I was delighted to receive the June Degustabox for review. I’m not sure of the history and origins of this box but a quick search in Google translate suggests that ‘degusta’ means ‘taste’ in Romanian.
Quite fitting for a box full of exciting products, all of which were either new brands or items I’d never tried before. The downside is that you can’t tailor it to your needs, vegan, gluten free and so on. So there were a couple of unsuitable items for me, but none were meat based so between my vegetarian husband and visitors, I managed to happily give away those items no problem. This left me with more than enough to explore and to get creative with and a lot of items that I will definitely be buying again.
For only £12.99 including delivery, this is fantastic value, I’d be happy to pay that even only for the items I had left. Plus the excitement of unravelling the box is priceless!
One of the top highlights of this box was the Zeo Cloudy Lemonade, it was deliciously citrussy and with minimal sugar it didn’t make my teeth ache like many often do. It was so refreshing and perfect with the barbecue feel to the box along with relish and burger seasoning and of course the amazing Smooze: Coconut & Mango. Have you tried them yet?
They remind me of the little triangular ice pops I used to have as a kid, only more delicious, creamy from coconut and 100% natural, made from blends of coconut milk and fresh fruit juice and purees.
The Amoy coconut milk was wonderful in a curry full of roasted whole spices, fragrant curry leaves and tonnes of veggies.
The Bakedin Mug Brownie Mix is an amazing ‘accidentally vegan’ product. Simply make up with non dairy butter and milk and you’ve got yourself, a single serving, 2 minute treat to snuggle up in bed with.
And the Haywards picked onions were a flavoursome addition to my new tahini sauce, lightened up yet still creamy, dreamy and oh so comforting.
Tahini sauce is not traditionally a low calorie food. Despite being whole food based, full of natural health benefits and utterly delicious, a serving can rack up almost as many calories as the same amount of mayonnaise! Unlike mayonnaise however, there’s a decent amount of protein in tahini sauce, about 2.5g for a 1/4 cup serving along with 130 cals and 10.8g fat.
By using white cannellini beans in my recipe, we’re keeping the protein but slashing the calories by half and fat by two thirds! Plus adding fibre and all the while keeping that delicious roasted sesame favour along with the zing of pickled onions, fragrance of garlic and chives and a touch of sweetness to balance everything out from apple sauce.
Served atop loaded bowls starring delicious, crispy tofu seasoned with middle-eastern flavours from ras-el-hanout and herby green harissa, this will be sure to take you to food heaven. It’s of course perfect for falafels, for salads, any others bowls or rice dishes and for dipping too.
Tahini sauce; makes 1 1/4 cups (serving size 1/4 cup)
- 1/2 drained can cannellini (or other white) beans (3/4 cup/120g)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 4 peppercorns or 1/4 tsp ground
- 1/3 cup pickled onions
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 2 tbsp apple sauce
- 1 tbsp pickled onion vinegar (from the jar)
- A small handful of chives
Tofu; serves 4
- 1 large 400g block firm tofu
- 1 tbsp green harissa
- 1 tbsp ras-el-hanout
- 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
I like to fill my bowls up with steamed rice, potatoes and veg, but a salad base is just as delicious for lighter days.
- Drain and rinse the tofu, pat dry and press if you have time.
- Cut into cubes and get a frying pan like a cast iron or enviro pan on to get really hot. Add the tofu, the harissa, ras-el-hanout and salt and toss to coat all the tofu. The oils in the harissa will help grease the pan and to ‘fry’ to tofu without the need for extra oil.
- Fry until golden, tossing occasionally.
- Meanwhile, blend all the tahini sauce ingredients until really smooth, taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Feel free to add any extra spice if you like.
- Get your base ingredients ready, I like too steam rice, potatoes and veg like courgettes together in the microwave for ease. I simply add the veg for the last few minutes. Or simply fill up bowls with salad leaves and any other salad ingredients you like, tumble on the tofu and smother in the creamy sauce.
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