Foodie Goodies March Edition 2016

Foodies goodies March Edition 2016

Foodie Goodies March Edition 2016

“She’s so cute” the voice came from the opposite side of the bus, a woman looking all motherly at Hannah, peering out from her bag. Cute yes, but a little rascal also. I was coming back from shopping in Bangor and had brought Hannah along with me for a jaunt along the seafront – kill two birds with one stone, was my thinking. It’s amazing how having a dog can spark up a conversation with a complete stranger. I learnt the woman had a daughter who owned two dogs, Bobby and Peanut, and how she has a friend who knits jumpers for dogs. I’m quiet by nature but by the time I got off at my stop to go home, I felt like I had known this woman for years.  “Happy Easter!” she shouted and I even waved at her as the bus moved on. They do say animal lovers are nice people!


Foodie Goodies March Edition 2016
Foodie Goodies March Edition 2016
I did like the month of March, as the flowers started to bloom, the Spring lambs were out jumping around the fields and there was no shortage of food discoveries. During my shopping trip I picked up a bag of Tesco’s £1 Crunchy Sweet Potato Slices, having previously tried their beetroot crisps and enjoying them. I’m a big ole fan of sweet potato and I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed with these. On their own, they are very dry and not that appealing as crisps, but with a dip like guacamolethey come to life. Despite the allure of creme eggs adorning the aisles, it was Crunchie Rocks that caught my attention. I love the bar, so to see it in a snack size option brought much delight to my chocolate honeycomb loving self. 


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I was sent a jar of Coffee Caramel Sauce by local NI food artisan Alice McIlhagger of Brambleberry Jams. Smooth caramel with just the right amount of coffee flavour coming through – I wholeheartedly recommend putting it in your shopping basket now. Alice also makes curds, chutneys and gift hampers.

Foodie Goodies March Edition 2016

I discovered buckwheat flour and the wonderful nutty flavour it brings to bakes. It had been on my list since I saw Nigella use it in her cookies. I made delicious banana bread with mine. I need to get experimenting more with it! 

Foodie Goodies March Edition 2016

Lynas Causeway Prime sausages are the best. Seriously! I made a sausage casserole with their beef sausages. Now it’s their pork and leek. If you haven’t tried their sausages then you’ve got an excuse to visit their outlet in Belfast and buy a pack. I imagine come Summer we will be throwing a few more of these on the bbq. 

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I was sent the jar of coffee caramel sauce from Brambleberry Jams for review. Lynas Food Outlet sausages were sent part of an Easter pack. All my opinions are my own. 


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    April 10, 2016

    MMMM, the brumbleberry jam must be so tasty, I want to try it!

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    Sarah Harris
    April 5, 2016

    I feel like we need to make up all of the items you shared and chat about blogging! I’m craving everything you posted now. My favorite would have to be the sausages with leeks in them. Pinned for future reference!

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    April 5, 2016

    Can I eat those sweet potato chips for breakfast? No? Darn.
    These all look yummy. I think buckwheat is one of the only “random” flours that I don’t have in my collection.

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    April 5, 2016

    That caramel coffee sauce looks amazing! I also love the idea of dipping the sweet potato crisps in guacamole! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Helen at Casa Costello
    April 5, 2016

    You are right, that little doggie is too cute! I’ve been meaning to experiment with buckwheat flour for ages as I love a different texture and flavour to bakes. Every time I’ve tried vegetable crisps, I’ve been underwhelmed too 🙁

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    Vy Tran
    April 5, 2016

    crunchy sweet potato slices sound absolutely amazing, I’m addicted to that crunch. I usually eat this brand of root chip in the U.S. called “Terra Chips” and they are marvelous.

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      Sarah Montgomery
      April 5, 2016

      I have heard of them! I’m pretty sure I bought those in a health shop once – I must investigate.

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    Jamie | Sugar and Wine
    April 4, 2016

    I love the Bramblebee Farms packaging. I’m such a sucker for it! I’ll have to try baking with buckwheat flour. Thanks for sharing!

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    Rachel Kaly
    April 4, 2016

    I need to try buckwheat flour! I don’t think I ever have. I hadn’t heard of most of the other things too! I need to try it all! 🙂 Thanks for sharing it!!

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    April 4, 2016

    That caramel sauce looks AMAZING. Just the thing to take me off of my diet! HAHAHA!

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    April 4, 2016

    Nice roundup! I need to get me some of that Coffee Caramel Sauce!

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