Showing posts with label Drink. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Drink. Show all posts

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Review of Sip and Learn - Become a Wine Expert

It has to be said I'd never heard of Sip and Learn until just recently when they kindly sent me a box to try.  Every month they send customers 2 bottles of wine around a specific theme. Sip and Learn source wine from small producers which means it's great value for money. 






























We think it's a fantastic idea and of course it would be a great gift idea for wine lovers.
The wine arrived very well packaged as you can see, and comes with an educational booklet.


























Sip and Learn say:
We have created a comprehensive 12-month wine-tasting program that covers the basics.
During the first 6 months you will discover the 3 main elements that make a wine:
The grape variety, the climate and the wine-making process.

For the following 6 months, we will take you on a journey to not only deepen your understanding of these 3 elements but also to discover specific regions or grape varieties, as well as the influence of the terroir on wines whilst continuing to develop your library of smell and educate your palate.

Of course, there is so much to learn about wine, the journey doesn't end after 12 months!  We are developing a program to go into more depth on the complexity of wine as well as a program for experts.


We say:
We were sent Box #1 which included a Sauvignon blanc and a Chardonnay. 

We've always wanted to learn more about wine but whenever we've picked up a book about it we've switched off after the first page as they tend to get too complicated too quickly for our liking.  But we found the Sip and Learn booklet is actually fun to read! 
First there's a quiz to see what you know about the wines in the box.  Then you learn about the basics and how to taste wine.  Look, smell and taste and where the wine comes from.  Also the ideal serving temperature.  You learn about grape variety and what foods is the particular wine best served with.
The booklet isn't boring in anyway, we both found it actually very interesting.

So for £30 a month you get two nice bottles of wine and you get to learn about wine.  Considering you can pay good money to attend an evening class to learn about wine, I think Sip and Learn isn't a bad price considering you get to learn in the comfort of your own home and at a time to suit you.

Having had a good look at the Sip and Learn website it seems you can just try it by ordering just one box without needing to feel you have to subscribe straight away.  Or you can order a box or a subscription as a gift which would be fantastic for any wine lovers to receive.......so if anyone's stuck for something to buy me and all that - just saying!

Many thanks to Sylvain and Marie-Anne for sending us a box to try.  To find out more pop over to Sip and Learn.
Please drink responsibly.

Disclaimer:  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Pure Chocolate Beads - for Drinking

Whoa!  This has to be the Most Creamy Chocolaty Tasting Drink ever - Pure Chocolate Beads that you simply melt in hot milk (or water) but it just wouldn't be the same.  Yes indeed, it's like drinking a bar of chocolate!

Anyone that reads this blog will know I'm not a one for anything chocolate but of course I did try it and it really is like drinking a bar of chocolate!  Paul (the husband) however loves chocolate, and declared Hans Sloane the best hot chocolate drink ever.  It's really rich and perfect for cold winter nights, you need about 3 tablespoons per mug but of course you can add more or less according to your taste.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Enhance - Add a Hint of Flavour to Water

Enhance is a refreshingly new, tasty and simple way to enjoy the natural benefits of water, anywhere.  Just a squeeze adds a natural fruity flavour to water.  Made from real fruit juice, with no artificial colours or flavours or added sugar, it’s the perfect way to get your daily recommendation.  We especially loved the Strawberry and Kiwi and it's true, all you need is a squeeze! 















It's common knowledge that drinking water is an essential part of a healthy diet and beauty regime.  But staying hydrated can be difficult, particularly for those with busy lifestyles and certainly those who find that water can be tasteless and boring. 

Perfect for taking to work or to the Gym:
Made from real fruit juice, with no artificial colours or flavours or added sugar, enhance has only 1 calorie per serving it’s the perfect handbag essential to keep hydrated on the go.  The great thing about
Enhance is that it suits all tastes - one short squeeze results in a subtle hint of fruit, for a burst of flavour, simply add a bit more.

For every bottle sold Enhance will make a donation to the charity Just a Drop:
So by enjoying enhance is not only a healthy decision for you but will also help others.  For every bottle sold enhance will make a donation to the charity Just a Drop, which will provide a child in Africa with clean and safe drinking water for a month.  Now that really is fantastic news!

The range includes four delicious real fruit flavours - Orange and Passion Fruit, Lemon and Lime, Strawberry and Kiwi, Apple and Blackcurrant.

Available at an RRP of £2.49 from ASDA, Ocado and from www.enhancedrinks.co.uk 
 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks and Coffee Machine - Review

 Tassimo hot drinks machines have intelligent barcode technology which means the barcode on Tassimo T DISCs are scanned by the machine and register the correct brewing time, temperature and the amount of water required for each beverage.  It's all completely automatic, all you have to do is pop in a disc, press the button and your drink is prepared and dispensed into your cup.


Having been asked to review the Tassimo Vivy machine here's how it went:
The instructions that are supplied with the machine are a series of pictures which are really easy to follow. 
 The Tassimo Vivy TAS1202GB is compact and quite small with dimensions of just 249 x 169 x 298 mm (H x W x D) so doesn't take up valuable work space in the kitchen - well space is valuable to me since my kitchen is really tiny!  The coffee machine holds up to 0.7 litres of water which is enough to make approximately three standard cups of coffee.


Operation is really easy - as you can see from my pictures above you can remove the drip tray if your chosen cup or glass happens to be too tall.
Put the cup underneath, lift the top and insert your chosen T DISC (upside down) don't worry it will only go in one way so you can't go wrong.  Pull the top back down and it will pierce the disc.  The barcode will then be read so the machine knows which drink you have chosen and therefore it knows how much water to add and how long it needs to brew.  Once the light next to the picture of the cup illuminates, press the button and your drink will be made for you.
In this case I was making a Oreo drink so once the chocolate part had dispensed and the light goes out you just lift the lid and insert the cream part of the drink. Pull the lid back down and press the button again to add the cream to your drink.  Of course some beverages such as tea don't have cream so therefore the above operation is just done once.

 There are a huge selection of T DISCs available online and supermarkets (apparently there are over 35 varieties including a range of Costa coffees including Cappuccino and others such as Kenco Medium Roast Coffee and Caffe Crema, Twinings Breakfast Tea and Chai Latte, Oreo, Cadbury Hot Chocolate and more) so I think that's plenty to choose from and something for everyone!

Oreo T DISCs:
The kitchen smelt amazing as the drink was being made but although the Oreo drink was very chocolaty in smell, sadly we both thought it was quite thin and had a slightly watered down taste and not half as nice as the Cadbury's hot chocolate drink which is good!

Coffee and Tea:
Paul (the husband) is a coffee lover and really likes the Costa Cappuccino - it's really creamy and a good consistency and he can't fault it.  Obviously you can't expect an hot drinks machine to recreate the proper coffee served in Costa which of course is made by coffee machines costing a fortune.  That said, Paul says the Tassimo does a pretty good job.
Although I'm a tea lover I've never been a fan of any kind of breakfast tea and so it would be unfair of me to comment on the Twinings Breakfast tea that was sent to us along with the machine.  

Cost:
The T DISC sell for around £4.25 so for example with Costa Cappuccino discs you will get 8 in a pack so each drink works out at around 53p per cup.   I suppose it depends on how many drinks you of your family are lightly to drink in a day as to whether or not that could be expensive.

Cleaning the Tassimo Vivy Hot Drinks Machine:
Maintenance of the Tassimo Vivy is effortless as the machine indicates when there is a need for cleaning or descaling, and this can be done simply with the on-board cleaning disc.  Cleaning takes around 30 minutes to complete but of course you can just leave the machine to it and get on with something else as it doesn't require you to do anything once the operation has started.  I should point out that the spout part comes out completely so you can clean and rinse once a day and the barcode reader window just needs a wipe.

All in All:
The Tassimo Vivy is a great little hot drinks machine - fantastic for home or in the office.  Drinks are quick and made without any mess, it's easy to clean and convenient and is small enough to fit in any kitchen.

Disclaimer:  I was sent the Tassimo Vivy and a selection of T DISCs for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and are in no way meant to influence readers buying choice.    


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Review and Giveaway - Aqua Zinger by Zing Anything

Make your own flavoured water in next to no time with the Aqua Zinger from Zing Anything.
Other products include Citrus Zinger, Vodka Zinger and a Salad Zinger - I must say they all sound very interesting!  Having been recently sent the Aqua Zinger to review here's how it went.


My first thoughts were, surely you don't need this gadget to make flavoured water?  Of course this is true but it does make the job a whole lot easier and less messy.  Water can be infused with whichever fruits take your fancy and is also strained when poured too.  Refreshing lemon and lime was my chosen fruits since my husband drinks so much of this stuff (ready made in bottles from the supermarket) now with the Aqua Zinger it is so easy to make your own and of course it's healthy too. 

You can add fruit, herbs, spices and natural sugars such as honey to the Aqua Zinger.  
For my first attempt I just used lemon and lime - the Aqua Zinger is it's really simple use.  Just cut the fruit into smallish sized pieces and place into the cup as shown in my picture.  The cup has blades in the bottom which pierces the fruit.  

   
Push the top bladed strainer into the fruit.  Now put the bottle part onto the cup and twist - this grids the fruit releasing it's lovely juice and will release flavour into the water when added. 


Add water and screw on the lid, shake well and you have flavoured water ready to drink.  
Of course you can chill the water beforehand or put the Aqua Zinger into the fridge and leave for at least 20 minutes or so for the best flavoured water. 


 Once done the water had a really freshing lemon and lime flavour with tiny bits of lemon and lime - so good to drink.  Providing you screw the top on properly the Aqua Zinger doesn't leak at all and holds around 400ml of water.  Perfect for taking to the gym. 
Hand washing is recommended although you can put it in the top rack of the dishwasher is you need to.

 Distributed by Root7 in the UK - more information can be found over at Zing Anything.

Disclaimer:  All opinions and thoughts are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.
 
Now for the Giveaway!
The lovely people over Root7 are supplying an Aqua Zinger which one lucky reader of this blog will win.  

How to Enter - Entries must be via the Rafflecopter widget:
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*Inappropriate comments will be deleted and entry/entries to the competition removed as will anyone that says they have left a blog post comment but really hasn't! 
For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here - Entries that do not show the URL of the Tweet will be removed.
There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries, including bonus daily entries.
Competition end time is as shown on the Rafflecopter widget along with the terms and conditions.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Giveaway - Case of Beer

I must admit I'd not heard of Beer52 until a week or so ago when I was asked if I'd like a case of their beers to try.  Well, I have to say I'm more a wine than beer kinda gal so the beer tasting was left to Paul (the husband).  As you can imagine he was really pleased with this role of chief beer taster and is making his way through all eight beers, so far he's really liked every one of them, I think he has three more to go.


Anyway, I've since discovered that Beer52 are the largest and fastest-growing craft beer community in the world - which is pretty impressive. 
 Their founder James Brown started the club last year after he went on a motorcycle 'craft beer road trip' around Europe.  He discovered there were more than 12,000 microbreweries in the world, producing all kinds of amazing beers.  After that trip, he put together a team of craft beer experts who now handpick eight different beers each month for our members to try.  They're sourcing exclusive, small batch beers from the best tiny and experimental breweries around the world and if you order the beer is delivered right to your door.    
 Beer52 also produce a great in-house magazine about the beers we feature called Ferment.

Discount Code:
 If you pop over to their website and want to order a case of beer to try please enter this Discount Code Jan10 to receive £10 off your first order!  Don't forget you can have the beer sent as a gift.  Brilliant with Christmas soon upon us and you'll save a tenner too! 

Giveaway: 
The lovely people over at Beer52 are supplying a case of 8 beers which one lucky reader of this blog will win.  Please note the exact beers may vary from those shown in my picture. 

 How to Enter - Entries must be via the Rafflecopter widget:
Please note the prize can only be sent to the UK only. To see a short video on how easy it is to use Rafflecopter click here.
*Inappropriate comments will be deleted and entry/entries to the competition removed as will anyone that says they have left a blog post comment but really hasn't! 
For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here - Entries that do not show the URL of the Tweet will be removed.
There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries, including bonus daily entries.
Competition end time is as shown on the Rafflecopter widget along with the terms and conditions.


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Fresh Strawberry Milkshake - Review of the Stellar Stick Blender

 Soups, gravies, purees and sauces all benefit from the use of a blender to make the job easy and quick.  
When the weather is hot a nice ice cold frothy milkshake is just what you need, and in any case strawberries are always a good thing.

 
 If you don't have room for a kitchen processor then the stick blender (or immersion blender) is the way to go. 
Having been recently sent this very nice looking Stainless Steel Stick Blender by Stellar Cookware I couldn't wait to use it.

Photos by Stellar Cookware:
 

Monday, 4 August 2014

Win a Luxury Holiday for Two in the British Virgin Islands

 This is a special year for the British Virgin Islands as they celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Festival and the BVI will be alive with colour as Islanders and visitors take to the streets to celebrate.
 

They're kicking off proceedings by inviting cocktail and food lovers from across the UK to create their own British Virgin Island inspired Rum Cocktail to bring the party spirit of the islands alive in their own homes.

Win a Luxury Holiday for Two in the British Virgin Islands - sounds good?  Then read on.....
 
How to enter:
Pop over to the British Virgin island Tourism website for full details on how to enter and to read the full terms and conditions.  

Once you've made your cocktail creation don't forget to Tweet using the hashtag #BVIparty
The ten best cocktails will be selected by their first-class team of cocktail tasters, and will win a BVI goody bag - The Grand Prize Winner will be jetting off for a week in the BVI, staying at Biras Creek Resort and Oil Nut Bay, with return flights from the UK for two.
You and your cocktails will also feature on the BVI website later in the summer.  Please note - you must be over 21 years of age to be eligible to win a prize.

Good luck everyone!

Disclaimer - I received a bottle of Pussers Rum for publishing this post.  Please drink responsibly.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Wine Collection Hamper from Harrods - Review

I was recently asked if I'd like to review a hamper from Harrods.  I chose this lovely Seasonal Wine Collection Hamper containing a mixture of red, white and rose wines.  Just as you would expect from Harrods, the hamper arrived in perfect condition and I must say the packaging is impressive - it looks so good I don't want to throw the box away!


Inside the outer 'Harrods' box was the hamper box itself, the two gold coloured ropes made the hamper easy to pull out.
All six bottles of wine were very well protected, encased in molded polystyrene and there was a Harrods Corkscrew too.

What about the wines?
Since I'm most certainly not an expert on wine at all, I've taken the text taken from Harrods website to give you more of an idea about each wine than I could.  One quick word though before ordering - since this is a seasonal collection of wines, you may want to check as the contents may vary from those listed below.

*Nadaria Syrah:  An impressive wine displaying plum and damson combined with hints of blackberry bush and leather.

Aliança, Quinta da Garrida Reserva:  Combining classic Portuguese characters with modern wine-making, the 2007 has juicy black cherry appeal.

*Gouguenheim Pinot Noir:  A high quality wine from a unique terroir in the Andes foothills of Argentina.

*Borsao Selección Blanco Campo de Borja:  Possesses a yellow straw colouring with powerful aromas of citric and tropical fruits. 75cl.

*Aotea Nelson Sauvignon Blanc:  With lovely fruit characters, the 2011 Aoetea Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing with a clean finish.

*Circumstance Cape Coral Mourvedre Rosé: A beautifully dry, mineral and firm wine.



This Seasonal Wine Collection Hamper along with a fantastic range of food and wine hampers including gift boxes to suit all occasions and budgets are available from £19.95 to £2,000

Disclaimer:  Many thanks to Harrods for sending me The Seasonal Wine Collection.  All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Sponsored Video - Robinsons #GETSQUASHD

Robinsons SQUASH'D is a new and super concentrated squash drink that comes in a bottle so small and flat it will fit in your pocket or bag. Amazingly each tiny bottle contains enough to make 20 drinks.  Just squeeze into a bottle of water to mix.  I must say I think it’s a marvelous invention, the tiny size makes SQUASH’D fantastic for taking to work or on a day out.
Available in three exciting and rather yummy sounding flavours - choose from Orange and Peach, Apple and Blackcurrant and Summer Fruits.  And there’s more good news, they don’t contain any added sugar.  


Competition:
You may have already heard about #GETSQUASHD but if you haven’t and you fancy winning a GoPro HERO 3 why not enter the competition? 

All you have to do is pop a Robinsons SQUASH’D into your pocket and show everyone where you #GETSQUASHD to be in with a chance to win.  Pop over to the Robinsons GET SQUASH’D website to see all of the amazing challenges already added and add your own.   
Every week the judges will pick the most stunning, surprising and side-splitting entries and the favourites each week will win a GoPro HERO 3

Have a look at the #GETSQUASHD videos already uploaded – the two footballers performing their fantastic foot skills with their bottle of SQUASH’D is brilliant.  You’ll find The King of Rock meets the King of Squashes!   There’s also a woman who made a HUGE glass (enough to make 20 drinks) by using the whole SQUASH’D in one glass.   One guy even manages to make squash from the top of a fairly high building and yes he actually does fill the glass - or how about the keep fit fanatic who fills a glass whilst doing push ups!  What will you do?

Watch Robinsons #GETSQUASHD challenge in Zero Gravity?
Robinsons challenged Framestore, the Oscar winning VFX team behind Gravity to #GETSQUASHD in Zero Gravity.  Take a look at this video to find out how they got on.


This post is sponsored by Robinsons - all thoughts are my own.
 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Aldi - Nice Wine at a Good Price

Now it has to be said I do like a nice glass of wine!  If you're looking for a proper wine review with all the fancy wording as to whether or not a particular wine has hints of damson, chocolatey undertones and all that, then you've landed in the wrong place - I really don't know very much at all about wine at all.  Apart from it either tastes good or it doesn't (to me) is about the limit of my knowledge.  But if you're just looking to discover some good wines at good prices then please read on.

 
 Recently I was sent four bottles of wine from Aldi to try.  I'll be honest as always, I'd never looked at the wines in Aldi, mainly because I tend to stick to the same couple which are Hardys Stamp of Australia or Banrock Station Shiraz Mataro - another Australian wine.  Although I do like wines from Chile and South Africa too. 


So now you know, I'm only speaking about how I personally found the wines and my opinion is most definitely not one of any real knowledge of wine whatsoever.

Monday, 19 August 2013

NEW Baileys Chocolat Luxe - A Fusion of Baileys and Chocolate‎

Let me share a bit of news, for the first time real Belgian chocolate has been fused with alcohol in this new alcoholic drink, Baileys Chocolat Luxe.  
Chocolate liqueur - a multi-sensory experience of chocolate in a glass!
If you're already a lover of Baileys Original Irish Cream then you're sure to love this, and my guess is it will sell out fast especially in the run up to Christmas.
 
 Created by Anthony Wilson, principal scientist and son of one of Baileys Original Irish Cream’s creators Steve Wilson, this latest innovation in drinks alchemy has been three years in the making. Traveling across three continents, Wilson was able to realise his vision that Baileys and real Belgian chocolate would be the perfect pairing.

The result is a unique drinking experience that brings together two favourite indulgences, Baileys and chocolate. 

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

WIN Tickets to Enjoy Bordeaux Wines at Zoo Lates


Every Friday night in June and July, Zoo Lates at ZSL London Zoo will be giving grown-ups the chance to see one of the city’s most iconic attractions in a whole new light.  A Glug Of Oil has teamed up with the exclusive wine sponsor, Bordeaux Wines, to offer one lucky winner a prize pair of tickets to Zoo Lates on 14th June.
  Brand new for 2013, the Bordeaux Jardin du Vin will be nestled in the heart of the action, and our lucky winner will also be able to sample red, white and rosé Bordeaux served around the Zoo by Bordeaux Usherettes.

Lates-goers can experience why “Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux” each Friday night with an international street food festival dishing up mouth-watering meals from more than 21 vendors serving fast, fresh and fabulous cuisine from around the world.


 In addition to an incredible array of entertainment including cabaret, improvised comedy and adult-sized playrooms complete with ball pits, there is the opportunity to see the Zoo’s newest residents, Sumatran tigers Jae Jae and Melati in their £3.6m Tiger Territory exhibit.


To be in with a chance of winning the prize tickets, all you need to do is answer the following question:

Q: Bordeaux wines come from which country?  France, Spain or Italy?  
(Tip – there is a hint here: http://www.bordeaux.com/uk/vineyard/map)

 Terms & Conditions - see Rafflecopter widget for more detail.
There is one prize in total: two prize tickets (retailing at £25.00 per ticket).   

Travel to and from the event is not included in the prize.

The event is on Friday 14th June 2013.  Timing: 18:00-22:00.

The event will go ahead come rain or shine.
 Winners must be 18 or over and photographic ID may be required.

 How to Enter!
 Entries must be via the Rafflecopter widget and the prize can only be sent to a UK postcode. 
 To see a short video on how easy it is to use Rafflecopter click here.
*Inappropriate comments will be deleted and entry/entries to the competition removed.  
 For information on how to find the URL of your tweet click here - Entries that do not show the URL of the Tweet will be removed.
There is one main way to enter and several ways to get bonus entries, including bonus daily entries.
Competition end time is as shown on the Rafflecopter widget.
Good Luck Everyone! 

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

GAT Winner Collection Stove Top Espresso Coffee Pot - Review

 Just look at this wonderfully curvy and cute 2 person Stove Top Espresso Coffee Pot from the Italian maestros G.A.T.

 
This is a must have for any Espresso coffee lover.  You can enjoy Espresso in just a few minutes and in the comfort of your own home.
Available in eye-catching colours Orange, Purple, Green and Blue.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Contigo Morgan Autoseal Drinks Mug - Review

 I can't normally get too excited about a drinks mug.  But these fancily designed mugs by Contigo Morgan
are very good-looking, colourful and stylish.
 The Contigo Morgan has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Design Award 2013

Transportable tea and coffee is an essential part of modern life and the new Contigo Morgan series from Premier Housewares is convenient for doing just that.  They have a nifty auto-seal mechanism protects against spills, advanced thermal insulation ensures that beverages stay hot for longer. 

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Why does Wine Taste Better After Being Allowed to Breathe?

There are some wines that benefit from being allowed to ‘breathe’.  Oxygen can affect wines in a number of ways and it is important to understand this process and how it could benefit the wine you are drinking.
open bottle

Remember that wine drinking is about personal preference and it is a good idea to get advice on the best ways to store and serve wine from experts and wine sellers.  It is important to taste wine and compare different methods as this will help you discover just how you prefer your wine and which kinds of wines tickle your taste buds.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Pasta and Wine - The Perfect Combinations

For many Italians, just as you would never eat dry pasta, the idea of eating any pasta dish without wine is unwelcome.  
A fine wine, and there are plenty of fine wines from Tesco and other supermarkets to choose from these days, complements pasta far better than fizzy juice and other alcoholic drinks such as beer.  It doesn’t have to be a lot; one glass can be enough. But which wine to choose?  There are no iron rules, but here are some recommendations, for accompanying five popular dishes.

Spaghetti con pomodoro e basilica:
This simple classic of a tomato and basil sauce, sprinkled with parmesan, is served best alongside a white carrying something to match the acidic quality of the tomato.  Sticking to Italy, a light Frascati is an excellent choice for its citrusy and apple elements.

Fusilli con zucchini e gamberetti:
A creamy sauce with courgettes and prawns, this is one of the best seafood pasta dishes for quick cooking without the work of dealing with shellfish.
A lunchtime favourite, it has a smooth flavour and works well again with an easy drinking, dry white wine such as a Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc.

 Tagliatelle con polpettini e salsa di pomodoro:
The general rule with richer, meatier pasta sauces is that they need to be matched by a wine with stronger flavourings. For this meatball dish made with either beef mince, pork, or veal and plenty of herbs with tomato sauce, a rich red such as a San Giovese is a great choice.
Tuscan vineyards tend to use this grape, and a Brunello will serve you well. For an alternative, go to Argentina which not surprisingly given its meat tradition has many fine stronger reds. One made from the Malbec grape would do well

Pasta con salsiccia picante:
A spicy sausage pasta, as with its cousin the pizza, has an unmistakeable flavour but one that puts the palette’s sensitivity in some jeopardy. To counter this, you should combine it with a crisp, distinctly fruity red.
Two great examples are the Nebbiolo wines produced in the Piedmont region of Northern Italy, or a Rioja.  Aged for up to four years in oak barrels, the tannins from the wood invest these wines with plenty of bite.

Pasta al pesto:
A simple and much loved dish, the basil and pine nuts in the classic ‘Pesto Genovese’ is best complemented by a simple, crisp white such as a Pinot Grigio, perfect for bringing out the nutty flavours in the dish.
These are only suggestions, and for each of the dishes there is more than one alternative if you stick to the general principles.
Above all, have fun experimenting. Buon appetito! 
  
 This is a guest post on behalf of Tesco Wines.

Monday, 8 April 2013

Vintage Long Neck Case from First4Hampers - Review

Last week this lovely hamper from First4Hampers arrived for me to review.  The Vintage Union Jack case with faux leather handles was packed full as you can see with a range of Gourmet food and three bottles of wine. Including a selection of Handmade, Artisan and Organic and Fairtrade food products.
First4Hampers have a huge range of gift hampers for every occasion and are available in price ranges to suit your budget. 

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

The Flavour Collective - Coffee from Douwe Egberts

 The master blenders at Douwe Egberts have created a brand new range of premium instant coffee infused with a variety of tantalising flavours.
The Flavour Collective is available in Delicate Vanilla, Smooth Caramel and Roasted Hazelnut

At just two calories per serving, The Flavour Collective range delivers a treat without the guilt.  All that’s left to decide is which flavour will you choose?
Smooth Caramel:
 This smooth and flavoursome coffee offers a real burst of indulgence.  Why not try serving as an iced caramel coffee cooling treat?  Delicious and refreshing! 

Roasted Hazelnut:
 Awaken the senses with this mouth-watering full-bodied flavour.  This nutty delight is great for those who are after a full flavour - a perfect match with Amaretti biscuits.

Delicate Vanilla:
 Relax and unwind with delectably delicate Vanilla. Rich, smooth yet still packing an aromatic punch this classic flavour is great served hot or cold over ice.

All in all:
All three coffees smell amazing!  Just one teaspoon is enough to make a lovely rich tasting cup of coffee.  Our personal favorite is the Roasted Hazelnut.  They can all be enjoyed any time of the day and it's well worth giving them a go as I'm sure you won't be disappointed. 

Of course you don't have to drink coffee, you can make many recipes instead and there are see some lovely recipes over at the Douwe Egberts site - just click here.

The Flavour Collective range from Douwe Egberts is available in selected Sainsbury’s and Tesco stores nationwide, RRSP £2.99 for a 50g jar (25 servings)
Thank you to Emma for sending us some to review.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Kenco Millicano Wholebean Instant Caffeine Free - Review

New Kenco Millicano Caff Free has the same clever combination of instant coffee and finely-milled beans as the Kenco Millicano.
      

   The difference?
None - it's just decaffeinated. 
So, whilst it retains the same rich and full-bodied flavour that coffee lovers adore, it allows the freedom to enjoy a deliciously relaxing cup of coffee, whether it be first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

And now for the taste test:
Paul (the husband and big coffee drinker) says it really is the best decaffeinated coffee he's ever tasted.  Having tried a few big brand names, this is the best one by far.  A nice smooth, rich cup of coffee every time.

You can find out more about the Kenco Caff Free and the rest of their coffee range over at the Kenco website.

Thank you to Jen, Anya and Kenco for sending me a sample to review.

Sometimes we're all in a hurry and just want a quick cup of coffee, so instant coffee is the ideal choice, but when your not in such a hurry then it is nice to make coffee in a cafetiere.

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