New food reviews – what I’ve been trying lately

It’s been a while since I shared with you some of the new products I’ve tried, so I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been testing out lately.

  1. Sirena Tuna Slices

I’m trying to practice what I preach and make more of an effort to eat two serves of fish a week – this habit has slipped a little over winter. Tuna is an easy lunch option and I’m enjoying these Sirena tuna slies.   This tuna is a little fancier than your usual tuna.  It’s packed in slices rather than flaked and I’m loving this style as it’s nice to bite into and it doesn’t fall off all over the place.  The tuna is also sustainably caught.  It was a bit more expensive than your normal tuna, I can’t remember exactly how much, but I think it was around $3.50 which is pretty reasonable anyway.

2.  Genoese Chunky Pesto Dip



This is my number one favourite pesto.  Stirred through mushrooms, spread on toast, added to scrambled egg – there are so many ways to use it and its worth the price.  It’s made with olive oil, cashews, basil, parmesean cheese and garlic and it tastes fantastic.  There are no preservatives.  A large 250g punnet costs about $9 but it lasts quite a while.  It comes in a smaller size too.

3. Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Herbs and Spices

I received these in the mail yesterday which is good timing because my herb garden is looking a bit sad since it’s winter.  These herbs and spices are lightly dried – so kind of an in between fresh, in between dried, and they last for four weeks once open when stored in the fridge.  I had the basil and parsley on my eggs this morning and they added a great flavour.  Check them out at your local supermarket.

4.  Foundation Foods Chicken Stock

This is a good quality chicken stock made with no added salt or flavour enhancers, and it’s a similar price to your supermarket stocks.  I’ve used this in soups and the beef one in casseroles and it adds a great flavour.  I bought this at Moore Wilsons, but I think it is also stocked at some supermarkets around the country, including Pak n Save.

4. J Friend and Co Honey

This range of honey is something I’m loving right now.  Each jar has the name of the bee keepers and where it came from which is a nice touch.  The flavours are delicious – each tastes slightly different to the other.  At the moment, my favourite is the lightly flavoured creamy kamahi honey. It’s delicious on hot crunch, Vogels toast for a bit of a treat. You can buy it online here.

5. Mother Earth Peanut Butter

This has been out for a wee while now and it was on special so I thought I’d give it a go. I was impressed with the flavour and also with how the oil was fairly evenly distributed.  Because natural peanut butters have no emulsifiers, the oil separates from the nuts sometimes and I find often by the time I get to the bottom of the jar, it’s really dry, but this stayed pretty well mixed.  Also the shape of the jar makes it easy to stir the peanut butter.  Would definitely buy this again. Nice crunch factor 🙂

Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts?