Fabulous Food & Drink delivered Direct to your Door #Review

Fabulous Food Deliveries delivered Direct to your Door #Gifted

Home food delivery services have increased in popularity due to the coronavirus pandemic.  However, with restrictions slowly easing it is important not to forget all those brilliant brands that made our lives so much easier with their commitment and dedication to deliver us some amazing doorstep deliveries.

With ever increasingly busy lifestyles, a home delivery can take off some of that pressure and strain of having to head out to do the supermarket shop.

In no particular order here are my personal recommendations…

Direct From the Farm

Direct from Farm to plate, these three brands bring quality produce direct from the farm for you and your family to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

Pikt

Pikt founded by Matt are an independent family-owned business who values people and the planet before profit.  They focus on treating everyone fairly which I absolutely love.

The Pikt team specialist skill set and continuing commitment to bring organic to the people means that Pikt have impressively attained Plastic-Free Trust Mark Certified, Soil Association Certified and B-Corp Certified. 

An amazing achievement that demonstrates their ethics and values meaning that they are actively committed to social change, taking care of both our planet and people.

All their fabulous fresh fruits and vegetables are delivered in environmentally friendly, presented in plastic free fully recyclable wrap, and are 100% Organic too.

Eversfield Organic

Ellacott farm located in the Devon village of Bratton Clovelly on the edge of Dartmoor is the home of the amazing Eversfield Organic founded by Mark.

Now Eversfield Organic has seen continued growth and produces a whole range of fabulous foodie goodies including their fresh fruit and vegetable boxes, that are delivered direct to your door, perfect for delicious and delightful meals at home.

Organic is better for our planet and people, Eversfield use sustainable organic farming measures and are continually working to reduce their environmental impacts by reducing waste, you can even return your packaging for free!

Using organic farming systems eliminate all synthetic and petroleum-based pesticides and fertilisers which reduces soil and water contamination helping to achieve a natural balance so that nature and wildlife can exist and thrive alongside commercial organic farming.

Fairfield’s Farm

Fairfields Farms families have been farming in East Anglia for three generations on scenic and stunning farmland across the Colne Valley just north of Colchester in Essex.

From field to farm, the lovely Laura & Robert work hard to produce their delicious homegrown potatoes and their yummy hand cooked crisps offering nationwide delivery anywhere on the British mainland.

Now, Fairfields farm have an exciting range of super subscription packages so you can get a regular delivery of your favourite potatoes and crisps.

Crisps are hand cooked on the farm to make sure that they meet the highest standards which is why they are BRC Grade AA accredited.

The Fairfields Farm potatoes are perfect for Baking, Roasting, Chipping, Boiling and Mashing, so you can get creative in the kitchen creating great value family meals.

Easy Meal Kits

After a busy week sometimes you just want to sit back, relax and chill, so make your weekend cooking easy with these three marvellous meal kits including brilliant burgers, perfect pasta and pizza.

Honest Burgers at home

Bag yourself some of the burger brilliance, but in the comfort of your home with the Honest Burgers at Home service, yes you heard me right!  The legends over at Honest have managed to create a burger bonanza that is delivered directly to your door, perfect for a cosy night in.

They have a range of kits to suit all tastes such as meat, vegan and gluten free buns if needed, so bring on those burgers! And if that’s not impressive enough you also get an Honest canvas tote bag thrown in for good measure too.

Their burgers are stuff of dreams and they cover a range of dietary requirements such as vegetarian and vegan, so once you have gone Honest you won’t want to back to burger normality. 

Pasta Evangelists

Pasta Evangelists a London based business headed up by co-founder Alessandro CEO and Chris head of Operations & finance with their team of lovely Pasta enthusiasts offer Pasta subscriptions and gifts with delivery direct to your door.

The brand chave three food heavy weight who are official Evangelists and also co-founders in their business including, the Times restaurant critic and columnist Giles Coren, founder of Leith’s School of Food & Wine and Great British Bake-off celeb Prue Leith and food critic & MasterChef judge William Sitwell.

Birtellis

The brilliant Birtellis Pizza geniuses have got together to produce a Pizza at Home service, with a range of dietary options such as gluten free and vegan, so you can now enjoy crafted artisan pizza made from the finest natural British ingredients in the comfort of your home.

As a family owned independent, they are a passionate bunch who prepare and bake good, honest and natural using quality producers and suppliers who fit with their greener and ethical ethos.

Impressively 96% of their packaging is plastic free and they are making continued efforts to get the other 4% onboard too.  Everything delivered can be eaten, reused, recycled and composted.

Pantry & Treats

Get those cupboards stocked and enjoy some super scrummy treats at home with an afternoon tea, pies, hampers and Vegan pantry must haves.

Piglets pantry

Piglet’s Pantry, founded by Jo, is an amazing Award-Winning food producer, who make hand filled pies, handmade sausage rolls, cakes, and biscuits, based in Worthing West Sussex.

Piglet’s delivery brilliantly boxed Afternoon Teas direct to your door in their signature pretty pink Piglet’s packaging, they cater for a variety of dietary needs such as vegetarian and Vegan afternoon teas which will delight and definitely not disappoint.

Piglets also offer pies and rolls galore, impressively, Piglet’s beat over 100 pie makers in the UK and several exciting pie-offs to win the contract to supply Brighton & Hove Albion FC, moving into the American Express Community Stadium to hand-make 2,500 pies per game!

The Vegan Pies, rolls and Vegan Tear and share roll with the lush dipping sauce are all absolutely amazing and make for some scrummy comfort food.

Clearspring

Clearspring have been in the industry for over 25 years, they are a fabulous family-owned business, with a particular expertise in sourcing authentic Japanese foods.

Offering delivery direct to your door, Clearspring products help sustainable agriculture by supporting organic farmers and artisan food producers.  By caring for the eco-system and enriching the soil, Clearspring work towards protecting the world for future generations to come.

Clearspring products are all Vegan, dairy and refined sugar free and a selection of products are also gluten free too, so you are in good hands.  The extensive range of fabulous foodie items on offer is impressive stuff and introduces customers to a range of Vegan foodie loveliness.

Prestige Hampers

Prestige Hampers have been in the business a while, so know their stuff and when it comes to all things gifting. They offer delivery direct to your door so make gifting easy.

Hampers are a perfect way to gift to family, friends, employees and of course our loved ones, so they can enjoy a bit of indulgence at home.


Offering a variety of hampers to suit a range of dietary needs such as Gluten free, Vegan, non-alcoholic and so much more,

Now whether you are after some farm fresh produce, a fun and easy meal kit, a sweet treat or to simply stock up the pantry, I am sure that you will agree these nine brilliant brands, that all over delivery direct to your door, have you covered.

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Thank you for reading 

Melanie xx

Mother’s Day at Home with Prestige Hampers #Review

Mother’s Day at Home with Prestige Hampers: March 2021 #Gifted

After a challenging 12 months and with Mother’s Day approaching, it is important to take time to celebrate this special occasion and make sure that our marvellous mothers still have a lovely day at home.

Send some smiles to your mum with Prestige hampers who have a range of fabulous and drink hampers to suit all dietary needs, so your mum can indulge, enjoy and feel like number one.

Veritably Vegan Hamper

Perfect for all the Vegan mummies, the vibrant Veritably Vegan hamper is jam packed with lots of yummy Vegan treats all presented in beautiful brown wicker basket.

Included within the hamper are sweet treats such as Brave Dark Choc Roasted Chickpea 30g, Melting Pot Vegan Handmade Fudge Madagascar Vanilla 90g, Mrs Crimble’s 6 Vegan Macaroons 195g, Ooh! Chocolata Original Dairy Free & Vegan Milk Chocolate 50g and The Dormen Moments Blend No. 3 Cashews, Cranberries & Coconut 45g.

There are also some savouries thrown in too the Indie Bay Superseeds Crunchy Pretzels 26g and Mr Filbert’s Marinated Olives with Lemon & Oregano 65g.

Gorgeously Gluten and Wheat Free Hamper 

This stunning gluten and wheat free hamper presented in a gorgeous gold wire basket makes for a perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Your mum can indulge her sweet tooth with the lovely Lovemore Gluten Free Shortbread Fingers 125g, Radfords Handmade West Country Crumbly Butter Fudge 113g, Guppy’s Chocolates Orange Shards 90g and a Lovemore Gluten Free Genoa Slab Cake!

The hamper contents are perfect for a mum’s movie night in at home as also included within the hamper are the Easy Bean Moroccan Spice Chickpea Crispbread 110g, Mr Filbert’s Honey & Peppercorn Mixed Nuts 50g, Mrs Bridges Red Pepper & Garlic Salsa 100g and some yummy Yorkshire Crisps in Worcester Sauce 100g presented in this lovely tube decorated with an illustration of York Shambles.

Due to dietaries do double check the contents for suitability and if you have any questions contact the lovely Prestige hampers team directly.

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A Vegan Food Home Delivery Service with Clearspring #Review

A Vegan Foodie Home Delivery with Clearspring: February 2021 #Gifted

Clearspring have been in the industry for over 25 years, they are a fabulous family-owned business, with a particular expertise in sourcing authentic Japanese foods.

Offering delivery direct to your door, Clearspring customers can have fun experimenting in the kitchen and enjoy delicious dining within the comfort of their own homes thanks to the lovely bunch over at Clearspring.

Clearspring products help sustainable agriculture by supporting organic farmers and artisan food producers.  By caring for the eco-system and enriching the soil, Clearspring work towards protecting the world for future generations to come.

Clearspring products are all Vegan, dairy and refined sugar free and a selection of products are also gluten free too, so you are in good hands.

The extensive range of fabulous foodie items on offer is impressive stuff and introduces customers to a range of Vegan foodie loveliness.

Instant Miso Soups are perfect for a light lunch, a comforting supper and are easy to do literally pop in a cup and add water they are that simple but taste great and without any of those nasties.

The brilliant Bio Kitchen Veggies, lentils & beans jar range and plant-based alternatives such as soya chunks, mince and Japanese silken tofu, made with pure spring water from Mount Fiji, are ideal to mix things up a little for even extra yummy family mealtimes.

Clearspring also have a range of rice noodles, pastas made with ingredients such as brown rice and red lentils, lovely pasta sauces and a staple in anyone’s kitchen soya sauce.

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Sweets in the City Vegan Jars, Duals and The Sweet Society #Review

Sweets in the City Vegan Jars, Duals and The Sweet Society: February 2021 #Gifted

Founded by the lovely Sarah Lynn, 2017 winner of the BBC’s The Apprentice, Sweets in the City is jointly owned by Lord Sugar and are seeing continued growth and success.

The Sweets in the City team inspire and innovate to produce personalised sweets, which are fun, fabulous and fill us with sweetness, that are suitable for any occasion such as friends and family gifting, celebrations, and corporate events.

Make your life that little bit sweeter and enjoy some Vegan sweet loveliness with the Sweets in the City range of Vegan Jars, Dual bags and why not even be part of The Sweet Society?

The Vegan fabulous Fizzy Frenzy giant jar of joy, personalised with my Forkward Thinking Foodinista logo, was jam packed with delightful deliciousness such as fizzy marvellous melons, scrummy sugar dummy’s, cheeky cherry cola bottles, a giant vibrant rainbow twist and so much more.

Be part of the team with this tasty Team Vegan jar that is sure to play with your taste buds and would make a gorgeous gift for friends, family, colleagues or why not just treat yourself to some super sweet vibes.

Do you want to be part of the club…well the brilliant bunch over at Sweets in the City have created The Sweet Society so that you and your squad can enjoy a mouth-watering monthly box of yumminess, so give a big hands up in the air for ‘Team Sugar’.

The Sweet Society is a superb subscription service which delivers direct to your door a varied range of quality tasty treats, that are seasonally selected, handpicked and packed with love by the superb Sweets in the City team.

Exciting to know that being part of the exclusive The Sweet Society means that every month you can get your sweet sugar fix which may even include exclusive/limited edition sweet ranges that are not always available on their website.

Gift gorgeously with the vibrant Vegan Duals Sweet Bags, an amazing addition to the Sweets in the City gifting range.

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Festive Foodie Christmas Gift Guide 2020 #Review

Festive Foodie Christmas Gift Guide 2020 Review: November 2020 #Gifted

Christmas cosiness has arrived, as I have been sent these super samples to review, so sit back by the roaring log fire and be prepared to get merry while you browse these fabulous foodie gift ideas. 

Get the sticky tape and bows ready, as after seeing all these brilliant brands you will want to get everything all wrapped up for sure.

Sacla

Bring some of the Italian pizzazz into your home this Christmas, as the sensational Sacla brand have a range of gifts to suit everyone.

Including this delightful decorative Chess Design Extra Virgin Olive Oil 500ml by Lamante and a colourful Sacla Patterned Tea Towel.

This gorgeous Gold Unicorn Carousel Tin of Jellies 150g by Leone is a pretty perfect gift.  The Gluten Free Pasta Meal Selection Box provides everyone with a little bit of the Italian dolce vita lifestyle at home this Christmas season.

Real Food Hub

The Real Food Hub is a fabulously family run online market place offering you a range of fabulous foodie gifts from various retailers, so you are practically spoilt for choice. 

My Vegan Travels: Comfort Food inspired by Adventure Book by Jackie Kearney a 2011 MasterChef UK finalist is perfect for everyone not just the veggies.

The sensational Spice Kitchen 7 Loose Leaf Tea Gift Set, storage Tin Silk Sari Wrap and Tea Diffuser is a delightful gift for any tea lover. and perfect to keep warm during the winter months. 

Impressively the Real Food Hub also stock Hawkshead Relish, jams & chutneys so make sure you are fully stocked ready for the seasons celebrations.  

Prestige Hampers

No need to look any further for your hampers, as Prestige Hampers have a fabulous foodie range to suit all dietary needs such as Vegan and Gluten Free.

The Vegan Treats selection is a tasty trio of Joe&Stephs Salted Caramel Popcorn 32g perfect to hang on the tree, a bar of Dark Valley Chocolate 90g and Gourmet Gummies Keats Of London Festive Mix 150g.

This yummy Gluten Free Goodies hamper packed with treats such as  Elderflower Presse 25cl, Triple Choc Farmhouse Biscuits 150g, English Garden Breakfast Tea 20g, Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella Crisps 50g, Valley Confectionery Fudge 100g, Mrs Darlington Raspberry Jam 130g, Valley Chocolate Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Square 100g and Raspberry Creams 90g all presented in a lovely Kraft Hamper Tray is good enough for a place under anyone’s tree. 

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Christmas Gift Guide 2020 #Review

Christmas Gift Guide 2020 Review: November 2020 #Gifted

Yes, it is that time of year, the sleigh bells are ringing and you can almost hear Santas Ho, ho, ho, but don’t panic as he ‘s not fallen through the chimney just yet.!

Grab a mince pie, enjoy a glass of mulled wine or two, sit back and scroll your way through my Santa sack of super duper samples, that I have been sent to review, which will give you all some amazing Christmas gift ideas for all your fabulous family, friends and loved ones. 

Prezzybox

Make sure you deliver some moments of happiness to your family, friends & loved ones this festive season with Prezzybox.

There’s a whole array of exciting, entertaining and an eclectic mix of offerings so you will be spoilt for choice.

Why not send your man this Personalised Pale Ale set where you can personalise the pint glass with a name and includes some brilliant Brewdog Punk IPA cans.

Give the Prince fans what they want with this cool Purple Rain Prince Tea Towel made with 100% cotton, a must have gift for sure.  

Get your art on and get all creative with this gorgeous Glass Making Kit, a fab hobby and fun activity.  

Ellis Brigham 

There is nothing more exciting than a mountain adventure so give the gift of hiking this Christmas with the help of Ellis Brigham, an out of this world outdoor store with all you need to start some amazing adventures.

Ellis Brigham has both walk in stores and online shopping, so feel free to pop in store or alternatively shop online and have your hiking goodies delivered direct to your door.

Getting the right kit gives you the right start and the first thing to kit out is your feet.  Choose from a range of both Male and Female Walking shoes and boots such as the Mens Morrells and the Salomon Women’s Gortex.

Prepare for the cold snap, don’t get a cold head and make sure you have some warm head gear.  This North Face Peruvian Beanie is a great way to keep warm and look super cool in the process.

Pro Cook

Love to cook up a storm in the kitchen…me too, so why not gift some useful pots, pans and roasting trays this Christmas.

Pro Cook has been in the business for over twenty years and impressively is still owned and managed by one of the original founding family members offering you savings of up to 50% off other leading brands.

Bag a bargain with the 16cm Gourmet Steel Saucepan with lid, with silicone handles this is a good all rounder with a strain and pour design, so perfect for all that fun Christmas cooking

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Celebrate in Style with The Champagne and Gift Company #Review

Celebrate in Style with The Champagne and Gift Company Review: October 2020 #Gifted

Worried about finding the perfect gift for a special occasion? Not anymore, thanks to The Champagne & Gift Company’s new online service that offers a great selection of customised Champagne gifts for everyone and every occasion.  Bottles can be individually personalised to make an extra special gift that will be cherished for many years to come.

The Champagne & Gift Company aim to create the perfect Personalised Champagne themed gift, beautifully presented and wrapped. So whether it’s to say a special “Thank You” to clients or friends, or for a romantic occasion, anniversary or corporate event you can be sure that the delighted recipient will treasure your gift.

The Champagne & Gift Company also provides distinctive own label Champagne for companies and organisations and have created bottles for some of the world’s leading names.

Whether you are raising your company profile, launching a new product, hosting a corporate event or just thanking your clients,  Champagne branded with your organisation’s name and logo on the label is a most effective way to get your message across.

The company can tailor make to your requirements to personalise your bottles of fizz, so you can create memories with that personal touch.  They offer both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options so they have you covered.

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Chocolate Indulgence Package with Chocolate Hamper at York Cocoa Works #Review

Chocolate Indulgence Package with Chocolate Hamper at York Cocoa Works Review: September 2020 #Gifted

York Cocoa Works has always been a home away from home for us.  A lovely local independent chocolatier with high quality products where they literally go from bean to bite, as their yummy treats are produced on site at their chocolate manufactory.

Owner Sophie and her team have created a cosy and snug environment perfect for family, friends and couples to enjoy a chocolate indulgence making your day much sweeter.

As always, the whole team make you feel welcome and part of the Cocoa works family from the moment you step in the door which is a reason many York residents and visitors to York keep returning.

The York Cocoa Works Chocolate Indulgence package includes a platter of super scrummy chocolate truffles, cakes and a hand-crafted bar of chocolate.

You also receive a hot drink of choice and I would highly recommend having their signature hot chocolate.

Sophies beautifully bespoke handcrafted chocolate packages allow the team to adapt for allergies such as dairy free, wheat free, vegetarian and vegan, so perfect for everyone.

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COOK Frozen Prepared Meals Delivered Direct to your Door #Review

COOK Frozen Prepared Meals Delivered Direct to your Door Review: August 2020 #Gifted

In 1997 Ed started COOK as a frozen meal business in a small Farnham shop.  Luckily Dale, one of Eds clients, just happened to be a chef, so Ed persuaded him to quit his job and they joined forces.

Through many trials and tribulations COOK opened more shops and offered more home delivery options.  Fast forward to 2013 and COOK became one of the UK’s first certified B Corps that form part of a global commitment to do business right for people and the planet.

COOK are committed to making the world a better place by giving back to the community with the caring Hands programme, One Feeds Two, FoodCycle.  Also, reducing food waste and acting on climate change, as since October 2017 have been purchasing renewable electricity for their shops and kitchens resulting in their carbon footprint shrinking by a third!

Employees voted COOK one of the top 100 Sunday Times best companies to work for and they have been on the list ever since. COOK have been certified by the living wage foundation since July 2015.

After 20 Years Dale retired in 2017 and Ed now heads the business alongside his sister Rosie as co-CEOs together with their team are still as committed as ever to bring you the absolute best home cooked meals, so you can go from freezer to plate in no time.

No need to queue up at the supermarket, as with COOK you are still able to eat healthy and save time.  Dietary needs are also catered for as they offer a range of Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan and No Dairy options

Pots for One, the sticky veg satay and sweet potato & aubergine Sri Lankan curry are super yummy and perfect if you fancy a light lunch or supper.

COOK agree that every chef needs a night off from time to time, so their range of chef prepared frozen meals, that are delivered direct to your door, made with love using quality ingredients enabling you to enjoy a nutritious home cooked meal in minutes without the kitchen prep.

Offering a whole range of cuisines such as Spanish, Mexican, Italian and Indian you are spoilt for choice.

On every COOK dish you will notice the name and signature of the chef that created your meal which I am sure you will agree is a nice personable touch.

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Get your Fruity Five a Day with Prestige Hampers #Review

Get your Fruity Five a Day with Prestige Hampers Review: August 2020 #Gifted

Now more than ever people want to give their immune systems a boost by eating healthy foods such as fruits.  Prestige Hampers have a whole range of fabulous fruity offerings that are perfect to gift to family, friends, loved ones and even a gift from you to you.

Prestige offer UK delivery and to ensure safety they have a contactless delivery system in place and even have a next day gifts service, so making your hamper delivery quick, easy and just a click away.

Fresh Fruit Basket

The fresh fruity basket is ideal to enjoy in the comfort of your own home, on a hike or perfect for a fruit themed picnic.

 

Included are 400g of grapes, 2 satsumas, 2 gala apples, 2 granny smith apples, 2 plums and 2 kiwis, so plenty to go around.

All presented in this wonderful wooden handled trug which is not only beautiful, but reusable.  Ideal to store small garden tools and hand-picked herbs from the garden.

Classic Fruit Tray

The classic Fruit Tray offers the lucky recipient a tasty tray of healthy treats.

Included with the vibrant fresh fruit tray are bananas, grapes, satsumas, gala and granny smith apples.

The perfect pick me up with a natural and healthy vitamins boost.

The Healthy Ploughman

The Healthy Ploughman includes some fabulous fresh fruits like red and green grapes, kiwi, apples, and satsumas.

There are some scrumptious yummy cheeses included such as the Red Wax Cheddar Chilli & Lime and a Double Gloucester Black Wax 100g which are perfect to go with the Kale & Nut spiced toast.

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