You know sometimes, you are in town, the shops are shut and you walk by a fancy kitchen shop and you stare in like a hungry poor Prince Akeem and dream and plot your ideal kitchen, in your ideal home, in your ideal life. Then sometimes, you walk by and there is a little party going on inside and you wish, just wish you could be inside nibbling at the canapés and drinking all the fine prosecco – with all those nice looking people and have a good time.
Well, for once, we were on the other side of that window at a Miele Showroom in Cavendish Place at an event held by Green & Blacks and it was simply wonderful!
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|Feast On Scraps|
|Johann (Drinks Fusion) & Simon|
There were prizes, this what made this event fantastic – it bought out the competitiveness in us all. If you imagine a bunch of singletons at a wedding trying to catch the bouquet – well it happened here with a Kitchen Aid!
|Meemalee completely surprised that she had won! : )|
|Rachel McGormack getting ready to heckle|
|Micah eating the winning dish (Meemalee's)|
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Rachel McGormack stuffing her face with The London Foodie’s Rose & Dark Chocolate Quail.
BBC with The Hiary Bikers, Simon was like one of those pros on Masterchef with all his pots and pan ready and things on its marks.
In the meantime, people were chatting to the guys who were all about smells. The first taste of the palate is through the nasal paths. He told about what and where taste receptors are on the tongue. They passed around nice vanilla smells to that of a stinky cheesy foot. I particularly liked the horse sweat smell, reminds me of my dog’s ears (only dog lovers will understand this). Such fun was had and this turned out to be one of the best events we’ve been to since we have started our blogging careers.
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|Matthew Stokes knows about smells|
Green & Blacks hold such interesting events, like the one they did at Tapped & Packed– pairing chocolates with tea (See The Grubworm’s insightful accounts here). Back then, we were all supposed to guest flavours and teas – this is what’s really great about this brand – they are all about good flavours and obtaining the right balance – that’s Micah’s job and what a fun way to spend your days – tasting! And writing recipes for their fab book ‘Green & Blacks Organic Ultimate – Chocolate Recipes – The New Collection.’
Green & Blacks started in 1991 when environment columnist for The Times and confirmed chocoholic, Josephine Fairley, found a bar of chocolate on her husband, Craig Samms’ desk, (founder of a leading organic foods company). She thought it was the best bar she ever tasted and felt all chocolate lovers would agree. And there it started – how wonderful that something so big and recognized today grew from such a small seedling. It’s inspirational!
When they went on holiday to Belize in 1994 and met a group of Mayan farmers growing cocoa plants, who were let down by a large company who withdrew the order, Jo and Craig decided to buy the farmer’s cocoa at a fair price. The rest is history.
At the end of 2011, every bar of Green & Blacks will be fair trade and we can eat happily because the skills and business bought over to the Mayan farmers have helped their families come out of poverty and let their children go onto further education which has made the product we love in the Western world make such a huge difference to those who produce it for our enjoyment. Green & Blacks is used and loved by so many top chefs, as well as us home cooks and is recognized to be the ethical brand with a great taste tag.
Gail Haslam for all the invites, for the great events.
Thank you to Green & Blacks for all the lovely chocolates, the book, the dinner, and the lovely cocktails – we love you!
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