Brighton Born and Bread

Monday, 13 November 2017

The Brighton and Sussex Cookbook

There's not a lot I love more than a good cookbook! So when Meze publishing announced their brand new book, celebrating the food and people of Brighton and Sussex, I was so excited and jumped at the chance to get a copy myself. The Brighton and Sussex cookbook is filled with stories, pictures and delicious recipes created by the producers and chefs, for you to recreate at home. 

For my first creation from the book, I couldn't not do a cocktail. This cocktail was actually created by Marwood Bar and coffee shop, a regular haunt of mine for a quick coffee in the middle of shopping. Their partner shop is Presuming Ed's; equally as quirky but located on London road. There is a range of hot drinks, cakes and of course cocktails.

Pre-warning; this recipe does include Werther's vodka. Although it might be one of my favourite things to drink, it does take a while to get right. A top tip to speed up the process is to put the sealed container of the vodka and sweets into a hot bowl of water. This will mean that the sweets dissolve quicker and you'll get that great taste quicker. 

To create the final cocktail just combine the Werther's vodka, fresh lemon juice, and homemade sugar syrup. Shake and serve over ice. 

I was lucky enough to be sent this book for free but all opinions are my own

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Sushisamba London

First of all, I want to make it clear that this is not a review, this is a pure recommendation.  I was lucky enough, for my birthday, to be able to go to Sushisamba as a birthday surprise from my mum. Sushisamba is a sophisticated fusion restaurant in London with not only stunning food but breathtaking views of London. 

The restaurant itself is located on the 38th and 39th floors of the building. With glass elevators, it's an amazing journey just to the restaurant let alone when you get in! On walking through the glass doors you are met with vibrant decorations and flattering lighting. the restaurant itself is surrounded by huge glass windows giving a panoramic view of the city. 

On the balcony, you can find their rooftop bar with a stunning twinkling tree in the middle and fire pits outside; perfect for a few drinks on a starry night. There was a range of cocktails, all with familiar elements and special Sushisamba twists! I went for the Nina fresha; a combination of vodka, strawberry, grapefruit, and guava shaken with rhubarb bitters, lime and sugar. It was great, this was not my only one!

The food itself was absolutely stunning; with a mix of small and large plates, samba rolls, sashimi and all of the fish you can think of. With the addition of the premium wagyu beef and vegetarian options as well, there are dishes for everyone. 

What I often think is missing from sushi restaurants are puddings. Not here! This stunning pudding was a combination of dulce de leche chocolate cake, coconut marshmallow, and salted caramel ice cream. It was a great sharing pudding, with each element being as delicious as the one before. Mum and I were also impressed with the range of nut free desserts, which is so often an issue when choosing a pudding!

The prices are like the restaurant; high. But from someone who is a lover of food and particularly sushi, it is an absolute must-visit for a special occasion. Make sure to book in advance and be warned that they have time limits on your tables, which are stuck to more so in the evening than lunch service. A stunning meal, with great service and a special feel throughout. 


Monday, 6 November 2017

Sarson's factory tour

So often we have our store cupboard essentials; the ingredients we always have and always need. But often we don't think about where these come from, or how they are made. That is why I was so excited when I was invited to the Sarson's factory in Manchester, to find out how they have been making vinegar for 200 years!

For over 200 years Sarson's have been making vinegar their own way! Starting with malted barley, the grain is cracked and then mixed with hot water in a vessel called a mash tun (Brightonians will know why that made me smile). The liquid produced, called sweet wort, is then cooled and yeast is added. Apparently this is the same process as producing beer.

This is then left for six days whilst the sugar converts into alcohol, which is when the 'good' bacteria is added. This is what these huge barrels are used for; filled with not only the product but also wood wool from larch trees. This use of barrels is unique to Sarson's and many of them are hundreds of years old. This is left for 7 days and then standardised to 5% acid, tested and then moved to be bottled and shipped. 

Sarson's do not only make malt vinegar, they also produce other products as well. For the bottling of this vinegar the process is simple; air to clean the bottles, vinegar added and a vacuum made, capped, labeled and packaged. 

I love the personal touch of the whole factory; all of the product is tested by the employees and each bottle is checked by the employees working on that line. From the clarity of the product, the information on the bottle and the straightness of the label!

Inspired by my trip to the factory, I have found a new love for pickling. I always love eating pickled food but now I am doing it myself! Using Sarson's own pickling tutorial video, and their pickling vinegar, the process is so simple! Make sure to check back in six weeks to see what I am planning on doing with these pickled onions (except eat a lot!!)


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween everyone! It's finally the day; its time for all of the decorations to be up, the sweet bowl to be ready and the costumes to be put on! I love October and I am sad to see it end and to see the end of Blogtober as well. I have had so much fun doing blogtober and all of the autumn/Halloween posts have been great! But its officially time to get excited for the rest of the year- its almost christmas!!


Saturday, 28 October 2017

Halloween outfit Wishlist

So it's nearly time for the (second) most exciting holiday of the year.. Halloween! Everyone loves something different about halloween; whether its the food, the decorations or the all important costume. So as its the lead up to the big day here are some pieces in my Halloween Wishlist that you can shop yourself:

1. Bat hairclip from asos. I love the cute little detail that you could add to any outfit. 
2. Skull back dress from Boohoo. This is a perfect mix of fashionable and halloween.
3. Unicorn sequin dress from Inthestyle. Not all halloween costumes have to be scary!
4. Cobweb glow in the dark top from Boohoo. I love the glow in the dark parts of this top
5. White polka dot bunny ears form Asos. The cuter side of Halloween!
6. 'Mouse' dress from Inthestyle. I think this is my favourite, for all those mean girl fans!
7. Skeleton dress from asos. This is in the tall section so not for me, but amazing!
8. 'Can't afford a costume' t-shirt from ASOS. For those who don't love halloween quite as much
9. Skeleton hand corset dress from ASOS. I love the extra spooky element to this outfit

Let me know if I have missed any key pieces off in the comments below!

Did you see my last post all about what I got for my 265! Birthday? Check it out here 

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