HAVE you heard the one about the Christmas latte that contains as much sugar as four supermarket muffins?! You can’t have missed the festive adverts for gingerbread lattes, caramelised hot chocolates and festive frappucinos on billboards and buses.
THE clickbait social media videos of people trampling over each other in a frenzied bout of violent consumerism may not be as prevalent this year, but the last Friday in November still involved savvy shoppers/utter lunatics (*delete as appropriate) hauling themselves out of their warm beds at stupid o’clock in the pitch dark to grab the early bargains.
THINK salads are just for summer? Think again! I am not talking lettuce, tomato and a bit of limp cucumber with a dollop of salad cream on the side, but instead making the very best of what the season has to offer.
CHRISTMAS entertaining is all about being prepared and, in the cookery classes over the next couple of weeks, all our customers go away with ingredients that can be made now and stored for Christmas Day.
The Ulster University’s training restaurant has been named Grub Club Restaurant of the Year, joining previous winners such as The Merchant’s Great Room Restaurant, Deane’s, Shanks, James Street South and The Old School House.
:: WHERE do you work? Merchant Hotel, head pastry chef :: Are you calm in the kitchen? I don't going around screaming all day that's for sure! It doesn't create a good working environment and certainly never solves a problem but I will be firm when I need to.