Every month I share my ‘Five Favourite Finds’ for the month. They can be absolutely anything new that I have come across. The challenge: making sure I find five each month. Some months really do prove tougher than others but there is lots of fun had in the search. I’m using it to try encourage myself to find new things and also share my finds with you all to save you the leg work! So without further ado and in no particular order…
One: Loacker Coconut wafers
These have already featured in my Day 9 – Cravings post from the 30 Days Blogging Challenge. But they are really really good so they needed to feature in my ‘finds’ list. I haven’t seen these in supermarkets yet…which is definitely a good thing.
Two: Frozen Chopped Garlic
This has been available for years in Europe; My friend had it in Paris when I visited her about 6 years ago. She also had frozen herbs and frozen chopped onion. A few years ago, supermarkets in the UK seemed to start selling this type of thing too but it never occurred to me to buy it. For the most part I don’t need frozen pre-chopped veggies – onions keep really well in the cupboard. But garlic is something I don’t cook with heavily and when I needed it, the bulb in the fridge had always started sprouting. Voila! A use case for frozen garlic. I now can add a sprinkle to food whenever I like!
Three: Ella’s Kitchen Puddings
H loves eating her yoghurts for pudding. But there are so many yoghurts she can eat in a given day. They also aren’t super practical for days out as they need to be kept chilled. These puds come in various flavours (we have found and liked ‘Apple and Cinnamon’, ‘Banana and Vanilla’ and ‘Mango and Raspberry’ so far). Whilst they are designed for 7 months+ they are still ideal for self-feeding 21 month-olds!
Four: ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger
I’m cheating a little with this one. I have owned this book for years but it is without a doubt my favourite book EVER! I own it in English and Spanish. I’ve read it at least 6 times (only once en Español). But over the years I’ve stopped looking at the bookcase so often because I have a Kindle. When I glanced over my books last month, I picked this out. This month I’ve really got back into it and have remembered why I love it and the wonder of building an emotional attachment to a book! If you haven’t read it then I’d really recommend it.
Five: ’26 Grains’ from Alex Hely-Hutchinson
I was reading an article on Hygge recently because I’m currently fascinated by it. It mentioned a porridge cafe near Kings Cross called ’26 Grains’ which was opened by Alex H-H after she spent a year in Copenhagen. It went on to talk about her recipe book which was full of hearty Hygge-happy recipes. I found and ordered it on Amazon that same day. I’ve yet to cook anything from it but the meals look amazing! There is a lot of veggie stuff in there which is fantastic. She also starts by explaining about all of the different types of grains she uses, which I find really interesting and helpful. Now the weather is getting colder I’ll be definitely making some dishes from here!