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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Expansion to Grainger Street is our recipe for success

Sintons Solicitors at mmm... and glug...

A North East artisan food and drink retailer, which sources products from around the world and has amassed a following across the UK and beyond, is targeting expansion through a move to Grainger Street and the launch of its online shop.

mmm glug stamp logo Grainger Streetmmm…and glug…was established in Newcastle in 2008 and has grown into one of the most highly-esteemed independent food and drink brands of its kind.

It attracts customers from across the country and earning name-checks in books by celebrity chefs, including Thomasina Miers

The business, based in the city’s Grainger Market, has earned fame in foodie circles for its commitment to sourcing the highest quality produce from suppliers around the world.

It is now known for being the go-to place for the most unusual of ingredients, and has a loyal and sizeable following both among its customer base and on social media.

Run by Simone and Ian Clarkin, mmm…and glug… – which started out in 2008, is now moving to a two-floor 1,500 sq ft retail unit on nearby Grainger Street.

This will allow it to have its own shop front on one of Newcastle’s busiest streets and dictate its own opening hours.

The move comes at a time of development for the business, as it introduces a ‘click and collect’ service for customers and online mail order to allow it to look at international trade.

Spanish paprika at mmm... Grainger Streetmmm…and glug…have also launched a range of its own-label spice mixes and cooking ingredients.

mmm…and glug…has been built by passionate foodies Simone and Ian, who have assembled a five-strong team who share their love of quality food and drink.

Simone’s background in sourcing fine food and wines from continental suppliers, coupled with Ian’s expertise in marketing – which has seen mmm…glug…named as one of the most influential independent businesses on Twitter – has proved a recipe for success.

Simone said: “This is a very exciting time for us, moving into our own shop on Grainger Street and having the freedom that comes with that is something we have wanted for some time.

“The Grainger Market has been a fantastic place to be, but we are delighted with the start of our new chapter.

“Our ethos is we source high-quality food and drink from independent producers wherever they are in the world, and strive to build long-term relationships with both our customers and suppliers.

“We do stock products from the North East and we source from Spain, Italy, France, America, we look across the whole world to get the quality we know our customers will want.”

Ian, who initially was ‘Saturday boy’ with mmm…glug…before joining his wife full time, said: “We have customers who come to us from as far afield as Liverpool and Manchester and even afield.

“Through the launch of online ordering in the near future we hope we will become accessible to people across the UK and even internationally.

Thomasina Miers at mmm... Grainger Street“Our customers are fantastic and are the biggest advocates of what we do.

Thomasina Miers first became aware of us when she remarked how difficult it was to find some cooking ingredients; one of our customers got in touch with her to tell her about us.

“Since then, she has mentioned us in her cookbooks and even held a book launch here.”

mmm…and glug…have been supported in its expansion by law firm Sintons, with Head of Licensing Sarah Smith and Laura Peace, Partner in the Real Estate team, both acting in the transaction.

Sarah Smith said: “Newcastle enjoys a reputation as a vibrant and diverse leisure venue which attracts people from across the whole UK.

“mmm…and glug…is another example of something special we have here which again puts the North East on a national scale.

“Its reputation for its quality and variety of produce is well known far beyond this region.

“And the platform it has created on social media has also helped it to stand out in the very competitive culinary marketplace.

“We wish Simone and Ian luck in their new home for mmm…and glug…on Grainger Street and every success as they continue to grow and develop the business.”

Pictured (courtesy of Sintons Law and David Wood Photographer above: left to right –  Simone Clarkin; Sarah Smith and Laura Peace, Sintons and Ian Clarkin.

Want to know more before we move to Grainger Street?

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

  • 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
  • Saturday, 16 June: Firebrick Brewery meet the brewer – looking for a Father’s Day gift? Our Blaydon-based brewery will help you find the perfect bottles for him to enjoy.
  • 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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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.

Cool Chile Co at mmm…

We love our Mexican flavours at mmm… and so do our customers, especially our weekly deliveries (including fresh corn tortillas) from the wonderful Cool Chile Co.

cool-chile-logoThey began small, importing a handful of chilli varieties and selling them from their market stall, first in Portobello and then in Borough Market, London.

Whilst travelling in México, they researched (ate), tested (ate), tasted (ate) and when they got home began to produce their own salsas, sauces and pastes, faithfully using traditional Mexican recipes and their delicious imported chillies.

What we sell at mmm…

Cool Chile Co Chile AnchoChile Ancho – whole (80g) – heat scale 3/10

Ancho means ‘broad’, due to the large shoulders of this chilli.

It’s tobacco and dried fruit flavour combines well with tangy guajillos.

Ancho is indispensable in Mole Poblano sauces, salsas and stews.

Whole Anchos can be stuffed whole, cut into strips ‘rajas’ or puréed for sauces.

Cool Chile Co diced AnchoChile Ancho – diced (40g) – heat scale 3/10

Simply sprinkle diced anchos into the pot during cooking or toast briefly in a dry pan to release the flavours.

Soak in hot water for 10 mins and purée with some of the soaking liquid.

Or add to soups, sauces, stews and salsas. Ancho is indispensable in Mole Poblano sauces, salsas and stews.

Cool Chile Co Ancho powderChile Ancho – powder (60g) – heat scale 3/10

Powdered chillies are easy and convenient as they require no soaking, so can be added directly to your dishes.

Fry a little onion and garlic in oil and add 1/2 – 1 tsp of powder.

Then use the mixture as a base for rice or bean dishes, soups or stews. Ancho is indispensable in Mole Poblano sauces, salsas and stews.

Cool Chile Co Chipotle (Meco)Chile Chipotle – whole Meco (40g) – heat scale 5/10

Chipotles are smoke-dried jalapeños, with thick flesh.

They are a medium hot, dried chilli with a soft smoky flavour.

Chipotles add great depth of flavour to soups, stews and sauces.

They can be used whole for a subtle flavour or diced for a stronger flavour.

Cool Chile Co Chipotle (Morita)Chile Chipotle – whole Morita (40g) – heat scale 7/10

A hot, dried chilli with a strong tobacco flavour.

Chipotles are smoke-dried jalapeños, with thick flesh and add great depth of flavour to soups, stews and sauces.

Wipe clean, remove stem and seeds. Open out flat and toast briefly in a dry pan until a nutty aroma is released. Soak in just boiled water for 15 mins, drain and purée.

This purée can be added to soups, stews, sauces or salsas.

Cool Chile Co diced chipotleChile Chipotle – diced (40g) – heat scale 7/10

Chipotles are smoke-dried jalapeños, with thick flesh.

They are a hot, dried chilli with a soft smoky flavour that add great depth of flavour to soups, stews and sauces.

Simply sprinkle into the pot during cooking or toast briefly in a dry pan to release the flavours.

Use chipotles in soups, stews, salsas and sauces.

Cool chile Co chipotle powderChile Chipotle – powdered (40g) – heat scale 7/10

Chipotles are smoke-dried jalapeños, with thick flesh.

They are a hot, dried chilli with a soft smoky flavour that add great depth of flavour to soups, stews and sauces.

Powdered chillies are easy and convenient as they require no soaking, so can be added directly to your dishes.

Use chipotles in soups, stews, salsas and sauces.

Cool Chile Co Chile De ArbolChile De Árbol – whole (60g) – heat scale 8/10

De àrbol means tree-like as this chilli plant grows sturdy and has a woody stem.

De àrbol chillies are related to cayenne varieties.

Àrbols, can be crushed and put on top of pizza, into stews and soups.

They make intense hot sauces, including harrisa.

Cool Chile Co diced ArbolChile De Árbol – diced (25g) – heat scale 8/10

A hot, dried, diced chilli with a distinctive grassy flavour.

Árbol has a searing, clean heat, use in seafood broths or home-made hot sauces.

Simply sprinkle into the pot during cooking or toast briefly in a dry pan to release the flavours. 

Use Àrbol to add heat in a myriad of dishes, also good sprinkled on top of pizzas.

Cool Chile Co Guajillo chilliesChile Guajillo – whole (60g) – heat scale 3/10

Guajillo means little gourd, due to it’s shape. 

A mild, dried chilli with a tangy tea and pine flavour Guajillos make tasty, brick red sauces and stews.

Wipe clean, remove stem and seeds. Open out flat and toast briefly in a dry pan until a nutty aroma is released.

Soak in just boiled water for 15 mins, drain and purée. This purée can be added to soups, stews, sauces or salsas.

Cool Chile Co diced GuajilloChile Guajillo – diced (40g) – heat scale 3/10

A mild, dried, diced chilli with a tangy tea and pine flavour. Guajillos make tasty, brick red sauces and stews.

Simply sprinkle into the pot during cooking or toast briefly in a dry pan to release the flavours.

Then soak in hot water for 10 mins and purée with some of the soaking liquid.

Add the purée to add to soups, stews, salsas and sauces.

Cool Chile Co powdered GuajilloChile Guajillo – powdered (60g) – heat scale 3/10

A mild chilli powder with a tangy tea and pine flavour. Guajillo makes tasty, brick red sauces and stews.

Powdered chillies are easy and convenient as they require no soaking, so can be added directly to your dishes.

Chile guajillo is useful in stews and mixes well with the fruitier chile ancho, try in enchilada sauces.

Cool Chile Co Habanero chilliesChile Habanero – whole (20g) – heat scale 10/10

Habaneros are grown in the Yucatan, where delicious salsas like Xni pec are served on most tables.

An extremely hot, dried chilli with a tropical fruit flavour.

Big heat with big flavour, eat with caution.

Habaneros are fantastic in salsas and sauces.

Cool Chile Co diced HabaneroChile Habanero – diced (40g) – heat scale 10/10

An extremely hot, dried diced chilli with a tropical fruit flavour.

Big heat with big flavour, eat with caution.

Habaneros are fantastic in salsas and sauces, the flavour matches the heat which does not linger, leaving you wanting more.

Habaneros are grown in the Yucatan, where delicious salsas like Xni pec are served on most tables.

Cool Chile Co diced JalapenoChile Jalapeño – diced – (40g) – heat scale 7/10

Hot, green dried, diced jalapeño pieces with a sweet herbaceous flavour.

Jalapeños are thick fleshed and hot. Fresh they are red or green with cork like markings on the skin. 

Smoke dried they are called chipotles.

Can be used in salsas, breads and dressings. Or add to soups, stews, salsas and sauces.

Cool Chile Co Mulato chilliesChile Mulato – whole (60g) – heat scale 3/10

Mulatos are related to ancho chillies, but ripen to a brown colour rather than red.

A mild chilli with a deep herbaceous flavour that can be stuffed whole, cut into strips ‘rajas’ or puréed for sauses.

Mulatos are an indispensable ingredient in Mole Poblano sauce (a rich chilli, nut and cocoa sauce).

Cool Chile Co diced MulatoChile Mulato – diced – (40g) – heat scale 3/10

Mulatos are related to ancho chillies but ripen to a brown colour rather than red.

A mild, dried, diced chilli with a deep herbaceous flavour.

Mulatos are an indispensable ingredient in Mole Poblano sauce (a rich chilli, nut and cocoa sauce).

Simply sprinkle into the pot during cooking or toast briefly in a dry pan to release the flavours, soak in hot water for 10 mins and purée with some of the soaking liquid.

Cool Chile Co New Mexico Red chilliesChile New México Red – whole (60g) – heat scale 3/10

New México Red chiles are revered in Northern México and used in dishes such as guisado de res soronense.

A mild, dried chilli with an earthy but zingy flavour.

New México red are used to make brick red sauces for enchiladas and stews.

Purée for sauces, it is so light you will not need to add tomato.

Cool Chile Co Pasilla chilliesChile Pasilla – whole (60g) – heat scale 4/10

Pasilla means little raisin, so called because of it’s flavour.

A medium hot, dried chilli with a rich, herbaceous and dried fruit flavour.

Pasilla is perfect in Mole Poblano sauce.

Or pasillas can be stuffed whole, cut into rings and fried for soups garnishes, like tortilla soup or puréed for sauses like salsa borracha ‘drunken salsa”.

Cool Chile Co diced PasillaChile Pasilla – diced (40g) – heat scale 4/10

A medium hot, dried, diced chilli with a rich, herbaceous and dried fruit flavour. Pasilla is perfect in Mole Poblano sauce.

Simply sprinkle into the pot during cooking or toast briefly in a dry pan to release the flavours, soak in hot water for 10 mins and purée with some of the soaking liquid.

Add to soups, stews, salsas and sauces.

Cool Chile Co powdered PasillaChile Pasilla – powdered (60g) – heat scale 4/10

A medium hot, chilli powder with a rich, herbaceous and dried fruit flavour.

Pasilla is perfect in Mole Poblano sauces, soups, salsas and stews.

Powdered chillies are easy and convenient as they require no soaking, so can be added directly to your dishes.

Pasilla means ‘little raisin’ due to its flavour. It also mixes well with chocolate, can be used in chocolate cake or muffin recipes.

Cool Chile Co Piquin chilliesChile Piquín – whole (30g) – heat scale 9/10

Piquín means ‘little flea’ due to it’s shape, it also grows wild and called chile tepín.

A very hot, dried chilli with corn and nut flavours.

Piquín can be used in hot sauces, stews and broths.

Perfect cracked in to a cup of hot seafood broth.

Cascabel chilliesChile Cascabel – whole (60g) – heat scale 4/10

Cascabel means ‘little rattle” due to the noise it makes when you shake it.

A medium hot, dried chilli with a rounded nutty flavour. Cascabel mixes well with tomatillos and makes beautiful deep red sauces and stews.

Purée with tomatillos for a salsa or mix the purée with orange juice and clove for a marinade for meat.

Cool Chile Co Chipotle KetchupChipotle ketchup (270g) – heat scale 6/10

A spicy ketchup made with smoked dried chipotle chillies, which give this tangy but sweet ketchup a smoky depth of flavour.

Perfect for burgers, chips or grilled sandwiches.

Mix with mayonnaise and lime for seafood cocktails or brush on meat near end of cooking, for a smoky, sticky glaze.

Cool Chile Co Habanero Hot SauceHabanero Hot Sauce (150g) – heat scale 10/10

An extremely hot sauce made from habanero chillies.

The ‘King of chillies’ give this hot sauce a big, fruity, floral flavour with a searing heat.

Great on avocados, fish, grilled meats, baked potatoes and in soups and stews.

Use sparingly due to chilli heat.

Cool Chile Co Chipotle SalsaChipotle salsa (270g) – heat scale 5/10

A spicy tomato salsa with coriander and smoked chipotle chillies.

Those chipotle chillies give this spicy salsa a fresh, but rich smoky flavour.

Use for a dip for chips.

Or heat gently for a quick ranchero sauce for fried eggs and tortillas.

Tomatill salsa Tomatillo Salsa (270g)  – heat scale 3/10

A spicy salsa made with tomatillos, coriander and hot green chilli.

Tangy tomatillos (small, green, sour fruits) give this salsa a distinctive zingy flavour.

Use as a dip or blend with avocado for a richer dip.

For enchiladas or chilaquiles, heat the sauce thinning as necessary with water or stock.

Chipotle in adoboChipotle in adobo (185g) – heat scale 7/10

Smoked, diced chipotle chillies in a tomato and vinegar sauce.

Mix with mayonnaise, ketchup or fresh salsa.

For soups, stews and sauces stir in 1 tsp at a time to taste.

For marinades brush on meat, fish or corn on the cob before grilling.

Achiote pasteAchiote paste (100g)

Annatto seeds, know as ‘achiote’ in México, have a mild, earthy flavour and bright red colour, making them a perfect ingredient in a marinade base.

Dissolve in a little of the paste in vinegar or a mix of fresh lime and orange juice and add salt to taste.

Use to marinate fish or meat before roasting, steaming or barbecuing or use to colour and flavour rice dishes.

Mole Poblano pasteMole Poblano paste (100g) – heat scale 3/10

A savoury paste made with dried chillies, dried fruit and cocoa. Dilute to make a Mole Poblano sauce.

Mole Poblano is traditionally served on poached chicken or turkey with white rice on the side.

But it is equally delicious served with a little refry and rice in a taco or with fried eggs and tortillas.

EpazoteEpazote (25g)

A dried, cut leaf, pungent herb.

Mexican epazote has a citrus or medicinal flavour, which works well with black bean dishes and seafood stews.

Use sparingly whilst cooking, due to strong flavour

Try a little espazote sprinkled in a quesadilla.

Mexican oreganoMexican Oregano (25g)

A dried, cut leaf, spicy herb. Mexican oregano has a strong, spicy and aromatic flavour. It can be added to soups, stews and salsas.

Rub between fingers over dishes whilst cooking or to serve. The friction helps release fragrant oils.

Use sparingly due to strong flavour.

Use in dishes such as pozole, pink pickled onions and salsas.

Black bean kitBlack Bean kit (250g)

Dried black turtle beans, spices, epazote and recipe to make Mexican style black beans and refry.

Mexican black beans, known as ‘frijoles de olla’ are common to central and south México.

Cook these beans with onion to make this dish, or add included packet of smoked paprika to make refry.

Eat as a side dish with warmed tortillas, or make them into refy for tortas and tacos or as a warm dip with corn chips.

Cowboy Bean kitCowboy Bean kit (250g)

Dried pinto beans, spices, bay leaves and recipe to make Mexican style pinto beans and refry.

Mexican cowboy beans, known as ‘frijoles de charros’ are typical to northern México, cook these beans with onion, green chilli and tomato to make this dish, or add included packet of smoked paprika to make refry.

Eat as a side dish with warmed tortillas, or make them into refy for tortas and tacos or as a warm dip with corn chips.

Chile Con Carne kitCool Chile Con Carne kit (220g)

This kit makes a chilli con carne which is most similar to a northern Mexico dish called ‘carne con chile’ (which translates as ‘meat with chilli’).

This kit allows you to cook with or without the beans and serves two people as a main or four as side dishes.

Includes black beans, chile guajillo, Cool Chile Con Carne Spice Mix, chile ancho, chile chipotle morita, epazote, chile de árbol and recipe sheet.

Hibiscus flowersHibiscus Flowers (50g)

Dried flowers for infusing drinks and sauces.

Hibiscus, known as ‘flor de Jamaica’ in México, has a tart, cranberry-like flavour.

It is used to make a delicious, ruby coloured drink called Agua Fresca de Flor de Jamaica.

Can be used to make mulled hibiscus tea, syrups for puddings or in cocktails, such as margaritas.

Masa harina for tortillasMasa Harina for tortillas and tamales (500g and 1kg)

Finely ground maize flour for making soft corn tortillas.

This special grind is not only used to make tortillas but also sopes, gorditas and other antojitos/snacks.

The tamale special grind will help to make light and fluffy tamales (Mexican steamed corn dumplings).

Blue corn tortillasFresh corn and blue corn tortillas – 15 cm – (300g packs of 13)

15cm disks of corn, made using Mexican Masa Harina – use warm to wrap food.

These tortillas when warmed make great soft tacos, quesadillas and enchiladas or use as an accompaniment to meals.

When stale they fry beautifully to make totopos.

We get deliveries of the corn and blue corn (pictured) tortillas every Friday at mmm… You will find them in our fridge.

Want to know more?

Thanks to Cool Chile Co for the information and images on this page.

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 deli goes mmm…exican with Thomasina Miers

Thomasina Miers at mmm...

A top UK chef and restaurateur met a horde of her Mexican food disciples at a Newcastle deli today (Thursday, 12 July) after striking up a twitter debate about finding good food.

Grainger market-based ‘mmm…’ played host to Thomasina ‘Tommi’ Miers after being named as one of the top suppliers of Mexican produce in the UK.

Thomasina Miers signed copies of her new book ‘ Wahaca – Mexican Food at Home’ at the deli, which has a growing reputation for sourcing unusual spices, herbs, chillies and other Mexican staples.

The four-year old deli has been listed in the new book, which the former Masterchef winner is hoping will convert even more fans to the world of Mexican cooking.

Thomasina Miers at mmm 2 webOwner of mmm…, Simone Clarkin, 49, was delighted to hear that her deli had been listed in the book and even more excited to hear from Thomasina herself.

She said: “Thomasina Miers is the most mentioned chef we have in our deli and her first book, ‘Mexican food made easy’ is the cooking bible for many of our customers.

“Our conversations started last year via twitter when Thomasina bemoaned the lack of Mexican food in the UK.

“Many of our customers told her about our efforts to supply Mexican and South American food lovers in the region with those hard to get ingredients.

“We are delighted that the north east food scene will feature in the book and the news that Tommi was coming to mmm… saw several of our customers taking a day’s holiday especially to meet her.”

In her book, Thomasina Miers says: “When we first started Wahaca it was extremely difficult to find the necessary ingredients. Chipotles, tomatillos, Mexican oregano, even corn tortillas were unheard of.

“These days the Mexican food bug has spread and people are really up on Mexican ingredients.

“I have come across many of the suppliers, including mmm…, only recently – but they are doing a great job.”

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