Tried and Loved by London-Unattached:
It’s hard to believe that it’s the New Year; 2016 had many wonderful moments, and one of them was being sent this cake to sample. Made by Mirror Glaze Cakes UK, and delivered to my house on Friday 23rd December this was the piece de resistance for our Christmas dinner. There were 10 of us for Christmas dinner, and with 2 vegetarians and 1 gluten free guest it wasn’t without it’s challenges. Bizarrely, although it’s easy to get ready made stuffing without bread listed in the contents, I couldn’t find any sausagemeat to make my own that didn’t contain bread. I’d roasted a hay stuffed goose, made a layed cashew nut and herb roast, cauliflower cheese, parmesan parsnips, roast potatoes, carrots, and green beans, as well as the 2 types of stuffing. So it was such a relief not to have to worry about a dessert, or prepare a Christmas pudding, which I always end up with half left only to throw it away in the New Year.
Instead of which, feeling full, we settled into comfortable chairs and enjoyed the cake with a glass (or two!) of champagne. As you can see, the highly glossy cake was decorated with home made meringues and delicately iced little biscuits. I think that the cake had suffered a little from being in the fridge, and I would recommend ordering it and eating it the same day, if you can, in order to avoid the perfect glaze gaining little drops of moisture. Inside there was a mousse rather than a heavy cake, and even better only the sponge at the bottom was a no-go area for my gluten free guest.
Of course there are plenty of other styles available, all of which can be customised for you, with the red heart ‘Amore’ looking perfect for Valentine’s day. If this tickles your fancy, use the code LOVECAKE at the checkout to recieve £10 off the order price.
Earlier in the month Alex was sent some beers from Pistonhead to sample. Brewed in Sweden, these were new to us, and we rather liked the skull design on the cans.
Piston Head Beer sits in a very useful niche in Brewing. There are the mass producers at one end of the scale, the well known big brands, and the small under the arches brewers. Both fulfil a demand, with the large companies producing decent enough beer on the whole, with a reliability of taste and quality that is good enough. The small brewers can produce wonderful, exemplary beer, beers that you will swoon at, but only in small quantities before moving on. Pistonhead sits in the middle ground making very decent craft-style beer. Personally I find their flat tire a very good pleasantly hoppy brew, and it’s a firm choice when seen on the shelves.
Meanwhile, over in Kennington, Fiona is now the proud owner of a Ninja Coffee Bar. It looks like one of those filter coffee machines we all used to own in the 1980s. But, it’s actually a lot more sophisticated. Not only can you use it to make different quantities of coffee (from a single cup through to full carafe), it also has taste settings so that if you want a coffee house style expresso or latte, you can make the perfect brew. The Smooth Brew Technology replicates the manual process of making coffee with a drip filter – exact temperature calibration, pre-infusion and controlled coffee saturation to result in a smooth, balanced, great tasting coffee. You can even use it to make iced coffee!
She’s particularly impressed at how environmentally friendly it is – the nylon filter means that you don’t need to use paper filters at all. And, if you make a carafe of coffee, the machine will keep it hot for you!
With many thanks to the suppliers. While we received the products free of charge for review purposes, all views are our own and are editorially given