London food trends and an evening of flavour

I was recently invited on an evening of flavour with Lloyd Grosmann sauces at the Underground Cookery School in London.

The evening started off with a delicious coffee cocktail, one similar to an Italian “caffe’ shakerato”, very fresh and summery, which I was invited to try making myself. I never made a cocktail before, so I was enthusiastic and keen to have a go.

making cocktail

It was fun and most of all I enjoyed drinking it afterwards. As you know I really love coffee so it was a special treat for me!

Coffee cocktail

The evening began with a talk about the hottest food trends in London.

It was interesting to know that in London there are around 37,000 food outlets! I guess we really are spoilt for choice in the city.

There was John Quilter, the TV chef known as “The kitchen busker” who as the chef for the evening cooked interesting fusion dishes using some of the Lloyd Grossman sauces.

lloyd grossman evening

American food inspired from across the Atlantic has been taking over in London and the classic flavours of the Med are brightly shining with Londoners being inspired from local markets and cooking seasonal recipes with fresh ingredients.

Persian, Israeli and Greek food seemed to be London’s trending cuisines.

Fusion food is the future and mash ups are hotter than ever. Classic French, Italian or Spanish merged with American cuisine ..not sure what to think about that!

Small plate dining, tapas style and dude food with burgers and hot dogs are staying to satisfy nostalgic comfort and all with different spices and meaty fillings.

And finally chilli is the 2014 trending flavour which always lights up a dish and gives  a certain kick to it. So more chilli to come for the future guys 🙂 Fine, I love chilli!

John Quilter, “the kitchen busker”

John Quilter, “The kitchen busker”

And here are all the tasty dishes we tried.

Fusion food

Lobster Thermidor Mac & Cheese – Comte macaroni cheese cooked with lobster and samphire.

Korean fried chicken served with a hot Loyd Grossman tomato and chilli sauce, sesame seeds, sesame oil and gochujang. I found very interesting that the batter was made using vodka instead of fizzy water. This made it very crispy whilst the alcohol completely evaporates as soon as it hits the hot oil. A great tip!

Nikkei Sashimi with tuna and salmon with apple in a Thai green sauce and mirin. A light and healthy dish completely new to me.

Iberico Pork Schnitzel with toasted almonds and herbs served with a hot tomato sauce. I loved this and the Iberico pork is definitely superior in taste and tenderness than ordinary pork.

Oxtail sliders with saffron shallot mayo served with a Loyd’s herby tomato and red wine sauce.

We finished our meal with a vanilla pannacotta made with almond milk (very trendy at the moment) and cooked peaches with amaretto with biscotti crumbs. A very light dessert, great for someone who is trying to lose weight but needs a sugar fix from time to time.

And the end of the evening came. I enjoyed every dish and I was impressed by John’s creativity and ability to create such tasty and interesting dishes and combine them so well with the sauces.

And as you know I make all my sauces from scratch so I was impressed by the excellent quality of these sauces. Shop bought sauces are often very sugary and have a chemical taste, these had more of a natural and pleasant taste with no metallic aftertaste in your mouth.

So here you go, something to keep in the cupboard for when you get home late and have no time on your hands or for times of need!

Loyd Grossman sauces


I was invited to this evening of flavour event hosted by Lloyd Grossman Sauces and I received some sauces and a supermarket voucher.

All opinions are my own.

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9 Responses to London food trends and an evening of flavour

  1. Mimi

    What a fabulous experience!!!

  2. Linda

    So impressive Alida, You certainly get around. I do know you make all of your sauces by hand. Looks like a fun and interesting evening and I see you handled the cocktail making perfectly. xoxo

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    You are a true food connoisseur now! What an incredible experience! Looks like you had an awesome time, enjoying all the foods, sauces, and making new friends. I am sure you learned so much and the trends in food is always interesting….very different from when we grew up. Love all the photos of the food, and I especially like the one that you are pouring your Coffee Cocktail, yummy! I also try to make my sauces from scratch, but like you said sometimes you need that helping hand when time is not on your side. I do not think that they sell Loyd Grossman sauces here in the states, but I will have to check it out. This was a wonderful post…thank you for sharing your experience! Have a glorious day!
    Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      Thank you Dottie! xxx

  4. gloria

    What fun and lovely invitation Alida, love this and the food look amazing!

  5. Catherine

    Dear Alida, I am a coffee lover too!!
    I am very happy for you and all the nice things you are invited to.
    I think the dinner sounds wonderful and being able to taste all of these dishes is exciting.
    I am sure it is nice to have these sauces on hand.

    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

    • Alida

      Thank you Catherine, I really enjoyed it!

  6. Diana

    Alida! What fun stuff you are doing!! Very, very cool!!! Gosh..what an experience!!!

  7. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Sounds like a lot of fun Alida. The coffee cocktail looks great…. I would have enjoyed the drinking part best too!!

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