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Slate sell the finest artisan cheese

Cheese is one of the most popular consumed foods in the world. Did you know? that in Britain alone there are in fact over 700 British cheese producers. With such a wide range of cheeses sold within supermarkets not just from England but all over the world it can be hard to decide what to choose but thanks to cheese suppliers Slate Cheese whom sell the finest British and European Cheeses, cheese making has been made that much easier.

Cheese is generally made from milk from grass fed animals. Did you know? though that eating cheese is actually great for your health in so many ways. It is a good source of calcium, protein, omega 3 and provides a vitamins A and B-12, along with zinc, phosphorus and riboflavin. In fact medical studies have proved that eating around 40 grams of cheese a day could in fact help to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. These nine cheeses are regarded as the top nine healthiest cheeses to eat:

  • Mozzarella,
  • Blue cheese,
  • Feta,
  • Cottage cheese,
  • Ricotta,
  • Parmesan,
  • Swiss, and
  • Cheddar

Courtesy of Slate I was gifted a variety selection of cheese all of which have been produced within East Anglian, Norwich.

Slate

Slate is a family run business which came about in 2017 by Clare Jackson and her father John Ormerod. They are a specialist cheese retailer and delicatessen with shops in Aldeburgh and Southwold, Suffolk. Both stores sell the finest curated range of British and European artisan cheeses.

Within any of their shops you will be warmly welcomed by their friendly and knowledgeable staff who are all cheese enthusiasts and have been trained by the Guild of Fine Food and Neal’s Yard Dairy. They will be able to advise you on storing and serving their variety of different cheeses and even offer tips for creating a fabulous cheeseboard.

Slate cheese can also be purchased online and delivered to your home directly. With such a vast choice of deluxe cheeses to choose from soft to hard you can always call Slate team for any questions you might have for advice on cheese.

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Out of the Box makes meal times that much easier

I love to cook as it is a great way to relax but sometimes I haven’t the time. However I hate buying pre-prepared food though as they contain so many chemicals, artificial flavourings, salt etc are used within them and to be honest none even ever taste that great either, until now. Out of the Box meals are made by passionate chef Theo Lloyd-Jones who uses the finest ingredients, no chemicals and delivers all his meals straight to your door within 24 hours of preparing, keeping it fresh.

I was gifted several meals on a courtesy basis thanks to Theo to show me that his pre-prepared meals are different and far more healthier than those which can be bought at a supermarket.

Out of the Box

2020 Out of the Box was born by Theo Lloyd-Jones with his home delivery service of delicious restaurant quality food which can be enjoyed out of a box.

2016 Theo moved from Manchester to London to work for the restaurant industry and four years later, he started to work as at trained chef for Gordon Ramsay. He has extensive experience working in some of the capital’s top restaurants ranging from The Savoy, to 3 Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay.

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DJs Cocktail Infusers and D1 Potato Vodka makes cocktails a cinch

Lover of cocktails but find it difficult to recreate any at home? Then fear no more as you can easily make your own with just a drop of a bag of botanicals within some vodka and within 3 minutes you’ll have a cocktail in hand thanks to DJ’s handy Cocktail Infuser Gift Box. DJ’s kits come with bags packed with botanicals which are all blended in England, with nothing artificial added. The infusers are also 100% biodegradable.

I was gifted a bottle of Vodka and a box of DJ’s Cocktail Infusers to show me that cocktail making can be that much easier. No need for many bottles of spirits anymore to create my favourite cocktail, just simply a bag of DJ’s botanicals, D1 potato vodka, maybe some soda water and ice.

D.J. Limbrey Distilling Co.

D.J. Limbrey Distilling Co. is founded by Dominic Limbrey, who has a passion for premium spirits with a background in design and production for international markets.

D1 Potato Vodka

D.J. Limbrey Distilling Co. was founded by Dominic Limbrey, who has a passion for premium spirits with a background in design and production for international markets.

They produce luxury British craft Gin and Potato Vodka using redefine super-premium spirits in a dramatically different way, which enables distinct taste and individual style.

  • D1 London Gin is a multi-award winning smooth and versatile gin which includes a daring kick of nettles that balances fruit flavours and aromas.
  • D1 Potato Vodka is made from using the finest potatoes resulting in a creamy smoothness. Delectable over ice and matchless in a martini, D1 sets a new benchmark for luxury vodka.

Plus each bottle also is elegantly styled by artist Jacky Tsai who is acclaimed for his fusion of Eastern craft and Western pop art. His iconic ‘Floral Skull’ was first made famous by Alexander McQueen and is extended by Jacky through his giant leather skull, screen prints and now on the clear canvas of D1 London Gin. Jacky’s ‘Stained Glass Skull’ can be seen on the D1 Potato Vodka bottle.

DJ’s Cold Infusion Pockets

DJ’s Cold Infusion Pockets makes cocktail making that much easier.

DJ’s Cold Infusion Pockets focus on high integrity botanical and fruit blends for infusing into both spirits and non-alcoholic mixers. Their infuser kits come with bags of botanical to create a perfect classic cocktail. Each flavour has been hand-blended in England and includes entirely natural botanical and fruit ingredients.

  • Hand blended
  • Biodegradable
  • Sugar free
  • Natural ingredients (no colouring or preservatives)
  • Vegan friendly

Simply choose from one of DJ’s six infusion blends (Cosmopolitan, Margarita, Peach Mojito, Sangria, Strawberry Daiquiri or Long Island Iced Tea), drop the bag of botanicals within some vodka, stir, wait, add tonic or soda and top with ice. Alternatively make a virgin cocktail and use lemonade or fizzy water instead of vodka.

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Chocface relive and eat your memories

For all us chocolate lovers who loves receiving a box of chocolates will love Chocface. Chocface is a chocolate box like no other as memories can be printed upon the Belgian chocolate slabs, literally as “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”. You can personalise your box be it for yourself or as a gift with several of your most loved or funny memories be it your wedding day or past holiday memories. No matter what you decide there will be no other chocolate box in the world like it making it a very unique box of memories and sweetness.

I was kindly gifted the opportunity to create my own personalised chocolate box of memories courtesy of Chocface. I chose to make a box to relive my most precious memories from my wedding day.

Chocface

Chocface unique boxes are made from a small family run bakery within Derbyshire. The artwork and technical spin comes from a team based within the Orkney islands.

Chocoface chocolates come:

  • packaged within a red DVD sized box with a gold Chocface stamp
  • a personalised custom name slip
  • six slabs of chocolate made from milk and white Belgian chocolate each which can be personalised with your photos which are printed on using edible coloured ink

Chocface is like an edible scrapbooking gift. Personalise your chocolate page full of memories. Lick your own face, eat your friends, whatever you decide you can relive those happy memories and have some fun eating them in anyway you desire.

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Red Letter Days experiences save with Enjoy Stevie

Year after year deciding which presents to buy family and friends has become trickier and trickier each year but Red Letter Days is the perfect solution. Just purchase a gift voucher, or one of their gift boxes designed such as an adrenaline junkie or foodie and let them choose the experience which appeals to them.

Courtesy of Enjoy Stevie I was gifted the opportunity to try one of Red Letter Days hamper experiences at home in which I opted for the the Pink Gin and Treats Hamper.

Enjoy Stevie (discount app)

Stevie is a discount club which gives you access to a variety of restaurants, cinemas, and retailers from across the UK in which you can save up to 50% off as well as many other perks.

To access all of Stevie’s discounts, simply create an account via their app or their website and subscribe. A full year’s membership starts from as little as £9.99.

Simply Stevie is a digital discount card with real rewards.

Red Letter Days

1989 Red Letter Days popped up creating pioneering and unique gifts be it a night out at a Michelin Class restaurant or a Spa Day there is something for everyone.

Red Letter Days are all about making memories choosing from an array of amazing experiences across the UK; giving their customers an unrivalled choice suiting everyone’s tastes, occasion and budget.

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WaxWrap pimp up your picnic

We all love a picnic but most of us tend to wrap our food in clingfilm and plastic bags which is not great for the environment in a number of ways. WaxWrap though is a great alternative. With all their wraps you can easily wrap any food easily and securely thanks to WaxWrap beeswax waxed organic cotton flexible wrapping sheets. As these are reusable they are not just helping the environment, but helps cuts down on waste, as well as making your picnic or lunch box look blinging.

Courtesy of The Food Marketing Experts I was kindly gifted a box of WaxWrap three pre-cut wraps to test out on my next picnic. I was highly impressed with the wraps as they did not just look pretty but kept everything in-tact and fresh.

WaxWrap

WaxWrap was founded with the goal of providing sustainable solutions for a zero waste lifestyle, without compromising convenience, offering an eco-friendly alternative to plastic wrap and aluminium foil.

WaxWrap is made from 100% natural materials, and is plastic-free. They are made from organic cotton cloth and coated in a mixture of natural beeswax, antimicrobial pine resin and antibacterial jojoba oil, giving it pliability and allowing food to breathe keeping fresh. The wraps are extremely flexible, and neatly fold around a variety of foods and even useful for covering bowls.

WaxWraps are

  • Natural (non toxic)
  • Can be reused and washed
  • Long lasting
  • Keeps food fresher
  • Saves money and the environment
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Cahoots emergency cocktail kit for home use

Emergency, during these dark days we are all in need for an emergency cocktail or two to see us through. We might be winning the war on Covid 19 with many now having their first jab but the world has changed, with many now working permanently from home, too scared to venture out or even quarantined Cahoots is on hand with their emergency cocktail kits.

The scoundrels of Cahoots have come up with their boozy emergency cocktails kits for those who are working or stuck at home. Enjoy a range of their unique and quirky cocktails which are all inspired by drinks of the 1940s.

I was gifted a box to enjoy with my husband at home where we sat back and relaxed watching a romantic movie whilst sipping on some spiffing good cocktails provided by Cahoots.

Cahoots part of the Inception Group

The Inception Group is a fun, creative and dynamic company which was founded back in 2009 by entrepreneurs Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling. The company has a group of unique bars, restaurants and club concepts within Central London.

Cahoots opened it’s doors 2015 within Soho bringing a post war style themed experience to all those who are brave enough to venture underground. The underground station, used to be a real air raid shelter back in the day during the Blitz.

Within Cahoots you can sip on classic cocktails, black market liquor and post-war favourites, from old mugs, hip flasks, vintage milk bottles and tins, all which are finished with ingredients half-inched from nana’s pantry, picked from the allotment and foraged from the ruins.

At Cahoots spirits are high and the drinks never run dry, with plenty of dancing and sing-a-longs around an old piano.

Presently Cahoots Station at 5 Kingly Street is closed (will reopen 17 May) but in the meantime you can enjoy a spiffing good cocktail by the scoundrels in their outdoor seating area and enjoy a black market cocktail or two. Book an outdoor table here. 5 Kingly Street.

Plus for those though that are not ready to venture back out through to London then no fret as the cunning scoundrels of Cahoots can deliver directly to your door an emergency cocktail kit to enjoy in the comfort of your own home or garden.

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Toshiba Microwave ML-EM23P(SS) save time

There are a variety of microwaves on the market but for me personally Toshiba sell some of the smartest looking microwaves which are affordable. What is a microwave good for though you might ask? Well a microwave is like an oven but a lot smaller and faster. Within a microwave you can defrost food, cook a variety of dishes within it, and saves you time.

Microwaves were first introduced as a device to save time. However since then apart from throwing in a microwaveable meal bought from a supermarket microwaves have highly evolved. Now within microwaves you can cook practically anything such as a turkey.

Courtesy of Toshiba I was given a microwave on a gifted basis to show me how microwaves have evolved and how much time you can save.

Toshiba brand

Toshiba was founded back in 1939 in Japan which was a merge of two companies, Shibaura Seisakusho (Shibaura Engineering Works) and Tokyo Denki (Tokyo Electric). Since merging this multinational conglomerate organisation has become one of the worlds leading brands in electrics. They supply a range of diversified products and services which range from power, elevators, escalators, kitchen electronics, home electronics, lighting and so much more. However they are mostly known though for their laptops, other home appliances and medical equipment.

Convenient cooking at home

Microwaves are a great alternate to an oven as they make cooking that much quicker, be it a pre-made microwave meal or to cook a homemade dish. No matter what you cook in a microwave the time it would cook in an oven is highly reduced.

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Yee Kwan Ice Cream tasting flight box of Asia

We all love ice cream especially in the hotter months as a nice cold ice cream is the perfect way to cool down. Most ice creams are made from dairy with Italian and Cornish ice cream being the most popular but have you ever had Asian ice cream? Yee Kwan produce a range of different ice creams made from milk and cream but combining flavours of Asia resulting in tastes that are punchy and full of flavour.

Courtesy of Yee Kwan I was gifted a flight box of ice creams to try at home and I was highly impressed.

Yee Kwan Ice Cream

2010 Yee Kwan Ice Cream was created by founders Yee Kwan and Anthony who are on mission to introduce authentic East Asian flavours into ice cream, sorbet and desserts to make everyone’s taste buds tingle with delight.

Since 2010 they have gained a strong reputation for being the leading East Asian ice cream brand offering a range of innovative products that are sold in over 500 Pan Asian restaurants in the UK and Europe, as well as premium retailers within the UK, UAE and China.

They source the best quality ingredients, using British milk and cream to make the most unique and delicious ice cream and punchy sorbets. Some of their ice creams have even won Great Taste awards for their flavours.

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Waagyu Burger have you had one?

If you are a fan of MasterChef the Professionals then you will be pleased to know that Chef Dean Banks who made it to the finals, not only did he open up his own restaurant Haar back in 2019, but 2020 he opened up Waagyu Burger producing Waagyu burger kits which can be delivered across the UK. The burgers are made from the highest quality Waagyu beef but at an affordable price. The meat is from marbled meat from Japanese cattle, which is considered to be the finest meat in the world.

Courtesy of Waagy Burger I got a pack to cook and taste myself and I can truly say these burgers are the best meaty burgers I have ever had during lockdown.

Waagy Burger by Chef Dean Banks

Chef Dean Banks has worked in many top class restaurants and since appearing on MasterChef Professionals he even opened up his own restaurant Haar Restaurant  in 2019 bringing diners a sensory experience like no other. Haar stimulates all your senses as you dine. After launching Haar, Dean quickly became one of Scotland’s leading Chefs. 2020 Dean launched Haar at Home delivering a seafood focused fine dining home experience. All of which the seafood comes from Scotland. Followed shortly on he launched Waagu Burger delivering DIY burger kits across the UK which are burgers that are made from delicious high quality Waagyu beef but at affordable prices.

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