What's New in the Kitchen #5

In July, Pebble Soup was sent some fabulous products so this month's round up is a bit of a treat.
Devilishly Delicious- We all love a kitchen cheat, mostly because it saves time. But a cheat is a cheat and an honest one is hard to come by.

Devilishly Delicious reads "Simply heat, chill and serve" well almost, you have to open and pour first. The whole process takes 5 minutes max. when any of these desserts would take at least 3/4h to make from scratch. The end result: "a restaurant quality desserts", Devilishly Delicious indeed.

If you fancy a Panna Cotta, a Sicilian Lemon Mousse, really sharp but sweet too, a Creme Brulee or a Chocolate Mousse with 70% cocoa. Go for this brand. Ah and they also make coulis.
Thumbs and toes up. Love it, love it, love it. RRP: £1.99 for large pack (300ml)

"Nice and Nobbly" Granolas- Gluten-free granolas by Nature's Path come in two flavours: Pumpkin Seeds, Almonds and Raisins with a dash of cinnamon and Raspberries, Strawberries and blueberries with yogurt chunks.
Let's get the hard facts out of the way: Nature's Path granolas  contain roughly half the fat of  supermarkets brands but cost twice the price. Still it's  way cheaper than making your own. Now for the pedigree: product of USA,"organic only" cereal producer and family owned firm.
So what does it taste like?: Nicely crunchy, not sugary at all and there is "plenty enough" going on to amuse the taste-buds, first thing in the morning. In my opinion, it's worth chosing over many other brands. A good product and one of the best commercial granola, I have had so far. £3.49 (312g resealable pouch).
Higgidy Pies and quiches- If there is something I know about, it's pies and quiches and like the evil witch when I ask the question "who makes the best pies and quiches in the world?" I don't expect anything else for an answer than "You do". What I was not expecting to hear me saying was: " This quiche tastes as good as mine".

So we had three goes at it, three different types, a Smoked Bacon and Cheddar quiche, a Spinach, Feta and Toasted Pine Nuts deep pie and a little pie and with every single one, the answer was the same: These pies and quiches are absolutely delicious.
The pastry is light and tastes great, the fillings are tasty and generous. At RRP £3.49 for 250g pie it will not be long before the Higgidy people will have to move to a bigger kitchen to make their pies. 10 out of 10. (have a look at Higgidy website where you can win a picnic bag and a voucher for the next 3 weeks).

Quinola- offers three types of quinoa, a grain I hadn't tried before.
When uncertain about a pulse or wheat, get it in a pouch, that's the easiest way to cook it to perfection. Quinola pouches are informative and the grains fairtrade and organic.
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has officially declared that the year 2013 be recognized as "The International Year of the Quinoa."
And even with all this, I can't say I am enamoured, sorry but tastes wise, I can't see the attraction. Though quinola's quinoa scores on other levels, it contains protein, iron, fibre, magnesium, essential amino acids and it's gluten-free. RRP £2.55

disclaimer: thank you to the cies mentioned above for provided samples of products reviewed in this post.

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