BRAND NEW out are new Chocolate Cheerios which disappeared pretty quickly and were last seen heading up the stairs being scoffed from the packet. They were declared ‘lush’ by one and ‘awesome’ by the other. Don’t knock the teenage vote – it’s the future.
Chokablok’s new chocolate ‘bloks’ all swirled and dotted with all sorts of crunchy chewy bits. Nomnomnom. Our favourite was the Cookie Crumb Mon-Star: white chocolate with swirly milk chocolate, biscuit balls, cookie crumbs and chocolate stars, but we loved all the others too!
ChokaBlok chocolate bloks and gift boxes are now available at Tesco stores (RRP £1.59 for the bloks and £3.99 for the gift box)
The Italian tomato sauce fridge pack is very clever, meaning you can keep the sauce fresh in the fridge for two weeks. We used it for pasta and also to spread on pizzas. Personally I thought it was a bit strong, but the addition of a little stock soon sorts that out. The stir-in sauces are delicious too – our favourite was vine ripened tomato and mascarpone.
The coffee lovers at English Towers have fallen in love with the very beautiful looking Nescafé Dolce Gusto machine that we were very generously sent last week. It’s very easy to use: basically you insert little pods into the machine which then pumps water through it at high pressure giving you a similar result to the coffee you buy in coffee shops made in those mahoosive machines. But without having to walk to Costa’s. Result.
My comments about the cost of buying the pods were shouted down as, obviously, it’s better than normal coffee and a lot cheaper than going out to buy it. Happy bunnies all round.
As you know, I’m not a coffee fan, but I’ve been enjoying milky lattes and am something of a convert, especially as this new version allows you to adjust it so if you prefer your coffee a bit weaker (or, indeed stronger), you can make it your own.
Princes Wild Alaskan Salmon
I’ve never bought salmon in a tin before so this was a new one, but we gave it a go and absolutely loved it. You need to have a little pick through to remove the bones and skin (although, as with other tinned fish, they’re probably soft enough to eat). I pan fried some prawns (from the freezer) with chopped shallot, fresh chilli and rapeseed oil, then stirred the salmon through to warm it up before tossing the whole lot through cooked linguine. Delicious, and a great storecupboard standby.
Heinz new FIVE Beanz
Despite having an aversion to the spelling (why not just beans?), we absolutely loved these new ‘grown up’ baked beans. The five beans mentioned are the traditional haricot, along with pinto, cannellini, red kidney and borlotti. There’s a lot more texture and ‘bite’ than normal beans and we absolutely loved them. They’ll be replacing the normal Heinz beans in my shopping basket from now on. Out now from all the usual places, RRP 84p.