Summer Eats: In the House

16 Aug

If you’re saving for a last-minute summer holiday, the nice weather is the perfect opportunity to relax in your own garden or indoors with the windows open and avoid the busy restaurants altogether! I’ve sampled some new ranges this summer and here are a few of my favourite!

Chicago Town – Takeaway range
Chicago Town has launched seven new varieties to their takeaway range  including Pulled Beef Brisket, American Hot,  Four Cheese,  Cajun Chicken, Deep Dish Meatball Melt, Deep Dish Mega Meaty and Pizza Melt BBQ Chicken. I love the taste of the dough in the take-out range, it is the closest to my favourite Papa Johns takeaway pizza, and pretty good that you can just cook in the oven from frozen for a fraction of the price! The four cheese while it sounds like the plainest it actually surprised me, it just oozes deliciousness and the cheese goes well with the tomato stuffed crust. The pulled beef brisket is so juicy – I would definitely recommend!


Verdict: 8 /10
JimJams Chocolate Spread
If you have a sweet tooth, you may like this chocolate spread with a difference. Former IT worker Kevin Bath waved goodbye to the City after being appalled by the level of sugar in his children’s spreads and snacks, and created a chocolate spread with a lot less sugar than popular brands. Now available in Tesco, Ocado and Holland & Barrett its chocolate gooey heaven – and while I am not totally convinced it’s in any way healthy, it is still a great way to relieve some food guilt knowing it’s far less packed with sugar!
Verdict: 7 / 10

POLO Sugar Free Extra Strong
JimJams aren’t the only brand going sugar-free this summer – very on trend! POLO have launched a Sugar Free Extra Strong Mint. I actually love this mint as it doesn’t melt away as quickly as the more sugared ones! It’s great for keeping sweet cravings at bay while I’m on slimming world too. POLO Sugar Free and POLO Sugar Free Extra Strong (RRP 50p) are both accredited by the Oral Health Foundation so again guilt free snacking, I love it!

My one criticism of a polo is the top mint always gets a bit grubby in my bag. If only you could seal the packaging up better it would be a 10!
Verdict: 9 / 10


Leffe and Sausages!
The Belgian beer brand, Leffe, has teamed up with British charcuterist, Adrienne Treeby, owner of Crown & Queue to create an exclusive Leffe salami.  Using only British Heritage pork and a number of locally-grown herbs – and allowing the right amount of time for the ingredients to infuse at a specific temperature & humidity – Adrienne has created a delicious & unique sausage which reflects the age-old heritage of Leffe abbey beer.

The Leffe Brune Infused Sausage are available to buy in a box of three for a limited time only this summer priced at £18 for three at Crown Queue Meats and are absolutely divine. I made a slight error by leaving in the fridge (best served at room temperature) which made it a little tough, but when it warmed up it was so peppery and succulent! I think these are a real and unique treat – if a little on the premium side of the cost scale!
Verdict: 8 / 10


PiCK UP! Mini
Gone are the days when you pop over to your Nana’s house and have a chocolate biscuit. Well bring them back I say! It’s not always practical to have cake or cookies in your packed lunch (yes I am an adult who eats packed lunches – with the hope that my frugality will help me to climb out of the London rental trap!)


Verdict: 7 / 10



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