There’s something rather wonderful about the aroma that wafts out from a good box of chocolates when you lift the lid off. Hotel Chocolat never fails to disappoint in this regard. This beautiful gold box, embossed with coppery gold oak leaves and acorns, is the Autumn Sleekster. It’s just made its way onto the shelves in time to help us through the shortening days.
Barleycup and I go back a long way. I grew up in a health conscious household and this, rather than coffee, was the drink of choice. When I moved away from home, Barleycup moved with me. If I want an uplifting invigorating drink that isn’t tea, it’s this roasted barley and chicory root beverage I turn to. It has similar bitter notes and aromas to those associated with coffee but with an underlying nuttiness which I really enjoy. Barleycup are currently running a #CutCaffeine campaign and as part of this are offering up a hamper prize to one lucky Tin and Thyme reader. Here’s what they have to say.
Wringer & Mangle is a neighbourhood hangout bar and restaurant in London Fields, Hackney. It offers home cooked British food using fresh, seasonal and locally sourced produce. Cocktails are a speciality as is their Bottomless Brunch. They are offering one Tin and Thyme reader a two course meal for six people with Cava thrown in for good measure.
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.
Chocolate is an all year round necessity in this household. We have our favourites of course, but we also like to change things up a bit and try new brands, styles and flavours. We get especially excited by those that reflect the seasons as they pass. The Hotel Chocolat Summer Collection does just that.
In the last year or so, the Happy Pear have gradually seeped into my consciousness. I’d heard them mentioned by Riverford, Jamie Oliver, in the press and through various food bloggers, but I’d never seen any of their recipes. I’m now the happy owner of their latest book The World of the Happy Pear, to be published soon, on 2nd June. To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, I’m excited to say, I also have two copies of the book to giveaway.
When the British Hamper Company got in touch with me and explained that they worked with small, artisan and independent food producers, my e-ears pricked up. It wasn’t too much longer before a Divinely Decadent Chocolate Hamper arrived at my door. Woohoo!
I am an inveterate bunger of foods in the fridge and freezer without recording either the date or the contents. This means I am constantly baffled as to what I’ve stored and when it should be eaten by. With their datable lids, these new Joseph Joseph Dial storage containers put an end to at least one of these problems. I christened one with the leftovers of this crisp and delicious fennel salad. The date I put it in the fridge was 3 April 2016, so there.
I do love a good dip. They make a great starter to go with nibbles when entertaining, can form part of a mezze type meal and often make a great sandwich filling too. So when I was challenged to take part in a chip n dip exercise, by creating a dip, I was most definitely up for it. I also have an easy and rather nifty competition with a great prize, so do read on.
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.