Food and Drink News – Crosta & Mollica, meaning ‘crust & crumb’ in Italian, was founded with a desire and dedication to bring well-made Italian food to the UK, and the company has certainly succeeded! From delicious wood-fired pizzas to versatile piadina flatbreads, savoury artisan biscuits, crostini and more.
Every product is made in Italy – one bite and you’ll almost think you’re there. I’m particularly partial to the Fennel Seed Tarallini (£1.99 for a bag of crispy biscuits that are the perfect accompaniment to drinks, without overshadowing the flavour of your drink). Also delicious are the Olive & Rosemary Ovali – great for adding a topping or for dunking. Available from Ocado, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Marks & Spencer, and lots of independent food retailers.
Caorunn (pronounced Ka-roon) is the Gaelic name for the rowanberry. And this berry is one of the five unique Celtic botanicals at the heart of Caorunn Gin. Yes, a fabulous Speyside gin from a region famous for its whisky! It’s unique in being distilled in a working copper berry chamber, to extract maximum flavour from the botanicals – and its great addition to Scotland’s spirits repertoire. With notes of heather, citrus blossom and then juniper, it leaves a pinch of peppery rye lingering, after a subtle sweetness of heather honey. I like it as a G&T, with a slice of apple, instead of citrus, but there are lots of great cocktail recipes on its website. Caorunn also makes a fab martini. Treat yourself to a bottle – it’s around £28 for 70 cl from major supermarkets and online retailers.
We’re already great fans of Jason’s Sourdough bread, so were pleased to discover that some new products have been added to the range. The ‘Straight Up’ range uses original Geary family bakery recipes and includes The Great White, Majestic Malted and Olive & Basil. They’re ideal for sandwiches and make brilliant toasties too. Available from Ocado £2
For those times when you fancy ice cream, but know you shouldn’t, as you’re trying to lose weight… there’s now a perfect solution. Oppo is a great, feel-good indulgence, and you’d never guess it has over 50 per cent less sugar. Widely available from most supermarkets at around £4 a 475ml tub in a range of delicious flavours – you can just have a tiny amount, or pig out with a whole tub for under 400 calories! The individual ice cream bars are also fab (Madagascan Vanilla Almond or Chocolate & Hazelnut Sticks) and less than 150 calories each, plus you can squeeze them into the corners of the freezer!
September sees Zero Waste Week and If like me, your kitchen waste bin liners become unhinged, making recycling messy, help is at hand. This smart, Easy-Clean 2.83L Compost Bin from OXO is great. It sits on my kitchen counter (looking much cooler than the free one from the council!) and the clever design neatly holds the bag securely in place. The flip-up lid allows opening and closing with one hand, so not only making life easier but also looking stylish. Available from John Lewis £17 in white or grey.