It wasn't the April we all expected, but there are still fabulous products you can treat yourself to during this lockdown - or even save for when we are in a better place.
The team at Chatting Food want you to always be safe, so please shop responsibly, and online as much as you can. This month we treat you to a healthy bone broth, a cheese board to bring a smile to your face, a good vibe ale to send to friends and yourself, and of course some booze options.
Boosh - Bone Broth
A little tired of crumbling out of date cubes of dried stock into your meal? I mean, how long have they been at the back of the cupboard? Maybe now is the time to invest in good bone broth and stock. We know, if we tried our hardest, we could attempt to make this at home ourselves, but if you are looking for good stock straight from the jar without the chances of a mishap, then the guys at Boosh are here to help.
Their organic stocks are rammed full of nutritious goodness that will not only potentially enhance any comfort food dish you are creating but also boost immunity and bone density, due to them being high in protein and collagen.
You can add them to your meals or simply drink on their own for an extra boost to your immune system.
Boosh Bone Broths come in packs of 1, 3 or 6 jars, 350ml each and are available via Ocado and their website.
Geary’s Bakery - Jason’s Bread
We’re all trying to make it at home, but if baking is just not your thing, then maybe it is time to try a new loaf.
The UK’s number one artisanal craft bakery, Geary’s Bakery, has launched a new brand, Jason’s, which is spearheaded by the eponymous master baker Jason Geary, the fourth-generation family member to lead the business.
The unique sliced ‘Ciabattin’ loaf uses a sourdough culture to create three different variants; White Ciabattin, Grains & Seeds Ciabattin and Craft Beer Ciabattin using Vixen Copper Ale – a local Leicestershire beer from Charnwood Brewery. The bread is baked using a twenty-four-hour fermentation process typical of small-batch sourdough bread, ensuring it has a rich flavour with no need for added sugars, preservatives or additives. The bread comes in glassine paper reminiscent of proper bakery bread and is entirely recyclable. The bag is resealable meaning it is still great after several days in the bread bin, so will last you between shops.
Jason’s Bread is available now in M&S stores nationwide, RRP £1.80.
Maldon Sea Salt Flake Mills
Maldon Sea Salt has been a staple salt in homes across the UK. They have now released brand new refillable and adjustable sea salt flake mills.
The grinders ensure each salt flake is perfectly crushed with a simple twist, either on a coarse or fine setting, adjusted to preference. Loved by chefs the world over and By Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen as Purveyors of Sea Salt since 2012, Maldon Salt is approved by the Organic Food Federation.
So will you be twisting or pinching this summer?
Available from Morrisons stores nationwide as well as Tesco, Ocado and other quality food retailers. RRP from £3.50 / 55g.
SEVEN BRO7HERS - Good Vibes Ale
Missing family and friends? Fancy delivering someone you care about some good vibes?
Family brewery SEVEN BRO7HERS has launched a brand new, spirit-lifting hoppy ale– giving drinkers the option to send ‘Good Vibes’ to friends via delivery. The limited-edition beer ‘Good Vibes’ is available in a single can or multi-pack orders and can be gifted with a personalised note to help keep friends and family upbeat during this challenging time.
A soft and mellow pale ale, the new 4.1% beer offers aromas of stone fruit and citrus from dry hopping with a duo of azacca and cascade and finishes with a smooth bitter aftertaste.
Last month the brewery unveiled its new-look cans and ‘family’ of beers – older brew recipes have been tweaked and improved and new flavours welcomed into the fold. The core family range is also available in select Co-Op stories and on their website.
The ‘Good Vibes’ cans are available in 440ml for £3.50 and can be ordered with a gift card. For every gifted can, the brewers will be donating 60p to the mental health charity, Mind.
Have you emptied every single bottle of gin left in your house? Fancy trying something different? Enter ARLU RUM’s bold, punchy, flavoursome range of rums.
Caribbean born, Manchester made; this expertly crafted rum collection is imported from the award-winning Demerara Diamond Distillery and lovingly blended with unique natural flavours and spices in the heart of Manchester.
If you fancy trying something a bit different they have launched three new flavours; ARLU RUM Original Spiced, ARLU RUM Passionfruit & Mango and ARLU RUM Blood Orange. ARLU RUM Original Spiced is a slightly sweeter take on classic spiced rum with notes of vanilla fudge and butter. The ARLU RUM Passionfruit & Mango and ARLU RUM Blood Orange have been created using some of the best rum from the Caribbean and blended with a fantastic range of spices and fruit flavours providing a unique twist to a classic cocktail or enjoyed simply with a mixer.
ARLU Rum is available from £23.00 and available to purchase in Harvey Nichols and online at www.arlurum.com
Are jeans getting a little tight? Need a healthier snack to sit in front of Netflix with?
Enter Podberry, the UK’s first freeze-dried seasoned snack product made from Scottish grown peas. Yes, peas! The snacks come in four flavours: Salt and Vinegar, Sweet Chilli, Ham Hock and Parmesan & Truffle.
Podberry packs contain less than 1g of fat and are only 70 calories and a healthy 4.5g protein in every pack. They are also gluten-free and 1 of your 5 a day.
If you need an alternative to fat-heavy nuts, this might be your new healthy snack - especially if you are a fan of peas.
Online, available for delivery, from eatpodberry.co.uk. £7 for an 8 pack.
Whether you are storing for the self-isolation after-party or looking to just get through self-isolation in the garden, Pinkster Gin has the perfect solution to help you enjoy #stayathome. Their Pinkster on Tap 3 litre gin box is now reduced to £100, available online with free delivery and a great way to enjoy happy hour at home with your family over the coming weeks.
Holding three litres of raspberry-infused gin, Pinkster on Tap is a stylish and sustainable way of enjoying a cheeky G&T at home or in the garden. It is equivalent to more than four regular bottles so this new reduced price will save you £40 and a whole load of glass waste.
Pinkster Gin available from their website RRP £100 which includes free delivery.
Sharpham’s Essential Devon Cheese Board
In need of a cheese fix? A collaboration between Devon’s finest cheese-makers brings you the Essential Devon Cheese Board featuring five artisan pieces of cheese, delivered straight to your door. Each cheese is made with milk from cows and goats that have grazed Devon’s luscious pastures. The essential cheese lover’s box will be delivered to your door with no contact necessary.
The board includes the Devon classics; Sharpham Brie, Quickes Mature Cheddar and Ticklemore Devon Blue, plus a ‘Grader’s Choice’ from both Sharpham and Quickes.
Customers will receive five pieces (circa 300g each) of artisan cheese individually wrapped along with tasting notes for each, all boxed up and ready to go. Perfect!
The Essential Devon Cheese Board costs £20 and is available for home delivery from
Fowey Valley’s Large Hamper
If you fancy treating yourself to a hamper of goodies, may we suggest Fowey Valley’s large hamper.
This beautiful wicker hamper containing a large 500ml Foy Gin, a Fever-tree aromatic tonic, two products from their miniature range, a 250ml bottle each of our vintage cider vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, a jar of cider chutney and a bag of cider fudge!
You may not get down to Devon this Spring, but let them bring Devon to you.
The Large hamper with Gin & Tonic £75.00
Available from www.foweyvalleycider.co.uk
Chatting Food Contributor: Ellen Pope
Self-confessed potty mouth, mother of guinea pig and eater of 99.9% of food (don't bring me marzipan and tell me it is food). Ellen is the founder and Editor of Chatting Food Magazine and on a one-woman mission to talk food at everyone. Usually found tweeting, eating, sleeping, repeating.