LIFESTYLE

FIVE FAVOURITE FINDS #5

15 SEPTEMBER 2021
You may or may not have gathered but we're pretty obsessed about all things edible - and a few more things too! As we regularly stumble upon some great finds, food or no, and we thought we'd share our favourites with you!

1. YAYA KOMBUCHA: OUR NEW FAVOURITE FIZZY TREAT

This past year Sam and I have developed a newfound love for Kombucha. To the point where we share a little bottle at the end of the week as a treat (yeah, I know).

Popular in the US for some time, kombucha seems to have found a strong demand and appetite in Europe too and, to our delight, we are continuously finding new and exciting brands and flavours. Amongst our latest discoveries is Yaya Kombucha.

The little cans with their lovely packaging immediately stood out to me amongst the glass bottles of kombucha in Planet Organic and I must say that we absolutely LOVE the Yuzu flavour. The Dutch brand has many more flavours which we hope will make an appearance soon in the UK! Have you tried kombucha?

2. FORAGED BLACKBERRIES IN EAST LONDON

Although a novice and not THAT knowledgeable, I really enjoy foraging - especially in Autumn. My favourite spot in East London to do so is around the Hackney and Leyton Marshes.

Last weekend we made the 2h stroll from our flat and found a wonderful variety of edible treats: from blackberries to wild plums, damsons, rosehips and horseradish. These are the ones I spotted at least!

There is something wonderfully therapeutic with foraging, bringing us closer to nature. If it is a topic you’d be interested in, let me know in the comments below!

3. ELEVEN98: A HYPER LOCAL HACKNEY SUPPERCLUB

Speaking of foraging, we recently had a really unique supper club experience which is ALL about local produce and foraging. My friends know me well and gifted us a supper club dinner at Eleven98. I must say I absolutely LOVED the concept. The format is a seven-course menu and ALL of the produce is sourced from Hackney.

The chef Aidan Brooks was born in Hackney and is on a mission to show how one can live sustainably and source food locally. To achieve this he relies on his own vegetable plot in Hackney as well as St Mary’s Community Garden. He also forages quite a bit from the area ranging from wild plums to figs, elderflowers and blackberries. Summer is one of the busiest periods of the year for him as there is a bounty of produce that he preserves, pickles or dries in order to stock up for the winter months!

An amazing way to live that feels so close to the changing seasons, and something I found truly fascinating. The quality of ingredients he sources and his passion really come through and the food was simply delicious. An inspiring foodie experience I truly recommend!

4. GREEN HOUSEKEEPING BOOK: SOLUTIONS & TIPS FOR A MORE SUSTAINABLE HOME

I am delighted about my latest purchase with this Green Housekeeping book I purchased the other week. Trying to be more ecologically and sustainably conscious at home and particularly in the kitchen is something I continuously strive for. 

This book offers so many helpful tips and information such as a study that shows that wooden chopping boards are more hygienic than plastic ones! The author Christina Strutt shares how it’s perfectly possible to clean a house using nothing more than lemons, baking soda, vinegar, and plain water and showcases the most effective ways to do so according to different needs. Are you also aiming to be more eco-conscious at home? Let me know if you have any great tips! 

5. WATER & WINE PUZZLE: CAN A JIGSAW PUZZLE TURN ME INTO A WINE BUFF?

Not sure if it’s the rainy weather that we’ve experienced in London lately but I couldn't resist getting this 1000 piece puzzle which is all about wine!

The company Water & Wines was a lockdown idea created by Yamit, a Stockholm based sommelier. She turned to puzzles during the pandemic and one day thought that they would be a great medium to teach wine to others.

The French wine puzzle I chose highlights the country’s key wine-producing regions, main grape varieties, star appellations, as well as grape profiles, aromas, and food pairing tips. Illustrated by hand, it's a beautiful design, which I hope will turn me into a French wine buff once finished!

How About You?

What have been your discoveries and these last few weeks? Let us know as we always enjoy hearing what you stumbled upon as we get to discover lots of new things!

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