May 2015 - Greenwich Pantry Blog
29 May

Dive in that tin for Biscuit Day!

As if you needed another excuse?!

Crumbly, crunchy, soft and fruity, gooey perhaps, crispy, buttery, covered in chocolate, sandwiched with jam; even the mighty gluten free or wholesome vegan biscuit can’t atone for the feeling of sin when scoffing a stack of golden rounds after pots and pots of tea.

Hey, today though, it’s not naughty, you can let yourself off.

Yes you can reach for that biscuit tin! It’s ok if you had a cookie with coffee, a rich tea at morning-tea, a cracker with lunch and short affair with shortbread in the afternoon. What ever your fancy, you can very well ‘take the biscuit’ today.

I usually try to be ‘good’. I usually start a packet of biscuits a week or two prior, carefully unravelling the rolled wrapper, to only take the first few from the top to return them to the dark cupboard for when needed again.  However it’s always the same. On my desperate return for a biscuit, there’s always a softened stale pile? Why? Oh Why, if it’s not stale biscuits, it’s a half-biscuit drowning tea disaster. Peter Kay knows what I mean. “Quick! Mum! Get a spoon, my b-i-s-c-u-i-t, he plays in slow motion. I think we’ve all been there, Peter.

Other than loosing your bicky overboard in a hot beverage, another reason for biscuit disappointment is that apparently, the sugar in biscuits is absorbent and biscuits are generally high in sugar. So it’s the sugar content’s fault it’s absorbing moisture from the atmosphere. So when biscuits are left out, or stored in un-airtight containers their sugar content mops ups the moisture in the air and hence why biscuits, high in sugar (who knew) go disappointingly soft.

Now, there’s no way on Earth that having biscuits like these are going to last past going stale.

Traditional Torta de Aciete Handmade(!) biscuits are lightly spiced with flecks of anise for a surprisingly different sophisticated twist on a biscuit, made with deliciously fruity Spanish Olive oil and the Almond variety is delicate and not at all over sweet, too.

Going Against The Grain, but totally satisfying my cravings, there are these utterly scrumptious Gluten Free, Organic chocolate chip cookies, they’ve kept all of the nasties out of their recipes to enable them to cram toasted hazelnuts and generous chocolate chips in the mix. Against The Grain’s berry delicious cookies are also a bit special; again gluten free they’re sweetened with apple juice to avoid the need of adding refined sugars; sweet cranberries and tart raspberries do all the flavouring to leave your taste buds singing. I’m sure these fine treats will leave not-so-much of a crumb trail, let alone being left to soften. The only thing that will soften is my sides, should I find myself unable to resist polishing off more biscuits than usual today.

 

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29 May

Local Gourmet Pantry Products Pop-Up on Your Doorstep. We Deliver too!

May the sauce be with you.

It was lovely to be welcomed back when we opened the doors of our Spring Colourtastic Pop-Up Shop last month. You welcomed us back with open arms and even brought back your green reusable Greenwich Pantry jute bags ready to stuff with goodies from when you visited our last Pop-Up event at Greenwich West.

We’d like to thank you lovely local Greenwich residents and a few of you who’d journeyed from far and wide, (well Welling to be precise) to fill your shopping bags up again with our delicious authentic gourmet pantry pots and jars and packets to stash away.

You dipped and crunched and scooped through our newest range of artisanal, in some cases hand crafted adventurous ingredients like Beer Jelly, yes a spreadable gel made of ale. Created by We Love ManFoods, (great on cheese on toast or as a sticky sweet marinade too),

Beer Jelly

We Love ManFoods

 

However their creative creation was no match for your intrepid taste buds. You made it no secret that you loved all of Granny’s Secrets wholesome Serbian spreads and sidled up to the shelves to stash away things like Flax Farms silky Linseed Oils (“The Best Present you’d ever received”, one of our lovely customers exclaimed!).

We loved sharing with you some of our new future favourites and some of you little birdies from the Belleville residents association even continued singing our praises, so thank you for all of your support and popping into our Pop-Up shop again. Now word on the street is that you miss us already? So guess what? We’re coming back. We’ll be popping back every Friday over the Summer months. Exact Dates TBC, but please watch this space.

Now we’re not the only ones trying new things, taste explorers. It was so lovely to meet some of you who also have your own foodie adventures around the corner too! One thing I’m really excited about is a new Brazilgerian venture coming to Greenwich. Yes, you heard it. Brazilian-Algerian homestyle food AND it’s going to be vegetarian!

Speaking of which, in retrospect of last weeks theme of it being Vegetarian Week, I’d like to shine a light on some of one of my Veggie Hero Ingredients.

Black Tahini

  Vegetarian Hero Product!

Sun and Seeds Raw Black Tahini , great for a binding base to Falafel, essential to emulsify home made Humous and makes a stunning dark centre piece if you blend it with some cooked cooled red Hodmedod’s Haricot beans or Black chickpeas to make a sophisticated dip.

Fava Beans

Ditch those crisps for Hodmedod’s crunchy healthy snack!

It’s delicious when mixed in equal quantities with Jam Rock’s gourmet pepper sauce, stirred with a dash of another of your new favourites, Sun and Seeds Pomegranate Vinegar  or simply add a spoonful to some lemon juice for a delicious dressing.

One thing we did learn at this last last Pop-Up, is that you all seem to be such a healthy bunch as one of our best sellers was the range of roasted Beans: Hodmedod’s tasty snacking Roasted Fava Beans, which are in fact lots more fun not to mention healthier than an equivalent serving of crisps and salted nuts.

So I hope we can still interest you when we come back soon with all of your brand new favourites and rumour has it, that there’ll be coffee. Yippie. We’ll also be testing your virtuous, healthy compasses under the famous Greenwich time-line with some locally baked tempting cakes. We look forward to seeing you again soon. For seconds… of cake, I’m sure.

Until then, enjoy the last few days of the merry month of May.

Joyce and Lara xx

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