When I was asked if I would be keen to sample some products from Pepper Tree Fine Foods, it was an instant yes from me. I used to love cooking and making meals from scratch but these days with an active two year old eager to be involved with everything happening in and around the house, it’s all about convenience and speed when it comes to dinner time.
The two products I made were the Malaysian Satay Curry and the Pumpkin Dahl ($10.95 rrp each). They are attractively packaged with simple to follow, step-by-step instructions. The fresh ingredients required are listed on the back of the pack.
The range has been hand crafted by Audra Vilkelis. Audra has created a selection of traditional vegetarian dishes that can easily be made at home. I was a little unsure what my husband would think as it was a meatless meal but I didn’t have to worry. He declared it was delicious and actually went back for a second serving, which astounded me – he doesn’t normally do vegetarian.
The Malaysian Satay Curry took a little over thirty minutes to prepare and cook. The most time consuming part was probably peeling the potatoes. Once the onion was diced, potatoes prepped and the beans destalked, it was simply a case of adding the spices and the ingredients together and leaving it to simmer while I prepared the Pumpkin Dahl.
Again, this was really straight forward and once I’d cubed the pumpkin, I was ready to mix it all together and leave it to simmer on the stove.
I loved that all the packets are clearly labeled and everything is premeasured so it just needs to be added when required. I have countless spice jars in my cupboard that have only been used a handful of times when I’ve tried a new recipe, so Pepper Tree Fine Foods eliminates the need to buy ingredients that you probably wouldn’t use again.
I decided to prepare both kinds of rice as I figured they would complement the flavour of the two dishes. Lightly frying the spices, the rice was boiled and then left to cook on a low heat for a further 15 or so minutes.
The house smelt amazing and when my husband arrived home from work he exclaimed that the aroma from dinner was indeed enticing. The two packets made an abundance of food so I packaged up the leftovers and gave it to my parents to have for their next dinner. Mum couldn’t believe the flavours and found them to be very authentic stating she couldn’t recreate them herself.
Both dishes, although void of meat, were more than substantial and the pappadums added that much needed crunch throughout the meal. Very impressed with the two Pepper Tree Fine Foods products that we sampled and we’ll be tasting the other products in the range soon.
Pepper Tree Fine Foods range of meal kits are available to purchase via www.peppertreefinefoods.com.au or at various IGAs around Perth or specialty supermarkets (also listed on the website).
Disclaimer: foodie cravings was provided the featured meal kits by Pepper Tree Fine Foods to sample. See disclosure policy for more details.