I don’t know about you, but I am regularly looking for ways to improve our family’s lifestyle and make sure we are striving to be that little bit healthier. A few tiny tweaks to your daily routine could make all the difference.
By simply swapping your usual morning coffee for a glass of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice you could be consuming polyphenol antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K, fibre, potassium, foliate, copper, iron, calcium. Perfect as a breakfast accompaniment, afternoon refresher or non-alcoholic cocktail mixer, a bottle of POM contains the juice of at least six of the Wonderful variety of Californian pomegranates, so it’s packed full of flavour and goodness. Plus, it contains no added sugar, flavours or colours.
Thanks to the wonderful people over at POM, Ross and I were able to celebrate Valentine’s Day early by testing their juice as an accompaniment to an outstanding brunch created by top chef Mikael Perret from La Belle Assiette. Mikael also has his own catering company, Le Frog, based in Devon.
Mikael arrived mid-morning and turned out to be an incredible friendly and knowledgeable guy who is clearly passionate about his work – within minutes, he was giving us pointers as to how to better use our oven and make our own triple cooked chips! Also notable is that he brought all of his own equipment with him, from a hot plate all the way through to cutlery, so we didn’t need to provide anything. When it was all done, you wouldn’t have even known he’d been in our kitchen – it was as spotless then as when he had arrived.
We started off with a selection of pastries – pain au chocolat and croissants, served warm with generous amounts of butter, cured meats (pastrami, salami and parma ham) and two jams; the apricot was excellent but the red wine jam was superlative (three bottles reduced into a single jar!) and went just as well with the meat as it did with the pastry.
This was followed by Eggs Florentine, served in individual pots to keep them warm, with a swipe of Hollandaise (using lime rather than lemon) and caviar. This course was warming, filling and seriously sumptuous – Ross and I agreed this was our favourite part of the meal.
French toast (using Brioche), scrambled eggs with cream and salmon followed and was superb, and the meal was rounded off with light and fluffy crepes complimented by fresh strawberries and a generous dollop of chocolate hazelnut spread. The meal was outstanding, haute cuisine served in the comfort of our own home without having to go through the fuss of going out (and the inevitable complications that come with being amongst the public!), and filled us up very comfortably as the main meal of our day – sated and satisfied but not “stuffed”! Mikael did an admirable job, getting the absolute right balance of leaving us to enjoy our meal and happily chatting away with us before and after the meal (with pleasant chatter between courses!) His personality and enthusiasm matches the quality of his food for sure.
We accompanied the meal with POM’s pomegranate juice, which was an excellent companion to the food on offer; different, tasty and eminently drinkable. We will certainly be buying this on a more regular basis now. Ross, having never tried pomegranate juice before, was particularly taken with it!
Overall, this was a tremendous experience and we would absolutely recommend both Mikael’s service (more here) and will most certainly be drinking POM Wonderful again.