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The Deliciously Decadent Taste of Opies Fruits in Alcohol

The Deliciously Decadent Taste of Opies Fruits in Alcohol

I was sent a gift hamper of Opies fruits in alcohol recently and was both intrigued and excited. I had never tried fruits in alcohol at home, and I can’t actually recall ever really trying them outside of my home but perhaps they were included as part of a dessert or in a cocktail. But receiving this beautifully packaged and luxuriously branded set of goodies really did feel like a treat, a deliciously decadent treat.

As you can hear from my unboxing video I used the word lovely frequently because to be honest they really were lovely. Perhaps I could have found more descriptive terms to describe the taste sensation but I suppose I was responding to the way they made me feel. The fact that though steeped in alcohol the fruits contained within each jar are not overpowered by the alcohol surprised me but I think, though I’m clearly not an expert on the process of creating this delicacy, that it is because the fruits are in high quality beverages. And it is this quality that shines through across the product line and reflects that this is a family business that has been making products since 1880 in Kent, England. There is a care and attention to detail that I believe comes from familial bonds; creating something special with these bonds and using their love for each other to bring moments of love to the world.

In the gift hamper that I received were three new luxury fruits which have recently (as of 2020) been added to the Opies collection with each taking inspiration from popular and best-selling fruits and alcohol: Red Berries steeped in syrup infused with Pink Gin, Figs steeped in syrup infused with Luxardo® Dark Rum and Apricots steeped in syrup infused with The Famous Grouse® Blended Scotch Whisky.  I also received pickled walnuts and cocktail cherries. According to research commissioned by Opies, most of us serve and enjoy these luxurious fruits very simply – with a generous spoonful of cream. But, Opies have provided inspiration on alternative ways to enjoy these delicious treats whether it’s in bakes, drinks – even savoury dishes with their extensive range of easy to follow recipes.

These three new variants are available to buy in store or online at Waitrose or Ocado and other independent retailers. RSP £6.00 460g. You can also find them on the Sous Chef website which I have reviewed before.

Completing the collection are a selection of best-selling Opies fruits in alcohol that include: Black Cherries steeped in syrup infused with Luxardo® Kirsch, Peaches steeped in syrup infused with Courvoisier® and Baby Pears steeped in syrup infused with Luxardo® Amaretto. They are popular during the Christmas period as a gift but trust me you can treat yourself or someone special these jars of goodness at any time of the year and you won’t be disappointed.

This is a gifted item review – no financial payment was made for this review.

Korean Food - Sous Chef

Exploring Korean Food with Sous Chef

I was recently offered the opportunity to review a Korean Food Pack put together by Sous Chef, an online cooking shop with a wide variety of food and cookery equipment for food lovers. It is a place for cooks and chefs at any level to buy ingredients, equipment, tableware and gifts inspired by leading restaurants from around the world and international food. In my Korean food pack I received white sesame seeds, sesame oil, vermicilli noodles, Kimchi and a beautiful crafted plate.

Korean food recipe kit/food pack  - sous chef

One of the first things I couldn’t wait to sample was the kimchi which I opened pretty much straight away and ate some as a snack – which I know isn’t customary but I could not resist, I absolutely love it. Kimchi is a spicy and pungent condiment made from fermented cabbage and radises and seasoned with garlic, ginger and chillies. It is Korea’s national dish and can be made at home but obviously receiving it ready made saves a lot of time. It is sharp and is most commonly eating alongside main meals but I just enjoy the sharp, rich taste so much that I eat it as a snack like a salad.

Kimchi - Korean Food - Sous Chef
Kimchi

I found a really easy to follow recipe of Japchae (stir-fry Korean glass noodles) and made this dish for the first time using the vermicelli noodles in the food pack sent. For my first attempt they came out really well and tasted absolutely delicious – perfectly chewy without being mushy or flavourless. What I particularly liked was the fact that because I used these authentic ingredients the dish itself really did taste special, like something I would expect to be served in a take-away or restaurant.

Japchae (stir-fry Korean glass noodles)

*I received this pack as a gift to review – no financial payment was received for this review.