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Sunday 20 October 2013

On My Kitchen Table - Biscuits, Haggis, Mojitos and Cleaners!

Here are some of the products that have been on my kitchen table this month, there are always new things to try and when I find something I like, then I like to share it with you, my readers.

English Tea Time Treats (E-Book)

Sarah James is a home baker just like you and me, and she has created an e-book of her recipes which you can buy through Amazon.  It's called English Tea Time Treats and there are lots of good recipes in there, including some that I haven't see elsewhere, like Nelson Slice, a bread pudding sandwiched between two layers of flaky pastry.  I've now made the Oat Biscuits twice and Mr Farmer took some into his work and they were very popular, they taste a bit like Hobnobs.

It's a very simple recipe using ingredients that are likely to be in your store cupboard and it is also very versatile, you can add different spices or dried fruits to the biscuit mix.  I filled my biscuit tin with these cookies and they are ideal with a cup of tea of coffee.  Sarah  recommends crushing the Oat Biscuits to make cheesecake bases and I can see how they would really work like that.

English Tea Time Treats is available as a download to Kindle for £2.59 which is very good value for money.  Follow Sarah on Twitter @SarahJames456

Sarah James provided me with a copy of English Tea Time Treats, I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own.

Macsween Haggis

Not all Scots like haggis.  However, I love it and these Microwave Haggis and Black Pudding packs from Macsween are an innovative and speedy way to enjoy these tasty slices.The Little Haggis Bible is written by Jo Macsween and contains lots of interesting information about haggis and some very tasty looking recipes.

Macsween of Edinburgh, a third generation family company, has been at the forefront of haggis and black pudding making for 60 years. They have a clutch of foodie prizes for their products and in the past 10 years have made significant strides in improving and systematising the way they manage their environmental impacts.

I added the Macsween Haggis to cooked lamb mince and topped with a mix of mashed potato and turnip (swede), recipe coming up in a later post.  The haggis added a lovely spiciness to the lamb.

Sunday morning breakfast is usually a bacon roll. Today I topped this with a slice of Macsween black pudding to my roll and a slice of Macsween vegetarian haggis to Mr Farmer's roll  as he doesn't like black pudding.  I did microwave the slices, but then put them briefly under the grill to crisp them  up a bit.  The Black Pudding was superb, the seasoning is really well balanced and it had a rich flavour which went very well with the bacon.  Mr Farmer enjoyed the Macsween Vegetarian Haggis, we have had Veggie Haggis before and found it bland and unappealing, this was a big improvement.

I would definitely buy these Microwavable packs again, 60 seconds for the Haggis and 90 seconds for the Black Pudding - now that is fast food!

Macsween Haggis is available at all major supermarkets and costs around £1.49 per pack.

I was supplied with the Macsween products shown in the first photograph, I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.

Feel Good Non-Alcoholic Cocktails - Mojito

 I discovered Feel Good Non-Alcoholic Mojito at Tesco when looking for a different mixer for vodka.  We had a bottle and half of vodka which were given as gifts and decided we should drink some of it instead of our usual wine.  We had it with cranberry juice a few times, but got a bit fed up with that.  I can thoroughly recommend this Mojito as a mixer as well as to drink on it's own.

Feel Good Mojito has a really grown up taste, not too sweet, a lovely slightly sparkling citrus drink with a hint of mint.  I've had pre-mixed Mojito before and it always tastes of toothpaste to me, too much artificial mint flavour.  Not the Feel Good brand, it is made with 100% Natural Ingredients, 60% fruit juice grape, lime, sparkling water & fruit extracts, natural mint flavours, natural stabiliser; fruit pectin.  And would you believe it - IT'S ONE OF YOUR FIVE A DAY!!!

For anyone planning a party, I would recommend you get some of this for those who don't or can't drink alcohol, it tastes like a proper drink, so they won't feel left out.

I did not receive this product from the manufacturer, I've bought several bottles of this Mojito Cocktail with my own money, my opinions are still my own though!

Breathease is Asthma and Allergy Friendly Cleaners are Scientifically tested and help prevent inhalant and allergenic reaction. They even remove surface allergens whilst ensuring that airborne allergens are minimised, meaning that it is healthier for you.  I am fortunate that I don't have asthma, but I do have some slight allergies and some of the kitchen and bathroom cleaners do make me catch my breath.  I was given Breathease Window and Glass cleaner and Breathease multi-purpose cleaner to try for myself.

I used the Window and Glass Cleaner on the kitchen window and the bathroom mirror, it was a good cleaner and the smell was fresh and sweet, a bit like baby powder!  As I have mainly wooden work surfaces in the kitchen, which I don't like to use spray cleaners on,  I took the multi-surface cleaner into the bathroom.

Our bathroom is very small, built under the stairs, in a house not  originally designed for an inside bathroom, which means that fumes from cleaners get stuck in the room and particularly in the shower when I'm cleaning it.  I really liked the multi-surface cleaner, it did the job just as well as other cleaners and, just like the window and glass cleaner, had a pleasant scent with no choking effects.

Overall, I was impressed and the products which are also supported by asthma UK.   

I was supplied with these two cleaning products, I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own. 

Thank you for joining me at the Kitchen Table.

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At 20 October 2013 at 18:42 , Blogger Jacqueline Meldrum said...

I love these kinds of posts Janice and seeing different products. I liked the veggie haggis too, but was mystified why they sent me black pudding and ordinary haggis, when they knew I was veggie. Still, I will buy the veggie one again.

At 20 October 2013 at 21:19 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Jac. I hope you found someone to eat the black pudding and haggis!

At 21 October 2013 at 01:40 , Anonymous Vohn said...

Talk about the pull of a great title Janice. I misread it and thought you'd come up with Haggis Mojitos - LOL! Vohn x

At 21 October 2013 at 18:06 , Blogger Caroline Taylor said...

These posts are really good as Jacqueline says you get to see a range of different things. The haggis sounds really interesting as does the mojito mix!

At 26 October 2013 at 20:00 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

LOVE this post and like you, I am a BIG haggis lover too and I found the easy to microwave pouches a brilliant idea! Karen

At 27 October 2013 at 16:53 , Blogger Janice said...

Vohn - now Haggis Mojitos would really have been something! Not sure the Bard would approve.
Caroline - thanks, the haggis was super quick to heat and eat.
Karen - I saw your post, Haggis in a Baked Potato would be a nice lunch or quick supper.


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