Top Five for March
My top five foodie finds.... I meant to start this monthly little blog post in Janurary and well... now its March - HOW DID THAT HAPPEN.
Anyway - Sometimes I try something new when I am out and about and love it. Sometimes a friend introduces me to their favourite food thing and its a great find and Sometimes (when I am really lucky) I am sent something and it is actually something I wish I had found on my own..... So this little update each month is designed to showcase those little treasures I have come across (one way or another) and that I really like, and think that you might too...
This Manukee is a a UMF Honey Drink - I first tasted it at the Taste of Auckland Show and been buying it (wherever I see it) since. Fave flavour is the Pear and Ginger... so far, (although I think that I have tried them all). Ticks so many boxes for me - the UMF honey works as the sweetener. Made in NZ and is that rare 'unicorn' of a sweet treat that has a healthy element to it. Its perfect for kids.
Next up were these delicious morsels.... wait for it ... Delicious, Gluten Free, Vegan, Wild Harvested AND a Social Enterprise... so while they are not NZ made, they tick nearly every box I have when it comes to supporting less fortunate communities .... at around $5 per packet (depending on your store) - trust me when I say they taste AMAZING. This one is in the category of a 'friends find' Tamara introduced me to this great little product.
Okay - so this one was gifted to me by Covet - they sent a very generous range of Almond and Macadamia milks plain and various flavours and they were all good ( I think they are posted somewhere on my Insta account). But this Chocolate Flavoured Macadamia is the one I continue to purchase. The Chocolate flavour is like strong dark high cocoa content chocolate (not the sweet milk chocolate style at all) It leaves you feeling like you have eaten a bar of Dark Chocolate without the guilt!! I have bought the small bottle at the supermarket as a treat disguised as a snack. It has even gone in the school lunch box on Sports day (Its probably a little pricey to put in every day, although I would really like to).
Yoghurt (I nearly chose a cheese for this spot, but the cheese awards kinda had it covered this month - will teach me for being 2 months late getting started!!) This is a fairly new product - Sheep Milk Yoghurt - from Thorvald in Nelson. Two ingredients only, and boy do I love seeing a label that has just the ingredients you expect to see and absolutely NOTHING else. NZ Sheep Milk, Probiotic Culture..... The result is a fabulously thick creamy, greek style yoghurt. Delicious as it is straight out of the tub, or jazzed up and added to something else. I chose this a while back because Sheep Milk actually has more good stuff in it than cows milk .. here comes the we site quote.... "Not only does it have a full, creamy flavour it is also rich in vitamins A, B, and E, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. When compared to cows milk, sheep milk is higher in energy, protein, calcium and iron"
Last one for this round up is Mum's Sauce. For full disclosure - this one was given to me, but partly because I begged Vicky when she came to Auckland, I had already owned 2 bottles prior to this. It is THEEEE dipping sauce of choice in our house, not just dumplings but sushi, corn fritters , spring rolls, summer rolls, pretty much anything that needs to be dipped.... This has been thrown on meats as a last minute marinade and can suddenly take stir fry chicken to a whole new level. The Ingredients reads like a pantry and not like a science lab, no sugar (or sweet substitute)!!
See you next month!!