Foodie Finds #09

Foodie Finds

If, by chance, you find yourself in Tel Aviv, and you’ve got 100 shekels ring-fenced for breakfast and burning a hole in your pocket, then you might want to join the queue of locals outside Benedict. Eating out in Tel Aviv is not cheap, this slice of French toast was just under £10, and Eggs Benedict was about £17, but they did bring an ‘endless basket’ of really good bread, so I guess we could have stocked up for later.

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In London I was lucky enough to be invited to lunch at TOZI. Not far away from London’s Victoria Station, this lovely Venetian Italian restaurant, offers comfort, good service, and delicious cicchetti (tapas-style) food in a modern setting. I was so impressed that I had to share the full story here.

If you do visit TOZI make sure you’ve got enough time to settle in and enjoy each dish as it comes. The menu is quite large, and there’s something for every taste. Our waitress recommended we choose 3-4 dishes each, and that was more than enough for a long lunch.

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Favourites from the menu include the coated cauliflower with truffle mayo (most probably the best thing to happen to a cauliflower), Buffalo ricotta ravioli with black truffle, and the 31 day aged rib of beef with rosemary and garlic.

I couldn’t fault a thing. The food was absolutely delicious and the service was spot on – friendly and helpful, but not too intrusive. I’m looking forward to going back and treating the menu like an i-SPY book – ticking each item off as I go!

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At home we can’t get enough of these delicious Crafted juice drinks from Crackers Drinks Co. Basically, if you could put a summer holiday into juice form, this would be it! The Lemonade is spot on – not too sweet, not too sharp. Apple Mint and Lime is a refreshing combination, Mango and Passionfruit is just yum, and the Pineapple Coconut and Lime, well, it’s practically a Pina Colada!

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Another thing that’s gone down well is this beautiful wildflower raw honey from Beefayre. For a while I became a bit of a honey obsessive, when you start to pay attention to the flavours of the honey you can tell the time of year, and type of place, it was made. It really is fascinating, and bee’s are wonderful!

Beefayre honey comes from hives in Transylvania where the bees have a diverse and rich diet from the forest glades, free from pesticides and intensive farming methods. Raw honey is taken directly from the comb and has not been heated or processed in any way. This means that although you might open a jar of soft runny honey, it is also prone to crystallising at any time and becoming much more set. Part of the joy for me!

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How often do you need to replace one kettle, let alone two? We did a couple of months ago, and now I feel we’ve used them enough for me to be able to tell you that they’re alright!

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In the studio we opted for a lower priced Andrew James kettle (£27.99). I normally run a mile from blue LED lights, they’re not for me, but I’ve been able to look past these for a kettle that is good value, light weight, easy to hold, easy to pour, and relatively simple.

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In the kitchen we welcomed the mid-price Morphy Richards (£69.99) ‘Evoke Special Edition Pyramid Kettle’ in this steely blue-grey colour. (They do make it in Platinum and Bronze too!) It’s efficient, easy to hold and pour, and it blends in nicely with our kitchen. I’ll take anything that’s blue-grey colour (Just look at our cat!) because I think it’s timeless and calming – so is a cup of tea, so that’s worked out well!

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This Cranes Liqueur is delicious on it’s own, let alone in cocktails. (Pictured, not our first bottle!) Cranberries, blood orange juice and orange rind. Imagine a sticky cranberry and orange lollipop, and then melt it into a glass. Or, jelly cubes, warmed, straight from the packet. That’s how sweet and tasty this is! Cranes Ciders and Liqueur are handcrafted in Cambridgeshire by twin brothers Ben and Dan, with cranberries from Wisconsin USA. That’s pretty exotic goings on for Cambridgeshire!

I’ll be back next month with some more Foodie Finds to share, until then, if you’ve got something you think we should know about, please get in touch… send biscuits!