Sauce can bring a certain je ne sais quoi to a meal, transforming a quotidian repast into something truly outstanding. I’m a big fan. Mayonnaise is one of my standbys and you’ll always find a jar of it in our fridge, whether homemade or shop bought. Stokes produce a range of sumptuous sauces and one of these is their iconic Stokes Real Mayonnaise. Keep reading to find out why it’s so good and how to win a foodie trip for two to Greece.
It’s that time of year again and lots of us are starting to wonder what we can get Granny, Uncle Fred, the girl next door, an unexpected guest or Little Harry for Christmas. I may not be able to help much with Little Harry other than a stocking filler, but these are some of the items I’ve received and appreciated recently. You should find something of interest in this Tin and Thyme Christmas Gift Guide 2016 to suit most adults.
Last week, I made some smoked salted caramel sauce. It was just amazing and I will be bringing you the recipe sometime soon. Sugar and cream, however, are not the healthiest of ingredients, so when I was sent some maca powder recently, I thought I’d try a healthier alternative. This vegan salted caramel sauce is both dairy-free and sugar-free and it’s positively good for you.
Whilst I enjoy cooking and the creative process of deciding what ingredients to pair with what, it is sometimes a blessed relief not to have to think ‘what to cook’ of an evening. This is where recipe boxes come in. A box of ingredients arrives at your door with accompanying recipes. All you have to do is make them. I recently tried a Marley Spoon recipe box for two, with three meals provided. I’m pleased to announce that I also have one to offer as a giveaway to one of my readers.
There are few things more exciting than receiving a box of organic fruit and veg in the post when you’re not quite sure what will be in it. I received such a box recently from Delicado48 in Spain. One thing I was pretty certain of was that it would contain oranges and I was not disappointed. A beautifully fresh tasting orange kefir smoothie became our breakfast staple for the next few days.
We get a fortnightly organic veg box from Riverford to supplement the vegetables we grow, but it was only recently I became aware that there is also such a thing as a Riverford recipe box. How intriguing. As well as getting to try one of the boxes, I also have one to offer my readers as a giveaway.
Now that we are into December, I am starting to feel a little festive. I also feel it’s legitimate to talk about Christmas, although I did make a figgy almond and whisky Christmas cake back in November. In fact Christmas is advancing with frightening rapidity. If you’re feeling stuck for ideas, here are a few items I’ve received and appreciated. You can also find some edible homemade Christmas gift ideas, just click on the link.
When I was an intrepid eighteen year old, I took off to Switzerland to work, first in an hotel and then as an au pair. I’d never been there before and I didn’t speak the language, but throwing myself into the thick of it was a very effective way to learn French. Of the many culinary experiences I had there, chocolate aside, Bircher muesli was my favourite.
Trying out new foods and products is one of the joys of being a food blogger. Food Bites is an occasional series showcasing some of the edible offerings that have landed on the kitchen counter at Tin and Thyme recently. This month it’s mostly about liquids: alternatives to meals as we know them, condiments, dessert wine and then wrapping up with a few sweet treats.
One of the many fascinating things about food is that there are so many ingredients and combinations in the world, that providing we are able to access them, the adventure never ends. Here are some of the food products that have landed on the kitchen counter at Tin and Thyme recently.