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Scrumshus No Added Salt or Sugar Luxury Granola 500 g
Scrumshus No Added Salt or Sugar Luxury Granola 500 g
Price: £4.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not scrumshus enough to justify the price premium, 22 Feb. 2015
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We make, eat and cook with granola most weeks so were curious to try Scrumshus and judge whether or not it's worth the high price tag. Altho' it's a tasty, crunchy granola with a good balance of fruits, it wasn't as delicious as we expected, its keeping qualities seem limited, and it didn't feel like value for money.

It's rapidly becoming a pet peeve that food producers describe a product as "No Added Sugar" when they more accurately mean there's no added table sugar, white sugar, brown sugar or similar granulated form. The honey and maple syrup make up 30% by weight of the granola and as both of them are liquid forms of sugar, the "No Added Sugar" claim feels disingenuous. (100g of honey has 82g of sugars of which is 36g is glucose and 41g fructose plus traces of others; 100g of maple syrup contains 60g of sugars of which 58g is sucrose.) Overall, per 100g of this granola there are 32g of sugar. The suggested serving size is 25g of which sugars are 8g and it didn't seem like there was such an abundance of fruit that that was the highest source of these sugars.

The jar is a very smart presentation and it's useful to re-use it but unless you consume the contents quickly (i.e., within a week), it seems as if the granola loses some of its good qualities. To my palate, after 8 days, it tasted as if the coconut was oxidising as it had a slight taste of soap. This might not be a problem in households where 500g would be used up more quickly and maybe I should have decanted it into a smaller container or used it up in some granola cake or cookies but at £12 per kg, it would have felt ridiculous to do this when granolas that are 1/6th of the cost work well in those recipes.

It will always be a matter of personal preference but although I enjoyed this granola I didn't feel as if I'd had my money's worth and there are other granolas in this price bracket that I prefer and have substantially less sugar without any undue impact on the taste. I shan't purchase this again.
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Valrhona Dulcey Blond Chocolate Crunchy Pearls Bag 3 Kg
Valrhona Dulcey Blond Chocolate Crunchy Pearls Bag 3 Kg

5.0 out of 5 stars Valrhona Dulcey Blond Chocolate Crunchy Pearls Are Morsels of Crunchy Dulce de Leche, 22 Feb. 2015
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Valrhona Dulcey Blond Chocolate Crunchy Pearls are delectable: they're a grown-up version of white chocolate with 35% cocoa butter minimum (considerably more than the EU standard for white chocolate which is a minimum of 20%.) If you like Geitost (Norwegian cheese in which the milk sugars have been caramelised during long, slow, gentle heating), slow-roasted white chocolate, milk jam, Misti Doi, or other caramel milk foods, but don't like the level of sweetness typically associated with them, then's there's a good chance that you'll enjoy the taste of Valrhona Dulcey Blond Chocolate. The Crunchy Pearls work very well as a serving of something to nibble as well as a decorative texture contrast for cakes or as an ingredient for ice-cream, mousse, creamy desserts, or for home-made chocolate bars.

Valrhona Dulcey Blond Chocolate is far more complex and satisfying to taste than typical white chocolate. The aroma resembles a less sweet, browned butter, Millionaire's Shortbread. The first taste resembles the toasty milk solids of browned butter and that gradually gives way to the flavour of a shortbread with a generous hint of salt. The chocolate has a creamy, non-greasy mouthfeel with a smooth, velvety texture and a blond colour that is warmer than milk chocolate. It's a less sweet, non-sticky Dulce de Leche in chocolate form.

Valrhona Dulcey Blond Chocolate Crunchy Pearls are tiny pieces of cereal perfectly coated in the Dulcey chocolate (the chocolate is 87% of the whole). The cereal piece is a very small open-honeycomb structure ball with a thick coating of chocolate (I'd estimate that 1 piece is equivalent in size to 1 breath mint as they're approx. 1/4 inch or 6mm in length). The pearls have an excellent crunch despite the cereal ball being so tiny that were it not for the generous coat of chocolate it would otherwise run the risk of feeling like a piece of grit; the cereal is not hard but breaks with a satisfactory snap that adds to the experience. The Crunchy Pearls have a perfect sheen that is an important part of their attractive appearance.

Valrhona Dulcey Blond Chocolate Crunchy Pearls retain their texture even when frozen as part of a sorbet, sherbet, or ice-cream. They keep their shine and attractiveness and are successful in desserts aimed at adults or children. They are very appealing as a topping to a filled pastry horn, fruit leather horn, or a waffle cone, particularly if mixed with a contrasting nut with a vibrant colour (e.g., pistachio).

Valrhona Dulcey Blond Chocolate Crunchy Pearls make a glamorous topping to a sophisticated fridge cake. Sprinkle the Crunchy Pearls and some freeze-dried fruit, Flavour Pearls, or toasted nuts densely onto a layer of whichever chocolate you've melted to top the fridge cake when it is cool enough to allow the pearls to be pressed lightly into the chocolate so that it holds them but doesn't melt them.

If you melt some ivory white chocolate and top it with these Crunchy Pearls, some freeze-dried fruit, fruit glass, pistachios and rose or other flower petals ,then the overall look is very pleasing and it's a good combination of flavours and textures.

Valrhona Dulcey Blond Chocolate Crunchy Pearls make a good contrast for truffle mixtures, in buttercream fillings for macaron, or fillings for sandwiched biscuits or meringues. They're a welcome texture variation in cake pops where the amount of buttercream or truffle would typically soften other crunchy ingredients. Likewise, they work well in unbaked cheesecakes, particularly where the base is sponge rather than the more usual biscuit base so the biscuit crunch in the filling is a pleasant surprise for the unexpected taste and texture. For the same reason, they can be a very successful addition to trifles, particularly in combination with Flavour Pearls (small drops of fruity, salty, or spicy juices contained in a thin alginate shell that releases flavour and texture when bitten).

Although Valrhona Dulcey Blond Chocolate Crunchy Pearls are not suggested for use in baked pastry recipes because they're not bake stable, I've used them successfully in recipes that are baked for very short periods of time at temperatures of 160C or less. E.g., in small, individual pre-baked pastry cases to which I added a small amount of creamy filling into which I'd mixed some of these pearls. One version was individual Gypsy Tarts for which the pearls added a crunchy contrast: they stayed intact because the tarts were in the oven for just long enough to set the filling to a fluffy fudge (4-7 mins) and the tarts were small enough to cool rapidly without holding so much residual heat that they melted the pearls.

I'd purchase these again, despite the price. I'd like to experiment more with these and might update this review if any of the recipes are successful (e.g., I'd like to know if they'd survive prolonged low-temperature cooking in an individual meringue).

Palm oil free.
Biscuit cereals coated in 87% White chocolate (35% cocoa butter minimum).
Ingredients: cocoa butter, sugar, whole milk powder, biscuit cereals (wheat flour, sugar, wheat malt, wheat starch, raising agent E500ii, salt, cocoa butter, natural flavouring) 11.2%, dried skimmed milk, whey (milk), butter (milk), emulsifier: soya lecithin, glazing agents: maltodextrin, shellac, natural vanilla extract. This product may contains traces of nuts, egg proteins and peanut.


Lizi's Treacle and Pecan Granola 40 g (Pack of 12)
Lizi's Treacle and Pecan Granola 40 g (Pack of 12)
Price: £5.88

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Flavour Combination of Treacle and Pecan with Good Texture, 20 Feb. 2015
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Lizi's Treacle and Pecan Granola is an interesting combination of flavours and has a good texture. The pecans, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds are chopped into quite small pieces but still contribute a discernible flavour and crunch in this free-flowing form which manages to avoid the bird seed appearance of some granolas. The use of good quality jumbo sized rather than smaller oats mean that Lizi's Treacle and Pecan Granola doesn't have the dust-debris that can make some other brands quite claggy to chew. The overall sweetness level is nicely balanced and there is a light iron edge from the use of treacle.

The treacle flavour is very subtle but develops after being allowed to stand for a while, if mixed with milk, yoghurt or similar altho' the colour runs a little. This is a good topping to poached or baked fruits such as rhubarb, apple, pears, or peaches.

I like Lizi's Treacle and Pecan Granola but I'm very conscious that it has a health halo that causes me to forget that 100g has 491 Kcal with approx. 15g of sugar and 28g of fat and is distinguished from cake by virtue of the fact that it has 11g of fibre. (The nutrition values are similar to other granola blends altho's Lizi's range tends to have less added sugar, and the higher fat levels reflect the generous amounts of nuts and seeds as well as the added oil whereas some other brands use scant amounts of nuts and seeds with higher amounts of added oil.)

Lizi's Treacle and Pecan Granola is such a tasty treat that I need to make a conscious effort to control my portion sizes so these individual packets are handy for that. As a matter of personal preference several members of my household don't like the coconut (which seems to be present in all of the range). The individual packets are therefore useful for ensuring freshness in smaller households that wouldn't use up a larger package before it passed its peak.


100x Film Front Cellophane Food Paper Bags - 10" x 10"
100x Film Front Cellophane Food Paper Bags - 10" x 10"
Offered by Food Packers
Price: £3.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Adequate for Short Term Storage But Not Greaseproof, 20 Feb. 2015
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We contribute to a considerable number of bake sale fund raisers and use a lot of bags to transport and display various baked goods. These Film Front Cellophane Food Paper Bags are adequate for short term display and storage of baked items.

These Film Front Cellophane Food Paper Bags stand up to being handled and having food inserted. But, at 2.3p each, they're not greaseproof and they need to be carefully supported when used to transport heavier items such as several bread rolls or sausage rolls, so, to me, they're costly for what they are and the price is disproportionate to their quality.

It would be useful if the distributors would provide the technical specification of these bags: e.g., the gsm weight of the paper and the thickness of the film.


Ingredients Pantry Freeze Dried Whole Blueberries 125 g
Ingredients Pantry Freeze Dried Whole Blueberries 125 g

2.0 out of 5 stars Good quality blueberries but poor processing or packaging means they're not good value, 20 Feb. 2015
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Generally, I'm a fan of the Ingredients Pantry range of products albeit they are expensive because the quality tends to justify the price. However, these Ingredients Pantry Freeze Dried Whole Blueberries were irregular in their quality within the same container and thus poor value for money.

The colour of the blueberries was very clear and good. But, the texture varied from exactly the high-quality you'd expect for a freeze dried item (excellent texture and flavour) to chewy. It's not that chewy blueberries are unpleasant but it's just that that makes them no better than dried blueberries and dried fruits are typically substantially cheaper than freeze dried ones. Because nobody was particularly fond of these, we followed the suggestion that we could rehydrate these but they did not result in a good blueberry as the skin was chewier than a decent quality of dried blueberries.

When these blueberries were good, they were excellent but when they weren't they were relatively poor. I wanted to give this review 1 star to reflect the poor value for money but the good quality of the blueberries as fruit deserves more as it's either the freeze-dry processing or the packaging that lets this down. Perhaps because of the packaging, there are no oxygen absorbers in this container and the air spaces between the whole fruits might have impaired the keeping qualities. If the processing isn't at fault, then maybe this product would benefit from being sealed in a foil pouch with oxygen absorber sachets.


Lupa Sliced Roast Red Peppers 2.5 Kg (Pack of 2)
Lupa Sliced Roast Red Peppers 2.5 Kg (Pack of 2)

4.0 out of 5 stars Good Quality Sliced Roast Red Peppers, Attractive Appearance and Good Taste, 20 Feb. 2015
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Lula Sliced Roast Red Peppers are good quality strips of sweet red pepper with an attractive appearance, and a good taste with a light smokiness whether they are warmed or cold (NB, a small number of the strips are much smokier than others and they can be a little bitter: they're stored in brine so it's useful to bear this in mind when seasoning other ingredients in a recipe). They are a convenient, good side dish to many meals and the occasional black flecks on the slices makes them a colourful addition to antipasto, meze, or a selection of buffet items.

The thickness is approx. 3/8 inch or 9.5mm to 1/2 inch or 12.5mm which feels and looks like a versatile size for most presentations or recipes. Unlike several other ready-prepared peppers, Lula Sliced Roast Red Peppers contain negligible stray seeds, stem or calyx.

When the peppers slices are drained, they make a fine side dish for grilled halloumi, lamb, fish, or poultry and are particularly good flavour and colour contrast when paired with grilled aubergines, courgettes or artichokes and dressed with lemon juice and garlic or a dukkah that contains citrus zest. Similarly, after draining, they are good on pizza, in a ratatouille, pasta, and similar Mediterranean bakes and dishes as well as curries, stews, and casseroles. Their decorative appeal makes them a valuable and convenient addition as a garnish for sandwiches or salads.

The slight smokiness of the roast sweet red peppers is good when blitzed into a cold or hot dip (you will need to correct the balance of sweet and acid for this as some of the peppers are a little bitter and this can unbalance the flavour of the dip).

It's important to keep any remaining sliced roast red peppers covered in brine if you need to store any excess and decant it into a non-metallic container. NB, as you'd expect, the tin is BPA lined.

As stated on the label, the weight is 2.5kg and there is no declared nett weight after draining (I'll weigh the next time that I open a tin and update this section).

Overall, Lupa Sliced Roast Red Peppers are a good store cupboard item and an attractive, useful addition to several recipes and meals. We eat a lot of peppers so for us, this size represents good value for money. Lupa Sliced Roast Red Peppers are decent quality, convenient, and a tasty stand-by, particularly for people who are restricting kcal or carbohydrate intake within an Indo-Mediterranean way of eating. I recommend them for when use when you need large quantities or there isn't time to prepare roast peppers in the usual fashion or for when decent quality peppers aren't available.

This is a large quantity and if you don't have a realistic chance of using them all up within the 3 days that the producers advise (altho' I've held them in the fridge for 5 days without noticing a deterioration in their taste or appearance) then you may need to make a pepper chutney or ketchup from the excess to prolong their keeping life or to dehydrate them (drain well, blot dry - they recover very well on rehydration).

Nutrition information per 100g
Energy KJ 145 or Kcals 34
Protein 1.1g
Carbohydrates 7g
of which Sugars 6.7g
Fat 0.4g (of which 0.1g are saturates)


Ista Grilled Mushrooms 1.85 Kg
Ista Grilled Mushrooms 1.85 Kg
Price: £22.85

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Istà Grilled Mushrooms Are High Quality in Taste and Appearance, A Fine Store Cupboard Stand-by, 20 Feb. 2015
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In Veronese dialect, Istà means Summer: the season of the fruit of the earth and this is reflected in the overall quality of this range of products. Istà Grilled Mushrooms are high quality whole mushrooms with an attractive appearance, and a fine taste with a light smokiness whether they are warmed or cold. They are a convenient, good side dish to many meals and the grill striping on the whole mushroom caps makes them an handsome addition to antipasto, meze, or a selection of buffet items. These mushrooms most resemble medium-sized button mushrooms in appearance which feels and looks like a versatile size for most presentations or recipes.

When Istà Grilled Mushrooms are drained, they make a fine side dish for grilled halloumi, fish, lamb, or poultry and are particularly good when paired with grilled courgettes, red or yellow peppers, or artichokes and dressed with lemon juice or dusted with a toasted breadcrumb mix with additional fresh parsley and zest or dukkah that contains citrus zest. Similarly, if Istà Grilled Mushrooms are drained and sliced, they are good on pizza, whole or sliced in lasagne, and similar Mediterranean bakes and dishes. They are good in sandwiches or as part of mixed salads with other vegetables or grains. However, as these mushrooms taste good by themselves and are quite expensive it feels like a waste to include them in in a pasta or other dish where some of their decorative appeal might be lost tho' their flavour makes them a valuable and convenient addition.

Istà Grilled Mushrooms are an excellent no-fuss addition when used whole or sliced in appropriate stews or casseroles, whether these are vegetable based or include chicken, beef, or lamb and are a match to the garlic and parsley used to flavour them.

As per other products in their range, Istà has preserved these mushrooms in sunflower oil rather than olive oil which is unfortunate because olive oil feels like it would be a better match. Apparently some food producers switched away from olive oil because consumers don't like its slightly cloudy appearance when refrigerated but, if that was the case here, it's a shame because it tastes like it slightly diminishes the quality of the overall product, particularly when eaten at room temperature. If you typically use sunflower oil as the bulk oil in a mayonnaise, then it's possible to recycle this oil into a suitable recipe if serving the mayonnaise with other appropriate food (there are parsley and garlic in the oil).

It's important to keep any remaining grilled mushrooms covered in oil after removing some of the contents so you may need to top up the quantity or decant it into another container if you don't have a heat resealer (the high amount of liquid content and soft packaging makes the bag difficult to close if you're relying on bag clips or similar).

Amazon lists this as 1.85kg but, stated on the illustrative label, the nett weight is 2.5kg (I don't know if this is a labelling difference between countries and this should be gross weight or if the mushrooms and other solids weigh 1.85kg). The label states mushrooms are 80% of the content which is approx. 1.48kg if 1.85kg is the gross weight or 2kg if the gross weight is 2.5kg (I'll check the label and weigh the next time that I open a packet and update this section).

The soft packaging means that this product doesn't require much storage space and it is appropriate to store this at normal room temperature.

Overall, Istà Grilled Mushrooms are a good store cupboard item and an attractive, useful addition to several recipes and meals. It feels expensive for the nett weight but it is high quality, convenient and is a tasty stand-by, particularly for people who are restricting kcal or carbohydrate intake within a Mediterranean way of eating. I recommend them for when use when there isn't time to prepare grilled mushrooms in the usual fashion or for people who don't have the storage room for a griddle pan.

In Feb. 2014, Istà announced that their products are now Kosher approved but I haven't seen any updates on this tho' the logo may start to show up on their newer packaging?

Nutrition information per 100g
Energy KJ 153 or Kcals 37*
Protein 3g
Carbohydrates 2g
Fat 2g (of which 1g are saturates)
Fibre 5g
*NB, on other products, it looks like fibre is a sub-group of carbohydrates and assigned its own kcal value of approx 2kcals per g rather than the 4kcals per g of starch or sugar carbohydrates (it looks like they've done this for the energy content of their grilled aubergines. However, that plainly can't be true here and I can't make sense of the energy values in this way unless there is no calorie count assigned to the fibre: protein is 4kcals per gramme and fat is 9kcals per gramme so 3x4 + carbs 2x4 + fat 2x9 = 38kcals approx).


Ista Grilled Aubergines 1.85 Kg
Ista Grilled Aubergines 1.85 Kg
Price: £20.34

4.0 out of 5 stars High quality, attractive, convenient store cupboard Istà Grilled Aubergines, 20 Feb. 2015
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In Veronese dialect, Istà means Summer: the season of the fruit of the earth and this is reflected in the overall quality of this range of products. Istà Grilled Aubergines are high quality aubergines with an attractive appearance, and a fine taste with a light smokiness whether they are warmed or cold. They are a convenient, good side dish to many meals and the grill striping on the slices makes them an handsome addition to antipasto, meze, or a selection of buffet items. The thickness is approx. 3/8 inch or 9.5mm which feels and looks like a versatile size for most presentations or recipes.

If the aubergines are drained, they make a fine side dish for grilled halloumi, fish, or poultry and are particularly good when paired with grilled courgettes or artichokes and dressed with lemon juice or a dukkah that contains citrus zest. Similarly drained and sliced, they are good on pizza, in a ratatouille, and similar Mediterranean bakes and dishes. However, as these aubergines taste good by themselves and are quite expensive it feels like a waste to cut them up for inclusion in a pasta or other dish where some of their decorative appeal might be lost tho' their flavour makes them a valuable and convenient addition.

The slight smokiness of the grilled aubergine is good when blitzed into a cold or hot dip (tho' again, it feels extravagant to do this).

As per other products in their range, Istà has preserved these aubergines in sunflower oil rather than olive oil which is unfortunate because olive oil feels like it would be a better match. Apparently some food producers switched away from olive oil because consumers don't like its slightly cloudy appearance when refrigerated but, if that was the case here, it's a shame because it tastes like it slightly diminishes the quality of the overall product, particularly when eaten at room temperature. (NB, Organico Grilled Aubergines are preserved in olive oil but the aubergine is chopped into small pieces, and it lacks the skin colour and attractive grill striping of this Istà item.) If you typically use sunflower oil as the bulk oil in a mayonnaise, then it's possible to recycle this oil into a suitable recipe if serving the mayonnaise with other appropriate food (there are herbs and garlic in the oil).

It's important to keep any remaining grilled aubergines covered in oil after removing some of the contents so you may need to top up the quantity or decant it into another container if you don't have a heat resealer (the high amount of liquid content and soft packaging makes the bag difficult to close if you're relying on bag clips or similar).

As stated on the label, the nett weight is 1.85kg (I don't know if this is a labelling difference between countries and this should be gross weight or if the aubergines and other solids weigh 1.85kg). The label states aubergines are 80% of the content which is approx. 1.48kg if 1.85kg is the gross weight (I'll weigh the next time that I open a packet and update this section).

The packaging means that this product doesn't require much storage space and it is appropriate to store this at normal room temperature.

Overall, Istà Grilled Aubergines are a good store cupboard item and an attractive, useful addition to several recipes and meals. It feels expensive for the nett weight but it is high quality, convenient and is a tasty stand-by, particularly for people who are restricting kcal or carbohydrate intake within a Mediterranean way of eating. I recommend them for when use when there isn't time to prepare grilled aubergines in the usual fashion or for people who don't have the storage room for a griddle pan.

In Feb. 2014, Istà announced that their products are now Kosher approved but I haven't seen any updates on this tho' the logo may start to show up on their newer packaging?

Nutrition information per 100g
Energy KJ 367 or Kcals 87
Protein 2g
Carbohydrates 9g
Fat 6g (of which 2g are saturates)
Fibre 6g*
*NB, difficult to tell from the label but it looks as if the fibre is 6g of the carbohydrates and assigned its own kcal value of approx 2kcals per g


Buy Whole Foods Pistachio Nuts Raw 2.5 Kg
Buy Whole Foods Pistachio Nuts Raw 2.5 Kg
Price: £116.35

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality USA nut, useful all-rounder tho' indifferent colour, 20 Feb. 2015
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Whole Food Pistachio Nuts are decent quality for pistachios from the USA. The flavour and texture are good and work in a variety of savoury and sweet recipes. As you might expect, the colour of the meat isn't the fresh, vibrant pistachio green of seeds/nuts from Italy, parts of the eastern Mediterranean or Middle East countries, possibly because the cultivar Kerman is popular in the USA (especially California); the mauve colouring of the skin muddies the colour of the nuts and influences the final look of any recipe. And, because the colour of something influences what we taste, if you're serving pistachios to people who expect vibrant green, it can affect what they experience.

There are some culinary purposes for which the colour isn't appropriate and it was difficult to skin these nuts to reveal just the green of the fruit, and the green was too often not the vibrant green that is useful for decorative purposes. NB, it was tricky to skin these without breaking the kernel, which is OK if skinning them to use as part of a paste for which you wish to improve the colour but a nuisance if you're attempting to skin a number for decoration or because you want a distinctive colour as a contrast in a salad or other recipe.

The nuts toast well for salads and snacks; they blend well into a sauce or dressing; and they were fine when used for pistachio cookies, pistachio brioche, biscotti, and in granola. These pistachios weren't particularly interesting when used in Mortadella/charcuterie as the colour wasn't sufficiently distinctive (see above about skinning) and the texture wasn't 'just right': it would probably be better to use Italian or other, more vibrantly-coloured nuts from appropriate cultivars if interested in charcuterie. The same caveat about the colour applies to using whole pistachios to make Turkish Delight, nougat, or other recipes (e.g., a salad with pomegranate, cranberries, or redcurrants) in which the colour of the whole nut is an important part of the dish's appeal.

When the pistachios are used in baking the taste is good. However, rather than skin these for decoration, it would probably be easier to buy a small packet of appropriately-coloured nuts and use those to top a cake, cookie, or ice-cream. Similarly, just a few of a different colour will enhance the use of these in a biscotti or cookie.

I'd purchase these pistachio nuts again as they're a decent all-rounder for a variety of purposes, however, I'd use a different nut for decoration or in recipes where the colour of the whole nut is an important part of the appeal either for itself or as a contrast to other ingredients.

I continue to be frustrated that although various distributors will state the date an item is packed, they do not inform the consumer of the date when a nut was harvested. We pay a high price for nuts in the UK and it too often feels as if we're in a lottery when we can have no way to determine when something was harvested and judging the likely impact on taste and texture.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,391 kJ (571 kcal)
Carbohydrates 27.65 g
of which Sugars 7.81 g
of which Dietary fiber 10.3 g
Fat 45.97 g
of which approx 14% saturated fat, 54% monounsaturated fat and 32% polyunsaturated fat.
Protein 21.35 g


Cathys Spelt for Health Flapjack Spelt Mix 450 g (Pack of 5)
Cathys Spelt for Health Flapjack Spelt Mix 450 g (Pack of 5)
Price: £17.45

2.0 out of 5 stars Soapy coconut flavour dominates this mix, 20 Jan. 2015
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Cathy's Spelt for Health Flapjack Mix was easy to mix and it baked well. My personal preference is for a larger size of oat flake than the ones used in this mix but that's a relatively small criticism altho' I think it affects the texture.

The reason for the poor rating is that the coconut tasted like soap (as some desiccated coconut products do if the heat treatment is insufficient to deactivates the lipase in the coconut and prevent hydrolytic rancidity.) The soapiness of the coconut overpowered the flavour of the other ingredients. It's possible that adding some other ingredients to the mix might correct this, and that the soap taste is not experienced quite as strongly by some tasters as it is by others, but it is noticeable even to people who are tested as 'non super-tasters'.

It's possible that I received a poor batch of Cathy's Spelt for Health Flapjack Mix and that has influence my assessment of this product. However, the mix is within date and I've stored it appropriately since receiving it a couple of days ago. There may have been a storage problem somewhere in the distribution chain, but there's no ready way for me to check that.

I still have several bags of this mix. However, if the other bags are better, I shall update this review to reflect that.


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