As far as I am concerned food that can be prepared in one pot is most welcome in my kitchen. I’ll let you into a secret, although I feel it is one shared by many, I hate washing and drying up. And we don’t have a dishwasher. Anything that minimises time spent at the sink is a friend of mine. Don’t be misled, the One Pot Cook Book contains far more than just: chuck it in, lid on, in the oven. At the same time not everything in the book takes ages to cook; it’s not a 15 minute meal solution either but somewhere wholesome in between.
The idea of smoothies and juices I really like; getting the nutrients (with or without the fibrous parts) in a convenient way really appeals. Not least because it gives me something to do with a fridge full of vegetables other than soup. The only thing that puts me off is the thought I needed another piece of kitchen equipment to be able to make my own. The publishers of Crussh, Nourish Books, got in touch to see if I’d like to try out the new book. I asked if a juicer was necessary and they said it wasn’t so I was looking forward to giving one of the recipes a try.
This month’s ‘new in the kitchen’ post is all about organic products. As it’s Organic September it seems only fitting that all the new products I’ve been trying are both tasty and organic. Quite a mix this month too; tea, snacks, oatcakes and pies.
First up I tried the Caramel Rooibos Tea from Kromland Farm. They’ve been growing rooibos in South Africa since 1902 and produce all their teas in Britain. I have to say I tend to prefer a single estate tea (which Kromland is) to a blend, there’s something so nice about knowing it’s the produce all from one area rather than a mix from all over the place. I really like the flavour of this; it’s certainly rooibos but the hint of caramel gives it an additional flavour without being too overpowering. There’s no added sugar so although it feels like it’s a sweet treat it’s actually not; and I like that. All the treat and none of the guilt. I’ve enjoyed switching to this instead of my normal ‘builders’ cuppa.
I know it’s technically September now and I’m slightly delayed in posting this but better late than never! I had all sorts of different things arrive on the ATIE kitchen table in August; burgers, soup, yoghurt and gin. All from some fab British companies. Take a look at what was new in the kitchen in August.
Mash Direct Vegetable Burgers
Mash Direct are based in County Down making all sorts of vegetable and potato products using older heritage varieties of veg (which they grow on their farm) in their dishes. I tried out their Vegetable Burgers with Cabbage; bread crumbed mash filled with broccoli, carrot, cauliflower, cabbage and parsnip.
I was really surprised how fresh the vegetables tasted and the balance of flavours was lovely. I cooked mine in the oven but you can also grill or BBQ them according to the pack; served in a nice fresh roll with mayonnaise they were surprisingly filling. I would definitely look out for these again as well as the other products they make.
It’s been a really varied month in the All That I’m Eating kitchen this month with all sorts of different things to try. Luckily I’ve been able to enjoy most of them sat outside in the sunshine!
First up I tried the new Butter and Mint flavoured crisps from Tyrrells. I wasn’t quite sure what the butter would be like on the crisps and whether the flavour would come through but they tasted lovely. Especially outside on a Saturday evening waiting for a BBQ! Minted and buttered new potatoes are always welcome as far as I’m concerned so I think these work really well as crisps.
It’s great to try out new products in the kitchen, here’s what I’ve been trying this month.Tyrrells Poshcorn
I love the packaging on the Tyrrells Poshcorn and it’s not all style over substance either. I tried the Sweet and Salt, Lightly Salted, Coconut Caramel and Lemon Cupcake. I think the sweet and salt was my favourite (it always is!) but I loved the combination of caramel and coconut. I wouldn’t normally go for lemon cupcake flavour but after having tried it I really liked it; citrusy, sweet and slightly tangy this flavour was really different and enjoyable. I’ll be looking for some other interesting flavours to try when I’m out and about. It was really nice to have something other than crisps to have as a snack with my lunch too and I was pleasantly surprised at the (low) calorie count on all the flavours. Almost guilt free!
I’m not going to lie. I haven’t been donning my gardening gloves recently as much as I have done in the past. Apparently as you get older you get inexplicably busier and growing my own fruit and veg took a back seat while I was getting on with many other things. Rocket Gardens got in touch to see if I would like to try out one of their kits. Their Patio Container garden seemed like the ideal one for me; lots of it can be grown in pots or grow bags which means minimal prep and digging for me!
I have tried (I think) all the recipe boxes available now with the Abel and Cole recipe box being the last instalment. I will be doing one review of all that I’ve tried as a big comparison so keep your eyes peeled for that coming soon. Abel and Cole recipe boxes are slightly different to some of the others; they have veggie, simple, foodie and light to choose from with the recipes in each box predetermined. I like this as it means I don’t have to make too many decisions! Abel and Cole were very kind too as I was able to review two of their boxes over consecutive weeks.
You may already know this, but, I studied Food Science at University. Think molecular gastronomy meets extreme chemistry with a sprinkling of maths and you’re about there. I enjoyed it immensely. All the tests and experiments that you see on the TV are familiar to me and if there’s something I don’t know about food poisoning it’s not worth knowing. Imagine what a joy it is to sit next to me at a formal dinner, “I wouldn’t take that from the buffet if I were you, there’s no guarantee it’s stayed out of the danger zone”. I have all the fun…
There was another recipe box in the house a few weeks ago, this time from organic vegetable box company Riverford. I do get their veg boxes regularly so I was really looking forward to trying out the recipe boxes and giving some of their other ingredients a try. Because I get deliveries of veg from Riverford already the recipe box was delivered about 6.30am and was waiting on my doorstep in the morning; meaning I could get it all sorted and in the fridge before I went to work. Always good to start the day knowing what you’re having for dinner.