Food

HOME-X enjoy restaurant quality produce at home

HOME-X is known for their home delivered quality experience boxes making cooking up a four course restaurant style meal easy. Great for a romantic date night in or to impress your family and friends.

Now Nico adds to his range gourmet meals, fresh fish & meat, pantry ingredients and wine. So now you can buy and use the very best local and seasonal produce from around the world all of which the produce have been sourced from trusted suppliers bringing to your home top quality and fresh ingredients to use. These ingredients will take your home cooked dishes to the next level be it a simple roast beef or salmon topped with feta.

Having tried many of HOME-X experience boxes I was excited when I was gifted a selection from their gourmet meals, fresh and pantry produce to try.

The gourmet meals are great as I don’t always want a four course meal and I might just want a simple pie or burger in which HOME-X has on offer.

From their fresh and pantry range they sell a great selection of fresh fish, meats, pasta, cheese, and sauces to make top quality dishes from.

HOME-X

HOME-X is founded by Chef Nico of Six by Nico restaurants. You can buy restaurant quality food from HOME-X from experience boxes, gourmet prepped meals, fresh fish & meat, pantry and wine to be delivered to your home.

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Degusta Box countdown to Christmas

Degusta Box is all about surprising people with unique products in which you might not necessarily think about purchasing or choose whilst shopping.

During December they release a very special unique advent calendar which does not consist of chocolate and more chocolate but an array of surprises from pasta to wine, what’s not to love. So it really was a surprise every time when it came to opening the advent calendar doors, as who knew what I would be surprised with.

I was gifted an advent calendar by Degusta Box on a gifted basis to show me how fun surprises can be as I am not one for surprises usually.

Degusta Box

Degusta Box is all about bringing different innovative products to sample at home. They are based in Barcelona, but deliver their food and beverage boxes of surprise to all across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and even us here in the UK. Their mission is to bring a surprise and joy to as many homes as possible.

They stand out from other food and beverage suppliers as they are innovative, efficient and bring an exciting solution for all us foodies and lovers of drink in providing sweet surprises monthly.

Degusta Box sell monthly surprise boxes in which every month you can enjoy around 10 to 15 different surprise goodies from food to drink at just £12.99. Plus the beauty about their boxes is that the items within will be cheaper than you would pay if buying from a shop, so you will not only be getting a surprise, discovering something new but also SAVING, bargin!

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Downland Produce enjoy free range meat live a healthier life

I love to cook and eat but I am always conscious about when it comes to cooking with anything as it can make a big difference to when it comes to taste, that is why it is important to buy good quality products. Apart from that it is also very important to me to know that the produce has little impact on the environment hence why I usually buy organic, free range or fair trade produce.

Meat in particular though is very important when it comes to buying any as I am an animal lover I would love to believe that the animal had a good life beforehand, such as roaming fields, not locked up in a cage. So when I discovered about Downland Produce who only sell free range meat it made me very happy to hear as not all butchers sell free range meat.

I was gifted a meat box on a courtesy basis from Downland Produce to show me how good their free range meat is.

Downland Produce

In 2018 Chris took on after months of planning Downland Produce, a small and passionate business in the heart of Wiltshire.

Downland Produce produces sausages and bacon in small batches. Their sausages are handmade and their bacon is cured using traditional methods, we also have a custom built smoker to complement our award winning products. Working closely with local food producers to help keep the food miles down and the traceability of each product crystal clear.

Chris wants to provide intimacy between not only the butcher and his craft, but also the customer and the industry.

Downland Produce sell quality meat from locally reared beef animals to the high welfare chickens. All their meat is naturally reared, totally traceable and locally sourced in Wiltshire and across the South West. They are especially proud of their Red Tractor Assured, RSPCA Assured, locally sourced, Award-winning, Wiltshire pork. All their meat is produced to the highest welfare and quality assured standards.

You can visit Downland Produce in Melksham or find them at Broadway market every Saturday and Chatsworth market every Sunday in London.

When sending out all packing of their products it’s done by them, meaning you can be assured that the products quality and traceability. Our sausages are handmade and our bacon is cured using traditional methods, they also have a custom built smoker to complement their award winning products.

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Cheaze – Make your Christmas a Cheaze-mas one

Christmas most of us enjoy the festivities by opening up gifts from loved ones, followed on by tucking into a roast turkey or salmon, pulling open crackers, reading cheesy jokes, and ending with a flaming Christmas pudding. For those though who might not like desserts or even fancy a nibble later on then you might just want to check out Cheaze Cheaze-mas selection of their Christmas cheese boxes.

Cheese though can be enjoyed not just with crackers but can also be used to make some incredible tasting dishes in which I have shown below. Also check out my past blogs on Cheaze for other tasting recipes using cheese by Cheaze. Just search Cheaze.

Cheaze Christmas box selections are perfect for that after dinner delight, snack or even as a gift.

Cheaze also has a new subscription service so you can enjoy five different cheeses on a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly basis.

Courtesy of Cheaze I was gifted one of their new Christmas boxes to welcome in Christmas in style.

Cheaze

For over 30 years+ Cheaze have been selling cheese giving us all the opportunity to enjoy tasty cheese which has been sourced from Britain as well as Europe.

  • Cheeze sell award winning cheeses from British and International cheese makers. 
  • They sell a selection of cheese made from cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s milk as well as vegan cheese.
  • The packaging they use is thermal insulated and can be recycled and reused. 
  • Their ice-packs are also re-useable.

Cheaze is there to help you save time bringing quality cheese straight to your door so you don’t need to trull through the supermarket.

Buy from a range of boxes, have them delivered direct to your home and enjoy the wide range of different cheese at home.

Enjoy a cheesy Christmas

Having had numerous cheese boxes from them before which has contained such cheeses like Old Amsterdam, and Ossau Iraty and so much more I was excited to discover which tasty cheese I will be enjoying this time around.

Cheaze-mas box is perfect for a Christmas gathering as you can enjoy a range of 6 different cheeses plus tantalising accompaniments.

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MyChocolate workshops is happiness rolled into two

MyChocolate workshops is happiness rolled into two as not only is the workshop a fun experience but eating the chocolate is pure joy. Did you know that chocolate can in fact actually make you happy as endorphins are released when you eat it. Why? as the amino acids which are in chocolate produce serotonin in your brain (the neurotransmitter) which is responsible for producing the feeling of happiness.

MyChocolate run a variety of workshops from Chocolate Espresso Martini class through to The Original Chocolate Making Workshop.

I went along to experience MyChocolate Original Chocolate Making Workshop in which I learnt how to make a giant chocolate button with a marbling affect and made a batch of ganache truffles.

I went along on a press basis to experience their Original Chocolate Making Workshop to show me how fun and easy making chocolate can be.

MyChocolate

MyChocolate was set up by founder Hannah back in Summer 2003.

Hannah wanted to bring fun and joy to all in the form of a chocolate, as after all chocolate is happiness.

During her degree she decided to take a trip around Europe to figure out what she wanted to do with her life and it was not long till she realised that her trip seemed to centre around one thing…chocolate!

Once she was back from her travels, she began to wonder if there was something she could do with her chocolate obsession? Before long she transformed her flat into a makeshift chocolate kitchen where she started to experiment with batches of fresh cream truffles, pralines and even chocolate cocktails.

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Bays Kitchen produce tasty FODMAP food perfect for those with IBS

Are you looking for a sauces, chutneys or soups which contain no dairy and no eggs? then Bay’s Kitchen food is the perfect solution as not only are their sauces dairy free, but is gluten free and FODMAP friendly.

What is FODMAP though you might ask?

FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols, which are short chain carbohydrates (sugars) that the small intestine absorbs poorly. Some people experience digestive distress after eating them.

Low-FODMAP diets can provide remarkable benefits for many people with common digestive disorders. Simply FODMAPs are types of carbohydrates found in certain foods, including wheat and beans.

Many foods that contain FODMAPs are considered very healthy and some FODMAPs function like healthy prebiotic fibers, supporting your friendly gut bacteria. Therefore, people who can tolerate these types of carbs should not avoid them.

Bay’s Kitchen produce award winning low FODMAP sauces and chutneys which is suitable for all with diet issues and for those who might be suffering with IBS. Bay’s Kitchen healthy produce is not just a healthy source to have stored in your cupboards but they are also a great way to cook some easy quick tasty meals for example with their Korma you can make a vegetarian one or if you like meat a chicken korma.

I was gifted a few of their sauces from Bay’s Kitchen to try on a press related basis to show me that you don’t always have to have dairy or egg within produce to make it tasty.

Bay’s Kitchen

Founder Bay Burdett of Bay’s Kitchen produce award winning low FODMAP produce which ideal for people with IBS plus those who are vegan and who are gluten tolerant.

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Hiver drink their beer save honey bees

Everyone knows that without bees we’d all be in a very difficult place environmentally, and that is one of the reason Hiver has made it their cause from the beginning to help British beekeepers by sponsoring and using their honey within their beer.

For instance if you look at any plate of food we eat, bees have most likely played a big part in either pollinating the many vegetables and fruits we eat directly or pollinating the food for the animals that we then consume. Plus that’s not all bees do for us, as honey and wax are two other important products that come courtesy of bees.

As a lover of bees, honey and beer Hiver is the perfect beer to have. Plus the beauty about Hiver is that all their beer uses honey which they source from three select Bee Keeping farms here within the British Isles.

Thanks to Hiver I was invited down on a press related invite to learn more about their beers as well as bees.

Hiver Urban Experience in Kennington

Discovering about bees and Hiver beer.

Bee Urban

Since 2015 Bee Urban has been looking after honey bees, growing herbs, fruit and vegetables. Their site is in Kennington Park, The Hive is situated behind the cafe and in front of St Agnes church in Kennington Park.

Bee Urban honey bees are a social enterprise that aims to work with communities to improve the environment for the benefit of us all. They focus on responsible urban beekeeping, horticulture and community growing.

The pond and garden area is a space to come and learn about beekeeping, organic gardening and sustainable living, whilst providing nectar and forage for the bees in our apiary. Their cob oven is regularly used for their home made pizza sessions.

Within the workshop educational classes take place from beekeeping demonstrations, gardening and training sessions. Plus there is a small shop within where you can purchase candle-making equipment, honey and so much more.

Hiver

Since 2013 Hiver has been brewing their honey beer with their first beer being their flagship natural blonde beer.

Hiver was born out of an admiration for London’s urban beekeepers and a passion for craft beer. Hannah Rhodes, was the one who was inspired to create a quality beer using honey, following the discovery of the vast array of honey produced in London. The number of bee hives in London has soared in recent years following news that global bee numbers were in rapid decline. Unpasteurised, more textured and flavourful honey is used in the brewing process, contributing to the taste and body of the beer. Since brewing Hiver has gone from strength to strength with listings at Ocado, Marks & Spencers, and a number of independent merchants and pubs.

All of Hiver beers use raw honey which is sourced from independent British beekeepers, in whom they sponsor and run fun experiences at as also helping spread the knowledge about the role of bees and bee keepers are equally as important to them. They also believe that supporting the beekeepers they work with is one of the best ways to support British bees and helps give us all the best insight in how we should help support bee populations by planting for bees. With every web order at Hiver you will receive a free seasonal flower pack of seeds too, to plant and help bees. Plus working towards B-Corp accreditation they pledge to donate 10% of profits to pollinator and green spacing projects.

Hiver uses honey as an integral part of their brewing process, helping to deliver crisp, light tasting beer with a subtle honey aroma and flavour. Hiver never pasteurise their beer either, which means you will always get the freshest, most natural beer in your glass.

Hiver also has gone the extra mile working with local suppliers, from the people that kiln their glass, produce their labels and stamp their business card keeping to a low carbon footprint.

No wonder Hiver has won a number of awards from Britain’s Next Top Supplier to being the only British medal winner at the World Beer Challenge (with two gold medals) in 2018, a recent European Beer Star Gold and an industry award for Corporate Social Responsibility gets Hiver into the Best of British Beers.

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Dietly don’t need sugar or carbs anymore

With us all being more greener and shifting to being vegetarian or vegan you might wonder what treats could we still enjoy. Well thanks to Dietly they have put together a range of tasty boxes which contain snacks and drinks which contain no sugar and are healthier for us all.

However did you know that if you are vegetarian or vegan that getting protein in your diet is not that easy. However a well-planned diet can provide them with all the nutrients needed. Having a well-planned vegetarian or vegan diet will provide all of the nutrients you need though.

What should vegetarians or vegans look at consuming to make sure they are getting the nutrients they need for their body and wellbeing?

Here is a list of all the vital ingredients anyone should add to their diet, not just vegetarians and vegans.

  • Tofu, Tempeh and Edamame
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Soy Milk
  • Nuts, Nut Butters, Chia Seeds and Other Seeds

With a Keto box by Dietly or any of their other boxes you can get all of the above within your diet.

I was kindly gifted one of Dietly Keto boxes to show me that sugary snacks can be easily replaced with healthy snacks and drinks and still taste just as good.

Dietly

Dietly is set up to provide those who are looking for healthier snacks for their diet, so ditch those sugary snacks and drinks and check out their healthy tasty boxes.

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Food for a vegan picnic

With the end of Summer looming over us and the temperature rising one final time, what’s better than a picnic in a park but a vegan one?

The best vegan picnic foods are those that are easy to eat and don’t deteriorate quickly when out of the fridge. Now all we can do is pray that the rain keeps away.

Courtesy of Gifta I was gifted a selection of vegan picnic food products to show that even vegans can have a great picnic during National Picnic Month as it’s not all about sausage rolls.

Gifta

Gifta helps companies resource influencers to help promote and spread the word about products. Saving companies resources and time. They take care of the influencer selection, outreach, management, product shipment and reporting. Gifta takes all the logistical pain away to provide an efficient and cost effective solution for all of your products.

Gifta latest campaign has been helping those businesses who sell vegan food which is perfect for staying in or going out but even more so for picnics as it is National Picnic Month.

The vegan companies which they are helping push the word out at present is:

  • Gosh
  • Taste and Glory
  • The Baker
  • No1 Living Drinks

Vegan picnic time

The suns out with his hat on so it’s time to grab my picnic hamper and load with vegan food and pop on down to the beach.

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Fish To Your Door from the seaside to your door

You don’t need to live near the seaside to have fresh seafood, as Fish To Your Door can deliver a wide range of seafood straight from the sea to your door.

As I am trying to get a bit healthier after putting on nearly two stone due to all the lockdowns because of the Covid pandemic I have decided to cut down on meat and eat more fish, as fish is much healthier and not fatty. Did you know? that seafood is packed with nutrients which is needed for our health and wellness, including omega 3, iron, protein, and vitamins B & D.

Courtesy of Fish To Your Door I was gifted a few samples of their fresh seafood from tuna to lobster to try at home. I discovered it really does make a difference having fresh fish that comes straight from the coast as it is not only looks fresh, better in colour, but has great flavour.

Fish To Your Door

Fish To Your Door has been delivering fresh seafood out of Sussex for over 25 years and is family run.

As to ensure there is continuous stock for all their customers Fish To Your Door purchase fish from all major fish markets around the UK. They source the majority of their fish directly from local fishermen from Brighton, Eastbourne, Littlehampton, Newhaven, Portsmouth and Seaford. Plus they only stock responsibly sourced fish from aquaculture farms all over Europe and the Mediterranean.

All the fish they do source are from fisherman and coastal communities that are part of the ‘Under 10 Meter Artisanal Fleet’. The under 10m sector employs the highest number of fishermen nationwide while having the lowest environmental impact, creating jobs and food while acting ethically and responsibly with our shared marine resources.

Fish To Your Door sells only the freshest fish and their traceability system means that every product can be tracked all the way from the sea to the saucepan! Coupled with their new Sustainable Certification, this means that when you buy from them you are getting the freshest, most responsibly sourced fish money can buy.

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