20 June 2013 by

Grazia's Weekly Food Round-Up: All Your Food News On One Plate

GALLERY >> 9 Of The Latest Food News Stories

Welcome to Grazia's new weekly round up of all things food. Click through the gallery to see our picks of the best food happenings this week...

Download Kits For The Children's Society Bake And Brew Event

Baking, tea and raising money? What's not to like? The Children's Society Bake And Brew event is happening from the 2-8 September but it's not too early to start planning!

Holding an 'icing party' - or even just attending one - can raise valuable funds for disadvantaged kids, not to mention the scummy baked goods you'll get to devour at the end!

Visit their website at Childrenssociety.org.uk to download the materials needed.

UK Gin Bartender Named Best In The World - Here's His Winning Recipe

The folks at the Gin Connossieur Program are a tough lot to please, so we're super happy that an English lad, Jamie Jones from The Liquorists in Manchester, has taken home the title of best gin bartender in the world. Try out his winning recipe below.

 

La Floraison d’etre
50ml G’Vine Floraison
15ml St Germain
10ml extra virgin olive oil
5ml Martini Extra Dry
10 crushed pink peppercorns
1 egg white
25ml lemon juice
2 spoons white caster sugar
20ml water
Shaken with 2 ice cubes Ramos style until they have dissolved. Serve in chilled glass, spritz with homemade perfume and serve with macaroons.

McDonalds Launch App To Track Which Cow Your Burger Came From

With all the recent food scandals (horsemeat lasagne anyone?) it's refreshing to see a number of companies taking steps to improve the trasparency of their food sourcing. Track My Maccas is a new app launched by Mcdonalds in Australia that enables the user to track the supply chain of some of it's favourite products. Clever eh?

New Breakfast Club Opens In Battersea

The Breakfast Club, London's fast-expanding breakfast-based chain, has added another feather to it's delicious cap with the opening of a new venue in Battersea. Alongside the new restaurant, a sister bar - The King Of Ladies Man - has also opened. Decorated like the inside of a kitsch 70's Playboy shoot, the cocktails here are disco themed.

We like. Alot.

Find out more about them at Thebreakfastclubcafes.com.

Innocent Smoothies Holds Innocent Inspires Talks

Delicious smoothie brand Innocent are holding a series of inspiring talks by inspiring people and YOU can attend. Speakers include Laura Bailey, James Cracknell, Ollie Dabbous and Rob Da Bank.

To find out more head to Inspires.innocentdrinks.co.uk

Daphne's Rolls Out New Tennis-Inspired Ice Cream Flavours, Here's A Recipe

Inspired by Wimbledon, South Kensington restuarant Daphne's has rolled out an adorable ice-cream cart packed with 6 new delicious tennis inspired flavours. Try out one of their recipes below!

STRAWBERRY AND SHORTBREAD SMASH

Serves 4

For the shortbread
125g unsalted butter, soft
60g caster sugar
125g plain flour
60g cornflour

Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC / gas mark 4.

Mix butter and sugar in a bowl. Sieve in the flour and cornflour and mix until you have a smooth paste. Roll out on a floured surface to 1cm thickness. Cut into 2cm x 8cm rectangles and place on greaseproof paper. Prick at even intervals with a fork and bake for 6 to 8 minutes until light golden in colour. Leave to cool.

For the strawberry ice cream
(yields around 1 litre)
200ml milk
200ml double cream
400g English strawberries
5 medium sized free range egg yolks
150g caster sugar

For the strawberry sauce
150g English strawberries
50g caster sugar
60ml water

In a saucepan, bring the strawberries, sugar and water to a boil. Simmer until the strawberries are soft, around 5 minutes. Sieve into a bowl.

For the ice cream

In a bowl or food processor, whisk egg yolks and sugar until they’ve doubled in size. Wash and trim the strawberries. Liquidise to a fine pulp and put into a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to the boil and then add to the egg and sugar mixture. Sieve into a bowl and add the milk and cream. Mix well. Chill before churning in an ice cream maker. After churning and before freezing, smash up the shortbread into bite size pieces and fold into the ice cream mixture. Then fold in the strawberry sauce to create a ripple effect. Put into the freezer for 4 hours.

Daphnes-restaurant.co.uk

Starbucks Adds Calorie Counts To Menus, Makes Us Sad

The LAST thing you want to know when you're about to tuck into a hot chocolate is how bad it is for you. Unfortunately now you can't escape it with Starbucks rolling out calorie counts on their menus across their US stores. That Frappucino? 400 calories. Doesn't look so tempting now does it?

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Nick Fox (Sun Jun 23 01:22:45 BST 2013): Jamie Jones, modern day legend!
Steph Ley (Thu Aug 15 16:17:20 BST 2013): Love the idea of an icing party!