09 December 2013
It was the first time we’d done the Abergavenny Food Festival in winter. Stories from other producers talked of hoards of people filling Christmas hampers with single-minded determination and no time to stop and chat.
Thankfully, although there were a few customers who were clearly on a mission to tick off every name on their Christmas list, there were sufficient happy, relaxed and suitably Christmas- clothed visitors to chat to as well.
Set up was a doddle thanks to staying the night before with our friends at Trealy Farm just up the road, and there was even time for a warm mince pie and hot coffee before the doors opened at 10.
There was time, too, for some shopping of our own: packs of delicious charcuterie from Trealy, French rose garlic for baking, onion bhajee scotch eggs from the lovely SamosaCo, and a selection of cheeses from Charlie Westhead. I just managed to pick up the last few loaves from Alex Gooch, including the foccacia topped with Halen Môn, phew.
It was a day of discovery: a juicy lamb burger from Glam Lamb was topped with melted Welsh cheddar- what a great combination- and a nice man from Brecon Brewery brought us a bottle of his new Dark Skies beer, made from fresh raspberries and a pinch of vanilla Halen Môn, surely a world first?
But the most important thing was that the people of Abergavenny LOVED our new gift sets and they flew off the stall. We’re so looking forward to hearing how all the cooks and mixologists enjoy using them over Christmas.
27 November 2013
Gorgeous giftboxes new for this Christmas. Choose a classic or something more adventurous, but be sure that whichever you choose, it is promised to be well-seasoned.
10 October 2013
We have been supplying Rococo chocolates with our sea salt for longer than we care to remember, and we thought it was about time we raved about what a fine company they are.
Chantal Coady founded the now world-famous and multi award-winning business in 1983, in a bid to ‘break the chocolate mould.’ Soon she was producing chocolates packaged as beautifully as they tasted – with friends from art school she painted Boticelli cherubs and clouds on the ceiling of her first shop, even making a chandelier from sugar to light up the window.
Today, we are proud to be an ingredient in several of Chantal & her team’s exquisite chocolates, from their delectably delicate Sea Salted Milk Chocolate Wafers (is there anything more satisfying than hearing that ‘snap’ after dinner?) to the incredibly smooth and velvety Anglesey Sea Salt Caramel Ganaches, with a flavour so fresh and rich they make your heart sing (below).
‘Salt intensifies cocoa and caramel flavour notes in our organic chocolate blend (s), and the lingering salty-sweet taste in a … chocolate … is incredibly moreish.’
Other products worth their salt are the beautiful Salted Chocolate Toffee and Hazelnut Pralines (below) , and the playfully delicious Almond and Rosemary Sea Salt Milk Bar.
Dawn Mellowship (chocolate blogger) says:
‘Standard table salt is not exactly healthy heart material but sea salt contains a balance of key minerals that help ensure the body has adequate electrolytes. After convincing myself thoroughly that the addition of sea salt had made my chocolate positively brimming with essential nutrients I took a bite of the chocolate wafers and sure enough, the salt intensified the flavour of the chocolate and took the edge off any sweetness.’
Rococo have been avid fans of provenance and authenticity long before it was fashionable – there is real care taken in sourcing their ingredients. They were also long before their time in packaging their products – we all know we eat with our eyes, and the gorgeous and original packaging truly does their products justice.
We are very proud to supply such an innovative company.
You can get your mitts on this chocolatey goodness from:
Shop Cwtch, Anglesey
The Grosvenor Hotel, Chester
Photos: J Lea-Wilson, 2013
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