Posted by on Mar 08, 2016 .

Photography Andy Arnfield - The Gourmet Grocer

Who doesn't love hoisin sauce,  Hoisin sauce is, a thick pungent sauce, commonly used in Chinese cuisine as a glaze for meat, an addition to stir fries, or as a dipping sauce. It is darkly colored in appearance and sweet and salty in taste. Although regional variants exist, hoisin sauce usually includes soy beans, red chillies and garlic. Vinegar, Chinese five spice and sugar are also commonly added. (Wikipedia)

I try to use it in as many dishes as possible.  The sweet tangy flavour of this sauce goes with most meats but pork has got to be my favourite, this recipe is so easy and a...

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 .
 

Video Andy Arnfield – The Gourmet Grocer

I have had a leg of lamb slow cooking for the past 5 hours and needed something to go with it that made the meat spectacular, so combining this beautiful slow cooked lamb and my addiction to blue cheese, I came up with this little beauty recipe that also incorporated spuds. There is nothing difficult about this dish, other than cutting everything into chunks and pouring over the cream, but the results are delicious. With cheese, always buy from a reputable cheesemonger, as they will be selling only the best available from around the globe. In this dish I used Stilton, which is a...

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 .

 

 

 

 

Photography Andy Arnfield

The recipe below is for a single layer cheesecake, but if you want to create the one in my picture, just double the ingredients and use an acetate cake collar to build up the second layer.  As this is a no bake cheesecake it’s really easy to build by just giving each crust and cheese layer 1/2 hour in the fridge to firm up.

I made salted lemon curd in my Thermomix, the recipe is included in this post, but you can obviously use any other method you like, or even use store bought curds and add the salt

Ingredients – Makes one layer cake

200 g Plain digestive biscuits
125 g...

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 .

Photography – Andy Arnfield

From being a child one of my favourite dishes was mac and cheese, now all grown up and sporting a wider pallet, adding yummy ingredients like gourmet cheese and chilli just comes naturally. I have just been on a fantastic BBQ course and had a juicy, smokey rack of pork ribs cooking, I needed something delicious to accompany so what better than Spicy Smokey Bacon, Mac and Cheese. Delicious ! Enjoy!

SERVES 4

½ tsp sea salt + more for pasta water
250g smoked bacon, uncooked
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup chicken stock
¼ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½...

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 .
Gourmet Hampers Online Keep Standard Staples in Your Kitchen

Nothing is more frustrating when cooking or baking to find that you have run out of a staple ingredient. Obviously, there are many food items that cannot be stored for a long time. It makes sense to buy most fresh fruit and vegetables on a weekly basis. Even so, within a few days, lettuce goes limp and bananas become mushy. Refrigeration does help, but the food still deteriorates, although, at a slower pace. Keeping a standby stock of tinned fruit and vegetables is a good option.
 
On the other hand, there are several items that can be stored for long periods, so that they...

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 .

Some people may wonder why a gift hamper makes the best gift but the question we ask you is “how is a gift hamper not the best gift?” It can be so difficult sometimes to choose the right gift for someone when the answer is really simple—a gift hamper.

At Gourmet Grocer Online we understand the importance of giving a really great gift and have put together a fine selection of hampers that will delight your loved ones.

Even better news is that if you don’t find what you are looking for in our gift hampers section here  then you can create your own beautiful custom hampers here.

You may be tempted at this stage to compare our...

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 .

Photography-Andy Arnfield

I really fancied something tasty and aromatic, so with a kilo of pork  belly to hand and a visit to my Asian pantry, what better than a Chinese Sticky Pork, a classic dish served in every Chinese restaurant. This dish has three simple steps, the braising of the meat, frying it off to a golden brown, then cooking the pork in the sweet sticky spicy sauce. This dish can be served with white rice, or as part of a banquet. Enjoy ;0)

Serves 4 as part of a banquet
Ingredients

1kg pork belly sliced, chopped into 8cm pieces
1 ltr hot chicken stock
1 thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and finely...

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 .
Giving Gourmet Christmas Hampers


Christmas is a time of year for fun, love, laughter, drinking and eating, lots and lots of eating. It is also a time for gift giving and as we all know, it can be difficult to decide what to get, particularly for the relatives you may not see that often. There is however a fantastic solution for when you are not sure what to get but want to impress the recipient of your gift. There is also a wonderful gift idea for when you know a lover of fine foods and want to get them the good stuff.
 
Usually if you know which gourmet cheese shop has the best cheeses, you are going to find the rest of the...