This is where I like to share my new kitchen discoveries
and it's been a good batch this month, not a single bad score.
1. Dinosaur 4 Piece Cutlery Set
Cooper is still getting to grips with using a knife. He's been using one for the last year, but he's still clumsy with it.
I guess a lot of our meals like pasta, chilli and soup just don't require a knife, so he isn't getting enough practise.
I decided to try a smaller kids cutlery set and he does find them easier to hold, so I think we will carry on with them until his skills improve. He loves the dinosaurs on the handle of this Viners set.
2. Optimum 600 Slow Juicer
I was so excited when I heard there was a new slow juicer winging it's way from Froothie. I already have the Optimum 400 which I love because it is so powerful and it rinses clean under the tap, but the new slow juicer is even better because you can throw whole fruit and veg in. It's seriously impressive and it also easily rinses clean under the tap, so it's perfect for the rush out the door in the morning.
3. Waitrose Vegetarian Foodie Wine Case
I was lucky enough to try this selection of veggie wines selected by Waitrose Cookery School Head Chef, Gordon McDermott. I was very impressed. I really enjoyed them all and found a new favourite. It was great to have a complete wine selection that was veggie, without all the searching and reading of labels. Now I am no wine connoisseur, but I'll give you my impression of them.
Waitrose Cederberg Chenin Blanc (South Africa)
This wine was just what I like a white wine. Lovely and dry with a good depth of flavour. Very easy to drink. Waitrose recommend a pairing with Spanakopitas.
Château Roquefort Roquefortissime (Bordeaux, France)
This was a lighter tasting white which was more sweet than dry. I was surprised I enjoyed this one as it's not something I would usually as I prefer my whites to be drier and not French as I haven't had great experiences with French whites. I suppose it's knowing which to choose. The recommended pairing is a Roquefort and Endive Salad.
Norton Winemaker’s Reserve Malbec (Argentina)
This one was a deep, rich red with a fruity flavour. Not my favourite of the bunch, but it was very pleasant and I did enjoy it. A note to the wise. This one is rather strong. I felt a bit tipsy after one glass. Waitrose paired it with an aubergine ragout.
Cave de Turckheim Gewürztraminer (Alsace, France)
This was the only one in the case I wouldn't buy again. It was just too florally for me. Think floral gums. Not one for me, but you may enjoy it. Waitrose teamed it with Sri Lankan Nut Curry.
Stonier Pinot Noir (Victoria, Australia)
I loved this wine. This was the out and out winner for me. I do generally enjoy Australian wine so I wasn't surprised that this was my favourite. It was rich and fruity and just generally gorgeous! Such a great flavour. It was paired with artichoke and olive puff pastry pie.
Araldica Corsini Barbaresco (Piedmont, Italy)
This was another of my favourites and I'll be taking a note of this one to buy again. It's a lighter coloured red with a lighter flavour to match. Waitrose matched it with a mushroom risotto.
RRP £66.74 (with recipe booklet)
When my food friend Stuart (Cakeyboi) came back from a trip to London, he brought with him one of my favourite things. A big and I mean big tub of Moose Maple Butter. This stuff is gorgeous. I know you could get quite creative with it, but I can't see beyond spreading it thickly on hot toast. Cooper is also now addicted to it too. He asks for sweet butter on toast.
5. Fresh Garden Peas
Graham and I have been sitting popping peas while watching the last series of Haven. We eat them as if they were a bag of sweeties. You just can't beat fresh peas!