Degustabox | September

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

The time has come again to talk about what we received in our monthly Degustabox. You can buy your own here for just £12.99 including delivery. So what was in our boxes this month?

As always, there was an interesting mix of products in the box. Here’s what we got and what we thought:

Jules Destrooper Butter Crisps – £1.80

These didn’t last long in our house – they were so delicious and so moreish! All of us loved them, they tasted amazing.

Dr Karg’s Organic Wholegrain Snack Tomato & Mozarella – £1.60

This organic crunchy snack pack is fibre rich and natural. These are baked, not fried, made of crunchy grains and seeds, myself and Steve weren’t fans but the kids loved them, snacking on them throughout the day.

Indie Bay Snacks Pretzel Bits – 99p 

Another great snack option. These are made using alternative flours like spelt and quinoa. They have two new flavours – Smokin’ BBQ and Easy Cheesy. We were sent the Smokin’ BBQ and these were absolutely delicious. They’re vegan too.

A2 Milk Long Life Whole Cows’ Milk – £1.50

We don’t tend to buy A2 milk but long life milk is always handy to have in the house. This milk is naturally free from the A1 protein found in regular cows’ milk. This will be kept in the pantry for when we have no milk.

Mallow & Marsh Raspberry Marshmallows Coated In 70% Dark Chocolate

These were such a delicious treat – it was very difficult to persuade me to share with everyone else!
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups -89p

If there was anything that Steve and Jack could eat constantly, it would be peanut butter. These three peanut butter cups were the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter and they really enjoyed them.

Good Hemp Hemp Seed Hearts – £3.99

These are natural hemp seed kernels which have a delicious light and nutty flavour. They are high in protein and omegas 3 and 6. A good snack, we haven’t actually used these yet as I’m not quite sure what to do with them.

Cadbury Oreo Instant Hot Chocolate – £2.99

With the cold nights rolling in, this was a welcome sight in the box. My family love Oreos so this hot chocolate was always going to be popular.

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Cider – £2.29

We love a good cider and were very excited to see it included. We haven’t tried it yet as we can’t decide who actually gets to have it, haha!

Juicy Fuel Cola – £1.50

This was an intriguing cola drink. A fruit cola made from 100% natural ingredients, with no added sugar, no added chemicals, no e-numbers or any chemical nasties, this was a tasty drink.

CHOC CHICK Cacao Nibbles – £1.85

This is a tasty snack pack full of anti oxidants, magnesium, iron and is a powerful prebiotic. This makes for a great and tasty snack.

Yes! Fruit and Nut Bars – £1.20 each

Finally we were sent a few different bars from the Yes! range to try. I am a big fan of fruit and nut bars so loved these as these are great for a snack. They’re a fab addition to what we thought was a great box and didn’t last long.

Overall I was quite impressed with this box. It was slightly veering to the sweet side rather than savoury with the contents this  month but we liked it all pretty much. Once again, the value of products FAR exceeded the cost of the box (including delivery) – it’s always fantastic value for what you get.

Which would have been your favourite item?

What Vegetables Can You Grow At Home During Winter?

There’s nothing better than tucking into a plate full of home-grown vegetables. Not only are they more nutritious than vegetables you buy at the shop, but they taste so much better. Also growing your own vegetables is a rewarding hobby that the whole family can get involved in. And knowing you have made the vegetables yourselves makes it a delightful dinner. However, now that the nights are drawing in, a lot of people feel like their green thumb hobby has to be put on the backburner.

After all, there is less sun and more cloud and rain during the winter months which is not beneficial to a lot of vegetables. However, you might be surprised to know that there is actually a lot of vegetables that thrive in the colder months. And you can then enjoy the delicious veg throughout the winter months. Of course, if you can plant the vegetables in some form of shelter like a green house or a polytunnel which you can get from sites like First Tunnels, then they are bound to flourish. After all, they are still getting the vitamins from the sunlight, and the shelter from pests that they require to stay alive. If you are wondering which vegetables you can still grow at this time of the year, here are some that you can grow in the colder months.

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Onion

Onion is a popular choice when it comes to vegetables. Whether you love it in salads, sandwiches or even on your pizza, it’s a delicious choice. And the great news is if you can’t get enough of onion, it’s a perfect vegetable to grow in the winter months. As Den Garden explains, whether you want to plant them from seed or grow them from cuttings, they will do really well in the winter months. In fact, you will find that they will take care of themselves without needing little input from you during the winter season. Whether you want to grow ‘electric’ or ‘First Early’ onions, you will find onions can be a great vegetable to grow at this time of the year.

Garlic

Another vegetable which is a common favourite in households across the country is garlic. Whether you are making a pasta sauce, or some delicious garlic bread, it’s a must-have in your vegetable compartment. And the good news for gardeners is that it’s an excellent vegetable to grow in the winter months. One of the best things about growing garlic is its such an easy crop to grow. As the Telegraph explains, you just need to plant them in light soils and one foot apart from each other. It’s a good idea to plant garlic cloves in autumn. That way, they will begin their growing and will start thriving in the winter months. Although they won’t be ready until the spring, it’s a great vegetable to take care of during the colder months.  There is a variety of garlic bulbs you can buy, so check them all out before buying them for your garden.

Asparagus

A delicious vegetable, an asparagus often makes the plate of a roast dinner. Whether you cook them in the oven, or add them to a stir fry, they are a great addition to any dish. And they are a bit different when it comes to common vegetables. You might be surprised to know that they can be a great vegetable to grow in the winter months. They do tend to need a lot more work than the other vegetables mentioned on this list, but it’s so rewarding when you find them ready to cut within two years. Once planted, they can last years, and you could be enjoying asparagus for a long time. And as they can be higher priced than most vegetables in the shop, it’s a cheaper option to grow them yourself.

Spinach

Spinach is a lovely vegetable to grow in the winter months. It’s a great addition to a salad or even when making a curry dish. In the summer months, you have to watch out for pests when growing spinach. After all, they are prone to munch on delicious spinach. But in the winter months, it’s much easier to grow a large amount of spinach. There are many different varieties you might want to try to grow at this time of the year. Perpetual spinach is one option which is a favourite with gardeners as it will crop well into the spring and summer months.

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Nim’s Kids Fruit & Vegetable Crisps | Review

We were sent some packs of Nim’s Kids fruit and vegetable crisps to review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

My kids love snacking – and whilst they love fruit, they often like to snack on the more unhealthy things! So what if I could make sure they were snacking on something healthy which also felt a little naughty to them?

Enter Nim’s Kids fruit and vegetable crisps.

We were sent a few different bags to try – two of the ‘cool courgette’ flavour, two of the ‘amazing apple’ and two of the ‘perfect pear’ packets.

Nim’s Kids say that many adults, plus even more children, eat a packet of crisps daily. This is making them in turn consuming the equivalent of 5L of cooking oil and who knows how much salt annually! Nim’s are trying to address this issue with their two fab ranges of crisps  a fruit range and a vegetable range.

Named after their creator, Nimisha Raja, they have the same crunch as a ‘normal’ crisp but without any of the oil, salt, artificial flavour or preservatives you come to expect from an everyday packet of crisps. What Nim’s Kids packets do have to offer though is flavour and these are meant to appeal to both adults and children. They also have a vitamin hit which is said to be comparable to eating a piece of fruit. So how do they do it? The brand take fresh produce, thinly slice it and then air dry it. Easy peasy. No frying involved and with that crisp crunch we all know and love.

So what did we think?

First of all, I loved the fact that because they use full fruits (which enables the brand to operate a zero waste policy), the crisps are packed full of fibre and vitamins and the bags contain less than 80 calories each in the adult range and 50 in the children’s. I love that they are a healthy and tasty snack for my kids.

What did the kids think?

Both kids really enjoyed the fruit crisps and the four packs of the two different flavours soon disappeared into their tummies. They enjoyed the flavour and that satisfying crunch. They weren’t so keen on the courgette ones however – I tried them all for the purpose of this review and found the fruit crisps to be sweet and flavourful whilst I found the courgette a little bitter. However I think if my children were actually courgette fans, they may have enjoyed them a little better.

Whilst I may not pick up the courgette again – as my kids weren’t too keen – I’ll certainly be picking up the other two in the children’s range again – Amazing Apple and Perfect Pear. I’m also going to be picking up some of the adult varieties too – I love fruit and vegetable crisps so these would be the perfect snack for me.

The adult varieties are available in Tesco and Tesco Express stores nationwide whilst the Nim’s Kids range is available from Ocado and www.nimsfruitcrisps.com.

Are these something you’d try or you’d give to your kid as a snack?

Degustabox | August

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

It is that time of the month again, we’ve been sent our box full of tasty food and drink goodies to review. So what did we find in our Degustabox this month? You can purchase your own here for £12.99 a month, including delivery! The items always far exceed the price you pay. Here’s what we thought of the contents this month:


There was an interesting mix of food and drink products this month, for sure!

Rowntrees Randoms 30% Less Sugar Pouch – £1.29

As with most sweets that make their way into my house, these didn’t last long at all! They have 30% less sugar, no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners. They were super tasty!

Boka Bar – 75p each

We received the Choco Mallow and Apple Cinnamon bars. These are low in fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt. They are also under 100 calories! They weren’t the best cereal bars I’ve ever tasted but they’d do – they had some good flavour.

Dorset Cereals Spectacular Grains cereal – £3.49

These are made with toasted spelt flakes and popped grains. Steve is the only one to have tasted it – he said it was okay but tasted a little bland. He added some extras to his cereal to really pack a punch!

Good Hemp Unsweetened Dairy Free drink – £1.60

We don’t use dairy free products so I’ve popped this in the food bank for someone in need! It is made from organic hemp seeds and it is 100% natural, vegan friendly, free from GMOs, dairy and lactose, gluten, soya and nuts.

Maggi 3 Minute Noodles – chicken flavour

I always love a pack of chicken noodles, so handy to have in the cupboard for a quick lunch!

LioBites Smoothies Bites – £1.99 each

We were sent two different flavours – the mango, banana and passionfruit smoothie bites and the mango and coconut smoothie bites. These were very popular with everyone in the house. Packed full of flavour, they gave a good crunch but were also melt in the mouth delicious. They’re healthy so a snack I am happy to give my children – if me and Steve haven’t finished them off first, that is! These were by far our favourite thing in the box.

John West Infusions Salad Tuna Fillets – £2.29

Since Jack and I are the only ones that like tuna in the house – and since he doesn’t like chilli – these are a perfect lunch option for me. I’m yet to try them as I’m saving them for lunch next week but if they’re like other John West products, I know I will be impressed.

Maggi Fusion Sticky Hoisin Duck Noodles – £1.39

I’m pretty sure we’ve had these before in the box. As I mentioned with the chicken noodles, noodles are always a handy thing to have in the cupboard and these are delicious.

Illy Instant Smooth Taste coffee – £5.85

We don’t drink coffee in our house so this will be going to my in laws. This is a unique 100% arabica illy blend and I am sure my in laws will love it.

Gunna Craft Soft Drinks – £1.09 each

We were sent the natural gingers and cola tonic and the natural ginger and aromatic flavours. Mine was interesting – I tried the natural gingers and cola and it tasted like Pepsi Max ginger but nowhere near as intense – the ginger flavour was quite weak. Steve tried the ginger and aromatics and said it tasted just like any of the top branded fiery ginger beers.

Crooked Beverage Co. Alcoholic Soda – £2

We were sent the peach and pomegranate flavour and Steve had most of the drink – although I tried a bit. He really enjoyed it – it was like a fruity cider. It contains less than 5g sugar and has just 46kcal per 100ml – and is made with all natural ingredients. It was very tasty and we’ll definitely be trying them again!

The box worked out to be worth around £23 which is well over the £12.99 price tag – very worth it! As always, we enjoyed a lot of the products and are passing on some others that we won’t use. Which would have been your favourite product in the box this month?

 

 

Degustabox | July 2018

Box sent for purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We recently got our monthly Degustabox once more – a box full of food and drink items that costs just £12.99, including postage – get yours here. We always look forward to seeing our box arrive to see what goodies are inside. So what did we receive this time around?

 

Once more we had a fantastic selection of items to go through. Some we were really excited about, some baffled us a little bit and some we knew we wouldn’t use. Read on to find out our thoughts on them.

London Flavours crisps – Cheddar & Red Onion flavour and Lightly Salted flavour – 95p each

We are big crisp fans in this house so these premium crisps made with the best British potatoes were always going to be a popular addition to the box and barely made it out of the box before they were safely nestled in our tummies. They were full of flavour and absolutely delicious.

Cadbury Highlights Milk Choc drink – £2.99

Now don’t get me wrong, we love hot chocolate but it did seem a little odd to be put in a box in the middle of the heatwave we were having. However, this will definitely be used up by us so it has been put in the pantry for future use as we already know we enjoy it.

Percol Iced Coffee – £1.50

Now we don’t drink coffee in our house – none of us like it – so this was given to my brother in law for taste testing. It barely lasted him two gulps, haha – and he said it was absolutely delicious. This is made with 100% organic arabica and is Fairtrade too.

Rosie’s Pig Flat Tyre Sparkling Cloudy Cider with Rhubarb 4% vol – £2

This lightly sparkling cloudy cider, made from fresh pressed Herefordshire apples, was very fruity and tart with a lovely flavour. We love a good fruit cider so this was a welcome addition.

Capsicana Mexican Guacomole Mix – 65p and Brazilian Smoked Paprika & Spices Seasoning Mix – £1

These were the products of the month but I haven’t actually used mine yet. We don’t tend to use packets to make up our dip mixes or our seasonings, preferring to make them from scratch. However these will be great for making guacomole or a seasoning when I am having one of those can’t be bothered moments, so into the pantry they go.

Peckish Cheese Trays – £1.59

Now if you know my family well, then you will know they all absolutely adore cheese. Cheese flavoured things are always popular in my house so these thinner, lighter, crispier snacks were very much loved. Gluten free, baked not fried and made with rice bran oil, these rice crackers were absolutely delicious and were under 100 calories per portion. These really didn’t last long in my house, they were just so moreish!

Pulsin Salted Caramel Raw Choc Brownie – £1.59

I swear Pulsin seem to be in our Degustaboxes fairly often now. Steve was using things like this on his night shift as a snack to fill him up but he no longer does. I’m not a big fan so this healthy brownie will either be gifted to friends or family or will be making its way into the food bank bag.

Heinz Salad Cream – £1.49

We mostly buy non branded items unless the branded items are on offer – but if you were to find one particular brand in our pantry, it would be Heinz – especially their sauces. We always have some Heinz salad cream in there and had just run out when the Degustabox arrived with this little beauty inside – perfect timing as it saved me a trip to the shop. This is almost gone already though, we do tend to use a lot of it as we like it so much!

Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles 30% less sugar pouch – £1.29

I’ve recently noticed that Jack and Steve tend to see first if there are any sweets or chocolates in the box and if so, what they are. They were both very happy to find these Fruit Pastilles in the box and I’m happy to let the kids have some as they have 30% less sugar, no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners. As you can imagine, these didn’t last long at all!

Miso Tasty Mugi Barley Miso Soup – £3.75

Whilst I am usually a big soup fan, Miso soup isn’t one of my favourites. This soup is said to have a light and hearty flavour and is made from fermented barley and mungbeans. It isn’t my cup of tea so I will be giving this away -plus I also feel that the price is a little high for 4 servings. However I am sure there are people that really enjoy this soup!

Ribena Sparkling – blackcurrant flavour and pineapple and passionfruit flavour – £2.70 each

There is always a bottle of Ribena in my house so these were very welcome. These were very tasty and didn’t last long at all – plus they come in at less than 15 calories per bottle which is fantastic.

Overall we were very impressed with the July box. Some products did seem a little out of place seasonally and one did seem fairly repetitive – however we enjoyed the majority of the products and would definitely try them again. Which product would you try first?