Summer Round Up: Express Quinoa, Salt & Sauce

I've received some lovely samples in the last couple of month, there has definitely been a summer salad theme to them which is great, I've been really enjoying a good salad in the balmy summer evenings that we have been having.

Pinch Chilli Sea Salt on Scrambled eggs from Cornish Sea Salt
Cornish Pinch Sea Salt
A little box of pinch salt sachets arrived from Cornish Sea Salt, big flakes of sea salt mixed with herbs and spices from the Cornish Sea Salt Pinch infusions range. There was a good selection of flavours, we've already used them all up in various dishes. I think this scrambled eggs on toast with chilli sea salt really highlight the large salty.

Ludlow sauces and caramelised red onion chutney
Ludlow Sauce
These soy based sauces from local Ludlow Sauce come in four different flavours, we enjoyed the summer sauce as a salad dressing and marinated pork steak kebabs for the BBQ in the hot sauce. The deep brown sauces had bits of herb in them, Ludlow hot sauce gave the marinated meat a great colour and subtly spiced flavour. I liked the cheeky labelling too. I also received a sample of their their new chutney which is divine, I'll be buying more of  that.

Express Quinoa
I like quinoa in salads and with these new resealable pouches from Quinola you can just add a few spoonfuls of cooked quiona straight to the salad bowl. I also think they would be handy for taking to the office or out on picnics. If you want hot quinoa you can pop the pouch straight into the microwave too.

Schwartz 2 in 1 Mediterranean Chicken Pasta and Cheesy Crumb Topping
I was sent a sachet to try the new Schwartz 2 in 1 range. I wasn't sure whether or not to post about this one as I didn't like it. I decided to just give it a quick mention in this round up and tell you why I wasn't keen. You have to add the chicken, pasta, cheese and vegetables yourself so essentially you are left with Mediterranean herbs and crumbs which you could easily mix yourself from a basic spice rack. I also found the mixes to be tangy, acidic and overly garlicky.

Pyrex Kitchen Lab
I won these measuring glasses styled like science beakers and some glass dishes during the #cookingwithpyrex twitter party. Sure they are a bit gimmicky but I love that, with gastro molecular cooking I think the science crossover with these is great. The biggest thing that I gleaned from the twitter chat was how many people have vintage Pyrex dishes that have been passed down through the generations. I love the idea of everyone cooking their family favourites with their granny's old Pyrex.