Newman’s Mexican Burrito Pie Recipe

‘It’s okay to treat yourself once in awhile. I’m not going to stop eating Mexican food!’ – Jennifer Aniston

Us Newmans, we like to eat, and one thing we like to eat more than anything in the world is Mexican food. In fact, if marmite didn’t exist, if only I could only eat one thing for the rest f my life it would be mexican food. It’s meat, cheese and some kind of flour/bread item, what’s not to love?

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So you know all those food porn videos that seems to be doing the rounds on Facebook at the moment, where someone makes a 6 tier rainbow cake in a 2 minute sped up video and makes it look as easy as putting your socks on? Well we actually attempted one of those recently after realising we had the majority of the ingredients in the house anyway. We substituted what was in the recipe to what we had in the cupboard and made so many swap outs that I believe we can now legitimately say we’ve crested our own dish.

So ladies and gentlemen allow us to introduce you to Newman’s Mexican Burrito Pie; a massive concoction of Mexican awesomeness including tortilla chips inside the pie – whaaat?!

Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

What you’ll need:

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  • 8 tortilla wraps
  • 500g mince
  • Mixed peppers
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 packet fajita mix
  • half a bag of tortilla chips
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • loads of grated cheese

How You Make It:

  • Chop onions and add to an oiled pan. Stir around on a medium heat for a few minutes (I believe this is called ‘sweating’)
  • Once your onions are nice and sweaty add the mince and cook until part browned
  • During this process if it looks like there’s any access water, drain as much out as you can, there’s nothing worse than a wet burrito!
  • Add the seasoning then additional veggies and continue to fully brown the mince (took me a long time to learn ‘brown’ and ‘burnt’ are two very different things)

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  • Add chopped tomatoes
  • Again drain out any excess water
  • Grease a large pan with oil and lay down 7 of your tortillas, overlapping, in a flower formation, like thus:

 

  • Go in with your cheese, half your meat mix, then a tortilla chip layer (crunch down to flatten). Top with the remaining half of meat mix, the rest of the cheese. Like a beefy, tortilla-y cheesy lasagna

 

  • Place a final wrap on top in the centre and fold the rest of the wraps over.

 

  • By the time you’ve built this behemoth it should be pretty much cooked on the underside but have a check to see if it’s brown on the underneath. If so then flip over and cook in the pan for another couple of minutes until brown

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Et voila! When done, cutting into it should look a bit like this:

If anyone else tries it let me know how it turns out!

Holy Crepe! Crepeaffaire is now open in Newcastle!

‘It’s hard to imagine a scenario where someone would say no to pancakes’ – David Levithan

I’m sure there are people in the world who’s only experience of the humble pancake is what they have once a year on shrove Tuesday, or possibly those thick American monstrosities you get in hipster diners, however during my meagre 35 years on this earth I’ve experienced quite a love affair with the Crepe. I grew up in Belgium, meaning Crepes and Pain au Chocolate weren’t just something you had once a year or when you visited Patisserie Valerie. They were something you had every Saturday morning when you went to the local market. So make no mistake, I’ve had some of the best crepes around so when Crepeaffaire invited me and Davy along to their new shop in the swanky Greys Quarter in Eldon Square, you can bet the Mons Monkey I was down to try!

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Crepeaffaire have recently launched their Indulgence menu which means not only can you get the classics like Banana, Nutella and Lemon & Sugar, they’ve upped the ante and added combinations like Banana, Rum & Raisin, Fererro Rocher and Salted Caramel. If all that gooey deliciousness doesn’t float your boat they also do a wide range of savoury crepes which are much more lunchtime appropriate, if I weren’t there purely for the sugar hit I’d be all over the pesto and mozzarella.

Last time we were in Florida we visited Waffle House for breakfast where I had pancakes with chocolate and peanut butter – a perfectly normal choice I thought. However the family at the next table whose waistline and IQ stats where are polar opposite ends of the spectrum loudly expressed their disgust as they tucked into their artery clogging quadruple bacon and maple syrup 15 pancake stack. As such it took the shine off and I didn’t really enjoy my last pancake experience. So with their contempt in mind, and ever the rebel, I confidently ordered the Belgian Chocolate – because revenge is best served 3 years later on a different continent.

Dave, being the healthier and more sensible of the two of us ordered a salmon and cream cheese crepe, which let’s be honest is pretty standard and hard to get horribly wrong. His crepe had the a right balance of both ingredients and a hearty sprinkling of Dill in top for good measure. My Belgian chocolate was exquisite and made with real Belgian chocolate not sugary, watery sauce you get in some places.

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We also had two fruit smoothies each, which were pretty yummy, if a little heavy on juice rather than actual pureed fruit. There were plenty of drink options to choose from though; all hot drinks come with free refills all day every day and you can even get a beer or a glass of prosecco if you fancy (which in itself id pretty fancy!)

We were both pleasantly full after our lunch which isn’t something that can always be said with crepes. I like how they have savoury options which are more healthy than the sweet ones if you don’t want to fill yourself with carb and sugar or want to have a lunch top in between shopping.

Prices start from a fiver and as it’s Crepeaffaire Newcastle’s 1st Birthday week the store will be randomly handing out 10 free crepe vouchers a day to purchasing customers. On 23rd November 2017, all customers purchasing a crepe after 5pm will receive a glass of Prosecco on the house!

Find out more at www.crepeaffaire.com

*we received complimentary food and drink in return for an honest review

Elliott’s Kitchen, Wylam

‘I like to be able to sit in a cafe and watch the world go by and observe people’ – Sophia Myles

There’s a lot of negativity on the world at the moment. Even on Facebook and instagram there’s people eye rolling at their so called friends who are at the gym or posting their slimming world meals. There doesn’t seem to be much bigging each other up anymore.

So let me buck the trend and take a moment to gush about our amazing friends Jill and Phil Elliott who after what feels like years of near misses have finally fulfilled their dream of owning their own cafe. And what a cafe it is.

Jill and I have been close friends for over 15 years when we worked as barmaids together at our local pub in Cramlington (she taught me everything I know about alcohol). She married professional chef (and all round lovely bloke) Phil is 2009 and they’ve been great friends to us ever since.

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Elliotts Kitchen on Main Street in Wylam is everything you’d want in a cafe and more. In fact to just call it a cafe is doing the a disservice. Phil has honed all his years in the professional catering industry to create a fantastic gastro cafe serving not only your regular coffees and traybakes but ever changing lunchtime specials like quiches and runny scotch eggs. All freshly made on the premises with local produce.

We visited at about 2.15pm on a Saturday and it was just nicely busy after the lunchtime rush, enough people in to create an atmosphere but even free tables to get a good seat. The decor inside is minimalist but classy, big windows letting the sun stream in and light wooden furniture and fittings.

We only went for coffee and cake; a latte (made with Italian coffee) and slice of rocky road for me and a pot of Earl Grey and a date scone for Dave. Both treats were a decent size (there’s nowt more frustrating that a small scone) the rocky road was stuffed with fluffy marshmallows and not to over powering with sickly chocolate, so you don’t have to worry about your kids bouncing off the walls after a slice. Two drinks and two sweets came to around £8, which isn’t unreasonable, particularly for Wylam.

We didn’t stay for lunch, although judging by the smells from the kitchen perhaps we should have! Their manu changes regularly if not daily and an example of some things they’ve had on recently are spiced parsnip soup, aberdeen angus shepherds pie topped with swede & potato mash, beef onepot served with onion bread & parsley dumpling and stilton and mushroom tarlets. Not to mention sandwiches and a different cake of the day.

Of course it’s easy for me to be bias, they’re my mates after all, however to be honest I think that just means I’d be more brutally honest if i didn’t think they were quite up to scratch (or at the very least just not say anything at all!) but I honestly honestly am super impressed and proud, not only in the hard work and sacrifice Jill and Phil have made but in the genuine quality of the food and the menu.

If you want a boring croque monsieur then go to Cafe Rouge. If you want quality, locally produced homemade food with a quirky twist. Go to Eilliott’s Kitchen!

Address: Main Road, Wylam, Northumberland NE41 8AQ
Phone: 01661 852422
Facebook: Elliott’s Kitchen
Twitter: @foodmatters07

 

Review: Rub Smokehouse & Bar, Newcastle upon Tyne

‘Ribs are a spiritual experience for me’ – Bill Rancic

Along with all the million other reasons why Newcastle is so great, that fact that the city now has more dining options than I’ve had marmite sandwiches these days warms my little blonde heart because I love my food.

We have programmes like Man v Food to thank for the latest injection of meaty, bbqy smoky emporiums, 3 adjectives that happen to be what I look for most in a restaurant so it was never going to be long before we tried out Rub Smokehouse & Bar which has just opened up where ASK used to be in the Gate.

I’m not sure how many branches you need to have to be classed as a chain but Rub in Newcastle is the 3rd branch to open in the UK (the other two being in Nottingham and  Birmingham) and in a city that 5 years ago used to be overrun with red & white table clothed Italian Restaurants, they’re a welcome addition in my eyes. We decided to pay a visit on a Friday evening with my brother and sister-in-law, and more importantly fellow food connoisseurs, to get our Rub on.

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From walking past a week or so before I knew it was brightly lit with a half diner, half 50’s malt shop kind of vibe. We’d reserved a table however needed have as the restaurant was only half full (it’s worth noting that it’s a very big establishment so would take quite a few bums on seats to be full) there were enough people to have a nice atmosphere. We ordered drinks straight away, pints for the boys, a pint of diet coke for me (i tend to prefer not to drink booze when I’m eating – need to savour the experience) and Ice Tea for Ruth which was bottomless (a popular concept with me!).

The menu is pretty extensive, it’s certainly a meat lovers dream and there’s plenty of different options to choose from whether it be a burger, a steak, a rack of ribs, a bowl of chili or a mammoth gargantuan Man v Food style eating challenge (which ins you a t-shirt if you are able to complete). If you did want to try and be healthy they do have salad options but are steep at between £8 and £12. We decided to share a starter so we could have a taste of everything; onion rings, cracklin, pulled pork nachos and loaded potato skins and rather conveniently there was 4 of everything which avoided any forks in the back of hands.

Mains we had a bit more eclectic. Dave and I both opted for sandwiches; BBQ Chicken Roll for him and the Kansas City Roll (which contains burnt ends – the meaty ends of beef brisket) for me, Ruth went for the mixed bean chili and Gary upped the ante with the brisket basket with a side of corn on the cob and some burnt ends.

On paper, it all looked amazing but in reality sadly everything fell a bit short for me. We waited almost an hour between starter and main course, even though as mentioned the restaurant was half full and there seemed to be staff hanging around with little to do a lot of the time. By the time the mains did arrive I’d almost gone past the point of hunger and the compilation of the greatest hits of the 80’s they were pumping out two notches too loud was starting to grate on me.

My sandwich was tasty enough, the meat was tender and succulent however was completely doused in their signature BBQ sauce to the point of being sickly. Ruth’s chili had a nice spicy kick to it but the beans were claggy with a weird texture. Worse offering had to be however Dave’s chicken sandwich which was essentially just a chicken mayo roll with a side of chips; completely underwhelming. Although our resident dustbin was perfectly content with his brisket and all the trimmings so at least that was a success.

Whilst the dessert menu looked like it could have been Rub’s opportunity to redeem it’s self, we’d been sat down listening to Bonnie Tyler for at least 45 minutes too long and were ready for our beds.

It’s a shame really. I really wanted to love this place, but everything was just OK nothing blew me away. I must point out that despite the food being slow the staff were excellent and attentive; the problem seems to be in the kitchen rather than the actual service. Rub have still got some work to do if they want to compete with ready established more local places like Longhorns and Hop and Cleaver offering a similar fayre they really can’t afford to be having teething problems.

Bottomless Prosecco at Newcastle’s No28

‘It is the hour to be drunken! To escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk’ – Charles Baudelaire

My hubby and I have a short history with bottomless drink offers. When we were in Vegas in 2009 we took advantage of the bottomless martinis from 4pm-8pm in the bar in our hotel thinking we would pre load before going to dinner. Needless to say I almost got into a physical fight with a 40 year old with a face like  a 70 year old who tried to pinch my bar stool and had a serious and vocal rant about Jesse McCartney’s blatant wish to become Justin Timberlake before both passing out in out beds and waking up the next morning having lost a night of out holiday. Good times!

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Having learnt a valuable lesson that day (namely that drinking hard spirits at 4 in the afternoon will get me thoroughly kippered) and being  ever so slightly more sensible these days, we were pretty excited when we found out one of our favourite bars in Newcastle, No28 had introduced the concept of bottomless prosecco on a Saturday afternoon. Quaffing prosecco in Newcastle is way classier than getting piss-eyed in Vegas anyway. Besides, Dave had just done his latest running triumph and completed a 100K race the weekend previous, our super clever nephew graduated from Leeds University with a First and I, well I was just pleased to approaching my 34th birthday without having severely injured myself or anyone around me. We were celebrating!

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The deal is 2 tapas dishes each, from a wide selection on offer and free flowing, unlimited prosecco, served every Saturday between 12-5pm. Reservations are essential so we made sure we arrived bang on time at 1pm. On arrival we were shown straight to our table and offered our first glass.

So here’s the scoop. The deal is available 12-5pm and you have 2 hours o enjoy your bottomless drinks. Due to Newcastle City Council licensing laws I must point out that management reserve the right to refuse or withdraw service to anyone they deem too intoxicated, so basically as long as you’re not a knob about it, the booze will flow as long as you’re in an appropriate state to accept it.

After your first glass you’re given the rest of the bottle to finish off, which is nice, as in my experience the first glass doesn’t even touch the sides, so asking for a top up after approximately 5 minutes would just be awkward for everyone. Choosing off the food menu was difficult, it all sounded amazing. You hear tapas and you automatically think patatas bravas, however the menu at No28 has an Asian persuasion to it meaning it all sounded like nothing I’ve tasted before, and I wanted it all. On the recommendation of Iain, the general manager Dave went for the roast pork dumplings and the risotto arracini (kind of like deep fried cheesy risotto balls) and I had the chicken won tons and chilli beef nachos.

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The food was nothing short of exceptional. The spanish/thai fushion makes for a refreshing change when they could easily offer chunky chips and onion rings like everywhere else. The tapas style really fits with the cool quirky ambiance of the bar; real social sharing food that makes you want to drink more and talk louder. The roast pork dumplings were a particular Newman favourite, not gloopy or oil and jam packed with meat and flavour. Everything had the right amount of spice in too; spicy enough to taste and not too spicy that it’s over powering. Portion wise, it was just the right amount for an afternoon snack, the last thing you want is to be too full to fit in any more Prosecco.

I’m often wary about drinks offers like these as it sometimes smacks of somewhere that’s gotten hold of a load of ropy booze and are selling it off on the cheap but the Prosecco was really good quality, there’s no doubt in my mind that it’s not the same quality that’s offered to all. Staff were friendly and attentive and after out first bottle kept us topped up whenever we needed it, although they say to go to the bar when you want some more, we never needed to as there always seemed to be someone walking around waiting to refresh you.

 

Of course deals like this always depend on how much you drink, If you’re a one glass wonder then it’s probably not the offer for you, however for a seasoned prosecco drinker like me, I certainly felt like we got our £20 worth, the food itself would have come to £16 had we ordered separately. As fair as I’m concerned it’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon with your other half or as a respite from an afternoon shopping with the girls. I’ve always loved No28 as it offers a classier more cosmopolitan feel than the many swanky hipster bars and Wetherspoons that Newcastle has to offer and now they have bottomless prosecco?! Well, that’s a sure fire way to win my heart for life.

Bottomless prosecco is available by reservation only. Call 0191 447 5590 to book

This has been a collaborative post but all views are my own. 

 

Kaspas vs Creams

‘Dessert is probably the most important stage of the meal, since it will be the last thing your guests remember before they pass out all over the table’ – William Powell

For years I always maintained that I was savoury over sweet, give me some chips and dip or a cheeseboard over a pudding any day. However I think over recent years; mainly thanks to the acceptance of American style cupcakes in the UK, deserts have upped their game, and I now have a very very sweet tooth.

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Desert emporiums Kaspas and Creams have been in Newcastle and on my radar for a while, Kaspas first on the bottom of Clayton Street then Creams shortly after in the Bigg Market. So similar in style were they that it made me wonder if they were in fact just the same company in two locations, however some brief research showed that the co-creator of Creams which originated in Lewisham in London fell out with the other owner and branched out on his own creating the very similar (yet different) Kaspas. Kind of like the Left Twix/Right Twix situation.

So since these places seemed so similar on the outside, and were practically on my doorstep I thought I’d drag my friends along (I have the best friends) to give both a whirl and find out once and for all which is better? Kaspas or Creams, there’s only one way to find out….

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Visited: Saturday 7th May 2016
Tasting Partners: Ang, Dave G & John

Our plans were scuppered ever so slightly as wed actually planned to visit Kaspas first, determined, very fairly by a game of rock, paper, scissors, but when we talked past the queue for Kaspas was a mile out the door. We had made a plendge to queue whatever the circumstances but just out of curiosity, before we joined the pre-teen lineup, we walked up to Creams to see what the situation was up there and would simply join the shortest queue.

Rather amazingly there was no queue for Creams at all despite it’s better more central location. However we took full advantage of this and got seated in a cosy booth straight away.

We ordered:

Ang: Coffee Affogato ( hote expresso plus fresh vanilla ice cream, coffee sauce with chocolate sprinkles ontop)
Dave: The Great Knickerbocker Glory (Chopped fruit served with scoops of strawberry and chocolate ice cream topped with fresh vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and drizzled in luxary strawberry syrup)
Helen: Choc fudge hot & cold volcano (steaming hot chocolate fudge cake combined with cold vanilla ice cream, hot toffee syrup  and milk choc shavings
John: Millionaires Chocolate & Fudge Cheesecake

Verdict:

In all seriousness, what’s not to like? Prices are great and menu is varied. I almost wished I’d ordered one of the waffles, 1. because I’m an absolute Nutella fiend and 2. because they looked bloody huge!  Price wise it averaged at a fiver for a desert which i think compared to most restaurants is reasonable considering the choice. Service was quick and staff were friendly. I personally wolfed down my Sundae with gusto, which was made with ‘Mr Whippy’ vanilla ice cream rather than hard, scoop serve style, and the hot fudge was satisfactorily warm, if i were to criticise it would be for £5.95 it could have been a little bigger (although that could just be the fat lass in me) but tatse wise I couldn’t complain. I also had a taste of John’s cheesecake and Ang’s Sundae, both of which were yummy.

I have a theory that i’m not naughty with food often,but when i am eating the wrong things, I want to do it right. So if I am going to allow myself a naughty sundae I want it to be the naughtiest of naughty with all high end ingredients, no corners cut and that was definitely the case at Creams. The chocolate was sufficiently chocolately, the ice cream was, in all it’s full fat glory, lovely and creamy. I didn’t feel like my cheat day had been in vain that’s for sure! Creams was definitely going to take some beating!

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Visited: Sunday 8th June 2016
Tasting partners: Carrie, Emma & John

We ordered:

Carrie: Cherry & Coconut ice cream with strawberries and banana
Emma:
Strawberry & Coconut Ice cream with banana and strawberry
Helen:
Hot Fudge Sundae (A delightful combination of warm Fudge pieces, Chocolate, fresh Vanilla Ice cream, and Belgian Chocolate sauce)
John: Knickerblocker Glory (Chopped fruit served with scoops of Strawberry and Chocolate, topped with fresh Vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and drizzled with luxury Strawberry syrup)

Verdict:

Although it was Sunday and we didn’t have to queue (yay!) I was still surprised at how full of tweenagers it was, which I’ll admit put me off a little, their million decibel shrieks every 20 seconds was messing with my chi; a peaceful Sunday afternoon Sundae with my friends this wasn’t going to be. Nevertheless we were just pleased to have a seat and had planned to get our sugar fix as quickly as possible before retreating to the pub; where the adults live.

In the name of fairness and comparison I had a second hot hot sundae, dubious at the fact that it was what looked on paper the same thing as at Cream but a pound more expensive. It was after my first mouthful that I realised what all those people had be queuing for the day previously. Whilst it was a pound more expensive it was without a doubt more than a pound better. It was bigger for a start and there was more fudge pieces inside. It’s hard to put your finger on the other differences, and although the ice cream and all the other tit bids were the same, it was just all round better, the fudge was fudigier, the soft serve ice cream was smoother – it just tasted better.

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Carrie and Emma were being relatively good and took advantage of their create your own option with scoops of ice cream and fruit of their choosing. So it’s refreshing to know that even if you are counting points or syns you can still come out for a treat.

THE RESULT:

It’s hard because from the menus down to decor these places are amazingly similar, it’s difficult to hold one up against the other. I hate queuing for anything, so the fact that you can walk into Creams on a busy Saturday afternoon and get your sugar fix almost instantly is a huge plus for me, however Kaspas hot fudge sundae was far superior in size and taste, even for the £1 extra

There really is very little in it to be honest, I think if I could have the ambiance, location, staff and price of Creams but the physical product of Kaspas it would be my ideal desert place.

What I do know is these places are on to a winner in my eyes. I’s a huge pet hate of mine when restaurants charge you £6 for a slice of fudge cake they’ve gotten from Costco, I would much rather spend my hard earned sugar pennies in a place like Kaspas or Creams – at least then I know I’m getting something decent for my dough.

 

Ringtons – So much more than Tea

‘I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake’ – Lewis Black

I can vividly remember the first cup of tea I ever had. I was trying to get something off the top shelf of a wall unit (hey it was the 90s) in my bedroom so stood on the bottom self to do so and only realised what a bad idea that was when I started falling backwards pulling the whole unit on top of me. Thankfully I was relatively unharmed apart from the shock, which my mum swiftly gave be a cup of hot sugary tea for. And i hated it.

I also remember the first cup of coffee I ever had. It was in 2007 in New York with Patricia and we were both intent of playing as real a game of Sex and the City as we could so we got some iced coffees to strut over to the Empire State Building with. And I hated it.

I was happy to let the tea thing go, it seems to come with some kind of faux nationalism, fixer of all problems that makes me cringe and as someone who didn’t even live in this country for the first part of my life, is something I struggle to jump on board with. Coffee however was something I was desperate to like, I wouldn’t consider myself a European, nay an adult, nay a human until I liked coffee. So thank heavens for Starbucks and their super milky lattes which contain no more than 2 coffee beans per cup, i gradually weaned myself onto the black stuff and i’m now pretty much a caffeine addict – the stronger the better.

I was having a particularly crappy Monday at work back in January when I arrived home to a lovely hamper full of goodies from North East Tea legends Ringtons. I’ll admit I opened the box gingerly, wondering if they were trying where other had failed in converting me over to team Tea. Thankfully, although they had sent some of their classic teabags and some herbal fruity tea, they’d also sent some of their Traditional Blend Filter coffee. And some yummy biscuits and toffees. They were ever so slowly bringing me round to their way of thinking.

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Being the professional single couple on the go we usually reserve our coffee indulgence to weekends, opting for frozen instant stuff we take to work. So thank god when we did sample a cup from our cafetiere it was well worth the wait. When you predominantly drink instant coffee, treating yourself to a decent cup really makes all the difference. The traditional blend is smoky and full of flavour without feeling migraine inducing, and you don’t have to use a lot to get a full cafetiere, so a bag lasts a long time. Pair with some of the chocolate brazil nut biscuits  (which are heavy on the chocolate, heavy on the nuts and heavy on the crunch) and it’s a match made in heaven, not to mention pretty good Saturday morning spinning class fuel. Hubs was chief tester of the teabags and they got a resounding thumbs up!
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I’m normally a fan of a biscuit unless it’s chocolate so it’s usually out of sheer desperation I’ll eat anything else but the Ginger Snaps and Creamy Shortbread were also top quality, so good in fact that I soon regretted taking them into work to share and the locusts on my team had them polished off by 11.15am. Gannets. What was nice though was it sparked lively debate about Ringtons as a company and the fond place it seems to sit in every north easterners heart. Everyone, it appears has a Ringtons van story (for those who aren’t familiar one of the things that set and still sets the company apart is that they hand deliver their wares by car or van – a quaint personal touch that is nice to see hasn’t been killed off by the digital age)
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After indulging myself on all the goodies, even the loose leaf tea, which we discovered brews very nicely in a cafetiere if you don’t have a strainer, I was concerned I was now a Ringtons addict without sufficient funds to support my habit. So I was please try surprised when I checked out their website to find their prices are actually very competitive. Sure you can get some Asda smart price bourbons for 50p a pack, but they’re Asda smart price bourbons. Think Chips Ahoy or Tesco’s finest triple choc cookies and you’re in the right ballpark of quality. Special mention also goes to the Smooth & chewy butter toffee which served as excellent little fat bombs for Dave’s long runs.
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Despite building their empire mainly on tea, they’ve expended well to accommodate the ever changing market and now offer an array on non tea related products including over 15 different types of coffee (beans, ground and instant) coffee syrups as well as hot chocolates, cakes, preserves and crockery. I’ve got a very close eye on their Triple Chocolate Cookies and their chocolate mallows with their rich blend roast coffee to wash it down with!

Price list:

Extra Fresh Tea bags (100) – £3.50
Traditional Blend Filter Coffee (227g) – £3.45
Ginger Snaps – £1.90
Creamy Shortbread Rounds – £1.90
Chocolate Brazil Nut Biscuits – £1.95
Smooth & Chewy butter toffees – £1.60

Th loose leaf tea was sample size but full bags are available on the Ringtons Website