Trendy sweet potatoes are now UK’s fastest growing vegetable

Anyone else notice how popular sweet potatoes have become of late?

They’re everywhere – from being made into chips, wedges and mash to being a key ingredient in pies, bakes, soups, meat free burgers, crisps, chilli, falafel and baby food.

Almost every burger or American themed food restaurant I visit these days offers sweet potato fries or wedges as sides.

Sweet potatoes - UK demand has grown by 70 per cent in the last two years

Sweet potatoes – UK demand has grown by 70 per cent in the last two years

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And the winner of the 2015 World Bread Awards is…

While Nadiya Hussain made front page news for winning this year’s Great British Bake Off the UK also saw another baking champion emerge this week – namely James Freeman.

Master and now champion baker James Freeman

Master and now champion baker James Freeman

James, was outright winner at the esteemed World Bread Awards – a competition set up in 2013 to celebrate the best of British bread making. He won £1000 and a coveted trophy.

And it was his London Bloomer that beat off more than 550 entries in 16 different categories including ciabatta, sourdough, fruit, flatbread, speciality, wholegrain and gluten free.

And here's the loaf that wowed the judges - classic white London Bloomer

And here’s the loaf that wowed the judges – classic white London Bloomer

The Tiptree World Bread Awards were launched in January 2013 and seeks to celebrate the very best of British bread baking. Entries have more than doubled since then.

Any budding bakers out there who want to compete next year should visit http://www.worldbreadawards.com/


Cocktails back in fashion as demand for posh mixers soars

There’s a revolution shaking up the world of cocktails and I’m pleased to report that it’s moving rapidly from upmarket bars into the home – and not only mine!

If, like me, you love classic highball cocktails such as G&Ts, vodka & lemon and whisky & ginger then you may well have tried one of the growing number of posh mixers currently gracing high street stores.

Well you won’t be alone because demand for premium mixers such as upmarket tonic waters and lemonades is rocketing so much that they have become the fastest growing area of the UK soft drinks market.

Taking a G&T to a whole new different level - with elderflower tonic water

Taking a G&T to a whole new different level – with elderflower tonic water

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