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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Pork Chops and Stuffing, Degustabox

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My husband is a real "chop" man.  He loves, loves his meat and potatoes and pork chops are one of his favourite meats.   When I saw the contents of March's Degustabox I knew right away what I wanted to do with the Stuffing Mix from Kent' Kitchen that was in the box, and that was to cook the Toddster some Pork Chops and Stuffing, and that is just what I did. More about them a bit later, first I'd like to tell you about the other products I received in this box.  *nom *nom!



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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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 CHEWITS  X 4

For 50 fun-packed years, Chewits has taken the nation on a taste adventure with their fantastic sweets. 50 years later Chewits are still a success story with 8 flavour varieties with much loved favourites such as Fruit Salad and Xtreme Sour Pineapple expanding the product portfolio.

Not only is each sweet bursting with long lasting flavour, but they’re all suitable for vegetarians, free from artificial colours and contain no hydrogenated fats.

Chewits are available in the following flavours:
Strawberry
Blackcurrant
Orange Fruit Salad
Cola Xtreme
Sour Apple Xtreme
Sour Pineapple Xtreme
Sour Tutti Frutti

I received Black Currant and Strawberry.  I can't eat candy, but they came in very handy with our Missionary visits to some of the families we visit which have children.  Very popular with the kids!

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GOOD HEMP Coconut Hemp Drink X 1

Good Hemp is a nutritious dairy free alternative to milk. Made from the natural goodness of hemp seed it is a natural source of Omega 3 and is completely allergen free. Good in every way. Choose from Original, Unsweetened or Coconut.  Available in all major supermarkets or online at www.goodhempfood.com.

Gluten, Dairy, Soya and nut free!

I received the Coconut one and it was delicious.  Try it on your morning oats!  Yum!

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KALLO   X 2

1 X Milk Chocolate Rice Cakes

At Kallo, we believe smooth Belgian chocolate and puffed wholegrain rice is a combination not to be messed with. So we don’t. Keep snacking simple with our delicious Chocolate Rice Cake rounds, and with 78 calories per cake, they are the perfect sweet treat.

I have been a big fan of these for several years now.  They're delicious and a great low fat alternative to a candy bar or a cookie!

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1 X Quinoa & Seeds

We don’t think eating sensibly has to mean saying no to the things you love. We’ve developed these delicious Multigrain cakes with sunflower, sesame and pumpkin seeds perfect for snacking on their own or top with your favourite ingredients for a lovely light lunch.

Moreish.  Very Moreish.

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METCALF'S Skinny Popcorn   Cinema Sweet X 1 70g bag


Metcalfe's skinny is on a mission to create delicious tasting popcorn products.

As the Co-Founder of Pret A Manger and itsu, Julian Metcalfe is obsessed with light and delicious food. Back in 2009 he was fed up of stodgy snacks and wanted create something that was light yet tasty to replace the bog standard crisp.

 Metcalfe's skinny was born and is now one of the most loved popcorn brands in the UK.

The full range comprises of Metcalfe's skinny Popcorn, Popcorn Crisps, Ricecakes, Corncakes and Popcorn Thins.

It was really tasty and it was nice that it now has 67% less sugar, and only 93 calories per each 20g serving.

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PARLE

Monaco Crackers X 1

The light, crispy biscuit sprinkled with salt, is the perfect savoury twist you can add to your ordinary boring moment.  A nice and buttery crisp cracker.

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Hide & Seek Moulded biscuits, Chocolate Chip Cookies

Indulge in the mouth-watering delight of India’s best moulded chocolate chip biscuits.

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PIPERS CRISP CO
Lye Cross Cheddar & Onion X 1

Pipers Crisps endeavours to make Britain’s tastiest potato crisps. Since 2007 they have won 23 Gold Great Taste Awards and have just been voted “Best Snack Brand” by the readers of Fine Food Digest for the fourth year in a row. Pipers are made using locally sourced potatoes that are cooked in pure sunflower oil. They are then seasoned with flavours sourced from passionate regional suppliers who are highlighted on the pack. Pipers have a direct sales team and a fleet of vans that operate from three distribution depots in Lincoln, Epping and Oxford that enables direct delivery over much of the country. Alternatively, they can be sourced from selected wholesale distributers.

Our Cheddar Cheese is supplied by Lye Cross Farm situated at the foot of the Mendip Hills near the village of Cheddar. The Alvis family, farming here for over 400 years, employs traditional methods and skills such as ‘cheddaring’- the practice of turning and stacking the curds until they are mature and full of flavour. Lye Cross Cheddar & Onion is just one of seven Great Taste Award-winning flavours in the Pipers’range. We source all our flavour ingredients from specialist producers who care as much about the quality of their products as we care about ours. We are proud to tell their story on the back of every packet of crisps we sell.

At Pipers we use these flavours, together with the best potatoes, to cook our crisps to perfection. We remove just enough skin and slice the potatoes to the right thickness before batch cooking them, by hand, in 100% pure sunflower oil. We don’t blanch our potatoes; instead we allow the natural sugars to turn the crisps a rich, golden brown during the frying process. Once they’ve reached the right colour and texture, and are still warm, we generously season them with the flavours we’ve sourced from our specialist producers. We then quickly and carefully seal the crisps into bags so you can enjoy that fresh, just-cooked taste straight out of every pack. It takes time and it’s a lot of work, but we think you’ll agree that the delicious taste and texture of our crisps justifies every minute we spend on them.

We loved these.  Crisp and not greasy, with lovely cheese and onion flavour.

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KARYATIS Meze to Go   X 1

Karyatis Meze To Go brings a taste of the Mediterranean to your everyday snacking. A delicious sweet & smokey roasted red peppers and tangy feta dip, perfectly complimented by crunchy rosemary crackers, all packed in an easy-to-carry box. Ideal for a quick treat bursting with succulent Mediterranean flavours, our Karyatis Meze To Go is everything you need for a tasty, easy to eat snack, conveniently packed in a handy little box so you can enjoy it everywhere.

DEEE-licious!

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BRIOCHE PASQUIER Pains Au Chocolate X 1

These NEW Pains au Chocolat à la crème pâtissière is filled with a delicious pastry cream and dark chocolate. They are baked using processes authentic to our original bakery in the West of France. These Pains au chocolat are free from preservatives and hydrogenated fats and artificial colours. Individually wrapped, this product is ideal for breakfast on the go or as a snack. Can be enjoyed warm. Pre-heat your oven to 200 C and warm product for 2-3 minutes.

Available at Sainsbury's.   LOVELY for breakfast with a milky hot drink.

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WEETABIX On the Go Protein Breakfast Drinks X 2

Weetabix On The Go Breakfast Drink with extra Protein delivers a proper breakfast that fits your morning routine because it contains all the energy and fibre of a Weetabix cereal with milk in an ultra-convenient, smooth and tasty drink. Plus its packed with an extra 20g of Protein per serve to keep you feeling full, energised and ready for the day ahead. It also contains 4 vitamins, iron and calcium and absolutely no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners.

We received one each of Blueberry & Blackberry and Strawberry & Raspberry flavours.  Todd thorougly enjoyed both of these!  Really tasty and easy to drink.

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LINDT  White Chocolate Bunny X 1


Discover the delicious Lindt White Chocolate Gold Bunny 100g, made by the Lindt Master Chocolatiers this Easter. Using the highest quality ingredients to create the smoothest chocolate available; you will want to savour every mouthful of this delicious Lindt White Chocolate Gold Bunny.

It's Lindt.   Scrummo!   One of my favourite things in the box.  I am savoring it, little tiny bit by little tiny bit . . .  and a little gold bell  . . .  sigh . . . .

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KENT'S KITCHEN Stuffing X 1


Kent’s Kitchen stuffings are a tasty addition to a roast dinner. Made with all natural ingredients and chunky pieces of fruit, herbs and spices, these easy to make stuffings will complete your meal. Just add water, stir, bake and serve the delicious stuffing for an added taste explosion. Each pot serves four people.

Available in four delicious flavours:  Apple, Sage and Onion, Apricot, Apple and Ginger, Rustic Red Onion, Herb and Horseradish and Cranberry and Orange.

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I received a pot of the Cranberry and Orange and this is the product I chose this month to highlight with a recipe.  I have to say that I really enjoyed the flavour and texture of this stuffing.   It had a nice balance of herb and fruit flavours  . . .

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There were nice bits of cranberry and orange in the mix  . . .  which went really well with the flavours of the pork . . .

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It was very easy to make  . . .  simply put it into a bowl, stir in some boiling water, let it sit for a few minutes and then proceed.   Pork Chops and Stuffing are very tasty, very tasty indeed.  I like the bone in old fashioned rib chops.  The meat next to the bone is always sweeter, or so they say.  I think it's quite succulent myself.

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*Pork Chops and Stuffing*
Serves 4

A simple entree which makes great use of packaged stuffing mix.  Quick and easy to make and quite delicious.  A real family pleaser.  Serve some potatoes and a veg on the side. 

4 bone in rib pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
salt and black pepper to taste
1 package (4 serving size) stuffing mix, prepared as
per package directions.
butter to dot. 

Preheat the oven to 180*C/ 350*F/ gas mark 4.  Line a baking tray with some aluminium foil and butter the foil lightly.  Season the chops all over to taste with some salt and black pepper.  Place them onto the baking tray.  Divide the prepared stuffing mix into four equal portions.  Place this in a mound on top of the meaty part of each chop.  Dot with butter.  Bake in the oven fot 25 to 30 minutes, until the chops are golden brown and their juices run clear.   If you think the stuffing is getting too brown, cover lighty with foil.  Serve hot.


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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

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