Happy June! I quite like that we’re starting it on a Monday, it feels very neat and tidy, the weather has a lot to answer for though. As I type this, the rain is lashing against my office window and you’d be forgiven for thinking that this grey day belonged to February.
Weather aside, it’s time for a new style from me. I’ve decided to share a post, stuffed full of my food favourites. I love to read posts like this from other bloggers, out of sheer nosiness really, so hopefully you’ll enjoy it too. It’s the equivalent of dropping by for a coffee and a rummage through my kitchen cupboards, but in blog post form.
Let me give you the run down:
1. Funkin Pro Syrups
I received three of these pro syrups as part of a press sample but don’t think for a second that would sway my opinion on them. Earl Grey, Ginger, Rhubarb. They needed testing out and luckily one of my friends agreed to help me out, so I headed to her barbecue, cocktail syrup in hand and kitted out ready to make Rhubarb Collins. They went down a storm. The syrups taste really natural and are second only to the fresh ingredients. A few bottles of these will really amp up your cocktail making game and for £4.49, they’re a really affordable way to shake up something fancy.
I have always loved polenta but I feel like I’d almost forgotten it existed. I spotted a bag, put it in the cupboard and vowed to start experimenting with it. That same week, I ate it three times. Keep a look out for a new recipe where polenta plays the starring role.
Well, is there really much to say about fantastic coffee? Pact offer a subscription coffee service, posting a fresh bag, ground as you like it, delivered when you’d like it, straight through your letter box.
Their customer service is like no other.
“Just a quick call to make sure your coffee was good this morning”.
For a company that will never see their customer face to face, they go the extra mile to make it all very personal. I think I might love them!
Anyway, if you’d like to try them out, you can use this link to get your first bag for £1 (cancel or postpone your deliveries any time).
4. Vita Coco Coconut Oil
I always have coconut oil in my kitchen. It’s my favourite oil to cook with, particularly when I’m starting off a curry or stir fry. I love the added flavour but the health benefits are the cherry on top.
Studies have shown that medium chain triglycerides, something coconut oil is full of, may be beneficial in treating alzheimers, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. It’s revered by many as an energy booster and if you run out of moisturiser, coconut oil is a wonderful natural alternative.
5. Nature Valley, Peanut and Chocolate Protein Bars
Less sugar than most cereal bars, 8g of protein per bar and super tasty. I’ve been having them mid morning with my coffee and they feel like a real treat, just a healthier one. They’re available in the co-op, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Tesco for around £2.49 a box.
6. Kabanos Sausage
My addiction to Kabanos sausage is on the brink of becoming unreasonable. How much cured meat can a girl eat? LOTS.
Kabanos is a traditional polish sausage. They’re firm and smoky and made from the meat of pigs that have been fed on potatoes, otherwise known as ‘kaban’.
This particular kabanos is made by Tarczynsky and is the thinnest I’ve found. They’re about the diameter of pepperami, but much much much nicer. It comes as one huge sausage but tears at the folds for easy portions.
Apparently they’re a hiking food, but unless that hiking is taking some upstairs to my office, I’ve not tested that yet.
Morrison’s is the only place I’ve spotted this particular brand. £1.75 for a 200g pack makes it a cheap snack and it gets bonus points for authenticity given that it’s produced in Poland.
7. Alpro Coconut Milk
I’ve been making a move away from cow’s milk lately- my skin doesn’t seem to appreciate it. This is the replacement that I’ve enjoyed the most so far. Unlike some of the other coconut milks, this one does taste very coconutty, which is something I really like about it. I use it in my coffee everyday but it’s especially good in iced coffee.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed the change of pace with this blog post and perhaps something here has taken your fancy. I’d love to know if any of these make it to your food favourites list. Is there something I should be trying out this month? Let me know.