What’s New In Food This Month
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Beanz By Sage
Sage Appliances has launched a coffee subscription service featuring 20 speciality roasters. Take the online quiz to discover tasting notes and roast intensities, then choose from brands like Ozone, Caravan, Notes, Assembly and Redemption. Available as ground coffee, beans or pods for Nespresso machines, there are more than 75 options to choose from – we recommend ‘Forest Blend’ by Perky Blenders for its notes of chocolate, plum and brown sugar. Also check out Sage’s coffee machines, including The Bambino, for barista-style coffee at home.
Cowdray Estate in Sussex has opened an online shop with a selection of pantry staples, artisan cheeses, and premium sweet and savoury items. Cowdray has an impressive 16,500-acre estate where it produces fruit and vegetables, as well as organic meat including lamb and venison. Not sure where to start? Cowdray’s new picnic hampers (from £28pp) are filled with goodies and come with compostable cutlery, plates, napkins and cups – perfect for the Jubilee weekend.
Lockdown Liquor x Prospero Tequila Cantarita
Regular SL readers will know how much we love Lockdown Liquor. Its latest exciting release is the Cantarita, made with Rita Ora’s signature Prospero Tequila, which is produced in Mexico by Stella Anguiano – one of the country’s best female distillers. It also features grapefruit, lime, orange and a sweet touch of agave nectar. Make like Rita and serve yours over plenty of ice, topped up with soda water, and finished with a salt rim.
Jyoti Patel, the chef behind online grocer Red Rickshaw, has launched a subscription service to bring meals from around the world straight to your door. Using specialist ingredients to deliver truly authentic dishes, his recipes rotate each week so there’s always something new on offer – think aubergine katsu curry, paneer koftas, Filipino lamb stew and chicken pho. Boxes contain everything you need to make each recipe, and you can choose from weekly, fortnightly or one-off deliveries depending on your schedule. Meals start from £6.50.
Rick Stein: The Cornish Cookery Escape
Just in time for Padstow’s summer season, Rick Stein’s flagship cookery school has reopened after an extensive renovation. Using new Rangemaster gas stoves and marble worktops, guests can take part in full or half-day cookery courses to learn how to create Rick’s signature dishes. Learn how to whip up lobster and crab, classic dishes from The Seafood restaurant, or meals from Rick’s latest book, featuring quality seafood from Cornish waters. Make a weekend of it and stay at one of the new Rick Stein shepherd huts, which are a ten-minute drive from Padstow Harbour. Courses start from £45pp and huts start from £220 per night.
Wycombe Chef’s Table
Wycombe Chef’s Table create spices and chilli oils from around the world. All are created in small batches in the team’s Buckinghamshire kitchen, showcasing flavours from Asia, the Middle East and beyond. Choose from lemon and harissa paste, Korean red chilli flakes, Japanese seasoning rubs and North African dukkha spices. Of the current offering, we love the spicy cashew chilli oil, which is delicious drizzled over ramen and gyozas, or mixed into a salad dressing.
The Last Bite By Anna Higham
Anna Higham has spent time in some of the world’s best kitchens, including New York’s Gramercy Tavern and Michelin-starred Lyle’s in Shoreditch. Most recently, she became executive pastry chef at The River Café. Now she’s published her first book of desserts. Suitable for cooking novices, the book is broken down by ingredients and season, showing you how to work with fruit, grains, fats and chocolate. There are more than 150 recipes covering bakes, tarts, jams, mousses, meringues and more – including a delicious recipe for strawberry ice-cream.
A natural alternative to squash, Spruce Water uses fruit powders and bespoke vitamin blends to create sachets that can be popped into a glass of water for a refreshing drink. They don’t contain any sugar, additives or preservatives, and each sachet is plastic free and compostable. There are currently three flavours to choose from: Lime & Mint, Raspberry & Elderflower, and Pineapple & Grapefruit, all of which are low calorie and contain the likes of vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin C and zinc.
Lyre’s Agave Blanco & Reserva Spirits
A maker of award-winning non-alcoholic spirits, Lyre’s has created two tequila alternatives: Agave Blanco and Agave Reserva Spirit. Both have the traditional flavours of agave without the heat of a traditional tequila, so they work brilliantly in margaritas, palomas and other tequila-based drinks. The Agave Blanco is particularly good served with ice, soda water and lots of lime. Ideal if you’re looking to cut back a bit.
Nespresso Boost Pods
Nespresso has launched a range of coffee pods that contain 20% more caffeine than its other blends. If you like your coffee strong or need an extra pick-me-up, choose from Nespresso’s Stormio (with its intense flavour and spicy, wood notes) and the Melozio, a smooth blend of Brazilian beans. They also work well in coffee-based desserts, like tiramisu and affogato.
KitchenAid 2.1L Food Processor
KitchenAid is a market leader in electrical goods, so we were excited to hear about its new food processor with three speed options for chopping, whisking, kneading, grating and more. You can even use the julienne attachment to create thin strips of veg. Ideal for making sauces and dicing food at speed, this all-in-one gadget takes up little room on the worktop and its bowl can be popped into the dishwasher when you’re finished. It’s available in soft pastel colours as well as the brand’s signature red.
This new subscription service delivers boxes filled with mini bottles of wine to homes around the UK (from £39 a month). Each month, you’ll learn about a different type or variety of grape – such as chardonnay, pinot noir and sauvignon blanc – through tasting cards, pairing suggestions and access to online tutorials. Every box contains two to six mini bottles, so once you've chosen your favourites you can receive full-sized bottles with tasting notes, pairing suggestions, wine facts and a video from Holly Willcocks, ex-Noble Rot sommelier.
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