This month products review post is not strickly food. There is a little bit for everyone including fellow bloggers and a special gift for readers.
Atkins and Potts is one of the ever growing number of artisan independent food producers. The food scene has never been more vibrant and in my opinion some of the best quality food originate from family run companies.
Foodies with a passion, sometimes with a mission but always putting taste and consumers first are producing some great products.
Atkins and Potts are launching a new range, British Provenance. A range of sauces and chutneys which uses as many home grown ingredients as possible. For example, the vinegar used is from Suffolk, the sugar, butter, fruits and vegetables from a variety of British farmers.
The taste test: British Provenance Food Herb Dressing doesn't have the sharp, aggresive vinegary taste found in some other brands. it's something that I happily use in salads. Because it is flavoursome, less is necessary.
The full range contains 8 products which a lucky reader will receive as Atkins and Potts will be offering the whole range as a give-away....watch out for the next post.
As you know at Pebble Soup HQ, we are mostly cooking from scratch and some of the products offered are rather quick to make such as Bramley Apple Sauce but just sometimes we don't want to have to peel apples or onions and Atkins and Potts gold award winning products are worth trying
Do you have a wish list? I don't but if I did, I would have put a bread bin at the top. Why? I didn't have a real answer until I was offered coasted steel, shutter blue bin by Garden Trading.
Garden Trading's large metal bins come in four colours, shutter blue (see picture), flint (soft grey), clay(off white), slate (dark green). There are large metal bins with one main asset: their look. They are charming and so pleasant to look up with their rounded corners, smooth metal, a visual feast.
At that size, any of these bread bins can accommodate several loaves easily plus any breakfast cereals boxes. Making the area much tidier and last but not least it was not long before I noticed that the bread was kept fresher in the tin.
Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend buying one at RRP £28. it's a really good buy.
That's when Vistaprint stepped in.
In my experience the + and - are:
+ The choice of designs and fonts is really vast so it took a fair bit of time to create, only because there was so many to choose from.
+ Cards can be printed recto verso which is handy for a quick message at the back.
+ At every step there is a representation of what the card will look like.
+ Look out for promotions sometimes there are 250 free standard cards.
+ Delivery was very fast.
+ Delivery was very fast.
- The web site is rather crowded which makes the process a little confusing.
- The check out is a bit of a nightmare with all the various adverts. Though they can be avoided with one click, sadly I did spot this late.
The cards arrived very quickly and in vistaprint style, I was kept inform of the progress throughout.
In short: Vistaprint may not have the friendliest of websites but the company is reliable and their products do the work well at a fair price
Last but certainly not least, was inspired by an email, I got from a charity. I always decline politely to write about good causes on Pebble Soup. Except for this one, as I know from sad experiences that "no-one should face cancer only" and the people at Mcmillan are doing a fabulous job.
This year, The World's Biggest Coffee Morning or Macmillan's biggest fund raising event will take place on the 27th September.
And to help in style The former Red or Dead founders, Wayne and Gerardine’s design house created the limited-edition apron especially for Macmillan’s coffee morning hosts. Priced at £12.99, every penny of profit goes to Macmillan. www.macmillan.org.uk/shop.