I’ve followed Love your Larder on twitter with an avid interest for some time now, and often drooled over their vast array of unique products. The site is brilliant for recipes, hints and tips, and for buying everything you’re ever likely to need to add a bit of je ne sais quoi to your daily menu. But most of all, I’ve been lusting after their Larder Boxes ever since I first stumbled across their online store.
Each month, the culinary Clusos of the larder world hunt out the most eclectic, interesting, and downright delicious titbits for the marvel of their many customers (or more aptly, consumers). Last month, my attention was piqued when reviews flooded twitter with tales of black garlic (who’d have thought it?) and chorizo (my all time favourite thing ever. Ever!) So when the lovely people over at Love your Larder said they were looking for keen food bloggers to review their next proffering, guess who jumped at the chance?
I had no idea what would be winging its way to me, but I was excited. And rightly so.
A veritable menagerie of loveliness
When my Larder box arrived through the trusty old post, I tore open the packaging with the excitement of a small person at Christmas. Oh, who am I kidding? I tore open the packaging with the excitement of ME at Christmas. And tucked neatly inside, underneath the covers of some lovingly shredded tissue paper, were the following foodie delights:
(And straight away you see why we love this company). Deliciously weird, incredibly intriguing, bacon jam. Yes, that’s right: jam, made out of bacon. These are the sort of delightfully unique products you can expect from food pioneers Love your Larder. I put mine on Artisan Swedish Crispbreads (below) and cheese, and it was like a big ol’ crazy party in my mouth. The sort of party that you wake up from wondering what the hell just happened. In a good way. But I think the jam is actually best on hunky chunky beef burgers, so I’ll be trying that one out at my next BBQ!
Bacon + jam = genius!
White truffle oil
I’ve always been intrigued by truffle oil. It’s expensive. Chefs talk about it an awful lot. And they use pigs to sniff it out (truffles, that is; I don’t think they’re trained to search out ready made bottles). I read Love Your Larder’s recommendations on what to serve the oil with (yes, they even give you a handy little print out that explains what’s in you Larder Box, where it came from, and how to use it — marvellous!) and whipped up a simple vegetable pasta accordingly. I drizzled a little truffle oil over my Italian feast, and soaked up its punchy aroma. I can only describe the experience as a taste revelation, and thank the Larder gurus for finally cluing me up on what all of the fuss is about.
Truffley pasta love
Handmade peanut butter and sea salt fudge
Oh. My. God. Where to start. I nearly died of excitement when I pulled this out of the box, and it didn’t let me down. The fudge was crumbly, smelt amazing, and tasted incredible. It’s exceedingly rich so it lasts ages as you only need a little bit before running for cover from the blocked arteries chasing you around the kitchen. The sea salt adds a completely unique flavour and cuts through the sweetness, and once again, it’s a taste I probably would never have sampled without the pickings of the Larder team.
Artisan Swedish Crispbread
I’m on a bit of a health kick at the moment (yes I know that’s laughable after extolling the virtues of peanut butter fudge), so I was mightily relieved when I pulled something out of the box that looked relatively healthy; although I’ll admit that I was suspicious about whether or not the crispbreads would actually cut the mustard when it came to the taste test — but I needn’t have been concerned (yippee!) It seems that Love Your Larder can do no wrong: not only did they bring me naughty treats aplenty; they also gave me a vehicle for my bacon jam, and the illusion of health! And then they brought me something to wash it all down with…
I don’t actually drink tea (unless it’s got jasmine flowers or liquorice and peppermint in it), so I brewed up one of these fair-trade teabags for my old man and he LOVED it. He’s quite a tea connoisseur (he likes to think he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to the hot stuff), and gave this tea his full seal of approval. Apparently it was “smooth” and “refreshing” for an everyday tea, and went perfectly with the fudge (can you believe I shared a piece??)
Perfect afternoon treat
So all in all, my Larder box was a resounding success. I loved not knowing what to expect when I opened the mysterious parcel, and was delighted with the unique products inside. I especially liked the fact that the contents weren’t the sort of things I would have chosen for myself. And that’s the beauty of the Larder box. It takes you out of your culinary comfort zone and pushes you to try flavours that you didn’t even know you liked. A food lottery, if you will.
So I urge you all to sign up for your own monthly Larder Box. Or at the very least, visit the site and search their range of eclectic goodies. Trust me; you’ll be glad you did.