Plant pops

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Plant pops are made of lotus seeds. Popped Lotus Seeds come from the seeds of the water lily plant, a type of lotus flower. They are sourced these seeds 
from farmers in Bihar, India where they are sustainably grown and harvested. The seeds are collected from lotus ponds, dried, and popped. The seeds are then roasted and seasoned using delicious ingredients and don’t ever use anything artificial or any preservatives.

They are vegan, gluten free and under 100 calories

They come in a variety of flavours and the two I tried were:

Himalayan salt

Smoked chilli

I enjoyed both but preferred the Himalayan salt ones. They are both quite filling and are a healthy snack.

Have you ever tried these?

Sarah x

Awfully posh pork crackling

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The British Snack Co. launched in 2013 with a mission to create the tastiest snacks money can buy. Seven years later we are still living by that mission. Introducing; Awfully Posh, The British Crisp Co. and The British Popcorn Co.

Their products can be found in supermarkets, pubs and independent shops across the world. The British Snack Co. has served more than 5 million bags of snacks so far.

The British Snack Co. has also received some great coverage in the likes of Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph, METRO, BBC goodfood and BBC News.

“We know what you’re thinking… Just what makes our pork crackling so awfully posh? Excellent question sir… We use pork rinds from the highest quality, outdoor bred pigs, which are hand fried in small batches.

As they cool down, they are lightly sprinkled with our unique, natural seasoning blends and absolutely nothing else. Any pieces that don’t meet the impeccable standards of our quality control experts are swiftly discarded. The lucky ones that do make the cut are carefully placed into our charming little bags.

That, we believe, is what makes our crackling the very best that money can buy.” – The British Snack Co.

I tried out the sea salt pork crackling as well as the chilli and garlic pork cracking. I have always grown up with my dad liking pork crackling so have been eating it on and off for years. I never knew you could get different flavours of it!

The sea salt one is really tasty and it actually is one of the nicest ones I have tried. It is a great source of protein and a tasty snack.

I also was really impressed with the chilli and garlic flavour as I had never tried anything like it and it was really good!

I will have to try some of their other products as I have been really enjoying trying these.

If you want to try them out for yourself they sell their range on Amazon 🙂

Sarah x

Independent Wines

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An online wine shop I recently came across is Independent wine. They have so many wines to pick from and its great to find a wine website that delivers next day.

Their online shop is made up of a hand-picked selection of UK-exclusive, award-winning wines of outstanding quality.

They are passionate about premium Italian wines and the shop is stocked with carefully curated bottles of the best wines Italy has to offer. If you don’t know your Barolo from your Barbaresco, don’t worry, they also have an information portal packed with informative articles so you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about fine Italian wines. From how to pick the perfect bottle to what to cook to go with it.

The two wines I have tried out are:

Pinot Grigio 2018 | Venezia DOC

£9.99

Winemaker

Geographical Indication

Style Still Dry White Wine

Grape

Vintage 2018

ABV 12.5%

Fresh and aromatic, beautifully fruity wine with flavours of mango, peach, orange blossom and citrus.

Pinot grigio is one of the top 10 most searched for wines, there is a great article on their site about what wines people are searching for.

£18.56
Geographical Indication
Grape
Vintage 2017
ABV 15%
An elegant and complex Barbera from an award-winning winemaker, flavours of fresh raspberry and vanilla.
Sometimes it can be hard to know what wines to pair with what foods but there is an interesting article about what  foods go best with the barbera grape.
What is your favourite wine?

Sarah x

Honeybuns

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Even though I do not have any dietary restrictions, I like to share my reviews with you for vegan/dairy free/gluten free products as well as I know how hard it can be if you have a specific diet or allergy as I used to eat a vegan diet.

Honeybuns are an online bakery offering a wide range of gluten free and vegan products.

Gluten free baking book

£14.99

This baking book is a great gift idea if you know someone gluten free as often it can be quite difficult to get them suitable sweet treats so you could get a book for them to try out different recipes from or even make something out the book yourself before giving it to them! 

It is great to have so many recipes nad I have included a few flicked through pictures of some of the options they have but I would recommend getting this book if you want to bake gluten free.

They also have a crazy selection of treats, all gluten free and some of them are vegan too. They are all labelled on the front of the cake slices as to what they are and if they are dairy free or vegan etc. They have so many to pick from and you can buy these separately or buy a selection as a gift box. If there is a particular flavour you like you can buy a whole traybake!

I am really impressed with the range and in the past when I have tried anything that’s “free from” you can usually taste something different about it but these cakes you wouldn’t even know. They are all so tasty and the brownie was so good, I think I might have to get a whole tray!

The great thing about these is they have quite a good shelf life – I have included the information sheet so you can see and you can also freeze them too!

Have you ever tried anything from Honeybuns?

Sarah x

The Lockdown Arms

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The Great British pub has been a staple tradition of UK culture for centuries. The Lockdown Arms has been keeping spirits high through this tough time.

They have created a range of clothing and other items for you have your own pub experience at home. Have you ever wanted to be a pub landlord? Now you can be your own lockdown landlord with one of the classic lockdown arms polo shirts.

You can also take part in the worlds largest lock in on the 3rd of July (which happens to be my birthday!)

They have a great range of clothing from polos to t shirts and also pint glasses with beer mats for a true pub experience.

All of the clothing I tried was a womens medium and they come in a variety of sizes suitable for everyone.

I think the lockdown arms is a great concept as it has really been difficult for most of us not being able to go to our local so what a great way to celebrate lockdown this week before the pubs re open on the 4th of July.

Sarah x