FOOD & DRINK / Gastropod

R & A BAILEY can't have known what it was starting when it first came up in the mid-Seventies with the idea of ready-mixed Irish coffee in a bottle. This year some 650,000 cases of cream liqueurs will be sold, most of them over the next fortnight. And more than half will be Bailey's Irish Cream.

Who drinks all that sweet, sticky stuff? Chris Sykes, the new product development manager at United Distillers, has a pretty clear idea. It is typically consumed by a housewife, he says, aged between 25 and 55, who doesn't ordinarily drink but enjoys a little tipple at Christmas. It is the taste, not the 17 per cent alcohol content of cream liqueur, that the typical drinker enjoys: she finds it 'delicious', 'indulgent', 'more-ish'.

Last year she was drawn by the brand name to Terry's Chocolate Orange Cream Liqueur, which United was test-marketing, but was more resistant to Brulee, a creme-brulee-flavoured liqueur in an 'Art Deco' bottle. Still, it could be just the thing to give your maiden aunt.

CELEBRITY cookbooks are not new, but Frances Leonard of Kempston, Bedford, must be congratulated for attracting an extraordinary list of contributors to the book she has assembled to raise funds for the restoration of her local church. The idea occurred to her when she was returning the Archbishop of Canterbury's enthronement robe - borrowed, no doubt, for a display - and was moved to ask his Grace for the secret of his chocolate meringue cake.

Over the past year she has written some 200 letters to well-known people, and most have responded with a recipe. Some suggestions are a bit blokey or jokey, but Betty Boothroyd's stewed oxtail and the Princess of Wales's watercress soup are eminently sensible. For a copy of Mrs Leonard's book, send a pounds 6 cheque (made out to 'All Saints Kempston Appeal Fund') to 31 Church Walk, Kempston, Bedford.

BORED with going to restaurants? Now the restaurants can come to you. A company called Room Service (071- 586 5800) is offering to bring meals from several dozen London restaurants - a hamburger from Ed's Easy Diner, perhaps, or a feast from Ken Lo's Memories of China - direct to your dining room. You pay full menu price for the food, packaged in heat-retentive bags. Orders (minimum price pounds 10) from any of three directories, covering central and north-west London and the City are delivered (for a pounds 4 fee) by a smartly dressed driver, who will also be happy to act as waiter.

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookA delicious collection of 50 meaty main courses
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Food & Drink

    Recruitment Genius: Web Developer - Junior / Mid Weight

    £15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: To support their continued grow...

    Recruitment Genius: Transportation Contracting Manager

    £33000 - £38000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A global player and world leade...

    Recruitment Genius: Hotel and Spa Duty Manager

    £18000 - £24000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are friendly, sociable, ...

    Recruitment Genius: Payroll and Benefits Co-ordinator

    £22300 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This museum group is looking for a Payro...

    Day In a Page

    Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

    Is this the future of flying?

    Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
    Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

    Isis are barbarians

    but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
    The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

    Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

    Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
    Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

    'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

    Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
    Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

    Call of the wild

    How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
    Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

    'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

    If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
    The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

    The science of swearing

    What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

    The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

    Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
    Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

    Africa on the menu

    Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
    Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

    Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

    The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
    10 best statement lightbulbs

    10 best statement lightbulbs

    Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
    Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

    Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

    Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
    Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

    Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

    It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
    Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

    Dustin Brown

    Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
    Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

    Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

    Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test