Fuss Free Nibbles is the new name for all those little yummy snippets which do not fit into other posts. As soon as I have gathered enough, I’ll post a round up!
Firstly charity – I am more likely to buy brands who support good causes. I am a huge fan of Tilda Rice who have a 3 year partnership with the World Food Programme to help mother & child nutrition, during the crucial 1o00 day period from conception to two years of age. A fantastic cause. Tilda also have a new children’s range, with the sweetest elephant on the packaging. I almost am tempted to buy a packets for me!
I have been aware of Newman’s salad dressings for some time, but what I have only recently discovered is that all their profits go to charity, since 1982 they have donated a staggering $34 million to charities worldwide. New to the range are some light dressings at £1.79 a bottle. available from Asda or Sainsbury’s.
The new So Crispy and So Juicy range from Maggi, is a clever one, each packet contains a spice mix with a roasting bag for the So Juicy. Simply put meat or fish and veggies into the bag, add the spices, seal and bake. I was surprised at just how good my chicken was. It is not one for me for regular use, but perfect to prevent oven mess, or to cook meat in the same oven as a vegetarian meal.
When I wrote an article last year on cereal bars, I was swamped with samples and have tried most brands. New to the market are the Jordans Luxury Bars – in both berry and nut varieties. Was really impressed with the berry ones that I tried. Packed with huge intensely flavoured berries, and more generous in size than most bars this was a hit!
I have liked the Walkers Sensations Crisps for years, the Thai sweet chilli being my favourite. now they have bought out a range of nuts. Chinese Szechuan Pepper was mildly tongue tingling; Mexican Smoked Chilli packed a heat laden punch and we both enjoyed Tuscan Sun Ripened Tomato & Basil and the Honey & Salt. All varieties have enough interest and flavour to stop you wanting to eat the whole bag, which is a good thing for those who love nuts, but also consider their waist lines! £1.49 a bag from supermarkets.
I am very new to my iPad and the world of Apps, but the Lakeland iPad magazine, provided several hours of entertainment for a train journey (and a need for a Zoku lolly maker – who does not need to make ice lollies with cute faces?). Magazine is free from the app store.
I always deny that I am a foodie – I prefer the term food lover – and I have to confess that generally I do not like homemade mayonnaise. Hellmann’s hits the spot every time for me (and they use free range eggs!). They have a new range of flavoured squirty mayonnaise, perfect for BBQ and picnics. Black pepper packed a punch with visible flecks of pepper running throughout, caramelised onion was sweet without being pungent and wasabi was flavoursome without being eyewatering. £1.69.
Images all from the brands. Thank you for all the samples.