Sunday, 16 October 2016

Beefayre Pots of Honey

Honey is one of those products that should always be stocked in our kitchen cupboard. Good with tea, porridge, smoothies and as an ingredient for baking. Beefayre has got a range of handmade products from the hives  and honey is one of them.
BeeBoost  is a mixture of honey, pollen and propolis. A spoonful a day will keep you in check and protected against cold and flu, all those little and annoying illness we catch at this time of the year because the weather changes all of a sudden. It is not recommended in hot drinks, so don't sweeten your tea with it but it is delicious in porridge or smoothies. If you've already caught a cold the daily portion can be doubled for a quick recovery. Given the presence of pollen it is not advisable for  hay fever sufferers.
Sharon Jervis at Beefayre is an artist and all the labels of her products are her drawings,inspired by nature, like those antique books of Victorian age.  The Acacia Honey is  mild and good for diabetics because of its high content of fructose. All Beefayre honeys are raw honey which means that they haven't been heated or processed. The combs comes from Western Transylvania where the bees have a free pesticide environment.
Wildflowers Honey by Beefayre is highly nutritious and bees have gathered the pollen from the flowers in the Western Transylvania forests.  The honey is harvested by traditional beekeepers who preserve the colonies of bees that are so much at risk in industrial countries. That's why for every product bought at Beefayre a 3%  of the profit  is given to the Bee Conservation project  that helps the organisations BugLife and Bumblebee Conservation Trust
Check out Beefayre 's website at where you can find exquisite beauty products, candles and other bees related products.

(photos courtesy of Beefayre)

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Tea People

Tea is one of my weakness. I've got a huge selection of teas and herbal or fruit hot drinks at home and depending on the time of the day I will prepare a mug accordingly, so tea for breakfast and early afternoon and  infusions or tisanes in the evening.
Tea People is a social enterprise and they use top grade whole leaf tea, all the ingredients are pure and natural, and more important , they buy small quantities  of tea so that the stock is always fresh. The one thing that makes this brand unique is the fact that 50% of their profits goes to the regions producing tea in order to help children, supporting educational and social projects in those areas.
Start making notes because these are the first three products by Tea People I'm going to talk about .
The Divine Elixir is indeed divine. It is a blend of white and green teas, jasmine and bits of mango, papaya, red currant, sour cherry, apricot, orange peel, among others ingredients. The Choco Mint Rooibos is caffeine free made with premium Rooibos, organic peppermint, calendula petals and choco beans bits. Absolutely indulgent. With the Coconut Rose Green tea made using Darjeeling Green tea, rose petals and coconut bits, I believe that would be too difficult for me to make a choice so they would all go in my shopping basket.
At Tea People you can ask for a customised gift set, something that a tea lover will appreciated and with Christmas  very close to us, it is never too early to start thinking about presents. At the Tea People website will be easy to find something perfect for anyone. This  little gift set comprises two different teas, a Desi Masala Chai, a rich blend of Assam Tea, with cardamom, cinnamon,ginger and clove, a Liquorice Mint Toffee, a blend of peppermint leaves, liquorice roots and vanilla extract and a tea infuser tong. This is just an example but  checking Tea People website everyone can find inspiration for the perfect gift.
The Russian Caravan tea has got a smoky aftertaste given by the Lapsang Souchong  tea blended with Oolong Tea  and other premium black teas. All the teas at Tea People are blended and packed in UK  and they are available in loose leaf packets or biodegradable pyramid teabags.
The Pomegranate White Tea has got a fruity distinctive flavour and it is a blend of  Pai - Mu - Tan white tea, cranberries, rose petals and natural flavours. Don't add milk to it but drink this silvery  fragrant drink treating yourself to a delicious "me time" moment.
Very Berry hasn't got caffeine at all and it's a blend of hibiscus, raisins, elderberries, raspberries, strawberry bits and natural flavours. It doesn't need milk but you can add sugar, even if I think that this tea can be drunk without adding anything else, just  tasting its own flavours.  Check online Tea People website at and immerse yourself in a virtual tea house, imagine the flavours  of the products and then make your choice. You will be spoiled by tea people extensive range.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Flower & White Merangz

Meringues have been my favourite sweet treat since when I was a child and going to the patisserie with my grandma, my usual choice was for two half meringues with whipped cream in the middle. Growing up I didn't change  my tastes and when I see a meringue, I go weak on my knees. The day I've came across the Flower & White Merangz  I' ve hit sweet treats jackpot.
This Pavlova with berry fruits and three flavours of delicious meringues : Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate is a great centrepiece for an afternoon tea, with its light layers. Being naturally gluten free, fat free and suitable for vegetarians, this sweet treat is perfect for everyone with a food intolerance.

Light bites of Flower & White Merangz are the treat du jour at a party or corporate event. The choice of flavours are quite a few, I'm very much intrigued by Salted Caramel and Pistachio. Checking the website at you can find out about markets and fairs they are participating.
Flower & White is always present at several food events where you can buy their specialities. This year they teamed up with Wyevale Garden Centres to offer  a limited edition range which includes these delicious Merangz Giants and Merangz Pavs in three yummy flavours: Vanilla, Strawberry and Chocolate, all dusted up with some gold glitter, perfect for Christmas. The boxes  are sturdy enough to preserve them.

Flower & White Merangz are slow baked using a traditional Swiss recipe and they are made by using British free range  egg whites and  adding natural flavours and essences. Flower & White doesn't produce only meringues but they've got a range of delicious desserts like the Inbe Tweeners, heavenly sponges filled with handmade curds, compotes and butter cream, Muffinz which are light muffins, handmade with the best of ingredients and Cracking Custardz, a dessert so indulgent that you must sample it.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Dualit Liberty Architect Collection

More and more we like to "dress up" our kitchen with stylish gadgets. Colours are a key factor in our houses and we like to match walls with kitchen cabinets and all the tools needed while cooking.
Two of the most iconic British brands, Dualit and Liberty teamed up to bring to the market two of the most used and popular gadgets that I'm sure are in every home. The Architect Toaster and Kettle Collection is born.
Two Liberty prints have been used by Dualit to decorate the panels of its Architect Kettle and Toaster. This is the first small kitchen appliance stint for Liberty and the two gadgets are designed for a modern home, with features that are useful like the Peek and Pop function on the toaster that checks the toasting process without interrupting it. Also a defrost setting, a bagel and bun warming function are among other features unmissable for a toaster.
This Liberty print, the Wiltshire Liberty Flowers has been taken from the Liberty archives and with its bold berry nuances can sit in its right place in a modern kitchen in order to give a splash of colours. Maybe a black kitchen, or white is the perfect backdrop for these set.  The rapid boil Architect Kettle has got the Dualit's patented Pure Pour  spout that prevents any drips when pouring hot water and the push button opening mechanism makes it safe when refilling the kettle while still hot, avoiding being burned from hot steam.
This is the Phoebe Liberty Flowers option and with its cream base I  can see it in a country side cottage or a pastel coloured kitchen. This Liberty print is a classic archive pattern from the 1960s and it has been updated for the contemporary Liberty Flowers range and in this specific occasion for the exclusive Dualit Architect Kettle and Toaster. Both small appliances are priced at £ 125.00 each with the toaster having two slice slots.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Chocolate and Love

It is difficult to find somebody who doesn't love chocolate. Maybe not everyone is keen in every kind of chocolate,  I , for example, can eat anything with the word chocolate on it, but you can't deny that a square of good chocolate will put a smile on your face. After all it is scientifically proven  that chocolate is good for our mood. So if the doctor orders, we obey. Chocolate and Love produce Fairtrade, Organic and delicious chocolate bars.
The Creamy Dark bar is dark chocolate with 55%  of Cocoa grown in Peru and Dominican Republic where Fairtrade producers are associated with the team at Chocolate and Love. Cane sugar comes from Fairtrade partners in Paraguay and Costa Rica and the Bourbon Vanilla which flavours the bar is from Madagascar. The design of the packaging is absolutely gorgeous, hand painted by an American  artist who works closely with Richard O' Connor and Birgitte Hovmand putting the soul and the environment where the cocoa beans grown. They are quite a work of art.
The Rich Dark chocolate has 71% Cocoa  and comes from the same areas as the Creamy Dark. It is just a bit stronger, and you can spot an after taste of red berries. Cocoa beans "grab" the flavours of trees and plants around them and sampling dark chocolate you will find that every bar is different depending on the area where the cocoa has been picked. All Chocolate and Love bars are organic and Kosher certified.
These two bars are other jewels in the crown for Chocolate and Love. The first one is a blend of Orange essentials oils and 65% Dark Chocolate. The taste is zesty and it marries perfectly the bitterness of the dark chocolate. The Panama one is 80% Dark Chocolate where the cocoa beans are only from this country. Despite being an 80% bar, it is incredibly mellow and smooth and who thinks that high percentage dark chocolate are bitter, tasting this bar will open up a new window and possibly a new love for this brand.
And finally I want to show you these two beautiful boxes, each one with four bars of Chocolate and Love delicacies. This is the perfect gift for the chocolate lover and once empty, the boxes are great to store bits and bobs. I've use them for my silk scarves.  You can find Chocolate and Love products in many Sainsbury's  and Whole Food Market stores, as well as independent shops. Check online at to find out your nearest stockist and to know more about this great British brand.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

La Molisana Pasta

Italy and Pasta are two things entwined and  now all the supermarket and independent shops stock at least a brand of pasta. La Molisana Pasta is very popular in UK  and I've seen it displayed everywhere.
La Molisana Pasta comes from the Molise region starting its production in 1910 and after 100 years the Ferro family, millers since 1910  took over the existing  factory  bringing  all their knowledge. Let's say that they know a thing or two about pasta. They use the best durum wheat, working with traditional methods and adding low mineralised water, and fresh mountain air during the drying process.
The range I'm writing about is the ExtraLusso, sporting a blue packaging, another look into the past when pasta, once was bought loose and the stores used to wrapped it in blue paper. Paccarielli Rigati is  a shape very popular in Campania. The texture, obtained using a bronze wire drawing process, holds the sauce and the best recipe for this shape is very simple, just prepare a sauce with cherry tomatoes in oil, with garlic and a basil leaf.
The Spaghetto Quadrato by La Molisana is another success for the Ferro Family and this particular shape is available as well as in the ExtraLusso range, also  in the Gluten Free and the normal range. The square shape of the spaghetti has been met with success from food experts and consumers. Any sauce is perfect for this shape from the most sophisticated ones to the simple garlic, extra virgin olive oil and chilli, the classic dish you can prepare for your friends for an improvised lunch or a midnight snack.
Egg pasta can't be missed with La Molisana Pasta so take a look at Pappardelle, a very wide fettucine  where the rough texture holds indulgent sauces. Pappardelle are great with a meat and tomato sauce or fish or just a delicate mix of courgettes and cream.
All La Molisana Pasta  is certified Kosher and if you want to know more, find new recipes and be inspired in trying something new go to and click on the British flag to get started.
Most of delis and online websites in UK stock this amazing brand. Let me know your recipes  and send me pictures and I will publish them on the blog.
Buon appetito.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Flahavan's Organic Oats

I just love wandering in supermarket and discover new products. During one of my weekly shopping I've found this Irish brand Flahavan 's, making organic oats for porridge. Out of curiosity I've picked one packet and tried at home.  Its twice milled oats have got a special texture and they are quite creamy adding a twist to normal porridge.
Flahavan's has been around for over 200 years and it is a family business with the seventh generation working  on bringing a delicious product, full of healthy benefits. But don't think that with Flahavan's porridge oats nothing else can be done apart from a good breakfast. I've found some yummy recipes on their website and some for next Christmas so if you are start practising now you can master it when you will need it.
Dark Chocolate, Ginger and Hazelnut Oaty Biscuits, so what you need to do? Pre heat the oven to 180C/Mark 4 and line a large baking tray with baking parchment.
Combine 150 grams of Flahavan's Irish Organic Jumbo Porridge Oats with 100grams of buckwheat flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, a teaspoon of cinnamon and 50 grams of chopped hazelnuts. In a saucepan mix together 200 grams of hazelnut butter, 120 grams of tahini, 90 ml of coconut oil 60ml of ginger syrup, from stem ginger and 60ml of maple syrup. Gently melt everything over a low heat until everything is combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ones and stir, slowly folding in  90 grams of stem ginger finely chopped. Roll the mixture into 18 small balls and placing on the baking tray. Gently flatten each ball with a fork and bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until brown on the edges. Once cooked, allow to cool for 15 minutes on the baking tray before transferring to a cooling rack. While the biscuits are cooling, melt 100 grams of dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water, making sure the bowl doesn't touch the water. Drizzle the chocolate over the biscuits using a teaspoon and allow the chocolate to cool and set completely.
Delicious with roasted meat the Flahavan's Pork, Sage and Cranberry Oaty Stuffing Balls. You will need to pre heat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4  and finely chop 12 sage leaves, then in a frying pan add a little of olive oil along with the chopped sage, 70 grams of Flahavan's Irish Organic Porridge Oats, 1 celery stick finely chopped, zest of an orange, 1 red onion finely chopped, 60 grams of pine nuts and saute until soft. Allow to cool then add  400 grams of pork sausage meat and 50 grams of dried cranberries, mixing to combine. Shape the mixture into 12 evenly-sized balls and place them on a baking tray lined with parchment. Lightly coat other 12 sage leaves in olive oil, then top each stuffing ball with a sage leaf. Place in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. remove from the oven when golden brown and enjoy.
At the end a nice spicy, flavoured porridge, the Christmas Spiced Chai Porridge. Enjoy this special breakfast by adding 350ml of semi skimmed milk,  3 juniper berries.spice berries 1 thin slice of ginger peeled and chopped, 1 cinnamon stick, a quarter of teaspoon of nutmeg, a pinch of ground clove, the zest of a clementine and bring to the boil very gently over a low heat. Once boiled, remove the milk and allow the spices to infuse for 10 minutes. Strain the milk and spice mixture through a sieve and pour into another saucepan. Add 50 grams of Flahavan's Irish Porridge Oats and 2 tablespoon of maple syrup to the milk mixture and bring to the boil. Once boiled simmer for 4 to 5 minutes until creamy. Top with a spoonful of cranberry sauce and a sprinkling of cinnamon. This serves one.
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