To source his new luxurious range of Passion Shed nut creations (available from Cotswold Fayre, Tree of Life and Cress from August 1st), the ‘taste traveller’ found himself obsessed with creating the ultimate balsamic coating for his Jumbo Pecan and Cashew collection. Not happy with many of the commercial Modena variants offered, Brian began what he now refers to as his ‘barmy balsamic bender’ which entailed sampling over 30 varieties.
The exact process of making authentic balsamic vinegar remains shrouded in mystery but resembles that of wine making and that is exactly how Brian embarked on his challenge; unearthing 11th century wood-ageing techniques.
The specific details of Passion Shed’s process will remain a secret, carefully guarded by Brian and his Passion Shed team, but tasting the new snack range will undoubtedly offer fellow foodies a truly indulgent treat.
Waitrose and many independent sources have already jumped at the chance at being the first to stock this new quality range, which is perfect for delicatessens, coffee houses, hotels, theatres – anywhere which loves offering a truly decadent treat:
Modena Way: Jumbo pecan and cashew nuts infused with authentic Modena balsamic vinegar and further enhanced with fresh, aromatic oregano seasoning.
Honey Heaven: A pocketful of sunshine created with whole jumbo Australian macadamia nuts and Californian almonds, drizzled and roasted with the sweetest of South American honey.
High Seas: Oven roasted, sweet jumbo cashews coated with the finest Italian extra virgin olive oil and balanced with a light sprinkling of sea salt.
Brian says of his Passion Shed recipes : “You can really taste the passion and pleasure that we have invested in creating this unique range.
“Not only have we spent months and months finding the perfect flavour combinations, but the actual quality and selection of nuts used is second to none and quite literally can’t be matched by any other product available in the shops.
“Whether it’s with a glass of wine or a bunch of friends, Passion Shed offers sumptuous snacking for the genuine foodie.”
See and sample at London’s Speciality Fine Food Show 6th – 8th September 2009.