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Category: Fine food

Chocolate Week unwrapped

Chocolate Week, the nations favourite themed week started today with a whole host of events taking place throughout the country. Since Chocolate Week was founded in 2006, the British chocolate market has grown a staggering 21% and is now worth 3.8billion.

The Chocolate Week finale, Chocolate unwrapped takes place in London this coming weekend.

Around 7000 visitors are expected to attend the show where they can taste some of the best chocolate in the world, an infusion of unusual flavours and reacquaint themselves with the classics.

Demonstrations and tasting sessions from top chocolatiers and experts will also be available throughout the week.

Chocolate Week was created to promote fine chocolate and the independent artisan chocolatiers and chocolate companies.

The Healthier Option

With the Olympics at a close and the Paralympics on the horizon, for the vast majority of londoners it’s now or never to get fit. It’s now or never to eat healthier and work towards that dream body. It’s safe to say that the sun hasn’t been consistently blessing us with good weather but a good body brings satisfaction even when the sun decides not to co-operate. Yes persistent exercise will be be expected and also a well structured diet but also a healthier snack. Preferably one high in vitamin E. Preferably a tasty, smooth Niederegger treat. Almost guaranteed that since the buzz of the Olympics, and a surge of new determination amongst aspiring athletes, you won’t be alone on this new journey of a healthier lifestyle.

Miss Marzipan

She’s the sweetest candy in the basket. The most delicate flower in the bunch. She’s Miss Marzipan. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside, she represents all that Niederegger Marzipan stands for: quality, delicacy and heritage. Certainly not to be mingled or confused with the impostors of marzipan. She shall roam around London with a wagon of goodies imploring people to have a taste for their own good. Selfless. To each citizen she’ll hand delicately baked treats that only 200 years of experience and prudence can give birth to. With a bonnet of love and a basket of smiles, she’ll warm up your world and do your taste buds justice. From the Olympic scenery of Stratford to the residential scene if Shepherds Bush, she’ll travel in style with a mission in mind. To bring justice to the people of London. Niederegger Treats- that’s justice.

Chocolate, the new Caviar

Britain is a nation of chocolate lovers – we love to indulge in this scrumptious treat. Britons consume an average of 11kh per person per year, that’s around 3 bars a week – this equates to 660,900 tonnes a year in total!

Since 2007 chocolate consumption has doubled, the biggest increase was seen to be in the consumption of dark chocolate, milk chocolate is the first choice for two thirds of all Brits, only 1% don’t like it!

The demand for chocolate will increase by roughly 5 million metric tonnes by 2012 according to food companies and commodity traders – this year’s supply is already expected to fall short, with demand being too high.

Chocolate is not just important to business in the UK; according to the World Cocoa Foundation some 50 million people around the world depend on cocoa as a source of livelihood. Chocolate’s popularity means it has been a powerful tool for changing trade patters, as on of the first and most successful fairly traded products.

On a negative note, it has been said that in 20 years it could be a possibility that chocolate production will decrease to the point where it will be as valuable as caviar. Farmers in Africa are currently illegally using land on national reserves, as they are so desperate for fertile land to produce this sought after crop. John Mason, executive director and founder of the Ghana-based Nature Conservation Research Council, has forecast that shortages in bulk production in Africa will have a devastating effect: ‘In 20 years chocolate will be like caviar. It will become so rare and so expensive that the average Joe just won’t be able to afford it.’

The aforementioned can already be seen as cocoa prices increased by 10% in 2011, this is the largest increase since the 1970s.

I must say I was quite impressed with the opening ceremony of the Olympics. To tell you the truth, I wasn’t looking forward to it that much, as I had heard rumors circulating around London that it wasn’t going to be that amazing – obviously, they were just trying to fool me!

The opening ceremony really gave me an insight into British culture and its heritage, and I have to say it was quite spectacular. From the image of the fresh, green countryside and the farming to the sudden change to the industrial revolution and the suffragettes, the NHS and now the social media generation.

I thought one of the most impressive part of the ceremony, was during the industrial revolution where it looked like they were carving the Olympic rings and then they rose into the air… I was in awe!

I also shed a few tears, when the Olympic torch was passed from your most successful Olympian to the next, young Olympians – I thought was a beautiful way of lighting that magnificent cauldron.

Unfortunately, I was unable to get tickets to any of the Olympic games including the opening ceremony – but I managed to find a beautiful roof terrace where I watch the red arrows fly over my head at exactly 20:12, and was able to see the fireworks in the distance. I heard a lot of British people say, ‘Well we have now managed to master the art of firework displays since the Millennium disaster.’ It left me wondering how bad your firework display was back in 2000?

Well I am continuing to watch the Olympics on the television and I am totally hooked. The problem is, I love this country so much and yet I am from Germany – I don’t know who to support???

Lots and lots of love,

Miss Marzipan xxx

 

Greetings!

I have spent my first week in London! Although the weather hasn’t been great, which I expected.. I am thoroughly enjoying myself! I saw most of the sights. I went to see Big Ben I have seen many buildings on my travels, but Big Ben is one of my favourites! Then I went to Buckingham Palace, which is also so beautiful. I hope one day I meet my prince charming and we live in a Palace just like that – I am very jealous of Kate! I rode on the London Eye, I expected it to go much faster than it did, but the view from the top was amazing. London is such a beautiful city. The little glimpse of sunshine we had this morning really shows its true colours. To top off my day trip around London I went to Trafalgar Square and sat on one of the Lions. I wish I could have a pet Lion they are such astounding creatures. Everyone has been amazingly nice to me, and I don’t intend on leaving for a long time! Next week I hope to be in the City, giving out fresh marzipan samples that I have brought over from Lübeck. However I want to wait until the sun is out and shining, because I have noticed that people are slightly more miserable in the rain, which I fully understand. I hope to meet lots of people who love Marzipan as much as me!

I shall continue writing about my adventures in London. I shall upload photos very soon!

I hope to see you all very soon

Lots of Love,

Miss Marzipan x

Melt in the mouth Marzipan

When one thinks of marzipan they think of a very sweet and sticky substance, much like icing sugar, making it seem plain and boring. However, there is much more to it than that. Once you have been in the business for over 200 years, you begin to see a whole new perspective in regards to the world of marzipan. This can be seen in all Niederegger products.

Niederegger features a range of flavour combinations that are somewhat unusual and completely change peoples initial thought of marzipan.

Thinking outside of the box is one of Niederegger specialities – this is really displayed in its marzipan, which features flavours such as Ginger & Marzipan, Lemon & Marzipan, Egg Liqueur and many more.

As far as the old common conception of traditional marzipan goes, Niederegger have perfected their recipe for marzipan over 200 years using less sugar and more almonds bringing you a subtly fragrant and enjoyable taste of marzipan that isn’t too overbearing on ones taste buds.

As well as the typical combination of chocolate and marzipan, Niederegger have also created a unique and original range of hot drinks.  This means that you can not only enjoy a delicious bar of milk chocolate marzipan, but you can also watch it melt in a charming cup of marzipan rooibos tea.

 

The History of Niederegger Packaging

The classic niederegger packaging was created in the 1900’s.  The classic icon on the Niedergger packaging is the Holsten Gate. The Holsten Gate is a city gate marking off the western boundary of the old center of the Hanseatic city of Lübeck. This Brick Gothic construction is one of the relics of Lübeck’s medieval city fortifications and the only remaining city gate, except for the Citadel Gate. Because its two round towers and arched entrance are so well known it is regarded today as a symbol of this German city, and together with the old city centre of Lübeck. The Holsten Gate is composed of a south tower, a north tower and a central building. It has four floors, except for the ground floor of the central block, where the gate’s passageway is located. The side facing west (away from the city) is called the “field side”, the side facing the city the “city side”. Alfred Mahlau added this icon of Lübeck to the Niederegger packaging. Alfred Mahlau was a German painter, illustraiter and painter, he is famously known for his graphical illustrations and also for his large stained glass window – Dance of Death. The fact that Niederegger has not changed its packaging for over a century shows that it is a true classic and the product has not changed since it was created in 1806.

 

Tin Niederegger boxes, whos design predates the 1900th century will be on sale in all John Lewis stores this Autumn. 

 

Marzipan Around The World

Marzipan has been used in Europe and most of the world since the Middle Ages. It was brought back from the Crusaders when they traveled to what is now the Middle East. No one is entirely sure where marzipan originated; some historians say China, others say the Middle East and even Italy. However, Marzipan has been incorporated into deserts all over the world. Marzipan was already very popular in the 16th century, it was mentioned in a dictionary from the year 1521. Marzipan is an artisan sweet that will never be forgotten.

In Italy, marzipan (marzapane) is often shaped and painted with food colouring to resemble fruit (Frutta martorana) especially during Christmas and on All Souls’ Day.

The depiction of fruit using marzipan is traditionally Sicilian due to its initial use at the Chiesa di Santa Maria dell’Ammiraglio, a monastery near Palermo which used the marzipan to decorate the bare trees of the convent when important guest were visiting. The Marzipan was traditionally eaten on the occasion of All Saints Day (where the marzipan fruits are traditionally put by children’s beds)  and All Souls’ Day.

In Greece and Cyprus, marzipan is used in different ways, but is almost always left white. On the islands of the Aegean in particular, white marzipan is used at weddings, and is served to the guests.

The best marzipan in Greece can be found at the 11th-century Santo Domingo el Antiguo. The nuns working there have kept the recipe for their marzipan secret since the 13th century. Often in the window of this pastry shop, one may see either a replica of part of Toledo’s cathedral, or of the Sinagoga del Tránsito, made of marzipan.

In Latin American, marzipan is known by the Castillian word of mazapán and is also traditionally eaten at Christmas. Marzipan is generally made with peanuts instead of almonds. In Mexico, it is often hand made as an artisan treat with either peanuts, pistachios or pine nuts.

Peanut marzipan has an entirely different texture to Almond Marzipan. Almond Marzipan has been described as soft, sweet, moist and perfumey while on the other hand Peanut Marzipan in comparison to Almond Marzipan has been described as sandier, crumblier and it has a very strong peanut flavor. This style of marzipan has more of an acquired taste compared to Almond Marzipan.

Almonds – The key ingredient of Marzipan

“Historians generally agree that almonds, mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible, were among the earliest cultivated foods.”

The Almond tree is a small deciduous tree growing 4-10 meters in height, native to mineral rich West-Asian mountain ranges that provide optimum environment for their growth. In recent years it has become a very popular crop and is cultivated across the world. During the spring the tree bears whitish-pink flowers which ultimately turn into fruit in the autumn.

Almonds have always been revered as a symbol of fullness and wealth. The nuts contain many health-benefiting nutrients that are required to keep healthy!

Research has showed that Almonds can prevent cancer.  Almonds contain a high concentration of phytochemicals on their dark brown skin. Studies show that this powerful natural compound, which plants use to protect themselves against pests, have been seen to fight off cancer cells. In various laboratory experiments, the phytochemicals found in almonds actually aid in keeping brain tumors from multiplying. There are even accounts of the tumors decreasing significantly.

Almonds have been seen to contain a high dose of Vitamin E – 30 grams of almonds will give you 35% of daily requirement! Some studies have pointed that consistent consumption of almonds has significantly decreased chances for breast cancer and prostate cancer. That’s because vitamin E in almonds came in the form of alpha-tocopherol – a known agent that prevents the multiplication of cancer cells. To top all of that off – Almonds are also naturally cholesterol free.

However, almonds have other benefits.  As far ask the skin is concerned, almond can be used in several ways. Almond oil makes the skin smooth and soft, which is why it is often favored for massages. Almond oil can also be used for the hair. 

Almond milk is also available, and is good for the skin, besides being a nourishing and useful substitute for people who are allergic to milk. In addition, almonds themselves can also be used in many home treatments for the skin.