Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Foodie Parcels in the Post

It's always nice to receive a parcel in the post but even nicer if its edible (or drinkable). Quick blog up of what foodie goodies Mr Postman has been bringing me over the last few weeks that were worth eating. Bills and junk mail don't taste so good

Peanut Hottie
I couldn't get the kettle boiled quick enough when this arrived. I'm a huge Peanut Butter fan so I was very intrigued to find out how the flavour of peanut butter could even work in a drink. Wouldn't it just stick to the roof of my mouth?! You do need quite a hefty amount of the powder to make a decent sized mug, 4-5 heaped teaspoonfuls. The resulting smell and flavour is amazing, really smooth, velvety and peanutty. Like a liquid Reese's. A great new way to indulge those peanut butter cravings. Awesome for biscuit dunking. I'm completely hooked.

Castello Cheese
My lovely postman Adrian couldn't contain his laughter when I opened the door to him dressed in my giraffe onesie. But it was worth it as the parcel he had for me contained a fantastic selection of Castello cheese. Tickler Devonshire Cheddar, Danish Blue, Creamy Blue, Creamy White, and Pineapple, Papaya & Almonds. Regular readers will know that I'm a huge Cheese lover. I've tried my hand at making it and I even had a Birthday Cake of Cheese. The contents of this parcel made its way to a night in a lighthouse and on to my festive cheeseboard. The big surprise for me was the Pineapple, Papaya and Almond Halo. I fully expected not to like it but I'm a complete convert. Particularly amazing on a digestive.

Le Range Mesurier
I've always got a good selection of condiments in my fridge. They are the perfect bit on the side. My parcel from Le Mesurier contained Cranberry, Claret & Red Onion Chutney, Horseradish Mustard, Pickled Shallots and Saffron & Garlic Mayonnaise. I do love a pickled onion but the shallots in balsamic vinegar took them to another level. Perfect for a posh ploughmans. The saffron and garlic mayo is wonderful on a sandwich and the chutney certainly shows that cranberry's are for life not just for Christmas.

Barny
My kids are always on the lookout for new snacks for playpiece and after school so they were delighted to see Barny on my kitchen table. (Thankfully not the big purple dinosaur) We were supposed to go on a winter adventure to try them but the current inclement weather saw girl opting for a Teddybear's picnic. The bears and the kids loved them although my 11 year old said he would only eat them in secret as they were too babyish. His secret is now out. Individually wrapped, 4 different flavours and no artificial colours or preservatives. Much more palatable than a singing purple T-rex. 
This post is an entry for Britmums 'Winter Little Adventures Challenge' sponsored by Barny, individually wrapped bear-shaped sponges with a hidden filling. Find out more about Barny here.


A #firstwordproblem tweet led to an emergency bottle of garlic rapeseed oil arriving by jiffy bag. I'm a total convert to rapeseed oil for pretty much all culinary uses and I love the versatility of the flavoured versions. I fessed up to the folk at Borderfields that I hadn't tried their's before but I was delighted to see the wee Scottish flag on the bottle. They tell me that garlic is their most popular infused oil and I can see why as I've already used a third of the bottle #sendmore


Kikkoman
I'm a huge fan of Kikkoman soy sauce. So much so that I normally buy the catering size 2 litre bottle from Costco (which I then refill the iconic small bottle from). This parcel arrived just in time for Chinese New Year celebrations.  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. Their Sukiyaki stir fry sauce was a new one on me. At the moment it's only sold through independent shops and oriental supermarkets but will hopefully be more widely available soon.
I used my soy sauce and garlic infused rapeseed oil to make Poppa Wan's (Gok's Dad) Simple Soy Glazed Chicken. Absolutely love this recipe. Beats take out any day. This is exactly the perfect type of dish to substitute garlic infused oil in.

Nothing But & Fru Snax
Boy thought this was astronaut food whilst girl found the idea of freeze dried vegetables even more off putting than the real thing. Very interesting taste and texture. Like crisps but not greasy and a really fresh taste. The veggie bags count as one of your 5 a day and both are low calorie. The beetroot was my favourite from the veg. I'm not a big fan of either peppers or parsnips so probably no surprise that I didn't take to them in their dehydrated form. Boy and Girl both wolfed down the Peach and Vanilla Yoghurt Melts and requested I get more. Unfortunately no national distributor yet but keep an eye out in independents.

McVities
Such a clever package from McVities to promote their new #Sweeet campaign. Loving my personalised biscuit tin and a framed quote from my Baking a rod for my own back blog post. The foodie bairns had the biscuits devoured before I even got a look in. We are all absolutely loving the new adverts. I'm slightly freaked out by the Jaffa Cake monkey but the kittens and the puppies are totally #Sweeet


Disclosure : Thanks to Peanut Hottie, Le Range Mesurier, Castello Cheese, Barny, Borderfields, KikkomanNothing ButFru Snax and McVities for providing the above products. I was not obliged to review positively in return. All views expressed are my own. If you're a brand who'd like to have your product featured here, do get in touch.

4 comments :

  1. Got to love a Teddy bear's picnic. Fab picture. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

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  2. It's great getting those foodie parcels, nice round up.

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  3. Very intrigued by the peanut hottie! Massive peanut butter fan, but does it REALLY work as a drink?!

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    1. It does Laura. I was a skeptic too but it definitely works.

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