Friday Food: Earl Grey Tea Bread and Butter Pudding [or Dos and Don’ts of Earl Grey Tea]

Hi guys, Gemma C-S here with the 2nd in our Friday Food 3 parter of recipes by Simon Rimmer for Onebrand. If you’re not quite sure what I’m talking about, check out my bloggers’ day out of cooking with Simon Rimmer and last week’s Scotch Egg recipe.

So when I went along to aforementioned cooking day, I had the pleasure of meeting a bunch of lovely bloggers, all of whom seemed super-organised and quite refined in their individual ways, and wouldn’t have made the mistake that I did with Earl Grey Tea this morning – namely, making a cup full of the stuff (after ruining the last cup of coffee in the pot by tipping curdled soya milk into it) and then because I was running late/moving at slow speed (see the coffee situation) carrying it into the bedroom with me to blow dry my hair, and as I lifted the cup to my lips with the hairdryer running, blew tea all down my front. When actually, what I should have done is taken the day off altogether, and made this:

EARL GREY TEA BREAD AND BUTTER PUDD WITH TOFFEE SAUCE
Created by Simon Rimmer especially for the One Brand.

Ingredients
1 x One Clever Loaf (white bread)
75g butter
6 One Good Egg yolks
2 whole One Good Egg
150g sugar
Vanilla pod
250ml full fat milk
250ml double cream
100ml strong earl grey tea
25g each sultanas and raisins
100g prunes, soaked in brandy
demarera sugar for layers
100ml double cream
100g soft dark brown sugar
100g butter

Method

  • Whisk the eggs and sugar. Bring the tea, milk and cream to a simmer with the vanilla, sieve onto the eggs and whisk
  • Butter the bread and layer up in a 9” x 4” x 2” ovenproof dish, with the fruit and sugar. Don’t put any fruit on the top layer
  • Pour on the custard. If poss leave for 20 mins, sprinkle with lots of sugar then cook at 180c, 30 m ins
  • For the sauce – simply bring the sugar, butter and cream to boil, then remove
  • To serve – dollop a big load of pudd, drizzle some sauce round and top with a quenelle of mascarpone
Comfort food anyone? Thank goodness it’s Friday!
Love, Gemma C-S

Spotted: OneBrand

Florence Finds twitter followers may remember a flurry of excitement just over a week ago, when we received an email asking us to spend the day cooking with Simon Rimmer, the celebrity chef you may well know from Something for the Weekend. I couldn’t make it, but it was poetic fate that saw Gemma attending on behalf of Florence Finds, given that it wasn’t just about fancy cooking, but a genius idea that makes it easy for you to make a difference to people in developing countries, just by doing your weekly shop…

Hi guys, Gemma C-S here. Now, today’s spotted is a slight departure from the norm with this category, in that it isn’t something particularly pretty (although the packaging is nice!) but rather something useful.

Some of you know that my husband and I spent much of 2010 travelling and during this period we did aid work in Asia and also lived in Cuba for a time where food is strictly rationed – and we came home with a completely different perspective on the way that we here in the developed world consume resources.  Now it’s all well and good for me to get up on a soapbox and talk about how nothing goes to waste in Havana, that women soak their pineapple scraps and skins in water so that no part of the fruit goes to waste, that when your monthly allotment of coffee runs out you simply can. not. get. any. more. (unless you try the black market.) Nor does it really achieve anything for me to say that for a Burmese man we met, a ‘good week’ was one where he was able to give his family meat one night out of seven, and that they shared a piece of chicken between them that to us seemed minuscule.  Yes, we’re very lucky to live where we do, to have access to an abundance of clean water and fresh food, but it’s human nature that other wants and needs get layered over that and in our busy, built-up lives it can be very hard to ‘give back’ – or to make any tangible difference to people living on the other side of the world in a place you’ve never been to.

Which is why Onebrand is my new favourite thing. What is it all about? Well, in their own words:

we have a really simple idea. We create brilliant, quality products, and every time you buy one, we donate 100% of the profit to life-changing projects in developing countries.”

So, in essence, every time you buy a Onebrand product (and they do a range, everything from fizzy water to toilet paper to the world’s best eggs) they fund a like-for-like equivalent. So, for example, buying Onebrand toilet tissue funds hygiene and sanitation projects in Africa. Onebrand bandaids fund ambulance bikes and first aid kits. Onebrand fruit juices fund vegetable farming.  And they’re stocked in a huge number of stores, including Tesco, ASDA, Waitrose as well as online, and they’re also popping up randomly wherever I turn recently (like in the vending machines in my office, where a bottle of Onebrand sparkling water is 10p cheaper than its competitor…result!)

Here at Florence Finds, obviously, we love luxury products, high fashion and indulgent food, as well as with picking up bargains where we can. But we also are prone to that horrible feeling you sometimes get when holding an item before you buy it, that thought of ‘if it costs me so little – yet there’s so much work in it – the people who made it must be paid next to nothing’. We have families, we have budgets to stick to, houses to save up for, cars to put petrol in.  It would be great to always live and buy sustainably, but it’s not always practical or easy.  It’s not often that something comes along where we can make a difference in the developing world by doing so little. Team C-S has completely switched to Onebrand and Duncan Goose, its founder, is a new household hero – because after he came back from travelling, much as we did, he didn’t sit around yapping, (erm, as we also did, and do,) but put his money where his mouth was and became the change he wanted to see in the world.

Sentimental, do-goody words by yours truly? Perhaps. But in purely practical terms – if the choice is between two packets of bread which cost the same, and one is giving profit to a multinational corporation while the other is supporting a developing community, why would I buy the first?


Do let us know if you’ve already come across Onebrand in stores, or if you have another ethical find to share with us, and don’t forget that the next Friday Food is another Simon Rimmer for Onebrand recipe.

Love, Gemma C-S (who yes, is a little bit socialist around the edges.)

Friday Food: CHORIZO SCOTCH EGGS WITH PEPPER CHUTNEY

Hi guys, Gemma here, with another installment of thank-god-it’s-Friday food. And actually, I can’t really take personal credit for these recipes and I wouldn’t even want to, seeing as they’re the product of Simon Rimmer (yes, from the tele Simon Rimmer) using super exciting Onebrand ingredients.


Simon Rimmer, all images courtesy of OneBrand

I was lucky enough to be able to head along to a Onebrand bloggers event a couple of weeks ago on behalf of Florence Finds and learn the upcoming recipes from the master himself, and I have to say there’s a reason I’m laughing in each and every photo – I had a ball. Pop back on Monday for a more indepth look at Onebrand, a company who are supporting communities in the developing world through their products, which are available here in the UK and make it ridiculously easy to consume ethically and ‘give back’ as a part of your routine trip to the supermarket. Not only that, once you crack a Onebrand egg, you’ll never switch. Honestly, they have such an intense, glossy yellow yolk and if you whisk one up in a cup with a pinch of salt, pepper and fresh basil and then toss it, with a knob of butter, through steaming fresh tagliatele…. ahem. Sorry about that.


Chorizo Scotch Eggs with pepper chutney, by Simon Rimmer for OneBrand

But speaking of phenomenally delicious things you can do with eggs, here is Simon Rimmer’s twist on the Scotch Egg, accompanied by a chutney that is so zesty and rich it’s like a sock to the head. Except, you know, awesome and not at all painful.

CHORIZO SCOTCH EGGS WITH PEPPER CHUTNEY
Created by Simon Rimmer especially for the One Brand

Ingredients

6 hard boiled One Good Eggs – cooked 6 mins max
175g sausage meat
75g finely diced/blended chorizo
tbs chopped parsley
tbs finely chopped chives
Plenty of salt and white pepper

75g breadcrumbs
75g polenta

Vegetable oil to deep fry


Another blogger and his giant scotch egg

Pepper chutney – 1 red onion, sliced
4 red peppers, finely sliced
Clove sliced garlic
8 gherkins, chopped
tbs capers
100g demarera
100ml red wine vinegar
1 finely chopped birds eye chilli


Gemma enjoying the class 🙂

Method

  • Mix the sausage meat, chorizo, herb, chives and plenty of seasoning
  • Divide into 16, press flat, then flour each egg, then egg wash and wrap the meat around.
  • Deep fry at 180c for 4 mins, turning regularly
  • CHUTNEY – fry onion, garlic, chilli for 3-4 mins to soften
  • Add peppers, cook 2 mins
  • Add sugar and vinegar, boil 10mins, take off heat, add capers, gherkins, season and cool. Serve with scotch eggs and a little pretty salad garnish

So findettes, who’s tempted? Has anyone eaten at a Simon Rimmer restaurant (Greens, Didsbury & Earle, Altrincham) or already discovered the Onebrand range?

As always we love to hear your comments,
Love Gemma C-S

Ps. The reason we’re laughing in the photo? Weeeeell, I may have been a little over-enthusiastic in coating my egg with the sausage mix. To the point, actually, where it looked like a dinosaur egg about to hatch. And where it looked like picking it up would have snapped my wrist. But in the interests of honest reporting I have to admit I scoffed the lot 😉

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