Baking… with Waitrose’ new home baking range. We especially loved the chocolate coated popping candy, but the range includes loads of other fab decorations, flavourings and ingredients.
Setting my mouth on fire… with Lovepickle’s delicious, spicy new range (mild, medium, hot and extra hot priced at £2.95 per jar). The range is available to purchase directly from the website www.love-pickle.com and can be found in other food stores and delis across the UK.
Making amazing cocktails… with Five Valley Cordials. Based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, the company offer some really unusual cordials including Lemon and Mint (fantastic for a really easy Mojito), Pomegranate and Rose, Apricot & Ginger, Sloe & Raspberry and Coconut & Kaffir Lime (my favourite) all made from natural ingredients and free from artificial flavours, sweeteners, colourings or preservatives. Available at Waitrose, priced £3.50
Wrapping everything… in Warburton’s new Half & Half wraps… sturdy enough to take any of the teenagers’ mad combinations of fillings (chicken, guacamole, salsa and cheese, for example), they’re 50% white and 50% wholemeal so quite a healthy choice too.
Sipping… a glass of Brothers’ cider and ice in the garden during our (rare) sunny Bank Holiday weekend. We especially loved the Toffee Apple flavour (£2.09 available nationwide at Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons).
Whipping up… a scrummy moussaka and a creamy New York cheesecake with all these fabulous ingredients from The Lake District Dairy Co, responsible for Quark, the low fat soft cheese. This stuff is AMAZING! It’s naturally fat free, high protein and and low carb. How did I exist without it?
More info at lakedistrictquark.co.uk
Grinding pepper…. onto everything, now we’ve got our fab new Graviti electric pepper grinder from Ozeri. You just turn it over above your food and it grinds pepper until you turn it back to its upright position. Amazing fun and really handy when cooking as you can operate it one-handed.
And finally, sipping Tea India’s absolutely delicious Cardamon Chai tea. It’s a new range, offering three authentic chais and a black tea blend. They’re also giving away a free selection of tea on their Facebook page at the moment. Pop over to have a look: http://bit.ly/CupofChai