Letter from ‘The Ferns’ chatting about cashew pate, Green Monkey and a hairdryer

‘Thank Goodness’  Honeyed Cashew Pate

This Christmas we tried the ‘Thank Goodness’ Honeyed Cashew Pate. We had had it frozen, and was easy to get out and defrost for a Christmas buffet.

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Well this was an interesting product to review – something a bit unusual.  Just to remind my readers I am working my way through the products of ‘Thank Goodness’ a local Newport, Shropshire company who chiefly produce nut roasts. I reviewed the Luxury Vegan Nutroast in my December 2015 blog; a really great product!

I now embark on the Cashew Nut Pate with Mike, Richard and Kelly.  We didnt all agree about this product but the gist was: The flavour was quite sweet but not alarmingly so.  The texture was a cross between a dip and a pate. Personally I prefer something a bit more solid. The texture worked well on crackers, but probably not  as a sandwich filling.We couldnt taste the orange liqueur,  but we could, the honey.


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So we thought it unusual and something a bit different – perhaps for a special  occasion. Also, I need to tell you from where you can buy this pate. Our local store is Greenfields Farm Shop Donnington, but have a look at the ‘Thank Goodness’ website for other suppliers.

‘Green Monkey’ at Joules at Market Drayton

Another local business which is of interest to vegetarians and vegans who feel a bit iffy  about drinking wines and beers with finings  / isinglass in them (the swim bladder of fishes, usually sturgeon). Isinglass enables the drinks to be manufactured more quickly. However, Joules brewery at Market Drayton, about 30 minutes from Newport,


The brewery tap at Market Drayton The Red Lion

now have a lager type beer which is called ‘Green Monkey‘ . It  is not pasteurised or artificially carbonated. Green Monkey is  lagered for up to four weeks. This method develops a naturally carbonated drink and it contains no artificial ingredients, preservatives or additives such as finings. gm

Once a month they also do brewery tours

You can find their pubs anywhere in the region from Birmingham to Chester

Here in Newport we have The New Inn, on Stafford Road. See below

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My last bit of news is that I now have a  PAT tested hair-dryer in the guests bedroom! Hurray!

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Happy New Year to all!