New in my kitchen – cordial & crackers

Hello, and welcome to the first of what I hope will become an occasional series here at family-friends-food. My intention is to share with you some of the things which are ‘new in my kitchen’ – hence the title.

This will be the place where I tell you about things I have bought for the first time, and also things which I have been sent to try out. This time I have one of each. They are:

Five Valleys Cordials Peach & Lychee flavour 
Apparently this is only available in Waitrose. It’s described on the Five Valleys Cordials website as “a fusion of East & West, blending tart, sun drenched peach with heady perfumed lychee, a full rich mouth feel gives way to a clean fresh finish.”

That’s quite a description, I think you’ll agree.

I have to admit, while I thought the flavour sounded delicious, I was dubious as to how they would manage to make this combination work, especially as lychees have a fairly subtle flavour. But somehow they have done it – this cordial does taste both of peach, and of lychee. It’s fruity, refreshing, and really rather delicious. Perfect for springtime. Yum.

I’d give it 9 out of 10, but then, I really like cordial. Which was why I bought it 🙂

peach & lychee cordial

Sunbites new pitta bakes & crispy crackers
I was sent some of these to try – pitta bakes in vintage cheddar and caramelised onion flavour, and crispy crackers in oven roasted onion and rosemary flavour. I tried the pitta bakes with my morning cup of tea in place of the usual biscuit and they were a pleasant change. However, when I slipped a bag of the crispy crackers into Kipper’s lunchbox, most of them returned home uneaten.

Turns out though, that she really likes the cheesy pitta bakes, and I actually prefer the onion & rosemary crispy crackers. Live and learn. We took some with to one of her groups, and found that these preferences seemed to be shared by other small people and their parents. Curious.

Apparently, Sunbites are “multigrain snacks based on a carefully selected blend of wheat, barley and oats”, they contain natural flavours and no artificial colours and have 30% less fat than crisps. The entire range is vegetarian.

So there you are. 

Based on the hit-and-miss nature of our flavour preferences, I’m giving them 7.5 out of 10, but since this is ridiculously subjective, you can make of that what you want.

sunbites pitta bakes & crackers

Use the comments to let me know what you’ve been trying for the first time recently (and check back soon for the next instalment of ‘new in my kitchen’).

And on the subject of new things, why not check out my book?!

I was provided with the Sunbites crackers to review. I was not required to write a positive post and any opinions expressed are my own.

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