1. Baobab. Baobab is a 100% natural nutrient-dense whole food, often called 'nature's multivitamin', thanks to high levels of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Gram for gram baobab fruit has six times more vitamin C than oranges and more calcium than a glass of milk. Baobab also benefits from having three times more iron than red meat, six times as much potassium as bananas and more than three times the level of antioxidants as blueberries. Truly amazing. I add a spoonful to my morning smoothie.
2. Dyson cylinder vacuum. Does this miracle vacuum cleaner really need an introduction? Dyson is by far the best hoover on the market today. I bought one very recently after years of hemming and hawing. The cost was a big put-off but in the end, I bit the bullet. Let me tell you, it is worth it: it sucks up dust and dirt like no other and it is incredibly easy to manoeuvre. And I think it looks pretty cool too ;-)
3. OXO Kitchen tongs. Another one of my "go to" utensils in the kitchen. Essential for string up stir-fries, turning over zucchini patties, or dishing out grilled salmon. I use mine daily.
4. Marcolini macaroons. Marcolini are renown for their chocolates but as of late, they have jumped on the macaroon bandwagon. And not just any macaroons... flavoured with yuzu, or rhubarb or its latest creation: tomato. Marcolini fills the macaron with a mild, delicate, sweet tomato jam sharpened with a snip of fresh basil. Gorgeous!
5. Pukka Three Tulsi Tea. Pukka has been developing teas for years. It is a wholesome, ayurveda-inspired, natural brand that I wholeheartedly believe in. The Three Tulsi tea is my favourite evening tea when I want to relax and ponder the day gone by. Tulsi is referred to as "the sacred herb" or "holy basil" due to its potential to lift your spirits. Worth trying!
6. The Art of Simple Food II by Alice Walters. This book was given to me as a birthday present by my sister-in-law. She always finds rare gems. This is one of them. The Art of Simple Food offers all kinds of healthy and nourishing recipes that are fun to make and inspiring. I love her section on pulses and vegetables such as cabbage, which I tend to find horribly boring. Yet, Alice makes them sing and stand out on your plate. A clear winner on my cookbook shelf!