What we’re eating this month: August 2015

Every month, we get sent lots of new products to try in the olive test kitchen. Here is our pick of the best for August, including raspberry lemonade, exceptional cheese, award-winning smoked salmon, and Asian salad dressing.

Heartsease Farm’s raspberry lemonade is made on a family farm in Powys. The sweet snap of raspberry, as well as traces of hibiscus and lemon, make it perfect summer choice for designated drivers. £1.69/330ml, available from WH Smith. 


Doddington Cheese Co., based in Northumberland, produces seven artisan cheeses from cows grazed on pastures in the Glendale Valley. Our favourite is Admiral Collingwood, a close-textured cheese washed in Newcastle Brown Ale. Beware: it’s pungent. £22.50/kg

We love the recently launched handpickedfoodstore.com and are particularly fond of its award-winning smoked salmon from MacGilvray’s Scottish smokehouse. The whole side is incredibly soft and easy to cut – great for an alfresco lunch with friends. £26.95 for a whole side.

Lucy’s slim light Asian dressing is packed full of zingy Asian flavours – lime, ginger and chilli. It’s not too sweet and can be used as a marinade for chicken or prawns, as well as a salad dressing. £3.99/250ml, ocado.com

olive favourite Donald Russell takes the hassle out of summer entertaining. Boned and rolled lamb shoulder serves six (£36) and is easy to carve, and with broad beans, petit pois and bacon in béchamel (£3.75) makes the perfect sunny lunch in the garden.

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