, naga chilli and mango pulp.

This combination gives the sauce a great balance of heat and sweetness.

A must for chilli lovers.

Creamy coconut Goan Fish Curry

Inspired by Harj’s (aka Little Turban) trip to Goa.

This creamy coconut based sauce brings together a blend of complex spices together which embodies the coastal flavours of Goa.

It’s great with with fish and seafood, as well as chicken, lamb, beef and pork.

Meet the producer – Little Turban’s sauces are already hugely popular with our customers at mmm… so come and try one yourself from 1pm on Saturday, 11 March with Harj himself.

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Kwan’s Kitchen stir fry kits at mmm…

Kwan's Kitchen at mmm...

Kwan's Kitchen family photoKwan’s Kitchen, award-winning Chinese condiments and stir fry kits at mmm… can help you create restaurant quality dishes at home in minutes.

The Kwan family knows a thing or two about the Great British taste for Chinese cuisine.

For more than three decades, they have been preparing authentic Chinese food that excites the taste buds of their restaurant clientele.

Originally from Guangdong province in South China, Kwan’s Kitchen take inspiration from the vast array of Chinese cuisine on the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.

Kwan’s Kitchen at mmm…

Spicy Szechuan meal kit – this spicy kit uses a delicious blend of tomato and garlic combined with Kwan’s award winning Szechuan chilli oil to give you a true taste of Sichuan cuisine.

Kwans_Kitchen_spicy_SzechuanBlackbean and garlic meal kit – this stir fry meal kit uses freshly ground blackbean and garlic combined with Kwan’s award-winning salt and pepper spice blend and Szechuan chilli oil.

Aromatic curry meal kit – this kit uses a fine blend of herbs and spices combined with Kwan’s award-winning salt and pepper spice blend and Szechuan chilli oil.

Sweet chilli with sesame and coriander meal kit – this Sweet chilli stir fry kit uses a delicious blend of fresh red chillies combined with Kwan’s award-winning salt and pepper spice blend.

Unlike commercial sweet chilli sauce Kwan’s don’t dilute the chillies with water or saturate with sugar.

How to use the kits – simply choose your favourite meat and vegetables, follow the simple three step process and you have a restaurant quality Chinese meal in 10 minutes!

Salt and pepper spice/hot salt and pepper spice – Kwan’s traditional family blend of five spice, ginger and garlic has been used in Kwan’s restaurants since 1978.

Experience authentic Chinese flavours with this versatile seasoning blend.

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Simone’s crunchy jalapeño panko poppers – a mmm… recipe

Jalapeño poppers

 

Crunchy jalapeño panko poppers
Serves 3
Every summer we stock UK-grown fresh chillies and as soon as they arrive our thoughts turn to one thing – jalapeño poppers!
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Prep Time
50 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
50 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. Makes 12 poppers
  2. 6 fresh jalapeño chillies – ideally large, plump ones
  3. 170g of a good strong cheddar - grated
  4. 3 tbs of cream cheese
  5. Plain flour
  6. One egg – beaten
  7. A cup of breadcrumbs (we used our Japanese Panko as it is extra crunchy).
Instructions
  1. Cut the top off each chilli and use a thin bladed knife to remove the core and any seeds.
  2. Cut each chilli in half down the length of the chilli to make a shell.
  3. Take the cheddar and cream cheese and mix together in a bowl using a fork
  4. Optional – you can spice up the mix a little by adding a dusting of paprika or black pepper. But we prefer to keep it totally cheesy!
  5. Use a teaspoon to spoon the mixture into each shell and press down with a (clean) finger. It’s messy but fun!
  6. Cover the chillies with cling film and pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes
  7. When you are ready to cook the chillies remove from the fridge.
  8. Roll each of the chilli shells in plain flour, then the beaten egg and finally in the breadcrumbs to cover them.
  9. Put on a baking tray into a pre-heated (180°C/356°F) oven for 20 minutes or until the cheese starts to ‘escape’.
Notes
  1. These bite size delights are named after the ‘pop’ of warm melted cheese you get when you bite into them.
  2. You don’t have to just use jalapeños – our serenades, pardons and other chillies work just as well.
  3. We even had a customer last year making ‘chocolate habanero’ poppers – spicy!
  4. Serve with a chilled pilsner (we love Wylam Brewery’s Bohemia) and a spicy chilli jam (we love the tingly kick of Mr Vikkis Cumbrian-made chilli jam).
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The eggs came from the Grainger Market.

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Moz’s ‘She Devil’ BBQ Sauce – a mmm… recipe

Moz's 'She Devil' BBQ sauce
An easy to make at home BBQ sauce that has a bit of a spicy kick!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 onion, coarsely grated
  2. 3-5 Isle of Wight garlic cloves, finely chopped
  3. 4 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  4. 250g Stokes Tomato Ketchup
  5. 4 tbsp molasses sugar
  6. 2-3 Cool Chile Co dried chipotle chiles
  7. 275ml Wylam Bohemia or Loco No1 (or similar pilsner/lagered beer), plus extra if needed
  8. 250ml water, plus extra if needed
  9. 1 tsp mustard powder
  10. 1 tsp mild red chilli powder or cayenne pepper
  11. 1 tsp ground cumin
  12. Maldon Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  13. 4 tbsp Aspalls Cider vinegar
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together, with only half of the vinegar.
  2. Bring the boil in a large pan (the beer will foam when it boils, so use a bigger pan than you think you need)
  3. Simmer for 30-45 minutes with the lid off, until it forms a thick dark sauce.
  4. Stir every few minutes and if it starts to stick, add more beer or water.
  5. When the sauce is thick and shiny, add the remaining vinegar and cook for 5 minutes.
  6. Check the seasoning and add more salt or pepper as necessary.
  7. Allow to cool before serving with your favourite barbecued meats.
Notes
  1. You can also pour over ribs, sausages or chicken wings just before they’re finished cooking for a nice spicy glaze!
Adapted from Adapted from Good Housekeeping, and Moz’s brother Ciaran
Adapted from Adapted from Good Housekeeping, and Moz’s brother Ciaran
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The fresh vegetables came from the Grainger Market.

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May at mmm… and glug…

May is the month of flowers (and indeed flours) and time to look forward to the coming of summer!

To help bring on the sunshine we share some great recipes and invite you to join us in store for some tasty events.

hepple-packshotSupplier of the month: Hepple Gin

We invite you to come and meet Northumberland-based distillers Hepple Gin at mmm… this Saturday (14 May) from 1pm.

Hepple have just won Gold at the drink’s ‘Oscars’ – the 2016 World Spirits Competition in San Francisco.

Hepple go beyond traditional distillation with an innovative three-stage process to reveal botanicals at their most vital.


In season

Bagna Cauda 033A fleeting treat, British asparagus is in season from the end April to mid June.

Freshly picked asparagus is traditionally matched with hollandaise sauce.

But, for a little twist on the traditional try our Bagna Cauda with British Asparagus. 

Moz’s Bagna Cauda – a mmm… recipe


She Devil BBQ sauceRecipe of the month – ‘She Devil’ BBQ sauce

Create a delicious sauce to pep up your barbecues with a bit of a spicy kick.

You can also pour over ribs, sausages or chicken wings just before they’re finished cooking for a nice spicy glaze!

Moz’s ‘She Devil’ BBQ Sauce – a mmm… recipe


Coming up in May….

  • Hepple Gin meet the distiller: this Saturday (14 May)
  • Rose’ wines in-store tasting: Saturday, 21 May
  • Bim’s Kitchen meet the supplier: Saturday, 4 June.

And finally, Real Bread Week runs from 14 to 21 May and whether you are a seasoned bread baker or a first timer we have a wide range of great flours.


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Easter is here – and so is Spring …

This month Easter chocolates and the arrival of Spring …

  • Easter is coming and we celebrate one of our great local suppliers – Davenport’s Chocolates.
  • Sunday, 20 March marked the Persian New Year, ‘Norooz’, celebrating the first day of spring. To mark this event we share with you a recipe for Persian Kisir salad (adapted from Sabrina Ghayour’s book ‘Persiana’).
  • The arrival of spring means the first signs of new produce and one of the tastiest and most fleeting is wild garlic. 
  • We also want to share a lovely recipe for wild garlic and potato soup.

Davenport’s Chocolates

Hand crafted in Tyneside by Jane Williams and her team of chocolate artisans.

Davenports eggsJane trained as a classical chocolatier under Master chocolatier, Philippe Burger and preserves the traditional Swiss method of ‘enrobing’, whereby tasty handmade centres are delicately coated in smooth, rich chocolate couveture.

Jane’s team are multi-skilled with a passion for chocolate and at Davenport’s there is no mechanised production line, every task is completed by hand with care.

Davenport’s chocolates are available all-year round at mmm… and at Easter we are stocking these Davenport’s hand-crafted chocolate eggs:

  • Vintage Collection dark chocolate eggs
  • Vintage Collection milk chocolate eggs
  • Signature Collection milk chocolate eggs
  • Floral Collection dark chocolate eggs
  • Fudge Mallow Milk chocolate eggs.

Persian New Year – Kisir

KisirKisir is a bulgur wheat salad with pomegranate molasses and fresh herbs.

Adapted from Sabrina Ghayour’s book ‘Persiana’, this dish is great for sharing as part of a feast.  

You can also add feta cheese or similar and scoop up in gem lettuce cups for a nice pre-dinner snack.

You will need:

  • 250g Suma bulgur wheat (or try Zaytoun Palestinian Maftoul as an alternative)
  • 160ml boiling water
  • 1 tbsp Asharun Spices harissa paste
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp Mutti tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp Arabica Spices pomegranate molasses
  • 5 tbsp Zaytoun extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp Maldon sea salt flakes
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 5 ripe tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1 bunch spring onions, finely chopped
  • 1 x 20g bag mint, leaves picked and finely chopped
  • 1 x 20g bag flat leaf parsley, leaves picked and finely chopped
  • 100g fresh pomegranate seeds.

Tip the bulgur wheat or Maftoul into a shallow bowl and pour over the hot water.

Allow to absorb (this should take 15 mins) and then transfer to a large bowl for mixing. 

Add the harissa, lemon juice, tomato puree, pomegranate molasses, oil, salt and pepper to the bulgur wheat and work into the grains using your hands.  

This will allow the grains to absorb all the lovely flavours.

Once you have mixed well, and the grains are well coated, add the tomatoes, spring onions, herbs and pomegranate seeds, and stir well until combined.  

Check the seasoning and adjust with salt, pepper and lemon juice as required. 

Allow to stand for at least 10 minutes before serving at room temperature.


In season – wild garlic

Wild garlicWild garlic is now in season and thrives in woodlands and around deciduous trees, especially where there is a marshy area or pond.

These leaves are delicious raw in salads, or in dressings such as Trotters Wild Garlic Pesto (a must have at mmm… and due very soon).

The taste is quite mild, similar to chives but with a hint of garlic.

Be sure to wash the leaves well before using.

A great way to use them is sliced very finely and tossed in olive oil, then simply tossed through a salad.

Moz’s favourite use for them is with mashed potato – simply slice finely, and stir through buttery mash.

To make delicious croquettes, you need to chill the mash, and form into small balls or sausage shapes.

Then dip them into beaten egg and coat with panko breadcrumbs. Shallow fry in rapeseed oil until brown and crisp – a great alternative to roast potatoes.

Once the plants have flowers, you can also deep fry the flowers as a garnish, or dip in a light batter for tempura – delicious.

Wild garlic and potato soup 

You will need:

  • 2 tbps Baste and Bray Extra Virgin Northumbrian rapeseed oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped finely
  • 200g white potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 400g sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 litre vegetable stock (we love Marigold Vegetable Bouillon)
  • 60g wild garlic leaves, washed, dried and finely shredded
  • Maldon sea salt flakes and freshly ground white pepper
  • Creme fraiche or sour cream for garnish.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan.  Gently fry the shallots until softened without colouring.

Wild garlic soupAdd the diced potatoes and sweet potatoes and the stock.

Bring to the boil, and simmer for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.

Add the wild garlic leaves, reserving a few shreds for garnish.

Transfer the soup to a blender, or blend in the saucepan using a stick blender, until smooth.

Check your seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve sprinkled with the remaining shreds of wild garlic, and a swirl of crème fraiche or sour cream.

Serves 4.


Upcoming events at mmm… and glug…

  • Poetic Licence (distilled in Durham) free in-store gin and vodka tasting – Saturday, 2 April from 1pm
  • Hepple Gin (distilled in Hepple, Northumberland) free in-store tasting – Saturday, 23 April (tbc) from 1pm.

Moz’s Chiles en Nogada – a mmm… recipe

Chiles en Nogada

Chiles en Nogada
Serves 6
Chiles en Nogada consists of poblano chilis filled with picadillo, topped with a walnut-based cream sauce giving it the three colours of the Mexican flag: green for the chili, white for the nut sauce and red for the pomegranate.
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. Sauce
  2. 250g chopped walnuts, blanched, skinned and soaked in 375ml milk overnight.
  3. 125g queso fresco or feta cheese
  4. 375ml sour cream
  5. 1½ tbsp cane sugar
  6. ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  7. 6 large chiles poblanos
  8. Picadillo
  9. 650g ground beef or pork
  10. Salt to taste
  11. 4 tbsp olive oil
  12. ½ onion, finely chopped
  13. 3 cloves of Isle of Wight garlic, finely chopped
  14. 1 tbsp butter
  15. ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  16. ½ tsp ground black pepper
  17. ¼ tsp ground cloves
  18. 250g tomatoes, roasted in oven or in a hot heavy pan until blistered
  19. 125g golden raisins
  20. 1 large apple, peeled and roughly chopped
  21. Fresh pomegranate seeds to garnish
  22. Fresh coriander and parsley to garnish.
Instructions
  1. Roast the chiles in a dry heavy bottomed pan, or over a gas flame to char the skin. Put them in a polythene bag once charred.
  2. Allow to cool in the bag, and then peel off the skins as much as possible, leaving the chiles intact.
  3. Drain the walnuts, and place in a blender with the cheese, sour cream, sugar and cinnamon, and puree until smooth. You might need to add a little milk to help the blending process.
  4. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the meat and fry for 2-3 mins.
  5. Add the salt, onion, cinnamon, pepper, cloves and garlic and fry for another 2-3 mins until the onion is softened.
  6. Add the butter, and once melted, add the tomatoes and raisins and a tablespoon of water to stop the pan catching.
  7. Finally add the chopped apple, cook for 2 mins (add splashes of water if it looks dry) and check your seasoning.
  8. Allow to cool slightly.
Notes
  1. To serve, stuff the charred peeled chiles with the picadillo meat filling.
  2. Arrange in a serving dish, pour over the walnut sauce, and sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds and chopped herbs.
  3. Buen Provecho!
Adapted from Erika Servin Gonzalez (one of our lovely customers at mmm...
Adapted from Erika Servin Gonzalez (one of our lovely customers at mmm...
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The beef, apples, pomegranates and fresh herbs came from the Grainger Market.

Moz’s Bagna Cauda – a mmm… recipe

Bagna Cauda

Bagna Cauda
Serves 3
A delicious anchovy dip that goes so well with crusty bread and crudités.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 200mls olive oil
  2. 2 x 30g tin Cooks & co anchovy fillets
  3. 75g butter
  4. 6 large Isle of White garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  5. Lemon juice, Maldon Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste.
Instructions
  1. Pound the garlic and anchovy fillets in a pestle and mortar until fairly smooth.
  2. If you don’t have a pestle and mortar, you can use a blender, but you don’t want it too smooth, or too chunky.
  3. Melt the butter and olive oil together in a small pan over a low heat.
  4. Add the garlic and anchovy mix, and heat very gently for about 10 minutes, until the garlic and anchovy have all but melted away.
  5. Add a good squeeze of lemon juice and some freshly ground black pepper – check before adding any more salt, you might not need it because of the butter and anchovies.
Notes
  1. Traditionally this is served in a warmed bowl (ideally over a tealight like fondue) with crudite vegetables and bread to dip in.
  2. Alternatively, pour liberally over just-cooked British Asparagus, and maybe a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
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The lemons came from the Grainger Market.

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