Michele, the blogger behind Iron Chef Shellie, was a guest at the recent SBS Food Journey Festival and set out to see what Australian-made goodies she could find.
Blue M Food Co.
What makes products stand out by Blue M Food Co. is that they’re fresh and handmade, offering a range of both sweet and savoury gourmet condiments. Only the best ingredients are used, with no artificial preservatives or bulking agents. All but one of their products contain no extra salt.
Passion butter and lemon butter are both deliciously creamy and have the right mix of sweetness and tang. Serving suggestions include using it as an icing on a cake, a topping for hot toast or pancakes for breakfast, or even stirred through a bowl of ice-cream or yoghurt.
Meanwhile, the chutneys – sweet, spicy or tangy – are made using ingredients grown in regional NSW. The mango version is recommended for curries, and the others go well with any meat, so would make a great accompaniment to your next barbecue. They also go well in sandwiches and add a burst of flavour to cheese boards.
For Melbournians, Blue M Food Co. is in talks with gourmet food store Leo’s, but, for now, all products are easily available through the online store.
The Australian made and owned range from Gourmet Morsels is bound to please just about anyone. The range includes dukkahs, classic curry blends and meat rubs, using herbs and spices that showcase Australian bush and international flavours. A large majority of their products are gluten free, and all contain no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives and no added MSG.
Dukkah (a traditional Egyptian blend made up of roasted seeds, nuts and spices) can be enjoyed with fresh, crusty bread. Dip a thick slice in good-quality olive oil, then into a dukkah, such as Jackaroo (linseed, mustard and lemon myrtle).
There are a range of recipes on the website, which are easy to follow, even for the novice cook. Classic dishes like butter chicken, curry laksa, cajun chicken and souvlaki are made a whole lot easier and cheaper using prepared blends of herbs and spices.
The Gourmet Morsels range is available through some speciality delis, markets, food expos or readily available through its online store.
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