I’m a good little eater (larger than average). I’ve always had an interest in food, I’ve photographed and written about food for all sorts of interesting people and brands, and my blog (idontlikepeas.co.uk) won me the title of UK Food Blogger of the Year back in 2015.
One of the best things about food, I find, is that you can share it (if there’s enough to go round, of course), so, here I am to share my recent foodie finds with you, (although I still think foodie should be spelt ‘foody’, but that’s by-the-by, what counts here is the food, drink and related goodness).
From the small artisan product to the new restaurant launch, cook books, kitchen gadgets and everything in between, we hope you find something to whet your appetite.
Chase Marmalade Vodka
A couple of years ago I found myself at the Chase Distillery in Herefordshire scooping a handful of this marmalade and Seville orange-peel laced nectar from the vodka waterfall as the sun glinted and glittered on everything around me. Pretty much a fairytale.
It’s the perfect sipping vodka (although a straw does fit very nicely inside the bottle neck!)
Kookery ‘Give Peas a Chance’ Card
I really like Kookery’s quirky and kind approach to the world. These ‘Give peas a chance’ cards are such fun, and while I don’t agree with the sentiment (I don’t like peas) I do think it’s a super cute card. I was even tempted to colour in the cutlery before I gave it to my lovely friend Rachel in the hope that she will eat my spare peas if the situation ever requires it.
Yuu Kitchen, London
Did someone say birthday party? Yuu Kitchen turned one this month and I was lucky enough to be on the guest list for the celebratory get together. Highlights of the menu have to be… all of it! Seriously. Gah, how do I even choose?
Well, if I have to be selective, I would go straight in for the chicken wings with Filipino style sticky adobo sauce, okra fries, Japanese potato salad, Thai chicken laab, maybe followed by a 7UP braised pork belly bao and accompanied by a bubble tea? Yes please!
Did you know that Yuu now do a weekend brunch, and…. takeaway service? Goodness me!
Vamino Thai Soy Drink
Like a liquid rice pudding, this went down a treat after I pulled it from the fridge in my local Thai café. Made with soybeans, coconut oil and milk powder it’s probably not to everyone’s taste, but if you think evaporated milk is a good thing, or that rice pudding is the food of the gods, then this one’s for you!
Bee Bee Wraps
I’ve seen these wax coated food wraps around quite a lot lately. It’s a sensible alternative to clingfilm and sandwich bags for covering all sorts of food items from cheese and sandwiches to jars and bowls. I’m behind anything that lessens the use of plastics. These organic cotton wraps are coated in beeswax and plant oils and are reusuable, antibacterial, non-toxic and biodegradable. Each wrap can last up to a year, and when it’s no longer useful you can compost it.
Jolly Roger Coconut Hot Sauce
You might have heard me raving about Cheeky Boy’s amazing Berlin 49 German Hot Sauce (there’s a video online of a cheerful german guy drinking a whole bottle, it’s that good!) but the boy is back with something completely different to add to the range, and I love it! Fragrant and creamy coconut, with a big hit of ginger, it’s great with chicken (a good replacement for satay) and brilliant in a stir fry too, although I could willingly just eat it straight from the spoon!
Haynes Meat Manual & Haynes Flavoured Spirits Manual
Is there a Haynes manual for everything? It certainly looks that way! These were going to be Christmas presents for friends, but I can’t wait that long to hand them over.
Want to know when Buffalo wings were invented and how to make them? Look no further. Do you know how to make a Chicken Kiev, or that it was Marks and Spencer’s first ready meal back in 1976? With diagrams, instructions on how to carve meat, conversion charts and recipes for chips, scotch eggs and faggots, you probably won’t need any other cook books! (Apart from maybe the Flavoured Spirits guide.)
Do you know an amazing Foodie Find that should be featured here? Get in touch, send biscuits!