You can make the ultimate cheese board from the comfort of your own home courtesy of Manchester’s Crafty Cheese Man.
Jonathan Pearcey is on a mission to uncover, produce and distribute the best cheeses the North West has to offer.
Normally, Jonathan curates incredible cheese lists for Manchester’s top restaurants, including supplying cheese to the Michelin-starred Mana.
During lockdown, he’s taken his hand to delivering outstanding cheeses right to your door.
There are plenty of delicious and smelly cheeses on offer so you can really impress your household with a fantastic platter.
Manchester’s Cheese Man is delivering across Manchester on Tuesday’s and Saturdays. Delivery is free but there is a minimum spend of £15-£20 depending on the area.
You can see the full list of cheeses on offer here.
NEW OPENING: A dedicated chicken wing restaurant has launched in Manchester
There’s a new chicken wing spot in town…
Manchester’s favourite urban village Hatch has gained an exciting new addition in the form of chicken wing restaurant Wing Dash.
Wing Dash comes courtesy of takeaway kings Burgerism, whose popularity skyrocketed during the 2020 lockdowns.
Operating from their dark kitchen in Salford, Burgerism became well known and loved for their (you guessed it) burgers, which have even been named as ‘the best burgers in Manchester’ by Mana’s Michelin-starred Head Chef, Simon Martin.
So, of course, we can expect some seriously good things from their latest venture, which takes a primary focus on the humble chicken wing.
Their latest venture sees their iconic Burgerism formula in the form of chicken wings with six options up for grabs; each wing, made from 100% British chicken, is brined for twenty-four-hours to ensure maximum flavour and tenderness.
They’re then coated in the special Burgerism signature coating and deep-fried, before being seasoned with one of six unique flavours including Piri-Piri, Buffalo, Atomic, BBQ, Garlic Parm and Lemon Pepper.
And for those wanting a meat-free alternative (or, like me, for those who just really love a bit of cauliflower), Wing Dash are also serving up their delicious Cauliflower Bites, which are sourced from a family-run farm in Preston available to order in any of the six seasonings.
Of course, there are also fries to be ordered alongside your wing haul, which are prepped fresh every day and topped with a generous sprinkle of chicken salt.
Aldi’s hot chocolate Christmas mug melts return and there’s new penguin and unicorn versions
Aldi has pulled it out of the bag once again…
Some fantastic winter news for you all to sink your teeth into: Aldi has brought back its iconic hot chocolate Christmas mug melts.
In what could be the best timing ever (because it’s now bloody freezing out there), the budget supermarket is now selling the tasty mug melts with two very cute new characters.
This years mug melts feature the familiar snowman design from last year, and the new penguin and unicorn designs, with each hot chocolate melt being available in stores now for just £1.25 a pop.
All you need to do is sit the melts in your mug, add steaming hot milk and watch them dissolve into a wonderfully thick and creamy hot chocolate – perfect for the many freezing evenings we’re all set to endure over the next few months.
The mug melts also come in 100% plastic-free packaging – what’s not to love?! To get your hands on some, you can either visit your local Aldi or visit the Aldi website.
Though this isn’t the only thing Aldi are doing this Christmas – earlier this month, the supermarket launched their annual Christmas advert where they revealed they’d partnered up with Man United star Marcus Rashford to donate 1.8 million meals to families over the festive period.
This years advert, which has taken inspiration from Charles Dickens’ festive classic A Christmas Carol, centres around new character, Ebanana Scrooge, who holds a passionate dislike for Christmas after being rejected by Santa for a mince pie as a baby banana.
Old favourite Kevin the Carrot also returns as the Ghost of Christmas Past and, in a first, Rashford makes a brief cameo as the footballer radish, Marcus Radishford.
Rashford said of his partnership in a statement: “As a family, we relied on the local food bank to get our Christmas dinner. To this day, I remember queuing outside that building with mum, mum feeling embarrassed that she might be recognised. It is with that in mind that I’m delighted to lend my support to the Aldi campaign.
“For many children in situations like mine growing up, there is very little expectation around this time of year; add the impact of the pandemic and the very least they deserve is a Christmas dinner.”
Manchester kebab spot launches roast turkey Christmas dinner kebab with melted brie
‘Tis the season to eat kebabs…
The Northern Quarter’s very own Bab has unveiled its Christmas menu and it looks nothing short of sensational.
Now, we all know that the best part of Christmas (and arguably the whole year) is the festive food. I’m talking roast turkey, pigs in blankets, red cabbage, cranberry sauce and yes, even the Brussel sprouts.
So how would you feel if I told you all of these lovely things can now be found in an actual kebab?
While it sounds a little too good to be true, the Northern Quarter’s iconic gourmet kebab joint Bab has made it a reality; titled the Christmas BAB, this revolutionary creation consists of roast turkey breast, pigs in blankets, sprouts, melted brie cheese and a healthy serving of cranberry sauce, all aloft a homemade flatbread for £13.50.
Also new to the menu is the unique and very tasty Lamb Chop Kebab for £14.50, consisting of three seared lamb chops served on the bone, green peas, salad and mint sauce.
There’s also a meat-free alternative on the new menu, the Butternut Squash Kebab for just £10, which comes loaded with roasted butternut squash, shredded sprouts and a beetroot and cheese sauce (chilli sauce for a vegan alternative).
And when you thought that was incredible, wait until you hear what’s on their new Mezze Menu; a roast beef filled Yorkshire pudding complete with fresh cranberries, carrots and a salad garnish for £7.
There’s also the option to order a side of pigs in blankets, because it wouldn’t be a proper Christmas menu otherwise, would it?
To check out the full menu and to get yourself booked in, visit the Bab website here.