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Biosnacky by A.Vogel

Biosnacky by A.Vogel
I'm not very handy when it comes to gardening and growing plants because, bugs. Although even when there aren't really any bugs, for example, with succulents, I still manage to kill the plants - yes, I have managed to kill a succulent, they are meant to be plants for dummies...However, I do love to watch the progress of plants growing everyday and I have been able to keep a pepper plant and herbs growing for a couple of months now and they're not dead (go me!).

So when I received the *Biosnacky Three Tier Germinator by A.Vogel (£17.99), I was really excited because I'm basically a grandma and the best thing about it - no soil, so no bugs! The germinator is kind of a mini greenhouse which you can keep at your desk or a windowsill. The one I have is a three tier germinator with a lid. It came with three packets of sprout speeds including a gourmet mix, broccoli sprout seeds and mung bean sprout seeds.
Biosnacky by A.Vogel
My mum has a horticulture qualification so she helped me figure out the not so clear instructions - she said they they could have been a little clearer. Here are my basic instructions: rinse the germinator and rinse the seeds then dispense the seeds onto the tiers of the germinator (this bit can be a little messy). Stack the tiers making sure the red filters are staggered and fill the top tier with water - the water will slowly filter into all three tiers leaving a tiny amount of water in each one.

We couldn't see on the instructions how many seeds you need per tier so we probably overfilled two of the three tiers but hopefully it will be ok! Even after a couple of days the seeds in all three tiers were looking like they were starting to grow and change - there isn't a massive change just yet, I think I read on the website that it takes about 5-6 days.

Overall, even though the instructions weren't the clearest, it was still easy to put together and it's great seeing the little sprout seeds starting to grow and change and I can't wait to cook with them! My only main negative (apart from the instructions) was that the tiers don't click or lock into place which I think would be a great idea as if you want to move it or if you accidentally knock into it as I did just when we finished putting it together, then things can get VERY messy and the seeds and water can go everywhere....I think it would be a unique and interesting gift for foodies and gardeners this christmas! Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

What do you think of this sprout germinator? Are you green fingered or are you an accidental plant killer as I am? 

Rombouts Filter Coffee

Rombouts Filter Coffee
I LOVE coffee, I drink at least a mug of coffee each day! I usually stick to lattes, especially instant gingerbread lattes as they are so delicious and sweet as well as quick and easy to use. However, when I received this amazing package of coffee, I was excited to give them a go.

- Rombouts Italian Style Dark Roast (£2.69)

I am used to lattes which aren't that strong so I didn't know if I'd like this one - I thought it would be really bitter but it's actually rich and intense but with oat milk, it is really creamy and it isn't really bitter - it only needs a tiny amount of sugar. Also it smells amazing! This one is definitely my favourite from the range of four that I have tried. I haven't tried filter coffee before but it is so quick and easy to use at home and I think it would be even more handy if you want to use them at work etc. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5!

- Rombouts Colombian Medium Roast (£2.69)

Again, it's really easy to use although I can't use it with my usual mugs as they are massive Starbucks mugs but they fit regular sized mugs. The coffee isn't a strong or as rich as the first one but I still like it; it's a bit sweeter and less intense. I still use oat milk and a small amount of sugar and I can't recommend these enough. Overall rating: ★★★★★, 5/5.
Rombouts Filter Coffee
- Rombouts Original Medium Roast (£2.69)

I don't notice too much of a different between the Colombian coffee and this one apart from this one is a little less strong. I think it would be great for those who like coffee but don't want strong, bitter or intense coffee. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

- Rombouts Decaf Medium Roast (£2.69)

As well as trying filter coffee for the first time, this is also the first time I've tried decaffeinated coffee! This is the only one I'm not crazy about, I think it's quite weak; maybe I'm just used to regular coffee so decaffeinated isn't what I'm used to. However, my mum only drinks decaf coffee so she really likes these. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

Have you tried the Rombouts filter coffee?

Plant Hemp Vegan Snacks + Oil

Plant Hemp
One of the best things about blogging, besides meeting lovely bloggers and PRs and being part of such a supportive online community, is being able to try out new products and brands that I might not have come across if I hadn't been blogging.

Plant Hemp produce a range of hemp based products, grown in Canada. I was very kindly sent a couple of products to try. I haven't tried anything containing hemp before so I didn't know what to expect - I remember a couple of seasons of Bake Off ago, one of the contestants used hemp oil to make flapjack/breakfast bars, I think

I have the *Plant Hemp Super Minis Forbidden Fruit which are natural, suitable for vegans and gluten free. They come in little squares, two of which contain 110 calories, 4g protein and magnesium, manganese and iron. The bars are quite hard, I would definitely prefer them if they were softer but they do taste great - they have a nutty/seed and earthy taste. I've been having them as a snack with a cup of herbal tea. Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5.

I also have the *Plant Hemp Oil which is a great source of omega 3 and 6; it is suitable for vegans, it is raw and it is non-GMO verified. There are so many brands of hemp oil online as well as SO many articles about it so it can be a little overwhelming. I have only used it a few times so far mainly as part of a very simple lemon salad dressing and it works well but I really need to try other recipes. It has a nutty/seed and earthy flavour so I think it would be great for upcoming autumnal recipes. There's a recipe on the Plant Hemp website for avocado hemp oil dressing which I need to try as I LOVE avocados. Overall rating: ★★★☆, 3/5.

Overall, I'm happy with both products, more so the super mini snacks but if these aren't your thing, they do have lots of other products including maple cinnamon superfood which can be added to smoothies. These products aren't going to be for everyone but I'd definitely recommend them if you are looking to try some hemp products but don't know where to start.

Have you tried any hemp products?