I’ve had loads of new products come into my kitchen recently. I love trying out new things; to my husband’s annoyance I always linger in the world and specialty food sections at the supermarket and spend ages perusing the local farmer’s market. So many new (and new to me) products are always coming into my kitchen, so here is a selection that I would like to share with you.
I’ve had a bit of a love affair with Yogi Teas since I first tasted their amazing Licorice tea years ago. If standard flavoured teas can be a little bland, then these ayurvedic teas are polar opposite, aiming to balance the body, mind and soul with their aromatic spice tea blends. Yogi Teas have intense flavour combinations, demanding that you stop and savour every last drop. Their Choco tea is subtly chocolatey with cocoa shells, cinnamon and liquorice, while their Classic blend contains the warming flavours of cardamom, cinnamon and ginger. Yogi kindly sent me this amazing hamper with their new packagin to try out and we’ve been sampling all the different teas. My mum loves the bedtime tea with it’s valerian root and chamomile combination, and my husband reached for the Throat Comfort tea (liquorice, fennel and thyme) when he was starting to feel poorly. The travel mug has come in handy, too.
Yogi Teas are available in Holland & Barrett, as well as many independent health shops and are priced at approx £2.29 per box.
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Petits Filous let me try out their new range of pouches. They contain the same smooth, naturally flavoured fromage frais as the pots do, but in a sealable pouch. My kids liked trying them out and took them into the garden while they played on their nature loom, weaving flowers, leaves and grasses into the grid of string to make pictures, then taking little breaks to squirt the fromage frais into their mouths. The kids liked being able to open and close the lid, but I was a bit put off by the non-recyclable plastic. I sometimes buy the tubes of yogurt (like Petits Filous’s Frubes) for the kids and keep them in the freezer instead of ice cream, and the tubes create a lot less waste than these rather expensive pouches. We like to freeze the pots of Petits Filous, sticking reusable lolly sticks through the lids then storing them in the freezer to make ice lollies. That got me thinking… As you can see above, I put sticks into bananas, then squirted the flavoured fromage frais over the bananas. I then put them into the freezer for 10 minutes – long enough to set the creamy strawberry yogurt firm, but not freeze the banana through. The kids loved them, and I loved that they were getting an extra one of their 5 a day. Kids really do love anything on sticks, don’t they?
Petits Filous pouches come in strawberry, apricot and raspberry and are available for around 70p each pouch. Pricey, but I can see how the resealable lid would be useful for younger children who can’t finish it all in one go.
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The Spice Kitchen sent me an lovely parcel of aromatic spices. The little bags were stuffed with top quality spices and some new blends that I’ve really enjoyed playing around with. As soon as I opened the package I was met with such a great smell of spices. I’ve decanted them into handy little jars and my spice drawer is now filled with ras el hanout, panch pooran, baharat, Chinese five spice and other great blends. I’ve added such a flavour punch to stews, soups and other meals. Tinned tomatoes on toast has now been elevated from a bland meal into something quite spectacular as I add the various spice mixes. Check out my Moroccan Spiced Carrot and Chickpea Fritters, which uses ras el hanout spice blend.
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Hello Hungry are a new company who sent me a sample of their vegetable and grain-based meal replacement drinks to try out. These are a vegan, gluten-free, lactose-free, low fat, no sugar added drinks that are full of natural ingredients designed to fill you up. They’re quite different to anything else on the market as they have a base of buckwheat porridge and are designed to be easily digestible and have balanced nutrition. The tomato and basil flavour is quite like a soup (in a good way) while the sweeter one is made with buckwheat, banana, carrot and beetroot and is really nice. My husband snaffled the mango, spinach and peach one and said that he liked it, but found the buckwheat flavour a little dry. The buckwheat gives the drinks a thicker consistency that really does fill you up and means you don’t have to head to the sandwich shop for an office lunch. You can read more about Hello Hungry here.
How beautifully packaged are these bars of raw chocolate from Rawr?? So pretty. And underneath that lovely wrapping are bars of fairtrade delicious raw chocolate. It was so hard to choose a favourite – but the wonderfully unusual flavour of the lucuma bar took my heart, closely followed by the goji berry and vanilla. This organic raw chocolate was developed in Cambridge and is available at independent health shops, selling for about £2.45/bar. Find out more from Rawr Chocolate.
Recognise some of these goodies? Scoff Club have started a mail order delivery service for boxes full of retro sweets! Yup, that’s Refreshers, Wham Bar, Cola Bottles, Flying Saucers, Cola Cubes and more. Sinfully nostalgic treats delivered right to your door. It’s fair to say that my kids went nuts when they spotted this box, but it’s the older generation who kept reaching for more sugar-coated memories. Subscriptions start at £9.99/month from Scoff Club.
Groovy Food Company (yup, them of agave nectar fame) have launched a range of dressings and marinades and sent me some to try. I used the chilli, corriander and lime glaze on sauteed mushrooms and kale and it gave them a bright, spicy, sweet flavour. I can imagine this marinade would be great on barbecued halloumi cheese. The other bottle is a creamy balsamic dressing with basil that is sweet and flavourful. It certainly livened up my green salad.
Groovy Food Company’s dressings and marinades are available at most major supermarkets for about £2.50 each.
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These are lovely mixed dried wild mushrooms from Found! I’ve used them in a chickpea, mushroom and broccoli soup and they were very rich and lovely. They contain a blend of Porcini, Chanterelle, Black Trumpet and Fairy Ring mushrooms – so you get the exotic types without the worrying prospect of searching for them in the wild yourself. I love the intense flavour of dried mushrooms and these ones certainly don’t disappoint. They’re available exclusively at Tesco for £2 per bag.
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Disclosure: I was sent these products to try, however a positive review was not expected. All opinions are my own. Petits Filous compensated me for my review.