Reviews are sponsored; the articles are unbiased, the opinions my own.

  • 22 Jul 2021

    Dumpsie Dearie Jam with Afternoon Fizz

    Charlottes Brown’s Dumpsie Dearie Jam Dumpsie Dearie sounded to me just like the shouts of mums to a toddler who has scraped a knee on the pavement or had a fall from the park slide. Dumpsie Dearie is in fact a jam which is both delicious and Victorian. Nobody seems to know the origin of...

  • 20 Jul 2021

    Indian Vegan & Vegetarian

    200 traditional plant-based recipes India has had a long tradition of vegan and vegetarian cooking and its dishes are as diverse as its regions and its people. Indian Vegan & Vegetarian: 200 traditional plant-based recipes reflects that tasty tapestry. This is a hefty gift-quality volume which will gladden the epicurean heart of any Indian food...

  • 16 Jul 2021

    Long Barn and Pommery

    What do you do to treat the special woman in your life? Give chocolates? Always acceptable. Offer flowers? Yes, that’s charming. Do the washing up? Now you are talking! But how about some old-fashioned pampering? A pairing of a Long Barn lavender candle and soap with a glass of Pommery English sparking wine on the...

  • 14 Jul 2021

    Grandma Crunch – more than breakfast

    I am not a great cereal eater. Bowls of sugary floating goods first thing in the morning just doesn’t appeal. I am an adult and left such pleasures behind several decades ago. Grandma Crunch has an alternative with added benefits. This is indeed a grown-up snack which one could enjoy with milk or without. Grandma...

  • 12 Jul 2021

    Giddy Nibbles – Baked by You!

    Giddy Nibbles are delicious savoury cookies. These unique biscuits are the inspired brainchild (or is that children?) of two friends who love baking. The range of tempting savoury goodies adds so much to a cheese and fruit platter at the end of a dinner party. None of your usual dry Scandinavian crackers here. Or they...

  • 09 Jul 2021

    Burpee Europe – Bringing The Magic of Tomatoes To Chelsea

    They say all good things are worth waiting for and the Burpee Europe team are over the moon to announce that they will be back at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this September. The award winning seed breeders and Pennard Plants will be collaborating once again to display the creme de la creme of vegetable,...

  • 07 Jul 2021

    The Turkish Cookbook – A flavour of history

    Exploring the Food of a Timeless Cuisine The Turkish Cookbook by Ghillie Basan, and published by Lorenz Publishing, is a gastronomic stunner. Its launch aligns perfectly with the more pleasant weather and dreams of the lapping waves in warmer climes. It’s easy to fall in love with the dishes of Turkey. There is that enticing...

  • 05 Jul 2021

    Asda launches vegan ‘milk’ chocolate crème egg from Mummy Meagz

      The first crème egg to be available all year-round – why wait until Easter? Chocolate fans will now be able to purchase vegan crème eggs all year-round at Asda – proving that vegan confectionery is just as decadent as dairy-based alternatives. Produced by cult chocolatier, Mummy Meagz, the ‘Chuckie Eggs’ have already garnered a loyal...

  • 05 Jul 2021

    Rock Rose Gin Citrus Coastal Edition to launch in a Sustainable Refill Pouch

    Scottish Gin offers a taste of the coast in sustainable packaging Pictured – Rock Rose Citrus Coastal Edition: “If you close your eyes, you can picture being on one of the most beautiful stretches of the UK shoreline.” Dunnet Bay Distillers, located on the Scottish coast, has released its new Rock Rose Gin Citrus Coastal...

  • 02 Jul 2021

    Berry Bros. & Rudd – The Perspective Series 1

    21-year-old Blended Scotch Whisky It’s days like these when I love my job. Spirit tasting and evaluating becomes a pleasure. It’s summer and we are enjoying some very hot days, but somehow Berry Bros. & Rudd – The Perspective Series 1 Blended Scotch Whisky has this sipper conjuring a leather armchair, log fire and shelves...

  • 30 Jun 2021

    Haskap – the Purple Superfood

    Haskap berries are the nutrition industry’s best-kept secret and are set to be the biggest superfood trend for Summer 2021. Don’t worry if you have never heard of it. I had not either, but I am glad to have had the introduction. Haskap berries really do have health benefits. They have one of the highest...

  • 28 Jun 2021

    Burpee – Grow Your Own Picnic

    It is that time of year when we are all enjoying the great outdoors, which must mean tucking in to picnics with gusto too … hurray!  And as the mode du jour for 2021 is bringing the inside out…it is not only food that we can grow for our dining table in the sun, but...

  • 25 Jun 2021

    Perfect Pasta at Home

    Bring Italy to your kitchen with over 80 quick and delicious recipes. Perfect Pasta at Home is perhaps the most deliciously practical cookbook I have reviewed in quite a while. Many of us are finding cash a bit tight these days but we have had months of rediscovering the hob, and we want to continue...

  • 23 Jun 2021

    Nuet Dry Aquavit

    The name Aquavit has its roots in the Latin aqua vitae, meaning “water of life”, just like brandy being referred to as eau-de-vie.  The name comes from early distillers believing spirits had healing qualities. It was thought to help ward off both disease and old age! I am not sure that works, but these days...

  • 22 Jun 2021

    itsu – Chilling for Summer

    itsu’s NEW supermarkets products   I love itsu! They never disappoint and they have just launched some new temptations. lucky katsu hotsu’potsu (Tesco, RRP £2.75) hotsu’potsu brings you a steaming gyoza noodle soup ready in minutes, featuring itsu’s best-selling vegetable fusion gyoza, authentic rice noodles, vegetables and a hand-crafted katsu broth. Simply add water and...

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