An Unboxing & Review of My Bokksu Japanese Snack Box – April ’18…

I seem to have developed somewhat of an obsession for my Bokksu snack boxes and this is only the second one that I have had. When I got the email that the box was on its way I was doing the happy butt wiggle dance (being wheelchair bound means that is about the only dance that I can manage!) 🙂

OK, let’s get stuck in to this box. As always the beautiful red and white square box is an indicator of all the yumminess inside. I was thrilled to see that the theme of this month’s box was blossoming spring. When I think blossoms, my mind always thinks of Sakura blossoms. They are my favourite flower after sunflowers and cherries are my all time favourite fruit, followed by plums.

The card that had the details of each item had a gorgeous picture of Sakura blossom on the front. Happy me!

First item inside is Sakura love tea. With an amazing aroma of fresh cherries, this naturally sweet and delicate tea is perfect for spring. The tea is utterly delicious. Two bags wasn’t enough!

Next comes the baked chocolate strawberry. With strawberry bits baked into the batter, this fluffy and rich chocolate is baked to perfection and melts in your mouth with every bite. These had a big of a merengue texture so although the taste was good, the texture threw me off just a little bit, it really did. There were two of these.

The next item was Sakura Shrimp Kakimochi. Airy and crisp, this puffed up mochi has a delicate flavour from the added sakuraebi, a type of Japanese shrimp famed for it’s translucent pink colour. No. JUST NO!!! I do not do fish in any way shape or form. However I gave them both to my 17 year old son who reliably informed me the were were “well lush!”

Next up were hand baked butter senbei. This rice cracker has a rich buttery flavour that balances beautifully with this month’s delicate tea paring. There were two of these. This senbei is extra special because each piece is hand baked by a craftsman who runs his own small shop in Tokyo. Really really tasty!

The next piece of yumminess was the ume sable. This ume flower shaped sable contains finely chopped plum and shisho (perilla) leaves. The fruity sourness of the plum compliments nicely with the sweet taste of the butter cookie. I wish there had been more than two.

Next comes a big box of Pocky double strawberry. Pocky double strawberry is a luxurious and seasonally limited Pocky. This beautifully chunky Pocky has a thicker, creamier coating of strawberry cheesecake on a short chocolate cookie stick. These really were very yummy indeed!

The next item of deliciousness was the spring rice crackers. These cute crackers are shaped like spring flowers and come in a variety of flavours including sour plum, matcha, purple sweet potato, shrimp, turmeric, salt, chilli pepper and light soy sauce! Thanks to the presence of Shrimp these were again a no no but son said they were yummy!

Next comes suppa mucho stick sour plum. These crispy potato sticks are seasoned with a tangy sour plum seasoning. Salty, sweet and sour all in one bite, they’re absolutely addictive! This little packet of bad boys just should not have worked. But the reality is that they were bloody delicious they really were!

Next up was the white strawberry. Each strawberry is first freeze dried and then soaked in white chocolate, giving it the perfect balance of soft and crunchy. There were two of these and I really did enjoy them.

Next up were the Sakura chocolate crepes. This crispy crepe is rolled up and entombed in a sweet floral chocolate. It is as light and delicate as the Sakura flowers it’s flavoured with. Three bars of yumminess here.

The last item in the box was the Sakura rusk. Twice baked in the oven with Sakura butter, you will enjoy the mild floral hint of cherry blossoms in this delicate baguette slice. Salted Sakura petals are mixed into the butter, which is why you can see small Sakura flakes on top. There were three of these and I absolutely loved them!

Yet again, Bokksu have delivered a fabulous box of much deliciousness to my door and I am already eagerly awaiting box number three!!!

A five out of five score for this box!

Be kind to each other.x

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Get a Grip!!!…

Seriously what is wrong with people at the moment? Why are people acting like there will be no more milk or bread in the entire world for at least about around an entire flippin week! Really people you need to get a grip of yourselves.

 

I know it has been a while since we last had any decent snow, but surely we haven’t forgotten how to cope with deep snow?

 

I can remember having to walk to school in knee deep snow in waterproofs and then get changed at school. We could see our breath and there was ice on the inside of the windows. Yet now? Three snowflakes and school shuts for a freakin’ week! Laughable!

 

This whole “panic buying” is yet another sad aspect of the consumerist greed that now enthrals society. Why can’t we see that we don’t need to behave in such a way? There are so many people who go out and buy what they know they don’t need and for what? To see it go mouldy and then have to throw it away.

 

I get so cross when I think of this. There are so many people in this country who are now on or below the breadline and they are lucky to get a piece of toast to eat. Yet selfish greedy consumers who cannot cram enough food into their shopping trollies to then cram into their kitchen cupboards to then have to throw it all away because it has all gone off. That is all food that could have been given to hungry people!

 

As poor as I am, I always buy a couple of extra tins of human and animal food (yes, there are hungry pets too) and pop it all into the collection point at my local supermarket. It’s easy to do, and could take the place of all the extra freakin’ bread you bought that is going to go mouldy!!! *shakes head*

 

Seriously people, get a grip. This is snow. Deal with it like a grown up. You do know that in Canada they are howling with laughter at the way we are behaving, and rightly so! Let’s get ourselves back to normality. When did you last bake your own bread? You could do that instead of buying six loaves at Tesco!

 

Take care of yourselves.x

Unboxing and Reviewing My Bokksu Subscription Box – March ’18…

Oh wow. Just wow. I had been so so excited to get this subscription box. Out of all the ones that I have tried out, this has had the most content and been the best value for money of all. Again, this box was not gifted, I paid for it.

If you want to find out more about what’s actually in the box and the subscription then you can find all the details here… https://www.bokksu.com/collections/monthly-subscription-bokksu

When the Bokksu box actually arrived, and was hauled out of its external postage box, there were some eye popping packaging. The box is a gorgeous square bright red box and has a white line around the middle outside of the box and the Bokksu logo in the middle of the lid.

When you take the lid off the box you can feel yourself becoming more and more excited to see what’s inside and then when you actually see, I promise I squealed like a toddler on Christmas morning! I was so very excited by what I could see!

The theme of the March ’18 box is Glamorous Tokyo. The card that you get detailing all of your products has a brief history of the city on the back of it.

OK, let’s get to it. The first product I got my hands on was the cafe latte stick. You get two of these. It’s a light latte with a rich taste and it goes well with all of the snacks in the box. It is a really yummy coffee. I’m not a lover of strong coffee. This stuff

is great and it’s all in one sachet!

Next we come to the Maple Butter Cookie. You get three of these. I’m down to one already. Ooooooops! They have a very rich buttery taste and the creamy bit in the middle has a lovely maple syrup taste.

Now we find three small packs of Japanese mini fried rice crackers. This rice is fried and coated in sweet soy sauce and it makes a perfect balance between sweet and savoury. I’m loving these and my gosh they are moreish!

Now we come to the Koala’s March Strawberry biscuits. This is a large box so there is only one of them. They are small, buttery biscuits filled with a strawberry crime filling and they have cute Kawaii koalas on the biscuits! Very yummy they are too.

Next are Black Sesame Goma Senbei crackers. There are three of these. Senbei is a traditional Japanese rice cracker. Black sesame seeds add a roasted, toasty flavour that compliments the flavour of the Senbei well.

Next come the Horn Milk Chocolate biscuits. You get four of these. With famous Meiji chocolate sandwiched between two buttery biscuits, it’s a perfect match with a latte.

Oh my! A chocolate and banana cobbler! There is just one of these. They are gorgeously soft, like a brownie and taste delightful.

We also have an apple caramelised cobbler. Also, just one of these. Soft and yummy like the chocolate and banana one!

Next there is one packet of vegetable potato sticks. These crispy snacks are one of Japan’s favourites!

Next we get Tokyo Chocolate Tea. There are three of these. These biscuits are infused withe tea grown in the Tortoro Forest. The thin layer of chocolate melts away so perfectly.

Finally, and my absolute favourite of this box are the Premium Almond Rusks. There are sadly only three. They are twice baked and topped with sliced almonds, this crunchy baguette slice is flavoured with maple and almonds. I love them!

The best thing about this box is that there are no nasty plastic packing beads at all. The whole thing is perfectly cushioned by straw. I tried to get a picture so you can see.

This box is the best! I will be dropping at least one, maybe more to ensure that I can keep this subscription going. It’s just so perfect!

A 20 out of 10 score for this box!

An open letter to omnivores… 

Seriously who thought fuck face Omnivores would’ve been telling you that you had to have meat. That she was a chosen one and (me) simply loved such a  calling and needed help with my game.

Well I’m here to tell you that you have no damn right to tell me how the right way to eat protein is. We, as  humans have found a way to eat protein no matter what the asshole behind us in the queue said.

Meat-eaters will never stop asking and vegans always get sick of hearing it:
“How do you get your protein?”
The image of a skinny (not to mention gangly and dread-headed) hippie has typically been the poster child of veganism. After all, there’s no way we can be muscular, fit and even bulky as vegans, right?
Wrong.
Vegan athletes like Brendan Brazier, Rich Roll, and Jimi Sitko are changing the negative stereotypes, proving that plant-based protein can not only build strong muscles, but can keep a vegan healthy enough to run, swim, bike, dance or pump iron – no flesh-eating necessary.
So how do you get your protein? Here are 10 vegan sources to try on for size:
1. Veggies: Yep, good old greens will pack a protein punch. One cup of cooked spinach has about 7 grams of protein. The same serving of French beans has about 13 grams. Two cups of cooked kale? 5 grams. One cup of boiled peas? Nine grams. You get the idea.

 

2. Hemp. No, you don’t have to get high to get your protein. But toss 30 grams of hemp powder in your smoothie and get about 11 grams of protein – just like that.

 

3. Non-Dairy Milk. Got (soy) milk? A mere 1 cup of soy or almond milk can pack about 7-9 grams of protein. Eat with some fortified cereal and you’ve got a totally vegan-friendly breakfast.

 

4. Nut Butter. Eat up your peanut butter, almond butter and cashew butter. A couple of tablespoons of any one of these will get you 8 grams of protein.

 

5. Quinoa. I kinda think quinoa is God’s gift to vegans (and gluten-free peeps!), as it’s versatile, delicious and delivers about 9 grams of protein per cup.
6. Tofu. Four ounces of tofu will get you about 9 grams of protein. And at about 2 bucks a pop, it’s a cheap vegan’s BFF.

 

7. Lentils. With lentils, you can make rice dishes, veggie burgers, casseroles and more. One cup cooked delivers a whopping 18 grams of protein!
8. Beans. They really are the magical fruit. With one cup of pinto, kidney or black beans, you’ll get about 13-15 grams of protein, a full belly and heart-healthy fiber.

 

9. Tempeh. One cup of tempeh packs abour 30 grams of protein! That’s more than 5 eggs or a regular hamburger patty.

 

10. Sprouted-grain bread. Pack a sandwich with vegan sprouted-grain bread and you’ll get about 10 grams of protein in the bread alone.

 

Still want to ask me where I get my protein? Yeah. That’s what I thought.

Clootie Dumpling – my favourite Scottish desert…

A traditional dessert pudding called clootie dumpling is made with flour, breadcrumbs, dried fruit (sultanas and currants), suet, sugar and spice with some milk to bind it, and sometimes golden syrup. Ingredients are mixed well into a dough, then wrapped up in a floured cloth, placed in a large pan of boiling water and simmered for a couple of hours before being lifted out and dried before the fire or in an oven. Recipes vary from region to region e.g. in North Fife and Dundee it is not common to use breadcrumbs but the use of treacle is common.
Here is my favourite way to make it:
Preparation time

30 mins to 1 hour

 

Cooking time

over 2 hours

Serves 8

Ingredients

225g (8oz) plain flour, plus 25g (1oz) for sprinkling

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground ginger

ÂĽtsp sea salt

175g/6oz caster sugar, plus 1 tbsp for sprinkling

100g/4oz shredded suet

100g/4oz sultanas

75g/3oz currants

75g/3oz chopped stoned dates

50g/2oz Muscatel raisins

1 apple or carrot, coarsely grated

1 tbsp black treacle

1 medium farm-fresh egg

150ml/5fl oz buttermilk

225g/8oz clotted cream

Method

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, spices and salt into a bowl and stir in the sugar, suet, dried fruits, and the grated carrot or apple. 

Mix the black treacle with the egg and some of the buttermilk and mix into the dry ingredients to give soft mixture with a cake-like dropping consistency.

Dip a large piece of muslin, an old pillowcase, a pudding cloth or a tea towel into boiling water, remove it and squeeze out the excess water. Lay it out on a surface and sprinkle a 30cm/12in circle in the centre with the 25g/1oz of flour and the 1 tbsp of caster sugar. Spoon pudding mixture on top and tie securely with string, leaving a little room for the pudding to expand. 

Rest a large heatproof trivet or container in the base of a large pan so that the pudding is not in direct contact with the heat. Place the pudding on the trivet/container, knotted side up. Pour in enough water almost to cover the pudding, cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer gently for 3-4 hours. Take a peek every now and then and then to check the water level and top it up if necessary.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Lift the pudding out of the pan and dip it briefly in a bowl of cold water (to ensure that the outside of the pudding does not stick to an ovenproof serving plate). Then remove remove the cloth and place the pudding on an ovenproof dish/plate. Slide it into the oven and leave it for 15 minutes until the outside of the pudding has dried off. 

Serve in chunky wedges with scoops of clotted cream.