02 December 2012

New in my Kitchen #2



From time to time I am sent a new product to try or I stumble across something new myself. I thought I would take a few minutes to share my latest discoveries with you.

Sometimes I will like a product, sometimes I will love it and occasionally I will hate it. Do let me know if you have made any great new discoveries.



1. Squisk


This is just one in a range of innovative products from UUTENSIL. This whisk is supposed to take the effort out of whisking egg whites and cream by whisking them up 40% faster, however I love to use it when I am making a cheese sauce. With an average ball whisk, the flour and butter get clogged inside the whisk, which really annoys me. You don't have that problem with a squisk. I still use my electric hand mixer for egg whites.

RRP £5.99

Score 9/10



Another one from UUTENSIL This one is an update on a traditional pestle and mortar. It works really well. The grooves in the bottom of the pestle are far more efficient at grinding spices than a normal smooth pestle. I am afraid although this works better, I have a beautiful large wooden pestle and mortar which I will keep using, just because I love it and there is something nice about using wood in cooking.

RRP £25

Score 9/10



This is one of the gift baskets available from Lakeland. It comes all wrapped up and sitting pretty in cellophane and a large bow. An unusual basket that would be rather nice with a planter in it once you have enjoyed the goodies. A good price for a hamper too, as they can be rather expensive.
  • Strawberries & Cream Shortbread (200g). Absolutely scrumptious! I want more of these!
  • Fabulous Oatie Flips (200g). Graham enjoyed these as they are suitable for vegans. They got a big thumbs up.
  • Strawberry & Champagne Conserve (227g). We are enjoying this jam at the moment. It is rather nice, but you don't taste the champagne. It just tastes like a really good quality jam.
  • English Breakfast Tea (10 bags). Passed these on as we both hate tea.
RRP £16.99

Lakeland have a limited special offer on these at the moment. Buy 2 hampers for only £29.98 – delivered FREE! 

Score 8/10 

 

This is a new cheese from Long Clawson Dairy. It isn't as bad as it sounds, but it's not great. I have had some gorgeous cheeses from the dairy such as the Creamy Blue Shropshire, but this isn't one of them.

The initial flavour of the cheddar is very mild, in fact quite bland, but then you get an after kick of hot pepper. Maybe if the cheddar itself had a stronger, deeper flavour I would have liked it, as I like really full bodied Cheddar. They also do a ketchup cheese (bleugh) and a Worcestershire sauce cheese, which I think would be rather nice, but as Worcestershire sauce has anchovies in it, I won't be trying it.

RRP 
5 x 30g snacking portions £2.39
140g pre-packed sliced £2.39
200g pre-packed wedge £2.39
1.3kg deli block £10.99

Score 5/10


 

I love all things boursin. I especially love the garlic and fine herbs boursin. Mmmmm! Maybe friends and family aren't so keen when I am honking of garlic, but I don't care! I love the black pepper one too, it is great spread on toast. 

This new edition has chewy pieces of sweet fig and raisin, along with walnut, pecan and cashew nut. It is sweet, but predictably I love this one too. It is great on a salty biscuit. The contrast of sweet, with creamy cheese and a bit of salty crisp biscuit is excellent. 

Watch out for a cooler of boursin in my next giveaway.

RRP £2.20

Score 9/10




I have always preferred Laughing Cow to Dairylea. I keep a box in the fridge at work for when I need a snack or lunch times when I am fasting on my 5:2 Diet. On those days I have a couple of crispbreads with one triangle of light laughing cow for only 105 calories. 

The new light with blue cheese is just as creamy and just as low in calories (25 calories). It has the flavour of blue cheese, but soft, not harsh as some blue cheeses are. Very chompable!

RRP £1.25

Score 8/10



This is my final review and is lucky seven as I am giving it full points.

I just loved the concept of this one. For us foodies it's a great gift. The apron is really good quality and has nice little touches like the antique brass adjustable halter button, a towel loop, a bib pocket and a hip pocket.





It comes in a smart branded tin. Inside the apron is wrapped in tissue.

It comes in a variety of colours and patterns, suitable for men and women, but I eschewed the pretty ones for this khaki one, which I just had to have. It has printed text down the side. It is 100% cotton and is delivered free in the UK.

RRP £24.50

Score 10/10








Disclosure: I was sent these products to try. I was not required to write a positive review and any views expressed are my own.

23 comments:

  1. Lots of lovely things. I like that Squisk thing.

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    1. Yes, it is a good one. Very practical, a good design.

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  2. Some nice products here but I think you must have posted the wrong picture for the Laughing Cow Light with Blue Cheese because the picture does indeed show 25 Calories.

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    1. Haha, you are right, I changed the picture and forgot to change the text. That is so like me :)

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  3. Ahh, the comment form has miraculously appeared after all! Love that squisk - my whisk is always getting clogged up with stuff and it's rather annoying.

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    1. I am glad it isn;t just me that get's whisk rage, well whisk annoyance :)

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  4. I like the idea of the squisk

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    1. Yes, it seems to have struck a chord with everyone :)

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  5. Love the supersmash - would really help with harder seeds and pods

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    1. That's true, haven't tried them with it yet.

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  6. So many good choices you have recommended Jacqueline.

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    1. Thanks Val, I guess I have been lucky recently :)

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  7. That does look like a particularly good apron. What does the text down the side say?

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    1. It gives the dictionary definition of apron down the side. I love it, although the patterned ones are rather nice too. Lovely quality!

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  8. christine andersonSunday, 02 December, 2012

    I love the apron It will make the perfect present Dominic will love it :-) but shhhh don't tel lol

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    1. I won't Christine and I am sure he will love it :)

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  9. There are some perfect presents for me here :) Unfortunately I can't see them suiting any of the people I have to buy for! What a shame.

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    1. That is a shame. I wasn't looking at it as a pressie guide, but I see what you mean, it does look a bit like one.

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  10. I enjoyed reading about these goodies - love the squisk - I hate getting stuff caught in a traditional whisk - E would love the tabasco cheese and I would quite fancy the laughing cow blue cheese

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    1. I wish I had known E would have liked the cheese, I still had some left I could have brought with me.

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x

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