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Jane and Susie welcome two tea experts for our programme this week. Nick Gandon of Reginald Ames and Nigel Abbott of Bergamia. Both have a huge amount of experience in importing and blending tea. What size teabag is best? How long do you leave the finest tea leaves to brew? With milk or without? Are fruit teas actually teas? All these questions and more are debated. But if you want to know how to make the perfect cup of breakfast tea first thing in the morning then Nigel has the definitive answer.
Scotland has a glorious history of whisky making. It's romantic, almost magical and definitely world-class. In this episode of the FoodTalk programme, Jane and Susie get to taste some English whisky with renowned whisky expert and Scottish whisky distiller Annabel Thomas.
Susie and Jane admit that they don't really know anything about salt, except our bodies need it but not too much. Is there any difference between common old table salt and seasalt or rocksalt? How is it 'made'? Luckily they have Gregorie Marshall of Blackthorn Salt on hand to explain how they make this amazing stuff up in Ayr. The story of salt is truly fascinating.
Susie and Jane get to talk to the inspirational James Lawrence in this week's episode. He explains why Folkestone is now so hot, with the Harbour Arm a hugely popular food, drink, art and music destination.
Sue has changed her name, no longer is she Sue Nelson but is now Susie Warran-Smith. Something to do with getting married apparently. Anyhow Jane and Susie have two wonderful guests this week - AJ Sharp and Stu MacDonald. AJ is a seasoned judge for the Great Taste Awards and explains how the judging works and exactly what constitutes the star ratings they give. That's just as well, as Stu is our other guest. He is the founder of ManiLife peanut butter, which just happens to be the most Great Taste awarded peanut butter in the UK, including a coveted 3 star. Find out how he makes the nutty breakfast favourite and why he needs some recipes for his new cookbook.
Sue travels to Margate to meet the lovely people at Speciality Breads, the artisan bakers. Neil, the development chef explains the range of products they make, then Sue goes for a tour around the factory to watch them make a huge batch of teacakes. Meanwhile, Neil can't help himself and cooks up a real treat for Sue's lunch which is waiting for her when she gets back to meet Simon the managing director. It looks like a scene out of British Bake Off. Yum!
Sue & Colette talks all things black pudding, how to cook it, serve it etc But does she give away her secret recipe?
Sue explains coelic disease, and why, if you are unfortunate enough to have this life changing condition, eating out is a nightmare. Kerry Clare and Sarah Wren are committed to providing gluten free food that tastes incredible. Kerry owns a completely GF bakery and Sarah a GF restaurant, while Jane lists the best GF drinks to go for. On top of that, Kerry has brought a whole range of gluten free baked goodies which Sue and Jane feel obliged to eat their way through.
Sue and Jane admit to being a bit piggy on the programme today. They are joined by the marvellous James Golding of the hotel and restaurant chain 'The Pig'. In fact he is the Group Chef Director and he brings along some delicious food he's prepared for the occasion and they just can't help themselves.
Jane and Sue are bowled over by the taste of some lovely Kentish rapeseed oil produced by Eckley Farms. Claire Eckley explains how it's made from farm to bottling. Later our presenters are wowed by the best walnuts they have ever tasted, when Eren Kape discusses his rather unique production process.
Sue and Jane are truly honoured to have the legendary Mitch Tonks, restaurateur, food writer, TV star and expert on all things fish in the studio this week.
Sue goes to Copper Rivet Distillery to see how gin is made, from the grain being delivered all the way through to blending the botanicals. She then has a tutored tasting with author of The Philosophy of Gin, her fellow presenter Jane Peyton. They taste their way through five Kent gins and Jane explains the origins of Navy Strength. Which brand do they think is best to drink neat, and best with a dash of tonic?
Jamie Oliver described Calum Franklin as "The king of pies", we think he produces the best looking pies in the UK and probably the world. Calum discusses the art of pie making and we also talk to Matt from Kentish Mayde who make thousands of pies a day, all by hand for very happy customers.
Part 2 of our favourite cookbooks. What better present for your loved one on Valentine's Day than a cookbook? Forget the flowers and chocolates and get them something beautiful and useful. Jane Peyton our resident beer sommelier and expert on cider, discusses the best books about drink including Noble Rot and The Brewmasters Table.
Jane Peyton our resident beer sommelier and expert on cider, discusses the best books about drink including Noble Rot and The Brewmasters Table. We are also honoured to have Charlotte Pike in the studio. Charlotte is not only a chef, award winning cookery writer and a food educator, she is the Chair of the Guild of Food Writers.
Sue and Jane are great fans of bees, those beautiful pollinators that keep our flowers and plants alive. They are mysterious creatures though, so they are joined by Michael Bispham of North Downs Bees to explain what goes on inside those hives.
Our host Sue Nelson is beyond excited for this very special edition of The FoodTalk Show. She’s joined by legendary food journalist, Sheila Dillon, who has been presenting BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme for over 20 years.
The FoodTalk Show is delighted to welcome Asma Khan into the studio to tell us her incredible story. The first and only British chef to feature in Netflix’s ‘Chefs Table’, Asma has earned huge plaudits in the cooking world thanks to her amazing Asian cooking skills.
After seeing in the New Year, Sue and Jane decide they should do a non-alcoholic beer tasting for all their listeners who are embarking on Dry January. As Jane is an accredited beer sommelier and author on numerous books on beer, who better to judge the non-alcoholic offerings against the real stuff.
Sue is flabbergasted that her favourite Negroni doesn't make it but sangria does?! and Jane highly recommends the 'theatre' of cocktail making when your guests arrive. They're joined by experts Karl Wozney and Laura Taylor in a make-shift studio bar where they make their own version of an Espresso Martini.
Sue visits the Cheesemakers of Canterbury to see how cheese is made and arrives at the studio with some lovely samples. Meanwhile Robin Betts, the International Cheese Award Winner, explains what makes the perfect cheeseboard and does a thorough tasting from soft to semi-hard cheese.
Nicky Crawley, the self-confessed 'Queen of all things potato", gives us the low down on heritage varieties and along with Tracy Bush from Provenance Potatoes, they tell us what varieties to use depending on the dish.
Jane gives Sue a lesson in hops, brewing and tasting along with Chris from Cellar Head and Eddie from Ramsgate Brewery
Sue admits that she just adores pigs but has to balance that with her love of charcuterie. She and Jane chat with Chloe Wilcock of Oink and Udder and Bill Gardner of North Charcuterie about all things pork.
Sue and Jane are bowled over by Goupie and Plamil, who’ve both been making vegan products for decades, well before ‘plant-based’ went mainstream.
Sue & Jane are joined by the founders of Garage Coffee and Cold Blow Coffee who share their knowledge and expertise on the subject.
A packed studio today with 3 guests from Kent vineyards. It’s an all female line-up from Terlingham Vineyard, Gusbourne and Wayfarer Wines.
Sue and Jane rediscover the joys of milk with Dee from Hinxden Farm Dairy