It is not always easy to keep up with the demand of a blog. What's New in the Kitchen is an efficient way to review succinctly products which are new. Some are bought, some are offered for review, but they will make it to a post only if they are worth trying out.
Higher Living has been blending teas for 45 years, their herbal range is vast, inevitably there will be likes and dislikes. Pebble Soup HQ was sent 4 flavours to try out with surprising results. I am not a fan of licorice or anything with licorice in but I adored licorice tea and I used it as a substitute to snacks. I thought Detox would be a winner and sadly I didn't like the taste at all.
Verdict: The herbal teas are strong and the flavours are clearly coming through. Higher living teas brings a feeling of comfort. You might have to try out a few before finding the flavours that you like. Higher Living herbal teas are available in Asda, Tesco, Holland and Barrett, Planet Organic, Wholefoods RRP: £1.39.
Working for a chocolate magazine means that I review all manners of chocolatey creations. Therefore, I don't tend to attend events outside the day job. Except that I did, and went to the summer collection launch of Creighton's Chocolaterie to be blown away by the creativity behind their chocolates. Mother and Daughter teamed up to produces fine quality and unique design chocolates named after grand'ma Creighton.
The summer range is called Nostalgia and is based on memories of summer past. Giant lollies, larges doughnuts even whole breakfast plates and "fish'n'chips" cones made of chocolate are on offer
Verdict: Creighton's Chocolates are tremendous fun. Obviously not the dainty little bits from high-end chocolateries, they are never the less, traditionally hand made with fine chocolate, only very much in your face, in a nice way.
Retailed on line or from 2 independents stores one in Leighton one in Beaconsfield and the Nostalgia collection made it to Liberty's this summer. Between £2.00 and £5.00 with larger creation between £10.00 and £15.00.
For those who love Italian culinary tradition, Academia Barilla is the ideal starting point. Created in 2004 to promote and defend Italian food, it organises tours, publishes books and overall is a sign of thoroughness, part of the Barilla group which produces Pasta, Ready-made sauces, Bakery products as biscuits etc.. . Their "Pasta" book is a large encyclopedia type of publication, conscientiously put together. Compiling 130 recipes from all over Italy, this book is more than a recipe book, it emcompasses history and geography too. Verdict: Incredibly gorgeous photography this book would make a great present for everyone who loves pasta or has started making their own. Now only £12.25
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