09 April 2013

New in my Kitchen #5


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.



I used to hate Turkish delight, until I tasted the real deal in Turkey and Cyprus (Cyprus delight) and not those pre-wrapped boxes that have been lying about in a shop for years, no I am talking about a gorgeous fresh selection. You usually have to wait until someone comes back from their hols, but now it is available in the UK from Gulluoglu who have been making Turkish delight for nearly 150 years.

What do I like about this Turkish delight? It's marshmallowey!

That's a big thing for a vegetarian that loves marshmallows, but can't eat them. Oh and it's vegan too, except for the milky walnut ones.

My favourite flavours are the Coco Sultan Delight and the Orange Rolled Sultan Delight.

Pick and mix your own. They have 50% off at the moment and delivery in the UK is free.

RRP 24p -48p for each delight (while the sale is on)
Score 10/10  




My Friend Andrew told me about these jelly sweeties. I love jelly sweets and have long been miserable about not being able to eat them because of the gelatin. 

My first break through was when Ikea started selling Swedish fish, unfortunately they stopped selling them. Then M&S got on board with their Veggie Percy, which are lovely, then came the latest edition to the veggie sweet family, the Katjes Better Bunny from Tesco. They are actually very similar to Percy in texture and flavour, maybe a little softer and from looking at the back of the pack I can see they are also made with pea protein for that extra chewiness, so they might be made by the same factory. 

Soft, chewy and sweet. I do really like them, but I prefer Veggie Percy.

RRP £1.48 from Tesco (currently on at the sale price of £1)
Score 8/10


3. veg.out range from Holland and Barrett

Holland and Barrett sent me some of their veg.out chilled range to try. They are all suitable for vegetarians and most are suitable for vegans. 

We tried:  
  • Vegout Sos’roll  - Score 8/10
  • Vegout Vegetarian Scotch Egg - Score 3/10
  •  Vegout Cornish style lattice - Score 6/10
  • Vegout Jerky veg lattice - Score 9/10
Graham and I thought the Cornish lattice was bland and I hated the Scotch egg, but we both loved the  Vegout Cornish style lattice, which was lovely and spicy and the very traditional Vegout Sos’rol, which I like to dip in tomato ketchup (takes me back to being a teenager). They can be eaten hot or cold and are handy to throw in your bag as a snack, if you are out and about. 



4. Hartley's 10 Calorie Jelly pots

I was very excited when I discovered these. I know, that's so sad, isn't it? 

They are for my fast days. By now you must know I am doing the 5:2 Diet. On fast days I can only have up to 500 calories, so there isn't much chance to have a treat at all. 

And that is why I was so excited about these. I can enjoy 2 of these on a fast day, feel like I've had a real treat and will have only used 20 of my precious calories. 

I love this Mango and Passionfruit flavour, but there is also blueberry & blackcurrant and cranberry & raspberry. They are totally fat free, only 10 calories and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

RRP 66p from Tesco (currently on offer at 6 for £2)
Score 10/10


5. Bee Sugar Pot from Mia Fleur

This beautiful pot will be seeing a lot of action once berry season arrives and I start building up my supply of homemade jam again.

Mia Fleur sent it out to me for review. Isn't it pretty?

Mia Fleur is an online homewares boutiques selling lots of vintage and unusual items for your home or for gifts.

My jam pot (they call it a sugar pot, but if we are going to be picky about it, it should probably be a honey pot) is made from pewter and glass and comes in a elegant gift box.

I would give it a 9/10, but I would have liked the lid to be a little bit of a tighter fit. Now who's nit-picking? I do love it really!

(this bee pot has been so popular after featuring in Lady Magazine, it has sold out. Mia Fleur are expecting to restock)

RRP £39
Score 8/10

Have you tried any exciting new products recently?

Disclosure: I was sent the Turkish delight, veg.out range and bee pot to review, the other items I purchased myself. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

18 comments:

  1. I agree about turkish delight - I used to think it tasted like old lady perfume until I tried the real stuff which is AMAZING. That stuff looks great. Off to check out their site. Thanks for the reviews.

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    1. It does make a huge difference, doesn't it. I am now regretting taking it into work. Thinking about buying some more :)

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  2. I remember turkish delight s being in a chocolate covered candy bar that I really didn't like. Then I tried the real thing and have been hooked ever since.

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    1. Oh yes, I know the kind you mean Val, not good at all. This is a world apart :)

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  3. Those sweets are great, so much better than horrible chewy gelatine filled ones! All your recipes look lovely, I've been looking for some new veggie meal inspiration!

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  4. Thank so much for this. I'll definitely be stocking up on the Hartley's 10 calorie jelly pots! I didn't realise those were vegan - fab find!

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    1. Oh you've just reminded me I meant to ask hubby to get me some more jellies. What brilliant timing. I just caught him and he is still there. Result! They are really good too.

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    2. Oh and the pots are, but not the blocks or jelly.

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  5. I got gummy sweets in Germany and they make a vegetarian batch and sugar free ones! Love the jam pot :)

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  6. I do like your sugar / jam / honey pot, it looks very elegant and I am now dying to try that Turkish Delight, it looks so interesting and as you say, it can be hard on us vegetarians sometimes.

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    1. The Turkish delight is a must Choclette. Gorgeous!

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  7. I love that Turkish delight on your photo - yum! First I thought you made it which made me very excited to look for a recipe, but then I realized you bought it. :)

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    1. I would love to have the recipe for it, but I doubt they will give that away.

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  8. I agree that the veggie percy's are better than the Katjes Better Bunny, although they do make a nice change. Have you had the m&s veggie collin the caterpillars, they're very nice too?

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    1. The veggie Collins are very good to. Nice sherbetty flavour.

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  9. I always enjoy your kitchen round ups - the jam pot is lovely!

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