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#Review: Tutti Bimbi Weaning Kit

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 11-11-2015

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Weaning is one of the most exciting landmarks every baby goes through. That transition from living on milk alone to being introduced to a range of flavours, tastes and textures is a great experience for babies and parents to share. There’s a huge range of weaning products out there for parents to choose from but when Tutti Bimbi sent me there weaning kit recently, I was very excited to find something that would be usable well past those first weaning steps.

Now Little Dude is clearly well past the weaning stage. He’s 18 months old now and has been merrily eating everything for just over a year now. We attempted the same spoon feeding purees that we’d done with Little Man, but to no avail, so we went down the baby led weaning route which has worked really well for everyone. He eats pretty much everything we put in front of him, but is fiercely independent so meal times still remain rather messy as he’s insistent that he self feeds.

The Tutti Bimbi Weaning Kit consists of a nine hole freezer tray with lid, and two spoons. Its hardly the most high tech of kit, but it does so many different jobs. First of all it can be used for freezing precious breast milk. Moving on it can be used to freeze homemade purees and small portions of meals. When your little one reaches toddler age it can be used as a snack tray or for serving lunch. We use our tray for this every single day.

Little Dude’s lunch is presented to him in this tray every day, and I fill each pot with a different toddler friendly food. We’ve used things like grapes, blueberries, tiny sandwiches, pieces of cooked meat, crackers, cheese, pitta bread, and toddler biscuits. I don’t always achieve nine completely different foods, but Little Dude loves the sight of this tray on his table and enjoys the independence of effectively choosing his own food. Any that he doesn’t finish – and to be fair this is very rare – gets the lid popped back on and he can graze on it throughout the rest of the afternoon if he wishes.

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When he outgrows using the tray like this, it’ll be heading back into the kitchen to be used for baking. It can be put in the over so will be ideal for making individual cakes with Little Dude, or even individual bread rolls. During the summer it could even be used to make homemade healthy fruit ice lollies for children of all ages.

This is a really versatile piece of kit. It’s really well made, nice and bright which I love, and will last for years. I can see this being a part of our kitchen for many many years to come. Head over to the Tutti Bimbi website to find out more about this product, and the rest of their range.

World Baking Day

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie | Posted on 17-05-2015

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Today is World Baking Day… and also my birthday. So what better way to mark these two events than with cake. Lots and lots of cake. My plans for today generally involve eating cake, and the following sounds just up my street. The “World’s Happiest Cake” features ingredients to lift your mood such as coconut, lime and mango. To me it sounds rather tropical and reminds me of my honeymoon in Maui. Definitely a mood booster. In fact just looking at it makes me smile.

Whilst I go and find someone to bake this for me, and adorn it with a few candles… *ahem*… why don’t you take a look at the recipe.

COCONUT, MANGO AND LIME CAKE RECIPEWorldsHappiestCake-SussexMummy

Servings: 16

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes

225g Stork block
325g caster sugar
4 eggs, medium
250g self-raising flour
100g plain flour
Zest of 2 limes
50g dried mango, finely chopped
50g flaked almonds
50g desiccated coconut

Syrup:
Juice of 2 limes
60g caster sugar

Filling:
55g (2 oz) Stork tub
175g icing sugar
1-2 teaspoons milk
100g mango puree (fresh or tinned)

Topping:
100g icing sugar, sieved
25g each of shredded or desiccated coconut and dried mango
15g each sunflower and pumpkin seeds
15g flaked almonds, toasted

1.    To make cake, place Stork block and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time and fold in remaining ingredients

2.    Place the mixture in a greased and bottom lined 23cm deep cake tin

3.    Bake on the middle shelf of a preheated moderate oven 170° C, 160° C fan oven, Gas mark 4 for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean

4.    Turn out and cool on a wire tray

5.    For the syrup place sugar and lime juice in a pan over moderate heat and stir until sugar has dissolved. Bring to the boil and then pour over warm cake

6.    Filling: place Stork tub, sugar and milk together in a bowl and beat together until smooth. Split cake into 3 and sandwich together with icing and mango puree

7.    To finish the cake, make a glace icing by adding either lime juice or water to the icing sugar until a thick pouring consistency and spread over the cake. Top with a mix of seeds, mango, coconut and almonds

8.   Adorn with candles and serve to Sussex Mummy… well I can hope can’t I?

Happy World Baking Day!

Halloween Treats…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie | Posted on 31-10-2014

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Hopefully today my Twitter feed – and later tonight this blog post – will be full of photos of my baking exploits with Little Man. I’m not overly optimistic – its been that kind of week and he’s being 4 with impeccable skill – but we’ll see what mood he woken up in. I hope to be making an array of Halloween goodies – biscuits, cupcakes and a traybake if things go really well. We were sent a hamper of Nestle bits and pieces last week to help us create something ghoulish as well as a few recipes for inspiration. If things go well, we’ll be making this later today.

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150g Shredded Wheat
6 x Yorkie Bars
50g White Marshmallows
200g Golden Syrup
1 pack of Strawberry Laces
1 pack of Jelly Tots
1 bag of Milky Bar Buttons

Grease & line a 20cm square tin. Melt the Yorkie bars and Golden Syrup in a bowl over a pan of simmering water. In another bowl mix the Shredded Wheat, 1/2 the Jelly Tots and the Strawberry Laces together. Stir in the chocolate syrup mixture. Pour into the tin and chill for at least an hour in the fridge. Once set remove from the tin and cut into bite sized pieces. Drizzle over some melted buttons and scatter over the remaining Jelly Tots before it sets.

So its not going to be the healthiest thing ever, but it certainly sounds like it’ll meet the creepy quota with all the worms and bugs lurking. I also like the sound of this as there’s no real cooking involved apart from the early melting, so its pretty child friendly. Definitely my best hope with the feral four year old I seem to have in my midst this week. Half term is nearly over with yes?

Foodie: Thermapen Review & Giveaway

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Competition, Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 02-04-2013

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Keeping our family safe and healthy is our ultimate priority is everything we do. When we’re providing food for them its also a priority, whether that food is babies milk or a Sunday roast. Making sure what we’re serving is fully cooked and at the right temperatures ensures their safety, and one of the ways to do that is to invest in a Thermapen.

A Thermapen is a probe which you can use to make sure what you are cooking or warming is the ideal temperature. You can use it when you are warming your babies milk to make sure its the correct and safe temperature. It can be used in baking to make sure cakes are cooked, for making sugar syrups, in jam making and for tempering chocolate. It is an essential piece of kit for your Summer barbecue, when most food poisoning accidents occur with under cooked meat and poultry. We received a Thermapen to test out and my Mum has been using it relentlessly when she’s been cooking in the kitchen, ensuring the Sunday roast is always the right temperature throughout.

The Thermapen is so easy to use – opening it turns it on, and closing it turns it off again. The digital screen is easy to read at a glance and the bright range of colours available means there’s no danger of it getting lost. You could even get a Thermapen to match your kitchen colour scheme! For more information on Thermapen’s check out their website and follow them on Twitter @Thermapen_.

Now I have a brilliant GREEN Thermapen to give away to one of my lucky readers. In order to win you MUST be following me on Twitter and then Tweet the following:

I want to win a @Thermapen_ from @SussexMummy #FoodSafety #FamilySafety

One winner will be chosen from all the entries received by 8pm on Friday April 12th and the winner will be DM’d as soon as possible, so make sure you’re following me. Good luck!

 

Christmas Stocking Fillers: For Mum…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Christmas Gift Guide, Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 27-11-2012

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More stocking fillers now, but this time for Mums…

NSPA Products
Available exclusively from Asda this range of beauty products is deliciously fruity. Body butters and lip balms which smell divine whilst also leaving your body and lips super soft and smooth. These butters are not edible despite how delightful they smell, but are exceptionally good value for money. Each of these featured sets costs just £5 and if you go in-store on online you can find a huge range of products for women and men.

Beurer Mini Massager
Perfect for getting rid of those niggling aches and pains at the end of the day this mini massager fits neatly into your hand. Its great used on the shoulders or legs to ease tired muscles after a hectic run up to Christmas. I used this myself after long days at work on my tired calves and it relieved any tension or aches with ease. It has three individually vibrating heads and its compact size also makes it great to carry in your handbag or briefcase in case you need a little relaxation at your desk or on your commute. Every Mum deserves one of these in her stocking this Christmas. Available in a choice of colours, this model costs £11.99 and more details can be found on the Beurer website.

Rosie’s Pantry Measuring Cups
Part of Boots’ famous 3 for 2 gift sets this dinky collection of measuring cups would look great in any kitchen. Recently coveted by GBBO very own Cat, the set comes with four cups – 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 tbs and 1 dsp – each with a pastel colouring in the shape of miniature tea cups. Available now from Boots for just £10.

Betty & Walter Commendably Practical Cosmetic Purse
Again available from Boots this is new range for the store. The cosmetic purse comes with a Rose Lip Balm in a tin, a tub of Elderflower & Lemon Hydrating Hand cream, a Patterned Nail File and a Compact Mirror all inside a Printed Cosmetic Purse. Its a brilliant set and the hand cream included is a great product. It absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves hands feeling soft and cared for. The purse itself will slip neatly into any handbag for taking cosmetics on the go, or for keeping on your dressing table with your favourite odds and ends in. Buy it now from Boots for £14.

Touchscreen Gloves
Most of us own something with a touchscreen, whether it be a phone, an e-reader or a tablet. Touchscreen devices are excellent but when its winter and your hands and fingers need covering in gloves, using a touchscreen device is impossible, and taking your gloves on and off can be tiresome. These Fair Isle patterned gloves from Asda are a great solution and are available at a bargain price of just £5.

 

Festive Baking With Clover

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Foodie, Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 26-11-2012

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We’ve all started counting down to Christmas and its a great idea to get ahead with your baking and any food preparation and make use of your freezer. This gives you so much more time on the day with your family, and also stops any potential melt downs! This weekend I did some festive baking using the new blocks of butter from Clover. We’ve all no doubt tried their spreadable tubs of butter but you can now get Clover in 250g blocks which are ideal for baking and soft enough to use straight out of the fridge – a definite bonus!

First up I made mince pies. I’m not a huge fan of traditional mince pies, so I thought I’d give Nigella Lawson’s Cranberry Studded Mincemeat a go as well. Here’s the recipe for the mincemeat first:

60ml Ruby Port – or Cranberry Juice
75g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
300g Cranberries
1tsp Ground Ginger
1tsp Ground Cinnamon
75g Currants
75g Raisins
30g Dried Cranberries
Zest & Juice of 1 Clementine/Satsuma
25ml Brandy
1/8tsp Almond Extract
1/2tsp Vanilla Extract
2tbs Honey

In a large saucepan over a gentle heat dissolve the sugar into the port/juice. Add the fresh cranberries and cover them in the liquid. Add the dried fruits, spices and zest and juice of the clementine/satsuma. Simmer for about 15/20 minutes until everything looks well combined and most of the liquid has been absorbed. You can squash any whole cranberries that remain with a spoon. Take off the heat and cool a little before stirring in the brandy, extracts and honey. Give it a big stir until you’ve got a berry like paste.

This can then be put into waiting mince pie cases, sterilized jars and stored in the fridge, or put into the freezer and used within three months.

(From Nigella’s Christmas)

Now obviously this recipe didn’t use any of the Clover so I made my own pastry which was so simple. This didn’t need the softness of the Clover straight from the fridge, but the end result did taste delicious.

240g Plain Flour
60g Vegetable Shortening
60g Cold Butter – I used my Clover Butter Block
Juice of 1 Orange
Pinch of Salt
About 350g Mincemeat

Put the flour and fat into a shallow bowl. Make sure the butter and shortening is in small cubes/dollops. Put this in the freezer for about half an hour. Mix the orange juice and salt in a small bowl and place covered in the fridge. After half an hour remove the flour mix from the freezer and whizz in your food processor until you get porridge like crumbs. Pour in the salty orange juice as you whizz it and stop as the mix begins to form a dough – you might not need all the juice. Use your hands to form a dough and create two or three discs (depending on how many cupcake trays/tart tins you have) and wrap in clingfilm and pop into the fridge for another 20 minutes. Once chilled roll each disc out one at a time and use cutters to create pastry circles to line your trays/tins. The amount of mincemeat you put in obviously depends on the size of mince pie you are making. I made mine in mini muffin tins and used about 3/4 of a teaspoon in each. Bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes – again depends on the size of the mince pie – at 220 degrees/Gas 7.

You can now store them in an air tight tin for about a week – if they last that long – or make them ahead and freeze for up to 3 months. Just reheat them from room temperature or frozen for 4 or 5 minutes before serving.

(From Nigella’s Christmas)

Here’s a few of the ones I made, and the amazing book I got the recipe from. Seriously – go out and buy this book. Its AMAZING.

Whilst making these mince pies – I ended up with 24 this size and the same amount of mincemeat again in the freezer – I was also making another festive favourite. I love Panattone and usually end up buying several small ones from the supermarket because nobody else in my house likes them. This year I decided I’d splash out and make my own. I’m not a fan of the traditional plain panattone – the one I buy has chocolate chips in instead of fruit – so I went on a hunt for a recipe that was similar. I found this great recipe on the Good Food website. I don’t like Candid Peel so I bulked up the cranberries and chocolate – okay mainly the chocolate – and I didn’t put flaked almonds on the top either. Here’s my version:

500g Plain Flour
14g (two sachets) Dried Yeast
100g Golden Caster Sugar
200ml Milk
3 Eggs
1tsp Vanilla Extract
200g Softened Butter – I used Clover Butter Block straight from the fridge
185g Dried Cranberries
200g White Chocolate Chips

Okay I got a little carried away with the chocolate chips but they came in two 100g bags so I just emptied them both in!!

Put the flour, yeast and 1tsp salt in a mixer – I used my Kitchen Aid. Give it a quick mix – have the dough hook in when you do this to save changing it around. Add the sugar and give it another mix. Beat your eggs in a bowl and warm the milk to hand hot temperature. Add the milk and eggs to the flour and combine to a dough then knead with the dough hook for about 5 minutes. Leave uncovered in the mixer for about an hour or until its doubled in size. Cut your butter into small cubes and add to the risen dough. Mix it in thoroughly and then leave for another hour to rise again. Add your cranberries and chocolate chips and mix. Line your tins – I made four individual ones in empty 400g tins and one large in my Ikea Cutlery Tin (thanks to whoever suggested that!!) – with double thickness of greaseproof and a collar above the top of the tin of a few inches. Divide the dough between your tins or put all in one tin and let it rise for a further 30 mins. Brush the top(s) with a beaten egg and bake for 45-50 mins at 160degrees/Gas 4.

This is a long recipe because of all the rising that goes on, so its a good idea to make something else whilst you’re waiting. I had the Panattone dough rising in the corner of my kitchen whilst I made the mincemeat and then the mince pies.

Here’s my finished large Panattone.

To me it looks like a panattone – though the top could be a little smoother – and it tastes divine. The cranberries and white chocolate are a great combination, and the dough is the sort of texture I was expecting. I would show you the individual ones but there was an incident with the tins… namely me forgetting to line to bottoms and losing about an inch off the bottom of each. Not too stressful though, as they really grew and could barely support themselves. Less dough per tin next time I think!

Hopefully you’re feeling inspired to get baking for Christmas, and next time you’re in the supermarket do grab a few packs of Clover Butter Blocks. The fact you can use it straight from the fridge makes baking much faster and the results are delicious.

Product Review: Oxo Cookie Jar

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 06-11-2012

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There has been a lot of baking going on in my kitchen these last few weeks. What with Little Man’s Birthday, Halloween and my general love of baking there have been cakes and biscuits all over the place! Cakes tend to get eaten pretty quickly in this house but when I bake biscuits I tend to do them in bulk so there’s enough to last about a week. The problem I’ve found however is that they don’t stay fresh for that long in a tin so we invariably end up throwing some out which is a shame. At least we did until we discovered the Oxo Cookie Jar.

The Oxo Cookie Jar has the traditional cookie jar shape to it – rounded with a flat base and back and the opening angled forwards – but has a very special lid. As you can see above the lid has a large button on it. Pushing that button down secures the lid but also makes the jar airtight. To open the jar your just release the button and use the large round handle to remove the lid.

The jar has a capacity of 2.8 litres which is A LOT of cookies, so ideal for me and my bulk baking. Biscuits which I’ve baked and stored in here have been as fresh as the day I made them a full week later. I’m sure they would remain fresh for several more days to come if my husband and Little Man didn’t eat them all!

At £13 its clearly not the cheapest cookie jar on the market but its the best one I’ve found. It has pride of place in my kitchen and Little Man knows where to find his biscuits. He’s even managed to figure out how to open the jar himself, its that easy to operate.

You can find out more about this jar and the other items in the POP range here, as well as locating your local stockist.

Product Review: Sweet Treats Waffle Stick Maker

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 24-10-2012

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You’ll all no doubt recall my enthusiasm for the Sweet Treats Cake Pop Maker which I reviewed recently. You can therefore probably imagine my excitement and being offered a Waffle Stick Maker from the same company. I was giddy!

The Waffle Stick Maker works in a similar fashion to the Cake Pop Maker. You heat it up whilst you mix your batter and then pour it inside. The maker is then closed and the waffles cook. This Waffle Stick Maker is very similar to a sandwich toaster really. After the cooking time – around 3 – 4 minutes – you are left with six golden sticks of waffle. Each “stick” is about an inch in width and I found it a great size to give to Little Man as a treat, though admittedly whilst we were making these he ended up eating about 5!

Now the batter makes around 36 and you can only make 6 at a time so prepare to be wiping out the hot plates after each batch and re-greasing them. If the idea of eating all 36 in one go is making you nervous do not fear – these waffles freeze VERY well. You can then reheat them as you want straight from the freezer in either the toaster or by popping them back into the Waffle Stick Maker for a few minutes. The top drawer of my freezer is in fact where you’ll find my stash of Apple & Cinnamon Waffle Sticks, ready to munch at a moments notice.

Whilst the “sticks” alone make a great snack or are ideal for breakfast, you can also jazz them up a little. The included recipes have details for making both the “sticks” and a dipping sauce, or you can turn them into “Waffle Sticks ON a Stick” by using cake pop sticks to poke in one end. By doing that you can then dip one end in chocolate, sprinkle on a few sugar strands or chopping nuts, and you’ve got instant party food. There is even a recipe included for savoury sticks and a cheese fondue sauce if your party isn’t full of small children!

You will find the Sweet Treats Waffle Stick Maker in your local Lakeland or online here.

National Baking Week

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 16-10-2012

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National Baking Week is upon us once more and all over the country people are getting baking to raise money for the wonderful Great Ormond Street Hospital. When it comes to baking the ingredients you use are crucial, but having the perfect equipment can help transform a baking disaster into something to be truly proud of.

This weekend was Little Man’s 2nd Birthday. Unfortunately he’s smothered in a cold and has a rather impressive cough, but on Sunday we managed to have a lovely afternoon party with all his grandparents and rather a lot of cakes and biscuits which I’d spent most of Saturday creating. Two great pieces of equipment helped me on my way – as well as Little Man of course – and I’d like to tell you more about them.

Joseph Joseph Adjustable Rolling Pin
When I make biscuits more often than not I use recipes from Miranda Gore Browne’s book and she suggests using a small ice cream scoop to ensure all your biscuits are the same size. It is also a super fast way of churning out lots of biscuits which I highly recommend. For Little Man’s birthday however I was making Gingerbread Teddies. Now I’m not hugely fussy when it comes to the appearance of biscuits for Little Man – as long as he gets to eat them he doesn’t mind what they look like – but with it being his birthday I wanted to make a bit of an effort. I used Miranda’s recipe to make Gingerbread Men but when it came to rolling it out – after about an hours chilling in the fridge – I used the new Joseph Joseph rolling pin.

I am a big fan of Joseph Joseph products and have always wanted to try out this rolling pin. It comes with four sets of discs which you fit to either end of the pin. The sets are different sizes which means your biscuit dough or pastry or homemade pasta dough is rolled out to a certain thickness, and no more. You can basically roll away whilst perhaps watching a toddler run around your feet, or keeping an eye on the timer for the cakes you are also baking – both of which I was doing – and the dough will only go to the thickness you want. You will end up with perfectly rolled even dough, which is precisely what I got. I used the 6mm discs for the gingerbread dough and ended up with 18 identical little bears. Obviously my son wasn’t particularly interested in this, but I was rather proud to be honest!
You get 10mm, 8mm, 6mm and 4mm discs with the pin so its ideal for biscuits, or pastry, making your own lasagne or tagliatelle. The pin also has width measurements in the wood so you can make sure anything you’re rolling out if the perfect size too.
This rolling pin is a must have addition to any bakers kitchen where precision and consistency is key! You can buy them online direct from the Joseph Joseph online store.

Lekue Kids Muffin Set
Baking with my Little Man is very important to me. He really enjoys himself, I get to do something I love, and its a great skill for him to learn. Admittedly at the moment he’s mainly interested in scattering flour around the kitchen, but I’m sure this will pass. For his birthday baking he didn’t join in but usually I get him involved. He has his own mixing bowl and apron set, as well as a small wooden spoon and rolling pin. Lekue sent us one of their Kids Muffin Set’s to test out, and this is now a great addition to his baking equipment.

The set includes a spatula, six silicone muffin cases, a set of recipes and a Decopen. I own lots of silicone bakeware – it is so easy to use and clean – so Little Man is used to seeing these in the kitchen. The Decopen was an interesting a new addition to our baking. When used in baking the Decopen and its four included nozzles allows you to add decoration to your baked goods. In the case of muffins its great for drizzling icing or melted chocolate on the top of cooled cakes to give them that personal touch. It could also be used to create chocolate shapes to stick into the top of  icing or buttercream. The Decopen is easy to fill, use and clean which is very important in any kitchen. Its a good size for little ones to hold as well. Little Man hasn’t used it yet – I admit to being a little nervous! – but I had a go and it was great fun. I’m sure Little Man will love using it when I let him try it out.
The Lekue Kids Muffin Set is available from the Lekue online store.

 

Product Review: My Secret Kitchen

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 20-09-2012

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If you are searching for a flexible job that fits around your family life, and you are passionate about food and cooking, you might just be the kind of person that My Secret Kitchen is looking for. Working for My Secret Kitchen allows you to host Tastings in your own home. Invite family and friends round to indulge in good food and good company, and watch as the range of My Secret Kitchen foods practically sell themselves. The range is only available via My Secret Kitchen consultants and from the website, so you know the products are more exclusive than those you find in your local supermarket.

The team at My Secret Kitchen sent me a selection of their products to test out, and I am hugely impressed.

Oak Smoked Rapeseed Oil
The Rape for this oil is grown, harvested and cold pressed on the same farm in Sussex, so this is a very exciting local product. Rapeseed oil is one of the most healthy oils for your heart so is a great addition to any kitchen. Recommended by My Secret Kitchen to use in sauces, dressings and as a simple bread dipper its also really versatile. I used this oil last weekend by brushing it over the skin of a chicken I was roasting. I usually use butter or olive oil but this gave a great smoky taste to the chicken and the smell was mouthwatering.

Secret Firecracker Chilli Spices
This product is not for the fainthearted! 1/4 of a teaspoon of this will give you the same heat as one small red chilli, but at the same time it will give you the added flavour of cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic and Mexican oregano. This is going to be a great addition to homemade chilli con carne. The spice contains the “holy trinity” of Mexican chillies – ancho, pasilla and guajillo – giving it an unmistakably hot and fruity chilli flavour. Recipe suggestions for this include Chilli Lemon Chicken, Spicy Salsa, and Spicy Buffalo Sauce.

Maple Caramel Sauce
Just the name of this product should have you licking your lips. Liquid caramel mixed with a hint of warm maple syrup this sauce is divine. It tastes amazing on pancakes especially with bananas, and  makes plain vanilla ice cream heavenly just by being drizzled over it. It would also make a great topping to a sundae. In fact I think this sauce would be delicious on most desserts. Or you could just dig in and eat it by the spoonful, straight from the jar.

Secret Vanilla Pudding Spices
This spice combines vanilla with cinnamon, ground coriander seed and ginger making it a delightful sweet and spicy addition to cupboard. The secret ingredient is roasted cassia. This spice is delicious dusted on top of hot chocolates, but I think it would also be tasty on french toast or freshly made doughnuts. Mixed in to warm sponge puddings, added in to apple pies, or sprinkled over popcorn this spice will add a warming sweet flavour to a host of desserts, cakes and sweet treats. This spice should be a store cupboard staple for any keen baker.

If that’s got your taste buds twitching get over to the My Secret Kitchen website now. Not only can you buy these items – and a great range of other products – direct, you can sign up to host your own tasting session and become a consultant for them. With a range of perks and bonuses available to you and your customers, its a great opportunity for those foodies out there.