You're so veined
You're so veined
With the arrival of summer comes the ewe's blues - the year's first supplies of Crozier Blue cheese, from a farm in Cashel, County Tipperary, are ready after maturing for three months. Buy it from Neal's Yard Dairies (020-7379 7646), Paxton & Whitfield (01608 652090) and Waitrose stores (0800 188884) for around £22 per kilo.
Patatboem promises to be an extraordinary combo of dinner and show. Belgian theatre company Laika put on a percussive performance, at the same time as cooking up a storm. Watch and hear them rhythmically rattle those pots and pans, putting their creative spin on the routine of a restaurant kitchen. The audience sits at tables, ready to eat an Asian-fusion meal, and drink an intoxicating pea liquor at the end. All for £25, at the Riverside Studios, London W6, from Tuesday until 20 June. Call the box office on 020-8237 1111.
AWT is Europe's biggest chef brand - which means even though he's picky, Antony Worrall Thompson's initials appear on plenty of food and kit, until now all from British companies. But he's turned up trumps with a range of organic soups produced in Spain by Sierra Rica, which began with an organic chestnut grove in Andalucia and now exports to Dean & Deluca in New York and Ito Yoka-do in Japan and Harvey Nichols. The seven glass jars of AWT soups include carrot and ginger with chestnuts; potato and saffron; and sweetcorn and red-pepper chowder. Available from most posh supermarkets and delis, from £1.49 to £1.80.
Do you take plastic?
No need to make several trips from the kitchen to the garden with different bowls of dips, or to take a stack of Tupperware to your picnic. The tiffin box, a tidy pile of interlocking containers, is this summer's essential receptacle. Habitat's foot-high melamine version comes in aqua, pink, red or aubergine for £15 - there are matching plates, bowls and beakers too. See www.habitat.co.ukReuse content