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Crave’s List; Pack up your picnic basket with our top picks

With so many new and exciting food and drink products on the market, and summer in full swing, we thought we would round up our favourite bits and pieces to pack into your picnic basket…..

From sustainable snacks to fruity fizz – we got your summer sorted

La Fiesta

La Fiesta, has introduced two new delicious fruit flavours, La Fiesta Strawberry Fizz and La Fiesta Raspberry & Elderflower Fizz.

The new products have launched into Morrison’s and are a fun and fruity alternative to traditional wines.

La Fiesta is the perfect tipple for those looking to celebrate life’s little celebrations, the refreshing fruit flavours have been expertly designed and tested to create a fun and modern twist on traditional wines.

At 5% ABV, La Fiesta wines are suitable for vegans and best served chilled.

Whether you’re heading to a picnic in the park, or a post-lockdown birthday event, the new sparkling wines promise for a fruity and delicious drink.

Sacla’ Pesto

As a taste of summer goes, Pesto has to be high in the charts. Jars of Pesto are the best way of extending the season of the basil grown in the unique Ligurian terroir. But Pesto is not the exclusive domain of basil, and while traditionally served with pasta, Pesto also elevates a multitude of dishes from rice, vegetables, meat, fish and tarts to picnic dips and spreads for pizza, flatbreads and bruschetta. 

SACLA’ FIERY CHILLI PESTO

This award-winning Pesto is crammed with chillies giving it an indubitable kick. Enjoy the heat simply with pasta or risotto, spread on toasted sourdough, with soups or on bruschetta topped with roasted courgette and grilled halloumi. 

SACLA’ TRUFFLE PESTO

Black truffle is an Italian jewel hunted through the summer, identifiable by its pungent aroma. The earthy flavour is difficult to put into words. Just a spoonful or two with plenty of freshly milled black pepper and Parmesan transforms Tagliatelle. Truffle Pesto also takes scrambled eggs to a whole new level. 

SACLA’ ‘NDUJA PESTO

A tasty Calabrian paste made with pork and chilli, this packs a unique punch of flavour into toppings, sauces, soups and omelettes. Moreish with meat and particularly fabulous with fish, simply mix with breadcrumbs and EVOO, spread over cod and bake for 12 minutes on 180ºC.  

SACLA’ BLACK OLIVE PESTO

This enticing recipe combines dark Italian olives with oil, nuts, cheese, fragrant basil and a dash of Modena balsamic vinegar. Sublimely simple with just pasta and parsley and equally delicious with linguine, broccoli, lemon zest and mozzarella. 

The Sacla’ Pesto range is available online at www.sacla.co.uk and leading supermarkets. 

Vacay Premium Ready to Drink Cocktails

VACAY, a new ready-to-drink canned cocktail brand, is launching in August 2020 with an initial range of four, natural, bright and delicious cocktails to enjoy for any occasion.

Designed to create that vacation feeling, the collection includes a Moscow Mule, Tom Collins, Paloma and Blood Orange & Hibiscus Vodka Soda. Created by a team of mixologists and culinary experts, VACAY’s ‘take-anywhere’ cocktails contain the finest quality all-natural ingredients and are the perfect accompaniment for anything from summer picnics to relaxing nights in, and everything in between.

Two Farmers crisps  

The UK’s first sustainable crisp brand that recently launched a 100% compostable crisp packet.

There are five flavours: Lightly Salted, Salt & Cider Vinegar, Hereford Hop Cheese & Onion, Hereford Bullshot and Herefordshire Sausage & Mustard – as well as 500g tins, they’re also available in 40g packets and 150g sharing bags.

Two Farmers is the brainchild of Herefordshire farmers Mark Green and Sean Mason who wanted to create a sustainable crisp brand that utilised their own-grown potatoes, supported local producers and contributed and supported the British countryside.

Seaweed Crisps with a Real Crunch

London-based healthy snacks company Abakus Foods introduces Seaweed Crisps with a real crunch!

The scrumptious Seaweed Crisps are made of seaweed harvested from the deep blue seas of South Korea, and coated with a thin layer of crunchy tapioca to create the crunchiest seaweed snack. Seasoned with three tantalising flavours – Lightly Salted, Salt & Vinegar, and Cheese Flavour – these yummy crisps are made without any nasties, and are gluten-free, vegan, and only contain about 100 calories per bag.

Harnessing the power of natural foods, the Seaweed Crisps combine nutritious seaweed with wholesome tapioca to offer a perfect picnic snack with health benefits. Seaweed is known for its vitamin and mineral content, and is a source of iodine which helps support cognitive function and functioning of the nervous system. Tapioca, extracted from the roots of the cassava plant, is a “resistant starch” which feeds the friendly gut-bacteria to the gut, thereby reducing inflammation and increasing fullness.

You can enjoy this guilt-free snack as part of your lunch, as an afternoon pick-me-up, in lunch boxes, to take on travels, and it can be even enjoyed sprinkled on salads and soups to add flavour. Being part of the 1% For The Planet Program means that 1% of sales from this range goes towards charities in support of environmental causes.

THERE’S A NEW BREAD IN TOWN! JASON’S BREAD LAUNCHES UNIQUE, ARTISAN SOURDOUGH ‘CIABATTIN’ SLICED LOAF

Available in three recipes from the Geary family bakery’s original award winning competition book where each recipe has been numbered:

No. 08 White Ciabattin: The classic. Nicknamed “crumpet bread” – it makes for perfect toast…but it’s versatile enough to work wonderfully for a sandwich or as a dunker for dips too!

No. 11 Grains & Seeds Ciabattin: An even healthier, yet still tasty alternative to the White Ciabattin. This seeded bread combines sunflower seeds, linseeds and spelt to make a versatile seeded loaf, ideal for picnic sandwiches or avocado and poached egg on toast.

No. 10 Craft Beer Ciabattin: Water in the dough is replaced with Vixen Copper Ale – a local craft beer from Charnwood Brewery. The rich, hoppy taste goes remarkably well with artisan cheese.

Thanks to the small batch 24-hour slow fermentation process typical of sourdough bread, Jason’s is full of rich flavours and contains no added sugars, preservatives or additives, unlike a lot of bread on the shelves. It’s the perfect bread option for those looking to lead a healthier and more natural lifestyle but not looking to sacrifice good taste. It is also vegan friendly. The bag packaging is resealable, meaning it still tastes great after several days.  

Jason’s Bread is available now in M&S stores nationwide, RRP £1.80.

Tongue in Peat

Tongue in Peat tomato juice is the first of its kind perfect for a picnic. Slowly infused with Islay peat smoke to create a unique flavour, it is richer and deeper in taste than your average tomato juice. Designed to be the ultimate Bloody Mary mixer, it is hand-crafted in Scotland by a team of less than twelve people.

Peat from the Scottish Island of Islay, is globally renowned for having a polarising taste. The peat, smoky by nature, grows underground and absorbs the sea salt notes from the atmosphere of this rugged little island on the west coast of Scotland.

Using a smokery (operated by a single individual) to extract maximum flavour, the dried peat is infused into the fresh, seasonal tomatoes. The result? A well-balanced yet utterly unique batch of sweet, smoky and salty tomatoes which are then blended and hand-bottled by Scottish drinks innovation agency, The Start Up Drinks Lab.

Moore House Cocktail Company

Just in time for those all-important gatherings in your bubble, Moore House Cocktail Company has added three new killer classic concoctions to its collection – perfect for your picnic cocktail party.

New to the range is a Classic Martini (London Dry Gin, a dash of vermouth – ABV 31%), a clear Cristal Margarita (premium Silver Tequila, Cointreau, citrus – ABV 33%), ready to be shaken and poured into a salt rimmed glass and garnished with a slice of lime; and an Old Fashioned (premium bourbon, muddled cane sugar, Angostura bitters – ABV 36%). These three beauties join the existing pre-bottled range which includes an Espresso Martini, Negroni and Manhattan.

All handcrafted using only the highest quality ingredients, each and every cocktail is available in a generous single 100ml bottle serving (from £9.60) or 200ml bottles, easily providing three cocktails (from £16) – perfect for sharing with friends and family. All you need is your favourite glass, ice, shaker, and the garnish provided, and of course your fellow cocktail connoisseurs to toast a sophisticated happy hour.

Stylishly packaged and available for nationwide delivery, the cocktails make ideal gifts with the 100ml and 200ml bottles both available for personalisation – just add the recipient’s name, or a private message up to a maximum of 26 characters and Moore House will despatch in a personalised tube with note enclosed.

Can’t decide? Why not mix and match a trio of either 100ml bottles (£29) or 200ml bottles (£48) and add some cocktail accessories, ideal for perfecting your picnic mixology. Purchase three 100ml bottles and Moore House will throw in a complimentary shaker to get you started.

All products can be purchased for nationwide UK delivery via the Moore House Cocktail Company online shop – Shipping is via DHL next day delivery, if ordered before 1pm and subject to stock.

PICNIC COCKTAIL IN AN INSTANT WITH COCCHI NEGRONI IN A BOX

Artisan Italian vermouth, Cocchi, has released ‘ Cocchi Negroni In A Box’ a stylish portable version of the world’s most iconic cocktail.

The winning trio of Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, London Dry Gin and Campari follows the traditional Negroni recipe and the Vermouth di Torino gives luxurious velvety, rich notes to the drink. 

Poured over ice, this boxed cocktail can be transported anywhere and instantly upgrades summer picnics or at-home drinking occasions with a touch of Italian style.

Cocchi Negroni In A Box – 100 ml 20.6% ABV-  is available nationwide at The Whisky Exchange

RRP £8.25 / single pack or RRP £39.95 / pack of 5

Award-winning pickles and ferments from Vadasz

M&S is introducing customers to a range of award-winning pickles and ferments from Vadasz – the first range of chilled super condiments to be launched in the UK.  Each is designed to elevate any meal or snack with delicious savoury flavour and a satisfying crunch, while being rich in beneficial probiotics. The range comprises three versatile pots:

Raw Kimchi: 

raw Chinese cabbage, carrots, spring onion, sea salt, chilli, ginger and garlic combine in this on-trend Korean-style condiment

Red Onion Fresh Pickles: 

this bright mix of cold brined red onion, fennel, and black pepper is a feast for the eyes on any plate and perfect in any picnic

Garlic & Dill Fresh Pickles: 

Flavour is king in this fresh medley of cold brined pickles with garlic, dill, coriander, caraway seeds and black pepper

The selection of Vadasz pickles and kimchi, which will be stocked in 384 M&S stores from 18th August, will showcase a spectrum of plant-based colour. With a simple scoop, an ordinary meal or picnic snack can be made extraordinary. The possibilities abound, and include tacos finished with red onion, gourmet burgers taken to the next level with red onion and garlic and dill pickles, or even an avocado and kimchi topped toast.

Each pot weighs 400g and has a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of £4.50.

‘All-you-can-eat’ Edible Tea Anyone?

New flavours and loose-leaf packs for those that don’t like to be told what a serving size should look like

New flavours join the Nim’s Fruit Crisps award-winning Edible Tea range, now available in an a loose-leaf ‘all-you-can-eat’ resealable pack in a wider choice of fruit and vegetable flavours perfect for a picnic.

New flavour combinations Orange, Lemon & PineappleWatermelon & Lime and Apple & Beetroot have been added to the Edible Tea line-up alongside Pineapple & Kiwi and Beetroot & Pineapple (previously Beetroot, Pineapple & Parsnip).

If you’re the sort of person that likes to be more generous with your servings, then Nim’s loose-leaf Edible Teas are for you! Already available in individual sachets, each portion delivers one of your five a day and packs a healthy dose of Vitamin C and fibre, so you can never have too much of a good thing!  

Made in the UK at Nim’s allergen-free facility in Kent, Edible Teas are naturally vegan and made from a nutritious combination of air-dried fruit and vegetables. When steeped in hot water, vibrant, natural colour fills the pot and intense aromas fill the room. The flavours are as authentic as the fruit and vegetables used, which have been air-dried (not fried) to give the fullest flavour and nutritional value.

Once the tea has been sipped and savoured, the fruit that is left is fully rehydrated and ready to snack on. Enjoy the rehydrated fruits on top of porridge and yoghurt or try the rehydrated vegetables as an extra ingredient in soups and pasta dishes. So, from tractor to teacup, there is practically zero waste.

One portion of Pineapple and Kiwi tea provides 49% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C.  Nim’s teas are not only high in fibre and Vitamin C but they are so natural and safe that they can be consumed by children (and even toddlers – but take care with hot water!) making them a real family favourite.

“Our ‘all-you-can-eat’ format allows consumers to indulge themselves with their preferred portion size but still be healthy with a sip and snack option that contributes to wellbeing,” says owner Nimisha Raja, Founder of Nim’s Fruit Crisps, which was recently awarded a Queen’s Award for Innovation.

This drink and snack in one is available online and through independent retailers, priced at £4.25 for 150g.

All Nim’s products are manufactured in the UK using just pure fruit and veg; the range is entirely fat, gluten and dairy free, as well as being Vegan and Kosher certified.

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