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).

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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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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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Food store books place in Maunika Gowardhan’s heart

A Newcastle-based food store is celebrating its latest inclusion in a national cookbook with a book signing this weekend.

mmm…, based in the Grainger Arcade in Newcastle city centre, is playing host to local chef Maunika Gowardhan for a signing of her newly-published book, ‘Indian Kitchen’ this Saturday (27 June) from 12 noon.

The food store is described by the Mumbai-raised chef as being a, “haven in the heart of the Grainger Market for quality spices, alongside oils, vinegars, chutneys and flour.”

Maunika GowardhanThe award-winning store has also previously been recognised in two best-selling cookbooks by BBC Masterchef and owner of Mexican restaurant chain Wahaca, Thomasina Miers.

Maunika was born and raised in Mumbai, India and is now based in the UK.

‘Indian Kitchen’, published by Hodder and Stoughton, is based on simple and enticing dishes that have been part of her family for generations.

As well as being a private chef, Maunika also writes a food column for a Vogue India and has featured in international food and lifestyle publications, including The Independent, Red Magazine, Sunday Telegraph and Jamie Magazine.

As well as being able to meet Maunika, have copies of her book signed and get cooking advice, food fans will also be able to sample dishes from her cookbook.

Simone Clarkin, owner of mmm…, is excited to not only be hosting the signing, but to also feature in her third nationally-published cookbook.

She said: “Maunika is a regular shopper with us and is always giving us useful advice on which herbs and spices to stock, as well as tips on how to use them.

“We were so pleased that she included us in her wonderful new cookbook, ‘Indian Kitchen’ and we know that many of our customers are looking forward to Saturday’s signing.”

The event is free and being held at mmm…, 10-13 Grainger Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne from 12 noon to 2pm on Saturday, 27 June.

Little Doone sweet balsamic dressings at mmm…

Little Doone’s award-winning sweet balsamic dressings are one of mmm… customers favourites – once tasted you will know exactly why.

All of Little Doone’s dressings are based on their Original Sweet Balsamic Dressing, which sits between a balsamic vinegar and a glaze, with a beautifully sweet taste and a nice, thick consistency.

Made in Alva, Scotland with raw cane sugar, hints of vanilla and chocolate extracts, spices, and of course the all important balsamic vinegar, it’s a careful process of blending, of heating and cooling, until the weight and flavour is just right.

Little Doone take great care in crafting their dressings to ensure that each one has the distinctive taste so loved by customers at mmm…

Across the range of dressings, each of the flavours is carefully blended to have just the right balance, whether it’s the subtlety of the Chilli, the light aromas of Lemon Zest, or the robust, deep flavours of Raspberry.

What we sell at mmm…

Original

Little Doone originalThis award winning dressing has a sweet, yet sharp flavour, opening up to a rich and beautifully deep aftertaste.

Excellent with salads, but don’t stop there! Drizzle a little over fish and poultry, use as a marinade, add a little to sauces and stews to give added depth and complexity.

Blend with oil to draw out the mellow balsamic tones when using with savoury dishes or for dipping with fresh crusty bread.

Superb with desserts, fruits, and especially strawberries.

Orange zest

Little Doone orange zestThis balances the sharpness of orange zest against the sweetness of the balsamic.

The flavour of is warm and full of depth and will transform your salads.

Pour over pate, drizzle over duck.

For the more adventurous, use a little with chocolate based desserts, or over a fruit salad to add a intriguing twist.

Raspberry

Little Doone raspberryBlend sweet balsamic dressing with 25% pure crushed Scottish raspberries.

The result is this exquisite dressing full of deep rich fruit flavours giving way to the sweet, sharp palate of balsamic.

Wonderful with salads and over pate or try as a marinade for venison.

A dash will give your stews added depth and for the adventurous, drizzle over desserts.

Chilli

Little Doone chilliTo the original dressing, a hint of chilli is added, giving a little kick at the back of the taste.

The chilli gives a lovely tang to a flavour that will liven up your salads, and is perfect with pasta.

It’s wonderful with poultry and works on smoked peppered mackerel, or try a drizzle over cous-cous.

Garlic

Little Doone garlicCrushed fresh garlic is blended with sweet balsamic dressing to give a deep, full flavour, a real favourite.

Blend with oil for a wonderful salad dressing, or drizzle a little over pasta.

Add to a tomato-based sauce to give extra depth and pour through chicken stir-fry for oh, such a superb taste!

Ginger

Little Doone gingerFresh root ginger is blended with sweet balsamic dressing giving a beautiful fresh taste.

An imaginative new flavour for dipping, or serve with oriental foods.

Wonderful with stir-fries, and sea bass is transformed by a drizzle.

Try with strawberries it’s awesome!

Strawberry

Little Doone strawberrySummer sunshine in a bottle!

The freshness of 25% crushed Scottish strawberries added to sweet balsamic dressing gives a deliciously light but complex palate in this classic combination.

Serve with salad, or try over trout or salmon for a taste that really works.

Use a little drizzled over fruit to give an intriguing edge to the flavour.

Whisky

Little Doone whiskyA blending of tastes, a blending of cultures.

A good nip of whisky is carefully balanced with sweet balsamic dressing to give a beautifully smooth and mellow flavour.

Try with steaks, either as a marinade or after cooking, or serve with haggis and neeps for a contemporary twist on a traditional favourite.

Lemon zest

Little Doone lemon zestA beautiful dressing with the fresh, light notes of lemon zest giving way to the deep, full flavours of balsamic.

Gives a little twist to your salads.

And it is simply made for fish!

NEW: Lime zest – details to follow.

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Thanks to Little for the information and images on this page. Main image by Ian Clarkin.

Simone’s spicy smoked paprika wedges – a mmm… recipe

Spicy smoked paprika wedges
Serves 4
These wedges smell seriously amazing when they are cooking – even better they taste great too! The paste also works well with chicken wings and drumsticks (adjust cooking times accordingly) and makes a lovely marinade for BBQs too. It isn’t a recipe – just something you can put together in a couple of minutes and makes your kitchen smell amazing (did we mention that before?)
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tsp of smoked paprika/pimenton (we used sweet smoked, but you can also use semi-sweet or hot smoked)
  2. 2 tbsp of Mutti tomato puree (the double concentrate purees work best)
  3. 3-4 tbsp of oil (we used our Herdade Portuguese olive oil – but you can also use rapeseed oil too)
  4. 600 – 700g of uncooked potatoes cut into wedges, cubes, chips or whatever you fancy
  5. Juice of half a lemon
  6. Parsley to garnish (optional).
Instructions
  1. Mix the paprika, puree and oil together in a dish
  2. Put your potatoes in a pan and add the paste
  3. Put a lid on the pan and shake for a few seconds to coat the potatoes
  4. Season with salt and pepper
  5. Add the coated potatoes to a pre-heated oven tray (oven set to 220°C/428°F) and leave for ten minutes
  6. Then turn the potatoes and reduce the oven temperature to 180°C/356°F and cook for a further 35 minutes or until they start to char
  7. Just before serving squeeze the juice of one lemon onto the potatoes and garnish with parsley (optional).
Notes
  1. If you are feeling like a bit more heat use our Gran Luchito smoked chilli ketchup instead of tomato puree – spicy!
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All of the ingredients came from mmm…

The potatoes came from the Grainger Market.

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