The Filofacts is a Shed production in progress at
The Shed does have tendencies which could probably fairly be described as on the spectrum and one of them is a little file of the groceries to buy when you want the very poshest of something, even though The Shed generally begrudges the cost of genuine Weetabix.
The Shed’s own contribution is to recommend Greek gigantes as a worth-it alternative to baked beans – brand recommendation to follow – and coconut milk as a good standby for milk in curry sauce.
One day, the following notes will be properly indexed and search-engine-optimised tae fuck. Meanwhile, see below for
GROCERY LIST, BEST TINNED FISH, BEST CANNED FISH, CHEAT FOODS, DELIA SMITH’S CHEAT FOODS, BEST TUNA, BEST SARDINES, BEST READY-MADE CANAPES, PARTY SNACKS, BEST BUTTER, BEST CHOCOLATE, BEST FRANKFURTERS, BEST MOISTURISER, BEST OLIVE OIL, BEST NOODLES, BEST SOY SAUCE, BEST OLIVES, BEST PASTA, BEST PORCINI, BEST WHISKY, XANTHE CLAY CANAPES, PILCHARD WORKS CORNWALL, BEST SECATEURS, BEST TINNED TOMATOES, BEST CANNED TOMATOES, TINCAN RESTAURANT,
and a little bit more …
Stella mag, with Teleg, 10.2.8, recommended some good tinned fish …
Yellowfin tuna fillets in olive oil fm m&s
Eatwell mackerel fillets in olive oil fm m&s
Rocca anchovy fillets in o oil fm machiavellifood.co.uk
Ramon Pena small sardines in o oil fm Brindisa, London
Nardin smoked anchovies fm thefishsociety.co.uk
Rtiz Ventresca white tuna fm harveynichols.com
Delia Smith wrote a book on Cheat Food which included the following recommendations …
bottled clams: l’isola d’oro
dried linguine: col sapori di napoli
tomato sauce: dress italian
pastry tart cases: jus-rol
roasted peppers: m&s
From various sources …
BUTTER: Échiré in western France “owes its international reputation to the fine butters produced by its cooperative dairy”.
FRANKFURTERS: Meica Real German are real German.
MOISTURISER: Jo Malone in Stella mag, teleg, 5.6.11: “Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream.”
OLIVE OIL: Chef Arthur Potts, reviewg extra-virgins f Obs 4.4.05, chose Marques de Valdueza, fm Spain, folowed by Tesco Finest Tuscan.
SARDINES: Chef Paul Bocuse recommends Connétable brand fm Brittany.
Also rated by sardine snobs …
Breton Sardines fm La Vie Gourmande.
Minor’s Tomato Picante Sardines fm Portuguese Foods.
Hijos de Ramon Pena sardinillas fm Brindisa.
Fillets fm T Pilchard Works, Newlyn.
Tricana Sardines fm Bluebird.
Nuri Sardines in spicy sauce fm Fortnum & Mason.
SECATEURS: Seven Mag, Teleg, 17.9.6, sd Felco No. 7s.
Chef Tom Norrington-Davis, Obs Food Mag, April 07, said his top tins and jars were:
Tomatoes – Puma Conserve (pricey) or M&S Organic Peeled Plum.
Beans – Suma Organic Butter or Asda Borlotti.
Chick peas – Waitrose Organic.
Anchovies – Fortnum & Mason.
Olives – Organico Black.
Sardines – Fortnum & Mason.
Dry pasta – La Terra e il Cielo Organic Kamut Spaghetti.
Porcini – Fortnum & Mason.
Noodles- Waitrose Fine Egg.
Soy Sauce – Essential Organic Shoyo.
T-SHIRTS: Colin Renfrew, London College of Fashion, for Observer 4.4.05, did a survey and said best plain white T Shirt was from Next
WHISKY: Euan Ferguson, Observer writer, has proposed that the finest malt is Caol Ula. Some more notes to come in here later.
Xanthe Clay, Teleg, end of December 2014, checked out supermarket ready-mades for The Canape Dream Team and recommended …
* Marks and Spencer Mini battered scallops
* Marks and Spencer Mini Posh Hot Dogs
* Heston from Waitrose mini chicken, leek and ham hock pies
* Heston from Waitrose mini chilli-con-carne muffins
* Sainsburys Taste the Difference Salmon Cakes with Beetroot and Dill Dip
* Sainsburys Taste the Difference Pulled Pork Yorkshires
* Morrisons M Signature Ying and Yang Prawns
* Tesco Pork Belly Pieces with Apple Sauce and Pork Poppers
*Asda Extra Special Sausage Rolls
* Lidl Partytime Indian snack selection
* Aldi Duck straws with hoisin dip
* Aldi Chicken Curry Parcels
* Morrisons Vegetable Selection
One of the restaurant stories of 2014 was Tincan, a London pop-up restaurant serving only “the best tinned fish in the world”
Opening menu included:
Los Peperetes Caviar de Erizo – Premium Galician Sea Urchin Roe served with bread, rocket salad, lemon, chilli, shallots, olive oil and parsley.
Portugese mackerel fillets in olive oil
Icelandic smoked cod livers
A Guardian reviewer added recommendations for
Ortiz white tuna and anchovy fillets.
Pilchards from the Pilchard Works, Cornwall, available in Waitrose.
Waitrose’s own-brand speciality sardines.