Little yummy snippets…
I am very excited about the arrival of the Codlo which transforms my bargain basement cheap slow cooker into a sous vide. Simply plug in, plug the slow cooker into the device, fill slow cooker with water, pop the temperature probe in, set the temperature and time and go. Currently at an introductory price of £99 it makes sous vide relatively affordable and, importantly, the actual gadget is small and can easily be stored away. Full review coming soon. Twitter @codlo
Lovely crisps from Corkers. Grown and made on the fenlands of Cambridgeshire, they are pleasingly thick and crunchy. With 7 great flavours they will please everyone – we loved the Gressingham Duck and the sea salt & cider vinegar, we also adored the modern, funky very British packaging. From Waitrose £1.85 / 150g packet. Twitter @corkerscrisps
If you fancy a spot of gardening then New Covent Garden Soups are giving away 40,000 sachets of seeds. Instructions on how to claim are on packet. Hurry because they are offered on a first come first serve basis. Twitter @NewCoventGarden
New DeliChoc biscuits from McVities. Very crunchy and topped with milk, dark or white Belgium chocolate these will have a broad appeal. We love the crunchiness, the thick chocolate and the fact they are not too big (an excuse to have two perhaps?). From most retailers RRP £1.79 / 150g packet. Twitter @McVities
A lovely charity initiative from Refugee Action. Donate £10 for a box containing spices and recipes from refugees’ home countries and then throw a Big Night In dinner party for your friends and ask them all to donate. On the menu is Syrian fattoush, Iranian lamb, Sri Lanken wattaka amongst other dishes. The activity starts this weekend, but given the non perishable nature of the kit you can hold your Big Night In any time. More details here. Twitter @refugeeaction.
Given the thousands of varieties of English apples available there are relatively few available in the supermarkets, and sadly most supermarket juice is generic apple with no clue as to the variety. James White have a massive range of bottled fruit and vegetable juices including 5 different apple juices and blends. My mother enjoyed a selection recently, finding the Cox juice sweet, the Bramley rather sharp but refreshing and the Russet absolutely delicious “but must be chilled”. Apple and elderflower would work well with some cucumber and we felt would be excellent paired with Pimm’s as an orchard summer cup. The apple and summer berries was very refreshing and would be enjoyed by children, as well as making an excellent home made ice lolly. £30 for a case of 12 75cl bottles. Twitter @jameswhitedrink
Many thanks to all the brands for samples this month, as always all opinions our own.