Hodmedods Big Vegan Box Review Veganuary 2018  

Hodmedods Big Vegan Box Review Veganuary 2018: January 2018

The award winning Hodmedods brand base in East Anglia, founded by Nick, Josiah and William in 2012, was due to partaking in the successful Great British Beans trial project.  For the purposes of the trial, a tonne of British-grown split fava beans was bought, home packed and distributed throughout the community with a postcard included for feedback.

Working with British farmers to source less well-known ingredients such as the fava beans, which date back to the Iron Age, the brand have stayed true to their historical roots which even inspired and influenced their brand name.  Hodmedod is an East Anglian dialect word which according to an old Suffolk boy hodmedod means simply something curled up like beans, peas and hedgehogs do.  Hence, the choice of logo and core products all rolled up into one synonymous name – Hodmedods.

January marks the month of Veganuary which challenges people to go vegan for one month and aims to inspire and educate people, as to why going vegan helps animals, the environment, can improve health and how to cook up a range of nutritious and tasty recipes.  The Big Vegan Hamper is ideal for Veganuary, as it includes a range of beans, peas and quinoa, sent from the lovely Hodmedod’s team.

Included in brilliant big box was one of each of the following tasty cans; Vaal Dhal, Baked British Beans and Cooked Fava Beans in Water.  Also, four fabulous 300g snack packs including Roasted Fava Beans lightly sea salted, sea salt and cider vinegar and Roasted peas lightly sea salted and horseradish.  All easy to use when life gets a bit hectic.

Brilliant bake items, all in 500g packs, included the “Black Badger” Carlin Peas, the wonderful White Quinoa, grown by Peter Fairs in Essex with their unique Yellow Pea Flour which is also included.  Beans included are the scrummy Split Fava and Whole Fava.  Finally, the “Kabuki” Marrowfat peas.

With the mouth-watering mega box, I created some super simple quick lunchies or snack choices.  The Fava Beans were used to create the most amazing hummus which made a perfectly delightful crudité dip.  Some things are meant to be kept simple and the British bakes beans when from can to plate to create the classic comfort cuisine of good old beans on toast.  The sensational quinoa along with seasoning and some red peppers served up in gem lettuce dishes, makes a tasty presentation plate which is super-duper easy to make.

Have a Happy Veganuary 2018 and Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx




Sweet Victory Sugar Free Hamper Review

Sweet Victory Sugar Free Hamper Review: January 2018

Founded in 2016, Sweet Victory Products is an online family company that provides sugar free products without a premium price tag.  With their own family members who are diabetic or have autism, it is through their own personal experiences of struggling to find suitable sugar free products why Sweet Victory Products was born.  Hence the brand is close to their heart and customer focus and satisfaction is firmly at the top of their priorities.

Increasingly, we hear about the alleged effects of high sugar in our diets and the impact upon our health such as diabetes, obesity and teeth erosion to name a few, so what better time to make the switch to sugar free, but without the sacrifice, as Sweet Victory Products have searched high and low for a wide range of sugar free or no added sugar products, so you can enjoy all things sweet, but without the nasties and guilt.

Make your new year free from the dreaded sugar spikes and adopt a healthier lifestyle.  Introduce yourself to a sweeter lifestyle with this sensational Sugar Free Hamper.  A sparkling pretty purple package arrived at blogging HQ packed with all things sweet, scrummy, but without the sugar guilt!

Included in the Sugar Free Hamper is a gorgeous golden box, that is a gift within a gift, filled with all things sweet, I opted for a gummy selection which included colourful strawberries, cherries, gummy bears, wine gums and cola bottles, but they also offer a selection of hard sweets too.  Also, included was a cute cube of chocolates with a colour coated shell.

More super sweet products included the super sensational Simpkins sugar and gluten free mixed fruits travel sweet tine, the sweet switch sugar-free fruit bonbons and the De Bron sugar-free fruit juice toffees.

Time for tea…yes please!  Tea time is still sweet and made easy with daytime delights such as the tasty Twinings Earl Grey 50 pack teabags, pure sweet 100% natural Erythritol sugar substitute, the brilliant B-San chocolate biscuits, that are super yummy, and I could not put down, the wonderful white chocolate bar and the Cavalier no added sugar made with stevia chocolate bar.

Everyday essentials include the Colac no added sugar tomato ketchup, the St Dalfour no added sugar strawberry Jam made with 100% fruit and the Diablo no added sugar hazelnut chocolate spread.

The hamper was amazing, and I did not feel that I was missing out in fact I preferred these products to comparable products packed with sugar.  Hop on over to their website and see what changes you can make to your daily diet, but without having to make a sweet sacrifice.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx