September Degustabox

degustabox septemberAnother box of foodie goodies has arrived through the post from Degustabox and we have been enjoying trying out some new things.  Cirio Borlotti Beans are great in casserole dishes with sausages or pork.  We regularly use them in a spicy chorizo dish and in my cowboy stew. A bowl of Miso Tasty Miso Soup is perfect for lunchtimes when I am on my own.  They are full of goodness and are really low-calorie.  Mrs Crimble’s Fusilli is a gluten free corn fusilli pasta with a mushroom and cream sauce, it’s the perfect size for a lunch for one or a side dish for two.  I’ve been enlivening a rather dull muesli with some of these Chia Bia Whole & Milled Chia Seed Sachets.  They are a really handy size and are good for you being packed with Omega 3 as well as lots of vitamins and minerals.

degustabox snacksLunch boxes this week have been pepped up a little by some new treats.  The Metcalfe’s Popcorn Thins have provided a delicious chocolatey crunch. Get Fruity Bars are a fruit and oat bar that are heavy on the fruit.  Yummy!  Hartley’s No Added Sugar Jelly Pots add some fun to a packed lunch. More of a crunch and a little savoury flavour has come from Say Yes to No Bread Chips, surprisingly tasty and something different.

On the drinks front Cape Drinks have provided some welcome refreshment on the sunny days we have been enjoying.  I particularly enjoyed the Peach & Passionfruit flavour.  They are a sparkling blend of anti-oxidant packed Rooibos Tea and delicious fruit juices. We’ve added a little interest to drinks of water with Teisseire Sirop.  It’s a lovely soft and fruity raspberry taste with a fresh cranberry flavour.

August Degustabox

August Degustabox selectionsLots of lovely treats in this month’s Degustabox. I have been enjoying the latest Nutripots for my lunches while everyone else is out at work or school.  They are the perfect size for me and are very tasty.  I like the fact that they are nutritionally balanced and contain plenty of protein to keep me full for longer.  this time we have been trying the Moroccan Couscous flavour and the Aromatic Thai Noodles variety.  Cooking for the family has taken on an Indian flavour this month with Geeta’s Curry Pastes: packed full of exotic flavours. Mexican food has been up there too as we have been trying Tabasco Sweet & Sticky Barbecue Sauce & Marinade, as well as Capsicana’s Chilli & Honey Mexican Cook Sauce.

snacks and drinks

For breakfast I have been indulging in a trip down memory lane remembering my time in Switzerland working in a hotel.  I had Bircher Muesli every day for breakfast and it’s been nice to try out Dorset Cereals Bircher Muesli, which has been super easy to prepare and very tasty indeed. Snackwise we have had Rakusen’s Snackers which are great served with dips or cream cheese.  Also for those who like olives, Oloves are a good way to eat them on the go as they have no stones and come in a handbag friendly snack pack.There was also Willy Chase’s Fit Corn to try which went down very well with the troops here.

To drink we’ve had Clipper Tea which is a favourite brand of mine, but we have been trying the Lime & Ginger Green Tea which adds a bit of zest to the usual green tea flavours. On the alcoholic front there has been Mahou Cinco Estrellas, which is an international premium lager from Madrid.  I’ve drunk Get More Multivitamins quite a lot over the last few years, so  was pleased to get sent one of their bottles and the chance to try out a new flavour (to me).

Wines From Ardesio DiVino

wine from Ardesio DivinoMy husband brought home a small selection of his favourite wines from Ardesio Divino.  They were very carefully chosen as he had limited luggage space and weight.  So these were the very best of those he sampled over his weekend.

Tenuta Della Fonda Moscato

The Tenuta Della Fonda estate is situated south of the river Po, within the Oltrepo Pavese area, in the Province of Pavia which nestled between Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna.  Their moscato is a sweet wine that isn’t at all sickly or cloying.  In fact, this is a sweet wine for those who usually prefer dry wines as it has a freshness which makes it very refreshing.  Made from muscat grapes harvested by hand in a late harvest, this wine has a straw yellow colour with golden highlights. The fresh, almost appley aroma and sweet taste make it a good aperitif, but it also works well served as a dessert wine.  We served this chilled, but got it out of the fridge a little early to warm slightly.  Highly recommended.

Tenuta Belvedere Bonarda

This red wine comes from Oltrepò Pavese in Lombardy. The Bonarda wine is a vino frizzante meaning it’s a sparkling wine.  It is a red wine and it isn’t as bubbly as champagne, prosecco or cava. It’s best served a little chilled without being totally cold I think.  With a clear fruity taste this is a great wine for a summer lunch to drink on its own as it’s quite a light taste.

Calatroni Antonio Buttafuoco

From a small family producer, there’s no website to link to and I haven’t been able to find the wine for sale in the UK, which is a real shame as it was delicious. It’s a ruby-red wine with excellent structure and depth.  There are lots of fruity notes and this wine really slips down. 


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