Chilli beer is hot news for north east drinkers

Simone Clarkin and Jack O Keefe - Flash House mmm glug 2

Lovers of spicy food and ale are being given the chance to enjoy the best of both worlds with a chilli beer brewed for a popular local food and drink business.

North Shields craft brewery, Flash House Brewing and Newcastle’s mmm… and glug… have joined forces to create a six-chilli stout to mark the food emporium’s move to larger city-centre premises.

Flash House mmm glug Shy Bairns bottle chilli beerBottles of ‘Shy Bairns Get Stout Six’ Mexican chilli stout are being launched at mmm… and glug…’s current Grainger Arcade store from 1pm on Saturday, 28 October.

The free tasting, with Flash House Head Brewer Jack O’Keefe, is being held to say farewell to mmm… and glug…’s current Grainger Market home, before they relocate to larger premises on nearby Grainger Street.

mmm… and glug… owner Simone Clarkin is delighted to have created a perfect local beer to reflect the store’s love of cooking, recipes, food and drink.

She said: “Our customers love Flash House’s beers and they also love our huge range of chillies for cooking up great Mexican recipes.

“We spoke to Jack and MIlda about creating our own beer and making his next ‘Shy Bairns’ stout one with ancho, cascabel, chipotle, guajillo, mulato and pasilla chillies to mark our forthcoming expansion plans.”

Jack O’Keefe of Flash House Brewing, said: “mmm… and glug… and their customers have been really supportive of my beers since we set up in 2016.

“The ‘Shy Bairns’ series has been very popular, and I loved the idea of combining six smoky, spicy Mexican chillies into my latest brew.

“It has been going down well at our brewery tap house in North Shields, as well as in local bars – so we can’t wait to get those bottles opened for the tasting on the 28th.”

mmm… and glug…, which was set up in 2008, is expanding its business with a move to a larger 1,500sq foot headquarters in Newcastle city centre this month and the launch of a ‘click and collect’ service and online shop soon.

Flash House Brewing is nestled on a hill in North Shields, overlooking the River Tyne, surrounded by workshops and fishmongers.

The brewery, only a stone’s throw away from the revitalised Fish Quay, brews small batch, expertly crafted world beers in the old heartland of the industrial North East.

The free Shy Bairns Get Stout Six chilli beer tasting (for over 18s only) is being held at mmm… and glug…, 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QF from 1pm on Saturday, 28 October 2017.

Want to know more about Shy Bairns chilli beer?

Other events at at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm)

  • Saturday, 4 November: Two Birds Spirits – come and taste our countryside-inspired gins and flavoured vodkas, including their legendary Christmas Spice vodka
  • Saturday, 11 November: Peelham Farm – come and taste delicious hand-cured organic charcuterie from the Borders
  • Saturday,11 November: Lilliard Gin – come and meet Kate the distiller and taste her Jedburgh-distilled craft gin
  • Saturday, 25 November: The Lakes Distillery – come and taste gins, vodkas and the ONE whisky
  • Saturday, 2 December: Gonzalez Byass – come and taste Spanish wines and sherries
  • Saturday, 9 December: Durham Gin – come and taste Durham’s handmade gins and liqueurs
  • Saturday, 16 December: Gonzalez Byass – another chance to taste Spanish wines and sherries with Hamish from Gonzalez.

Coming soon …

  • We are hoping to be in our new shop at 129 Grainger Street (opposite the old Barclays Bank) at the end of October. Watch out for news and opening events.
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Croft Twist tasting at mmm… and glug…

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Come and taste Croft Twist at mmm… and glug… this Saturday (16 September) from 1pm.

Croft-Twist-tasting-mmm-glugCroft Twist is a take on the refreshing Andalusian ‘rebujito’ (which is Fino sherry, lemonade laden with ice and a garnish of mint).

This British version is more elaborate as it blends natural, freshly made elderflower, lemon and mint cordials with Croft Fino and water; all gently sparkled.

The drink is best served with a garnish of basil or mint and lots of ice.

The packaging design evokes British confidence and nostalgia. It cleverly interprets the flavour of Croft Twist and the essence of the Croft brand into an original and contemporary design.

Its alcohol content is 5.5% and we are selling Croft Twist in 70cl bottles.

Want to know more about Croft Twist?

Other events at at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm)

  • Saturday, 23 September: The Lakes Distillery tasting – come and taste Lakes Gin, Lakes Vodka and ‘The ONE’ whisky
  • Saturday, 30 September: Lisbon Wines – come and taste our new Portuguese wines.

Coming soon …

  • We are hoping to be in our new shop at 129 Grainger Street (opposite the old Barclays Bank) mid to end of October. Watch out for news and opening events.
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Oktoberfest Newcastle beers at mmm… and glug…

Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glug

Oktoberfest Newcastle 2017 - poster

If you can’t make it to this year’s Munich Oktoberfest have the next best thing, the best selection of German beers bar none at mmm… and glug… own Oktoberfest Newcastle.

UPDATED EVENT – We will also have a free Oktoberfest Newcastle tasting (for over 18s only) at mmm… and glug… from 1pm on Saturday, 9 September.

The Munich Oktoberfest is one of the most famous events and the world’s largest fair, with some six million people attending every year.

According to tradition, the beer tents only sell original Munich beer, which is characterised by a long tradition, much experience in brewing and and the strict adherence of the “Reinheitsgebot” (Bavarian Purity Requirements).

What we will be selling at mmm… and glug…

Hacker Pschorr 

The brewery was founded in 1417 at the place where today is the inn Altes Hackerhaus (Sendlinger Straße) and grew to the leading Munich brewery in the 18th century under the couple Joseph Pschorr and Maria Theresia Hacker.

After their death the brewery was divided in Hacker brewery and Pschorr brewery and not reunified before the 1970s.

Since 2007 the beer is sold again in the traditional bottles with flip top closure.

The beer which is with 5,8% alcohol the lightest one, is offered at the Oktoberfest in the Hacker-Zelt and the Pschorr-Bräurosl.

Hofbräu

Hofbrau Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm... and glug...Wilhelm V. founded the Hofbräu brewery in 1589. Originally the brewery at the Platzl where is still the famous Hofbräuhaus, one the the most important touristic attractions in Munich.

Later the brewery was socialized and relocated to Wiener Platz, where is still one of the most beautiful Munich beergarden, the Hofbräukeller.

Today the brewery is in München-Riem. The beer which is sold in the Hofbräuzelt at the Oktoberfest is with 6,3% alcohol the strongest one.

Löwenbräu 

Lowenbrau Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glugFrom the 15th century there has been a brewery in the Löwengrube. The middle-sized company emerged to the biggest brewery in the 19th century under the Family Brey.

The brewery was relocated to Nymphenburger Straße where it is already located.

Near the brewery is the popular beergarden Löwenbräukeller at the Stiglmayerplatz which was founded in 1883.

The logo of the beer is a lion. Also famous is the oversized, mechanical lion on the top of the Löwenbräu tent which can roar and move its tail.

At the Oktoberfest the 6,1%-beer is sold in Löwenbräu-Zelt and Schützenzelt.

Paulaner 

Paulaner Brauerei Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glugThis beer has been brewed since 1634 in the Paulaner monastery and therefore the most recent under the Munich beers.

First the beer was only sold in public on holidays. The recipe of the stout which became very popular with the Munich people was invented by Brother Barnabas.

Today the Paulaner brewery is settled on the Nockherberg where takes place every year the stout-festival with an opening festival where politicians are kidded under the direction of an selected Brother Barnabas.

The Oktoberfest-beer of Paulaner has 6% alcohol and is sold in the Winzerer Fähndl, the Armbrustschützen-Zelt, the Käferzelt and the Wine Tents.

Spaten 

Spaten Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glugThe Spaten brewery was founded 1397 and was setteled in the Neuhauser Gasse for the first centuries.

Today the brewery is located in the Marsstraße and managed since 200 years by the Sedlmayr Family.

The logo of the label is a spade with the initials of Gabriel Sedlmayr. Also in the possession of the Sedlmayr family is the Franziskaner brewery.

These both 5,9%-beers are offered at the Oktoberfest in the Schottenhammel, the Marstall, the Ochsenbraterei and of course the Spaten-Zelt.

On top of our Oktoberfest Newcastle specials, we will also have our usual range of German beers, including:

  • Augustiner-Bräu (Munich)
  • Ayinger Brewery (Aying, Bavaria)
  • Schöfferhofer grapefruit wheat beer (Frankfurt)
  • Uerige Alt (Dusseldorf)
  • Diebels Alt (Dusseldorf)
  • Schlösser Alt (Dusseldorf)
  • Früh Kölsch (Cologne)
  • Berliner Pilsner (Berlin)
  • Berliner Kindl Weisse (Berlin)
  • Schlenkerla smoked Rauchbiers (Bamberg)
  • Schneider Weisse wheat beers (Kelheim, Bavaria)
  • Plus steins, glassware and US-special Oktoberfest beers (deliveries and stocks dependent).

Why is Oktoberfest in September?

The first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honour of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.

Oktoberfest hall Oktoberfest Newcastle at mmm and glugThe festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17th with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved forward into September.

By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over “die Wiesen” or the fields much longer without feeling chilly.

Historically, the last Oktoberfest weekend was in October and this tradition continues into present times.

Thank you and ‘Prost’ to the official Oktoberfest website for information and images.

Want to know more about Oktoberfest Newcastle?

Other events at at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm)

  • Saturday, 23 September: The Lakes Distillery tasting – come and taste Lakes Gin, Lakes Vodka and ‘The ONE’ whisky
  • Saturday, 30 September: Lisbon Wines – come and taste our new Portuguese wines and craft beers.

Coming soon …

  • We are hoping to be in our new shop at 129 Grainger Street (opposite the old Barclays Bank) mid to end of October. Watch out for news and opening events.
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Beers and bees at mmm… and glug…

Rigg and Furrow beers at mmm and glug

Food and drink lovers can taste local craft ales and meet over 10,000 honey bees when mmm… and glug… hosts a ‘Beers and bees’ event on Saturday, 2 September from 1pm onwards.

Rigg and Furrow beers and beesRigg & Furrow, an authentic Northumberland-based farmhouse brewery, will be tasting their beers in the Grainger Arcade store.

Giving a new lease of life to an old milking parlour Ring & Furrow create new takes on Farmhouse beers – beers originally brewed for thirsty farm workers during the summer months.

Brewing by hand, this family run brewery celebrates the best of home-grown Northumbrian and British produce, whilst creating exciting and innovative beers.

Head brewer, Theo will be tasting some of his favourite brews, including:

  • Run Hop Run – 4.2% Simcoe Session IPA
  • The Pale Ale – 3.8% English Pale
  • Owl Porter – 4% Porter
  • Trickster – 4.3% Hoppy Amber Ale
  • Sham Pain – 3.5% Elderflower Farmhouse Ale
  • Rhuble Rhubarb – 3.6% Farmhouse Ale.

Beers and bees at mmm and glug...

The Hogarth Honey bees, which proved a huge hit at the store earlier this summer, are returning with the first of their precious Yorkshire Moors heather honey.

Youngsters (and those not so young) have the chance to taste the honey and find out more about protecting the much-needed insects.

Michael McCartney of Hogarth Honey, based in Wolviston Grange, said: “I would love to talk to as many potential beekeepers and amateur gardeners as possible when we visit mmm… and glug… so we can spread the word about protecting our local bees.”

Rigg & Furrow and the Hogarth Honey bees will be at mmm… and glug… 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QF from 1pm on Saturday, 2 September.

Grainger Arcade-based Pet Lamb Patisserie will also be providing hand-made Hogarth Honey bee flapjacks to taste at the event.

Want to know more about beers and bees?

Other events at at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm)

  • Saturday, 16 September: Oktoberfest 2017 – come and taste our Oktoberfest specials
  • Saturday, 23 September: The Lakes Distillery tasting – come and taste Lakes Gin, Lakes Vodka and ‘The ONE’ whisky
  • Saturday, 30 September: Lisbon Wines – come and taste our new Portuguese wines and craft beers.

Coming soon …

  • We are hoping to be in our new shop at 129 Grainger Street (opposite the old Barclays Bank) mid to end of October. Watch out for news and opening events.
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Meet the Hogarth Honey bees at mmm…

Honey bees - Hogarth Honey

Food and drink emporium mmm… and glug…, currently based in the Grainger Arcade, will host over 10,000 local Hogarth Honey bees on Saturday, 24 June from 12 noon onwards.

Hogarth Honey bees at mmm and glugThe Hogarth Honey bees, which proved a huge hit at the store last summer, are returning with the first of their precious local summer honey.

The free event will give youngsters (and those not so young) the chance to taste the honey and find out more about protecting the much-needed insects.

mmm… and glug… owner Simone Clarkin hopes to not only get families to taste the honey, but also to find out how to encourage bees to their own gardens and neighbourhoods.

She said: “We certainly expect the Grainger Arcade to be ‘buzzing’ after last year’s meet the bees event literally stopped people in their tracks outside our shop.

“Bees are pollinators and play a huge part in the UK’s food chain. One third of the food we eat would not be available, but for the hard work of our bees.

“When the Hogarth Honey bees visited us last year (see photo below) we found many people, particularly children, who had never tasted honey before – and they loved it!”

Hogarth Honey bees visit mmm in 2016Michael McCartney of Hogarth Honey, based in Wolviston Grange, is looking forward to once again being asked lots of questions about his much-loved bees.

He said: “Bees fly about 55,000 miles to make just one pound of honey, that’s over twice around the world. And honey was even used as currency in Roman times.

“But, bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. Farming practices continue to disturb the natural habitats of solitary bees and bumblebees.

“The honey bee is also under attack from the Varroa mite and it is only the care provided by myself and other local beekeepers that is keeping north east colonies alive.

“I would love to talk to as many potential beekeepers and amateur gardeners as possible when we visit mmm… so we can spread the word about protecting our local bees.”

The Hogarth Honey bees will be at mmm… and glug… 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QF from 12 noon on Saturday, 24 June.

Grainger Arcade-based Pet Lamb Patisserie will also be providing hand-made Hogarth Honey bee flapjacks to taste at the event.

mmm… and glug… recently announced plans to expand its business with a move to a larger headquarters in Newcastle city centre and the launch of a ‘click and collect’ online shop.

Want to know more before the Hogarth Honey bees visit?

Other events at at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm)

  • Patagonian wine tasting (date tbc)
  • Summer fruit beer tasting (date tbc)
  • Ooft! meet the maker – come and taste hot Scotch Bonnet pepper and smoky chipotle sauces (date tbc).

Coming soon …

  • We are moving to a bigger shop on Grainger Street – watch this space!
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Help offered for Father’s Day beer buyers

A Newcastle shop is hoping to help Father’s Day shoppers who don’t know their bitters from their IPAs to find the perfect pint.

mmm… and glug… has enlisted the help of Blaydon-based Firebrick Brewery to host a beer tasting for non-beer lovers on Saturday, 17 June.

mmm glug Father's DayThe free event, being held in the Grainger Arcade from 12 noon onwards, will hopefully make it easy for local mums, sons and daughters (aged 18 and over) to pick the perfect local beers.

Firebrick will be tasting some of their most popular beers, including ‘Wey-Aye PA’ pale ale and ‘Toon Broon’ brown ale.

mmm… and glug… owner Simone Clarkin is hoping to not only help out non-beer lovers find the right Father’s Day gift, but also to see new converts to local beers.

She said: “We regularly hold meet the brewer events, but this one will be slightly different as we are aiming it at family members who might not really know what they should buy.

“We will be helping out lots of local shoppers to pick the right beers – and hopefully try a few out themselves.

“Craft beers are becoming more and more popular and great local breweries like Firebrick are helping to spread the word of just how good north east beers can be.”

The free Father’s Day tasting (for over 18s only) is being held at mmm… and glug… 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QF from 12 noon on Saturday, 17 June.

About Firebrick Brewery

Firebrick is the epitome of a good craft brewery and currently produces twelve beer brands.

Four of these brands are linked to the seasons and make its Mystical Range; the other eight belong to its Heritage Range, which is inspired by the history of Blaydon and the North East of England.

Want to know more before Father’s Day?

Other events at mmm… and glug… (all from 1pm)

  • Saturday, 27 May: Lilliard Gin tasting – meet Kate the distiller and  taste her award-winning Jedburgh small batch craft gin
  • Saturday, 3 June: Flashhouse Brewing meet the brewer – come and taste Jack O’Keefe’s latest North Shields-brewed ales, including his new chocolate coffee stout
  • Patagonian wine tasting (date tbc)
  • Summer fruit beer tasting (date tbc)
  • Ooft! meet the maker – come and taste hot Scotch Bonnet pepper and smoky chipotle sauces (date tbc)
  • Meet the Hogarth honey bees – come and meet 10,000 of our honey making bees and taste this year’s summer honey (date tbc)
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Pirate Life Brewing Australian ales now at mmm…

Pirate Life Brewing at mmm...

Pirate Life Brewingmmm… and glug… has become the first north east retailer to stock ales from award-winning Australian brewery Pirate Life Brewing.

The brewery, founded in Adelaide, South Australia in 2014, is the brainchild of brewers Jared Proudfoot and Jack Cameron.

Pirate Life specialises in modern, hop-forward beers that include a 5.4% Pale Ale, its 6.8% IPA and a 3.5% Throwback IPA.

The company has also experienced acclaim, winning the “best new brewery in Australia” prize from Ratebeer in 2014.

It also saw four of its beers appear in the top 20 of the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers from over 1,600 beers nominated by Australian craft beer drinkers.

What we sell at mmm… and glug…

Pirate Life Brewing Throwback IPA (3.5% ABV)
Pouring a hazy golden colour the first thing that hits you is the aroma of fresh hops pouring out of the glass.

Light bodied with a lovely carbonation, this mid strength IPA certainly holds nothing back on flavour.

Look for a citrus/piney hit of fresh hops on the palate with a light.

Ideal for that Sunday BBQ.

Pirate Life Brewing Pale (5.4% ABV) 
While hops are central again here… they’re deeper and darker than those found in the Throwback or IIPA.

Add to that some of that pine forest floor character you expect from old school West Coast hops alongside the citrus elements.

They are joined by prominent sharp caramel malts to create a creamy lushness on the palette.

There’s something herbal there too and a hearty bitterness to wrap things up.

Pirate Life Golden AlePirate Life Brewing and Hilltop Hoods’ record label Golden Ale (4.7% ABV) 

Picture this. BrewDog brewery in Scotland, freezing cold and Jack and Red are arriving for one of their 12hr+ night shifts.

They get a message from home. Friends having beers at the beach. It almost breaks them.

‘What music do you want Redman?’ asks Jack. ‘Better make it The Hoods, Skip’ replies Red.

Five years later they are launching in Adelaide: The Hilltop Hoods’ home town. Pirate Life receive an email from the manager of their Record Label asking if we’d brew a beer with them. So here it is. The Golden Era Golden Ale.

Hopped up golden ale with plenty of body to it. Looks good in the glass with a vibrant orange colour and a big fluffy white head.

Citrus hops in the flavour leads to a long satisfying finish

Pirate Life IPAPirate Life Brewing IPA (6.8%) 
So Pirate Life has decided to make another hoppy American-style ale.

Seems a bit counter intuitive.

However, this is quite an important beer as it fills in a pretty big gap.

They have a smashable mid, a well-balanced Pale Ale and a big broody, dank hop-bomb of a Double IPA.

So what’s this IPA like? Bright, fruity and full of liquid fun.

Pirate Life Brewing Imperial IPA (8.8% ABV)
Pirate Life Imperial IPAPirate Life’s Imperial India Pale Ale comes in a 500ml can.

It comes on like a freight train, bursting with citrus aromas and belting you on the back palate with hop bitterness.

Fortunately all of that hop action is balanced by a strong hop base and what the Aussies call ‘fun juice’; that is alcohol.

This Imperial IPA is 8.8% ABV.

It is a lot – but it adds an important rounding quality to the beer. 

Want to know more about Pirate Life Brewing?

North east drinkers get secret ‘in-cider’ information

Acre 637 - secret acre

Acre 637 cider logommm… and glug… are giving north east drinkers the chance to taste a unique cider produced in a secret location.

It will be tasting ‘Acre 637’ apple cider this Saturday (18 March) from 1pm onwards.

On their Herefordshire estate, Farmcare Trading Ltd uses a special, rare selection of apples from an unmarked area of land, known only as Acre 637, to produce their ‘secret’ cider.

Farmcare rescued the rare apple trees in 2008 –and is one of only three farms in the world to hold such a wide variety of heritage apples.

mmm… and glug… owner Simone Clarkin is hoping to use the free event to highlight the importance of preserving rare varieties of UK apples.

She said: “We regularly hold meet the brewer events, but this one will be slightly different as cider fans are literally going to be tasting a bit of British history.

“As well as tasting the Acre 637 cider, our customers will also get the chance to meet Farmcare Trading Ltd and hear more about their business ethos.”

Alison White, Business Development Executive for Farmcare Trading Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be giving North East cider fans their first chance to try this unique cider and say ‘cheers’ to the future of UK apple farming.

“We’re all about producing high quality food in an environmentally responsible way for our customers.”

The free tasting (for over 18s only) is being held at mmm… and glug… 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5QF from 1pm this Saturday (18 March).

Want to know more ?

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 jalapeños and Panko breadcrumbs for these jalapeño poppers are available from mmm…
The eggs came from the Grainger Market.

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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.


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