Oct 9, 2014

Foodelicious Autumn Box

Filed under: Expressions,life,Home,food related — Tags: , , — Kay @ 1:27 pm

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The email announcing the shipping of yet another Foodelicious box (the 2nd official box) was in fact a gentle reminder that time flies by at the speed of light. It’s been two months already? Oh God, I’m getting old so fast. Bring out the botox!

In case you missed my earlier post; the Foodelicious box is the absolute best culinary (surprise) box the Netherlands has to offer. It’s filled to the brim with high-quality food products and is a sure way into the heart of every foodie. Mine included. Opening it is like having your very own private Christmas-morning food heaven every two months. I love it, and judging by all the tweets with the #fdbox hashtag, so do the rest of the subscribers.

Anyway, this box too was filled with so many beautiful and unique products (think pumpkin pesto), that I just have to share them here. Jaime & Herman really outdid themselves. I’ll highlight each product and maybe it will give you an idea or two.

 

See what I mean? Seriously, who wouldn’t love to dive into all these goodies?
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I’m gonna start with this ah-ma-zing pesto giallo by Biagi. Yellow pesto, that was a first for me. If you too had any traditional thoughts about pesto, open the window and throw ‘em out. This baby’s got pumpkin, chili pepper, carrot, cashew, curry and spices in it and is to-die-for.
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I would’ve been perfectly happy eating pesto giallo by the spoonful, but because that might look somewhat tacky they also added these Regañás by La Chinata. Spanish toasts made with 20% of the best Spanish olive oil. No cardboard toasts here.
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This makes me happy. Home made, hand-chopped and cooked in someone’s normal kitchen, on a normal stove in big ass pans: old-school piccalilli. Love it on top of brown beans with onion, a hearty curly kale mash or French fries with mayonnaise (I’m Dutch, remember?).
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Foodelicious is known for its amazing quality oil and vinegar. But even saying that doesn’t do this vinegar made from 78% fresh raspberries justice. It’s a flavour explosion like no other. No sugar or any other artificial ingredients of course.
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They also threw in a small jar of La Chinata’s soft and nutty olive oil made from Manzanilla olives. Mix some with the raspberry vinegar and you have an instant heavenly dressing.
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How often do you find a tube filled with 9-year-old hazelnut balsamic in a food package? That’s what I thought. I shrieked when I opened this. This, my friends, is what balsamic should taste like all over the world.
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This Spijkerman (I so want to hear you try to pronounce that!) chorizo sausage is 100% Dutch pride. Made from the best pork (Livar) a hint of beef and amazing cayenne. All natural of course.
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No coffee without Cantuccini! A crunchy biscuit from Tuscany with 25% almonds, free-range eggs and great butter.
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Chocolate drops made from 56% cocoa. How’s that for a cup of hot chocolate. Use these in this recipe. It’ll make you happy, I promise.
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Tadaaaaaaaaa. Oh Lord, my son was eying these. Was lucky I even managed to take a few shots.
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And this was gorgeous… and they were gone so fast. J-man had his grubby little hands all over these autumn chocolates ever since the box opened.
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The Lübecker marzipan they use is fantastic. Hands down the best marzipan, ever. I cannot even begin to describe the perfect structure or intense almond flavour that lingers in your mouth.
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If you need me… I’ll be at home. Drinking latte Macchiato and stuffing myself with whatever is left. Probably not a whole lot, but still…

 

Jun 4, 2014

Green Bean & Balsamic Salad

This tasty, gorgeous yet fairly basic green bean salad is a wonderful starter or side-dish for whatever meal you have planned. It’s chockfull of crispy and fresh green beans, juicy tomatoes, lightly sautéed shallots and tangy balsamic with, in my case, white truffle. I topped the salad with some left-over feta and, boy, was that the right thing to do; the saltness of the feta really brought out all the…