New in my Kitchen is where I share new products that have arrived in my kitchen in the past month.
This month's kitchen roundup is a seasonal feast. Hopefully it will give you some festive ideas.
1. Panettone from Gresado
A panettone arrived from Gresado. It was soft, moist and had a wonderful flavour. I can understand why the Italians are so mad about it. I have largely overlooked it until now, but when this one arrived I was inspired to make individual Banoffee Trifles with it.
The rest was sliced and eaten with hot chocolate. More than one mug, but you get the idea.
During December Gresdao are sending a free panettone to all customers who spend £50 in their online store.
Also until January 17 2015 use the code TTDEC14 and get 10% off your shop.
RRP £4.90 for 500g
2. M&S Great British Cheese Bites
These cheesey bites from Markies are great for New Years nibbles with fizz, but they're also a good starter for Christmas dinner. I tried them with mango chutney, which was a good pairing. I particularly liked the Cornish Camembert wedges in a seeded crumb, but the cream cheese & garlic and the Lancashire cheese and onion bites were pretty tasty too.
These are on at 4 for 3 with lots of veggie options including 12 Mini Tomato & Cheddar Cheese Rosti Topped Frittatas, 12 Handmade Vegetable Spring Roll Selection, 12 Oriental Rice Squares, 10 Antipasta Skewers, 12 Brie & Cranberry Tartlets and 10 Cherry Tomato & Onion Galettes.
RRP £4.00 (4 for 3)
3. Stilton and Cranberry Lattice
I've enjoyed one of this set of two lattices. Unfortunately I know Cooper wouldn't like them, fusspot that he is and of course Graham is vegan (oh well more for me!). In days past this would have been a perfect and easy Christmas dinner. A good option if you have veggie friends or family coming for Christmas and you don't have a clue what to make. Did I mention they have mushrooms in them too? Happy days!
4. M&S Tarte aux Apricots
All butter sweet pastry, blind baked for crispness, brimming with juicy caramelised apricots in a light frangipane, topped with roasted almonds. What can I say? It's a classic and good with a cuppa or as dessert with a dollop of whipped cream.
5. M&S Santa in the Snow Madeira Cake
A gorgeous family Christmas cake. A moist buttery sponge filled with buttercream and raspberry jam. I'd go for this over a heavy fruit cake any day. Scrumptious! Such fun royal icing decorations too. It will definitely bring a smile to the table. Highly recommended!
6. Waitrose Woodland Friends Reggie Robin Cake
Waitrose do a whole range of Woodland Friends products and one of their latest is this Reggie the Robin Cake. A great option if you have kids. Soft sponge cake with raspberry jam. Isn't he cute?
7. Clementine, Cranberry & Pomegranate Bucks Fizz
Forget your bog standard bucks fizz, this stuff is amazing! It's a dark pink, almost red colour, so it's instantly appealing before you've even tasted it, but the flavour WOW! It' so fruity, a little tangy, but oh so good. This is a MUST for Christmas morning. I am definitely stocking up on some.
3 days left to order New Year Food for collection. You have until 5pm 20 December 2014.
8. Plaza Centro Prosecco
I've already stocked up on this for Christmas. When I saw it was half price I immediately bought a few bottles. They had a wee tasting in store and it's rather nice. I actually prefer Prosecco to Champagne anyway.
For my drivers I bought Shloer which Tesco have on 'buy one get one free' right now.
RRP £6.49 (half price) Tesco
9 NEW M&S Veggie Jellies
I was really excited on a recent trip to Markies to see they had some new veggie jellies. Now you already know I am mad for jellies. When I saw the new range I had a big mad smile on my face.
Veggie Fruit Gums - Score: 8/10
Veggie Wine Gums - Score: 8/10
Veggie Fruit Pastilles - Score: 6/10
Super Sour Pastilles - Score: 10/10
And wait for it............
Veggie Colin the Caterpillar Cola Gums - Score: 20/10
They are awesome! Best veggie jelly sweetie to date.
Score 20/10 (really if I could I'd give it this score!)
Disclosure: I was given some of the items to review and others I purchased myself. I was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.