Leading the charge is Sharp’s, a brewery from Rock, Cornwall that, with help from investment from Molson Coors, has seen its Doom Bar bitter become an established feature in pubs and supermarkets throughout the land (we would also recommend seeking out its special ale, Sea Fury, a mighty, muscular, fruity and bitter traditional ale). Hot on the Cornish heels of Sharp’s are the likes of St Austell, Skinners, Keltek and Harbour, while Verdant leads the charge of the new breweries, with Black Flag and Firebrand rapidly gaining ground.
A few years ago, you'd have been hard pressed to find more than two jars of peanut butter on your supermarket shelf – one crunchy and one smooth. The nut butter market has exploded, with everything from cashew butter with cacao nibs to crunchy almond butter with hemp seeds gracing our shelves (and our Instagram feeds). Healthy foodies generously drizzle and dollop nut butters atop their acai bowls and overnight "proats" (protein oats, of course) and more and more brands are selling their spreads in mammoth 1kg tubs, because we just can't get enough.
The great workhorse of the wine world, the grenache grape is widely planted but for a long time was vastly underrated. It’s often been blended with other grape varieties to produce some superb wines, but now it seems the grape, which favours hot and dry conditions producing wines of a relatively high alcohol content, it is coming into its own. Inventive and forward-thinking winemakers are making impressive wines from grapes grown on venerable vines that can often be more than 100-years old.
To get you in the spirit, we’ve narrowed our excessive cake tin collection to 10 high-performers that will cover you for all your baking exploits. A loaf tin is easily my most-used piece of baking kit because it's usually used to make simple, unfussy cakes that don't take a lot of effort to ice once they're out of the oven – think banana bread, lemon drizzle – and it's also great for shaping a classic loaf. You can make cheesecakes and tarts in a standard cake tin, but only a fluted edge gives that pretty French bakery look.
Australia and New Zealand grow some of the most sought after hops in the world so it's unfortunate that most folk are only familiar with bland Aussie lagers. Thankfully things have been changing of late, and it's mostly New Zealand breweries that are leading the export charge. Yeastie Boys’ popularity has led them to brew a range of beers in the UK, making them widely available, and they’re also part of a New Zealand Beer Collective – along with the Tuatara, 8 Wired, Renaissance, and Three Boys breweries – that has good distribution throughout the Europe.
Avoid the supermarket crowds. Shop for dinner in your kitchen's freezer. Need more easy recipes? You'll fall in love with our slow-cooker chicken dinners . From Delish