@ Eat Your Veg HQ We Say YES! #March
March 25, 2015
First up the Epica Ultra Fast Digital Food Thermometer. A handy bit of pocket size kit for the home or professional cook, the Epica is super-quick (readings in under 5 seconds), super-clear (easy to read on an LCD screen) and exceptionally easy to use. And with a range of -50º to 200ºc it certainly covers most culinary uses! I’ve tried mine out on an assortment of soups, stews and meat joints over the last few weeks. Currently available on Amazon for a mere £14.95 I’d say this was a total bargain and knocks the socks off cheaper versions, of which my previous thermometer was and has been duly binned!.
We love an apron or two around here and The Monsters appear to be building up almost as big a collection as their Mum these days. Asked by Cookery Doodle Doo, who incidentally offer nationwide parent and child cookery classes, if they’d like to adorn their gear they were more than delighted to. Jacques’s very proud of his professional ‘Cheeky Monkey Chef Set‘, though for some reason, only known to Jacques, restricts it’s wear to our Friday night ‘pizza nights’ where he turns into mini pizza chef extraordinaire. Frannie was equally as charmed with her cute as pie pink ‘Vintage Apron Set‘. With easter coming up I reckon these sets would make a great alternative pressie to choccie overload. @cookerydoodledo
I’ve now been lucky enough to receive two Clearspring Organic Foods goodie boxes, each packed to the brim with a fine selection of their range. I can honestly say I’ve been impressed by each and every one of their “authentic, wholesome, easy-to-prepare and great tasting organic Japanese and fine foods”. I can particularly recommend their Quick Cook range of organic grains and pulses, healthy grains on your plate in a mere ten minutes with no need for soaking or lengthy boiling. Do check out my Bejeweled Brown Rice & Quinoa recipe using Clearspring Quick grains and dressed with delicious Omeg-a-Day Flax Oil Blend and Tamari Soya Sauce. The kids were particularly taken with the 100% Fruit Puree pouches and tasty Teriyaki Rice Cakes, both of which I’ve purchased since. @ClearspringFood
I know Quorn‘s not exactly a new product on our shelves but it does appear to be having a huge revival of interest lately, particularly amongst the meat eaters. As more peeps are choosing to ditch the meat for at least one day a week, as Meat Free Mondays can attest to, Quorn is stepping in as a great protein packed replacement. Cheap, easy to cook and tasty too. I’ve only ever bought the frozen mince to cook with (did you see my Quorn, Veggie & Lentil Cottage Pie with Sweet Potato Mash or Veggie Burritos?) but they do offer a huge range of meat substitutes (bacon, bangers, hams etc) and tasty sounding ready meals @QuornFoods
M&S invited The Monsters to sample some of their Taste Buds range for 3 to 8 year olds that was launched back in the Autumn, “twelve scrummy new meals , including exciting smaller versions of Mum and Dad’s favourites such as Sweet & Sour Chicken, and a Melt in the Middle Fish Cake. No added salt or sugar, and many dishes include cleverly hidden vegetables”. They got to munch their way through the Tomato & Basil Chicken Pasta Bake, the Mighty Meaty Pasta Melt (Frannie’s fave) and the Mighty Mac & Cheese Bake (Jacques’s fave, wolfed down at breakneck speed) which I was pleased to see had cauli in too. Pleasingly in fact all three meals had one of their 5-a-day, though me being me I did serve them with extra steamed veggies on the side!. Jacques announced after his sampling: “I love all of them, all three are good….and yummy”. ‘Nuff said.
Have you dared to branch away from peanut butter yet? Nut butters seem to have hit the shops by storm lately and for very good reason. I’ve totally been loving Keen’s Crunchy Almond Butter, most deservedly a Great Taste award 2014 winner. Made with 100% roasted almond goodness and thus naturally sugar and additive free, it’s a damn sight better for you than most peanut butters and has proved a breakie sensation for me on wholemeal toast. You must try. @KeenNutrition
Now to Mash Direct mash and veggie based sides and mains “cooked fresh on our farm” in Northern Ireland, naturally right up the Eat Your Veg street. We were more than happy to sample their range including delicious and dairy free Vegetable Burgers with Spring Cabbage (we can all highly recommend!), Red Cabbage & Beetroot (perfect with a roast or stew and a fab flavour combo I’ve since re-created myself) and another side of Carrot & Parsnip (the first time I’ve EVER achieved parsnip approval from The Monsters, result). The Broccoli with a Cheese Sauce was super-duper-yummy and met with unanimous approval as did the tasty wee Potato Croquettes which were hard to resist. In Jacques words “I love all the vegetables”, believe it or not this is most definitely not something he’s ever said before!. Many products unsurprisingly have Great Taste awards and are now widely available at Asda, Booths, Ocado and Spar, so get out there and get Mashed! @mashdirect
Well that’s it for this month folks, thanks for reading and thanks for all the goodies supplied. As ever we’ve thoroughly enjoyed ourselves trying them all out and if you have a new and exciting foodie related product, food or drink you think we may like at Eat Your Veg HQ then do tweet or email.
See you next month,
Louisa, Frannie & Jacques xxx