I can’t believe we’re at the end of April already – this year is just flying by! And with the end of the month comes this month’s What’s in my Trolley! This month is a real mix of unusual ingredients and special treats, from booze to books!
I first discovered Hilltop Honey at last year’s BBC Good Food Show, and since discovered they actually sell a couple of their delicious honey pots in Tesco! The company is all about quality raw British honey, with a focus on supporting and giving back to the great honey bee. From wildflower to heather honey, they have an incredible range of flavours, but in our house, our favourite is the Creamed Honey. There’s not actually any cream in it, despite its luxurious taste and texture, its just two honeys whisked together until the honey becomes the right consistency.
Again a discovery made at the Good Food Show, I can’t get enough of Island Slice’s delicious rum infusion! As we’re coming into the warmer months, this fruity concoction is perfect served over ice, with a fusion of fruit, spices, and of course, rum! You can order online through the wonderful Sylvester, or you can pop up to the Loch Lomond Shores Farmers Market, where they are a regular feature. It’s definitely going to be one of my go-to drinks this summer, it’s just so damn moreish!
TOM KERRIDGE’S DOPAMINE DIET
I know, I know, fad diets are never good, I completely agree that food is something we should enjoy, not deprive ourselves of, but that’s part of the reason why I like Tom Kerridge’s book. I generally eat a low-carb diet – I don’t eat rice, bread, white potatoes, or pasta very often, and I get most of my carb intake from fruit, vegetables and beans, so Tom’s book really appeals to me based on the kind of food I cook. He doesn’t skimp on flavour, or quality ingredients, and after having tried and tested a couple of his recipes, I find it a really useful book to swing back to when I’m looking for new ideas. I don’t follow his diet, but I like his food!
N’duja is an ingredient I regularly see pop up in burgers, on pizzas, through pasta, and the food flavoured with it is always delicious, so I thought I’d give it a go. It’s not cheap, a jar of it will cost around £9 from Amazon, but the great thing about it is you don’t need a lot of it to get the heat and the flavour. I added a tablespoon to my homemade beef burgers and it added a really nice subtle heat and spice – but fair warning, it is a fermented sausage mix, and when its raw, it absolutely stinks!
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