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Monday, 22 February 2016

Degustabox and Homemade Boursin

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I love Boursin Cheese.   It's one of my weaknesses . . .  the richness, the herbs . . . the way it tastes so good spread onto crackers and crispy things . . .  on celery . . .  on a baked potato . . .  in a wrap or on a sandwich.  It just tweaks all my bells.  I recently made my own Boursin type cheese from scratch and I dare you to tell the difference from the real thing.  This is so close that it's amazing . . . and dangerous, because as long as you keep a few things in your house, you will never be without Boursin cheese again.  Luckily I had some tasty Finn Crisp crackers in the house, courtesy of Degustabox!  I received them in my January box and this was the perfect way to indulge in and enjoy them . . .  but first about my January Degustabox!

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 To those not in the know, if you sign up for it, once a month, every month . . . Degustabox will deliver to your home 9 to 14 new, special or innovative food products for you to try in the comfort of your own home via a subscription service. A monthly subscription costs £9.99 and there is a delivery fee of £3, for a total of £12.99, and what you receive can be tailored to the types of things that you like and would use. To me it's a bit like a foodie Christmas every month of the year! I really love them! This is what was in my latest box . . .

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AMOY  Taste of Asia cooking sauces 2 X ££1.79

Amoy's Amoy’s New Taste of Asia range brings delicious cooking sauces in a convenient pouch, allowing you to prepare truly authentic Asian dishes at home. From classics such as Thai Green Curry to dishes like Malaysian Laksa and Thai Massaman Curry, our new range offers a selection to suit every taste. And with each variety made in Thailand, they are truly giving you the ‘real taste of Asia’.    I received the Malaysian Laksa and te Thai Green Curry.   Scrummo!


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CLARKS Carob Fruit Syrup 1 X £2.39

Carob fruit syrup - A naturally sweet low GI syrup that is made by extracting the fruits from the Mediterranean Carob plant. It can be used everyday to sweeten drinks and can be used in baking. It is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and diabetics as part of a controlled diet.

We've been enjoying it on our morning porridge and in hot drinks.

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COLD PRESS Golden Delicious Apple Juice 1 X £1.40

Because, being cold pressed rather than heated and pasteurised, Coldpress juices and smoothies, launched in 2011 in their distinctive hexagonal bottle, retain more of the good things in juice like more taste, more vitamins and more antioxidants than traditional pasteurised juices. Not only that but, because you’ll need to drink considerably less Coldpress juice than conventional pasteurised juices to get your daily quotient of lovely essential nutrients, you’ll need to take on board rather less of a couple of less desirable things too. Namely sugar and calories. So it’s hardly surprising that, for some of the biggest names on our supermarket shelves, the competition really is hotting up.

This is really delicious apple juice.  We loved it.  Using only the best fruits and vegetables, less sugar etc.  I really admire their ethos.

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CONSCIOUS ORGANIC RAW CHOCOLATE 1 x £3

 Conscious Chocolates - heavenly and healthy, we break the myth that chocolate isn’t good for you and are testament to chcolate being delicious, healthy and guilt free – yes, you can have your cake and eat it! We see health as all about loving yourself enough to make sure your eating what will make you sparkle on all levels and to be able to have fun too and with our huge range of delicious, healthy chocolates we make this dream come true.

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CROBAR 1 X £2.25

 Crobar by Gathr is a revolutionary natural energy bar, containing cricket flour, as well as nuts, seeds and fruit. Crobar is gluten- and dairy free, free from added sugar, as well as Paleo friendly.
The two flavours are Cacao as well as Peanut.


Crickets are not only high in protein, they contain high levels of iron and all essential amino acids. Crickets could be the answer to the ever- increasing and enormous protein demands of the future, as they emit 80 x less Co2 than cattle, require 12 x less water and significantly less land. If we continue to eat as much meat as we do now, we will need another planet by 2050, and insects present an alternative protein source with huge health and environmental benefits.

Cacao & Cricket Flour: Who doesn’t love the flavour of chocolate? The first Crobar combines dates, cashews, goji berries, chia seeds and of course cricket flour, in a delicious combination of goodness. High in fiber and filled with antioxidants as well as healthy omega 3 fatty acids, this bar is an instant crowd pleaser, perfect for pre and post workouts.

Peanut & Cricket Flour: Crunchy and delicious pieces of peanuts form the essence of this bar, perfect for anyone who loves nuts. Mixed in are sunflower seeds and of course cricket flour, which are loaded with antioxidants and bone- healthy minerals. This bar is packed with Vitamin E, and great as a snack before or after exercise.

One of DB's Discoveries.  I confess I have not tasted.  I am afraid my mind just cannot get past the gag factor of eating insects.  My disection of a large black cricket in highschool biology kicks in every time.  Sorry folks.

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JORDAN'S Country Crisp, with fruit and nut 1 X £2.59

Jordans Country Crisp Fruit & Nut: Get ready for light and crunchy golden oat clusters with a generous handful of delicious fruit and crunchy nuts. And the best part? They stay crunchy to the last bite. The tastiest choice for fans of Fruit & Nut!

This has always been a favourite of ours.

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SLIM NOODLES ready to wok 1 X £2.49

 Winner: Product of the Year Award 2016 - Best Health Food Product*.
Highly Commended: Healthy Awards 2016 - Best Weight Management Product.
Highly Commended: Free From Food Awards 2013.

Slim Noodles is a Zero Carbohydrate and organic alternative to regular noodles that helps you lose weight. Made from Juroat® flour, a secret blend of Organic Konjac flour and Oat fibre complex, Slim Noodles has a similar consistency to regular noodles. The weight loss secret is in the premium organic Konjac flour, which helps you lose weight by slowing digestion and prolonging the satisfying feeling of fullness. Slim Noodles is low in Calories, Gluten-Free, Fat-Free, Sugar-Free, Wheat-Free and a source of Fibre.

It takes as little as 1 minute to prepare. You simply drain the water, wash the noodles and add to your stir-fry.  Other products include:

The Slim Easy - Home Cooking Range: Slim Pasta Penne, Slim Pasta Fettuccine, Slim Pasta Spaghetti, Slim Rice and Slim Noodles.

The Slim Lunchbox Range: Slim Pasta Arrabbiata, Slim Pasta Mediterranea, Slim Noodles Phad Thai, Slim Noodles Panang Curry, Slim Rice Massaman Curry, Slim Rice Chicken Tikka Masala.

*Winner Health Food Category. Survey of 11,886 people in UK & ROI by TNS

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TSINGTAO 1 X £2

Internationally recognised as the finest beer in China, Tsingtao is an incredibly smooth and easy to drink pilsner. Founded by The Anglo-German Brewery Co. Ltd in 1903 in the seaport of Qingdao in North Eastern China, it is still only ever brewed here using pure Laoshan Mountain spring water. Our master brewers select only the finest malt and hops and blend rice, from the paddy fields of Western China, to mellow the bitter aftertaste, making it one of the most ‘drinkable’ beers around.


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YUSHIO SNAPEA Rice Sticks 1 X £2

Yushoi Snapea rice sticks, from Calbee UK, are a baked snack made using green peas. As a healthier alternative to fried potato crisps they are less than 99 calories per 21g serving, suitable for vegetarians and vegans, nut and dairy free, high in fibre and a good source of protein.

Available in four delicious flavours; Lightly Salted, Smoked Salt & Szechuan Pepper, Sweet Chilli & Lemon and Soy & Balsamic Vinegar, Yushoi Snapea rice sticks are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, nut and dairy free, a source of protein and high in fibre.

With three pack formats; 21g single serve, which are ideal for on the go; 6 x 21g multi-pack that work well for lunchboxes and 105g re-sealable sharing packs to enjoy with friends and family, these tasty rice sticks are available in Tesco, Morrisons, The Cooperative, Whole Foods Market, WH Smith and Selfridges.

I love a nice crunchy snack and if it is low in calories and high in fibre and protein so much the better!

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FINN CRISP orignal  1 X "1.20

Made from 100% rye wholegrain, baked with sourdough, giving them a distinctive tangy flavour. Original Thins reflect all that is good about healthy Nordic food, a quick and easy breakfast or snack on-the-go, delicious with any topping, great for adding crunch and flavour to cooking. Rich in fibre, essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

This was the product I chose this month to highlight with a recipe, and what a recipe it is!

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Homemade Boursin Cheese, which went so well with these delicious crisp breads!

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Rich and creamy it made the perfect contrast!  These are really fab cracker/crisp  breads and are actually something which we buy frequently anyways.  They're healthy and they're delicious.

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Crisp and moreish, even on their own.  We love them.

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*Homemade Boursin Cheese*
Makes 1 1/2 cups

8 ounces of cream cheese, at room temperature (250g)
4 ounces of butter, at room temperature (125g)
1/4 tsp minced garlic
hefty pinch each of dried marjoram, thyme, oregano and basil
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 

Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.  Pack into a container, cover, and chill for several hours prior to using.  Excellent when served with crisp breads, crackers or as a spread for sandwiches and wraps.

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Many thanks to Degustabox for sending me this box. I have to say I really look forward to getting my box each month. There are always lots of things in it to enjoy and new products to try out. I highly recommend. You can also tailor the boxes to your own likes and dislikes by filling in your own Taste Profile. I also have a code which is worth a £6.00 discount off your first box when registering. Simply use the code: BLDEG15

Do check out the Degustabox web page for more information and details.

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