Confessions Of A Restaurateur

The growth of Manchester’s vibrant and increasingly diverse array of restaurants over the past two years has inevitably accrued some casualties along the way. And while many of us are busy celebrating the city’s booming dining scene, others are lamenting the loss of some old friends. One of those casualties has been The Market Restaurant on High Street in the Northern Quarter. Once famed for its cosy, cottagey style and award-winning Modern British food it has closed its doors after 34 years in business. Read full post


Seasonal Recipe – Savoy Parcels

Each month we welcome Head Chef Jon Los from the four-Star The Bishopstrow to share with you his favourite seasonal ingredients to work with in his kitchen. Following on from the celeriac in last month’s recipe, Jon makes the Savoy cabbage centre stage this month. When asked why Savoy Cabbage was flavour of the month, Jon said “Savoy is my favourite of all the cabbages; I do love coleslaw, braised red cabbage in the winter and my wife makes a lovely dish with white cabbage, pork and rice. But I just love that you can use a savoy with almost anything! As a parcel, the filling can change from bacon to pork mince farce, chicken mousse flavoured with a whole range of different tastes or confit leg from a game bird or duck! One of my favourites though is creamed savoy cabbage with smoked bacon – I could eat it as a dish on its own!” Read full post


Q & A with Celebrity Chef James Martin

James Martin has just launched his premium bakery at Stansted Airport as part of Stansted’s £80 million redevelopment. The bakery boasts premium products and fresh farm foods to eat in or take away.

In light of this, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to have a one-to-one with James. The ladies here at Sugarvine were particularly interested in this Q & A. We wonder why…. Read full post


Getting Pickled

So it’s bye-bye to kale, sayonara to quinoa and ta-ta to gluten-free in 2015 as we shove them unceremoniously in the proverbial dustbin we like to call “Rubbish Foodie Trends started by someone American” and a warm welcome to Eastern-style ferments. Pickles. Sour things. Things that make you go “mwah”.

Before you start, it’s not that weird. Think the sauerkraut on your hot dog, the now-ubiquitous kimchi, sourdough bread, (proper) yoghurt, the fresh tang of dill pickles with your burger, but also look out for tempeh (a fermented soybean burger), kefir (a fermented milk drink) or kombucha tea. But beware: not all pickles are fermented and not all ferments are pickles. Pickles are just veg preserved in an acidic medium, most usually vinegar. They’re great and tasty and better for you than a cookie. But the real gold is in the ferments, where a starter culture, salt and filtered water create an acidic liquid that does pickle but also essentially ferments just like alcohol. The process allows the highly beneficial lactobacillli bacteria that live on the surface of EVERYTHING to create lactic acid and that’s what our bodies really want. Apparently (We’re not sure if this applies equally to wine but we’re including it anyway…). Read full post


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