Sunday, 21 June 2015

Scan real Swedish meatballs

If you haven't tried Scan Swedish meatballs, you really do have to get a wriggle on and get them onto your shopping list.

Meatballs are a highly popular meal in Sweden and, once you have tried them, you will come to understand why that is.

Smart Swedish Mums regularly turn to Scan meatballs for cooking up quick, tasty and nutritious meals - now with 12.5% less salt and no artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives.

With a huge following across Sweden and nopw the UK, they've been nicknamed the kitchen 'cheat' by mums who love their authentic, homemade taste, fresh herbs and spices. Because they are ready-made, busy mums can spend less time in the kitchen and enjoy more 'me' time – as well as tucking into a plate of delicious tasting food.

How can you serve them up?
Spicy BBQ Meatballs with Mango Salsa
Mediterranean Meatball Tart
Meatball Kebabs with Pressed Cucumber Salad and Flatbreads
Mixed Meatball Smörgåsbord
Spicy Meatball and Noodle Salad
Bahn Mi - Thai open sandwich with meatballs
Teriyaki Meatball Stir Fry
Meatballs in Lingonberry Sauce with Jansson's Frestelse

Scan Original Swedish Meatballs come ready-cooked, can be eaten hot or cold and make the ultimate, convenient and versatile ingredient for lots of recipes.  Heating them through takes just minutes in the oven, on the hob or in the microwave.

Eat cold in salads, pasta and rice dishes
Ideal pick-up food for parties and picnics
Delicious eaten in the traditional Swedish style with potatoes, cream sauce and lingonberry
Perfect for adding into a whole host of recipes, from pizza and casserole, to stir fry, curry and sandwiches, or for coming up with your own ideas.                                                                                                            
The new lower salt Scan Original Meatballs are available in Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Asda and Ocado in two convenient pack sizes: 230g, RRP £2.00 (serves 2) and 395g, RRP £3.00 (serves 4).  

To learn more about how to serve them visit

Cawston Press drinks

As part of our on-going summer food and drinks festival, That's Food and Drink is taking a look at what's on offer from Cawston Press.

For a refreshing treat this summer, try these new sparkling soft drinks, created for the more mature taste of the adults amongst us, from Cawston Press.

Elderflower Lemonade and Ginger Beer are the latest launches from the premium soft drinks company.

Their aim is to satisfy the increasing demand for discernible, non-alcoholic drinks for grown-ups that aren't full of artificial flavours, colourings or preservatives. (EDITOR: So doi not put your teeth on edge!)

Each variant has been especially designed and crafted by Micah Carr-Hill, Cawston's Master Blender, and use beautifully fresh ingredients that are lovingly and gently blended together with sparkling water and Cawston's trademark utterly delicious pressed apple juice.

Both are perfectly balanced, thankfully are not overly sweet and are gently sparkled.

Like all Cawston's drinks, they use juice that has come from fruit picked at the peak of ripeness and pressed within a 48 hour period.

And another key factor in their success is that they are made without any concentrates, artificial sweeteners, preservatives or colourings.

Ginger Beer is a twist on the classic and features two types of ginger, one sweet & citrusy and the other earthy & fiery. The result is a fruity, complex ginger flavour with a satisfying 'bite' and the perfect hit of heat for a drink that's discernibly dry. Using pressed apple juice in the blend adds a dash of acidity and fruitiness to this not-so-sweet ginger beer.

Elderflower Lemonade is a refreshingly light blend with the unmistakable floral fragrance (of this quintessentially British flower), Cawston use an elderflower extract made by soaking the dried flowers in water which captures the wonderful aroma of these delicate blossoms.

The sparkling water adds to the refreshment, whilst the squeezed Sicilian lemon juice delivers tingling citrus and with just 99 calories per can, this blend offers those wanting a lighter drink delicious flavour without any compromise in taste.

Ginger Beer and Elderflower Lemonade will join Cloudy Apple and Rhubarb in the line-up of adult sparkling drinks from Cawston Press and will be available at Waitrose and Ocado (in a six pack, RRP £4.99) and as individual 330ml cans in Pod, Whole Foods Market, As Nature Intended and Planet Organic (RRP 99p ea.), plus all good independent retailers.

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Now Walkers Shortbread is available in a new, gluten free range

By universal acclaim and repute, family-owned and managed Walkers is almost without a shadow of a doubt, one of the world's top bakers and purveyors of genuine Scottish Shortbreads.

For a while the expert bakers at Walkers were examining a problem that the company had identified. The many people who would be loving to eat Walkers Shortbreads but, by reason of the fact that they had a gluten intolerance or a gluten allergy (or a wheat allergy) were excluded from enjoying Walkers Shortbreads.

But this is where the bakers in the test and development kitchens at Walkers Shortbread became involved.

They turned their baking expertise to the problem of how to develop and craft a new series of recipes for a type of genuine Shortbread that they'd never attempted to make before. A special gluten free range of  products.

The came up with the following three recipes: Gluten Free, pure butter shortbread.
It melts in the mouth, you can taste the butter.

 Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread. They don't scimp on the chocolate, when Walkers tells you that they are offering you some really delicious shortbread loaded with real chocolate chips, that is exactly what you will get.

And the Gluten Free Ginger and Lemon Shortbread is a real revelation. There are real lemons and real stem ginger in this beautiful shortbread biscuit. Every bite is delicious from the first to the last one.

And everyone can eat them, safe in the knowledge that thee will be no adverse reactions in any of the group.

As with all of Walkers Shortbreads, they are made with only the finest ingredients that are available and they are then baked with only the expertise and the care that a company like Walkers can bestow upon their products.

This ensures that the products are made without any compromise.

Jim Walker said: "We're delighted to launch a Gluten Free option to the Walkers Shortbread range, so allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy this delicious traditional treat without compromising taste."

He went on to point out: "With  so many people now suffering from food it intolerances we took the view that it is important to create choices for all. We're proud to have the unique offering of traditional shrotbread which has a Gluten Free Certification from the UK Coeliac Society."

Each pack costs from £2.50 and is available from

But what do the people think? The member of the That's Food and Drink taste test team who does suffer from a gluten intolerance said: "The gluten-free additions are a welcome innovation. They tasted delicious."

And the rest of the team couldn't see what the fuss was about, so it looks like Walkers Shortbread has got it just about perfect! Well done!

Bundaberg, a craft brewed Australian ginger beer

Craft cocktails are set to become London’s summer drinks trend, That's Food and Drink can confirm.

The London Mule - as seen at the Grind.

 Bundaberg Ginger Beer team up with the Grind to create the must-have cocktail for summer

 Australian craft brewed ginger beer, Bundaberg, has partnered with cult London bar Grind to create London’s hippest cocktail of the summer.

The London Mule is a heady mix of fresh apple, bourbon and maple syrup, topped with refreshing Bundaberg Ginger Beer. The craft cocktail will be available at both the London Grind and Shoreditch Grind and is deliciously refreshing on a warm summers evening.

 Bar Manager, Adam Wright says “London has long been having a love affair with craft beer but craft cocktails are also about to have a moment. We wanted to introduce a new cocktail that would embrace craft, sophistication and summer. Something you could imagine Don Draper drinking at the weekend. The London Mule is just that.”

Make the perfect London Mule
·       1Ž4 fresh apple cubed (red delicious)

·       20ml maple syrup

·       25ml fresh lime

·       50ml bourbon

·       3 dashes of angostura bitters

·       Bundaberg ginger beer

·       Two cubes of candied ginger

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1.     Muddle the fresh apple, candied ginger and maple syrup
2.     Add the bourbon, lime juice and angostura bitters and shake
3.     Strain into a short glass and top with Bundaberg Ginger Beer
4.     Garnish with candied ginger and fresh apple fan
5.     Enjoy your drink

Or why not try these as an alternative?

 Appley Ever After
A fruity mix of fresh apple juice and dark rum, topped with the refreshing Bundaberg Ginger Beer, perfect for those warm summer day.

·       Bundaberg Ginger Beer

·       1.7 fl.oz Dark Rum

·       0.5 fl.oz Apple liqueur

·       (Pomme Verte)

·       0.7 fl.oz Lime juice

·       1.0 fl.oz Cloudy apple juice

·       Apple fan to garnish


A fiery cocktail with a kick to get summer started, mixed with the cooling Bundaberg Ginger Beer.

·       Bundaberg Ginger Beer

·       1.7 fl.oz Blanco Tequila

·       0.7 fl.oz Lime juice

·       1 hot pepper

·       Pinch coriander

·       1/2 hot pepper to garnish

Crushed Sailor

A summery cocktail bursting with berry flavour added with the sweet and spicy bite of Bundaberg Ginger Beer.


·       Bundaberg Ginger Beer

·       1.7 fl.oz Spiced Rum

·       0.3 fl.oz Berry liqueur

·       0.7 fl.oz Lime juice

·       Dash Angostura bitters

·       Berries to garnish

So what is Bundaberg?
Bundaberg Brewed Drinks is a proud family owned business, based in the small Australian town that shares the same name. The Fleming family believe real ingredients and time honoured brewing methods make all the difference.

Since its humble beginnings, the company’s aim has been to craft premium non-alcoholic beverages using time-honoured brewing methods and the finest quality ingredients. Bundaberg Ginger Beer and other Bundaberg Brewed drinks are exported to over 36 countries.

Bundaberg Ginger Beer
·       Craft Brewed over 3 days

·       Real ingredients – cane sugar, GMO Free

·       Ginger from the Bundaberg region
·       RRP £4.49, 4 x 375ml

Find them on Facebook – and on look out for updates from the Brew Riders on Twitter @BundabergDrinks

Available in leading retailers. For your nearest stockist please visit

Primula, it's what squeezable tubes were invented for!

Primula cheese in a squeezable tube goes back a long, long way. I can remember it being a useful addition to my mother's pantry when I was a child,

It comes in a variety of flavours, plan, with chives, with ham, and with prawns.

It is equally at home being used as a sandwich spread, as a filler for baked potatoes at a barbecue, or as toppings for canapés at a posh dinner party.

My favourite recipe is for large baked potatoes to have a filling made up of corned beef hash and Primula with chives.

And Primula cream cheeses make an excellent topping for crackers or with cheese biscuits of ou are having a party or just chilling out with your honey whilst watching late night TV films.

The nozzle is specially designed to help you make fancy, wiggly toppings if that is your desire. And there is now no need to pierce the seal with the little knurled cutter on the top. That's been replaced with an innovative and much more hygienic way to open the tube.

One of my favourite ways to serve it is to grill or toast some potato farll thins and then add some butter and a liberal dollop or two of whatever Primula cheese spread takes your fancy. My favourite is chives, with ham as a close second.

Served with a large fresh salad it makes a perfectly healthy main meal.

You'l be pleased to know that Primula also produces Primula Kids Cheese, the original Primula and a Primula Light version, too.

and it's also available in spreadable tubs, too.

Incidentally, all of the profits of the sale of Primula go to charity.

To learn more and for some tasty recipes you can visit