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The Handbook

We’ve searched the supermarket aisles, the Deliveroo listings and top artisanal producers to bring you some of the best and tastiest new food and drinks offerings this week. It’s a tough job, here’s what we found…

A coffee shop at home with Minor Figures

As the majority of us still set up office at our dining tables for the foreseeable, we’re missing our daily city coffee fix. Enter Minor Figures, the impossibly chic coffee brand bringing high quality caffeine-laced products to supermarket shelves that are not only 100% plant based but with no added sugar too – a rarity when it comes to pre-made coffee goods.

We’re big into their one litre cartons of coffee that are roasted and flash brewed in the brand’s London-based microbrewery, before being steeped for a long period to produce a complex and rich flavour – in short: as good as you’d get from a proper barista.

Try the latte, the mocha or the spiced chai either warm or over ice.

 

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Anything but boring pesto from Casalinga

A midweek store cupboard superhero, pesto transforms everything from plain pasta to baked sweet potatoes with as little effort as possible.

If pesto is a constant in your kitchen, check out the new range from Casalinga – three bold new flavours made from chilli, basil or beetroot.

Bringing great-tasting sustainable products made with natural products to your kitchen, the range ensures you’re still eating well when you’ve only got minutes to turn around a dish.

Add the basil flavour to soups and stews; the beetroot to feta-topped bruschetta; and the vegan chilli to spag bol for a twist on an old favourite.

Instagrammable food boards by Grape & Fig

Make entertaining less taxing with Instagram’s latest food trend: grazing boards. Grape & Fig are the brand on everyone’s lips, having being spotted on many an influencer’s and brand’s grid – we’re talking Burberry, L’Oreal, Fenty Beauty, Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Hardy and Little Mix’s Jesy Nelson.

The brand is run by sister duo Toria Smith and Catherine Callaghan, who create gorgeous boards, from sharing platters to six metre-long grazing tables, birthday numbers for an alternative to a cake to multi-tired cheese cakes, all made from locally-sourced speciality cheeses, artisan cured meats, antipasti and freshly baked breads.

Almost too pretty to eat, but not quite.

Order a posh alternative to Nando’s with Sidechick

We’ve found a new Friday night bit on the side in the form of Patty&Bun’s new venture, Sidechick, available on Deliveroo or straight from their website.

Taking the humble but utterly delicious roast chicken and putting their own spin on it, the team behind one of London’s best-loved burgers have now gone and nailed another popular fast food dish. Think butterfly chicken marinaded in a choice of za’atar, garlic honey and lemon, peri peri or butter, garlic and herbs, roasted  and served up with insanely delicious sides.

Talking of sides, don’t even think about ordering without a go on their crispy potatoes with lemon, rosemary and thyme salt – seriously, they’re like crack.

 

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Deliveries worth waiting in for from Crème

If your tastebuds are drawn to the sweeter stuff, you’re going to love this. Say hello to your new 4pm slump snack: Crème.

Oozy, freshly baked cookies delivered straight to your door and packaged up in the most millennial packaging we’ve ever seen. If you can bear to gift them to someone else, these are 2020’s answer to the mini cupcake trend and we are obsessed.

Choose from four flavours – banana dark chocolate, white chocolate miso, milk chocolate and double chocolate in boxes of six or 12 that can be mixed and matched. 

CrèmeBanana Dark Chocolate

Price: Box of 6 from £22
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CrèmeWhite Chocolate Miso

Price: Box of 6 from £22
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CrèmeMilk Chocolate

Price: Box of 6 from £22
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CrèmeDouble Chocolate

Price: Box of 6 from £22
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Plant-based goodness for vegans (and flexitarians)

Plant-based burgers have come a long way since three-bean patties and a bit of beetroot; there are now a host of innovative brands offering products sometimes as good as the real thing. One of those is Moving Mountains, a British brand who have created the ultimate vegan burger that tastes, looks, smells and chews like an animal-based product.

Whether you’re a dedicated vegan or simply wanting to cut down on your meat consumption, be sure to check out their patties and other products, from meatballs to hotdogs, just in time to catch the end of BBQ season.

Four new drinks taking up residence on our drinks trolley this week…

Orange Contact SGU Wine by Rosie Assoulin

Wines don’t come chicer than those created by one of the most of-the-moment fashion designers. Rosie Assoulin, NYC designer known for her glamorous dresses, voluminous sleeves and bold colour palette, has turned her hand to wine making, as her and her husband launch a range of biodynamic drinks.

The brand, named Vivanterre, offers two natural wines produced in the Auvergne region of France, organically and biodynamically made. Choose from the Red Gamay and the painfully hip Orange Contact. The branding and label (not that we would ever be swayed merely by a label!) is seriously chic too – naturally.

www.vivanterre.com

Minivino Rosé

Not so much an addition to our at-home bar as a welcomed introduction to our summer picnic baskets, is Minivino Rosé. Made from shatterproof PET plastic cups (which are highly recyclable) and poured into single serve, handbag-friendly portions (classy), choose from refreshing rosé, mouth-watering merlot or crisp chardonnay. Oh, and they come with a replaceable lid too – ideal.

www.minivinowine.com

 

Jaffa Cake Gin

Fans of the little moon-shaped, marmalade-filled chocolate discs can rejoice as we’ve found a Jaffa Cake flavoured gin – surely two of life’s greatest pleasures. Distilled with juniper, oranges, fresh orange peel, cocoa powder and actual Jaffa Cakes; it tastes uncannily like the little sweet treats but in gin form.

Serve with tonic, ice and a wedge of orange; up the ante of a Negroni with it or simply serve neat over ice with some citrus peel and a square of dark chocolate on the side.

www.harveynichols.com

Cotswolds No. 2 Wildflower Gin

The Cotswold’s Distillery have a new gin to add to their growing collection and it’s inspired by the wildflowers that grow in the glorious grasslands of one of our favourite places in England. Cotswolds No. 2 Wildflower Gin is packed with a bright floral bitterness thanks to its blend of gentian, lemon balm, elderflower and chamomile layered over a a classic London Dry. The perfect drink to sip on balmy nights or rainy British summers if we’re going to be realistic.

www.cotswoldsdistillery.com