New month, new kosher products! A whole host of delicious items have hit the kosher shelves since my last update, and we’ve been busy tasting and trying them so we can let you know what you’re in for. I’m also delighted to offer readers a discount on a new kosher vegan meal delivery service. Read on to find out more…
Bleikers Smokehouse – smoked salmon and kippers
Bleikers is a family-run smokehouse in North Yorkshire, where fish is cured and smoked using traditional methods, avoiding artificial flavours, colourings or preservatives. Bleikers Smokehouse products have won numerous awards from the Guild of Fine Foods Retailers, and they provide smoked fish to some of the UK’s top chefs. Their Traditional Oak smoked salmon, Highland Peat smoked salmon, smoked whole kippers and smoked kipper fillets are now kosher under the Manchester Beth Din.
We tried the traditional oak and highland peat smoked salmons. Both were mild, with a pleasant fishy flavour. The slices were a good thickness and easy to separate. I thought that the highland peat variety had a softer texture and was slightly ‘smokier’ than the traditional oak smoked, which was a bit drier. Kipper, when asked to choose her favourite, said that, “they’re both yummy.”
The full range of fish is available from the Bleikers Smokehouse website. The Highland Peat smoked salmon (in 100g and 200g packs) is available in selected branches of Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose, and the traditional oak smoked salmon (in 50g, 100g, 135g, 150g, 200g, 300g and 1kg packs) can be found in Budgens and Londis. The full range is available from Booths supermarkets, and Booths mild smoked salmon (100g, 200g) and strong smoked salmon (100g, 200g) are also produced by Bleikers and are kosher MBD. Bleikers products can also be found in independent delis and farm shops.
Fresh Wholefood delivery service
I was genuinely excited to read about Fresh Wholefood, which is a new concept for the kosher consumer. Vegan meal delivery services have been around for a while, but this is the first one to be strictly Kosher, certified by KF (Kosher Federation). The company, founded by husband and wife Yitzchok and Devori Nussbaum, offers a range of organic, plant-based (vegan) breakfasts, lunches, snacks and baked goods, which are delivered to your home or office daily (Monday-Friday) to encourage healthy eating and make sure that looking after your diet is easy and delicious.
Devori is a psychotherapist, and an Integrative nutrition holistic health coach. She says, “There is nothing like this in the Jewish community. There are many caterers and restaurants but none of them are focused on the health benefits and nutritional quality of the food like we are. When we prepare meals we keep in mind the exquisite balance that is needed in order to nourish your cells and immune system. We put a lot of thought into creating meals that are healing for the body and truly energising.”
The menus look interesting and tasty, including breakfasts like millet bake with apples, dates, cinnamon and almonds topped with sweet creamy sauce, and lunches such as sourdough focaccia bread with pea and broccoli green soup + multicoloured pressed salad.
Unfortunately for me, Fresh Wholefood currently only deliver in London, so I persuaded a friend to sample their food for me and report back. Her initial comment – “It looks like I was worried vegan food would look…” – was soon replaced by a more positive review. “The lunch was nice! Pretty delicious and filling. The snack of blueberry agar jelly tasted delicious, and there was a very nice flapjack. The date and lemon squares were the best.
“The main meal was well balanced and delicious, and I felt like a better person after eating it.”
Her only minor criticism was with some of the food’s textures, as everything seemed to taste pretty good! I think if you’re looking for an easy way to eat a healthier diet, improve your food choices and generally feel better, then Fresh Wholefood would be a great option – as long as you live in London!
Fresh Wholefood currently deliver to the following postcodes: HA8, N2, N3, NW1, NW2, NW3, NW4, NW6, NW8, NW11. A single days delivery – breakfast, lunch, a detox drink and a surprise snack – costs £26. Five days is £125 (£25 per day), 20 days is £440 (£22 per day), and 40 days is £800 (£20 per day).
I’m delighted to offer readers of family-friends-food a special offer price of five days for just £90 (£18 per day) or 20 days for £350 (£15 per day). To find out more, or to order, visit freshwholefood.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7101 3535. Tell them I sent you…
Spice Way Miracle Mince spice blend
I first came across Spice Way spices at last summer’s Gefiltefest. Their gourmet range of herbs, spices and dried vegetables are blended and combined in Israel, then sent to the UK.
New to the range is Miracle Mince, a blend containing onions, garlic, caraway, chilli, paprika, parsley and oregano, designed to perfectly complement mincemeat and enliven classics like meatballs and cottage pie.
The Miracle Mince blend smells delicious and contains big pieces of dried vegetables along with the ground spices and herbs. I cooked up some veggie mince with onions, celery, mushrooms & tomato and a big spoonful of the spice blend, and I have to say it was delicious! A great ‘one stop’ seasoning.
Spice Way products are available from their shop in Radlett, their online shop, or from independent farm shops and other outlets. They have an SKA hechsher. Miracle Mince is £3.50 for a 100g tub.
Fruit bowl fruit snacks
You know how much I love a fruity snack! These fruit flakes, peelers, and fruit shapes from Fruit Bowl are now certified kosher by the Manchester Beth Din. Made with natural fruit, they contain no added sugar and each pack counts as one of your five a day.
Kipper liked the fruit shapes, but was most taken with the fruit flakes – small, flat nibbly bits with an intensely fruity flavour. She was less keen on the peelers, which are a bit like cheese strings only made of fruit. I thought they were quite nice…
The flakes come in strawberry, raspberry and blackcurrant flavours and are £2 for a pack of 5 or £2.99 for a pack of 8. Peelers are available in the same flavours and are £1.50 for a pack of 3. Each bag of the jungle and sea shapes contains a mixture of apple, strawberry and blackcurrant flavour shapes. They are £1.89 for a box of 5. You can find Fruit Bowl fruit snacks in major supermarkets and independent stores.
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Ice-Cream
Finally, possibly the most eagerly anticipated item for tasting this month – by Kipper at least! Newly certified by KLBD, the Sainsbury’s TTD ice-creams are made by Stapletons Farm (see last month’s yogurt review) from Jersey milk, double cream, free range egg yolk and unrefined cane sugar. They are available in Madagascan Vanilla, Toffee and Honeycomb, Salted Caramel & Belgian Chocolate, Belgian Chocolate, and Cherry & Amaretto flavours.
Not all Sainsbury’s stores carry all the flavours unfortunately, so we were only able to test out the vanilla and salted caramel & Belgian chocolate varieties. Kipper was a very willing taster! She pronounced the vanilla flavour “creamy” but was effusive in her praise for the caramel-chocolate variety. “Look at these big bits of chocolate! It’s DELICIOUS! Mmmm. Yummy…” <shovels more ice-cream into her mouth.>
I found the vanilla to be smooth, creamy and with a delicate vanilla flavour and visible vanilla seeds speckled throughout. The salted caramel swirl through the caramel-chocolate flavour was utterly divine, and the crunchy bits of Belgian chocolate complemented the smooth ice-cream wonderfully.
The ice-cream is available from Sainsbury’s and costs £2.50 a tub.
Thunder Toffee Vodka, featured in last month’s round-up, is now certified by KLBD.
And that’s it! I look forward to bringing you news of many more new kosher products hitting our shelves soon. Don’t forget to subscribe or follow me on Facebook to get regular recipe updates as well as kosher food news.
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