The month is once again at an end and the hardest part is choosing only five or six items to share with you. Thankfully I’ll be putting together full reviews of some of the new products around including the Jase’s Kitchen items from last month. This way I can share and review all the new products that have been tempting me.
Carman’s Super Grain and Seed Crackers
To start this month off I’ve been searching high and low to find the Carman’s Super Grain and Seed crackers. I saw them in an add on facebook and just knew I had to try them. Typically I am a textural eater, if I don’t like the texture then I usually don’t enjoy the food. This is why I wasn’t too sure if I would even enjoy the seed crackers, so I made sure to share them with the team at work for a full range of opinions. After trying them I really didn’t need to share, these are quite delicious even to me. The range comes in three flavours; Rosemary and Sea Salt, Ancient Grain and Cracker Pepper and Pepita and Poppy Seed. Each packet costs around $3.80 at Coles and my packs varied from 18 to 24 crackers. My favourite part about these is the resealable internal packet. The crackers are housed in a plastic tub with a reasonably secure press to close lid. This makes it really handy to keep in your work drawer for that 3 pm pick me up.
Personally, I have really been enjoying them with some cream cheese, pesto and preserved capsicum. My absolute favourite of the bunch has to the Rosemary and sea salt flavour. It is strong with the herb and works well all the seeds, next up is definitely the plainer pepita and poppy seed. This is my second favourite, due to the nuttiness that the crackers have. They also contain a small amount of rosemary. Finally, the ancient grains and cracker pepper has that lovely peppery aftertaste and the combination of both white and black sesame seeds leaves a delicious flavour in your mouth. For those with allergies, all the crackers contain sesame seeds and have a may contain for soy and tree nuts. So far I have only found these in my local Coles store, not yet on the shelves at my Woolworths.
Coles 40% Chocolate Chip Cookies
Released only a week or two after the Aldi gluten free sale that also featured a 40% chocolate chip cookie, the new Coles cookies have left people wondering if they are the same manufacturer. Unfortunately I finished and disposed of my box of the Aldi Has No Cookies, which means I can’t comment on that exactly (if you have a box, send a photo of the ingredients to me for comparison) but the taste is quite similar. They are smaller than the Has No Cookies and packaged in a large box, they are unfortunately not individually sealed which makes pacing yourself a little more difficult. I found that I could notice the subtle taste of chickpea flour however it wasn’t overpowering or offputting. Brody and the team at work both thought they were really delicious. When the box reads 40% chocolate chip, you better believe they mean it. The cookies are loaded with chocolate chips which evens out the slight dryness the cookies has. In all, I have to stay away from Coles because this box only lasted me around a day and half, maybe two at max. I guarantee that if i bought more, the end result would be the same. The only downfall to the cookies that I had was that the packet was mostly broken. That didn’t stop me eating them however it would prevent me from displaying them at a party or any entertaining for friends. The cookies will set you back $4.00 a box.
I found that I could notice the subtle taste of chickpea flour, however, it wasn’t overpowering or off-putting. Brody and the team at work both thought they were really delicious. When the box reads 40% chocolate chip, you better believe they mean it. The cookies are loaded with chocolate chips which evens out the slight dryness the cookies have. In all, I have to stay away from Coles because this box only lasted me around a day and a half, maybe two at max. I guarantee that if I bought more, the end result would be the same. The only downfall to the cookies that I had was that the packet was mostly broken. That didn’t stop me eating them however it would prevent me from displaying them at a party or any entertaining for friends. The cookies will set you back $4.00 a box.
These aren’t the only new additions to Coles stores either. They have also brought out a new range of ready to eat cakes, which I’ll feature in a full review sometime this month. The cakes set you back $8.50 each.
Trident Gluten Free Noodle Meals
Finally something that you can buy from Woolworths. From Trident, we have new rice noodle heat and eat meals. these can be good for lunches, road trips (take hot water in a thermos) or late nights when you are exhausted and don’t want to cook. Priced at $1.99, the range contains three different flavours; Beef Pho, Chicken Pho and Tom Yum. Both of the Pho meals are labelled as mild while the Tom Yum is listed as Hot. All three boast low fat and sugar brands as well. I’ll be trying these for lunch next week and I’ll post them on my instagram for anyone interested in my verdict. Preparation of the meals is quite simple, remove fork and sachets, add the sachets to the noodles and fill with boiling water to the line. Then cover and wait for four minutes. For those with allergies all three contain fish, the Phos contain soy and the tom yum has Crustacea and dairy as well. May contains cover egg and all allergens previously mentioned.
Asian Concepts Dim Sims
Another product that I have been searching high and low for were the Asian Concepts Dim Sims. I finally found mine in La Manna, Essendon Fields. However, not a week after purchasing them, they were stocked in my local IGA as well. My IGA definitely wins the gluten free supermarket battle. I think I paid around $13 for the pack and it did Brody and I three meals as a side. The only way I cooked them was by deep frying them but I do know that they work in an air fryer and probably the oven as well. I let mine defrost first to avoid frozen centres and blackened exteriors.
As far as dim sims go, Brody says these are pretty much perfect and you can make them at home rather than heading to Geelong or other places to grab gluten free fish and chips. Realistically they aren’t a budget friendly item but since Brody and I only have homemade fish and chips once a month it’s a good buy for us. For a full list of stockists, I’d follow Asian Concepts on Facebook. They are constantly posting new places to buy their dim sims from and are really helpful if you have questions.
Simply Wize Potato Puffs
The final item on the list this month is the Simply Wize Potato Puffs. These I also found in La Manna, but I know many people who have found them in both Woolworths and Coles. I think they usually retail for around $8 like the custard rolls, however, these from La Manna cost me $10. The packs contain 6 potato puffs. They are a pretty standard and yummy side or snack. Mashed potato coated in a crispy exterior. I once again tried deep frying these for extra crunch. If you do this definitely defrost them a bit first.
I forgot to and ended up with cold middles, which then meant I re-fried them and they went a little too dark on the outside. If I was going to do them again, I’d definitely stick to the oven, it is simpler and healthier. If we were craving something potatoey and mashed then I could imagine buying these again. However, I have a recipe for mash potato balls, I think I’ll stick to that. As well as these potato puffs, I have also been trying the other Simply Wize products, like the low fodmap dairy free custard rolls. I’ll be putting these all together for an overview shortly as well.
That is it for this month. Other finds that I’ll mention in September, include the Fine Fette heat and eat meals. These are another add water and go deal. I also finally got my hands on some Golden Pig Potstickers that I can’t wait to try. On Monday, I’m going to have to switch up my usual content so let me know over on social media what review or any tips or guides you want me to share.
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Until Next Time;
Ashlee; The Aussie Coeliac.