Despite not getting off my butt and blogging recently I still get quite a few notifications and requests for product reviews. Most of them are ignored because they don’t fit in with the style of the blog, but sometimes there’s a gem in my inbox that ticks the boxes of local, independent and high quality, that can’t go unaccepted.
Grey’s Fine Foods kindly agreed to send me some of the Spanish foods and I was completely bowled over when they sent me an Authentic Spanish Food Hamper! So many beautiful luxury treats to try and a box to keep them in and use as a wonderful storage box later.
Living in a somewhat small abode, I’m desperately trying to keep my possessions to a minimum and stop the overflow of junk into every corner of my house. A food gift is the perfect Christmas gift – an experience to remember but short-lived in its physical presence!
Anyway, in this lovely hamper was 3 meats: Iberico Ham, Iberico Chorizo and Salchichon (which I hadn’t had before). Mr LTT wants you to know that normally when you have thick sliced meats, they tend to be quite hard, but these weren’t. I barely got to sample the Salchichon – it disappeared to work with Mr LTT for sandwiches. The Iberico ham had that delicious tanginess of a well cured meat (the type that makes me desperate to eat another slice) and the chorizo made a delectable addition to our pasta this week. The punchy paprika absorbed into tomato sauce made for a rare meaty treat. Yeah I know, I mixed Spanish and Italian, sue me.
While I’ve been writing this post, I’ve just been supping on the rioja and nibbling the last of the rosemary biscuits with tapenade. I’m more of New World wines kinda girl (I like a big blousey Aussie Shiraz) but this fruity red complimented the meats and tapenade perfectly.
I haven’t tried either the tuna or the paprika yet. I’m not a canned fish fan but it does look really good quality. The paprika also looks like a very pretty addition to your herb shelf. If only all tins looked like this?
Can we talk about tapenade for a second? I think, out of everything, the tapenade is the winner of this hamper. It’s incredible. I’ve been serving it with crisps at every opportunity, but nothing goes so well with it than the rosemary biscuits. They have a substantialness to them compared to crisps and I like to treat them like a blini, piling them with tapenade, meat and a sliver of manchego,
Manchego cheese goes so well with olives. The hard salty texture and its piquant flavour works well with meat too, since the flavour is neither too mild nor too strong, giving a good balance to a Spanish party plate.
Since I’ve received my order, I’ve been looking at the site and discovering all sorts of delicious treats – Galician Rib Steak anyone? I also have somewhat of a weakness for sherry, my particular favourite is Pedro Ximenez for its ultra sweet and date-y taste. But quite honestly, I’d be happy with any gift from this site – the quality of everything I received was so good. You can tell it’s been picked by hand from someone who knows what they’re talking about!
Disclosure: I was sent the food to review for free but reviews as always are my own!