SWEET AND SOUR – A TOUCH OF MISO

Bored of the same old cakes and desserts. Made a salted caramel sauce to drizzle over ice cream, sundaes and waffles. Why not try adding a savoury twist to give your cakes a deeper flavour, another dimension. One of my favourite flavours to get to that point where you can not help but eat more than you should is miso. Miso makes an excellent edition to all of your favourite dishes. One of my favourite things to bake is cinnamon rolls with miso paste and blueberries. This gives a great twist and you will be surprised by what an excellent flavour the miso gives the cinnamon rolls. Umami is what the Japanese might say, but ‘swalty’ it seems we might say here!
Miso is a Japanese paste, a mix of soybeans, grains and sea salt. Once fermented and aged, the mixture is ready to use. The wonderful paste that results from this process comes in a few forms. Buttery shiro (white) misos to medium-bodied shinsu (yellow) misos to beefy, pungent aka (red) varieties. To get an idea of what makes them different, the darker in color the miso, the saltier and more pungent it tastes.
White chocolate and burnt butter miso make for a unique cookie. It can easily be whipped up for a cosy winter afternoon at home either with a hot chocolate or a smooth red wine.
Tried all the variety of brownie recipes. Why not add some white miso paste and give them an umami flavour you never knew was there.
Even cheesecakes can be given a little lift, even if you do use fresh fruit in your mix.
Not sure about miso, why not try adding your favourite vegetable to cakes, carrot, pumpkin, beetroot, butternut squash and courgette to muffins, brownies or loaf cake. Or why not follow the example of the Americans and make a pumpkin pie. But just add a teaspoon of miso, it will become one of your kitchen staples.
Go and explore your cupboard and delight your taste buds.

Why vegan wines, beers and sparkling wines?

Well decided here at mavenfoods, veganism is becoming a big part of everyday life by understanding the process on how wine is produced. So when we were changing our wine list, vegan wines, beers and sparkling wines seemed a good place to be.

Not that we’re saying non vegan wines are bad for you. We just felt that if you were to organise an office party or a reception for colleges, it’s a way to make it easier for you to arrange drinks to suit all tastes so that guests that you may or may not know do not feel excluded.

As wines and even sparkling wines have improved over the years, we have tasted what we have put forward for you. I have to say, we are no experts but know when a wine is not particularly smooth or has strong tanning taste. We have gone for delightful taste and well rounded flavours.

While compiling this list,there are some great traditional brands like taittinger, which you might not have expected, as well as new world wines to drink on sunny afternoons. As we have said, we are not excluding all wines, and are quite happy to source wines you have a preference for, we’re just here to make your guests have a relaxed enjoyable time.

There are some great beers that are vegan and traditional as well as a gluten free beer which still has a great taste.

We are here to make life easier for you to organise drinks, ice, bar equipment and anything else you may need, to suit all your guests needs.