There are just some months when it feels like there is so much going on but I am getting nowhere. Every July is like this – the nearer we get to the end of term, the more the girls seem to have on. I am officially useless at running down cupboards and the freezer – It seems like we have ‘stuff’ everywhere but not much to cook a meal with. I’ve done an emergency fresh food shop tonight to get us through – You know its bad when the girls are swinging off the cupboard doors, sighing with disappointment that we have no bread AGAIN! (PS I do feed my kids honestly, they are just really dramatic!)
So what is going on in the Costello kitchen? For starters, there will be cupcakes-a-plenty to send to nursery with Tara for her last day (weep!) and the possibility of a 13 cake for the resident teenager in the house but more about them later in the week.
Who doesn’t like receiving surprise gifts? These Vita Coco Coconut Waters were a lovely unexpected gift last week – Nephew Sonny is a huge fan & thoroughly enjoys slurping on them.
We had a HUGE delivery last week from the people at Special K. Gone are the days of bland tasteless flakes (that were all the rage when I went to uni). The new range of products aim to add colour to our lives – I’m not entirely sure my life was lacking colour but I can confirm that the Special K granola has gone down very well. We all tried it yesterday – First impressions are that it is super chocolatey – the smell hits you before the taste. Even Millie tried a bowl and declared it nice. Dermot didn’t feel short changed by the low fat version (it is said to contain 30% less fat than other granolas) and Tara’s disappeared super quick!
In the past month, the girls were also sent some Suckies Yoghurts – I really liked the approach of this company. We were not asked to include them in the blog (but I’m doing it anyway) and the package was all about the children. Suckies just wanted the girls to be their tasters – My girls are well used to giving feedback, however it always helps when there’s at least one cousin around to get involved too. The blueberry yoghurts were definitely the favourites. The strawberries went down well but both M & V questioned that they could still feel ‘bits’ when the packaging says definitely no bits.
We are big fans of shopping local & get real buzz when we can support small local businesses. This delicious package of spices comes from The Spice Kitchen who’re based in Penketh, Warrington which is less than 10 miles from St Helens. The spices have only just arrived but I am looking forward to using them on my return from the hols. They smell glorious!
I’m never sure what to make of ready made burgers but have had a soft spot for vegetable burgers over the years. These burgers from Mash Direct are free from artificial colourings, preservatives & flavourings and are really chunky! The kids were not that keen unfortunately but we adults thought they were fine. Stuffed with veg (which is why I suspect the children were sceptical) – We cooked them the traditional way, under the grill but BBQing is also possible. The packaging did create moisture (probably due to the high veg content) but this didn’t detract from their taste.
And lastly our favourite deliveries of the month, a range of unusual and new flavours from Tyrrells crisps and popcorn. My personal favourite is the Coconut & Caramel Poshcorn – The quality of their corn is great, nice and crunchy with a mild flavour and not too many hard un popped corn to break your teeth. The Summer Butter & Mint crisps are a great addition to a table when entertaining – we love this time of year when friends and family pop in and end up staying!
So let me know – What is going on in your kitchen this month? Will you be getting the kids in the kitchen during the school hols or is it just too hot to cook? Are there any products here, that take your fancy? I’m off to nibble on more poshcorn!