We were talking the other day about the last time we deliberately bought something labelled ‘low fat’ or ‘low sugar’. For us, it’s been a really long time. I think we’ve deliberately moved away from things with bits and bobs taken out, to more natural, healthy products: proper wholesome, whole milk yoghurts; proper bread from the bakery (yes, I love to make my own, but I don’t always have time and who wants to live on squishy plastic bread?), and mature cheddar. We’re never going to be a hard-core healthy family that lives on quinoa and chia seeds and gives up sugar, salt and dairy – that’s not my style at all. I’m an ‘everything in moderation’ person when it comes to food, and as a family we embrace everything, even treats in small amounts. But even with treats, I’d rather the boys were scoffing homemade cake than handfuls of sweets packed with artificial goodness-knows-what.
We love the taste of butter, but let’s be honest, with a busy family life it’s sometimes frustrating trying to spread rock hard butter – it’s just not practical, so when we were asked to try Clover, I was really impressed. It comes in handy for spreading on toasted teacakes, making sandwiches, melting onto vegetables, mashing into potato and whipping up a quick pile of scrambled egg. It doesn’t have any dodgy artificial ingredients and it’s naturally made with buttermilk (it also doesn’t have that weirdly watery consistency when it melts, like some spreads) with half the saturated fat of butter and is simply made with fewer ingredients. It has a really nice buttery taste and when in a hurry over my birthday weekend, I baked with it too (although this really annoyed everyone as it ‘used up too much’ apparently).
For my birthday cake, I made a very quick lime buttercream by using 100g Clover and 200g icing sugar with the zest and juice of a fresh lime (above) – it came out really well and as it’s soft, it mixes into a creamy filling really quickly.
The verdict? Handy, useful, tasty, multi-tasking, and with #nothingartificial, it sits well with my feelings on feeding my family. Clover is available in all major supermarkets and independent stores nationwide.