Craved Craft Food Review:
It must be obvious to anyone who reads London-Unattached how much we all love food and drink here. In London, we are spoilt for choice. It can get expensive though – I want to try everything. But actually, not everything that’s new is worth trying – and my habit can get very expensive!
That’s where Craved comes in. They offer a curated selection of British craft foods – delivered to your door. I was lucky enough to be sent some of their goodies to check out – and have been gradually tasting my way through the pates, olives, preserves, biscuits and crisps ever since. Needless to say, I haven’t finished yet, but I do think I’ve tried enough now to get a feel for the quality of the products they offer.
In my handmade wooden crate (large enough and sturdy enough to be reused as a garden store in my case – but would also make a great kids toy box or craft store) I found a whole treasure trove of goodies to sample.
I start by trying the excellent French Kitchen Navarin d’Agneau crisps. Craved tell me that these come from Yorkshire and that they are
Inspired by classic French bistro dishes and brought to life through Britain’s favourite food…crisps! These classic lamb flavoured potato chips are seasoned to perfection with a great British twist. Every hand filled sharing drum contains 8g of real slices of crispy air-dried West Country leg of lamb to capture the authentic taste of the bistro classic Navarin d’Agneau.
Sure enough, they do have morsels of air-dried lamb mixed in with the lamb flavoured crisps – and they are utterly delicious. Definitely one to bring out if you are looking to impress – the packaging is pretty but, most importantly the flavour is authentic and there’s none of that ‘processed’ aftertaste you can get.
Next up some delicious fennel and cheese sables from the quirky ‘Pea Green Boat’ company. These are deservedly two star Great Taste award winners, crisp, fragrant with fennel and with just a little bite from the chilli. We intended to eat them with cheese – but actually they were so good we just nibbled on them with a glass of wine!
Medlar Jelly by Eastgate Larder is the sort of thing I should make for myself. Have you ever tried using medlars? You have to let them rot first – it’s called bletting. And, that’s if you can find them in the first place. I did try a few years ago when I first started writing London-Unattached – and I made a really rather delicious dish. But, it was hard work. I’m planning to try the same recipe again once I get my hands on some pigeon at our local farmers’ market – but this time I am using a bit of the Medlar Jelly!
Craved tells me that what they have sent me is based on
A fruit loved by the Assyrians and Babylonians and favoured by English gardeners into the 19th century, the medlar is a unique fruit that is experiencing a resurgence. East Gate Larder’s medlar jelly is a sweet jelly that pairs perfectly with fine cheeses. This handmade Norfolk-grown jelly is ready for you to add to your pantry today.
I’ve got a whole collection of cheddar cheeses in the fridge at the moment and I’ve just been trying some of them out paired with the Bread and Butter pickles and some homemade soda bread for lunch. The pickles come from Wales, from a firm called Cwrtau Bach from Carmathenshire. But apparently, they are made to a traditional American recipe. I’m intrigued – it’s something new for me – they have a sweet-sour taste and are made from cucumber, onions and mustard seed.
The Duck Rillette was one of the first things to go – I’ve enjoyed Cornish Charcuterie’s products before and knew it would be wonderful. It didn’t disappoint – but then, since it is almost entirely made with free range duck, poached in it’s own fat, with just a little salt, five spice, Grand Marnier and cranberries to complement the rich flavour, that’s hardly surprising. I should have saved this one for Christmas – it would have been perfect on Boxing day!
I have still got a few things left to try. I suspect I am something of a hoarder as when I get this kind of selection of lovely things, my instinct is to work my way through them one by one. But, I’ve also been browsing through the mouthwatering selection of foods in the Craved online store. It’s like having your own personal shopper to pick the best artisan foods in the country. Everything is then beautifully packaged up (each jar and bottle came with its own corrugated cardboard sleeve to make sure it arrived in perfect condition.
Perfect for a Christmas gift for someone who has everything or for someone who thinks they know everything about food. And best of all, you can order from a unique selection of goods and have your present delivered wherever you want in the UK (even if that IS to yourself!). Do pop over and take a look at their website where you can pick from a range of wonderful goodies.
And, if you’d like the chance to win the same range of products that I was sent, the Craft Christmas Taster, so you can see for yourself – just use the rafflecopter to enter as normal, leaving me a comment to let me know which of the goodies you’d most like to try. As a reminder, I was sent
- Kingston Black Brut made by Somerset Cider Brandy Co
- Spiced Duck Rillette made by Cornish Charcuterie
- Medlar Jelly made by Eastgate Larder
- Bread & Butter Pickles made by Cwrtau Bach
- Fennel & Chilli Cheese Sablés made by Pea Green Boat
- Chorizo & Parmesan Biscotti made by The Great British Biscotti Company
- Navarin d’Agneau Crisps made by French Kitchen
- Popti Cornish Sea Salt Thins made by Silver & Green
- Chilli Olives made by Silver & Green
And, even if you don’t win, why not pop across and solve your ‘tricky Christmas present’ requirements in the click of a mouse. Craved are offering guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery this year, so you have until 11am on 23rd December to make your final order.