Remember those children’s books you could order with the child’s name and friends included? Well, now you can go to the next level with a great idea – a Tasty one too! With MyTastyCookbook you customise a cookbook (from a catalogue of 300+ recipes). Select your own recipes, personalised cover – with recipient’s name – and it can be delivered in a gift box with personalised gift-wrap. Tasty™ is the world’s largest social food network. There are lots of different covers and gift options to choose from too. Check it out the options at tasty.mybespokegift.com
An A-Peeling Product
There’s the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ and when it comes to kitchen equipment it certainly rings true. Having learned the hard way over the years, I know is that it pays to invest in the best…like this fabulous new Professional Serrated Peeler from Microplane. It’s the ‘bee’s knees’ when it comes to peeling. The balanced design is ideal for peeling soft-skinned fruit like kiwis and soft vegetables like peppers or tomatoes. It is slightly heavier than your average peeler, and the blades can be moved back and forth, with little pressure, in one movement. Available from hartsofstur.com and other good kitchen retailers at £19.95
Autumn Flavours in a Jar
With the clocks going back, we’re now heading downhill to winter. But autumn has its benefits, and one of them is this delicious Special Edition English Hedgerow Jelly from Tracklements. It includes fruits from the hedgerow and garden including rich, sweet damsons and juicy blackberries, as well as Bramley apples to give the tiniest hint of tartness. Fabulous with cheese, meats, ice cream or almost anything! At £3.35 for 220g, it’s available from fine food delis and farm shops nationwide or online at tracklements.co.uk
Walk on the Wild Side
Sacla is undoubtedly the main name when it comes to pre-prepared pesto and if you love pesto, try one with an extra ‘kick’ and check out the company’s Wild Garlic Pesto. Use just like any other pesto but enjoy an extra flavour dimension. You can also spread it on toast and top with scrambled egg…yum! £2.50 a jar from Tesco and most leading supermarkets.
Shaken not Stirred – and Udderly Delicious
Milkshakes are just for kids? Wrong! Shaken Udder produces the most divine milkshakes that are a hit with all the family. And, despite tasting so delicious, they’re not horrendously fattening. I found myself liking the banana flavour best, which surprised me, as it’s not something I would normally choose, but I was in milkshake heaven! Widely available in six flavours (including salted caramel) from major supermarkets at around £1 for a 330ml bottle or £2 for 750ml – go on, buy the big one, you won’t regret it!
That’s Amore, I Mean Amaro!
Amaro Montenegro is a multi-award-winning, bittersweet Italian drink that anyone who likes Campari and Negronis will really appreciate. Richer, fuller, but highly versatile, it can be served straight, on the rocks or included in a whole range of cocktails. It’s a fabulous winter drink: herby, yet spicy and with a hint of orange. Around £19 a bottle, it’s available from Amazon, Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange.