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Vietnamese food is about the balance of flavours, of sweet, salty and sour – there is no measuring device that can ever match your own taste buds.

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A Piece Of Green & Blacks

By Leluu

You know sometimes, you are in town, the shops are shut and you walk by a fancy kitchen shop and you stare in like a hungry poor Prince Akeem and dream and plot your ideal kitchen, in your ideal home, in your ideal life. Then sometimes, you walk by and there is a little party going on inside and you wish, just wish you could be inside nibbling at the canapés and drinking all the fine prosecco – with all those nice looking people and have a good time.

Well, for once, we were on the other side of that window at a Miele Showroom in Cavendish Place at an event held by Green & Blacks and it was simply wonderful!

As soon as we entered, we were greeted with warm welcomes and met so many blogger friends; it just felt like it was the right place to be at the right time in life. Since we have been blogging and supper clubbing, we have just met so many lovely people who share the same passion and love for food, drink and together-ness. Events like these are fantastic and educational for sharing because Green & Blacks weren’t out to hold a regular event, they wanted to be a bit different and they wanted it to be something we can all learn and talk about.

The Ferdie
The London Foodie
Chocolate Ecstasy Tours

There were competitions and challenges, 9 people (among them, Simon – The Ferdie, The London Foodie, Meemaalee, Feed & Gastro, Feast On Scraps, Food For Think, Chocolate Ecstasy Tours, Kavey Eats) had to cook up a dish in 15 minutes for £15 on the wonderful, new, crisp, streamlined, perfectly modern and technological Miele appliances. Kitchen porn. There is nothing more satisfying than cooking up a storm in a brand new kitchen. Please let me be a desperate housewife with a Miele kitchen (universe)!

Kavey Eats
Jack (Food For Think)
Meemalee
Feast On Scraps

 Feed & Gastro

For the taste challenges, we had to taste the secret ingredient in the Green & Blacks chocolate and cocktails made by Drinks Fusion (they were at our event with Jim Haynes – so we were all very pleased to see them). The challenges were really tough and bought us to shame: hardly anyone got it right.

Johann (Drinks Fusion) & Simon
Great Cocktails

The reason for the challenges is that Green & Blacks are looking for an Assistant for Micah Carr-Hill– the Head Of Taste and they are going through so much campaigning to find ‘the one’. Applicants will go through the same tests at their interviews. Imagine if you applied and got this job, to know that you were really sought after must give you such a massive boast in your new career that they were looking high and low for you.

Micah Carr-Hill

Who is this person going to be? Its like dreaming up the perfect candidate, hoping for a great relationship – somewhere, they are out there looking at the moon… ; )

There were prizes, this what made this event fantastic – it bought out the competitiveness in us all. If you imagine a bunch of singletons at a wedding trying to catch the bouquet – well it happened here with a Kitchen Aid!

Meemalee completely surprised that she had won! : )

And Meemalee won it – for making the best dish cooked in 15 mins AND the taste challenge! Clever woman (she got a hubbie too)! I wonder if she was bribing someone before hand for that marvelous Kitchen Aid! – Even if you are not a baker (like me) you still want it!

Rachel McGormack getting ready to heckle
Micah eating the winning dish (Meemalee’s)
Hungry In London

Meemalee’s dish was just really nice. I don’t think she believed me when I told her. It was Shimeji mushrooms with salmon roe on linguine. The taste balanced perfectly between sweet, sour and salty.

We flew in like vultures after Micah tasted and judged the dishes. As you can see here: lovely Rachel McGormack stuffing her face with The London Foodie’s Rose & Dark Chocolate Quail.

Simon made Duck Breast in Quince and Red Peppercorn Sauce, with Cassoulet, Green Beans and Edamane in a Light Basil Emulsion. (recipe to follow) After our adventures at the BBC with The Hiary Bikers, Simon was like one of those pros on Masterchef with all his pots and pan ready and things on its marks.

We all stood around the contenders supporting our friends and watched them like we watched a cookery show. There is something so addictive about watching someone cook, see how they do things and see them go!

In the meantime, people were chatting to the guys who were all about smells. The first taste of the palate is through the nasal paths. He told about what and where taste receptors are on the tongue. They passed around nice vanilla smells to that of a stinky cheesy foot. I particularly liked the horse sweat smell, reminds me of my dog’s ears (only dog lovers will understand this). Such fun was had and this turned out to be one of the best events we’ve been to since we have started our blogging careers.

The Boy Who Bakes – Winner The British Bake Off – Edd Kimbers
Matthew Stokes knows about smells

Green & Blacks hold such interesting events, like the one they did at Tapped & Packed– pairing chocolates with tea (See The Grubworm’s insightful accounts here). Back then, we were all supposed to guest flavours and teas – this is what’s really great about this brand – they are all about good flavours and obtaining the right balance – that’s Micah’s job and what a fun way to spend your days – tasting! And writing recipes for their fab book ‘Green & Blacks Organic Ultimate – Chocolate Recipes – The New Collection.

We got a signed copy from Micah when he took us among a bunch of bloggers out to dinner at Bistrot Bruno Loubet  during The London Restaurant Festival/ Chocolate Week (we are really really lucky I know). He talked about what he generally does day to day with Green & Blacks – It was such an honour and a privilege to know the man behind this great brand of chocolate.

Green & Blacks started in 1991 when environment columnist for The Times and confirmed chocoholic, Josephine Fairley, found a bar of chocolate on her husband, Craig Samms’ desk, (founder of a leading organic foods company). She thought it was the best bar she ever tasted and felt all chocolate lovers would agree. And there it started – how wonderful that something so big and recognized today grew from such a small seedling. It’s inspirational!

When they went on holiday to Belize in 1994 and met a group of Mayan farmers growing cocoa plants, who were let down by a large company who withdrew the order, Jo and Craig decided to buy the farmer’s cocoa at a fair price. The rest is history.

At the end of 2011, every bar of Green & Blacks will be fair trade and we can eat happily because the skills and business bought over to the Mayan farmers have helped their families come out of poverty and let their children go onto further education which has made the product we love in the Western world make such a huge difference to those who produce it for our enjoyment. Green & Blacks is used and loved by so many top chefs, as well as us home cooks and is recognized to be the ethical brand with a great taste tag.

They sent us 12kg of chocolates for use at the supper club; here look what Simon made – from churros to Ferdie’s Chocolate Factory. (Chocolate Delice with White Chocolate Sauce, Dark Chocolate Frozen Strawberry and Pistachio Wafer).

Thank you to Gail Haslam for all the invites, for the great events.
Thank you to Green & Blacks for all the lovely chocolates, the book, the dinner, and the lovely cocktails – we love you!

Greedy Diva, The London Foodie, Hungry In London, Vintage Macaroon
  • Wow! I really missed out turning this one down, I had too much on in the same week but I can see that you all had a wonderful fun time. Thank you for all the great pictures, I got a real feel for what the evening was like. I hope G&B still invite me to something else!

  • Oh guys – this looks like such a fantastic event!

    I love what G&B are doing in search of their new recruit too. I’ve even touted out the job spec to all my foodie/chocoholic friends who might qualify in hope that they land this role…and I get chocolates for life!! 🙂

  • that is such a great post, love it! and the pictures turned out really well… We had a good evening!

  • Looks like you all had great fun. I would have loved to go to that.

  • I love the way you treated those pictures, they look like the ones from my childhood from old cameras, you really captured the mood of the event and the fun we had. Lovely post.

    Luiz @ The London Foodie

  • It was such a fun night and you’ve caught it perfectly here!!

    I look so ridiculously proud of myself in that photo! Oh la!

    Lovely to see you. Again soon please.

  • This looks like it was one fun event – chocolate, friends and a good perve over shiny new kitchen gadgets. I would have been one of those pressed up against the glass…

    The dishes you’ve outlined seem amazing for fifteen minutes – would that I could turn out duck breast or linguine in that speed. I just ain’t that fast on the draw.

    I love the idea of trying out the chocolate taster tests on people, it reminds me of the code-and-tequlia test on The Socialnetwork… heh.

    What a great sounding event!

  • Love love love the Coming to America reference!

    Simon’s dish was incredibly stunning – god knows how he made something so intricate in 15 minutes!

    ps I used shimeji mushrooms, not enoki 😀

  • @Sarah
    Thank you! Sorry you missed it. Am sure G&B will have many more events to come!

    @gourmetbelly
    I sent the the spec to my chocolover friends too. What a great way to recruit. It sets such a good path and hope that other companies/ brands to follow.

    @Hungry In London
    Thank you – we had such a great time – I think all the smiles says it all x

    @The London Foodie
    Thank you! The event is like one of those things we will still remember in years to come and that was why I used this filter for the pictures.

    @feedetgastro
    You do look so proud! its such a happy picture!

    @The Grubworm
    It is amazing what you can do in 15 minutes and actually how little time a great dish can need.
    As for pressing up against windows, I am back to doing that again. They say that the grass is always greener on the other side – sometimes – it really is!

    @meemalee
    Prince Akeem!!! I am actually not even sure if he ever had his face against the window or was it his assistant. or was it an old tramp? The reference to him is also not correct because he is actually a wealthy Prince but heck – I love that movie! and the thought of his expression is usually like mine but less funny! he he.

    Will change to Shimeji – no wonder – they had so much more flavour! Well done lady – bouquet catcher! : ) xxx

  • @joshua
    wish you were there – haven’t seen you in a long while! x

  • Sounds like an awesome and fun event! Green and Blacks do come up with some amazing things to do.. and hey their chocolate aint half bad either 😉 Congrats to MiMi for winninng the KitchenAid beast!

  • The comment about the bouquet at the wedding totally cracked me up!