Ginger's Comfort Emporium van

Ginger’s Comfort Emporium Interview

Ice cream fires my imagination – it’s an experimental cook’s dream. Cream, sugar and eggs set the stage for any flavour combos you can think upClaire Kelsey from her book Melt

I’ve been an avid fan of Ginger’s Comfort Emporium since discovering them at the Manchester Food and Drink festival in 2014. I was very much drawn in with her rather unusual combinations such as rhubarb crumble ice cream and salted caramel and peanut butter ice cream (aka the Chorlton Crack). Since then, they’ve set up shop on the first floor of Affleck’s Palace and Claire’s repertoire of creations have steadily increased and evolved with fresh inspiration and the changing of the seasons.

Here, I ask Claire Kelsey, owner of Ginger’s, a few questions about herself and her business.

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Desserts, one side

Afternoon Tea at Marco’s Italian

I’ve not heard much about Marco’s if I’m honest but decided to give it a go on yet another LivingSocial deal and I’m not sure if it’s just me, but there’s a preconceived  notion that afternoon teas in hotel restaurants would be excellent. I took my sister with me as we proceeded to Marco’s Italian for some hopefully tasty food before an evening out at The Lowry.

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Beetroot and feta salad

Beetroot or carrot feta salad recipe

I found this awesome recipe for a beetroot feta salad from Shutterbean’s Tracy Benjamin (her recipe) but made a few modifications. Notably, I’ve changed the goat’s cheese in her recipe to feta, making this recipe suitable for those who are pregnant or have a weak immune system. (Note, some goat’s cheese is ok to consume but this involves checking the type of goat’s cheese and it’s easier to just buy feta as I know it’s pasteurised in the UK). I’ve also swapped chives for spring onion as the former can be hard to find.

This salad is really fresh tasting with the crispness of the little gem lettuce, the sweetness from the beetroot and the saltiness from the feta. If beetroot is not your thing, I have substituted this recipe with sticks of carrot. Please feel free to try both our recipes!

This recipe is also inspired by the veggies I get from the Vegbox People.

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Beef and Pudding Brunch Plank

at the Beef and Pudding 2nd Birthday Brunch [CLOSED]

I was kindly invited by the lovely Holly Wood to Beef and Pudding to celebrate their 2nd birthday with their new brunch menu and drinks in association with Kettle One Vodka. I looked forward to attending as I love a good brunching place and it’s been a while since I last visited Beef and Pudding; I used to visit more often when I worked closer.

From their press release: “the event was attended by several reality TV stars such at Jordon James, Jsky, Big Brother’s Lisa Appleton, Model Sallie Axle, Dawn Ward and Leanne Brown- stars of the hit TV show Real Housewives of Cheshire – along with former football players Ashley Ward and Eric Nixon. The event was also filmed for two upcoming reality TV shows, to be shown later this year on prime time channels.”

All food and drinks from the brunch menu were offered free to those attending. My friend and I made a couple of additional purchases which are noted as such. All opinions are my own.

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