Last month's To Market, To Market was such a success that I was so excited to bring you September's To Market To Market. Yes thanks to these generous brands, some lucky Not Quite Nigella readers will get the chance to try these items too! Read on for more details...
When I went along to the Fine Foods show in Sydney recently I popped in on the Beerenberg stand where they had an amazing display of jams being made and their new range of products that are now available in supermarkets. There is also a Huey's range with 4 products: Huey's Hamburger Relish, Huey's No. 1 Asian Plum suace, Huey's Asian dressing and Huey's Teriyaki Grill sauce. I asked Anthony Paech who runs Beerenberg with the rest of his family how a chef devises recipes for a brand and essentially Huey gave Beerenberg the recipe for the sauces and they worked out how to make it in a commercial setting!
Thanks to Beerenberg one Not Quite Nigella reader will win all of the products in Huey's Beerenberg range.
Vogels have a new range of Beyond Muesli - there's the Blue Pack which has Blueberry, Blackberry and Acai and the red pack which has Goji, Strawberry and Pomegranate with both packing a lot of goodness and antioxidants into the pack. The muesli itself tastes quite indulgent in that it has clusters (always my favourite bit) and yes I may have picked out quite a few of the good bits. I was relieved to see that there was plenty of "blue" i.e. the good parts. I dislike muesli that is sparing with the extra bits but every time I emptied the pack into a bowl, lots of blueberries and fruit would rain down. And somehow it's also healthy for us.
Thanks to Vogels, three Not Quite Nigella readers will receive 1 pack of the Blueberry, Blackberry and Acai Beyond Muesli and 1 pack of the Goji, Strawberry and Pomegranate Beyond Muesli.
For the longest time I was searching for Pearl or Israeli couscous. Larger than regular couscous, it can be used like orzo/risoni and takes 10 minutes to cook. The part that I liked was that because regular couscous is 1mm in diameter and this is 3mm in diameter it allows for more absorption of flavours which is great as far as rich, rich sauces go and it does so while staying al dente. Blu's Pearl Couscous has launched into Coles stores nationwide with the face of Blu Gabriel Gate whose recipes feature on the back of each pack.
Thanks to Blu Couscous one Not Quite Nigella reader will receive three packs of Blu Pearl Couscous.
Carnation Soy is a cooking soy that I got to try recently. It allows you to cook soy milk at high temperatures without it separating and it has a creamy texture much like evaporated milk. I also got to judge a contest where magazines cooked with the product and it was interesting to see the results of this. I did find that with some recipes, the soy taste really showed up more and I found that savoury recipes, particularly pastas and items with stronger flavours masked it really well.
Thanks to Carnation Soy five Not Quite Nigella readers will receive packs of Carnation Soy.
To be honest I had always been taught to buy Italian tomatoes so when I was sent these Ardmona ones I didn't use them for quite a while but when I wanted to make an Italian style stew I popped one open. It was much richer and thicker (well of course as the name suggests) than regular tinned tomatoes and made for a much more flavoursome base I thought because of this thickness. And who else remembers the ads for them with Rose Hancock Porteous with "Rich and Thick" as the tagline? They come in different flavours from Bolognese, Arrabiata, Napoletana, Spicy Italian and Wine Infused.
Thanks to Ardmona, one Not Quite Nigella reader will receive a pack of Ardmona Rich & Thick tinned tomatoes.
**Krispy Kreme & Jelly Belly
How do you make Krispy Kreme donuts better? Super breeding of course! Krispy Kreme's new Fruitylicious Donuts breed an Iced Krispy Kreme ring donut with Jelly Belly jelly beans. They come in 3 flavours: Strawberry cheesecake, Lime Splice and Crushed Pineapple (my favourite). Personally I prefer to pick the jelly beans off the top and then eat the donut but you do what you want. I won't judge ;) .
Thanks to Krispy Kreme, one Not Quite Nigella reader will receive a box of Krispy Kreme Fruitylicious donuts (only available in areas where Krispy Kreme is available).
KFC and NQN aren't really terms that you'll typically see together in one sentence but two words peaked my interest: Golden Gaytime. If you grew up in Australia, you'll know that a Golden Gaytime means merely an ice cream, not something that might happen in the privacy of the bedroom between 2 or more consenting adults (I just mean a happy party, get your minds out of the gutter! ;) ) . So KFC's new product is a Krusher which crushes icey milk, Golden Gaytime syrup and broken up bits of Golden gaytime. I tried two other fruit Krushers (Mango Berry and Berry Yogurt Smoothie Krusher) but sadly they were way too sweet but watery for me but the Golden Gaytime one was filled with lots of Golden Gaytime chunky bits all sucked up through a fat bubble tea straw. It was a bit more watery than what I'd make but the Golden Gaytime bits (always my favourite part of the ice cream) help enormously.
Thanks to KFC, ten Not Quite Nigella reader will receive a voucher for the KFC Krusher of their choice (voucher can be redeeemed at participating stores that stock Krushers-not available in W.A. and N.T.).
So how do you win? Just leave a comment at the end of the story telling me which product youd like to try and why. Im very sorry overseas lovelies but these can only be posted within Australia. I shall select winners on the 4th of October.
Love and happy sampling!