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Foodie: Discovery Foods

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 05-05-2013

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I love Mexican food and have good memories of family meals out at restaurants. Its something I rarely cook at home anymore though, so I jumped at the chance to test out some of the Discovery Foods range. We were sent over a selection of goodies and asked to write about what we ate and how we cooked it. For me Mexican food is all about Fajitas. We were sent “The Perfect Fajita Kit” by Discovery which we adapted for the whole family. Hubby and I had proper fajitas, whilst Little Man had a more toddler friendly version.

Mummy & Daddy’s Fajitas

Olive oil
2 Chicken Breasts cut into strips
1 Grated Carrot
1 Gem Lettuce Shredded
1 Discovery Foods “Perfect Fajita Kit”
1 Tub Discovery Foods Sour Cream

Coat the chicken strips in oil and seasoning mix from the fajita kit. Heat a dry frying pan and then cook chicken for 3-4 minutes. Warm tortillas from fajita kit in microwave for approximately 30 seconds. Make up your fajitas – I had lettuce, carrot, chicken and sour cream, whilst Daddy omitted the sour cream in his.

Little Man’s Fajitas

Warmed Tortilla
Gem Lettuce
Fish Fingers

Cook fish fingers according to instructions on packet. Fill tortilla with fish fingers and lettuce. Serve.

Okay so Little Man’s Fajita’s were ultimately a slightly posh fish finger sandwich, but he enjoyed it all the same. Daddy and I really enjoyed our spicier fajitas. The sour cream was a great addition, cooling things down a little. We usually drink cooling cocktails with our Mexican meals when we go out, but that wasn’t really appropriate with Little Man watching!

I think the Sour Cream is the most adaptable product in this pack. Once opened it needs to be used within a week, so I’m thinking of using it as an extra topping on a cheese jacket potato, or there’s a good chance I’ll be whipping up some quick and easy nachos later using tortilla chips, melted cheese and a good dollop of sour cream. A handy dip as well if you’re having a barbecue during this finally warm weather. Enjoy, and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Product Review: My Secret Kitchen

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Reviews | Posted on 20-09-2012

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If you are searching for a flexible job that fits around your family life, and you are passionate about food and cooking, you might just be the kind of person that My Secret Kitchen is looking for. Working for My Secret Kitchen allows you to host Tastings in your own home. Invite family and friends round to indulge in good food and good company, and watch as the range of My Secret Kitchen foods practically sell themselves. The range is only available via My Secret Kitchen consultants and from the website, so you know the products are more exclusive than those you find in your local supermarket.

The team at My Secret Kitchen sent me a selection of their products to test out, and I am hugely impressed.

Oak Smoked Rapeseed Oil
The Rape for this oil is grown, harvested and cold pressed on the same farm in Sussex, so this is a very exciting local product. Rapeseed oil is one of the most healthy oils for your heart so is a great addition to any kitchen. Recommended by My Secret Kitchen to use in sauces, dressings and as a simple bread dipper its also really versatile. I used this oil last weekend by brushing it over the skin of a chicken I was roasting. I usually use butter or olive oil but this gave a great smoky taste to the chicken and the smell was mouthwatering.

Secret Firecracker Chilli Spices
This product is not for the fainthearted! 1/4 of a teaspoon of this will give you the same heat as one small red chilli, but at the same time it will give you the added flavour of cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic and Mexican oregano. This is going to be a great addition to homemade chilli con carne. The spice contains the “holy trinity” of Mexican chillies – ancho, pasilla and guajillo – giving it an unmistakably hot and fruity chilli flavour. Recipe suggestions for this include Chilli Lemon Chicken, Spicy Salsa, and Spicy Buffalo Sauce.

Maple Caramel Sauce
Just the name of this product should have you licking your lips. Liquid caramel mixed with a hint of warm maple syrup this sauce is divine. It tastes amazing on pancakes especially with bananas, and  makes plain vanilla ice cream heavenly just by being drizzled over it. It would also make a great topping to a sundae. In fact I think this sauce would be delicious on most desserts. Or you could just dig in and eat it by the spoonful, straight from the jar.

Secret Vanilla Pudding Spices
This spice combines vanilla with cinnamon, ground coriander seed and ginger making it a delightful sweet and spicy addition to cupboard. The secret ingredient is roasted cassia. This spice is delicious dusted on top of hot chocolates, but I think it would also be tasty on french toast or freshly made doughnuts. Mixed in to warm sponge puddings, added in to apple pies, or sprinkled over popcorn this spice will add a warming sweet flavour to a host of desserts, cakes and sweet treats. This spice should be a store cupboard staple for any keen baker.

If that’s got your taste buds twitching get over to the My Secret Kitchen website now. Not only can you buy these items – and a great range of other products – direct, you can sign up to host your own tasting session and become a consultant for them. With a range of perks and bonuses available to you and your customers, its a great opportunity for those foodies out there.