Another month has whizzed by and June's Degustabox has just arrived - cue squeals of excitement ! (I never know whether to call it June's or July's - it arrives at the end of the month so they call it June's but by the time I get to post it, it's the next month !)
Whatever month we decide to call it, it's another interesting selection. After unpacking everything, here's what we discovered :
Estrella Damm Barcelona beer - Madhouse Daddy is the lager drinker in the family and this went straight in the fridge for him to watch in front of the footie. He said it was very nice but as he was shouting at the telly in front of the match, I'm not sure he was paying attention to what he was drinking really ! Estrella means star in both Catalan and Spanish, Damm is the name of the person who founded the brewery and the brand is the oldest in Spain, having been founded in 1876, which is rather impressive !
Elizabeth Shaw Amaretto Flutes - Think very posh Matchmakers and you won't be far wrong ! We all love the smooth milk chocolate but the bitter almond amaretto flavour is quite strong so the kids weren't keen on the bitter topnote. I'm not complaining though, as it meant more for me and Madhouse Daddy !
Urban Fruit Smashing Strawberry - Who'd have thought it? Take strawberries, bake them and add a dash of apple juice and you get something as scrummy as sweets that the kids can't get enough of ! These also come in Magnificent Mango, Brilliant Banana, Perfect Pineapple, Super Blueberry Blackcurrant, Awesome Apple & Pear, Cheeky Cherry and Amazing Apricot varieties, all of which we will be investigating further because they're great as a healthy snack on the go.
Bear Multigrain Alpha Bites - this is a healthy but tasty kids' breakfast cereal that we've tried before - you can read our review here. It's lovely by the handful straight from the pack as a quick snack, with milk for breakfast or in this fabulous Chewits Rocky Road recipe. The girls like writing out the names of the One Direction band members' names before eating them too !
Veetee Basmati & Wild Rice - We already use microwavable rice but I'd never heard of this brand before. It comes in a tray rather than the usual pouch and can be microwaved for 2 minutes or stir fried. I like the idea of having a blend of basmati and wild rice but the kids didn't like the look of the black bits ! We haven't tried it yet but it looks like a great shortcut for a convenient midweek meal.
Dr Oetker Baking Madagascan Vanilla Grinder - I usually use vanilla paste because it seems a waste scraping out the seeds from a vanilla pod then throwing the rest of it away, even after infusing it in milk or putting it in the sugar jar. I'd never seen or heard of a vanilla mill before so I'm keen to try this out in my baking. The mill contains approximately 5 Madagascan Vanilla Pods (chopped up) and you can go for a coarse or fine grinding option.
Strawberry Lambrini - this is a gorgeous, girlie, summery drink. Madhouse Daddy got the Estrella Damm beer and this one was definitely for me ! It needs to be nicely chilled for a fresh, refreshing, fruity tipple to be enjoyed with or without food.
Be Fast Banana Breakfast Shakes - these two little bottles look great for breakfast on the run (which is most of the time, when I'm at work !). Each drink is high in fibre, a source of protein and also low in fat. A 250ml bottle does pack in 190 calories though, so it's more a replacement breakfast rather than a drink to go with something else. I'm not keen on banana flavour - I would have preferred the strawberry, vanilla or chocolate flavours - but I'll certainly give them a try.
Shaken Udder - We've had these flavoured milk drinks before and the kids love them. You can read my full review here. There's even a recipe for pancakes using the flavoured milk on there.
As always, Degustabox include a recipe sheet - this month's has Gluten Free Nutty Carrot Cakes and Elizabeth Shaw Celebration cake to try out using ingredients from the box. Keep an eye on the Degustabox blog for other recipes too and I'll be sure to add any exciting recipes I come up using the contents of the boxes too.
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