I love this time of year when we have so much fresh local fresh produce to use. Fresh courgettes (zucchini) and fresh tomatoes. We'll soon be resorting to imports, so I am really enjoying using what we have locally at the moment while I still can! I had seen this recipe on my friend Monique's blog and as soon as I saw it I wanted to cook it, and then when I saw my Degustabox I know that this recipe was perfect for using up some of the ingredients in this months's box!
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!
And with that I will get on with the business of telling you all about the August box! I'll show you the recipe at the end of the post.
WALKERS Shortbreads £2.00
In 1898 our great grandfather, Joseph Walker started out with the mission to bake The World’s Finest Shortbread. To this day we carry forward the tradition of baking the finest Scottish shortbreads, biscuits, cakes and oatcakes, using our founder's original recipes.
Who doesn't love shortbreads? Walkers have always been our favourite brand of store bought shortbreads and we both fought over who was going to eat these. hehe Yum! Yum!
WILLIAMSON TEA - Ginger Grove £4.00
‘Williamson Tea Ginger Grove is an uplifting and warming tea. Fresh teas grown solely on the slopes looking down to Lake Victoria on our Kaimosi farm are carefully selected and then combined with real ginger pieces to create a tea that is revitalising, yet soothing for the body. This tea is pesticide fees and comes direct from our own farms.’
This smells really gorgeous.
RYVITA - £2.88 X 2
Baked with wholegrain rye, Ryvita Crispbread is the perfect crunchy canvas for a delicious and healthy lunch. Here are two of our favourites for you to try: Cracked Black Pepper Crispbread is full of goodness and will keep your taste buds satisfied. Or try Sesame Crispbread which gives a naturally nutty flavour.
I received both flavours and have been enjoying them instead of bread with my lunchtime cheese, tomatoes and cucumbers and with peanutbutter as a night time snack. Scrummy!
1 of ech the Pick Up Dark Chocolate and the Choco Leibniz White @ £3.48
PiCK UP! & Choco Leibniz White PiCK UP! Choco Leibniz White: Delicious creamy white chocolate wrapped around a crisp cocoa biscuit. Choco Leibniz White's flavours work in perfect harmony for a truly luxurious treat. Available to buy from Asda, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Ocado.
Dark Chocolate: Pick UP! Dark Chocolate compromises of two light, crispy butter biscuits sandwiching a heart of deliciously rich, thick dark chocolate. It’s a perfectly indulgent afternoon snack. Available exclusively in selected ASDA stores.
We loved both of these. But we love the Bahlsen products in general anyways! Very Moreish.
LITTLE MIRACLES Organic tea
Organic Tea A beautiful blend of organic tea, juice and ginseng. Sweetened with agave, each blend is less than 90 calories per bottle, with no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners. Non-carbonated and refreshingly light, they are the perfect pick-me-up morning, noon or afternoon.
SCHECKTER'S Organic Energy X 1
Scheckter's OrganicEnergy, a great tasting 100% natural energy drink that is Organic, Fairtrade, Vegetarian, Soil Association and Informed Sport approved.
INGREDIENTS Sparkling filtered water, organic raw cane sugar, organic lemon juice, organic pomegranate juice, organic elderberry juice, organic ginseng, Scheckter’s organicenergy blend (green tea, guarana, green coffee extract)
LIFE TONICS 1 X £1.49
LifeTonics Hydration PLUS – combination of efficacious, natural ingredients, which hydrate and refresh instantly. For people living high performance lives and looking for high performing products, Hydration Plus is just the tonic they’re after. LifeTonics Hydration PLUS delivers fast, effective hydration and ultimate refreshment.
The drinks boast credentials that see others pale in comparison due to a host of value added plus benefits: Coconut water, nature’s super hydrator; low calorie & GI natural fruit extracts – no added refined sugars; a raft of immune boosting vitamins and minerals; finished with powerful botanicals to swing you into well primed balance. Great tasting and gluggable, superior healthy hydration, available in three delicious flavours, Dalandan Orange, Coconut & Mint, Elderberry & Juniper. In addition, the LifeTonics formulations are Isotonic as well as being Low GI. Available in 500ml size, the range provides hydration on the go with only 3gm of natural sugars per 100ml and only 90 calories in the whole bottle.
LifeTonics Hydration PLUS is currently available in selected WHSmith Travel Retail stores nationwide and going into Waitrose and TKMaxx stores from early August this year. More listings are planned throughout the rest of the year.
DR OETKER - Mug Cakes £2.37
NEW! Dr. Oetker Mug Cakes are perfect for creating an indulgent sweet treat or pudding in under 2 minutes. Simply add milk and microwave for 1 minute 10 seconds, then enjoy your tasty Mug Cake. Our Mug Cake range includes Rich Chocolate, Chocolate Chip and Lemon.
Who doesn't love an individual mug cake! Delicious! As you know I love Dr Oetker products.
FRU SNAX - Peach Slices with Vanilla Yogurt Melts
We hope you love Fru Snax. We take simple fruit and yogurt pieces and prepare them with care by freezing them, evaporating the water and locking in the flavour to give you a handy treat for any time of the day - and with less then 50 calories per pack they won't leave you feeling guilty!
These were absolutely flippin' gorgeous! I want more!
DELICIOUS ALCHEMY Oaty Cookie Mix 1 X £1.99
Delicious Alchemy are an award winning company dedicated to creating the very best gluten free food. From cake and bread mixes, to tasty breakfast cereals. The Gluten and Dairy Free Oaty Cookie Mix makes 10 crisp golden cookies, packed with oats and a wonderfully sweet syrupy flavour.
Product of the month
BARILLA £150 and £2.00
Penne Rigate: Made in Italy with carefully selected durum wheat and unmatched passion for eating well, Barilla is Italy's NO.1. Try Barilla Penne Rigate: Inspired by the shape of an old style pen, with angled ends and ridges on the surface, they are praised for their ability to hold the sauce.
Arrabbiata: Barilla's Arrabbiata sauce is a delicious blend of spicy chillies and 100% authentic Italian Tomatoes. With no added preservatives, Barilla pasta sauce is cooked slowly to give a thicker and richer texture, and cling perfectly to yoru favourite Barilla pasta. The lean shape of Penne Rigate is an ideal match.
The Penne Rigate was the product we chose to highlight this month by making a recipe with it.
Mmm . . . I love my pasta and this is good!
Of course I saw this recipe first on Monique's page, as she cooked it. It looked so delicious.
And you know how these things go . . . She got the recipe from Susan's Page.
And Susan got it from Williams Sonoma.
It was good. Very, VERY good.
*Summer Harvest Pasta*Serves 4 as a side dish
Serves 2 as a main
3 TBS olive oil150g of frozen corn, thawed
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 £3.00 discount when registering. Simply use the code: NEHFF
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