Grady's Cold Brew Coffee
We loved this American product which we recently discovered in Marks & Spencer's. It's quite light in taste and very refreshing! My only concern it that the 'bean bags' don't give a huge volume - around 4 cups of coffee per bag. This means whilst it's a real treat, it's also quite expensive at £10 a tin.
The Espresso Room, Covent Garden, London
Whilst on a trip to London last weekend, we found some amazing coffee in Covent Garden, on New Row. If you're in that area, check out The Espresso Room and be sure to try their flat white made using . So good.
Easy. Tasty. Healthy.
The latest cookbook addition to my collection. Written by Barbara Cousins, a qualified nutritional therapist, this book (as the title suggests) is all about healthy eating without the hassle. It has some gorgeous recipes in it, many of which are gluten, dairy and soya free. There are some great salad recipes in there, perfect or catching the end of summer. My favourite has to be the pear, walnut and beetroot. There are also some excellent pates, breakfasts and one pot recipes to try. Buy your copy on Amazon, currently under £15!
Birds Eye Steam Fresh Rice Blends
When I was at my mums recently, she made me a gumbo for dinner. It was gorgeous, full of prawns, chorizo and chicken and with peas, sweetcorn and golden rice. I couldn't believe it when she told me she'd made it with bags of pre-made rice and vegetables. I'm a bit of a food snob so I wanted to hate it but you know what? It was really good. And more importantly, on a weeknight - really quick. I'll post the recipe soon but for now, here's a sneak peak:
Yorkshire provender are a family run business who make gorgeous and interesting flavoured soups using British, seasonal ingredients. Find them in the chiller section at supermarkets in plastic tubs which serve 2 people. They very kindly sent me a whole load to try recently. Too many for just Dave and myself to eat so we shared them with some friends at our 'soup party' last weekend. I made croutons and garlic baguettes for dipping, heated a selection of soups up and we sat there tasting them all and discussing which we preferred and why. The universal favourites were the asparagus vichyssoise and the thai chicken noodle soup although the indian spiced vegetable came a close third. I also loved the beetroot and horseradish but not everyone was as keen. I think beetroot is an acquired taste but you can't argue that the purple colour is oh-so-pretty!
Yorkshire Provender Fresh Soups
Polish Zapiekanki in Stokes Croft, Bristol
Zapikeanki is a polish open sandwich - usually on a baguette - which starts with a base of sautéed mushrooms and cheese which are then topped with things like salami or sausage, vegetables and sauce. If you want to try Zapiekanki in Bristol, you need to head to Stokes Croft and the very unassuming hatch on the corner of Nine Tree Hill. For under a fiver you can pick up a baguette as long as your arm, cooked fresh in front of you and really tasty. My advice - if the sun is shining, take the five minute hike up the hill to Freemantle Square and dine alfresco under a tree on the green.
*Yorkshire Provender sent me some complimentary soups to sample but did not pay me for my review. Everything else on this blog post was paid for and the brands were not expecting a review from me. All opinions are my own as always!*