Degustabox | May

We were sent a box for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

It’s time again to share the goodies we got in our Degustabox. This month, the theme was brunch & afternoon tea. The box retails at £12.99 but you can get your first box for just £7.99 with shipping included. Just use this code WDGX9 on the website here (the code gets you a one time discount of £5).

So what did brunch and afternoon tea themed goodies did we receive?

Koko Dairy Free Super Milk – £1.99

This milk is enriched with 9 key vitamins and minerals, making it perfect for all ages. We are not dairy free in our house so cannot comment on this as we will be passing it on to those in need of dairy alternatives.

Hellmann’s Vegan Mayo – £2.15

Not only is this vegan but it is also gluten free and contains no artificial colours or flavourings. It’s creamy, delicious, full of Omega-3 and a great alternative to the usual Hellmann’s mayo.

Splenda Sweet Minis – £1.50

I no longer take sugar or sweetener in my cuppa although Steve does and we do use sweeteners in our baking so we always have some in the cupboard. These will definitely come in handy for the future.

Oteas Black Tea & Apricot 

This is the product of the month. Black tea infused with sweet and nutty apricots creates a fruity beverage. Steve isn’t a fan of flavoured teas but I quite like them and this is nice hot or cold.

Real Good Smokey BBQ Ketchup – £2.49

I don’t know about your household but we use a lot of condiments so this was a very handy addition and tasetes great.  It is full of flavour, low in salt and has 80% less sugar than normal sauces – what’s not to like?

Daelmans Duo Stroopwafels – £1.29

Who doesn’t love a Stroopwafel? These tasty waffles with subtle caramel filling were always going to go down a treat in my house – so good!

Kuhne Gin Cornichons – £2.59

A rather unique product, these are crunchy gherkins infused with gin and whilst I am not always a gin fan, these are rather interesting to say the least!

Firely Drinks Lemon, Lime and Ginger – £1.55

Steve loves drinks like this so was interested to see this included. It is refreshing and zinging full of flavour.

La Giolosa Prosecco Brut Doc Treviso – £3.49

I love a bottle of Prosecco and always have one in the house so this was very much a welcome addition. Very tasty.

Fruity Beauties Fairtrade and Organic Snack Bars – £1.50

Fruity Beauties are on a mission to provide a fun and nutritious burst of life. These are high in fibre and one of your five a day. The kids had these as snacks and really enjoyed them.

SHORE Seaweed Puffs – £1.19

I wasn’t too sure how I’d find these but I was pleasantly surprised. There was a distinct burst of flavour however it wasn’t too intense that it overwhelmed the puffs. They wouldn’t be my first choice of snack but I wouldn’t say no to them either.

Indie Bay Snacks Spelt Pretzel Bites with Rock Salt – £1

I do like a pretzel so it is fun to see a snack made from them. These are sources of protein and fibre and contain less than 100 calories per portion. Very flavourful too.

MILKYBAR Mix Ups – 65p

The kids were very excited to see these, being big fans of MILKYBAR. These didn’t last very long and were very tasty. We will definitely get these again.

Bravura Foods Free From Fellows Midget Gems – £1.99

These are vegan sweets that are made without sugar, gluten, gelatine and dairy. I was pleasantly surprised by these, expecting them to be lacking in squishiness and flavour but they were great and the whole family enjoyed them.

I was quite pleased with the box this month although I do feel that only a couple of the items really fit the theme of brunch and afternoon tea. I can’t wait to see what next month brings.

What would be your favourite item from this box?

The Best Fruit And Vegetables To Plant In June

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Now that June is only a few days away there is a flurry of different plants that you can start bringing into the garden to make the space bloom with life and colour. Today, I wanted to speak to you about all of the fruits and vegetables which you can plant right now which will bear fruit and produce throughout the summer and the autumn months.

Broccoli

Although this vegetable looks just like a tree, you won’t be needing to hire yourself a Tree Surgeon to prune and take care of it this year! Broccoli is one of the most popular vegetables for families and it is a simple thing to grow in your garden this summer. Seedlings love the sunshine and they soon produce some stellar vegetables for you to use in soups and roasts.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a super easy fruit to grow and you can plant them out at the start of June and see crops produced throughout the summer months. Tomatoes come in many shapes and sizes so if you like a variety you can plant a few different types in your plant beds this June. Make sure to choose a warm and sunny spot in the garden because tomatoes like the heat, and you can enjoy fresh juicy fruits in no time!  

Aubergines

Although this might not be the first thing you think to plant out in the garden this summer, Aubergines can taste amazing with salads or roasted and grilled on the barbecue. Plant out an aubergine plant in June and over the next few months, large purple fruits will begin to grow and develop in the garden for everyone to enjoy.

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Brussels sprouts and cabbage

These might be an acquired taste for some, but they are still popular nonetheless and they are also ideal for planting out in the garden at the start of June. Make sure when you plant these outside that you give them room to grow and also protect them from cabbage root fly by adding brassica collars to the plants. You’ll be able to enjoy cabbage and sprouts throughout the year and even into winter.

Gooseberries

A member of the berry family which often is overlooked is the humble gooseberry. These tiny fruits pack a punch of flavour and they can be a great addition to fruit salads and jam. To plant a gooseberry bush in the garden make sure that the weather is warm and give it a lot of room to grow and spread through the summer.

Cauliflower

If you have some Cauliflower seedlings which you have sown during april, now is the time to take them outside and give them a real home. Cauliflower is easy to grow and the plant will develop during the summer and bear lovely vegetables during the autumn, so it is the ideal timing for a fresh autumn roast.

Chillies

If you like your meals to have a bit of a kick, one vegetable you should plant out in the garden this weekend is a chilli plant. Chillies come in many different shapes, sizes and hotness so make sure that you pick a plant which will produce chillies at the right spice level for you.  Young plants which would be at risk of frost when planting earlier can be planted out now and will produce some stunning spicy nuggets throughout the summer.

Pumpkins

Pumpkin plants have to be the poster child of the autumn season and they are one of the most popular squashes of all. June is the ideal time to plant seeds or small plants in the garden because you will be able to give them plenty of time to mature into large plants and bear beautiful orange fruits (yes, they are fruits). When planting pumpkins or any other type of squash in the garden, consider bordering them with copper wire as this will deter slugs from eating the flowers before they have time to develop into pumpkins.

Cucumbers

Who doesn’t enjoy a refreshing cucumber with a summer salad while sitting in the garden with the barbecue going? I painted a fun picture for you there didn’t I? Cucumbers are super easy to grow in the garden in the summer and if you plant a young plant out there this June, you’ll have cucumbers in no time to add to your favourite salads.

Herbs

Pick a herb, any herb. The beauty about herb plants is that they are incredibly simple to grow and maintain, and it will allow you to always have a fresh punch of flavour to add to your food dishes. If you don’t want to buy a plant from the garden centre you can pick one up for a low price when you visit your grocery store, or you can even buy a bunch and root a cutting in some water. Planting these outside at the start of June in a sunny spot will guarantee you some wonderful flavours all summer and autumn long.

Strawberries

Strawberries are a great choice for any beginner when it comes to harvesting your own fruits in the garden. Strawberry plants like to be in the sun and it is a good idea to place them in a raised bed or pot such as a window trough or a hanging basket. Throughout June and July you will get some beautiful fruits which will grow and can be used in your favourite cakes or strawberries and cream.

Potatoes

Make sure that when you plant potatoes in June that you plant them very deep down so that the root vegetables are able to form. Make sure as well when you plant these in the ground to place some upside down water bottles in the ground to keep them moist and make sure that they are able to grow. Once they are ready you can use them for summery roasts and lovely mash.

French beans

When we want to grow something in the summer which produces amazing flavours rapidly, french beans are an amazing choice. Like many legumes, they are able to grow in the sun throughout the summer months and will produce lots of yummy beans for everyone to enjoy.

Degustabox | April

I was sent the box for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It is that time of month again for my Degustabox review. This month, the theme of the box was ‘Best of British’. The box retails at £12.99 but you can get your first box for just £7.99 with shipping included. Just use this code WDGX9 on the website here (the code gets you a one time discount of £5).

Now the ‘Best of British’ theme was a theme I was very interested in and I couldn’t wait to see what brands and products were included in the box. So what was in the box and what did we think of them?

Cheerios Multigrain – £2.69

The children absolutely adore cereal and Cheerios are one of their favourites. These were definitely a welcome inclusion in the box. They are made with 5 whole grains, 7 vitamins, iron and calcium.

Typhoo Black Tea – £2.20

A much loved British brand since 1903, who doesn’t love a cup of tea? A box of tea is always going to be something I enjoy in a box, I love a decent cuppa.

Robinsons Fruit Cordials – £2.49

We love Robinsons in our house and always have a bottle here. Jack really enjoys the elderflower flavour so he was very excited to see this cordial in the box. This tastes absolutely delicious just like the other squashes and cordials in the brand. It isn’t hard to see why Robinsons have been making delicious fruit drinks since 1823!

Heinz Organic Baked Beanz – £1

Heinz is one of our favourite brands -we’ve always got some of their beans, ketchup or soup in the cupboard. Beans are something we use a lot so these were popular. They were eaten the night the box arrived and were delicious, as to be expected. Packed full of the finest organically grown ingredients, they’re definitely worth a try.

Eat Water Slim Rice Sushi -£2.55

As the only person in the house to eat sushi, I’ve stashed this away in the cupboard for a day when I fancy it. This easy to roll sushi rice is made with natural ingredients such as Japanese sushi rice and konjac rice. There are just 9 calories per piece.

Crafted by Cracker Drinks Co Mango and Passionfruit 330ml – £2

We’ve tried some juice drinks in this range before and this was delicious, just like the others. These juices have no added sugar or sweeteners and it is packed in an environmentally friendly carton. We will definitely be buying more of these – and all of the CRAFTED drinks count towards one of your five a day.

Heinz Cream of Tomato Pot Soup – £1.19

I instantly claimed this as Heinz tomato soup is my absolute favourite. Now that they come in recyclable microwaveable pots, I can see I will be eating even more of them. Delicious as always.

London Flavours (Teriyaki flavour) – £1

I was very excited to see these crisps as I love the flavour of teriyaki. Steve and I ate these very quickly and enjoyed these immensely. We will definitely be buying these again.

Skinny Food Co Not Guilty White Chocolate Crispies/Milk Chocolate Crispies – £1.49

These high protein crispies are guilt free and gluten free. They have no added sugar and are delicious for less than 100 calories. They are a great snack and we all enjoyed them.

Bull’s-Eye NY Steakhouse Barbecue Sauce – £2.49

Steve was very excited to see this included in the box – he loves a decent tasting barbecue sauce and was very impressed by this one. It has a true authentic American BBQ taste – absolutely delicious.

Love Corn Smoked BBQ – £1.29

Love Corn are the UK’s first premium crunchy corn brand and these corn kernels are packed with flavour. They’re vegan and also sugar free and gluten free, a great snack.

Candy Kittens Wild Strawberry – £1.50 

We’ve tried Candy Kittens sweets before and these are so delicious. We all really enjoyed them. They are completely free from gelatine and gluten and taste so good!

Pachamama Andean Berry & Raspberry/Cacao and Cashew – £1.39

These are a great mix of cacao, dates, nuts, grains and seeds. These are 100% vegan and have no added sugar. We all really enjoyed these.

Overall, I was very impressed with this box. The products in the box retail at over £25 and you’re paying very slightly over half that — very good value for money. I loved the inclusion of some much loved brands and being able to try some delicious new products. Very happy with the April offering.

Enjoying An Easter Picnic With Holy Moly Guacamole

We were sent some products for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We love a picnic in the sunshine and we have been so lucky to have some amazing sunshine in the lead up to Easter and over the Easter weekend. We love getting out and about in the sunshine and occasionally enjoying a picnic – how about you?

We recently headed out for a little picnic on our local common and took along some Holy Guacamole we were sent, some Dorito chips to dip in them and some sandwiches and drinks. This was Jack’s first time trying guacamole so I was intrigued to see what he’d think.
The guacamole can be served with bread or veggie sticks but I don’t know about you but I love using guacamole as a delicious dip and using tortilla chips such as Doritos to enjoy. The pots are super convenient for taking out and about on a picnic and are easy to store.

Holy Moly are a British brand who are revolutionising the dip offerings in the UK with their range of delicious, all-natural and ready to eat guacamoles that taste just like they would if they were homemade. Most standard supermarket bought dips are full of additives and dairy fillers to bulk them out but I am happy to say the range from Holy Moly is completely vegan, preservative free and the company prides themselves on using only healthy, honestly sourced ingredients.

No picnic or summer spread is complete without some guacamole. What did Jack think upon his first taste? As you can see, he gave it a massive thumbs up, he really enjoyed it and is desperate for me to get some more. I’m happy to get it too – I really enjoy guacamole but as Steve doesn’t eat it, I very rarely buy it. Now that I know Jack – and Olivia too! – enjoy it, I’m definitely going to make sure I always have some in the fridge with some veggie sticks for some healthy snacking.

If you are looking for a versatile and convenient product to take out on your picnic then Holy Moly Guacamole definitely has to be on your list. Not only is it super tasty but it isn’t pumped full of additives or fillers and is great for a healthy snack with some veggie sticks. I’m so happy to find a healthy snack apart from fruit that the kids enjoy!

Do you like guacamole? What do you like to serve/eat it with?

Degustabox | March

We were sent this box for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

It’s that time of the month again where I talk about all of the goodies sent to us in this month’s Degustabox. This month’s theme was Spring & Easter so I was interested to see what was in the box. You can get your first box for just £7.99 (usual price is £12.99) with shipping included. Just use this code WDGX9 on the website here (the code gets you a one time discount of £5).

With the theme, I assumed there would be some chocolate included and I was right. Here’s what we received in this month’s box.

Costa Signature Blend Coffee Ground For Cafetiere & Filter – £3.70

We don’t actually drink coffee in our house so this is going to a good home; my in laws. Nevertheless I have heard good things about Costa’s coffee.

Forest Feast Preda Fair Trade Mango 30g & Milk Chocolate Mango and Coconut Fruit Balls 30g – £1.29 each

These were a perfectly delicious treat. The perfect bit of indulgence without any of the guilt. These didn’t last long in my house at all.

Weetabix On The Go Strawberry – £1.49

We’ve tried these before although I am not sure if they were from a previous box. We really enjoy these so this was very welcomed.

Moose Juice Passionfruit – £1.59

We try not to have energy drinks too often in our house but sometimes do, Steve more than me. Steve liked this and said it was the best energy drink we have had in any of the previous boxes so high praise indeed.

Red Red Super Stews Black Eyed Beans & Tomato – £2.99

These are made with natural plant based ingredients and inspired by Africa. Unfortunately I could see that neither Steve or I would probably eat this so we are donating it to our local food bank rather than it languishing in our cupboard until it passes its expiry date.

Ballymaloe Original Relish 

Rich in tomatoes and made using all natural ingredients, this relish was definitely a positive addition to the box. We use a lot of relishes and chutneys, Steve especially, so he was happy to see this. It’s gluten free, suitable for vegans and tastes great.

Jubel Alpine Beer cut with Peach – £1.80

We haven’t actually tried this yet but were super intrigued to see it in the box. It is a lively lager with the zest of freshly ripe peaches, gluten free, naturally infused and vegan too. Can’t wait to see what its like!

Green & Black’s Praline bar and Truffle bar – 89p each

I never used to be a fan of Green & Black’s, I mostly associated them with dark chocolate which I wasn’t a fan of. As I’ve got older and my tastes have matured, I find myself enjoying dark chocolate more and now I also realise that Green & Black’s do milk chocolate too. These are made with ethically sourced chocolate and contain no artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. These were absolutely delicious.

KIND Snacks Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt – £1.35

These are a tasty and nutritious snack bar which we were very happy to see in the box. These are gluten free and naturally high in protein and a great option to slip into your handbag or pocket for an afternoon snack.

Chum Fruit Bites Apple & Strawberry – 79p each

These are made with 100% fruit, high in fibre and vegan. These also did not last long with my two kids – they devoured these quickly and really enjoyed them. They are delicious and we will certainly be buying again.

Willie’s Cacao single state chocolate Passionfruit – £1.99

This slab of chocolate only just made it out of the box before me and Steve shared it between us. These are made using only natural ingredients and this was super tasty, a nice treat that we could indulge in that we didn’t have to share with the kids for once.

Overall I was fairly impressed with this box. There was a fair amount of sweet stuff compared to savoury but I’m not complaining. With the box retailing at £12.99, the boxes contents added up to just over £20 if you were to buy them all separately – a great saving, I think!

Which item of the box would be your favourite?