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Foodie News February 2014

I’ve had some lovely products drop through my letterbox in the last few weeks so thought it was about time I gave you a quick round-up of some my favourites.

Barbers 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar 

I was lucky enough to be the recipient of a lovely hamper from Barbers 1833 Vintage Reserve Cheddar. I used the ingredients to make macaroni cheese - one of my favourite comfort foods. The cheddar has a wonderful distintive nutty taste with a great depth of flavour.

The Barber family have been farming and making cheese at Maryland Farm in Ditcheat, Somerset since 1833. In the early days, milk from the farm was sold locally and the cheese made was used to feed the family and farm workers.As time went on, the milk needed to make cheese increased and soon the family were buying milk from neighbouring farms as well. Today the Barber farms comprise 2500 acres of prime Somerset dairy land and are home to some 2,000 dairy cows. Follow on Twitter @Barbers1833

Dodo Chilli Dipping Sauce
We tried this with my Slow Cooker BBQ Pork and it was a huge hit with the adults.  It has a lovely deep flavour without the nasty aftertaste that some chilli sauces leave and would work equally well as a dip for tortilla chips and crudités.  Follow the makers of the sauce @MaritiusFoods on Twitter

Tate and Lyle Golden Syrup
Golden Syrup in a new style squeezy bottle. Just the right size for the kids to squirt on their breakfast pancakes without any help from Mum or Dad!....I’m not sure that this is entirely a good thing as half the bottle went in one sitting. But I can safely say they enjoyed it.

deSian authentic thai sauces
Some fab thai stir fry pastes arrived all the way from Bangkok. We tried the …..with a prawn and beansprout stir fry. The flavours were much richer and more authentic than the usual packet stir fry sauces that you get in the supermarket.  Looking forward to trying the other samples!

Rosehips on a Kitchen Table: Seasonal recipes for foragers and foodies (Carolyn Caldicott)

A mixture of old fashioned recipes and tips for cooking with seasonal ingredients sourced from the hedgerows. The recipes utilise foraged ingredients such as elderberries, rosehips and nettles as well as tips for dealing with gluts of fruit and veg.

To order the book at a special discount price of £7.99 Jam and Clotted Cream readers can telephone 01903 828503 or email quoting reference APG97.

During the half term holidays I’m hoping to try some of the recipes out with the kids so watch this space. You can follow the publishers of Carolyn’s book on Twitter @Frances_Lincoln

New York Bakery Co Mini Bagels
New York Bakery Co introduces its brand new range of mini bagels in three exciting flavours, best-selling Plain, sweet Cinnamon & Raisin and the new Duo – 50% wholemeal and 50% white flour.

New York Bakery Co makes all of its bagels the authentic NY way by boiling them before they are stone-baked, making them soft on the inside with a deliciously chewy crust.  These are perfect as an after school snack for the kids. New York Bakery Co’s Mini Bagels cost from £1.60 per eight pack and are available in Tesco from the end of January.

To all the lovely food companies, publishers and PR’s who send me samples and books to review – please note I have recently moved house. Drop me an email and I will send out my updated blog media kit with new address details.


  1. Lovely round up. The cheese and the chilli sauce look especially good!

  2. The cheese was REALLY good. Great on crackers


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