Foodie Parcels in the Post - May 2014

Wednesday 14 May 2014
Time again for a roundup of the foodie parcels I've been receiving over the last month or so. It's always nice to receive a parcel in the post but even nicer if its edible - or drinkable. Firstly here's a quick link to the April 2014 round up in case you missed it. Alas no Gin to be had under wheelbarrows or otherwise in May but here's what Mr Postman has been bringing me of late...

Who doesn't love potatoes? Chips, baked, roasted, dauphinoise, mashed, boiled... I'm a big tattie fan. Might have something to do with me being a farmers daughter and my paternal grandfather being a potato farmer. Tatties in the blood. I fell completely in love with the roasties from Bannisters Farm. Skin on, batter free, fluffy in the middle and uber crispy on the outside. Absolute perfection. I've stocked up my freezer with them. Their baked potatoes tasted great too. They weren't much of a time saver for me as I do my baked tatties in a combination microwave but for those without that option I can see that these fit rather nicely between the choice of a soggy microwave potato and the hours and hours needed for one done in the oven.

Why say it with flowers when you could say it with cake? One step on from cake pops Cake-Cetera offer Chocolate, Lemon, Vanilla and Strawberry cake push pops. Order online before 12noon for next day delivery. Pauline the founder of Cake-Cetera was inspired to set up the business after losing her mum to cancer. She was shocked to find that flowers were banned from the hospital wards and decided to come up with an alternative. The push pops can be personalised for any occasion and would make a great party bag alternative whilst avoiding the mess and stress of frantically slicing and wrapping cake at the end of a birthday party.

Toffee Crisp Cereal
Could a breakfast cereal possibly be more chocolatey?! Boy and Girl's eyes were on stalks when they spotted this was up for taste test. Meanwhile my fillings were screaming at the very prospect. They loved it. I felt it would have been better served as a desert or as sprinkles on Ice Cream. Definitely one for a special treat as opposed to an every day cereal. Bet it would make great chocolate krispie cakes. Alas none left to try. 11 servings from the pack was somewhat optimistic.

Biscuits for breakfast?! Sounds like the kind of suggestion my kids would make which would have me rolling my eyes. I've seen breakfast biscuits advertised but had never been tempted to give them a try until now. The fruit and fibre variety took my fancy whilst the kids went straight for chocolate. They come in individually sealed portion packs which make them good to grab and go. It's suggested that they are served as part of a balanced breakfast for example, a serving of belVita breakfast biscuits, a portion of fruit, a serving of dairy and a drink. I was really impressed as to how filling they are and felt they did indeed live up to the claim of being "the only breakfast biscuit proven to slowly release carbohydrates over four hours". The fruit and fibre ones have definitely secured themselves a permanent place in my cereal cupboard.

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Much excitement in the house when a Tefal Optigrill arrived. Must admit I didn't know too much about them but boy was very excited and started telling me about all the wonder features as described on the TV advert. I wasn't entirely convinced. We've had a health grill for a number of years but as of late its been demoted to purely a toastie maker. The Optigrill is however in a league of its own. The automatic sensor cooking really does work and means no more guessing when something is cooked. It makes THE best ever crispy bacon, fantastic for sausages, super quick for kebabs and delivers wonderfully moist and juicy chicken. Personally I felt the rare steak setting was overdone for my liking but others seemed happy with theirs. I am however very fussy about my steak. Still mooing is good for me. I love that the grill plates are removable and can be put in the dishwasher. Our existing grill has now been chucked. Thankfully the Optigrill also has a manual mode for the ubiquitous toasties.

Le Range Mesurier
Confession time. These haven't actually been opened yet despite receiving them a few weeks ago. Reason being I was awaiting the arrival of the Scottish Asparagus Season. Steak with Bearnaise Sauce and Asparagus with Hollandaise will be had on Saturday night. Promise to report back in my next Foodie Parcel in the Post roundup.

Disclosure : Thanks to Bannisters FarmCake-Cetera,  belVita Breakfast BiscuitsLe Range Mesurier  and Tefal Optigrill for providing the above products. I was not obliged to review positively in return. All views expressed are my own. If you're a brand who'd like to have your product featured here, please do get in touch 

Update 17/05/14
Thanks to Elizabeth's Kitchen for awarding us the #1 Kids Corner Review for the Cake-Cetera Cake Pops.


  1. Loved hearing what you thought about the breakfast biscuits. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

  2. Wow look at all these amazing goodies! I have to admit we don't receive very many food items for some reason, but we'd love to! That chocolate breakfast cereal would make my fillings ache too, but my kids would love it! We were sent the Optigrill too - we're not 100% convinced about the steak (think it needs to be buttered first?) but oh my goodness it makes wicked pork fillets and cheesy toasties! Thanks for linking up with #KidsCorner! :D


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