Foodie Goodies March Edition 2016
Foodies 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!
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 guacamole, they 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.
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.
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!
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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