Asda has revealed what their 2020 Christmas food range looks like and we are so excited!
It’s not yet August but there are only 155 days left till Christmas which means, we can officially start to get excited. 2020’s been a bit of a shit show so far anyway, hasn’t it!?
It goes without saying that food is the best bit about Christmas, never-ending cheese boards and turkey sandwiches are what get us all through the rest of the year.
Asda has revealed their 2020 Christmas range and it includes a CHEESE ROULETTE. Let the choir sing baby!
Right let’s first look at the Buffet range, you know the stuff you bung in the oven on Boxing Day as the kids new toys make too much noise for your hangover to handle?
There’s Salmon Mac & Cheese Bites, Pork, Chicken & Stuffing Layered Pork Pie and a even a vegan Bao Bun Selection.
They’ve also got a dish called ‘Pigs on Fire’ – of course this is a fiery version of pigs in blankets using British prime pork blended with Carolina Reaper hot chillis. It’s perched on a jalapeño before being wrapped in streaky bacon. Delicious. And hot.
Taking centre stage this year is an Easy Carve Boneless Turkey Centrepiece, Vegan Turkey Joint and Slow Cooked Beef Shin. They are of course bringing back the 12-piece Pig in Blanket Centrepiece that was really popular last year.
And a giant Pig in Blanket Sausage Roll – two things I didn’t know I needed combining together until now.
Other mains include a Christmas Dinner Parcel which comes filled with turkey breast, wrapped around a classic pork, sage and onion stuffing, with chopped sprouts, lashings of smoked bacon and finished with a port glaze. There’s also a ‘creamy, rich and hard to resist’ Cauliflower Cheese Sweet Potato & Cranberry Wellington.
Is your mouth watering yet? It’s about to be.
If you love cheese, you’ll be excited to hear about the British Farmhouse Stack to Cheese Roulette. It’s a mix of cheese and fun – what could possibly be better for Christmas?
If you’ve still got a bit of space left and haven’t filled up on Match Makers there’s plenty of desserts on sale too. Expect Gingerbread Cheesecake, a Chocolate Orange Opera cake Bruce the Brussel Sprout Cake and Reindeer Ice Cream Lollies.
If Match Makers aren’t your thing you could opt for the brand new Spiced Clementine Fudge, Sour Cherry Nougat and Spiced Orange & Triple Sec Chocolate Cookies.
Or the creme de la creme, Salted Caramel Mince Pies. WOW.
Finally, the second best thing about Christmas – booze! Asda are bringing back their popular Mince Pie Gin Liqueur and Gingerbread Gin Liqueur, alongside newbie Cranberry & Clementine Gin.
Greater Manchester chippies forced to close because of heat as kitchens reach 44 degrees
The rain doesn’t sound too bad now, does it?
A full week of scorching temperatures across Greater Manchester has resulted in the closure of a number of our favourite fish and chip shops.
Throughout the last week, Greater Manchester has endured blistering conditions, with temperatures reaching highs of 30 degrees celsius.
Yet, while many have been enjoying the unusually warm weather in local parks and beer gardens, our chippies haven’t been faring so well.
Popular restaurants Charlie’s Fish and Chips in Urmston and Chips @ No. 8 in Prestwich had to close their doors this week when temperatures soared in their kitchens.
Chips @ No 8 was named one of the best chippies in the UK in the recent Fry Magazine Awards.
But locals haven’t been able to visit since Tuesday after the kitchen’s vital fan stopped working, meaning the temperature reached a staggering 44 degrees celsius.
A sign in the window of the Prestwich business, signed off with a smiley face, read: “The kitchen supply fan has chosen today to give up.
“When the temperature in here reached 44 degrees celsius… So did we! Gone for an ice cream.”
Over in Urmston, meanwhile, Charlie’s posted on its Facebook page: “Closed today due to extreme temperatures. Health and safety comes first!“
Though fans of the restaurants need not fear because, now that temperatures have cooled somewhat, they are both back open from today. To check their opening times, visit the Chips @ No.8 Facebook page and the Charlie’s Fish & Chips Urmston M41 Facebook page.
While there’s no law for minimum or maximum working temperatures here in the UK, gov guidance suggests a minimum of 16 degrees celsius or 13 degrees celsius if employees are doing physical work.
A new waterside wine and cheese bar with an outdoor terrace is coming to Manchester
Because there’s no such thing as too many wine and cheese bars
The team behind Manchester’s pop-up restaurant concept, Higher Ground, are bringing a brand new waterside wine and cheese bar to Manchester.
Based in New Islington, Flawd will specialise in natural, low-intervention wine and local beer, served alongside cheese and charcuterie while also featuring an outdoor terrace beside the bustling Islington Marina.
The aim is to shine a spotlight on small-scale wine producers and to ‘make natural wine approachable to anyone and everyone,’ while also creating the ideal venue for ‘after work drinks, an aperitivo before dinner, or a few drinks before a night out in surrounding neighbourhoods.’
There will also be a heavy focus on quality bottles of wine to share with friends.
On the food side of things, Flawd will be serving a selection of British cheeses, charcuterie, and ferments from Curing Rebels in Brighton, whose selection includes ‘Brighton salami’ and salmon pastrami.
Joseph Otway, co-owner, said: “We really just want to open a neighbourhood wine bar for the growing New Islington community.
“To create a space for people to drink great wine, relax and have fun.”
Higher Ground is made up of Joseph Otway, former head chef at Where The Light Gets In, and Richard Cossins, formerly general manager at Fera at Claridges in London.
They have spearheaded the trend of natural wines, small plates and Scandi style dining that is making waves through Manchester.
Flawd will be open from Wednesdays to Sundays in September. An official launch date is yet to be announced.
‘Best restaurant in the world’ named and it’s only a short drive from Manchester
I know where I’m dining this weekend…
An intimate restaurant came out on top of a worldwide review of restaurants in the 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards, created by review website Tripadvisor, and guess what?
It’s located a stone’s throw away from Manchester.
The Old Stamp House, an intimate restaurant situated in Ambleside, Lake District, stood out among businesses from across the globe, including its two-Michelin star neighbour L’Enclume, which was placed in a humble eighteenth spot.
The elusive restaurant was opened in 2014 by brothers Ryan and Craig Blackburn, who work as the head chef and restaurant manager respectively.
It is housed in the former office of poet William Wordsworth, and seats just twenty-eight customers at a time.
It was awarded a Michelin star in 2019, has been named the Cumbria Life Restaurant of the Year, as well as receiving three AA rosettes.
A description on the Michelin Guide’s website reads: “The Old Stamp House is as quirky as its name implies. It sits in the centre of Ambleside – which in turn sits within the heart of the Lake District National Park – inside the cellars of an old house where William Wordsworth used to work as the Distributor of Stamps for Westmorland.
“It’s a tiny place, split over two low-ceilinged rooms which are hung with local art.”
Using ingredients inspired by Cumbria heritage, the restaurant’s specialities include potted shrimps, cauliflower and spiced mead velouté, Yew Tree Farm Herdwick hogget, peas and locally foraged wild mushrooms, and a rum tart with brambles, pear and Cumbrian gingerbread.
Very posh, as you can see.
The North of England was also victorious in the National Parks category, where both the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District placed in the top twenty-five.