Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Round up of Foodie Goodies #2 July/August 2014 plus Nib Nibs Giveaway.

I have been sent a lovely selection of food related products between July-August 2014 which I had to share with you all on a bumper round up.
First up is Nib Nibs  a company based in North Yorkshire that focuses on premium baked nibbles such as Exceptional Cheddar and Cheesy Onion straws, Exceptional Salt and Pepper Jumbo Peanuts, Exceptional Cheddar and Spicy Chilli Straws and Exceptional Cheddar Cheese Straws. I found these savoury delights to be rather addictive and moerish; I quickly demolished the cheddar and cheesy onion straws and had to show restraint not to eat everything in one go.

Nibs Nibs

The lovely people at Waitrose asked a selection of bloggers to host a BBQ off where dishes are recreated using their products and also Heston Blumenthal recipes. The idea was that each person creates their own unique spin on a chosen BBQ essential and a winner is chosen. Click on my review post for the full review and recipes made.
BBQ Bake Off

Regal Food Products sent me a selection of the spice mixes including Bombay biryani, tandoori mix, punjabi chana and the Achar Gosht, which I made a beef version off. Although spicy I liked the simplicity of having all the spices in a handy little packet.

Serenata Flowers  have a range of chocolicious hampers and as a chocoholic I was delighted to try their Chocolate Tempations Hamper. Have a read of my review post to read all about all the chocolates I tasted.
Chocolate Temptations Hamper

It has been a bumper couple of months for cook books, many thanks to Jacqui Small Publishing for the selection of fabulous books which I'm looking forward to sharing on my blog in the next few weeks. First up is Toute Hache a Cafe in Paris who wrote a cookbook which focuses on meat, minced, chopped, cut and influenced from culinary influences around the world. So far, I've made the oriental burgers and lemony chicken meatballs.

Bombay Lunchbox, creates recipes which are a fusion from an Anglo-Indian Cookery of dishes that would be as the title suggest eaten in a lunchbox. I've bookmarked a couple of the recipes from the Afternoon Chapter which I hope to share in a future review post.

 Any reader of my blog knows I love burgers, in fact I have a Facebook folder dedicated to these meaty delights.  I was delighted when I received a copy of Burgers by Paul Gayler, a selection of delightful burger recipes and as I love Caribbean inspired food I will be making their jerk burgers.

Also, many thanks to Quarto Publishing Group for a lovely selection of cookery/baking books. First up is a trio, Back to Butter, Old Fashioned Sweets and Slow Cooker i'll be sharing the Slow Cooker review and giveaway post shortly.

I love cook books especially with new concepts and ideas, so was thrilled to review Back To Butter and try a couple of recipes.

Cool Layer Cakes is a fabulous baking books for those who love their cakes, sky high. I'm making a relative the lemon meringue layer cake for their birthday.

And finally Wisdom for Home Preservers, take a look at my review post.
To the giveaway,  the lovely people at nibs nibs are offering one reader of the blog a selection of their delightful nibbles, to be in with a chance follow the instructions on the rafflecopter
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Disclaimer: I received all the above products for review purposes, as always all my opinions are my own.


Monday, 25 August 2014

Serenta Chocolate Hamper, review and giveaway of £30 to spend on their products

I was recently contacted by Serenata Flowers and was asked whether I would like to review a product from their website. After having a good browse on their website, I promptly stated yes. There are many different online retailers that specialise in luxury foodie goodies but often this means a high cost per product, this is not the case for Serenata Flowers. Serenata Flowers specialise in next day delivery of a wide range of flowers such as birthday flowers, summer flowers, occasional flowers and new baby flowers and plants.  My personal favourites from their site are the wines, chocolates and hampers which are all perfect for birthdays and the Christmas season such as the 2011 Mannucci Droandi Chianti  retaiing at £44.99 (as I love red wine) and also the Bordeaux Gourmet Gift Box  retailing at £39.99 as nothing beats cheese and biscuits. As many readers of the blog know, I love chocolates so it was the most sensible decision to review a chocolate hamper so what better way of reviewing the Chocolate Temptations hamper.
Chocolate Temptations

 Doesn't the hamper look delicious? The hamper is packed in a sturdy box and each item are delicately presented.  The Chocolate Temptations Hamper includes luxury chocolate coated peanuts and raisins which went down well with me and my family, for those who love chocolates and peanuts, it was a double delight as the flavours of both came through in the little morsels of delight.

My favourite item included in the hamper are the luxury Beligian chocolates, each chocolate has a distinctive flavour combination and the white chocolates in particular were my favourites.

The hamper also includes many more delights such as the dark chocolate meringues and other goodies such as the truffles.

I  will definitely be purchasing a couple items from this site, especially as I have a couple of birthdays coming up as well as Christmas presents for my foodie friends. 
The lovely people at Serenata Flowers are offering one reader from my blog to spend up to £30 on their website on any product they like. If you would like to enter, please follow the instructions on the rafflecopter.

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Disclaimer: I received the Chocolate Temptations Hamper courtesy of Serenata Flowers, I was not required to write a positive review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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