The little space on my blog where I share some of the things that pass through my pantry and kitchen.
Meridian nut and seed butters.
Meridian, based in Wales, produce delicious butters, which are made entirely of nuts or seeds with no added sugar or palm oil. So this gets a big thumbs up from me. Their light tahini spread was delicious in my hummus and yoghurt sauces and I have been using their almond butter in easy grilled sandwiches. OH is holding their crunchy peanut butter hostage for his lunch sandwiches. Next on my to try list is their lush looking cashew butter.
Chikas Snacks – A taste of West Africa.
Chikas produce really delicious snacks such as plantains crisps, toasted unpopped corn and sweet potato thins. Just the sort of things I grew up with in West Africa. They have rapidly become one of my favourite go to snacks. They also do crunchy, hand toasted peanuts with no extra additives. Perfect for lunch boxes and afternoon bites.
Vintage enamel plates and bowls.
These red rimmed enamel plates and bowls from the rexlondon.com arrived in perfect timing for the lovely run of warm weather we have been seeing. Perfect for picnics, camping trips and garden parties with a touch of vintage glamour.
Kitchen Craft – Italian olive wood serving board.
This absolutely lovely rustic Italian serving board is from Kitchen Craft’s world of flavors range. Their collection celebrates the diversity and popularity of flavors from around the world. So far, I have used it to serve some crispy baked okra, fried chorizo and homemade sushi and various antipasti with a lot of compliments. A fab addition to your serving range and kitchen.
I tend not to like store bought granola so much – too much sugar, too many raisins etc. But Scrumshus granola has certainly changed my mind – I ate a third of the pot on day one of the taste test. This taste award wining granola has just the right proportion of oats, seeds, fruits and nuts (including shredded coconut and cashews which I adore). It has just the right level of sweetness and has no added sugar and is cholesterol free. I have seen that you can buy them online from Ocado.
Bart’s barbeque range.
Bart Ingredients have got barbeque season covered. They have produced an impressive range of BBQ rubs, salts and sauces that covers every single taste. I have used their New York steak rub and their smokey chipotle rub with success. And they have included a marinade bag with all their barbeque rubs – saving the usual mess in our house (when every time we remember that carrier bags have holes in them a bit late – after we have shaken spices and bits all over the kitchen). Next on my to try list is their Moroccan style salts which includes coriander seed and rose petals.
Dr Oetker Edible Shimmer Sprays.
I got a lovely hamper of baking goodies from the team at Dr Oetker. I have been making the most divine chocolate muffins with their 72% cooks chocolate and as well as learning how to do chocolate drizzles (don’t ask). Mini chefs however are extremely excited about the edible gold and silver shimmer sprays which have been used on cupcakes, muffins, cookies and their hair so far……
Pidy Pastry Cases.
These Pidy pastry cases are such good time saving idea. They come in canapé sizes and all you need to do is give them a quick blast in oven before filling them with whatever toppings you desire. It was so easy serving the mini cocktail tartlettes with whipped cream and fruit over the Easter holidays. I certainly looked like a pastry pro.
#East Anglia Eats#
I absolutely adore the Stokes Sauces Bloody Mary ketchup. It is packed full of 123g of tomatoes per 100g of ketchup which means it tastes like real tomatoes and delicious. The added lashings of vodka and Worcestershire sauce really boosts its flavour. I call it ‘the ketchup for the grownups’. Stokes do a ton of other delicious sauces that are definitely worth adding to your pantry staples.
Hodmedod’s British grown quinoa.
Hodmedod’s are making British grown pulses sexy. Their range includes split and whole fava beans, pigeon peas and black badger peas. Their pulses come in funky packaging and include rather handy and easy recipes. I am excited to see that they now stock British grown quinoa. Definitely worth checking them out.
Thanks to Meridian, Chikas, rexlondon.com, Kitchen Craft, Scrumshus Granola, Bart Ingredients Spices, Dr Oetker, Stokes Sauces and Hodmedod’s and food PR agency CLIP Creative and PR for sending me samples to try and to some of them for also sending me pictures.
Disclosure: I was not expected to write a positive review for any of the brands who sent me samples to try and any opinions expressed are my own.