Wednesday, 8 February 2012

my graze box goodies :)

why hello there little graze box - how i've missed you.

i used to subscribe to graze.com whilst at uni but having been enticed by the tantalising new products online and a free box code, i've been drawn back in. and i'm not complaining one bit.

for those of you that aren't already familiar with this mini miracle in recyclable cardboard; graze boxes are a letter box sized selection of your favourite treats based on how you rate their products online, for £3.79 a box.

picture the scene...

"eww i hate banana coins, even if they are dipped in chocolate. get them away." *selects BIN option*

"ooohhh cheese cashews? sounds like a dream. gimme!" *selects LOVE*

"bbq pistachios. they sound interesting..." *selects TRY*

and so on.

so in my specially tailored box i got... black pepper pistachios, bonnie wee oat bakes, an apple and cinnamon flapjack and green olives with basil and garlic. plus a cute little nutritional information booklet.

and what can i say? they got it so right.

the bonny wee oat bakes were wholemeal cheese and chive plectrum size biscuits with a red onion marmalade. a beautiful combination.

the flapjack was just divine with a cup of tea. chewy and nicely spiced :)

and as for the olives, well, i'm just glad they only come in small portions... i could've had a box full.

the pistachios are being saved for tomorrow, around 3pm, when the snacking cravings kick in at work.

can't wait to see what my next box has in store. thanks graze! x

Sunday, 5 February 2012

sesame pork balls with teriyaki udon ♥

this recipe is really simple and delicious. what's more, it's an adaptation on a weight watchers recipe so isn't too heavy on the calories either.

shopping list

for the pork balls
♥ 500g of low fat pork mince
♥ 6 spring onions, chopped finely
♥ 4 teaspoons of soy sauce
♥ 40g sesame seeds
♥ jalapeƱo chilli flakes
♥ 20g fresh coriander, chopped finely

for the oodles of noodles
♥ pack of soft udon noodles
♥ teriyaki marinade
♥ mange tout
♥ red pepper
♥ 2 tsp cornflour

to make the pork balls; firstly preheat the oven to gas mark 6.

next, mix together all the ingredients for the pork balls, except the sesame seeds. the herby pork mixture can then be rolled into small balls, making around 14. the fun part is now rolling each balls in the sesame seeds and placing evenly on a baking tray. place in the oven for around 18 minutes.

whilst these are cooking, toss together the noodles and vegetables in a wok or frying pan. to make the sauce, mix together 4 tablespoons of teriyaki marinade, 2 teaspoons of cornflour and 6 tablespoons of cold water and then pour in. This can be doubled up or halved depending on your taste. or for a different flavour, add in ginger or use a hoisin based stir fry sauce.

yum! and only around 240 calories for 5 balls and an added 150 for the noodles.