Do you also get super excited by discovering new ingredients and food products? I have to admit I suffer from the discovering-something-new-addiction, it’s just so much fun. I usually rummage the shelves in supermarkets and in little food shops, but how great would it be to get new fantastic products sent to your home?
I did just experience this a few weeks ago, when the lovely people being the Foodies Larder sent me one of their monthly Food Hampers. It’s basically a box stuffed with the most amazing Spanish products.
Nick and Alejandra select products from the Spanish countryside (think organic markets and artisan producers who are creating high quality produce in sustainable ways) and pack a selection of their best finds into their monthly hampers. I have to say the quality of all the products was remarkable.
In my box I received the following:
- Savory crackers stuffed with goats cheese: perfect to nibble on with a glass of wine. I really liked the texture, which is crispy on the outside and then you’re surprised by a soft goats cheese centre.
- Goats cheese: This cheese comes from the queseria Villuercas, a chesemaker in the Extermadura region of spain. It’s a hard goats cheese with a mild aroma. I shaved some of it over grilled asparagus, which was delicious.
- Palm Honey: This ‘honey’ is made from the sap of palm trees. It’s a traditional produce of the Canary Island of La Gomera. Even though it’s called ‘honey’, it tastes more of mollasses and reminded me slightly of Thai ketjap manis. It’s deep, caramelized flavour works really well in combination with the goats cheese that was in the hamper. Also, the guys from Foodies Larder suggest to eat it with fried aubergines, as you can see here in their lovely video: http://www.thefoodieslarder.co.uk/recipes/vegetarian/crispy-aubergine-slices-with-palm-honey/
- Extra virgin olive oil infused with basil: Need I say anything about this?! Amaaaaazing!
- Chorizo flavoured salt: Now this is pretty genius! It’s like a smoked salt, but pimped with the depth of flavour of Spanish chorizo. The salt is from Biomaris, a producer based near the Portuguese border, specializing in the extraction of sea salt since 1955.
- Oraganic chocolate truffles: These delicious truffles are made by a small family business called Mama Ines. They use organic chocolate and Spanish almonds to make these truffles, and they’re really pretty amazing.
It’s really quite amazing what you can discover in The Foodies Larder boxes, and really exciting to wait for your next box. I actually think this makes for pretty great present too.
So, a big thumbs up to this exciting foodie initiative!