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Recent Feedback for yay retro! and a Lovely Customer Photo

Recent *HaPpY* messages and feedback from yay retro! customers who bought a retro shelf, vintage French glass storage jars, a vintage kettle, a 1970s biscuit tin and vintage shot glasses in a rack:

'The Shelf is lovely! Thank you. So well packaged and fab free gift. The glasses fit in the rack perfectly- just need to fill them up!' Lindsey (see photo) I Love the way Lindsey has combined her two yay retro! purchases together.

'Just received my retro kettle from you, and I am really pleased with it, it is gorgeous also thank you for the Scandinavian dish cloths they will come in very handy in our old motor home where the kettle will be living too, and what a great service I have received from you xx' Julie

'Dear Sue, I am just emailing to say thank you. Your parcel arrived this afternoon... I shall definitely be using your site again. Again many thanks for your prompt delivery and for the return of the other postage most appreciated.' Sandra

Review of Sue Ryder's Steinberg Retro Patchwork Storage Cabinet

Recently I have been undertaking a lot more craft activities in a bid to get off the computer of an evening and unwind from work. As a result my small home has been inundated with wool, embroidery threads, craft books and magazines and much more paraphernalia!  I needed to be able to put everything away tidily otherwise I might quit crafting all together!

Fortunately I found the most wonderful retro styled cabinet on Amazon in the Steinberg Retro Patchwork cabinet range. It's sold by the Sue Ryder Charity shop and is a new flat pack piece of furniture which includes a tallboy and a chest of drawers. Both are of a compact size meaning you can use them in a small space.  Though don't be fooled by their dimensions as they are built like the Tardis! Here's my chest of drawers in situ. I simply adore the 1950s styling in the leg department and the Scandi feel with the happy colours which match my lounge perfectly. 



The dimensions of this particular cabinet is W70 x D29.5cm x H85 cm. It arrives in a large box which is extremely heavy, so two people are needed to carry it.  We unpacked and laid out all of the contents to check everything was there before starting to assemble it. My husband was the person doing the constructing, and I was very glad about this as it took him three evenings to put together, doing a bit each night. The different drawers and little cupboard are all well constructed, with a matte finish to the coloured panels. We made everything extra strong by adding PVA glue to the wooden dowels.

I actually bought this to house my yarn stash, however now it's put together, I am using it in a different way which tidies all my bits and bobs away. I have a drawer for my cottons and needles and one for buttons and embroidery threads. Then all my knitting and crochet needles share a drawer with my knitting patterns.  I have a drawer for my current craft books, and a cupboard which houses boxes of craft kits. The two small square drawers are as deep as the unit and house my felt tips and crayons, when I need them I can simply pull the entire drawer out - perfect! I actually have one empty drawer and intend to find the suitable thing to pop in there today!  I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who is handy with flat pack furniture and at £129.99 I think it's fantastic value. 

If you love handmade items, there are some for sale in the yay retro! online vintage shop here:

Cushions using vintage fabrics
Knitted Dolls
Vintage Textiles for your own crafting projects

If you wish to find the unit for yourself on Amazon here is a link. NOTE this is NOT an Ad. I purchased this myself.

All this for just £5.99 using the yay retro! Special Degustabox Code this January!

My January Degustabox just arrived and here is a sneaky peek along with a lovely special voucher code for you to get your first box for just £5.99 - a £7 saving! 

You can sign up for your Degustabox and like me, receive lots of foodie surprises and treats to try each month delivered to your door. Use the special yay retro! Degustabox voucher code WBWEO to get £7 off your first box - you’ll pay just £5.99! (The normal price is £12.99 per month, and the items inside will always be worth more than this amount.)  


What’s in January’s Degustabox?


A bottle of Mahtay Yerba Mate Sparkling Tea
Clipper Everyday Organic Tea
Pulsin Vanilla Choc Chip Protein Booster x 3
Pulsin Vanilla Whey Protein Powder
Superdrug Lighterlife Fast Ready to Drink Shakes x 2
Mallow & Marsh Coconut Marshmallow Bar
Latin American Kitchen by Santa Maria Chipotle Mayo Topping
Latin American Colombian Crunchy Chicken Bites Seasoned Corn Coating 
Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks
Miso Tasty Spicy Ramen Noodle Kit
Jordans Juicy Red Berry Frusli Bars x 2
Robinsons Fruit Cordial
Hersheys Cookies N Creme 5 Pack Snack Pack
Explore Cuisine Organic Edamame & Mung Bean Fettuccine

What I love about this Degustabox so far...

The Frusli bars were the first thing I tried, as they were ideal for my lunch. Can’t wait to try the Hershey bars as a treat one evening, along with the Mallow & marsh bar - yum! The protein rich Pulsin products are excellent for me as I am a vegetarian and need to ensure that I keep my energy levels up. The bean Fettucine looks great,  again due to the higher protein as it’s made from beans. Loving the tea products - I’m a teaholic and I’ve not tried either of these. I’ve previously tried the Tuna thanks to Degustabox and it’s our firm favourite and the only tuna we now buy! All of the drinks will be super for lunchtimes and I’m already planning on buying some Quorn fillets to try the Latin American corn coating which we’ll have with the Chipotle Mayo Topping.

Keep an eye on my blog to see detailed reviews of each of these products later on this month!

In case you don't know, I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online vintage shop, which sells vintage home and cookwares from the 1940s, 50s, 60s & 70s. I'm into cooking and eating, fun and surprises! So the Degustabox monthly food subscription is the perfect monthly treat for me! 

December 17 Degustabox Reviews by yay retro!

Last month's Degustabox arrived just before Christmas, and I found the contents really interesting. We've just finished taste testing everything, just in time for today's next exciting Degustabox delivery!!

In case you don't know, I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online vintage shop, which sells vintage home and cookwares from the 1940s, 50s, 60s & 70s. I'm into cooking and eating, fun and surprises! So the Degustabox monthly food subscription is the perfect monthly treat!  We get 10 to 15 surprise products delivered directly our home each month to try, and they come wrapped in a lovely box for much less than you'd pay in the shops! See below for a Degustabox voucher code to join in the fun and surprises get money off your first box.

San Miguel 0,0 Alcohol Free Beer

I love drinking craft beer, and so I approached this with trepidation, however I found it to be completely fresh and yummy with a good depth to the flavour. I would definitely want to drink this again when I am cutting down on the booze or am the designated driver. A future buy for sure.


Willie's Cacao Black Pearls Sea Salt Caramel

Made in a small factory in Cullompton, Devon these beautifully rich chocolates come in swish packaging and are gold foil wrapped. These little dark chocolate balls have a rich, zingy flavour to the outside and a lush melting caramel inside. I kept them in the fridge and so they had a nice crunch to them as you bit into them. Nice and rich, so you only eat a few at a time. Apparently Willie's Cacao only uses single estate cacaos which have their own individual flavour (think wine vineyards, but cacoa!). The chocolate is made in individual batches 'to taste' using a both antique and modern machines, I'm not sure if you can tell this, but they were very nice.



COLDPRESS Golden Delicious Apple Juice

Made using a cold pressure process to retain the vitamins and nutrients, this juice has an intense feel and flavour on the tongue. I rarely drink fruit juices and found this all a bit too much and sweet for my taste. However, it did feel clean and looked pure. Am sure if juices are your thing, you'll love it! 

Planters NUT-RITION Protein & Energy Mix

We always buy Planters Lightly Salted & Dry Roasted Peanuts which we adore. I found both these packs dull by comparison to be honest. The Energy Mix promised chunks of chocolate covered honeycomb, however there were only 3 pieces in the pack. We did enjoy the brazil and walnuts, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy these. The protein mix was just 2 different peanuts and almonds and I think maybe a couple of cashews which were all unsalted, we found these very boring and would not buy again. We found it a 'must' to share these small packs due to the really high calorie content.



LIFT Matcha Instant Green Tea

This is a really posh cylindrical box containing sachets of powdered green tea. Quick to make and very green looking! I didn't like the taste and actually never drink green tea, however if you do I would give it a go, as it's quick to make and apparently you can add it to a health shake too.


Star Wars Popchips Galactic Puffs - Sour Cream & Onion Flavour

These are made from potato and have no artificial ingredients. They are very strongly flavoured and are a quite a satisfying snack.  The shapes include BB-8, the Maillenium Falcon, Stormtroopers and TIE Fighters, which would probably be fun for kids to find and sort. They come out at 100 calories per 23gm serving which is pretty good and on a par with regular crisps.

Ryvita Lightly Salted Rye Cakes

These thin rye cakes are an alternative to rice cakes. They are wholegrain and high in fibre and are just 23 calories per cake. They would be an ideal base for toppings such as cottage cheese and salads for a healthy snack and for anyone on a post Christmas diet! I feel they do need a topping to give them an extra dimension taste-wise.

Sleep Well Vanilla Milk Drink

I gave this to my Mum to have a try, I'll let you know how she got on soon!

'Taking the Pea' Smoked Ham Coated Crunchy Peas.

Given to a friend as I am vegetarian.


Mary Berry's Lemon & Mustard Seed Vinaigrette

This was a nicely presented salad dressing in a recyclable glass bottle. The dressing was a good consistency and looked 'posh'.  I don't actually like mustard so the taste wasn't for me, though I am sure that anyone who likes that kind of flavour would be hooked - you can't really go wrong with Mary Berry can you, and if you decanted into a vintage jug you might even convince people you made it yourself! 

Candy Kittens Gourmet Sweets, family size pack of Sour Watermelon flavour

These were large cat shaped chewy sweets. They exploded with flavour in your mouth and were quite unlike anything I've ever had before.  Very perfumey and strong, so that you only needed one at a sitting.  I found them overpowering, but my husband really liked them and has happily chewed his way through the pack.

Robinsons Fruit Creations Peach and Raspberry Squash

This is a squash which has no added sugar and is made with real fruit, so would be top of my shopping list. It is a nice flowery, summery flavour - tasting more of peach than raspberry. Am sure the grandchildren will really enjoy this when they next visit.

This month's Box Overview:

The box was really interesting to try, even though this time around many of the items were not particularly to my taste. Having now had six Degustabox deliveries I have found lots of new and exciting foods which I now regularly buy, and which without Degustabox I would never have found out about. Love food? Then Degustabox is for you, why not give it a try using the special yay retro! code below?

*Try Degustabox with yay retro! and get money off your first box!

Why not join in the fun on the Degustabox website here, then you too will receive a marvellous surprise box of foodie treats!  Use the special yay retro! Degustabox voucher code WBWEO to get £7 off your first box - you’ll pay just £5.99 instead of £12.99! 

Pop in to the yay retro! shop for a lovely vintage browse now!
Note: I have been invited to try this box for free after subscribing for several months and enjoying all the boxes. All my opinions on the products are honest and true.

Degustabox December 2017 Unboxing & Voucher Code - yay retro!

Hi I'm Sue and I've just opened this month's Degustabox, after being been invited to test drive the December 2017 box!  Below is a box overview and a voucher code for you to join in on the Degustabox fun! 

Just so you know, I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online vintage shop, which sells vintage home and cookwares from the 1940s, 50s, 60s & 70s. I'm into cooking and eating, fun and surprises! So the Degustabox monthly food subscription is the perfect pressie idea for someone like me!  You get loads of yummy foods and treats delivered direct to your home to try, all wrapped up in a happy box! See below for a Degustabox voucher code to get money off your first box.


What's in the December 2017 Degustabox? A Quick Overview:


1. First of all I got a handy Degustabox cotton shopping bag, not sure if all subscribers got this, but I love the cute designs all over it! 
2. Star Wars pack of Popchips Galactic Puffs - Sour Cream & Onion Flavour - big family sized bag ideal for afternoon tea when grandchildren come over.
3. Ryvita Lightly Salted Rye Cakes - Will be eating these for post Christmas lunches
4. A presentation box of 15 Lift Matcha Instant Green Tea Sachets - hubby loves green tea - again a post Christmas treat to give him an 'instant lift!'
5. A Carton of Sleep Well Vanilla Milk Drink. Ideal for getting off to sleep on Christmas Eve? 
6. 'Taking the Pea' Smoked Ham Coated Crunchy Peas. Snack size pack, will give to a friend as I am vegetarian.
7. Willie's Cacao Sea Salt Caramel Black Pearls Dark Chocolate Sweets - these look amazing and come with a flavour map (more on my the tasting blog post once opened!)
8. Coldpress Golden Delicious Apple Juice
9. Mary Berry's Lemon & Mustard Seed Vinaigrette - looks fab for Christmas Supper and Boxing Day
10. San Miguel 0.0% alcohol free beer ideal if we attempt Dry-anuary!
11. Planters Nut-rition Energy and Protein Mix packets of mixed nuts
12. Candy Kittens Gourmet Sweets, family size pack of Sour Watermelon flavour
13. Robinsons Fruit Creations Peach and Raspberry squash - looks delicious

As you'll see it's a great assortment of tastes and products, and below you can get money off your first box with yay retro! Come back soon to read each individual product review! Note, as a previous subscriber to Degustabox I am delighted to have been gifted this box and invited to blog my reviews of each product. Reviews will be honest and balanced.

*Try Degustabox with yay retro! and get money off your first box!

Why not join in the fun on the Degustabox website here, then you too will receive a marvellous surprise box of foodie treats!  Use the special yay retro! Degustabox voucher code WBWEO to get £7 off your first box - you’ll pay just £5.99 instead of £12.99! 

Pop in to the yay retro! shop for a lovely vintage browse now!

November 17 Degustabox Money Off Voucher & Unboxing at yay retro! HQ

Today is Degustabox delivery day! Woop! I love this day of each month as it's when a fabulous box of goodies arrives on my doorstep to try.  Hello! I'm Sue and I run yay retro! an online vintage shop selling vintagewares from the 1940s-70s. I love to cook and share my easy peasy recipes which I do here on my blog (see retro recipes), and I adore food so Degustabox is completely perfect for me - it's only £12.99 per month, and the box contents will always be worth more than this... (see below for a special yay retro! voucher code to get your first Degustabox box for only £5.99!)  If you love food and surprises then Degustabox will be ideal for you too!

yay retro! Degustabox November 2017 Unboxing - Spoiler Alert!

Degustabox have kindly invited me to review November 2017's box, and here is a quick overview of this month's fabulous box! Have to say this is the best box to date. It's a heavy one and chock full of useful foods and also tasty treats.



Why I love this month's Degustabox!

I was genuinely excited opening this box up, as every product was exciting, useful and looks ideal for us.  Brilliant! Here's a list of this months contents:

1. Taylors of Harrogate Ground Coffee - This one is ideal for Mr yay!  He is a coffee addict and loves to try new flavours.
2. The Jelly Bean Factory Super Sours - what's not to like about Jelly Beans? Nothing that's what!
3. Dalston's Fizzy Apple Soda - Fab for a night in front of X Factor me thinks
4. Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil - Ideal for a winter salad look out for my recipe when this one gets cracked open OR - Filipo Berio Classic Pesto OR Filipo Berio Formaggio Crostini (note one of these items will be in the November box, as a blogger I received all three to try).
5. Cadbury Picnic Bites - Cadburys is my go to chocolate - a great sharing bag!
6. Weetabix Additions - Apple & Raisin - I love Weetabix often have cereals at supper time, never had this flavour, all good
7. Propercorn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn - Popcorn is a great alternative to crisps, I adore it
8. Planter's Fruity Chocolate Crunch - being vegetarians we need to eat more nuts - problem solved with this treat sharing pack - Planters is my favourite peanut brand.
9. The English Provender Co's Caramelised Red Onion Chutney - Perfect for cheese and crackers
10. Kallo Organic Stock Pots - I use these all the time, so very pleased to see these in the box
11. ALO - An Aloe Vera soft drink to try - interesting!
12. Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes - I eat more crackers than I eat bread, so these are great, never seen them before

That's 12 products for just £12.99 a bargain when the total amount would be £26.21 at recommended retail prices! 



*Try Degustabox with yay retro! and get money off your first box!*

Why not join in the fun on the Degustabox website here, then you too will receive a marvellous surprise box of foodie treats!  Use the special yay retro! Degustabox voucher code WBWEO to get £7 off your first box - you’ll pay just £5.99 instead of £12.99! Pop in to the yay retro! shop for a lovely vintage browse now!

Come back soon for in depth reviews of each product!

(Note I have been invited to review Degustabox and the contents were sent to me free of charge on this occasion.)

October 2017 Degustabox review by yay retro!

Hi I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online vintage shop selling kitchenalia, toys and homewares from the 1940s to 1980s. Degustabox offer a monthly food subscription box which comes with lots of different foods to try. It's just £12.99* (see below for a special yay retro! voucher code to get your first Degustabox box for only £5.99!)  If you love food and surprises then Degustabox is for you! They have invited me to review this month’s foodie treats. They like to hear constructive positive and negative reviews, so have a read of my honest reviews below all paired with lovely vintage table wares. 

With it being Halloween this month, the box had an overall 'orangey' feel to it which I rather liked. On initial unpacking I thought the contents in this month’s box looked smaller than usual.  However on starting to taste test, explore and use them I have been really enjoying the experience as always.


The Feel Good Drinks Co. Water Infusions 

There was two bottles of this in the box. The first we tried was the “Orange, Mango & Water” flavour. There is no added sugar and the ingredients are all natural. I found this far too sweet and heavy tasting for my liking, perhaps as I am not massively keen on mango. By contrast the second really interesting flavour “Strawberry & Mint” was light and had just the right amount of sweetness - completely  delicious! I would definitely choose this one again. This made me realise the natural ingredients were really coming into play with the taste experience. I probably had not enjoyed the first drink as I don’t really eat mango due to it’s texture and flavour intensity.



Pechkeks Misfortune Cookies 

This cookie came in a little quirky pack, and would be a fun thing to give away at a Halloween party.  Tastes exactly like like a fortune cookie but it’s pure black. I can’t imagine myself ever buying these, but I am sure lovers of Halloween might want to seek them out. Not sure if they are made all year round for those loving an alternative fortune cookie message? The message in mine was ‘Why are you reading this with your bum? Oh sorry, my mistake!’



Michel et Augustin Cookies

The pack included two large cookies, I’ve never come across this brand before and was impressed with the variety of textures in them. Dry on the outside with a satisfyingly crispy bite into a very soft smooth creamy interior. You could taste and feel the soothing, melty chocolate and nut flavours body and soul. Highly recommended and not too sweet. I would definitely buy these again as they taste and feel different due the the variety of textures.

Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs

I was looking forward to tasting these as being made from chickpeas, they are full of protein which is good as we are vegetarian. They are also high fibre - another plus. We had the In Herbs we Trust flavour.  They were really nice, though I personally found them a bit too strong and garlicky and was concerned about being a bit stinky afterwards. I am sure loads of others would love them though.



Nuttvia Breadsticks with Hazelnut Spread (97% less sugar)

I picked this item to taste first as it is a massive treat for me and I haven’t had any hazelnut spread for years! I ate it on my way to a little vintage treasure hunt in town. You would never be able to tell the difference between this and a full sugar version, it’s a truly delicious sweet treat and I really enjoyed it. The key messages on this product are that it has 97% less sugar, but it’s worth noting it’s still over 200 calories per pack.



Lee Kum Kee - Sauce for Tomato Garlic Prawns & Sauce for Honey Garlic Spare Ribs, also Sweet Soy Sauce

There was two packs of Lee Kum Kee sauces in the box and also a sample pack of Sweet Soy Sauce. They are designed to save you time in the kitchen and sell for 85p each.  This is not something I would normally buy, but Oh! did we enjoy it! We tried the  Tomato Garlic Prawns Sauce which can be used with meat and vegetables as well. Being vegetarian we used on heaps of chopped veg. We heated sesame oil and added fresh ginger, then stir fried the veg in the sauce. It was so very tasty... Why have a take-away when you can have this at home? It took us minutes to do and tasted really authentic. I used the sweet soy sauce sample on top as well - a treat as it was lusciously thick and sweet.

We had this with the Maggi Fusions Fiery Sweet Chilli Noodles from the August box which were really tasty. I can imagine having these as a quick snack too!


Lo Salt

This was a free gift sample size.  This tastes just like salt but it is 66% lower in sodium which is important if you need to cut down on salt due to health reasons. Indeed many people choose to do so to reduce blood pressure, protect their hearts and kidneys. You can use this in all kinds of cooking and also at the table.



Vimto Millions Gift Jar

My first impression was this is not something I will like….how wrong I was!! We had some when we watched a film and were both really surprised at how yummy they were. Quite a few of these teeny chewy sweets rolled into the sofa which mr yay! found annoying - lol! We loved the fruity taste and ate them in little handfuls. Interestingly, with them being teeny we ate far less of them than we would have done if they were regular sized, so there’s plenty left for our next film. Great! Update - Millions is the perfect name for these sweets, we've had them out 3 times already and there is still 1/3 of a jar left!!! Highly recommended, I will definitely buy again.


Heinz No Added Sugar Hoops

This took me back to having the children at home, and being a kid myself in the 70s which is probably when spaghetti hoops first came out?  I was looking forward to tasting these as I would normally buy an own brand, and would always look to buy low sugar or no added sugar options.  There are no artificial sweeteners in this product making it great for children. Sorry to say I was surprised to find that I didn't like this. It didn't taste rich like normal Heinz products and it left an odd after taste in my mouth. 



Pulsin Kids’ Fruity Oat Bars - Orange Choc Chip

I forgot to take a photo of this lovely cereal bar - oop! I ate it on a walk. It had a nice soft constituency was full of orangey and chocolate flavour and was nice and smooth. They are described as being for children, though I would happily eat these on a lunch break or as a treat as I love oats! Apparently they have ⅓ less sugar than regular children’s snacks and count as being 1 of a child’s 5 a day. They are high in fibre and 100% natural. Make them adult sized I say!!!


Pip's Real Hot Chocolate Co. Real Hot Chocolate Coin

On a cold Autumn evening, thoughts often turn to hot chocolate and this really is the ideal treat!  Pip's Real Hot Chocolate is a thick flowery shaped 'coin' which is hand made by Pip himself in Wales.  I had the chocolate orange flavour and it really smelt amazing as I took it out of the little paper bag it came in. To prepare you gently heat 200ml of milk with the coin in on the hob and stir until it's melted. As you can see, I served mine in a gorgeous 1970s Staffordshire Potteries Flower Power mug from the yay retro! shop. This was a very rich, luxurious chocolatey drink with a buttery taste coming through the vibrant orange flavours. Ideal as a warming drink in front of a raging fire (or toasty radiator!!) You can buy Pip's Hot Chocolate on his website pipsformilk.co.uk/shop and get 10% off with the code TEN2017 (valid until 31/12/17).

Cirio Valfrutta Cous Cous

I hope to use this in the week with a quick after packing parcels for yay retro! Meal. Come back soon to read my review.


Kabuto Noodles Thai Green Chicken Curry

Being a vegetarian I gave this to friend at work. He said it was very, very spicy and that it did taste like a Thai curry. He felt that the chicken didn’t really taste like chicken and that the noodles were very thin and unusual. 

*Try Degustabox with yay retro! and get money off your first box!

Why not join in the fun on the Degustabox website here, then you too will receive a marvellous surprise box of foodie treats!  Use the special yay retro! Degustabox voucher code WBWEO to get £7 off your first box - you’ll pay just £5.99 instead of £12.99!

Pop in to the yay retro! shop for a lovely vintage browse now!

Note, as a previous subscriber to Degustabox I am delighted to have been gifted this box and invited to blog my reviews of each product. Reviews given are honest and balanced.

October 2017 Degustabox Voucher Code & Box Contents by yay retro!

yay retro! - October 17 Degustabox unboxing - A Foodie Flat Lay!


Hi I'm Sue and I run the yay retro! online vintage shop selling kitchenalia, toys and homewares from the 1940s to 1980s. I love this time of the month as it's when my Degustabox arrives. This is a monthly subscription box of food which comes with lots of different foods to try. It's just £12.99* (see below for a voucher code to get your first box for only £5.99!)  The foods sent are always worth more than that paid and it's great fun unboxing the foodie surprises and planning what to eat first and in what ways.

This is a quick overview of what's in the box. I've laid everything out on my 1950s formica kitchen table....In my next Degustabox blog post I will be reviewing each product, showing you the foods with lots of vintage kitchenwares and letting you know what we thought of them. First thoughts are that there's a lot of smaller stuff this month (unusual).

There are 2 bottles of Feel Good Water Infusion Drinks, ideal for lunchtimes or when I travelling in the car. A Vimto Millions Gift Jar of sweets (I've actually never had Vimto so this will be a new experience for me), Nuttvia Breadsticks Snack pack which sounds fun as it involves chocolate. A Cirio Microwaveable pack of Rice, Cous Cous & Quinoa with olives love microwaveable packs like this, A sample of Lo Salt - good to try, a pack of Michel et Augustin cookies (yum), Heinz No added Sugar Spaghetti Hoops - this will take me back to the 70s - yay!, Kabuto Noodles Thai Green Chicken Curry Flavour (we're vegetarian so will give to a friend), Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs - loving the new alternatives to potato crisps, A small Pulsin Kids Fruity Oat Orange Choc Chip bar, several Lee Kum Kee sauces with sweet soy sauce sample, A Pechkek Misfortune cookie for Halloween and a hand moulded, hand wrapped Pip's Hot Chocolate Orange Coin to make a hot chocolate drink.

*Try Degustabox with yay retro! and get money off your first box!

Why not join in the fun on the Degustabox website here, then you too will receive a marvellous surprise box of foodie treats!  Use the special yay retro! Degustabox voucher code WBWEO to get £7 off your first box - you’ll pay just £5.99 instead of £12.99! Pop in to the yay retro! shop for a lovely vintage browse now!

Come back soon for in depth reviews of each product!

(Note I have been invited to review Degustabox and the contents were sent to me free of charge on this occasion.)

yay! for The Bodykind Festival in Totnes, Devon

This weekend there is an extra special event taking place in Totnes, Devon where I live. It's the Bodykind Festival, the first ever festival dedicated to encouraging each and everyone one of us to feel comfortable in our own skin. The event is taking place from October 13th - 15th and I am really looking forward to going along.



With the media showing us photoshopped bodies at every turn, it can be hard not to compare ourselves to often unattainable looks. This 'first of a kind', weekend long, not for profit event has been set up to encourage us all to love and respect our bodies. There are speakers such as Bodyposipanda from Instagram, Harnaam Kaur & Glory Pearl plus workshops, music, theatre and dance, art, film and photography, so something for everyone to get involved. You can find out more about what's on here.

Looking at the Bodykind website, you'll see that: "Bodykind is about honouring life in its various forms, rather than comparing oneself or anyone else to an external concept of beauty." The Bodykind Festival will promote inclusivity, celebrate diversity, illuminate and challenge non-acceptance.  Why not buy your ticket today? See you there!



 

yay retro! September 2017 Degustabox Review & Voucher Code

This is the 3rd Degustabox I've had, after signing up to this subscription based food box a couple of months ago. With Degustabox you get a top quality, fun box of new foods to try every month. The idea being that you try new foods at a lower price than you’d find them in the shops. 

A bit about me....I'm Sue and I run yay retro!, which is an online vintage shop selling genuine Vintage and Flower Power items for your vintage styled home. I love cooking healthy food - largely from scratch. I thought readers might be interested to read these reviews whilst taking a look at some gorgeous vintage wares at the same time - well why not?! (Note I have paid for this Degustabox myself.)

Here's what's inside September 2017's Degustabox:

American Kitchen Columbian Albondigas Sauce  

I’ve recently come across this brand in my local Morrison’s.  The sauce is described as ‘ a comforting tomato sauce for meatballs’ and is labelled as being ‘mild’.  It’s made to serve 2 people.  Looking at the back, the ingredients include smoked paprika, nutmeg, chilli pepper, bay leaf & garlic. Opening the pack, the sauce smelt really interesting and also quite strong and since we don’t eat meat, I decided to use it in a vegetable chilli. I fried up some onions, mushrooms, and a bit of quorn mince, then added chopped tomatoes and red kidney beans with this sauce added in. The result was a big bowl of warming chilli, which would serve 4 (but we ate it all), and we loved it. There were lots of different layers of taste to the sauce and it tasted totally unlike anything we’ve had before. So a fresh meal idea. Apparently there are 5 other sauces in the range.

American Kitchen Coconut & Chilli Rice

We eat a lot of microwavable rice and my favourite is Tilda’s coconut flavour basmati. So I was keen to try this one. What struck me about it was the utterly different flavour, and the way it looked different too. It has the appearance of a dry pan fried rice - with the coconut having some colour and texture to it. It is much more savoury than Tilda’s rice and has a more 'grown up' flavour. I really liked it and it went perfectly with the vegetable chilli I made as above. I would try this again, particularly in the autumn/winter months. Apparently there are 5 other rice flavours in the range.


Seriously Strong Spreadable Squares

Degustabox had a coupon for this spreadable cheese. I chose the 'light' version, and the pack had 8 small squares of soft cheese inside. I like buying small portions of cheese as you can measure out how much you're having at once. It was a posh box with a little patterned liner, making it a nice thing to put on a tea or supper table. We had them with salad and crackers and both enjoyed the taste. They taste quite a bit stronger than Dairylea or Laughing Cow. However I was surprised to see that the calories in these are significantly higher than that found in the light version of Laughing Cow (192cals per 100gm vs 147cals), so for me I wouldn't particularly buy again. Additionally they are made in France from Scottish Cheddar, so quite a few food miles involved.

Greens Creamy Egg Custard Filling  

I’ve never used this product before and it was the first thing I decided to have a go at. You can make the custard and pop into a ready made pastry case or make your own*.  There is enough of the custard to fill a 7 inch flan dish, and to serve 6 people. I was unsure how to make this as I was expecting it to work like custard which goes thick as you cook it, however with this product it is more like when you make jelly (it sets later). You simply add a pint of milk, bring to the boil, then boil for a minute, pour it into the flan case and leave it to cool and set. This takes about an hour, you then pop in the fridge to chill.  It’s so easy! We loved this light airy pud and I think it would be amazing with a sprinkling of raspberries on the top too. It’s not too sweet which is ideal for our taste.  One of the things I like about the product is the reverse of the box, which is vintage styled - Green’s have been making baking products for over 100 years. Of course dried egg powder which is a key ingredient in this, was used during the war due to rationing. I’ve never used it before today - at just 69p it’s a bloomin’ bargain!

If you visit the Greens website you’ll find a recipe for Bread & Butter Pudding which uses the egg custard mix too. One thing I did not realise is that Greens make loads of different dessert mixes, so I will have to take a closer look at what they do, having tried this successfully. Below is a 1960/70s Taunton Vale flan dish for sale at yay retro! why not take a look now?

*Make your own pastry - 4 ounces flour, 2 oz fat (ie. clover light), ½ tspn sugar, very cold water. In a food mixer blend to breadcrumbs, slowly add water to form a ball. Roll out on floured board to fit dish.

Mentos Mints in Sharing Bag  

These are the same as the regular tubes of Mentos, but they come in a sharing bag with both the mint and spearmint varieties.  I love these but haven’t had them for a while. It’s a good idea to pop them in a bag like this, as I normally end up buying several tubes at once. These will be living in the car for long journeys or traffic jams! Love the fact they are flavoured with natural ingredients only, and they are only £1.19!

Dream Rice Quinoa

This is a plant based milk replacement product and is in the Ancient Grains range (the other being oat, spelt, buckwheat and linseed.)  I tried it to make my regular morning porridge and had raspberries and banana with it.  I was really looking forward to this, but am very sad to say I found it unpleasantly savoury tasting.  The aroma was also unappealing to me. I did eat it, but declined to eat hubby’s when he also said he didn’t like it. I would imagine it would be alright in something savoury perhaps, but we won’t be trying again. You can use this in smoothies, on cereals or on it's own and it's calcium rich.

Virtue Sparkling Energy Water

When I saw this I thought, hmmm more sugary drinks - but NO! Woop! This is an energy drink with zero calories, zero sugar and no sweeteners - Fantastic!  Think sparkling water which gives you a little lift like a cup of tea might, and you’re there.  I found it surprising initially as you just think it’s going to be sweet, and when you drink it, it’s like “urrrr….?!” Then you remind yourself, “no, because this is sparkling water” and your tastebuds are back on track. Both the Lemon & Lime and Berries have a light flavour which is more salty than sweet due to the carbonation (as I personally find with sparkling water).  The flavour level is rather like when you’re at the end of a drink which has has melted ice cubes in it, this is not a criticism, just a description of the taste level.  I would choose this if I needed a pick me up over and above any regular fizzy sweet drink. However at £1.35 each they are too pricey for me really.

Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks - My Favourite Item in the Box!!!!

Normally I buy own brand tuna in spring water, so this isn’t something I would normally pick up. You can tell this is a top quality product with chunky pieces of pale coloured tuna in their own juices (which you are advised not to throw away as they are rich in omega 3.) I made a tuna and mayo sandwich using Weightwatchers bread. I used nearly the whole tin and had a mega protein rich feast!  Apparently this is line caught and as such is ranked #1 by Greenpeace for sustainability.  I am SO glad I tried this and will definitely buy again if I can find it in my local Morrisons, even though it is a pricier product (£3.49), as the difference in flavour is noticeable. UPDATE: I could not find this in my local small Morrisons so I bought 12 cans online direct from Wild Planet - That's how much I loved this product!

Green & Black’s Velvet Edition 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate

You cannot go wrong with Green & Black’s chocolate, I love it! Normally I buy the ginger or orange flavour. I am not sure how this is velvety, I guess it doesn’t have that shocking zing which you can have with 70% cocoa versions of dark chocolate? Whatever, it’s completely yum and comes in at only £1.99.


Nestle Cheerios Oat Crisp

I am a cereal addict, I am often eat them at supper time as a treat. With high fibre levels and low fat this is appealing to me. This one has crunchy flakes, oats and grains in it, and has a little more sugar the regular shop brand Cheerios I buy. On tasting it is quite sugary, but not overly so, the balance is just right. Oddly, there are actually more flakes than Cheerios, and these remind of crunchy nut cornflakes but less sweet. I would recommend these as a treat rather than an every day cereal as I prefer to have low or zero sugar breakfast cereals. However, have to say I've munched the whole box already - yumtastic!  


San Miguel Gluten Free Beer

This 5.4% ABV beer is a nice thing to have in the fridge after a long hard day packing parcels for yay retro! I love craft beers, so am looking forward to giving this a try. Apparently it’s gluten free as it does not have ingredients such as rice, buckwheat or corn etc in it. I've given it a try and it is light and fruity with just the amount of sweetness. It has a good kick and I would recommend for those people wanting to follow a gluten free diet or really anyone who fancies a beer! (Photo to follow).

Knorr Concentrated Stock

This is a handy sized bottle of beef stock which can be used in your cooking in place of a stock cube. I like the idea of this as you don’t need to melt / mix it with water it as you do with most other stocks. You only need a few drops and I’ll try to give it a go when I next use Quorn in a meal.  This is made from real beef so am in two minds about it, being as I am a non meat eater.

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Pop in to the yay retro! shop for a lovely vintage browse now - Products have been shown with: Habitat Monaco & 1960/70s Poole Pottery plates, Praesidium & Taunton Vale trays, Scandinavian mid century fish dish, Woods Beryl dishes, Staffordshire Potteries Mug, vintage Pyrex, 1950s Glasses. Similar items available here at yay retro! here.

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