It’s been a funny old week. Week two of school and kindy routines and we’ve settled back into the groove of things. My cold seems to still be hanging around despite Vitamin C, Zinc, good eating, water and other measures. I guess the one thing I haven’t really indulged in is early nights and maybe that’s the missing ingredient?
If you read my blog at all this week you will know that yesterday was a big day for me emotionally and to be honest… even though we’ve moved forward and given our apologies for what went down, I still feel kind of shattered.
Today I took some time out with a friend and went to visit The Food Show. It was a bit of a mad dash and we only stayed a little over two hours but it was just the respite from my routine that I needed. I caught up with brands and business owners that I’ve worked with and met before and also discovered some wonderful new products that I am super excited to have stumbled upon.
I’d love to introduce them to you now and if you are heading the Food Show yourself this weekend, then you truly must pay them a visit. Or if you don’t live in the City of Sails, visit their respective websites which are always almost as good as the real thing these days!
My Favourites on Fridays – The Food Show Edition:
I remember last year that West Coast Cocoa were a stand out for me in terms of branding and I was excited to see them again this year. They have added two incredible new Hot Chocolate flavours into their range – Caramel and Dark Deluxe. Both are amaaaaahhhhzzzzzinnnnng!! And their packaging remains beautiful and to die for. Perfect gift material!
The Baron is all about creating exceptional edibles – delicious gastronomic delights, crafted by hand the old-fashioned way.
All of The Baron’s brittles are gluten-free and contain no artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives. The nuts in The Baron’s brittles are dry-roasted to perfection and the brittle is made in small batches to ensure the highest of quality.
To say thanks to my Dad for looking after Beau today, I grabbed him a slab of Salted Caramel Fudge & The Beer Nuts which I tried samples of and both were delicious!
A couple of weeks back in my Foodbox, I received a packet of L’Authentique Toulouse Sausages and while not usually a big sausage fan, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavour, the texture and the good quality of these sausages. Their pate is also to die for, and seeing them today was a wonderful opportunity to pass on my congratulations on a product that we love and also a chance to stock up on and try some new flavours.
Tom and Luke boasted the coolest branding I saw at the show and it drew me in immediately. All my recent experimentation into raw treats definitely gave me a great appreciation for their product range and what they are offering to their customers. And Tom was a delight to speak with.
As a personal trainer, Tom was frustrated with seeing people fill up on sugary, highly processed and chebmically charged snacks with minimal nutritional value. As a chef, Luke agreed healthy snacks can be made to taste great without the need for artificial additives, flavours or preservatives. Together they have created a range of natural protein bars for the discerning customer. Using a mix of organic and non-organic ingredients, New Zealand Whey Protein Concentrate or European Golden Pea Protein Isolate, Tom & Luke bars are the high fibre, high protein, high fat snacks of the future!
Bonnie Goods are offering a yummy little product in the cutest packaging. I’ve been eating my fair share of Oatcakes recently from a couple of other brands, but this one was new to me. Their oatcake recipes are wheat free but as they contain oats they’re not gluten free – all oats contain gluten in the form of avenin. Avenin is slightly different from other gluten proteins and only 1 in 5 coeliacs react from this protein. I sampled the Canterbury Linseed which was phenomenal and the Smoked Paprika was also delicious. I’ll definitely be serving some of these at my next gathering!
I remember visiting the Urban Hippie stall last year because they were recipients of the prestigious Cuisine Artisan Award for their Miso Soup which is fantastic. This year I was excited by this new product called Umami Salt (Shio-Koji) – a live food that is rich in enzymes and brings out the UMAMI in foods. Umami is the fifth primary taste after sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. This product can be used in place of salt in any dish or as an ingredient in sauces. The saltiness is mild and sweet. Using Umami Salt (Shio-Koji) instead of regular salt can lower the overall salt content in your food as small amounts impart a rich savory flavor and makes any dish delicious. Apparently it’s excellent to use when marinating fish or meat. I can’t wait to get experimenting with my jar of Umami Salt.
Since I recently finished my jar of Heilala Coconut Oil I stopped by their stand to meet the faces behind the business and to grab some more of this amazing product. It was wonderful to put faces to ‘instagram comments’ and to chat with the people behind products I adore and genuinely love to use. If you’ve yet to try any of the products from this amazing brand, I highly recommend you hurry!
PS: Little Island also have a couple of new flavours of their Coconut Cream Icecream coming out and I sampled the Strawberry Chocolate one today which was an incredible take on JellyTip! OMG YES!!
PPS: Green Meadows Beef are still my favourite meat suppliers and I stocked up of course!
That wraps up another week of this year, flying by in a blur!
Hope you have a nice weekend planned. I just want to sleeeeeeep! See you next week x
* These opinions are purely my own, I have not been compensated in any way for promoting these brands and products.