From time to time I'm sent a new product to try or I stumble across something new myself. I thought I'd take a few minutes to share my latest discoveries with you.
Sometimes I'll like a product, sometimes I'll love it and occasionally I'll hate it.
Do let me know if you've made any great new discoveries.
1. Turkish plate and bowl
Last week my in-laws came to visit and they brought with them these gorgeous pieces of Turkish tableware. You can't tell from this photo, but the plate is at least double the size of the bowl. I really love them.
If you ever go to Turkey or the North of Cyprus for a holiday you must leave room in your hand luggage for some plates and bowls.
Here is how it works. You can purchase a single box each month for £22, a 3 month package (1 box each month) for £59 and a 6 month package for £105 (1 box each month). The company put together a different package each month and each box contains between 6 - 10 gourmet products.
What you can see in my box wasn't the full package. When they sent me the box to try it included some meat products, which I've passed along to friends. The company have assured me that they are working on a vegetarian box, so if you are interested in that, then do get in touch with them.
In my box there was:
- Greeff's Isle of Wight Bilton Air Cured Beef - I gave this away
- Rooibos & Vanilla Leaf Tea from - The Wee Tea Company -I gave this away too, as I don't like tea.
- Traditional Handmade Scottish Oatcakes from The Forest Kitchen - I enjoyed these, they were thicker than your average oatcake and crumbly.
- Northumberland Cheese Company Nettle Cheese - A very creamy and mild cheese. I quite enjoyed this even though I usually like a strong flavoured cheese.
- Bacon Jam from Eat 17 - As you can guess I gave this away too. My friend Verity said she really enjoyed it.
- Traditional Handmade Scottish 'Whisky' Fudge from The Forest Kitchen - I wasn't sure if I would like this or not, but actually the whisky is quite a delicate flavour and doesn't overpower the flavour of the fudge. I kept going back for another little taste.
One nice little touch is for every box purchased, Flavourly donate a meal to one of the 250 food banks throughout the UK.
I await the arrival of their first vegetarian box and will update you once I have tried it.
3. Rhubarb & Custard Nakd Bars from Natural Balance Foods
I fell in love with Nakd Bars years ago. They are such a great snack. I often enjoy one in the afternoon at work when I'm needing a boost. My favourite bar has to be the Cocoa Orange, but it's now a close race with these rhubarb and custard bars.
The great thing about these bars is they're so good for you. Not a nasty in sight, just cold pressed fruit and nuts. I say they're cold-pressed but on the blurb they say they smoosh them. Whatever the process, they're delicious.
As well as being suitable for vegans, they're dairy, wheat and gluten free too. I usually buy mine from Holland and Barrett at 99p each, but the Natural Balance Foods website are doing a pack of 18 bars for £11.19 just now, which brings them in at 62p each.
4. Parchment Lined Foil
This is one of my own purchases. I stumbled across it in Tesco and popped one straight into my basket. I have to say it's lived up to my expectations. I haven't used it much yet, but I love it for lining brownie pans. Instead of all the faff of measuring, cutting and lining a brownie pan, you just cut a piece a bit bigger than the size of the pan and press it in. It moulds to the shape of the pan and any excess can be tucked over the edge very neatly. Brilliant!!
5. Marks & Spencer's Black Olive Crackers
It's quite well known that I can't stand olives. Love olive oil, but olives, bleughh! I keep trying them in the hope I'll start to like them, but invariable each time I just spit them out in disgust, so I was a bit cautious when my mum urged me to try these. Mmmmmmm, they are good, but I'm still not going to eat olives!
Have you tried any exciting new products recently?
Disclosure: Flavourly and Naturally Balanced Foods sent me products to try, the other products were purchased by myself with no incentive from the companies. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.