OUT with Desserts IN with sweet shots

I have a sweet tooth, always have.  It’s been a long waged battle, trying to keep a figure I like without giving up desserts and my beloved chocolate. My last meal on earth would be chocolate based. I’ve made it into quite a hobby, discovering chocolatiers and their creations, learning about cacao and how to…

How to recognise fine chocolate

Know how to recognise high quality chocolate? You know the rituals around fine wine and aged malts, here are four things to look for when selecting chocolate, Cocoa bean, colour, smell and taste. Cocoa There are 3 varieties of cocoa bean, Criollo,  Trinitarian and Foresero Criollo – expensive, premium, and the most sought after. Trinitario…

The Skinny on Macaron

  If you’ve been lucky enough to enjoy these spheres of deliciousness in Paris then you’ll know why macaron are something to get very excited about. Perfect to take along to dinner parties, tea parties, to a birthday party or just as a thoughtful treat for a friend or loved one.  If you’ve yet to sample them…

The Truffle Fork – Iain Burnett

Perthshire truffle specialist Iain Burnett won the Worlds Best Dark Truffle award in 2016 for his Classic Velvet Truffle, a sublime ganache made with single source São Tomé cocoa and fresh Scottish cream. Presented in sleek black boxes they aren’t unlike other luxury chocolate brands. What is different however, is the inclusion of a truffle fork,…