Food glorious food! I couldn’t not start the New Year off without sharing with you some tasty food treats that I discovered over the holiday period. Trying new foods is always a pleasure – visiting my local Indian restaurant I usually order Lamb Rogan Josh but this winter they had revamped the menu and I actually tried a delicious squid curry… it made a lovely change and one that I hope is still on the menu when I next visit. Here are 6 other tasty treats that I discovered recently … some healthy, some not so healthy .. but all are thoroughly delicious and worth tasting …
1. Wilkin & Son Tiptree – The Chocolate Collection.
People who know me know that I love chocolate spread – so I was really thrilled to receive this chocolate spread selection. Wilkin & Son Tiptree is well known internationally for their fruit jams, and over the years have expanded into fruit curds and spreads too. The company uses 60% Belgian chocolate, real double cream and natural flavourings – the box selection contains plain chocolate spread, chocolate orange (yum), chocolate mint, chocolate cherry (reminiscent of Black Forest Gateau), chocolate coffee, and salted chocolate using Maldon sea salt (my favourite!). The Chocolate Collection is completely nut free – as Tiptree’s factory is a completely nut free zone. I love spreading the chocolate spread onto hot toast, or inside a warm croissant – but the chocolate can be melted to be used as an ice cream dessert topping or stirred into milk to make hot chocolate.
2. Galaxy Ultimate Frothy Hot Chocolate
My 12 year old son is a big fan of hot chocolate and this instant hot chocolate – I made it with hot water and 4 heaped teaspoons but milk can be used instead – was a big hit with him. It is so frothy and chocolatey that it resembles the hot chocolate you can buy at the big coffee establishments but you can make it yourself at the touch of the kettle button!
3. Yeo Valley 0% Creme Fraiche
Creme Fraiche is cream with friendly bacteria added to it – the French version of soured cream. Strict European regulations ensure that Creme Fraiche only contains cream and friendly bacteria. I like the 0% fat version – it is still thick & creamy – but you can get half fat and full fat versions. A lovely alternative to milk when topping granola & fresh berries for breakfast. Can be used instead of normal cream with desserts. I add Creme Fraiche to my mushroom sauce when making my turkey & mushroom stroganoff. Or for a party dip idea, mix Creme Fraiche with a tub of hummus & a chopped bunch of coriander. Garnish with carrot and celery sticks.
4. Muller Light Rhubarb Crumble And Custard Yogurt
This season’s limited edition flavour, inspired by the traditional British dessert, rhubarb crumble and custard. I was unsure of trying this yogurt. Since I was a child my dad had always loved rhubarb yogurt and, that was the only flavour we had in our fridge – it was a thin yogurt and it was not my favourite flavour. To be honest, rhubarb crumble nor custard were not on my list of favourites either. However, I think tastes change as you get older – I quite like rhubarb crumble and custard now ! My impressions: it was a lovely creamy yogurt despite being fat free; it had bits of rhubarb in it – always a plus with me; and the flavour was surprisingly pleasant!
5. Castello Pineapple Cheese
Made in the land of the hygge, Denmark, this soft cheese made with pineapple, papaya and almonds, is unbelievably delicious. It is for spreading onto crackers as part of a general cheeseboard ….. BUT, I love this cheese most of all spread on a slice of wholemeal, seeded or GI toast topped with mashed banana! It is my ultimate quick lunchtime snack!
6. Butterkist Salted Caramel Popcorn
If I eat popcorn, I tend to go for the sweet version rather than the salted version. As I am a fan of all things salted caramel, I bought a packet of this popcorn for nibbles on Boxing Day. I opened the packet in the kitchen, had a taste… had another handful … well, there wasn’t much left to put out for nibbles in the end! Basically this popcorn is coated with salted caramel flavour toffee – so it would appeal to those who would prefer the sweet version. It isn’t really that salty. Although it is a sweet snack, the popcorn is made from natural wholegrains, is a source of fibre, is gluten free, vegetarian friendly and 125kcal per 30g serving.
What tasty treats did you enjoy over the holidays? Do share your tastebud discoveries…
All photographs are by Linda Hobden