08 October 2014

New in my Kitchen #16

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.

RRP £16.00
Website £7.00

Score 9/10

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.

RRP £329

Score 10/10

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)

    Score: 9/10


    4. Moose Maple Butter

    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. 

    RRP ?

    Score 10/10


    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!

    RRP various

    Score 10/10 


6.  PDO Viannos Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Sometimes I find extra virgin olive oils really overpowering, but this one has a gorgeous green leafy flavour that is gentle and doesn't rip your tongue out. It's has a really nice flavour and is good enough to serve naked with crusty bread. A drizzle of it would be great on salad without adding anything else.

RRP: £6.50 (500ml)

£1 off in Tesco with this voucher.

Score 9/10

7. Jamie Oliver Personalised Antipasti Serving Board

What a great idea for a foodie gift this Christmas. Yes, sorry for mentioning the C word but it'll be here before we know it. I had my board personalised with my blog details, but you could add a name/s and a special date.

RRP: £29.99

Score 9/10 

8. Jumble Bee Mixed Nuts

Graham and I have also been snacking on these packs of nuts from Jumble Bee. They are also available in other flavours (raisins and cashews or fruit and nut mix with pecans), but the mixed nuts were the ones we loved the most. A tasty mix of brazil nuts, almonds, cashew nuts, hazelnuts and walnuts. Mmmmmmmm!

RRP £2.39 for 175ml (Tesco)

Score 9/10

9. Assorted glasses from IKEA

I picked up one each of these glasses and the carafe. You guessed it, for my blog photos.

  1. LÖNSAM carafe £1

  2. KROKETT light green glass £1.50

  3. FABULÖS glass £2

 Score 10/10 love IKEA!



10. Pizza Trays

My pizza trays were past there best so it was time to replace them with new ones. Two of these did the job. They are good quality and I've used them a few times now with no buckling and they wash up well.

RRP: £7 sale price £4.50

Score: 10/10

Disclosure: I was lucky enough to be sent all of the products to try for review except for the peas and glasses which I bought myself. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I didn't even know there was such a thing as non-vegetarian wine Jac - you have educated me! Desperate to get hold of more maple butter myself!!

    1. It's part of the process that isn't suitable for veggies rather than the ingredients. Thanks for bringing me the butter Stuart :)

  2. I like the Ikea glasses best I think. New in my kitchen are the Omniblend V high speed blender (life-changingly awesome!) and some delicious green za'atar from the West Bank.

    1. They're nice aren't they? Oh nice. Power blenders are fab. I couldn't be without my Optimum.

  3. Love all of your kitchen bits and pieces - and glad to see you are still enjoying garden peas. They *are* like sweeties! I fancy the JO Antipasti board to myself, and a tub of the Moose Maple butter for thin-and-can-afford-the-calories- daughter. :-) Have a great weekend x

    1. Oh peas are good! You could easily afford to eat maple butter Kellie, you have a lovely figure.

  4. Some lovely things there Jac. Cannot wait to start using my juicer!

  5. I have the same glass and carafe from Ikea, love their glassware. So many goodies here Jac, you have done well this month!

    1. The kitchen section in Ikea is fab, followed by their textiles :)

  6. My daughter is 11 and still doesn't seem to be able to cut up a chop! Lovely things here but especially like the Ikea glasses as I am desperate for some photogenic ones myself and had to resort to a jam jar today LOL:-)

    1. Ah well jam jars are very photogenic Camilla as all bloggers know ;)

  7. I love those Ikea glasses and ohh peas! I used to eat it instead of popcorn with my Mum while watching movies....ahhh the good old days! x

    1. Haha, glad it's not jut me Sylvia. Fresh peas are sooooooo good!

  8. Always interesting to see what's been added to your kitchen recently. The fruit & veg juicer sounds grand, but I adore the cute dinosaur set. Good idea to get some glasses for photography purposes - my smoothies always look a bit naff!

  9. Love the dinosaur cutlery - do they do it in adult size? Ehm....asking for a friend.......

    1. Haha, no I don't think so CC, but you could submit a request ;)

  10. Love this! Especially the top score! Thank you so much. So glad you (and Cooper) love it!!


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