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.
As some of you may have noticed, I’ve rather fallen in love with my high speed power blender, the Optimum 9200A from Froothie. Since acquiring it, I’ve used it nearly every day and would now be lost without it. So I’m delighted to be able to offer one here as a Tin and Thyme giveaway.
The Cranks Bible: a timeless collection of vegetarian recipes by Nadine Abensur is one of my treasured cookery books. I bought it when it was first published in 2001 and have taken inspiration from it ever since. Despite its frequent use as a bed time read, there are many recipes I’ve barely looked at. The one for aubergine purée with cumin pitot is one such, or in my more prosaic terminology, aubergine dip.
Well I know many of you are trying to take a break from alcoholic drinks for Dry January, but please bear with me. Le Petit Ballon offers two bottles of wine a month on a subscription basis and Tin and Thyme has a three month subscription to give away. If I have tempted you, you’re unlikely to get your wine now before February, so no need to fall off the wagon just yet.