Garlic and Herb Encrusted Chicken with Mr Crumb

Review by Lola Agondogo-Hegba

I recently received the a sample of the latest offering from 2017 Gold Great Taste Award winner Irish stuffing maker Mr.Crumb, their Fresh ‘Roasted Garlic and Herb’. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the stuffing is hand produced in small batches and blends onions and garlic sautéed in Irish butter with fresh breadcrumbs sourced from a local bakery. What a delicious sounding treat and I couldn’t wait to feed the family with this new foodie find.

Mr-Crumb Stuffing

The recommended recipe was to try garlic & herb topped salmon but I didn’t follow the advice by adding the stuffing on a salmon fish as suggested. I added it on to a chicken instead – yes I know usually stuffing is supposed to go INSIDE the chicken but I wanted to try something new and was inspired by the recommendation.

The stuffing was  flavourful, I didn’t need to add more stock or spices to boost its flavour, it had enough salt and spices. I put the stuffing all over the chicken (as well as inside) and popped it in the oven, by the time it had cooked it was still smooth not crunchy or dry and it melted in the mouth. This stuffing was gorgeous, full of flavour with a perfect balance of ingredients that were perfectly mixed. I would have thought that the garlic would override all the other flavours but it really did not. The+- stuffing tasted fresh and moreish and the family really enjoyed it, including the kids.

The 225g pack serves four costs around £2 and can be found in the chiller aisle next to the Yorkshire puds in Morrison’s and in all good independent grocery retailers nationwide.  Mr Crumb’s famous Sage and Onion stuffing is also available in ASDA and Sainsbury’s.

Cheese Board Inspiration with The English Provender Co.

I love cheese and cheese loves me.

I honestly do not want to live in a world where there is no cheese.  I could eat cheese all day, every day if there were no associated health risks (always eat responsibly).


Aside from cheese itself, what I love is the relationship between cheese and other food groups. Cheese goes well with bread, olives, meat, grapes, you name it! Basically cheese is a symbol of hope for humanity. We should all be like cheese and come together in delicious unity. This is why getting sent some jars of The English Provender Co.’s chutneys to review as a gift was an absolute delight and an opportunity to dust off my fancy slate cheeseboard.

English Provender

As you can see the branding and packaging is absolutely brilliant. The attention to detail and quality of design makes each jar feel like a perfect gift for others or simply a gift to yourself.

English Provender English Provender chutney and cheese

I went with brie and blue cheese for my cheese board opting for the Hot Chilli and Red Repper chutney and the Plum & Bramley apple chutney on crackers, very simple but very effective. The chutneys taste homemade, they have a depth of flavour that would most probably be missing from a mass produced jar of chutney and the ingredients used are clearly high quality. What I particularly liked was that the chutneys whilst containing sugar didn’t taste like they were full of saturated sugars, this probably has something to do with the quality of the ingredients and how they are combined within The English Provender Co. recipes. They are rich and wholesome with almost a festive feel, these products would go great with mulled wine but obviously suitable for anytime of the year. These chutneys get a thumbs up from me! Make sure you give them a try with plenty of cheese of course.

You can find them in most major supermarkets, visit their website to find out more about the brand.