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Oxford Rye Whisky nutty and spicy

If your looking for a new kind of whisky which is smooth, nutty and spicy then I highly recommend Oxford Rye. What makes Oxford Rye’s special compared to other whisky’s is that their whisky is distilled using an ancient heritage rye, a crop which used to be commonly cultivated across the English countryside in pre-industrial times. Did you know to qualify as a pure rye spirit and not a rye whisky, a liquid must be under three years old, which Oxford Rye is.

I was gifted a bottle courtesy from The Oxford Artisan Distillery on a press related basis to sample their Oxford Rye whisky and I discovered not only is it great as a drink but works well within bakes.

The Oxford Artisan Distillery

In 1994 John Letts discovered over 200 almost perfectly preserved examples of traditional wheat and rye landraces in the bottom layers of thatched buildings dating from the late Medieval period (1375-1550 AD). His work showed that, in spite of poor soils, these ancient crops grew to over 1.5 metres tall and that if these fields had been manured crops it would have grown much taller and fallen over in the wind and rain, ruining the harvest.

Today, his fields are monocultures of uniform dwarf wheat varieties that are only a third of the height of older heritage lines, which can be seen in artwork from earlier centuries. The tall stems of older cereals are matched by their much larger root systems, which allows them to absorb moisture and nutrients from deep below the soil surface. This means they are better at surviving drought, but will also grow very tall and fall over if grown with fertilisers or in rich soil.

They produce whisky, gin and vodka.

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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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Sheese I can’t believe it’s not cheese

Vegans can now enjoy the taste of cheese which is not made from dairy but still tastes exactly like cheese thanks to artisan makers of Sheese.

Did you know? that non-dairy cheese originated from China back in the 16th century, which was made using fermented tofu or whole soy. Since then home made vegan cheese evolved and many ingredients are used such as nuts, soy milk, and soy yogurt. Around the late 90s vegan cheese became popular in the commercial field. Within the 00’s a number of different types of vegan cheeses such as mozzarella, cheddar, etc. became available.

Courtesy of Sheese via Gifta I was gifted a few packs to try out and I was highly surprised by the quality, look, texture and taste of all the cheeses.

Sheese

Back in 1988 Sheese was founded by Debs, Frans, Guy and Mark who each are intolerant to dairy products. They bring to the UK an array of award winning Scottish vegan cheeses. All of their dairy free vegan cheeses are a healthy cheese alternative, perfect for people with plant based diets and people with dietary restrictions like lactose intolerance. All are gluten, dairy, lactose & animal free, and certified Vegan & Kosher (Pareve).

Years of research, development and production was involved to bring original, traditional cheeses, from taste to texture, to our tables. Their new range of vegan cheese is made from coconut oil, and doesn’t contain Hydrogenated Fat or Palm Oil. Their soya comes from an IP Source, and is made from the best quality, clean, dehulled soybean seeds as GMO is an important issue to us, and all of their ingredients they use are sourced as non-GMO.

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ORSOM Cheese is awesome

Cheese is made all over the world but have you ever had cheese from ORSOM? Their dairy farm is based in Cheshire and they produced the most creamiest and tastiest milk thanks to their cows, who are the most pampered on the planet as they get treated to manicures, back scratches and music. I wonder if they have listened to Old McDonald Had a Farm?

Courtesy of ORSOM Cheese I was gifted a selection of their cheeses. Cheeses though don’t always have to be enjoyed with crackers as cheese is also great used within dishes. So I used ORSOM cheese in dishes which I feel worked beautifully with their different cheeses.

ORSOM

ORSOM cheese are producers of high premium range products which are handcrafted by their skilled cheesemakers in-house at their dairy in Nantwich, Cheshire.

Their cheese is vegetarian friendly and is full of flavour and loaded with personality. As their cows every day are treated with love, from enjoying the sounds of music, having manicures and even back-scratches.

All their milk is collected daily from their own cows and from cows from other specially selected farms near by.

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BergHOFF Eurocast cooking made healthier and easier

With us all being stuck at home due to the pandemic and having to cook more you might be finding that some of your pots and pans are not quite up to standard with your produce sticking to the surface. Thanks to BergHOFF Eurocast their professional range of pots and pans make cooking easier and less troublesome thanks to their non-stick, fat free healthy cooking products. How? well their cookware has a ferno ceramic non-stick surface that makes cooking easier and cleaning a dream. No oil required to cook with and simply after using rinse with hot soapy water and dry.

Courtesy of BergHOFF I was gifted a saute pan which comes with a lid and detachable handle to demonstrate to me how great their non stick pans are and how easy one pot cooking can be achieved.

BergHOFF Eurocast

For over 30 years BergHOFF has been providing households professional cookware. All their products are can be purchased from all over the world through mail-order, TV shopping channels (QVC, Ideal World TV, and Tri-Star), event shows and shops.

The BergHOFF Eurocast Cookware Range has been designed for the optimum in healthy cooking ensuring fast, energy-efficient and even heat distribution, with no hot spots whatsoever.  The base will not distort, guaranteeing stable and safe cooking. Why? as all of their cookware is made from ferno ceramic non stick material. All of which can be used on all hob types from induction, electric, gas and more. Plus making cooking easier BergHOFF Eurocast saucepans, sautepans and sauce pots all come with easy strain glass lids. In addition the complete range have detachable handles so that the pans can be used directly in the oven, as well as on any hob.

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Haufson gives pancakes that extra love

Pancakes may be served anytime during the year but mainly they are enjoyed on Shrove Tuesday in the UK and the Commonwealth which is commonly known as Pancake Day. Pancakes are usually round in shape and typically made using eggs, flour and milk. Why? as historically, perishable ingredients had to be used up before the fasting period of Lent. However if you are like me and LOVE pancakes so much and can’t wait till Shrove Tuesday then check out Haufson’s pink pancake pan which makes pancakes in the shape of hearts perfect for Valentines day or a date night in.

I was kindly gifted a pancake pan courtesy of Haufson which has been featured on This Morning to make my very own special heart shaped pancakes to celebrate Valentines, Shrove Tuesday and every day of the year. I was highly impressed by the weight, design, colour and non-stick.

Haufson

Haufson Limited was founded back in 2017 and bought to the UK and global markets their range of innovative non-stick cookware.

Haufson’s kitchen utensils and cookware will make your food memorable and exquisite wherever and whoever you are, be it for Asian cuisine, French delicacies, British meals or other cuisines. Their products combine quality and design giving the best cooking experience.

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Ninja Power Nutri Blender start your year off healthy

January is that time of year when most of us start to think about eating healthier or even going vegan for the month. Thanks to Ninja products they can get you eating better with their Health Grills, Air Fryers Smoothie Power Nutri Blenders.

On a courtesy basis I was given a Power Nutri Blender from Ninja to show me how easy it is to make your own smoothies, frozen yoghurts and marinades at home.

Ninja

Ninja sell inspiring kitchen appliances making it easy to produce quick and easy to prepare delicious, healthy food and drinks at home.

Following decades of success in the USA, Ninja is now recognised globally with offices situated across the world and are part of JS Global, the world’s third largest small household appliances focused company.

Ninja produces a range of powerful blenders, food processors and cooking appliances, each with a variety of multiple functions and automatic programs making cooking easy. Each product is engineered in-house and designed for speed, power, ease with incredible results.

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Serravinci exquisite Italian liqueurs

Forget having a beer or a chilled glass of wine as once you taste liqueurs by Serravinci your taste buds will be tantalised and your mind blown with the sweet exquisite flavour of their drinks. Liqueurs are an alcoholic drink which is composed of distilled spirits and additional flavourings from fruits, herbs, spices and sugar.

On a courtesy basis I was gifted a PR sample of Serravinci liqueurs to enjoy at home and wow I was really impressed, their liqueurs are tasty and high quality.

Serravinci

Founders Rob and Jane on their journey to Italy discovered table-grappa, amaro, limoncello and a dessert wine Visciolata. Highly impressed they met the Cardinali family in Serra de’ Conti, within a medieval hill-top village and learnt about their ancient family recipe. They also discovered that the family had recently started production of wine and a smooth almondy cherry acquavite. Surprised by the taste and their values Rob and Jane were determined to bring these unique drinks to the UK market.

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Pink Marmalade Gin magic in a bottle

We believe in love at first sight I believe in love at first gin. Pink Marmalade Gin is a premium gin like no other as it does not just taste great but it magically changes colour when adding tonic to it.

I was gifted a PR sample of Pink Marmalade Gin to enjoy within the comfort of my home.

Pink Marmalade Gin

Pink Marmalade was founded by purveyors of parties, drawn together to create immersive, hedonistic worlds and elevate event production beyond the everyday.

The gin is an expression of everything the creators wanted from quality to magic to bring people together to share in life’s simple pleasures of gin.

Pink Marmalade Gin is balanced with 13 botanicals, tastes exceptional and is magic in a bottle.

When mixed with tonic the gin magically turns from a cool blue to a subtle rose pink all thanks to the Butterfly Pea flower within.

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Hapsburg Absinthe equals strong and minty

Hapsburg Absinthe is one of the worlds most strongest liquors in the world with it having an ABV of 72.5%. Absinthe is a green, strong and minty drink which is great on it’s own, but also delicious in cocktails and also within food, yes food!.

Given a PR sample I was gifted a bottle of Hapsburg Absinthe in which my challenge was to cook with it which I was a bit dubious in it working as of it’s strong minty flavour but I was highly surprised by the results.

Hapsburg Absinthe

Established in 1999, Hapsburg Absinthe was one of the few pioneering brands to appear when the first resurgence of Absinthe took place, since it had been banned in Switzerland in 1905. Absinthe used to be very popular during the 1890’s and very fashionable in the vast majority of cafes, bars and salons, particularly in France and Switzerland, the birthplace of Absinthe. However in 1905 it got banned.

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