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Coffee from Grocer and Grain

September 4, 2016
Grocer and Grain

Grocer and Grain

On a visit to Brighton, on my way down from Brighton Station to the seafront, I popped in Grocer and Grain.

An excellent little grocery shop, always a pleasure to visit but not from where one would expect to be served quality coffee.

Grocer and Grain is a little grocery shop on a corner, a couple of minute walk down from Brighton Station. It used to be a quite street, until for whatever dumb reason, the traffic was diverted through this street.

Always a delight to visit. Cakes, bread, grains, fruit and vegetables, plants and cut flowers, a range of different coffee beans. And they also serve coffee.

Delightful selection of cakes, coffee beans sourced from three different companies. Widest selection of Union Hand Roasted I have seen anywhere.

Grocer and Grain also serves coffee and yet Union refuse to supply 1 kg bags, which is very short-sighted of Union. They  sources from a fourth company, who roast the beans locally, for the coffee they serve.

I had a cappuccino, which was excellent.  A little grocery shop, is not where you expect to find excellent coffee, but then Grocer and Grain excel  at everything they do.

Later in the evening, finding open, I picked up one of their cakes. During the afternoon, I had visited Coffee at 33 and had an excellent cappuccino. I suggested source coffee beans from Coffee at 33 and sell their beans.

Late October day in Brighton

October 26, 2010


Late in more than one sense. It was late October, but I was also late getting there.

The previous day I had decided to go down to Brighton as the weather forecast was good and no rail works, offering a window of opportunity for a day out in Brighton before the clocks turned back and winter arrived. But Saturday night I was tired, it was forecast to be cold on Sunday, so instead of an early night that I knew I needed, I did not get to bed until the early hours of the morning.

I awoke Sunday in time to get down to Brighton, but I was so tired and dead to the world that getting up did not seem a very favourable proposition. A couple of hours later, seeing how sunny it was, I thought to myself this is stupid, to waste a lovely day at home, so I set off to Brighton far too late for it to be a realistic proposition. Train went via Hove due to rail works, thus instead of arriving at midday, I did not arrive until 2-30 in the afternoon.

I would have liked to have gone straight down to the seafront, but by the time I had popped into see Hakan in Grocer and Grain, it was down to North Laine to eat at a late lunch at Iydea.

I had some excellent soup in Grocer and Grain which I am sorry to say I cannot remember what it was other than it was something and tomato, but I took a picture. It was very good so hopefully I will get the recipe to share.

I would have liked to have gone down to the seafront, but by now half the afternoon had gone, so I went direct to Iydea for lunch. It would have been nice to have eaten outside, but too late to catch the sun so I had to eat inside. I cannot remember what I had, but it was as always very tasty. I finished off with a flapjack. It had something poured on it, maybe honey, plus some seeds, very nice.

From a quirky bookshop I picked up an interesting book, Using the Plot by Paul Merrett, which I enjoyed reading on my way home.

Looking in Infinity Foods I saw they had won the local food awards for best food store. Well done I told them as yes they deserve it, but adding that I had not voted for them but for Grocer and Grain as it would have been nice if Grocer and Grain as a little corner shop had won.

By the time I got down to the seafront it was late afternoon. There was sill some warmth left in the sun but it was not long before it set.

I enjoyed watching the sun set behind the derelict West Pier.

I had a chat with the guy with the bookstall. He said it had been pleasantly warm earlier.

I walked back along the seafront and along Brighton Pier. Not many people about, cold and dark.

Last time I was in Brighton I was able to watch a sliver of a new moon rising on the horizon. From the pier I could see the full moon rising over Brighton, reflections of the lights and the moon in the sea.

Then walk up to the station and catch the train home.

As always I missed my lovely friend Iva who I used to meet in Brighton when she lived in England. I called her whilst I was watching the sun go down, but walking along the seafront and towards the end of the pier I missed her.

An October day in Brighton

October 11, 2010

I left the house at 10 am in the morning on Sunday 10 October 2010. A very auspicious start to the day.

I was on my way to Brighton. It was dull and hazy but I had faith the sun would come out. And it did, it was a lovely sunny day all day. Along the coast in the Solent it was 22.5 degrees Centigrade, the top temperature of the day. Warm for almost mid-October. It was probably not far off that in Brighton.

And there were no rail works! The train to Brighton was packed. Many others must have had the same idea as me.

It was a little too early to see the autumn colours. The trees were just starting to turn.

On arrival at Brighton Station I felt sad as I used to be met by my lovely Czech friend Iva when she was in England. She would meet me at the station and we would spend the day together in Brighton.

I popped into Grocer and Grain and had a chat with Hakan. I enjoyed his tomato and celery soup, with a kick from added Turkish herbs. Hopefully a recipe soon. Outside lovely flowers for sale.

From Grocer and Grain I walked down to and then along the seafront. Even though there was a breeze blowing, it was surprisingly hot on the seafront.

I would have walked along Brighton Pier, but it was just too crowded to be enjoyable.

Outside the pier lots of bikes and bikers standing around looking like Paulo Coelho clones. Or is it the other way around, Paulo Coelho looks like a biker?

Excellent lunch outside Iydea. And thanks to Charlotte, who asked if she could join me, for her excellent company and conversation.

Earlier outside Infinity Foods I was given a couple of pumpkin seeds. I popped back to Infinity Foods after eating at Iydea as I wanted to buy some excellent Whydark* dark chocolate from Chocolate Organiko.

A saunter along the seafront to watch the sun setting behind the derelict old West Pier.

By the time I had walked up to Taj the Grocer, back along the seafront to the pier and along the pier, it was time to set off back home.

Walking along the seafront after the sun had set, a sliver of a new moon was rising above the horizon.

A lovely day out. My only regret my lovely friend Sian was not with me as she would enjoy Brighton but she is sadly very poorly. Also too would my lovely friend Iva have loved a day out in Brighton.

10-10-10 A quirk of dates. Nothing special were it not for the fact that the charismatic leader of a Jewish sect had his birthday arbitrarily set to a pagan festival.

Chunky tomato, courgette and basil soup

October 1, 2010

‘All my soup recipes are determined by what veg is in store at the time and after a year of getting to know good veg combos through lots of soup making – I go with instinct on amounts. but, basically if you soften an onion, have a couple of litres of good veg stock, and 2 or three types of complimenting veggies and some fresh herbs , that’s a good start – then experiment!’ — Hakan, Grocer and Grain


one onion
tomatoes (or two tins of chopped tomatoes)
two courgettes
two potatoes
two carrots
dried basil or Italian herbs
vegetable stock


As with previous Grocer and Grain seasonal autumn soups saute a chopped onion until translucent.

Add the courgettes, potatoes, carrots – chop all and stir for a while.

Add some garlic, good few pinches of dried basil/ italian herbs.

Add fresh ripe tomatoes (or two tins of tomatoes), stir.

Add pinch of chilli flakes if wanted.

Add two litres of vegetable stock and simmer for half hour.

Liquidise and serve.

Should serve four.

Many thanks to Hakan of Grocer and Grain in Brighton for sharing this recipe for autumn soup using fresh seasonal vegetables.

also see

Sweet potato and butternut squash soup

Grocer and Grain rootsy vegetable soup

Sweet potato and butternut squash soup

October 1, 2010

‘All my soup recipes are determined by what veg is in store at the time and after a year of getting to know good veg combos through lots of soup making – I go with instinct on amounts. but, basically if you soften an onion, have a couple of litres of good veg stock, and 2 or three types of complimenting veggies and some fresh herbs , that’s a good start – then experiment!’ — Hakan, Grocer and Grain


one large onion
two large sweet potatoes
one large butternut squash
a couple of carrots or a parsnip (root vegetables optional)
vegetable stock


Saute a large onion in a large saucepan until soft and translucent, then add two large peeled and chopped sweet potatoes, one large peeled and chopped butternut squash, also could add couple of carrots or parsnip – a root veg.

Then let this all ‘sweat’ with lid on and stir occasionally to avoid veg sticking to bottom on meduim heat for 5 minutess. You may wish to have added a little oil to the bottom of the pot.

Then add about 2 litres of veg stock (‘boullion’ gives a good flavour, or veg stock cubes), some chilli flakes – optional.

Then let simmer for about 30 minutes until veg is soft, then blend – handheld blender is quickest option.

Season as necessary and add sliced red chilli for colour and kick!

Many thanks to Hakan of Grocer and Grain in Brighton for sharing this recipe for autumn soup using fresh seasonal vegetables.

also see

Grocer and Grain rootsy vegetable soup

Chunky tomato, courgette and basil soup

Grocer and Grain rootsy vegetable soup

September 24, 2010

‘All my soup recipes are determined by what veg is in store at the time and after a year of getting to know good veg combos through lots of soup making – I go with instinct on amounts. but, basically if you soften an onion, have a couple of litres of good veg stock, and 2 or three types of complimenting veggies and some fresh herbs , that’s a good start – then experiment!’ — Hakan, Grocer and Grain


one onion
3 large parsnips
4 large carrots
1 celeriac
4 medium potatoes
2 cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons of garam masala (optional)
vegetable stock


Saute onion, then chop up parsnips, carrots, celeriac, potatoes, cloves of garlic, and add to pot (to which you may like to add a little oil).

Stir and ‘sweat’ (until veg looks a bit ‘battered’ at the edges!).

Then add 2 teaspoons ( depending on taste preference) of garam masala and stir into all the veg so it all gets a coating.

Then add the veg stock and simmer until soft.

Then blend and season – inc a sprinkle of chilli flakes if you like, also chopped flat parsley works well.

Play around with veg amounts – this is quite a sweet soup.

Using fresh seasonal vegetables, the first soup of the autumn season at Grocer and Grain in Brighton. Many thanks to Hakan of Grocer and Grain for sharing the recipe.

Garam masala: An aromatic mixture of ground spices used as a base in many Indian dishes (‘masala’ means spice). The proportion of spices changes according to the dish being cooked (and the cook!) but typical ingredients are cumin, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and black pepper, with substitutions or additions made depending on whether the dish includes meat, vegetables or fish. You make your own or buy from any good food store.

Also see

Sweet potato and butternut squash soup

Roasted parsnip and apple soup

Day trip to Brighton

September 15, 2010

I was only in Brighton the previous weekend, but the weather was good, my rail card was about to run out, the weather was forecast to deteriorate, so why not? The downside was weekend rail works.

Weekend rail works are the bane of weekend travellers. Weekends are not great to travel, especially bad on Sundays, poor service, missed and bad connections if travelling across country. Why it is assumed no one wishes to travel Sunday I have never understood. Add to this rail works and bad journeys turn into nightmares.

My journey had half an hour added on the the beginning, another half an hour added at the end. A journey which the previous weekend was one and a half hours, was now two and a half hours. I would arrive Brighton half past midday, rather than midday. Not too bad, I could look in Grocer and Grain, the excellent food store which I had discovered the previous weekend, time to wander down the the seafront, maybe walk along the seafront and along Brighton Pier, and then to North Laine for lunch at Iydea.

Well that was the plan, but it turned out to be wishful thinking.

I helped Mara, a French girl from Senegal who was uncertain where to go. As I was explaining, I failed to keep track of the time, looked up to see my train leaving. Not to worry, a train to Hove in a few minutes, I could then walk from Hove along the seafront to Brighton.

If only. It was obvious Mara, whose English was very poor, was not going to find where she was going unaided, so at Hove, we change trains and we went two (or was it three) stations on, alighted and then tried to find where she was staying. We found it ok, she as then going to join me back to Brighton, get her a sim card for her phone, map and bus routes and a quick tour of Brighton. I reminded her she had left behind her bag. She went back to get it, then decided she was too tired.

I walked off to catch a bus. I just miss a bus. Half an hour later a bus turns up. I finally make it into Brighton some time gone 2pm!

Brighton is one of those places where not a weekend passes without something going on, some happening on the streets. At least that has been my experience from past visits.

Alighting from the bus, I happened upon a food market, part of a food festival. It sadly was in the wrong place and a major rethink is needed for its location. The street was too narrow, the stalls were jammed packed together cheek-by-jowl. You had to push and elbow your way through, it was difficult to see what was on the stalls as too crowded. But what I did see was scrumptious cakes, wines, beers, cheeses, sausages, pumpkins, mushrooms, apples, sweetcorn … It was just a pity that the location had not been given more thought. [see Brighton Food Festival]

It was tempting to eat off the stalls, but I was wishing to eat at Iydea. But when I got there my favourite table outside was occupied, therefore I decided to wander up to Grocer and Grain, have a brief chat with Hakan, but such are the best laid plans of mice and men, I happened upon a street party. I was made very welcome and encouraged to tuck into the food. The excellent sausages being grilled were from the Brighton Sausage shop in North Laine, the rest of the food, the savouries, the salads, the cakes, were made by the local residents. [see Kensington Place Street Party]

By now full, I walked back to Iydea. I was tired and thirsty. A cup of tea and freshly made fruit juice (though sadly not as good as fresh fruit juices from El Limon in Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife).

I decided to walk up to the station as I needed to check the train times, and then pop into Grocer and Grain, then back to North Laine to Infinity Foods (which is always a must when in Brighton).

Passing a health clinic and suffering a bad migraine attack, I thought pop in and get a couple of pain killers. Simple enough I thought, but sadly nothing in life is ever simple, I had to see a doctor. What seemed like a long wait, and probably was, I eventually saw a doctor. I was with the doctor at least ten minutes, or maybe it seemed that long. Maybe he thought I was having a brain attack. He wrote me out a prescription for painkillers, which I have yet to use, with me sat there thinking, all I need is a couple of painkillers, the stress making the pain worse. Eventually he thought that to be a good idea, went off and gave me a couple of painkillers.

By now no way was I going to get back to Infinity Foods.

I picked up train times from the station. I had a timetable but it was of no use as all the trains had been rescheduled for the day, but at least the man was helpful and explained what was going on.

A long chat with Hakan in Grocer and Grain. I suggested he made use of twitter. Took a few more pictures of his beautifully laid out shop. Bought peanut butter and Infinity Foods musili and Fast Food Nation a film I had seen before. [see Grocer and Grain]

One reason I wished to visit Infinity Foods was to buy some excellent chocolate that I had bought the previous week. It was for my lovely friend Sian but I had eaten it. I recommended that Hakan stock it, but could I remember its name. Luckily I came across it later in the day in Taj the grocer.

Whydark* from chocolate orginiko in Madrid, simply divine, but pricey.

I finally got down to the seafront around 6-30pm. It was still very warm in the sun. Too late for smoked kippers from Jack and Linda Mills, so I made do with a pot of cockles.

Brighton beach is not sand, it is pebbles, about the size of golf balls. People sit on the beach in small groups. There is something prehistoric about the way people sit in these small groups.

From the seafront I was able to watch a marvelous sunset.

In the gathering dusk I paid a quick visit to Taj the grocer. I was not going to bother, but I thought why not?

Back down to seafront. I walked along the seafront to Brighton Pier, but had no time to walk along the pier as my train was leaving early. I could have caught a later train, it was tempting, but I decided not.

On my away home I met Liudmila from Lithuania, to who I offered a guided tour of Guildford, which we passed through on the train. She had a much longer journey than me, and hers had started in Lithuania. It was a very pleasant surprise to be contacted by her the next morning on facebook and Skype.

I finally arrived home a little before midnight

If my last weekend trip to Brighton was more a food more than a music day out, then this trip was even more so.

It is strange. I thought I had not taken many pictures. I had taken one short of one hundred and ten. For those who cannot count, that is one hundred and nine! A selection has been put in a facebook album. [see Brighton September 2010 II]

As always in Brighton I missed my lovely Czech friend Iva who I used to meet for the day in Brighton.

Also see

Day Out in Brighton

whydark* from chocolate organiko in Madrid

September 14, 2010


‘In 2006 we made our dream a reality, we set up a small chocolate atelier in Madrid, Spain, where we could make and design our own chocolate, all from 100% Organic Trinitario Cocoa Beans from the Dominican Republic and Trinidad Island.’ — chocolate organiko

“If I had made a prediction before conducting the tests, I would have picked green tea as having the most antioxidant activity. When we compared one serving of each beverage, the cocoa turned out to be the highest in antioxidant activity, and that was surprising to me.” — Chang Lee

I was never a fan of dark chocolate, until I tried Green and Black. I had a South African friend Estie and she complained to me English chocolate was rubbish. I gave her Green and Black and she was happy.

Green and Black was founded to produce quality chocolate. It was made outside the UK as they felt no one was capable in the UK of producing quality chocolate. It was therefore a pity they sold out to Cadbury. Cadbury have in turn now sold out to Kraft.

whydark* from chocolate organiko puts Green and Black in the shade. It is divine. But it is pricey.

I first came across whydark* in Infinity Foods, then Taj the grocer on trips to Brighton. I bought it for my lovely friend Sian. I tried a bit, then a bit more, and before I knew it, it had all gone.

I have suggested Grocer and Grain stock it and will also recommend it to The Deli.

Spain is not a country that springs to mind when I think of chocolate, and yet that is where this quality chocolate originates from.

Chocolate organiko was founded to produce quality chocolate. The cocoa used comes from Organic Trinitario Cocoa Beans from the Dominican Republic and Trinidad Island.

The whydark* I have tried was 65% organic. There is also a 75%.

Dark chocolate is seen by many as a super food. This is due to the presence of antioxidants. Cocoa contains polyphenols, which are also found in grapes, berries and wine – as well as catechins and epicatechins – found in green tea.

Chang Lee, chairman of the Department of Food Science and Technology at Cornell University, found that cocoa has nearly twice as many antioxidants as red wine, and up to three times as many as green tea.

Chocolate is also a good source of iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Dark, more cocoa rich, chocolate contains more iron than white chocolate.

A BBC study found eating chocolate was more stimulating than kissing. I guess it would depend on who you were kissing and what you do with a chocolate bar!

Does this mean we can eat loads of chocolate. No. Chocolate is fattening. A recent study I heard on a news or science programme, suggested a small part of a bar of dark chocolate each day ie one small square a day.

But I am always wary of such studies. Who funds them?

Super foods is easy: eat fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, dried fruit and oily fish (and a teeny-weeny bit of organic dark chocolate is ok too).

Luxury organic fairtrade dark chocolate from Tradecraft is almost, but not quite, as good as whydark*. It does though have the advantage of being 2/3 the price and it is fair trade. Which begs the question, why is not whydark* fairtrade? [see Traidcraft launches indulgent chocolate range]

Chocolate beans are grown in a narrow band 10 degrees either side of the equator.

Quality chocolate tends to be single-sourced, not a blend, ie comes from a region, area or even single grower. Such chocolate can be likened to wine, where the growing method, climate, soil will all influence the taste.

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference range of dark chocolates are single-sourced. At the bottom end of the range we have Sainsbury’s Basics, less than a tenth of the price of whydark*, looking at the list of ingredients, I do not even wish to go there!

Taste the Difference Santo Domingo organic dark chocolate from Sainsbury’s: ‘Bitter sweet with hints of red wine and berry flavours.’ Yeah, right, and pigs fly! Tastes like dark chocolate, and nothing else. Better than mass produced chocolate but not as good as Traidcraft or Green and Black and certainly not in the same league as whydark* from chocolate organiko.

Very Dark Chocolate, 73% cocoa from Montezuma’s is not bad, but not in the same league as whydark*, and certainly cannot justify the high price.

Also see

Introducing the latest superfood … chocolate

Chocolate? Now that is a tasty new treatment

Cocoa ‘vitamin’ health benefits could outshine penicillin

Chocolate eaters may have healthier hearts: study


Traidcraft’s response to BBC Panorama Programme, Chocolate: the Bitter Truth, Wednesday 24 March

Traidcraft launches indulgent chocolate range

Top 10 ethical British chocolates

Day Out in Brighton

September 10, 2010
Brighton Pier

Brighton Pier

Tuesday of last week I decided that if it was nice weather at the weekend I would spend the day in Brighton on the Sunday. At the weekend the weather forecast decided it for me, the weather was rapidly deteriorating, thus off down to Brighton I went on Sunday morning.

Walking down to the seafront, my eye was caught by a display outside a shop a couple of minutes from the station. I went over to investigate and was glad I did as I found Grocer and Grain, a delightful food store. I spent about an hour or more there chatting to Hakan.

My plans to walk down to the seafront pleasantly disrupted I walked into North Laine and had an excellent lunch at Iydea, my dessert a blueberry and raspberry cake from Grocer and Grain.

Eventually late afternoon I did manage to get down to the seafront. A crab sandwich from Jack and Linda Mills who I caught as they were closing.

Walking along the seafront I was lucky to pick up from the bookstall by the derelict West Pier two Jamie Oliver cookbooks, Jamie’s Dinners and Jamie’s America. I was tempted by the Paulo Coelho books, but I decided next time as I had too much to carry.

By the time I wandered along Brighton Pier the sun had long gone down and the pier was all but deserted. It was then time to wander back up to the station and go home.

I wish my lovely friend Sian had joined me as she would have enjoyed a day by the seaside. I also missed my lovely Czech friend Iva who I used to meet for a day together in Brighton.

Grocer and Grain

September 8, 2010
Grocer and Grain

Grocer and Grain

I was down in Brighton for the day. I always come across some little gem. On Sunday it was Grocer and Grain, a couple of minutes walk down from Brighton Station.

From the station I sometimes go into North Laine, sometimes walk down to the seafront. I decided to walk down to the seafront. As it was still a little cool, I crossed the road to be in the weak hazy sun. Opposite where I would have turned left, down the flight of steps, past a chapel to North Laine, my eye was caught by a display of fruit and vegetables outside a shop. Worth investigating I thought.

What I happened upon was Grocer and Grain, and well worth spending the time on my detour. It was a little Aladdin’s cave of food, a labour of love by Hakan who I found serving behind the counter.

Outside fresh produce, inside grains, pulses, oils, freshly baked bread, homemade cakes, fresh coffee. Hanging above the counter, behind which Hakan was serving, were several recipes to which you could help yourself.

Mid-June Hakan had lovely urns delivered from Italy from which he dispenses oil. You bring the bottle or Hakan will bottle it for you. Olive oil from Greece, local rapeseed oil and sunflower oil. I did query the rapeseed oil which I tend to think of being used in factory produced food. Oilseed rape is a member of the cabbage family and for that reason it is not liked by beekeepers as it taints the honey with a cabbage aroma and taste. Hakan said it was fine, a mild oil.

I suggested he tried to get hold of Palestinian oil as it is of high quality. It is brought out by small groups who often also help with the harvesting. As there is a Palestinian group in Brighton I suggested he may care to contact them.

I was pleased to see local and regional, free range and organic, seasonal.

I never did get down to the seafront as intended as between Hakan serving customers we spent an hour or more chatting. He said one reason for the success of Grocer and Grain was that he listened to his customers.

He has a lovely selection of pumpkins. I suggested he found out the varieties. He was aware of Turk’s Turban, but was very surprised when I told him there were many varieties and colours of Turk’s Turban.

I suggested he stocked rare and endangered seed varieties, that he talked with Seedy Sunday Brighton, who in the spring hold an annual seed swap.

He likes to recycle whenever possible. I suggested he talked with Iydea, an excellent restaurant in North Laine (where I then went for my lunch), as they uses biodegradable food packing which can be thrown on the compost heap. For takeaways they provide wooden knives and forks and spoons, the paper napkins are from recycled paper.

On my way home I picked up a cup of tea from M&S. The cup was biodegradable (not sure about the lid), from London Bio Packaging.

It was not only food we discussed. We also discussed Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk and two of his novels – My Name is Red and Snow.

Something Hakan may wish to consider is a BookCrossing Zone, available to anyone to pick up and drop off free books.

The back room in Grocer and Grain is stacked with DVDs. £3 each, less if you buy more than one. This dates from when the shop was run as a video store.

Whilst I was there a steady stream of customers into the shop, many of whom seemed to know Hakan personally and they would greet each other as friends.

I came away with a homemade blueberry and raspberry cake (each slice topped off with a raspberry, blueberry or blackberry sitting on top). This I ate for dessert, washed down with a cup of tea, sitting outside Iydea. It was delicious and I am looking forward to the recipe to share.

Check out Grocer and Grain on facebook (which Hakan uses to alert customers to what is new), to get an inkling of the delights on offer.

Talking to one customer she told me that the quality was good and prices reasonable.

I was more than happy to vote for Grocer and Grain as Best Food Store in the Brighton Food Awards (voting closes on Friday).

Brighton is spoilt for choice for food shopping: Infinity Foods, Taj the greengrocer, Grocer and Grain.

Sometimes a day out in Brighton is a music day. I hear good music or pick up some good music or maybe both both. Sunday was definitely a food day. Apart from Grocer and Grain I visited Infinity Foods and Taj the greengrocer. I had excellent lunch sitting outside Iydea in North Laine, a crab sandwich from Jack and Linda Mills on the seafront late afternoon. Strolling along the seafront I picked up two Jamie Oliver cookbooks from the excellent bookstall by the derelict West Pier, Jamie’s Dinners and Jamie’s America.

All in all a very pleasant day out in Brighton with my detour to Grocer and Grain being the highlight of the day.

A couple of days later I was at the farmers market in Guildford. I had an interesting chat with the man from Sussex Gold who supplies Grocer and Grain with their cold-pressed sunflower and oilseed rape oil. He farms sunflowers, oilseed rape, wheat and oats, cows graze the water meadows. The grains and oil seeds are harvested using a combine harvester. The straw from the sunflowers and oilseed rape is mashed up and goes back on the field. The seeds are cold pressed in an Archimedes screw. The husks from the sunflower seeds goes for high protein animal feed. By producing their own oils, the farm has added value. They are also starting to produce sauces from their oils. Now that Grocer and Grain have Italian urns from which to dispense their oils, I suggested Sussex Gold supply them in bulk.

Also see

Grocer and Grain – The Whistler

Grocer and Grain – Yelp

Sowing Seeds of Dissent

Grocer and Grain rootsy vegetable soup

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