Ello, Ello good people!(in the British accent) :). It’s a new and favourable week and as always I hope the week brings you much joy and blessings!. Anyhoo, I had a good weekend and was at the recently concluded BBC goodfood show @ Kensington Olympia, London YAAAAY! I bought my ticket months in advance. It was my first time and a great experience and yes yes I took pictures eventhough I was too busy checking out stalls and food etc lol
It all started with my first class which was the wine/ chocolate pairing and tasting session…OMG was that a goooood session! What a great way to start the BBC goodfood experience I said to myself! lol
It was organised by “GREEN & BLACK’S (the famous organic chocolate people) and the host Peter Richards who by the way was “buzzing” with excitement (I thought to myself, could it be all that wine?) hehehe.
It was a small and well arranged banquet hall with sets of five glasses of different wines each paired with chocolate for each participant, and a glass of water to rinse off the mouth. It was sooo funny cos certain people could not get their hands off the lovely glasses in front of them even before we started!
We started off with how to taste wine, and yes I took a few notes 🙂
1. Pick the glass and swirl, get it close to your nose to get the aroma
2. Smell by deep inhalation to allow the aroma soak in,
3. Then, TASTE! I have to say, the wine collection was absolutelyyyyy gorgeous in smell n taste!!
For tasting chocolate
1. Hold your nose and bite chocolate
2. Chew chocolate for a bit, then release your nose to get the full flavour of the chocolate
3. Finally, take another bite of the chocolate (don’t hold your nose! ) then sip wine so that the flavours come together.
- Monbazillac 2010 paired with white chocolate made with cocoa butter
- Hugel Vendace Tardive (which is basically Gerwurztraminer 2007) paired with a sweet ginger intense dark chocolate (This was my best combination!)
- Campbell Rutherglen Australian Muscat (an aromatic grapewine) paired with raisin and hazelnut milk chocolate
- Blandy 10 year old Malmsey Madeira wine (has an intense caramel smell and acidity) paired with an Anglesey sea salt milk chocolate
- Taylor’s LBV 2007/8 Port wine with an intense dark chocolate ( one of those ones that have a very bitter taste)
The wines are available at Waitrose and ranged from about £10.00 – £33.00. By the time we were done with all five glasses, there wasn’t much to say anymore other than AB-FAB!! . If I were to pair in order of most preferred to least, I would go 2, 1, 3, 4, 5 :).
We got some goodie bags of chocolate at the end YiPPEE and it was bye to wine/chocolate tasting session.
I took a few pics at the event. There were lots of tasting different foods going on OMG, that I almost forgot to take these pictures lol
One of the wine stalls
I bought some chilli oil from David’s Chilli Oil who by the way had some great varieties for fish, chicken, beef dishes
Then, It was over to SUPER THREATRE for a Great Britsh bake off “live cooking” session with Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. It’s a brilliant show on tv! I could not believe the number of people in the super theatre! Mary made an Apricot and Marzipan Tart …too many people so it could not go round 🙁
Apologies for the dark pics, the lightings were switched off for better viewing of the stage! This was the closest I could get.
I also checked out some more “live” cooking
I then wandered around, met a few colleagues from work, bought a few things
Few things I bought 🙂
The beautiful hand crafted saucer is a hand grater, can use to grate just about anything. NICE!
A nicely coated raisin whirl- tasted good
BBC goodfood shopping bag 🙂
Yes, it was a great show! If you have never been, check it out next year if you can!
Thanks for taking out time as always, enjoy the rest of the week!
Remember! “Keep making it happen”
Tracey x x x