Degustabox time is upon us! With the Bank Holiday coming up and hopefully some sunshine on it’s way this is a perfect box to pull out for a BBQ afternoon. Full of goodies from top to bottom and one of the most exciting times of my foodie month.
This month we have received:
- 1 box of Fuel10K Protibrick
- 1 bottle Sarsons Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 box Daelmans Stroopwafels
- 1 box 9 Bar Fruity
- 1 pack Slim Pasta
- 2 packets of Maggi Noodles
- 1 pack Schwartz Marinade in a Bag
- 1 bottle Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce
- 1 bottle Fentimans Ginger Beer
- 1 carton Green Coco
I couldn’t wait to open the box this month as when I was told it had a slight BBQ theme I was buzzing. I am really hoping that the Bank Holiday weekend is sunny as I’m desperate to get outside in the sunshine as I’ve been inside too long this year. Always feel better when we get out in the sun – and even better when it’s with the added benefit of fantastic food.
First opened to try immediately were the Daelman’s Stroopwafels. My mum always used to buy a pack of Caramel Wafels in our local Lidl whenever she went shopping as a treat when she got home and now we have the authentic Dutch ones from the Daelmans family bakery. Just pop one out of the pack and place on top of your steaming coffee/tea and then wait for the gooey caramel to melt in the middle. When you eat them after doing this, they are warm, luscious and melt in the mouth. If you fancy something a bit different for a dessert then just gently warm one in your oven and then dollop a thick, creamy scoop of homemade tutti frutti ice cream on them with a drizzle of sweet agave or honey over the top. Heavenly.
If you’re watching your weight, the next item out of the box is just for you. Slim Pasta. I’m in two minds with these types of items though even though at one point I was a huge advocate for them. I substituted a lot of pasta for konjac noodles last year and although they were filling they weren’t really close enough a pasta substitute for me to thoroughly enjoy. You can’t make them soft enough to eat like pasta and they don’t soak up enough sauce. The majority of them although very, very low in calories don’t do it for me in the way that a nice 75g of pasta would. I did eat them though when I had very few calories left at the end of the day and was still hungry, stir fried with a blue dragon sauce. However, they are good if you follow the 5:2 diet as on your 500 calorie days you can have a huge bowl of them with sauce and vegetables for next to no calories at all. If only they could make them a little more like proper pasta then I’d be buying them constantly.
9Bar have always been a favourite but the calories per bar can put me off slightly for a regular thing. Around 230 calories per bar they are high but wholesome being crammed full of really healthy seeds and dried fruit. Topped with quite a thick layer of carob technically they should be guilt free but if you’re on a calorie controlled diet you might have to break the bar in half and have it over a couple of days.
Green Coco is coconut juice plain and simple, but this version includes banana which give it an edge over regular juices. When we used to holiday in Zante one of my favourite drinks was Malibu and banana juice and this tastes like a watered down version without the alcohol. Made from young coconuts especially for the young ones in your life. 100% goodness in a carton. Can’t see schools removing these from lunch boxes as they’re so good for you so stock up!
Parsons Balsamic Vinegar. Parsons has been used in our family for years. My nan always had a 5ltr bottle of Sarsons vinegar in her house at any one time for chips and salads. White vinegar too for her pickling (Christmases were always fun with the various amounts of things she had attempted to pickle) she was quite simply vinegar crazy. Now they have a Balsamic vinegar to add to their selection. Wow. This is going to be amazing with our home grown strawberries or splashed over steaming piles of broccoli. Yum.
A new thing from Maggi which when I pulled it out of the box resulted in a huge “Oooooh” because I love noodles. I’ll eat noodles instead of anything else given the choice so this is a going to be a clear favourite. Packet contains the noodles and a seasoning sachet of herbs and spices to make 3 stir fry dishes. Oriental 3 Spice Chicken Noodle spiked my interest straight away as noodles to me generally mean Chinese food, so to be able to create our own takeaway dish with the expertise of Maggi, their product innovations and Andy’s flair in the kitchen fills me with delight.
If you like a good protein rich breakfast but don’t want to get the eggs out or fill yourself up with protein bars then get your hands on the latest product from Fuel 10K. Protibrick is the first ever protein boosted wheat biscuit. The idea of having a protein rich breakfast is to keep you feeling fuller for longer so basically you don’t cave in at 11am for a cake and a coffee to keep you going until your frittata or salad at lunch. A lot like Weetabix so easily switched over if your kids already eat them although they have square edges rather than round edges, once the milk and sugar substitute or fruit is piled on top they’d never know (plus their getting much more protein to keep them going). Healthy, healthy, healthy.
The Fentimans Ginger Beer was grabbed straight out of the box by Andy while I was messing around with the other goodies. I’m not a ginger beer fan as my Dad used to drink Canada Dry for years and trying that always used to burn my throat so I’ve avoided it ever since but Andy seems to like it. You could smell the ginger as soon as he opened the bottle. It’s full bodied, strong and fiery and palate cleansing (or so Andy says). £2.80 a little it’s a little expensive for me to want to buy him again but gluten free so it outweighs the price for the health aspect.
Finally onto the BBQ pieces of the box.
Schwartz Marinade in a bag. Bit like Maggi’s but with lots more marinade. Perfect with fish, chicken or vegetables. Just pop in the bag and roast in it for 30 minutes. We have the Honey and Soy which will be used over the weekend with our chicken and lots of lovely vegetables! Can’t wait to try asparagus out of the bag covered in this lovely stuff. £2.19 a bag but if it takes an ordinary chicken and veg into something special, splash out!
Now for the biggie: Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce. Not just for ribs, hot dogs and burgers but good for marinating, dipping or just adding in as a cooking ingredient. We tend to marinade everything in sauce like this and then cook it down to a nice thick warm sauce. Try it with chicken it’s sensational. It’s a lot sweeter than the BBQUE sauce we had a couple of months ago but really tangy. This will be the one thing that will get used the most over the Bank Holiday weekend should be have a BBQ as I love it smothered over chips (yes I can have a naughty food weekend once in a while) and a dip for my vegetables. What I’ve also done with BBQ sauce is added it to gravy or add a spoonful to a hot cup of Oxo when I’ve felt unwell – it’s like a big BBQ beefy hug in a cup.
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