We're incredibly lucky in the U.K that our little island is packed with incredible ingredients,artisan producers and some of the most unique culinary creations this side of the continent but if you're not lucky enough to have some of these suppliers on your doorstep, it's not always easy to get your hands on.
That is where a fab little company called Caprera comes in. Essentially working like the food equivalent of Not on the High Street, Caprera brings together a host of small, independent food producers from across the entire country, handpicking the great and good of British suppliers and putting them together in one place. Selling everything from small batch gin to charcuterie, the site gives you amazing, hand produced products at your fingertips, with all of the choice of your favourite farmers market, without having to get up off of the sofa! Better yet, it will all arrive, beautifully packed in the post just a couple of days later!
The company very kindly offered to send me a sample box* of some of their favourite products to try out and share with you and as soon as the package arrived, I couldn't wait to have a peek at what goodies were inside! I certainly wasn't disappointed!
Having grown up in the Westcountry, I've got a huge sweet tooth when it comes to proper fudge so I was thrilled to find a package of Bhut Jolokia Chilli Fudge from Bath based producers Meg's Cottage. The fudge was typically indulgent with that familiar sugary vanilla flavour that reminds me of home, but with a very subtle hint (and heat!) of chilli. It was something a little different and although a strange experience at first, it was actually really tasty!
Next up, a bottle of Ginger and Plum Cider from the Garden Cider Company. Again, as a Westcountry girl through and through, there's nothing that says Summer to me more than an ice cold glass of cider... what's that saying? You can take the girl out of Devon...? Anyway, i'm yet to taste this one, but as soon as the sun makes an appearance i'll be reaching for it! Ginger is one of my favourite flavours and fruit ciders are so refreshing so I can't wait to give it a go!
Finally, I received these Sussex Puddle Thins from Horsham Gingerbread. We're big tea drinkers in my house and with tea, must come biscuits so these are absolutely perfect. Crisp, lemony and perfectly buttery, they're the perfect dunking biscuit and I can't see them hanging around too long in the biscuit tin that's for sure!
You can try Caprera for yourself at www.caprera.com.