Thursday, 30 April 2015

Round Up of Foodie Goodies #5 March - April 2015

It really has been another bumper two months for Food Glorious Food with a whole host of reviewing taking place, for which I am eternally grateful. I love sharing all the latest food products, events and cookbooks and hope you are inspired by my latest round up of Foodie Goodies.

Pickliz are a food company specialising in supplying a Haitian Spicy Condiment. In all honesty, I've never heard of Pickliz before, but that's the beauty of Twitter, you can discover new and exciting food brands. Pickliz is eaten throughout Haiti and is a fiery condiment made using my favourite peppers, Scotch Bonnet Peppers.  I love the theme behind this brand "Warmth in the Cold" and that what the picklz. The picked scotch bonnet (alongside carrots, onions and cabbage) perfect accompaniment to jazz up your meats and veggies. I've served mine with BBQ ribs, alongside having a good dollop with rice dishes. 

It seems that a month does not go by without me reviewing products from luxury chocolatiers, Hotel Chocolat - which is just the way I like it. For Easter I was  treated with this incredibly rich and decadent Rocky Road Easter Eggs. Easter Eggs have never tasted so good! I'll be hosting another fabulous giveaway from Hotel Chocolat on my blog soon.

Spice Kitchen
Spice Kitchen have been long supporters of my blog and are quickly becoming the UK leading pace for luxury and authentic Indian Spices. I was sent a selection of their new (and exciting) spices. New flavours include Sri Lankan Spice Mix, Chinese Spice Blend, Rasel Hazelnut, Baharat and my favourite jerk seasoning, amongst others.

Chili and Ginger Noodles with Pork Belly using their Chinese Spice. 

Stellar Tate
The kitchen geniuses behind the Stellar Tate range launched a set on innovative stackable casserole dishes and pans. I was lucky to review their style casserole pan. Take a look on the link for my full review.
Casserole Pan

Russel Hobbs Slice and Go.
With all the healthy eating that is the current of vogue at present, I was incredibly pleased to review Russel Hobbs Slice and Go. This is the perfect machine for shredding and perfectly grating vegetables. Who knew vegetables could be so attractive?

Olive It
I was fortunate enough to be able to spend an evening cooking with renowned Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy. We served a 3 course meal in-cooperating olives. I will be sharing this on my blog very shortly...... watch this space.

Located in the Bullring, Birmingham, Wrapchic offer a fusion of Indian and Mexican cuisine, all served perfectly for lunchtime. All recipes are cooked in a centrally location and offer beautiful lunches. Wrapchic started off with 1 outlet two years ago, they now have 12 outlets which I think is in part due to the wonderful food that is served here. Their main target marker is the lunch market, which I think is handy when you want a quick bite when at work or shopping. There is also a new breakfast menu, a perfect way to start the day. I tried the fish malabari (pangasius fish in a tangy malabari sauce) which was absolutely delicious. I can't wait to visit again :-) x 



Botanist restaurant
I was excited and very pleased to review the newly launched Botanist restaurant in Birmingham. The decor is simply stunning and the food divine. Take a look at my full review on the link.

Cookbook reviews. 
I love reviewing cookbooks and have reviewed two very recently, Great British Cooking and Vanilla Table. Take a look at my review post, hopefully you will be inspired to add another addition to your cookbook shelves.


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The Botanist, Birmingham Review.

I never heard of The Botanist restaurant before, although I have, of course, heard of Botanical gardens so after doing some research I had some idea of what to expect when the lovely people at The Botanist invited me to their media lunch. Located at the trendy part of the city (14-16 Temple Street) and with opening times from 12 noon - 12am (2 am over the weekend), this is one of the must visit restaurants in the second city.  The Botanist's motto is "concept like no other, offering soon to be world-famous selection of botanical cocktails, craft beers and ales, champagne and wine. Food inspired by the deli, rotisserie and BBQ. With live music every night, sublime social times are guaranteed".  As I walked up Temple street and found the outside of the restaurant, I was instantly impressed with the beautiful decor outside such as the beautiful outdoor steel, the style and design of the chairs in what I consider to be the al fresco area, the beautiful and diverse plants and the lighting: I could not wait to see what other delights I would find indoors. 

I was greeted by further beautiful lighting area and a very impressive bar area. I enjoyed watching the  stylish bar tenders mix and make all the gorgeous cocktails I almost forgot to order my cocktail! There is a comprehensive range of cocktails in the cocktail menu, such as the signature The Botanist (which I ordered), Cherry and Sage Sling, Passion Fruit and Basil Crush, The Chocolate Rose, Rose Cosmo and Strawberry Martini. Mmmm, such dazzling and tantalising flavour combinations there, but I chose the Botanist cocktail: it was fresh, cool, fashionable and classy. Most importantly, it tasted incredible, the elderflower and jasmine syrup really came through which helped to balance the vodka and Havana rum.

To me, there seemed to be two parts of the restaurant, the bar and live area, then the restaurant area, I'm unsure whether this was due to the media event, but either way, I felt it work. After a a chat with Lorna from Lets Eat First, I walked past a cool looking male singing and playing the guitar. The seating area is large, but the seating arrangement, felt cosy and quite intimate. After oohing and ahhing of the lighting above me, admiring the menu design, oh and other guests food, I began to order my own. For starters,  I ordered the chicken and rum liver pate (£5.95) and also sampled some of Lorna's pork scratchings (£3.50) and onion rings (£2.95). The presentation of each starter, in particular my chicken liver rum pate was revolutionary, inventive and the theme "Botanist" thoroughly in-cooperated in the presentation. I found my starter, presented in a mini plant pot, tasted luxurious, creamy and I loved the texture of the ginger biscuits on top of the pate. For my main course, I ordered The Botanist Deli Board, where you can chose 4 items out of a selection of 21 for £9.95. I chose the houmous, Greek salad, Coronation Chicken and Chorzio, all served with Turkish flatbread. And because I'm greedy I also ordered side dish of "properly seasoned chips". 

I admired Lorna and her sisters main course dishes the Hanging Kebabs (£10.50-£13.50) was visually impressive and the Lamb Tagine (£12.75) was vibrant and colourful. I decided to pass on ordering any desserts as I was absolutely stuffed, however for those who have appetite for dessert, the description for the Warm Chocolate Fudge Cake, Rum Baba and Banana and Coconut Kebab. 

Overall: The latest must place visit in Birmingham, fabulous cocktails, beautiful food and a vibrant environment.

Disclaimer: I dined as a guest of The Botanist.

The Botanist Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato xxx
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