Friday 13 June 2014

Tidbits from my Pantry

Every once in a while, simplyfood is lucky enough to get some lovely and unusual food samples to try.Over the last few weeks I have received some lovely products that are definitely worthy of a mention here.

Bannisters Potatoes- I received a selection of these pre cooked potatoes that you pop in the freezer and they are ready to eat in minutes by warming them in the microwave.

Potato skins baked and filled with cheese and jalapeno 4 in a box microwave or oven cook 207 calories, no salt.

Potato halves baked and filled with mature cheddar cheese 4 in a box 203 calories microwave and oven.

2 ready baked potatoes cross cut with a light drizzle of extra virgin olive oil 218 calories no salt.

My daughter took these to university and gave them a big thumbs up. She said they were very versatile as all she had to do was microwave them and add her chosen topping and she had a delicious lunch/dinner in a short space of time.

PROPERCORN - I received some samples of propercorn, the corn is hand-popped  in rapeseed oil  which is low in calories and then delicately tumbled using secret recipes from the most authentic and natural ingredients. It is available in five delicious flavours:
Lightly Sea Salted
Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun-Dried Tomato
Sour Cream & Chive
Sweet & Salty
Sweet Coconut & Vanilla.

Of all the flavours we particularly liked Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun-Dried Tomato and the Coconut and vanilla one which was delicious.Single-serve packs are available from Waitrose, Ocado, Harvey Nichols, Benugo, and Whole Foods for RRP £0.90.
Sharing packs are available from Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Waitrose, Boots and Ocado for RRP £1.69. 

"Oloves" -Olives is new alternative range of healthy snacks.They come in three contemporary flavours Chili , Lemon and Garlic and Basil. They have less than 50 calories per 30gm pack. They don't need to be kept in a refrigeration so they are perfect for picnics, lunch boxes and snacks on the go. They also and have an 18 month shelf life. The product is very versatile and is ideal as an accompaniment to a glass of wine or healthy beverage. We particularly favoured the chilli flavour.

I would like to thank all these companies for sending me these samples to try.All views and opinions in his post are my own and unbiased.


  1. I am a total and utter propercorn addict! The fiance and I Love the sweet and salted flavour, yum!

  2. I am a big fan of Oloves as is my eldest. It is good fun to try new things right?

  3. Mmmm potato skins! They look fab - perfect for the summer weather too x

  4. I'm a big fan of those little olive packs - perfect for snacks!

  5. They all sound good, the potatoes look good and I like the sound of the chilli olives :)

  6. Yum, the popcorn - coconut one especially- sounds delicious. Not too convinced on the potato skins

  7. Oh the popcorn sounds good Nayna, that sweet chilli popcorn we had at Food Blogger Connect was excellent.

  8. I want those potato skins! And I LOVE popcorn and I loved the stuff we had at FBC14 too - did you try it Nayna?

  9. I want some oloves they look very tasty

  10. I like flavored popcorn.
    It is such a great snack.

  11. Nice round up, I enjoyed the Bannister's potatoes too, especially when I was cooking in my temporary kitchen with no proper cooker!

  12. Never heard of any of these but they all look worth trying - will keep an eye out for them.

  13. Love the sound of the Oloves, not seen those before.

  14. Flavoured popcorn is lovely! Yumyum ! @Amezeylady

  15. Are oloves olives in disguise? I can't quite see from the photo. If so they sound great!

  16. Oh Bannisters potatoes sound delicious. Jacket potato are my daughter's favourite meal - she has a jacket potato every day.

  17. Oh - I REALLY want those potato skins RIGHT NOW.


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