Jul 3, 2014

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Oh yes, those are white chocolate truffles filled with the best champagne infused ganache I’ve ever tasted. Talk about a little bite of heaven.

 

The story:

You’ve probably seen me use Foodelicious products throughout my blog, right? Well, Foodelicious are Herman & Jaime Specker, and they’re pretty much an institute in the Netherlands.

 

Who are they?

They’re the owners of my favourite Dutch store (and webstore) for anything oil, vinegar, mustard, chocolate, spice, and truffle related. But also for trendy dishes and cutlery.  It’s there that I discovered falksalt, it’s their red chili oil I use on top of my French bread, and their mango vinegar that I refuse to live without. It’s also one of the few places I can buy cans of the best Pomodori tomatoes. You probably get it; I love ‘em.

 

For at least a year, maybe even more, I nagged and nagged Herman to start a culinary box. Finally he caved. He always listens to the women around him, the guy just takes his sweet time doing that, I tell you. We gotta work on that.

A culinary box is a fun concept. The Dutch answer to ‘What’s hot, new, and happening in foodland?’, if you will. You subscribe (€34,95 per box for a subscription – €39,95 for a stand-alone box) and once every two months you get a mystery box filled with goodies that each have the wow-factor.

In this box their new culinary finds, items that haven’t even made his store yet, will be mixed with some of the top items in their store, like the mango vinegar.

I couldn’t attend the launch on July the 1st over at ‘Antichic‘ in Rotterdam—a bubbly and energetic restaurant. If you ever happen to visit R’dam, make sure to go here; it will be the highlight of your trip: amazing food, wonderful staff and a great ambiance. This restaurant uses Foodelicious products in its kitchen as well. The box also comes with matching recipes, making it darn easy to turn those delicious goodies into tantalising meals.

This first box—the limited edition box zero—was made of pure awesome. I wasn’t at the launch so be glad you don’t have to suffer through all the photos of the amazing food that was served there, like I had to, but in stead… let me show you what I found in my box.

 

I can get as excited as a hand-flapping toddler during Christmas morning over boxes like these. It borders on pathetic if you’re 40, really.

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As soon as I opened the box, I spotted this big bag of soft Amaretti Morbidi biscuits! I must confess that I’m not a big fan of almond, but the guys loved them!

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Papardelle le Pettegola, pasta di Gragnano. Amazing quality bronze-drawn wide ribbon pasta.

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Another favorite box item was the salsa tartufata; an Italian (Acqua Langhe) tapenade made from mushrooms, extra virgin olive oil, truffle and olives. Highly addictive when combined with pasta.

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There was also a recipe in the box for one of Antichic’s signature dishes; truffle papardelle by Chef Ron.

 

Ketchup! Oh yes, I can see you frown. This is ketchup all right. Probably the freshest, most intense tomato-flavored ketchup you’ll ever find. The color messes with your head a bit because this ketchup isn’t red but transparent. It’s made from filtered, crystal clear tomato juice coming from ‘Tazed tomatoes’ mixed with an amazing spice blend. All natural.

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My love: mango vinegar made from 78% fresh mangos. I use this on pretty much anything and then some. I even built my chicken salad sandwich around this vinegar.

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This was also new culinary find for me: DCAN zilt. It’s a blend of tomato, cucumber, red bell pepper, vinegar, spices and herbs with purified seawater. Never tasted anything like it.

If you like a good ole Bloody Mary, this one’s for you. But you can easily turn this drink into a quick gazpacho or even pasta sauce.

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The guys and gals over at Antichic turned the DCAN into a cocktail with ice cubes made from melon and a splash of sake. How’s that for bubbly and energetic!

 

Another item I was really glad to find in my box: elderflower cordial…

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You see, the elderflower cordial, along with this Fentimans ginger ale, ice cubes, some lime juice and mint made for an amazing Virgin Mojito!

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What can I say? I don’t drink alcohol during week days. I’m beige, remember?

 

Which brings me back to the champagne truffles. Sadly, the three bouchée au truffe (extra large bonbons made from the best Belgium grand cru chocolate, filled with almond-praline and pieces of truffle from Umbria, Italy) hidden underneath the Champagne truffles were gone before I even got to make a photo. You can blame my husband for that.

It’s totally his fault.

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I’m the one who ate almost all the Champagne truffles. It’s true.

 

Big shout out and thanks to Herman and Jaime for making this possible! You guys created something to be so proud of! I think we’re all incredibly proud of you. Can’t wait for the next box to arrive.

For those of you interested in trying a box: you can find more information on it right here!

Oh, and for the record, I’m in no way being paid for this blog. Heck, I was their very first box subscriber (yes, it must be said!). I just love those guys, but I love their products even more.