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Vegetarian Friendly Foods

Vegetarian Friendly Foods

Monday, 16 May 2016 14:06:58 Europe/London

Vegetarian Week

Introduction

It may seem strange for an online meat wholesalers to be celebrating vegetarian week as, on the face of it, the two seem incompatable. But the reality is we stock much more than just meats and poultry. We will take this opportunity to give a little introduction to some of our, shall we say, vegetarian friendly products and give you a couple suggestions on how they could be used. In Our deli section we can divide our vegetarian products into a couple of categories; South American products and Cheese.

South American Products

Taragui Yerba Mate

Yerba Mate is a tea that is origininally from South American but is very popular worldwide. Traditionally drunk from the Yerba Mate Gourd (see image), it is traditionally a highly sociable beverage often being drunk from a shared gourd. It is made from the leaves of the Ilex Paraguariensis tree which can be found in the subtropical regions of South America.

The tea itself has a rich, refreshing taste and a woody arouma; it is a bitter beverage so, much like other similarly bitter drinks such as coffee and some teas, many people will add a sweetener- though most in South America drink it straight.

The tea is becoming more renowned due to its health benefits which include but are not limited to being rich in antioxidants, enhancing focus and physical endurance, aiding digestion, assisting with weight control and supporting cardiovascular health- not a bad list. Outside of the traditional method which utilised the gourd, the tea itself can be prepared in a variety of ways including using a coffee maker or a french press- additionally our friends at Unstressyourself.com provide you with a simply method of preparation here

Dulche De Leche

Dulce de leche, an Argentine speciality, is prepared by slowly heating sweetened milk to create a caramalised sauce akin to toffee or caramel. Healthy it is not, delicious it most certainly is. It can be incorporated into several classics such as Banoffee pie as bbc foods shows us. 

Food and wine suggest several different uses ranging from cookies and cakes all the way up to a glaze for ham and a sauce for duck breast- see their suggestions here

Medium Fry Empanadas

Empanadas are a crispy and tasty pastry, not dissilimar from the uk pastie,  which can be filled with pretty much anything you want. Our packets provide you with the pastry to stuff and shape in traditional Argentine style- see if you can make them as neat as the pros (see image). They originate from the Tucumán region of Argentina and these addition is perfect for frying. Here are a couple suggested recipes for some delicious vegetarian options that could be used to make a perfect batch of snacks. Why not use our mozzarella and try this recipe from About Food 

Here is another recipe from the Simple Kitchen who also provide a video on how to fold them- hopefully you can do better than us!!! 

Cyriot Halloumi

Halloumi is a cheese that originates from Cyrpus and is a semi-hard, white,  unripened cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk. This creates a distinct and strong salty flavour and a texture that is not dissmilar to that of feta or mozzarella. It is a diverse cheese that, due to its high melting point, is often grilled or fried- this can be utilised perfectly when mixed in with a wrap or salad. In Cyrpus it is often eaten during the summer months with watermelon. BBC Good Foods also have 9 suggestions of how to utilise this delicious cheese:

Cheese joke: What does the cheese say when it looks in the mirror? Halloumi……

ITA Mozzarella Balls

This famous Italian Cheese is a classic that can be used in recipes from salads, to seafoods to meats. It is a fresh cheese, so has not been matured, and has a gorgeous springy texture that compliments its' milkness perfectly. The cheese also has the ability to merge other flavours and mesh with them making it a popular cheese with chefs. Traditionally used in the classic tomato and basil salad but can also be in a variety of ways such as a hot pannini. Outside of this, here are 10 suggestions from Realsimple.com on how to get the best out of your mozzarella.

Cheese Joke: What Cheese surrounds a Medeivial Castle: Moatzarella

Danish Mozzarella Block

Another way to enjoy mozzarella this danish block has all of the benefits of the ITA Mozzarella balls but the shape makes it much easier to slice and use on pizzas for example. This fresh cheese will then melt and perfectly compliment your toppings as you can enjoy a bespoke pizza at home.

French Goat Log

Our French goat log, or Chevre (which literally means goat’s cheese) provides you with a fantastic bit of cheese to utilise in a great range of products. Goats cheese has a number of health benefits being low in fat and high in vitamin A and pottassium. The cheese itself has a wonderfully sharp and bright flavour due to the goats propensity to seek out the highest and most tender leaves when it grazes. If you are looking for some suggestions on how to utilise some goast cheese, have a look at the Guardians top 10 recipes which include ideas ranging from tarts, cheesecakes, pasta sauces and coucous recipes.

 

 

 

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Charlie Johnson

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