Hello again, lovely readers! It’s come to that time again where I share with you five things I love this week. Life’s becoming busy with university work beginning to rear its ugly reading-heavy head again, but I’m still finding time for foodie adventures and tasting new products to let you all know about some tasty things to have in your life! This week is full of chocolate, sexed-up yoghurt (yes, there is such a thing) and good easy reading, enjoy!
I’ve visited this Belmont Street chocolate shop before, but never really had time to appreciate it fully. This changed when I had two hours to kill between work and a university dissertation workshop last week. I popped in for a soup-and-sandwich lunch, quickly scoffed in light of what was to follow: house-made milky deep dark hot chocolate topped with melting marshmallows and a lovely little complimentary dark chocolate and lime truffle. Heavenly as you can imagine. Cocoa Ooze also offer chocolate-making workshops and sell a huge range of homemade treats from chocolate bars and truffles to baked goods. If you’re in Aberdeen, you really need to give this place a try!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know of my plight in search of one of these bad boys. It took me and Sean a good few hours, trailing through no less than 7 different shops to finally track down the new Limited Edition Kit Kat Chunky Cookie Dough flavour, and I’m glad to say it was worth it. As always, these bars are chunky chocolate wafers covered in a thick layer of sweet milk chocolate, but these have the addition of a layer of vanilla laced chocolate chip cookie dough. Duh, of course they’re good. The texture is similar to that of the Peanut Butter variety, a nice thick smooth layer that fills your mouth with yum. We’ve only ever seen them in Sainsbury’s stores, but keep an eye out for them, they’re worth your pennies!
Gizzi is always fun to follow on social media, and has enviable style but her food is even better! This is the first of Gizzi’s books that I’ve bought but I’m already very excited by it. It is full of delicious recipes to get you from Halloween right the way through to New Year’s Day, with all the big occasions, leftovers, and sweet snacks covered. From Salted Maple Pumpkin Pie to her ultimate Boxing Day leftovers sandwich, everything in this book makes you want to get in the kitchen in your big ugly Winter sweater and get cooking! You can find it here.
How I have longed for thee. This blog is the place to be if you’re sick to the back teeth of people on plant-based, cleaning eating, 80/20, 5:2, paleo or any other obscure diet that aids no one but the rich elite of society. It’s full of great down-to-earth articles and interviews that shoot down dietary myths and reinforce the truth in how the diet industry (in any form) and some wellness bloggers can really harm those who suffer from or are recovering from eating disorders (like myself) and make regular people feel bad for consuming refined carbohydrates and gluten, and not consuming expensive juices made in expensive blenders every morning. I really recommend it for your own or someone you know’s body confidence and mental health, you can find it here.
Yoghurt has been a staple in my diet since I was very little, whether in squeezy pouches or plastic pots, I’ll take them all. Thus I was very excited when The Dairy Collective began appearing on UK shelves. Originally a company form my father’s family’s home land of New Zealand, The Dairy Collective make the most exciting live-culture yoghurts around! With everything from plain to raspberry, chocolate orange to Russian fudge, there’s a flavour for everyone and at a better price than most other big brand yoghurts too. My personal favourite at the moment is their Honeyed Plum and Stem Ginger flavour, it’s sweet, sour and spicy all at the same time! The live cultures are also said to be good for our tummies, helping us absorb fibre and other key nutrients, and great for those with digestive issues like myself. You can find these yoghurts in most big supermarkets now, so if you haven’t tried any, I recommend you do! You can find their website here.
Aaaaaand that’s it for another week. I hope you get round to trying out or even having a look at some of the above, even just for a five minute break! More easy recipes and extras will be coming your way soon!