My Day at the Good Food Show Summer in the City

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The Show Guide

Recently I visited the BBC Good Food Show London – Summer in the Cit.  In this post I want to tell you about some of my finds.  I was looking forward to the day immensely.  One of the highlights of the show was the Eat Well Show.  As I get older and wiser (ok maybe just older) I am more and more conscious of the benefits of healthy eating.  I do try to stick to a healthy diet (the odd glass of wine does get in the way though!).

I don’t know about you but I love any kind of exhibition.  However, I am easily influenced and end up buying stuff that I don’t really need or I am unable to use.  Before going to the BBC Good Food Show – Summer in the City I made some rules:-

  1. When, how and with what – this will make sense when I tell you about some of the products I purchased
  2. A Budget – it is very easy to be swept along with the excitement at any demonstration.  Before you realise what you are doing you have spent way more that you intended to (or more importantly can afford).  In the past my credit card has been used excessively.
  3. Be realistic about what you can carry.  Most stall holders offer to hold any large items until the end of the day.  However, you only have one pair of hands.  Even with several bags over your shoulder and on your arms you can only carry one large item.
  4. Go round the whole show before buying anything.  There will be several stalls selling similar items.  Don’t buy at the first one you see. No matter what they say they don’t usually sell out.

I arrived at the show just after 10.00 a.m on a Sunday morning and the show was still very quiet.  I prefer getting to exhibitions early as you can do a quick walking scan of the whole show quite quickly.

What I liked about this show was that there was lots of small companies exhibiting and lots of new and exciting products to try the majority of which were of a healthy genre.

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Hemsley and Hemsley in action in the Supertheatre

The highlight of the show for me was my Row B ticket in the Supertheatre to see Hemsley and Hemsley.  Two sisters who promote healthy living and cooking.  I have been a fan of theirs for some time. I have their latest book and have been watching their series on Channel 4.  Their recipes are free from gluten, grains, refined sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oils.  They are also watchful over the amount of natural sugars in their cooking to maintain a healthy blood sugar balance.  Their show lasted 30 minutes and I was mesmerised from start to finish.  They have a relaxed and sociable stage presence which shines through in their cooking making hearty and warming meals.

Here are a few of my finds from the show:-  

PRESS’D COFFEE – I love my coffee .   I usually have three cups from my cafetière at home in the mornings to kick-start my day and a couple of cups in the evening to revive me.  Of course when I am out and about a visit to a coffee shop is always a must.

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The pocket-sized bottle ideal for having coffee on the go

The smell of coffee allured me over to this stand and at first I was skeptical as to whether this would taste like proper coffee.  Press’d is a liquid coffee so there is no need for stirring you just squeeze the concentrated coffee into your cup and add hot water.  I sampled a small cup on the stand.  I drink my coffee black so I knew I would be able to tell if it did not taste like proper coffee.  I was pleasantly surprised by the taste and for those times when a proper cup of coffee is not available or for quickness Press’d would be ideal.

I thought about When, How and What I would use it for – we are always out and about and it is no effort to take a flask of hot water in the car, this would save queuing and expense at garages and service stations.  The bottle is pocket-sized and would fit in any small suitcase for the odd night away.

The coffee is also available flavored with vanilla and caramel but I bought my favorite Colombian.  You can find more info about Press’d Coffee here

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These are so good, especially with a nice bottle of wine

CHIKAS – Savoury snacks are one of my downfalls and I find it very hard not to finish a pack once opened.  There were lots of healthy snacks at the show but I drawn to Chika’s stand primarily because their packaging looking so appealing

Their products are natural, gluten-free and GMO Free.  Whilst at their stand I was able to sample all their products.  The black pepper cashews is my favourite and my husband’s is the Hand Toasted West African Peanuts.

Again before buying I thought about When, How and What.  I had no trouble answering this one – in the evening with a bottle of wine and that is exactly what I did do and the two compliment each other so well that I am going to have to try another packet and bottle of wine this weekend – for further research of course.  Click here for more info about Chika’s.

D’MIX

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D’Mix – I love the pretty packaging

This stand caught my eye because they were promoting a product as an alternative to sugar.  I have sweetener in my coffee and on some foods such as my weetabix but really do want to cut this out.  I am planning on this being my 30 day challenge in my FiftyB4Fifty – click here for further info).  However whilst discussing the product I asked about the acidity.   I try to stick to an alkaline diet and did not want to take anything that would make matters worse.

After mentioning about my alkaline diet, I was then told about D’Mix which is a specially formulated blend of herbs and seeds which are known for their powerful digestive properties.  I tried some whilst at the show (to be honest they were handed to be and I did not like to say no).  You have to chew the herbs and seeds 40 times.  They are not unpleasant and you are left with a minty/aniseed taste in your mouth.  I also purchased the Digestif tea which is recommended to be drunk in conjunction with the D’Mix.  I did not feel the need to apply my When, How and What as I am hoping the health benefits far outweigh any reasons not to buy the product.

I have only been taking this for just over a week.  However,  I do not feel as bloated especially after a large meal.  As recommended I am going to continue taking D’Mix for two months.

Please click here for further information.

SPIRALIZER

This was on my list before I went to the show.  I was rather excited when I found that they were being demonstrated on the Lakeland stand.  I have not had time to play with this so I am going to leave the review for another post.  What I will admit to though is that I did not even think of my rules.  I saw the spiralizer being demonstrated and I wanted it, simple as that – oh well there’s always next time!

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My sprializer and recipe book, follow this blog for a future post

 

2 Comments

  • Emily O'Neill June 3, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Looks like a good day out! I’ve been intrigued by a spiralizer for a while but haven’t bought one yet, let me know how you get on with it!

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    • jo June 4, 2016 at 6:37 am

      Yes it was a brilliant day and was nice to be surrounded by food which had a focus on healthy eating. I am going to try and a few of the recipes in the book and will definitely be featuring the spiralizer and a recipe or two in a future post. Jo

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