The nights are getting darker and the days a bit colder but before the Christmas cheer sets in here is my October round up of all the new things I’ve been eating and drinking this month.
A very fun start to this month was making my own jelly using the new Hartley’s jelly powder. I made elderflower cordial jelly and it was delicious. I am completely converted to adding this powder to drinks. I’m glad they sent me a few packets. I will be trying mulled wine jelly next in time for Christmas. It was so easy to use and instructions were clear. What flavour jelly would you make?
The jelly packs are 70p in Sainsburys.
Cheese toasties by post. Yes you heard that right! Cheese Posties send you everything you would need to make a delicious cheese postie straight to your door. I love it! Plus at only £2.99 it’s a great deal. I was sent this pack to try out and it was sweet cheese postie option. It was so simple to use. Sandwich together the Nutella and Philadelphia cheese and butter the outer edges. Pop into the toast bag and in a few minutes you will a glorious toastie sandwich. Hot Nutella and Philadelphia together worked a treat and it was a good size sandwich too. A definitely recommendation for me. I think this would be brilliant at work when you want something hot and without too much washing up. Plus there is also a gluten free, vege and nut free option! www.cheeseposties.com
The sweet cheese postie toastie!
Ribena have bought out a winter spice edition of their famous drink and I am obsessed. It tastes like mulled wine (not alcoholic) and the hints of the spice really work with the classic Ribena taste. I love a hot Ribena and this is a drink I am going to need more of! It is so reassuring and really does bring out thoughts of Christmas and being cuddled up in a blanket from the cold. A lovely drink to make you feel calm and festive but also great to warm your hands up while having a cup full too. A perfect winter drink. £2.50 at most supermarkets.
The October special at Suburban Bar and Lounge this month is the Fruit Cake cocktail and it is possibly one of my favourites I’ve ever had from them. Lots of fresh summer fruits and mint with a hint of sweet and sour, lots of lemon and lime juice, blueberry gin and topped with lemonade. It is so fresh and one to order if you are near by.
A lovely gift this week took the form of a pizza stone. I have never tried one before but I can’t wait as they are so popular and come very recommended from a lot of my pizza obsessed friends. The pizza was so crisp and the stone helped cook it thoroughly through. I’ve found recently cooking it on a baking tray the middle has come out a little less cooked but with this the base was beautifully crisp.
As a fan of chilli any opportunity to try chilli sauces I will take. These new sauces form Yogiyo were so much stronger than I thought they would be! I loved it! The collection which includes the cooking sauce, dipping sauce and stir-fry sauce covers all the bases you would need in the kitchen. The Gochu Jang cooking sauce was my favourite. I used it with chicken to make spicy chicken and rice. The flavour was strong but well rounded. It wasn’t just hot chilli. There was a nice onion and garlic flavour too. I haven’t ever tried much Korean food before but I am hooked if it’s all this good. I love these sauces from Sue Youn and I am very glad she has made these sauces so we can use them at home. What is brilliant too is that its suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Last but not least is the new Tickler cheese from Castello. It is surprising sweet for a Cheddar cheese but has worked so deliciously in a cheese toastie. It complimented the sharpness of the onion and saltiness of the ham we used. I like that it still has the tangy taste but isn’t a very strong or over powering cheddar which I think makes it’s far easy to eat a lot of. There is a stronger flavour of this cheese avaibale as Extra Mature – a little too strong for me but this does me very well. Good taste and a good price too. Available at Waitrose £4