Borough Market – part two

I won’t be making it back to London this year. These are a few more photos of Borough Food Market, located at London Bridge, that I took during my trip there last summer. Can’t believe it’s been over a year already!

Wild mushrooms pick 'n' mix

Wild mushrooms pick ‘n’ mix

Smoked paprika from Brindisa, a Spanish gourmet food store

Some traditional British meat pies…..

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Gastronomica sells Italian ham, veg and salami sandwiches (panino) either hot or cold using a variety of breads and cheeses. Long queue!

Chocolate sold by the block at So Chocolicious…….

…..along with Champagne, Elderflower, Strawberry & Balsamic Vinegar and Sea Salt flavoured truffles

I also had my first taste of Lassi, a cooling yogurt-based drink, originating from South Asia, that also contains water, spices and sometimes fruits and nuts. Mine was blended with mango, nutmeg and cardamom.

New frangipani perfume – Haitian Frangipani

  A new frangipani perfume – Haitian Frangipani –  is now available. Using slightly aged frangipani absolute from Haiti combined with vetiver (khus khus grass) from Madagascar and sandalwood for a deliciously green, earthy and liqueur-like aroma that is a bit reminiscent of sugar canes. Frangipani flowers are most fragrant at night to lure moths to pollinate them. The inspiration for this… Read More

Honeybush tea

Honeybush is a plant indigenous to the East and West Cape of South Africa traditionally used to make a bush tea or herbal infusion. In South Africa it is also called “bergtee”. It’s very similar to the more well-known red bush tea (aka rooibos) also from South Africa.  I love drinking green tea, but prefer to drink it before 6 pm. Honeybush… Read More

Coffee growers face uphill battle against climate change

  This article was written by The Antillean Media Group and can be read in its entirety here: We enjoy these daily luxuries such as coffee, tea and chocolate, but it is so easy to miss or disregard the whole chain of events – both natural and man-made – that take place in order to make these… Read More

Pure camellia oil for skincare

I have a slight obsession with natural plant oils. I love to use them around my eyes and on my face especially at night as part of my beauty/skincare routine. They tend to work better on my skin than cream moisturizers – I love their simplicity, gentle fragrance, and the way they seep slowly and luxuriously… Read More

Olive oil soap re-launch

This weekend I’ll be re-introducing one of my more popular soaps, a pure, unscented olive oil bar. This was one of the very first soaps I ever made and it has always been received favourably by customers, but it got placed on the back burner over the last few years while I got caught up with work, studying… Read More

Givaudan’s perfumery school

Givaudan is a Swiss manufacturer of flavour and fragrance components, and considered the largest company in the industry. Their products are developed mainly for the food, beverage and perfume industries, as well as for household goods (laundry detergents, cleaning solutions, etc.) and for personal care products.  This short video is an introduction to their perfumery school… Read More

New Sugar Cane Syrup Soap

The first in the series of sugar cane syrup soaps is now available. It was made from a homemade glycerin soap base that has been infused with fresh hand pressed sugar cane juice, cane sugar, and ylang ylang essential oils. Five scented mini soaps in a beautifully illustrated gift box. The sugar cane syrup is first obtained from the freshly pressed juice of sugar… Read More

Lime notes in perfumery

  Limes come from a small, thorny evergreen citrus tree with dark green leaves and small white flowers (blossoms) which turn into the fruit. Native to South-East Asia, it is naturalized in many tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world. In the Caribbean, for example, it’s common to see a lime tree growing in the backyard of… Read More