I had a can of Toast Ale’s new 6.2% chocolate stout in the fridge – a new brew they’ve made from surplus bread & chocolate in collaboration with Divine Chocolate, as part of their ‘Rise Up for the Planet’ campaign. It’s a freaking delicious stout, so I figured it would also taste amazing baked into a chocolate cake.
This is my adaptation of an Edd Kimber recipe which I found on the Sainsbury’s Magazine website; where I have also used some of Halen Mon’s epic Salted Caramel Spread to make a delicious, sweet cream cheese frosting.
Veg box sales rocketed by 111% in just six weeks at the beginning of the first lockdown, with Covid-19 driving demand for fresh, healthy food that could be home delivered. Some of the usual veg box companies even struggled to cope; many had to put waiting lists in place and turn away new orders.
Luckily, it wasn’t long before local businesses stepped up to fill the gaps, and existing veg box schemes found ways to adapt and expand. As a result there is now plenty of choice when it comes to finding a local scheme that works for you.
With the first chinks of light at the end of the COVID-19 nightmare now visible, there seems to be a collective desire to use the opportunity to commit to a greener way of living – particularly when it comes to the way we shop, cook and eat.
I’m crossing my fingers and staying quietly hopeful that 2021 might just be the start of better things to come.
If you’ve made it one of your 2021 resolutions to try and eat more seasonal, local produce – these monthly blog posts are for you.
I try to demystify ‘seasonal eating’ by sharing some simple info on the fruit, veg, meat & fish in season now, along with some ideas for how to cook & eat it.