Monday, 22 July 2013

Foodie Parcels in the Post

Its always nice to get a parcel delivered. Even moreso if its edible (or drinkable). Today's blog post is a quick round up of what the postman has delivered of late that was worth eating. Bills and junk mail don't taste so good. 

I'm a big lover of Gazpacho and can't get enough of the stuff when on holiday in Spain. You can buy chilled cartons of it in supermarkets on the continent but it doesn't seem to have caught on here. Fingers crossed that might change thanks to Cho! I was really intrigued to hear about this drinking Gazpacho made exclusively in Andalucia, Spain. 
It comes in four flavours and quite literally brought sunshine to my door. Classic Gazpacho, Tomato & Strawberry, Beetroot & Apple, Almond & Raspberry. 

As expected I absolutely loved the classic version. Very surprised to find that I enjoyed the Tomato and Strawberry even more. Unusual combination but oh so good. I reckon there are definitely potential cocktail opportunities with this one with a sneaky addition of something alcoholic. Unfortunately the other two varieties were not my cup of Gazpacho at all. I guess I'm more of a traditionalist. Alas Cho! is not widely available as yet but hopefully that will change. The Gazpacho revolution is underway.

Packet mixes are not usually my thing although I do swear by Schwartz Creamy Mild Peppercorn Sauce on my steak and their Grill Mates Mojito Lime Marinade on chicken. As part of the Britmums 'What's for dinner tonight?' challenge I received a couple of packs from the new Schwartz 2 in 1 range to try. The Mediterranean Chicken Pasta with Cheese Crumb Topping was simple to use but I didn't really feel it added much to what I could have easily done myself with standard storecupboard herbs and spices. It was however duly devoured by the troops.

I used the Garlic & Thyme Roast Chicken and Crispy Roast Potatoes mix to spice up a Sunday Roast Chook. Really good. Especially the potatoes. We could not get enough of them. The secret to their crispiness seemed to be semolina and there was also a subtle Rosemary flavour. The chicken was tasty too but I was a bit unsure if the mix should be applied on top of the skin. I went for a half way option and removed the skin from the breast meat. Will definitely be adding this packet to my storecupboard essentials list.

This post is an entry for BritMums ‘What’s for Dinner Tonight?’ sponsored by Schwartz. Find out more about the new 2 in 1 mixes here
I'm a huge fan of Kikkoman soy sauce. So much so that I normally buy the catering size 1.9 litre bottle from Costco. (which I refill the iconic small bottle from) I use it in everything not just Chinese/Japanese dishes. A splash really livens up soups, stews and casseroles and makes a fantastic basis for salad dressings. I hadn't previously come across the less salt version (43% less salt) but should really take a closer look as I know I overdo it with salt. One of my vices. Their Teriyaki marinade is also a staple of mine. Fantastic at this time of year to enhance al fresco steak and chicken. I've got a very exciting one week BBQ challenge coming up in conjunction with John Lewis so watch this space as I'll definitely be utilising some umami flavours.

Disclosure : Thanks to Cho!, Schwartz and Kikkoman for providing the above products. I was not obliged to review positively in return. All views expressed are my own.

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