From hard seltzers, kombucha, and coffee clubs to recipe ideas from around the world, these inspirational food and drink ideas are sure to see you through the autumn evenings.
Dabble in Chinese cooking, have a go at a Welsh recipe and learn more about where your coffee comes from – there are things to try and trends to explore for the coming season.
Dive into the hard seltzer drinks trend
The popularity of hard seltzers has been growing in the US since 2018, and it looks like the same is set to happen here in the UK.
Sometimes called ‘hard water’ because of the simplicity of ingredients (just alcohol and flavoured sparkling water), part of their appeal is the low-calorie count. Why not try Fountain Hard Seltzer, founded in New York – vegan and gluten-free, the drink only uses natural ingredients to give the fruity flavours. And it contains as little as 100 calories and just 1.5 grams of carbohydrate.
As well as Get 30% off and free delivery when you spend £30 with code FOUNTAINLIFE at hellofountain.co.uk
Offer valid until 31 December 2020.
Become a coffee connoisseur
Now, more than ever, it’s the little things that bring joy and for coffee lovers having a new blend or bean delivered every two to four weeks is something to look forward to in the coming months.
Iron and Fire, which roasts beans here in the UK, runs a subscription based coffee club where you can set your preferences according to your personal taste.
Choose from cafetiere, aeropress and espresso options to ensure you get a surprise selection delivered to your door. And if you’re not ready for that kind of commitment, you can order any of the coffees directly from the company, freshly roasted.
Get 20% off the award-winning Colombian Jazz using the code JAZZ20 – see more offers online here.
Offer valid until 31 December 2020.
Sample a low-calorie craft cocktail
Gone are the days when you have to visit a fancy cocktail bar and watch a mixologist spinning bottles to have a well-crafted cocktail. From the artistic district of Wynwood comes Miami Cocktail Company, which create low-calorie, organic drinks in small batches.
Taking classic cocktails and turning them into spritzes with a twist, you can sip on sangria and bellinis made with rosé, or a margarita made with agave wine (rather than tequila).
Pour the cocktails over ice or enjoy right from the can and pretend you’re in the Miami tap room. To try all five cocktails, head to your nearest Waitrose or visit miamicocktail.com
Add low calorie high protein food into your diet
Whether you’re a fan of watching your calories and macros, or you just like to eat well, foods that are high in protein while also being low in calories and fat are a good option for a balanced and healthy diet.
And while eggs are known to be high in protein, they also pack in around five grams of fat and a relatively high amount of cholesterol owing to the yolk.
As an alternative, try Two Chicks free-range liquid egg white — high in protein and low in calories, fat and cholesterol and you can still make whatever food you fancy: omelettes, pancakes, shakes and desserts.
Available at stores across the country; find the full product range at twochicks.co.uk and search for your nearest stockist.
Try your hand at these Welsh recipes
Refresh your home-cooking and try something new with a free resource of Welsh food and drink recipes to expand your autumn dining repertoire.
From hearty, slow-cooked PGI Welsh Beef with leek rarebit scones, to Pembrokeshire turkey with sweet potato rosti or just a simple snack like Welsh sweet and smokey nuts. When it comes to desserts, the country has far more to offer than the well-known Welsh cakes and bara brith, try a warm and comforting pear and gingerbread pudding, or a beetroot and vegan chocolate cake instead.
For a wide selection of lesser-known Welsh dishes, along with a few of the old favourites, visits Food & Drink Wales recipes.
Dine in with Chinese food you can create at home
Instead of ordering out this weekend, why not try your hand at cooking Chinese cuisine at home? Take inspiration from the inventor of oyster sauce (discovered by accidently overcooking oyster sauce) and try the namesake Lee Kum Kee range of sauces, founded over 130 years ago.
You can keep it simple at first – dress an autumn salad with sweet and woody Seasoned Rice Vinegar or make a dip out of Sweet Hoisin Sauce. When you’re ready to up your game, you can bring umami flavours to life in a stir fry with Premium Oyster Sauce or marinate meats with the savoury honey taste of Char Siu Sauce.
Find Lee Kum Kee’s high quality sauces in Tesco and visit www.LKK.com for recipe inspiration.
Brew your own perfect filter coffee
Short on time but still keen to make the perfect coffee, why not invest in a filter coffee machine to ease the winter mornings with a boost. Handmade in the Netherlands for over 50 years, with a retro design and 21 different colours to choose from, the Moccamaster KBG Select will have you raring to go, with pots brewed in as little as six minutes.
With a five-year warranty and two quality certifications (in the US and EU), Moccamaster machines have been made since 1964 and are designed to be the last you’ll ever buy.
Find them at moccamaster.eu or your local Moccamaster dealer.
Reap the age-old benefits of fermented drinks
It’s been around for millenia, but Kombucha’s beneficial effect on the gut — the result of antioxidants, probiotic live cultures and healthy organic acids — has reignited this live cultured drink’s popularity in recent years.
Remedy Kombucha, with humble beginnings in the kitchen of founders Sarah and Emmet Condon back in 2012, is a long-aged brew with no sugar, naturally. Alongside kombucha – with its roots in Asia, Remedy produces Coconut Water Kefir, hailing from Eastern Europe and Russia, and Switchel originally from the Caribbean.
All these sparkling drinks are low in calories, with different fruit flavours to choose from. Find out more and shop online at www.remedydrinks.com
Enjoy Bratwurst with all the trimmings
Winter markets in Germany are dotted with bratwurst sizzling on grills, and this year you don’t need to travel anywhere to experience it.
The Sausage Man has everything you need for the perfect German hot dog at home here in the UK. Grab some brioche rolls, pick from five different German mustards and all the trimmings (crispy fried onions, curry powder and sauerkraut), and then choose what you want (bratwurst or frankfurter würstchen, maybe?) or grab a bestseller bundle.
The Sausage Man has supplied these German delicacies to the UK for over 15 years, but in a first for this year you can now buy them directly for home cooking. Get 20% off your first Sausage Man order with code BRAT20 at checkout at sausageman.co.uk
Offer valid until 31 December 2020.
Fairtrade coffee you can order online
First discovered by goat herders in Ethiopia in the ninth century, today coffee is grown in 80 countries.
This means we’re spoilt for choice but luckily, Kokebi Coffee is making things easy by picking some of their favourite beans from around the world to create gourmet coffee blends. Their range of products include beans, capsules and ground coffee made with sustainable, fair trade and organic coffee-growing cooperatives, to help to protect the planet.