Checkout (7th edition – March 2012)

Firstly we’d like to apologise in advance for the slightly shorter than usual edition of Checkout. This is mainly due to the fact that the end of February and the beginning of March is a particularly busy period for us. It includes four family birthdays, one of which is Ade’s Mum’s 60th – so you understand why his efforts have been focused elsewhere! Another reason has been that March seems to be the ‘quiet’ month wedged between the marketing madness of Christmas & Valentine’s Day and the start of the feel good factor brought on by the warmer weather (don’t mention the hose pipe ban)… We hope you like our selection but if you have anything that you’d like us to include please email us at welovefood@btinternet.com and we’ll try to include it…

The foodie film festival

www.the-hiff.co.uk

The Henley International Film Festival takes place from 27-29 April at Mill Meadow – River Bank. Henley-on-Thames. Besides great films screened all day there’s great food, from Mexican such as the Taco Truck, to Indian spiced burger wraps from Bhangra Burger (click here for more details). You can enjoy the food whilst watching the greatest food films in the heated Cinema Cube on couple’s bean bags or bring your food and drinks from the Nosh Cube and enjoy a river cruise with Hobbs of Henley (book cruises in advance for groups and discounted especially for HIFF ticket holders, 50% discount at £10 p/person max 12 guests).

Tickets for the festival cost £10 pp on any single day, £15 pp Friday & Saturday and £25 pp Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Book your tickets online before 1 April and stand a chance of winning a night for two at the nearby Hotel du Vin Henley! As an added bonus kids under 12 get in for free and they have loads of great activities to keep the little ones happy. For a full list of what’s on, click here… It looks as if it’s going to be a great festival, we can’t wait to go. Getting there is easy and there are plenty of places to park your car.

Richard Johnson will be the HIFF's official food demo presenter... There will be over 30 Street Food vendors!

For your chance to win two weekend passes, go to our competition page or to win a food voucher worth £30 to spend at the festival (great idea) – go to www.the-hiff.co.uk/foodvoucher/
Henley International Film Festival
Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames
27 Apr 2012 – 29 Apr 2012
www.the-hiff.co.uk

*THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO BAD WEATHER – NEW DATES TBA*


Easter at Carluccios

www.carluccios.com

Easter is an important festival in Italy, and after spending some time in Southern Italy, we know they love a celebration.  This year Carluccio’s have a brilliant range of Easter goodies from all over Italy. So pop along to your local restaurant or order on-line to get something a little more exciting than the usual hollow chocolate egg shells. From the traditional Colomba Cake (Traditional Italian Easter cake made with butter, candied peel, sultanas and topped with almonds, baked in a traditional dove shaped mould) to the gorgeous Ovetti Di Cioccolato Al Peperoncino (Dark chocolate eggs flavoured with chilli) and other deliciously different treats.

egg-cellent Easter ideas from Carluccio's

Core blimey

www.benjerry.co.uk

Just when we thought that Ben & Jerry’s couldn’t improve their ice-cream (and we forgot to mention the fab fat-free frozen yogurt a couple of months ago!) The geniuses at B&J have created an ice-cream with a different flavour in each half and a thick core of sauce down the middle and what’s more they come in three brilliant varieties… Berry white – white choc & raspberry ice creams with choc truffle sauce, Karamel Sutra – chocolate & caramel ice creams with caramel sauce, Dough-ble Whammy – chocolate & cookie dough ice creams with choc fudge sauce.

Core, look at...

... the cross sections on that!

Our favourite was definitely the Karamel Sutra, a sensuous sweet caramel core flanked by rich chocolate and caramel ice creams with the added bonus of dark chocolate chips. Sometimes in life 500ml just isn’t enough.

£4.99 from all good supermarkets (and some bad ones too!)

Amazing oven cleaning

A very clean & white van man...

Our beautiful little range oven had become a mess, we were pretty ashamed at how bad we’d let it get. After cooking Christmas dinner we decided enough was enough and we called in the experts. Oven Wizards are based all over the country, we did look at other companies but the testimonials from this place were so good, and the prices fairly reasonable. It took the guy three long hours to get it clean, imagine how long it would’ve taken us! He has a dip tank in his van that he puts all the shelving, trays and even the oven door into. In the meantime he scrubs away at the inside of the oven using fume free, biodegradable oven cleaning products, mess was minimal. I felt quite bad for him, it really was a state, I couldn’t even make him a cup of tea as the kettle is a hob-based one. It set us back £74, but well worth the money.

BEFORE…

We know, disgraceful.

AFTER…

Amazing!

DISCOUNT! Oven Wizards are offering those in the Kent and South East London a 10% discount when quoting We Love Food, It’s All We Eat when booking, email iankeddie@aol.com or telephone 07889 981015. Or visit www.ovenwizards.com/oven-cleaning/Dartford

A baking weekend in Cornwall with Tom Herbert

www.bedruthan.com/TomHerbert

I think you taken a wrong turn... The kitchen is down the hall and second on the left

 Tom Herbert of Channel 4 show The Fabulous Baker Brothers (have you seen how much mess he makes throwing all that flour around) and Hobbs House Bakery, will be returning to Bedruthan Steps hotel in Cornwall on Mawgan Porth’s lovely bay in the spring to host a baking weekend.

With personal tuition from Tom, would-be bakers will learn how to knead their way to the perfect loaf, including sourdough and soda bread. This two-day break is ideal for anyone with a passion for bread – from total beginners to those looking for some top tips from the Master Baker and includes a midnight sourdough shaping session on the Friday..

The course takes place from 17th to 19th May and includes full board at The Good Hotel Guide’s Family Hotel of The Year, Bedruthan Steps, perched on the hillside above Mawgan Porth beach, with breathtaking views across the waves, ideal for an escape to the coast.

17th to 19th May 2012 £390 pp (full board)
www.bedruthan.com 01637 860860

The Baker Brothers... Fabulous!

Another frozen yoghurt shop for London

FRAE Frozen Yogurt unveils a brand new look and a new shop on the Kings Road, Chelsea. Co-Founder Donald Murray adds: ‘We are excited for our customers to visit the new Chelsea shop; it is inspired by old dairy marketing and has a real wow factor.  We’ve used zinc and stainless steel to add an honest vintage feel. We’ve also had fun with the new menus.’ They get their frozen yogurt delivered fresh from the farm each morning.  It’s 100% fat-free, low in calories and full of healthy probiotics. The new menus features indulgent treats priced from £4.10 such as Salted Caramel (Natural FRAE, almonds, caramel and a sprinkle of sea salt), Mochi Zen (Green Tea FRAE, lots of Mochi and mango) and Red Velvet (Strawberry FRAE, blueberries and white chocolate chips).

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FRAE Islington – 27 Camden Passage, Islington N1 8EA, FRAE Notting Hill – 47 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill W11 3JS , FRAE Topshop – Flagship Store, Oxford Circus, FRAE Shoreditch – BOXPARK, Shoreditch, FRAE Chelsea – 130 Kings Road 

0% fat... 100% taste

Pizza Pilgrims 

Not quite the Italian Job... but a pretty cool set of wheels, all three of them!

Proper pizza with fresh ingredients...

Pizza Pilgrims, who produce Napoli-inspired street food, have pitched up one of those cute little three-wheeler vans in Berwick Street Market, Soho. Last summer they travelled all over Italy discovering the different pizzas in each region and bought their van back to London. We haven’t yet been, due to the opening hours, bit too far to go for lunch, but keep hearing such good things, they’re there from about 12pm-4pm Monday to Friday. All the pizzas are handmade made to order, and cost £5 or £6 depending on toppings.

Follow them on Twitter at twitter.com/pizzapilgrims

... at decent prices too.

Look out for our April edition of Checkout

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