Co – Op Food Hall Foody Review

At the Co- Op Food hall, I found some new foody products to review for you 🙂

rapeseed oilFirstly a company called ‘Crush’ from Norfolk.

They make Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil – and they are – Artisan producers of a range of Oils, dressings & NEW Cereals. I love the packaging! I tried a few of the dressings my favourite was the ‘zingy lemon’ dressing and I also tried their ‘Gnaw chocolate and hazelnut’ Granola- Yummy. I came away with a bottle of extra virgin cold pressed oil, it was very raw tasting almost like raw sunflower seeds, it wasn’t like others I had tasted. The man on the stall was very helpful and enthusiastic.

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Next I want to talk about a company called ‘Scarlet and Mustard’

Again the packaging is very eye-catching! They make a range of Dressings, infused oils, curds and a chilli jam! I can honestly say I was happy with everything I tried on this stall but was particularly taken with their range of curds, mainly because I’d never seen any flavours like these before and I like to try something ‘different’.

The curds come in Opulent Orange, Blackcurrant and Star Anise, Passion fruit and Lemon, and Lime and Mint. I came away with Blackcurrant and star Anise and Lime and mint.

Very happy with my items but also very impressed with the Lady on the stall, she was full of good ideas of how you could eat them some of her suggestions were on pancakes, on crumpets, on butterfly cakes!

wht balsamic  Danilo Manco White Balsamic Vinegar

This product (along with other Italian items) was on a stall with another brand, but because it is WHITE balsamic Vinegar it caught my eye. It is lighter and sweeter in flavour and less syrupy than dark balsamic vinegar. For 100ml it was ÂŁ7.95 so I will use it sparingly!

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Air Dried apple crisps 100% natural Ingredients: Review

Charlie from Perry Court Farm in Kent sent me some amazing samples to review for you, air dried apple crisps!

How are they made?

Perry Court Farm make Apple crisps using a completely natural drying process; warm air is blown over the slices of apple until crisp and then packaged quickly to keep them like this.

This slow drying method keeps all the goodness of a fresh apple in the crisps, but allows you to keep it much longer (drying is a natural way of preserving fruit, used since the Ancient Egyptians)!!

Perry Court Farm uses traditional English varieties of apple, selecting the best ones from over 100 different cultivars, including Cox orange Pippin, Laxtons Fortune and Ribstone Pippin.

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Less than 70 calories, Ingredients 100% home grown apples – what’s not to love!

  app cri Air Dried apple crisps : Sweet

First I will say I underestimated the flavour of these crisps, they really pack a punch.

I couldn’t have imagined that dried apple crisps could have such a strong apple flavour a lot like a cloudy glass of apple juice. Secondly I underestimated the CRUNCH factor. I’ve tried dried apple pieces before (the chewy kind) this is nothing like that.

  green crisps Air dried apple crisps: Tangy

They didn’t lie when they described these as tangy if you are a fan of tangy or sour sweets these would be the ones for you! Packed with flavour too.

These really satisfied my need for a crunchy snack and are a great sweet alternatives to a packet of crisps.

My personal favourite were the sweet ones.

Where can you get them?

Fruit crisps are available in your local farm shop, deli, health store, farmers’ market and online too.

If you are not sure where to look, send an e-mail to Perry Court Farm and they shall try and suggest a place near where you live:info@perrycourtfarm.co.uk.

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Chocolate Fudge Sauce & Chocolate Fudge Sundae

Cheat day pudding ohhh yum!

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hot chocolate fudge sundae

Today’s post is about a chocolate sauce that was a result of overheating a chocolate frosting that I made for lamingtons. In other words a happy accident! My sauce which was runny in consistency (exactly how its supposed to be to cover lamingtons) oozed out of the jar after I forgot it in the microwave and overheated it for an extra minute. When I took it out, it had turned into this thick fudgy deliciousness – too thick for the lamingtons but delicious nonetheless. The sauce reminded me of a sundae that I, and many other Delhiites grew up eating. It is this sundae sold at a restaurant called Nirula’s and its made out of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce and is called the hot chocolate fudge sundae.

SO I thought I will make the sauce like the fudge sauce and also make the sundae for this post! Now, there are…

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Easy Mediterranean roast veg with veggie sausage Recipe

This Recipe is lovely because it’s healthy, there’s no part cooking of the veg, you use ONE tray so minimal washing up!

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Ingredients:

Washed Mixed leaf salad

2 veggie Sausages (frozen)

1 sweet potato (about the size of your fist) chopped into chunky pieces (leave skin on)!

1- 2 peppers (pref red and yellow) de-seeded and sliced in fat slices,

1 onion chopped into 4 (red onion is really nice)

1- 2 handfuls of clean small button mushrooms

1 garlic clove bashed (skin removed)

about a tbsp of olive oil or coconut oil

salt and pepper a large pinch of each

Dried Herbs like Thyme and Oregano 2 big pinches

Method:

1) Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees, while that heats up wash and chop your veg,in nice chunky pieces (the thinner they are the easier they will burn)! leave the skin on the sweet potato, bash your garlic and remove outer skin,break up your onion layers up a bit,

2) Toss in an oven tray with oil, salt pepper and herbs

3) Cook in oven for approx 30 mins/ 40 mins checking the veg isn’t getting burnt,

4) Give the roast veg a shuffle about to ensure colour on all sides, Add the frozen veggie sausage, to the same tray, turning after 10 mins, cook for another 10 mins then serve with a big handful of mixed leaf salad.

 

Enjoy

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Day out – Co- op Food show Wherstaed Park Ipswich

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A Yummy day spent trying new and exciting food products from stall holders, many that source their ingredients locally.

There was everything from condiments to meat and fish, fudge and even wines to sample.

The building is home to one of Suffolk and East Anglia’s most versatile events venues; it has a glass-roof with a year-round temperate climate.

The part of the building that the food hall was held in looks commercial and the surrounding rooms look like offices but towards the other end of the property stands a beautiful Georgian Mansion, both available to hire for events.

inside food hall

Facilities include a canteen area with seating and toilets. Also a cash point, which was invaluable as many stall holders were having issues with their card readers.

On entering and paying your admission fee (a flat rate of ÂŁ1.50), we were given a Co – op Bag for life, nice and sturdy – perfect for all our goodies!

All the  stall holders I spoke to seemed very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their products.

Exhibitors included:

  • Bhaji Man
  • Breckland Orchard Posh Pops
  • Bollywood Nights At Home
  • Coffeelink Ltd
  • Crush Foods
  • DJ Wines
  • Dotty Bakers, The
  • East Coast Chilli Company
  • Fairfields Farm Crisps
  • Fruits of Suffolk
  • Gnaw Chocolate
  • Great British Sauces
  • Great Tilkey Honey
  • Greene King
  • Havensfield Eggs
  • Hill Top Smokehouse
  • Keejays Chinese Sauces
  • Lady Bakewell Park
  • Lane Farm Country Foods
  • Margaret’s Frozen Luxuries
  • Marybelle
  • Mystycroft Quality Meats
  • New Twist Foods
  • Nudge Smoothies
  • Rossi Ice Cream
  • Sam Cole Food Group
  • Samphire Shop
  • Scarlett and Mustard
  • South African Food Company
  • Stokes Sauces
  • Sutton Hoo Chicken
  • Suffolk Larder
  • Sym’s Pantry
  • The Cake Shop
  • The Cookery School at Braxted Park
  • The Ooo Company
  • The Smoke Bloke
  • Yare Valley Oils
  • Yum Yum Tree Fudge

I will be talking in a future post about some of the products and of course reviewing them for you, I also hope to include some info about the creators of the products! 🙂

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Chocolate Coconut Cream Cupcakes

Yummy 🙂

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This chocolate cupcake is rich, moist, slightly dense and reminiscent of devil’s food cake. The frosting is sweet and full of coconut flavor. My inspiration for these cupcakes came from the coconut cream Hershey Kisses. So a coconut hershey kiss in the bottom, a chocolate cupcake, coconut frosting, and a hershey kiss on top. The hershey kiss inside the cupcake melts into it, keeping the inside moist.

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Ingredients: Makes 12

1 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup light sour cream

1/4 cup butter, mostly melted

1/2 cup boiling coffee

24 coconut hershey kisses (12 for garnish)

Frosting

2 sticks salted butter

4 and 1/4 powdered sugar

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Scrummy Tray Baked Lemon sole recipe

INGREDIENTS: (serves 4)

Washed and boned pieces of Lemon Sole (1-2 piece per person)

Olive oil (approx 2 tbsp)

Balsamic vinegar (2 tbsp)

Tomatoes Chopped 2 handfuls

Chopped Fresh Parsley and Basil (1 handful of each)

Black olives (1 handful)

1 clove of garlic sliced

handful of chopped onion/ spring onion

Zest and juice of one lemon

Salt and Pepper (large pinch)

METHOD

1) Pre heat oven to 200 degrees, in a large bowl add all the ingredients except the fish, the idea of the olive oil is to ‘loosen’ the mixture so it’s like a dressing, so add more if you need to.

2) Mix well (taste) to see if you’d like more balsamic etc, then spread half the mixture on a large tray, place your fish on top,

3) Lay the last lot of mixture over your fish so that it is well coated,

4) Bake in the oven for approx 10 – 15 mins or until fish in completely white and breaks easily.

5) Serve with green salad, new potatoes and cold white wine!

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