Monday, 25 April 2016

A Few Things I Like - 3

Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Hand & Nail Balm

It's been a while since I posted and I'm looking forward to sharing some new recipes with you soon but today, I thought I'd share with you some more of my favourite things.


Do you suffer from dry hands? I've no idea why I do. Perhaps it's a thyroid issue or maybe I just wash my hands too often. I drink plenty of fluids and nothing I've tried has ever helped but recently I met up with a friend who I haven't seen for months and she gave me a belated Christmas present which included the Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Hand & Nail Balm in the picture above. I'm completely shocked by how much it's improved the skin on my hands and it's been fantastic for my elbows too. The cream is very easily absorbed and leaves your hands feeling very soft and not greasy or sticky like other creams and since it's both organic, vegetarian and vegan, it fits into my lifestyle perfectly. The whole Dr Organic range is available at Holland & Barrett.

Lucy Bee Sri Lankan Coconut Oil

I do my shopping at Ocado most of the time now since it's convenient to have everything delivered, the quality is always superb and they seem to stock most of the products we like. However, I still compare the prices for expensive household products such as dishwasher tablets etc at My Supermarket dot com. I've been using Lucy Bee's coconut oil for ages now, more for cosmetic reasons than for cooking with because I still greatly prefer extra virgin olive oil to coconut oil. However, I spotted this new Sri Lankan coconut oil from Lucy Bee when I was shopping on Ocado the other week and I thought I'd try it out. I'm so pleased I did because it's really very lovely. It has a much milder taste than the Lucy Bee coconut oil from the Philippines.


Tenuta Marmorelle Lasagne Sheets

A couple of weeks ago we visited Cannon Hall to wander a little in the superb grounds with the aim of giving my leg a bit of exercise. We ended up at the farm shop and I spotted these Tenuta Marmorelle gluten free lasagne sheets in the gluten free section. We haven't had lasagne in a long time so I bought a pack to try. That evening I made a delicious vegan lasagne and these sheets fitted my dish perfectly. However, I think that the next time I make one, I'll cook the sheets a little first because it did take much longer to bake than normal.

Clearspring Organic Coconut Oil

Have you noticed that there's not many brands of coconut milk without any additives? There is, fortunately, one brand that I can rely on. I've been buying Clearspring's coconut milk for some time now to use primarily in curries but sadly, it doesn't seem to be on the shelves of local supermarkets or at Ocado. So I currently buy it from Goodness Direct in bulk alongside all the other items we use which the supermarkets don't stock.


Dee's Vegan Sausages with Ginger, Coriander, Pepper & Irish Dulse Seaweed

I've mentioned Dee's Vegan Sausages with Ginger, Coriander, Pepper & Irish Dulse Seaweed before, we adore them. As you know, we don't tend to buy anything pre-made or processed but I make an exception for these lovely beauties.


Dee's Vegan Sausages with Ginger, Coriander, Pepper & Irish Dulse Seaweed ingredients

What's not to like about these ingredients? They taste wonderful especially in a sausage sandwich thickly spread with my favourite mustard - Pommery Moutarde de Meaux.

Pommery Moutarde de Meaux

We've been eating this delicious sugar free mustard for as long as I can remember but for several years we couldn't find it anywhere. Then we noticed it for sale at Cannon Hall Farm Shop. But even they've recently stopped stocking it. This little jar turned up in my Christmas stocking, I was over the moon. Most mustards contain sugar but this happily doesn't and thankfully, I've noticed that this what must be named the queen of mustards is available on Amazon (link above). The original version we bought years ago came with a natural cork stopper and red wax seal. This is still available to purchase but is a little more expensive than the stoneware pot with a plastic lid.

Have you found anything new and delicious recently?

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24 comments:

  1. I'm amazed that you find all these excellent products, Vicky. I must check out the hand balm. I know there are lasagne recipes that say you don't have to precook the noodles, but I've not had good luck with those. Thanks for sharing, Vicky!

    xoxo,
    Shirley

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    1. Thank you Shirley, I think we're quite spoiled over here with amazing products which are simply packaged and with good ingredients. When I visited Canada, I was amazed at the long list of ingredients in everything. The smaller farm shops now all seem to have gluten free sections and quite often I spot a gem.

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  2. The argan oil hand and nail balm sounds great and something I'd love to try.

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    1. It is Melanie, a bit overly scented perhaps but my hands have improved massively.

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  3. I shop from Ocado too. It's brilliant saves me so much time R

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    1. I agree, I was put off using online shopping for ages but now, I just wouldn't waste the time and the petrol costs. I look forward more to my Saturdays.

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  4. The vegan sausages look so yummy. I need to try out some new online food shopping x

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    1. They are easily the best vegan sausages I've ever tried Rhian and as for shopping online, it's amazing how it frees up your time and I actually save money because I'm not picking up stuff I don't really want.

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  5. Thanks for letting me know about the coconut milk. Every tin I look at has hardly any coconut in it!

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    1. You're welcome Cathy. I don't know whether it has more or less coconut in it than other brands but I do like that it doesn't have additives.

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  6. Some really good finds! We shop at Ocado as well, I am going to have a look for that coconut oil!

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    1. Thank you Erin, I often find I stick to my favourites at Ocado and miss out on the new products, I was very happy to find this coconut oil.

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  7. Dr Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Hand & Nail Balm sounds really interesting. My hands are also really dry and the cream I am using is not helping at the moment. I will have to pay H&B a visit soon. Thanks for sharing

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  8. I love vegetarian sausages but never tried vegan. I have never shopped at Ocado. Kaz x

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  9. We buy gluten free often as my mum has to have it and we find that the pasta does take longer than normal to cook but we all actually prefer it!

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  10. You should re-name this a few things Me & Amy like, I love all of this. I regularly eat pasta but I bloat so much so gluten free is always the way forward for me. x

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  11. great haul, i loved all of them! i am a big fan of clearsprings, i love their miso soup and tofu

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  12. Ooohh all really lovely products! I need to try the Dr organic Moroccan argan oil Hand & nail balm, that sounds right up my street. I'll pick some of that up next time I'm in town :) xx

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  13. This is a great selection of products that you have featured in this round up.

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  14. Do you think that coconut milk would be good for ice cream? Is it thick or watery? I'm always looking for good organic brands! Also that hand cream sounds wonderful - I might have to try this because I get very bad eczema on my hands :(

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    1. I haven't tried it yet but I will - it's only 45% coconut but I think if the cream only is used it would be OK. When I try it I'll let you know. The hand cream is amazing but heavily scented (naturally) so I don't know if it would be any good for eczema but they have others in the range (which I haven't tried). As a dry skin cream though it's pretty amazing.

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  15. this looks and sounds tasty. yum yum angela from daysinbed

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  16. So pleased to hear that you're managing to get out & about more now... just as the weather's warming up too :)
    The Dr Organic hand cream sounds wonderful! Those sausages sound yummy too. I've been meaning to try them for ages. I'm not usually a fan of sausages but these ones look lovely (and not too processed).

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