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if you go down to the drive today...

You'll find a massive mushroom

Hiding

If the drive you happen to be meandering down is the green and pleasant walkway of The Goldhawk Estate, W6.

Fresh from her urban foraging expedition, Lucy T spotted this beauty on her way down the drive last week

Nestled

So excited was she about her fungus find that she went directly home to get her special mushroom book

Close up

We then spent a good fifteen minutes trying to figure out what type of mushroom it was

Lucy

And whether or not it was edible.

Shroom book

After much page flicking and a lot of holding various glossy pictures next to said 'shroom, we narrowed it down to three possible contenders.

It's either a type of parasol mushroom which is meant to taste lovely when made into fritters

Eat it

It's got that frilly bit underneath, see. Like one of those posh umbrellas.

Parasol

Or it could be a False Death Cap.

Dont eat it

Now, according to the book, False Death Cap mushrooms are not poisonous. However, they are easily confused with the Death Cap mushroom. Which, as it's name suggests, is poisonous. Unlike it's cousin.

Ahem.

If there are any budding mycologists out there who reckon they know what it is and fancy swapping mushroom wisdom for some crushed fruit, then please drop us a line.

Meantime, we're going to heed the advice of Yun and Andy and ignore it until we can be 100% sure that it's not poisonous.

And ignoring it includes not thinking about mushroom fritters, mushroom risotto, mushroom omelette, garlic mushrooms, mushroom stroganoff or mushrooms on toast every time we leave the office.

**************Mushroom news just in*****************

05/11/2009 Kate from Bristol has been on the phone. She's a qualified medical herbalist and has advised us not to eat this mushroom as she said it is actually a Death Cap. After all the posts and emails, we definitely won't be eating it. Thanks to everyone who's been in touch.

revelling in misery

Big revel

I got quite excited last night when I found a giant revel in my bag of Revels. It could be anything, I thought. Maybe it's a giant Malteser, or a big caramel. Or maybe it's solid chocolate all the way through (remember when someone at school had an all chocolate Kit Kat stick? Those were the days...)

Suffice to say, I was very excited as I bit into it. But was it a Malteser? Was it a caramel? No. It was a massive coffee sweet.

Livid.

a late tenth birthday treat

We celebrated our tenth birthday last Tuesday, but saved something special for this week. Eleanor, one of our recipe inventors, has come up with a celebratory smoothie recipe, and we thought we'd share the recipe, complete with a few pictures of Eleanor at work. Over to you, Eleanor...

"So the idea behind this smoothie is to use lots of the different healthy ingredients that we have included in our smoothies over the past 10 years: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and pomegranate, and of course the trusty banana, some apple juice and some orange juice. We also wanted to add a twist by adding the ice cream float, and making the ice cream out of our yoghurt, vanilla bean and honey thickie.

The following recipe makes 2 good sized glasses of smoothie.

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  • Half a banana (chopped)
  • 150ml apple juice (of if you have a juicer you could juice your own)
  • 50ml orange juice (squeeze your own or use ours (of course))
  • 6 strawberries
  • 6 raspberries
  • 6 blackberries
  • A small handful of blueberries
  • The jewels from half a pomegranate (I find the end of a teaspoon works well to get the jewels out)
  • 1 bottle of yoghurt, vanilla bean and honey thickie (or good quality vanilla ice cream/frozen yoghurt if you don't have an ice cream maker)

Pour the bottle of YVH into an ice cream maker and switch on until the thickie has frozen. Stir and place it in a freezable container, then pop in the freezer until set.

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Put the banana, apple juice, orange juice and berries into a blender (not the pomegranate) and whizz for 30 seconds until smooth. Pour into 2 glasses.

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Put a scoop of ice cream on top of each glass, sprinkle with the pomegranate jewels and serve (the candle is optional).

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the fat duck vs. innocent

The development team from The Fat Duck came in the other day to see us. They're the people who invent all of the groundbreaking new dishes that eventually make it onto the menu of what is arguably the world's finest restaurant. Our Lucy (Head of Products/Chief Smoothie Inventor) recently spent 3 months working at The Fat Duck, learning lots of foodie tricks and techniques, so she thought she'd invite her new friends over to ours for a day.

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"Mmm, dog food"

The highlight of the day was the sensory challenge. Blindfolds were donned (blue for The Fat Duck, pink for us) and a range of weird smelling things were passed around, with points being scored for guessing what the 'thing' was.

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"But is it Pal or Winalot Prime?"

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"I'm more of a Whiskas girl myself"

We can confirm that dog food, garden herbs and some other tricky items were on the menu, but modesty forbids us from revealing which team won the challenge. That information will remain strictly between us and losers.