GiveAway #33 : Cirio Goody bag


It may not have escaped the assiduous Pebble Soup readers that I celebrated the 160th Birthday of Cirio tomatoes in the presence of Doctore Antonio Carluccio who told us "with Cirio tomatoes you can do a hundred things... No! a thousand things, my mother used to cook with Cirio tomatoes". Now it's your turn

The lovely Cirio tomatoes people are offering one lucky Pebble Soup reader a Celebration Goody Bag containing........

crème caramel

Today is the 14th July and I am trying very hard to conjure the one dish which embodies French homemade food. I grew up in a multicultural environment so I remember much more the colourful Moroccan family reunions than the rather subdued French ones.


My mum never cooked, she was on an eternal diet, my dad did, though, but only at the weekends as he spent the weekdays away from home. So if I had to name the dish that represents France for me, I would have to dig in the food I used to love and one of these was the crème caramel pots found in supermarkets 

In these days, I may not have put it so eloquently but there is something very sensual about the creamy soft filling and its runny caramel top. The crème caramel of my childhood was of course not home made but it had several elements of fun. 
       Its name to start with. He still talks about camarel, the way I used to when I was a child and I never told him it was wrong.

Caprese Spaghetti



Last week was dominated by all things Italian and pasta were the stars of the show. First and best of all, a blogger's dream: one of my own recipes appeared in the London Metro, Pappardelle with Broad Beans.


Secondly, a meeting with one of my favourite food experts, chef and all-around nice person, Antonio Carluccio.


Inheritance Recipes June Round Up - Celebrating Diversity -


Of course, us foreign born or issued from immigration are devasted and deeply saddened by the recent turn of events but we take solace in knowing that millions of UK nationals voted to keep Great Britain in. I was one of the voters, so was Margot's family and nothing will ever stop us celebrating

DIVERSITY

Here is June Inheritance Recipes round up starring Bavarian slices Only Crumbs Remain 

#creamteaday - The Proper Way to Enjoy Cream Teas -

On the 24 June #creamteaday is returning for the second year. This has been a month of cream tea at Pebble Soup HQ starting with Eric Lanlard's newest book to review simply called Afternoon Tea  followed by a visit to Chelsea for a Botanical Afternoon Tea


scones, jam, cream tea, cream, Doulton

Did I learn some Cream Tea Etiquette? Well, I was far too preoccupied with the scones but when I got the time, I checked my knowledge against The Cream Tea Society's tips and I realised that as far as cream tea was concerned I may have an infused science. But do you?

What's new in the kitchen: Lucky #13

 For the thirteenth post in this series, at Pebble Soup HQ we've tried out a few healthy products.

diet help, oil mister
My favourite product on this post is an oil mister as in The Fine Life Ideal Oil Mister Air Pressure Pump Action Sprayer Grey(£19.00) to be precise. A soon as you use it, you can see straight away that this non-aerosol mister has a lot of advantages.

  • Instead of a little pool of oil which we usually get at the bottom of a pan, the oil mister sprays a fine mist and so we can control the amount of fat used. less oil = less calories = healthier diet
  • I tried to use a spray in the past. It stayed in the pantry until well after its sell-by date, I was not confident about the addition of propellant and doubted the oil in it. Here you are in control of everything and it's a non-aerosol, perfect.
  • Great for baking too, imagine no more oily kitchen paper towel, spray and "life is your lobster" :)




To continue the healthy theme, Let's talk Matcha. Mighty Matcha is a high-quality matcha made from tea cultivated and ground in a rural area. Besides the fact that it sounds good, it also good news. You see, tea plants absorb pollution easily, being rural hopefully means less lead.

Compared to coffee, matcha gives you a long lasting energy boost and that is great news. A little word of warning here: it's an acquired taste which requires a little perseverance. Mighty Matcha (£9.99 for 32g).


The Netherlands might not have qualified for Euro16 but that's not a reason enough to ignore their most famous export. A treat, sticky, sweet, buttery, these mini stroopwafels are a revelation. Available online from Hema £1.75 for 200g.


JimJams Chocolate Spread (£2.79 for 350g) contains 83% less sugar than other choc spread. I would not advise you to buy it or you'll get hooked. I've had to hide it from myself!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliated links. If you click and buy from the Amazon Link, I get a percentage of the sale which is put back in the maintenance of my blog. I was not financially compensated but got to keep the products for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Quelle Quiche! Broccoli and Cheddar Quiche

Quiche, is very much part of French cuisine, with Quiche Lorraine (bacon and grated cheese) being the traditional quiche. But that French tarte made it across Europe and though the base is always the same. Shortcrust pastry with a baked egg custard, the fillings vary according to the seasons and the countries.


Quiches, French recipes,

Did you know that in France if, someone is referred to as, "A quiche" as in, for example, "Quelle quiche!"  that would be describing somebody clumsy or stupid or both!

Botanical Afternoon Tea - Pont St, Belgravia - A Review -

The Chelsea flower show 2016 has ended but the floral fever lives on. Chelsea restaurant, Pont st in Pont st. Somehow I managed to find this confusing but that's me offers the best of botanical afternoon tea. Once you know that it takes place in the Belgraves' restaurant in Belgravia, all should become clear.


Pont St. botanical afternoon tea is made up of fresh garden flavours and perfumed floral scents. As our greeter,  Poala Paolillo, one of the hotel manageresses and a master of Havana cigars, told us with a warm smile  "are you ready for a flowery experience because there is a lot of flower flavours". 

The Belgraves' afternoon tea can be served with either Veuve Cliquot or a botanical gin tea pot for two. It's not cheap at £70 for two, £90 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot or, £100 with botanical gin tea pot. But for this, you get pretty much  a three-course meal and enough cocktail to give you a warm glow for the rest of the day. 

Afternoon tea, british institution, dolton tea service

The Botanical Afternoon Tea experience proved very popular during the Chelsea Flower Show and it will continue the whole of the summer. We started off with a pot of botanical gin tea. 

My companion who has more experience than me, in researching cocktails, explained that the T was replaced by champagne and the Gin was infused with tea, the white jasmine kind. By now, I had resigned myself to be totally confused but in a very nice way.



Our treat started with six kind of savoury miniatures, each as cute as the next and all very clever indeed. Clever  in their subtleness. My companion's  favourite were an Orange Blossom infused Cream Cheese and Smocked Duck crostini: perfectly formed little toast topped with juicy orange section. As mine was the Rose Coronation Chicken Mini Hoagie Roll (that's the name for the round, long, flat roll). 

The most surprising dish of them all was a Dandelion, Burdock and Honey seared Salmon with Pickled Cucumber presented in a white apero spoon. I won't pretend that I could taste the herbs as the honey was dominant but, this was definitely a combination of flavours which you don't see everyday and a real departure from the traditional smoked salmon sandwich.


Presumably, it's easier to "do botanical" with sweet than savoury and  here the pastry chef excelled himself, The Green Apple: an apple three ways: mousse, gel and caramelised, is on its own worth a visit.

apple dessert, apple mousse, apple caramelised, apple gel

The Cucumber and mint Pimm's Jelly shot with Lemon foam should definitely be on the list of anyone who wants to have a sweet treat without the calories. 


Though, they would have to eat it on its own which would be a shame as they would miss on the Rose Macarons and the Violet Scented Eclairs.


Belgraves' St Pont bills itself as  "the ultimate all day dining experience in Belgravia" and it's well justify to do so. If I had to change only one thing, I would add white tablecloths for the Afternoon Tea customers, the Doulton camaieu service is a delight, though.

For more info about the menu, teas and other treats including the scones, visit: Pont St  or 
20
London
SW1

book online or 0203 189 4850
any dietary requests are catered for on demand

Disclaimer: I was a guest at Pont St. for the purpose of this blogpost. I wasn't asked to write a positive review. The words are my own.

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