Hmm, what to say? Other than MASSIVE EXCITEMENT and writing in capitals MORE THAN USUAL!! And liberal use of exclamation marks!!.
On a serious note, remember the 25th of April, for there shall be an ice cream and drinks book launch at the Whim Wham Cafe in town. So if you’re canny enough to be reading this – you’re invited!
The best thing about having your own book is not having to open a word document every time you need to remind yourself of a recipe. And there’s a cheering picture there to boot! If you have no intention of actually making ice cream, I can still highly recommend Melt, because thanks to Emily Dennison & Anita Mangan, the photography and design are gorgeous. I did the styling. Best time ever. Please buy the book so we can get another deal and do it all over again.
If you have an event or market you’d like to see Ginger on, or want a private visit, drop me a line – email@example.com
I’ve always felt that Manchester can do whatever London does with bells on. I’ve always secretly thought that street food, as a feature of life and culture across the globe, could never really happen in the same way here in the UK, firstly because of the crappy weather, but also our restrictive city centre councils, fixed on gentrification. I’d happily spend my whole year on events around my home town, instead of trekking across the country to sell ice cream… so I’m overjoyed that the new food collective Guerilla Eats invited me to trade at their first event, and impressed that they want to give it a go for Manchester.
Street food has had a PR boost in the last few years, thanks to a host of innovators, with a flair for food but not the massive funds to invest in bricks and mortar. I’ve seen converted horse boxes, shipping containers, and at this years British Street Food Awards in London, “What The Dickens” produced pork pies from a 4 foot top hat. Aside from the incredible tasting dishes, creativity shines through in how we present our units.
So we’re a bit more “hip” than the have-a-potato, and Old Trafford offerings, as fab as those street food things are, but everything has to evolve right?! If I can prise my winter frosted freezer lids open this weekend, and the engine wants to play, I’ll be in Port Street car park, Northern Quarter this Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th from 3pm.
References to current UK street food movements for the uninitiated – London, Leeds and beyond.
After a worrying start to the year – several awful breakdowns (van. Not me, quite) HUGE garage bills, rain cancelling events and lost pitch fees, everything changed in June. Karma kicked in and it was one brilliant event after another. Ending with a double win at the British Street Food Awards – “Best Dessert” for the second year, and then BOOM!….. “Best Of The Best” award! So THANKYOU to everyone who’s bought an ice cream.
Here’s my highlights.
Best Live Act – Elbow at Jodrell Bank
Best food Fifteen Street BSFA, goes without saying, also Wilderness Festival, for Moro and St John’s.
Best entertainment Wilderness festival – Very decadent.
Best facilities Just So – Jazz, mood lighting flush loo’s and plentiful HOT showers. Believe.
Best muddy fun Kendal Calling
Longest Queues King’s Cross ice cream festival
Best Of The Best British Street Food Awards ’12….. DID I MENTION THAT???!!!
Gourmet banquets, camel rides, naked wild swimming, a speak easy, Roller Disco, chilled champers served IN GLASS…. never have I been to a posher festival. Lots of fun had, lots, and lots of ice cream sold. Ran out by Sunday 3pm. Had to issue a challenge thus “All sold out except for XV Olive Oil flavour. It’s my favourite – try it you philistines!” It pressed the right buttons, and gained some XV Olive Oil converts. I got to say thanks to the camels too, for all that milk.
I can finally say it! Going round saying “I’ve got a book coming out in 2013″ didn’t have the same ring. 80 of my ice-cream recipes are bought to you courtesy of Simon and Schuster, next springtime. Working title is “Melt. Ice-cream from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium”. I’ll be spending these next few months recipe testing, so you’ll see me on the local Manchester Markets with a huge range of flavours I’ll want you to try. Most likely scenario will be “but do you prefer this version or that version? With nuts or without? Sweeter or sharper?” I’ve got a lot of work to do.
The photography is flipping amazing. Emily Dennison is shooting for us in her trademark imaginative/ eccentric style. I hope she’ll let me give a couple of sneak previews. Cannot wait to get stuck in to our next shoot.
I’m even gonna share the recipe for double award winning This Monkey’s Gone To Heaven. (NW Fine Food and British Street Food Awards). The difficulty is translating my scrapy notes into fully fleshed instructions denoting metric, imperial and cups. A Glug, dash, smattering, pinch, sprinkling, slosh – we do all know what these are don’t we?
“Claire, for this year’s Spectacular I want you to do something that’s never been done before!!” said Alexa, founder of The Experimental Food Society. “Er…. placenta?” I half joked. Well what hasn’t been done flavour wise?
Using milk from a camel would have been worth doing for it’s own sake, after all, that’s what the society is about for me – experimentation, fun, frivolity. But the more we looked into it, there were sooo many reasons to start using camel milk. It’s a wholefood, ie, it provides all round nutrition, particularly vitamins B and C. It contains ten times more iron than cows’ milk.
I ordered it from the only EU approved camel farm in Holland, it churned really well in the Carpi machine, so off I went. And then came the press coverage. “CONSUMERS GET THE HUMP! £4 a scoop WHAT A RIP OFF” said The Sun. I started getting emails from people wanting it to help with their diabetes, autistic children, chrones disease. Arabic and Somali communities have known the medicinal properties of camel milk for millennia. I wondered if it could catch on here.
Everybody seemed to enjoy it, whether plain, or the Rose and Lemon, or Roast Banana and Rum. The nicest part for me, was knowing that the milk has come from happy animals. Notoriously grumpy, would you want to milk a pissed off camel?
I got the award for Best Dessert, and came second in the Best Looking Mobiler category! Thanks for your votes. Super happy. Incredible food from everyone on show. If you’re lucky enough to come across these street food traders just order EVERYTHING. – Cafe Mor, Flying Ducks, Lullabelle’s Lunches, Churros Bros.
Just got back with empty freezers. Favorite memory? This little boy called Bertie who came up to my van everyday saying ‘ice-cream! ice-cream!’ a hundred times, each time as full as surprise as the first.