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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Granola, Chocolate, Sauce, Nibbles and Chips on my Kitchen Table in October

It's time for another monthly round up of products that I've been sent to review, it's always interesting to try something different or revisit an old friend, I hope you will find it useful to read my comments too.

I've loved Jordans Original Crunchy since it was first launched in the 1970s, It was always a real treat and not something we could afford to eat every day.  Jordan's now have a whole range of cereals and they have just launched Jordans Simply Granola, a simple blend of crunchy baked oats with a hint of honey.  Simply Granola contains no artificial additives or flavouring and its oats are source from Nature Friendly Farmesr where Jordans' cereal farmers devote at least 10% of their fields to supporting wildlife.

Simply Granola Apple and Yogurt Layers
(serves 3)
3 cooking apples, peeled and chopped.
1 tsp sugar
250g Natural Set Yogurt
6 tbsp Jordans Simply Granola

1. Cook the apples with the sugar and a little water until they have cooked down, leave to cool.
2. Once the apples have cooled, layer the cooked apples, natural yogurt and granola in 3 glasses, ending with a sprinkle of granola.

We ate this as dessert but, as it isn't too sweet, it would also be nice for breakfast.

Well, Halloween is upon us and that means that, if you haven't started already, then you are probably going to be starting to think about Christmas.  Ferrero Rocher have come up with some fun novelty versions of their famous chocolates as well as the usual boxes.  I think the Grand Ferrero Rocher is a genius idea and a great gift for a fan of the crunchy, chocolate and nut confectionery.

The star shaped box also contains Ferrero Rocher chocs and has a ribbon so you can hang it on your Christmas Tree.  You may prefer to give a box of chocolates and Ferrero's Golden Gallery is a lovely selection of individually wrapped chocolates.  If you are a fan of coconut then you will love Rafaello by Ferrero
Proper Tomato Sauce was one of the products in my goodie bag from the BBC Good Food Show Scotland.  It's made by the Great British Sauce Co   who describe it as  delicately seasoned and blended with carefully selected ingredients. Bursting with fresh tomato flavour.

Most of us are familiar with Heinz Tomato Ketchup, this sauce is less astringent and has a sweeter and milder flavour, like a tomato sauce you would make yourself at home.  We enjoyed it and I think it would be good to include in recipes.

Mini Nibs are cheese straws created in North Yorkshire from quality ingredients, winners of Great Taste Award in 2013 and of 'deliciouslyorkshire' awards 2013-14.

Mini Nibs are crunchy cheesey biscuits for nibbling and then there is their risque cousin the Mini Nibs jumbo peanut.  These snacks are created in North Yorkshire from quality ingredients, Nib Nibs were winners of a Great Taste Award in 2013 and of 'deliciouslyorkshire' awards 2013-14.   The mini Nibs come in different flavours, I found the plain cheese mini nibs a bit of a non-event, but absolutely loved the Exceptional Cheddar and Spicy Chilli Straws, the Cheddar and Cheeky Onion Straws were also good.  I think a few tubs of these should be in everyone's cupboard for the coming festive season, or maybe even before that.  Oh yes, and the peanuts, nice chunky, roasted jumbo peanuts covered with salt and pepper, very tasty indeed.

There are stockists all over the UK

Everyone loves chips and I am no exception, however I am no fan of deep frying so McCain's Home Chips, which are baked in the oven, are my 'go to' chip every time.  McCains make a wide range of frozen potato products, potato wedges comes with a variety of flavours and are fun to eat with dips or as an accompaniment to many different dishes.  I like to eat wedges wtih pizza.

I've waxed lyrical about frozen baked potatoes before, they really do have a baked flavour even though you are cooking them in the microwave, McCain's Ready Baked Jackets ready in a few minutes making it easy to have a healthy filler. McCain's Roast Potatoes will always be crispy on the outside and fluffy inside and so convenient. Kids love Potato Waffles, Smiles and Mini Jackets.

Thanks to all of the companies who provided me with samples to review.  I was not paid for these reviews and all opinions are my own. 

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At 30 October 2014 at 12:38 , Blogger Catherine said...

Looks like a healthy and tasty granola treat. Catherine

At 2 November 2014 at 06:55 , Blogger Choclette said...

I think that must be one of the prettiest looking breakfasts I've seen Janice - very stylish and delicious too. The tomato sauce looks interesting. A Cornish one has recently been launched so I must try and get my hands on a bottle.


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