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Frozen assets; parsee the chutney; the milky way; smoking skills
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Frozen assets

Frozen assets

Bottlegreen's cordials capture English summer flavours such as elderflower, raspberry and lovage, and dandelion and burdock. The Gloucesterhire company's new sorbets come in three of the same flavours as the drinks and are made with Cotswold spring water and nothing artificial. They're virtuous desserts with no dairy and almost no fat. £3.49 each, and until the middle of June stocked only by Waitrose.

Parsee the chutney

Renowned chef and restaurateur Cyrus Todiwala has given in to pressure from customers of his Café Spice Namaste group and brought out a range of chutneys, pickles and spiced oils. Squash, carrot and baby fig chutney, and Grundon's apple and mango chutney are fresh-tasting hot favourites. For the Parsee wedding pickle, the chef's cultural heritage has helped create a relish fit for a feast. Jars start from £2.75 from Harvey Nichols, www.cyrus-spice.com and restaurants in the group.

The milky way

No more waiting in line for a coffee shop cappuccino: it's never been easier to be your own barista. Bialetti has been making Moka stove-top espresso pots since the 1930s but now you don't have to make do with espresso because your handy little home frother has run out of batteries. The Italian company's come up with Mukka Express, the first stove-top cappuccino maker, and it milks the competition dry. The crafty design forces the steam pressure produced as the coffee brews to pass through the milk and froth it up. Smaller, simpler, cheaper and more stylish than many machines that cost ten times more, it's £49.99 from leading department stores and selected independents. For full stockist details call 01352 717555, www.lacafetiere.com

Smoking skills

Barbecuing is so last summer. Open your eyes to smoking instead. Trout, duck breast, chicken or tomatoes are just some of the fresh foods that can be hot smoked while you wait. Divertimenti's stainless steel smokers come in three sizes, starting at £72. A bag of smoking dust is £4.20. Take the portable smoker on picnics or fishing trips and smoke your food on the spot. From Divertimenti stores in London W1 and SW3, or order from 020-7935 0689/ www.divertimenti.co.uk

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