Food and Drink News – The days are getting longer (phew!) but we’re still in lockdown, so I thought I would share with you some news of great new products I’ve discovered recently.
Now, I thought it impossible to buy decent sourdough bread from anywhere but an artisan baker – and there are some fabulous ones locally. But I’ve just found one in M&S that’s vegan, with delicious flavours, and no added sugars, preservatives, or additives: Jason’s Sourdough. It’savailable at £1.80 in three variants – White, Grains & Seeds and Craft Beer – in larger M&S stores. The Craft Beer’s our favourite. It also makes the most delicious toasted cheese sandwiches.
Still, on breakfast goods, I thoroughly recommend Lizi’s Super Muesli range. It’s packed with added vitamins and minerals (Vitamin C, B6, B2 and Zinc if you were wondering) as well as natural ingredients such as turmeric, barley, hemp, maca powder and quinoa to deliver specific health benefits. CLEANSE (Cranberry, Raspberry & Cherry) helps to neutralise excess free radicals and protect cells, BOOST (Mango, Papaya & Turmeric) fights fatigue and boosts the immune system, GLOW (Fig, Apple & Almond) helps fight signs of tiredness and keeps hair and nails healthy and FOCUS (Hazelnut, Pecan & Maca) enhances concentration. Lizi’s Super Muesli delivers a superior taste and crunch by using both toasted and untoasted oats. It’s vegan too and also GL tested, meaning you will feel fuller for longer. Lizi’s Boost, Glow, Focus and Cleanse Super Muesli is available in Ocado RRP £3.50. Lizi’s Boost, Focus and Glow Super Muesli is available in Waitrose RRP £3.50 for a 400g pack. Treat yourself – you’re worth it!
I’ve long been a fan of the Merchant Gourmet range of pouches of pulses and grains, and the latest variety is a winner too. The new Cajun-style edition contains lentils and red kidney beans in a tomato sauce enhanced with jalapeno, rosemary and smoked paprika. You can use it as a meat replacement in recipes like wraps, jacket potatoes, chilli con carne, burritos or nachos, or have it as a standby to add to any leftover meat or fish to create a quick and very tasty meal. Available from Waitrose and Ocado at £2 for a 250g pack, it’s also a low cal lunch at just 146 calories per 125g. And let’s face it, this is about as near as we’re likely to get to Louisiana for a while yet!
As regular readers will know, I’m partial to a spot of gin, and I recently tried a shot of Butler’s Lemongrass & Cardamom Gin. It’s from a Hackney-based gin producer who, since 2012, has crafted a gentle aroma using a smooth blend of juniper, lemongrass, cardamom, and citrus notes, The gin’s created by Ross William Butler (hence the name) and it has character. What’s more, the botanicals that are blended to create it are then regenerated into perfume, candles, soaps! If you’re a gin aficionado, do try it. £22 for a 50cl bottle from butlersgin.co.uk.
But if, like many of us, you’re trying to resist the temptation to open the gin at the end of yet another lockdown day, you might like to try Mooze. Produced by a gin distiller, this is a drink with some alcohol (it’s a 12% spirit instead of the usual 37.5%), a good mouthfeel, and it’s a decent substitute for a stronger G&T. It contains six botanicals and is also low calorie (18 calories a serving), so ticks another health box! If you fancy moderating your consumption, do try it. From moozebooze.com at £20 for a 70cl bottle.