Sacla Tomato and Basil Bread Topping was one of the products I received in a hamper I was recently sent from Sacla to review and I have to admit I wanted to try this one straight away. I have lovely memories of being served Bruschetta while on holiday in Italy. There is something about fresh tomatoes and basil on toasted bread that just brings back the memories of sunny days. It is also a popular starter in Italian restaurants, they will often bring you a plate of Bruschetta while you decide what to order. I was keen to see if this would be as nice.
I opened the jar of Sacla Tomato and Basil Bread topping to be greeted with the scent of tomatoes and basil.
You could see the bits of basil and some chunks of tomato. The tomato was more of a puree consistency than you would get in home made Bruschetta which tends to be chunky. There were some small chunks of tomato but not many.
I had some of that french bread that is partly cooked that needs to be warmed in the oven, so I though I would try it with this. Once the bread came out of the oven I spread on the Sacla Tomato and Basil Bread Topping.
It did look quite appetising once I spread it on the bread so I passed the plate around my family to see what they thought. I thought it had a nice taste, you could taste the basil though the tomato and the flavour was not artificial. It was not as nice as home made Bruschetta would be but it came very close. Both my husband and son approved as well and the their plates were empty.
The Sacla Tomato and Basil Bread Topping does go quite a long way, I used two medium sized french sticks and used less that a quarter of the jar. If you are looking for an appetiser for a party this would work very well. It is also very nice as a pre-dinner snack.
You can find Sacla sauces in most supermarkets. Sacla Tomato and Basil Bread Topping is RRP £1.99. For more information visit their website: http://www.sacla.co.uk/
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Minced beef is one of those things that there are a lot of different recipes for. In our house my son and I love pasta and would eat spaghetti bolognese until it came out of our ears. Strangely my dog is a great spaghetti lover as well and does a fabulous impression of that scene in Lady and the Tramp where the two dogs both eat the same strand of spaghetti. It is funny to watch him, you can dangle a piece of spaghetti in front of his mouth and he sucks it down in double quick time. My husband is much more traditional and prefers mince and potatoes.
Mince is one of those things that is always handy to have in when you want to make a cheap and easy recipe. I was looking for a recipe that I could do with either spaghetti or potatoes and this one has proved a hit with the family. It is quick and easy to make which is always a bonus when you are tired after a long day. This is the recipe:
- One onion
- About six mushrooms
- Two carrots
- Minced beef
- A tin of tomato soup (condensed is best but normal soup will work as well)
- A tin of baked beans
- Add some cooking oil into a pan and heat up.
- Chop the onions, mushrooms and carrots into small pieces put in pan.
- When the onions, carrots and mushrooms are soft add the mince to the pan and brown.
- Add the tomato soup and the baked beans to the pan and stir
- Simmer gently on a low heat for about 20 minutes until the mince is cooked.
This is the final result
It is a lovely tomato flavoured mince that can be served with either potatoes or spaghetti and pleases all the household. I suspect it would work very well in a lasagne as well but have yet to try this. If you do give it a go let me know what you think.
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Why? This is a question that demands to be answered. My son asks me why questions everyday, Why does the dog eat meat? Why do we get rainbows? Why does the sun set? As a mum you need to know the answers to everything it seems, but I have questions of my own that I need answers to. I was tagged in this Meme by the lovely Kay from Brink of Bedlam and it gives me the chance to ask for these questions to be answered. If anyone knows the answers, please tell me!
- Why does the phone always ring just as I get into the bath? Do they have some secret way to tell that I don’t know about?
- Why whenever I am in a hurry, does my son seem to move in extreme slow motion?
- Why is it that whenever I spend ages cleaning the house, two minutes after the rest of the family come in it is messy again looking like I never bothered?
- Why can’t I be super efficient and organised? I need a way to get everything done in the shortest amount of time without forgetting anything. It’s never going to happen is it?
- Why is it when I go to the shops to buy something specific I manage to come home with everything except the one thing I went in for?
- Why does it always rain when I put the washing on the line and go to work thinking it will be a lovely day?
- Why does the dog only jump up for a cuddle just as I am about to stand up?
- Why is there never enough bread left for the next day when I buy loads?
- Why does one half of a pair of socks always vanish. I buy loads of pairs, after a few washes I am left with a pile of odd socks. Is there a worm hole to an alternative sock universe somewhere in the house?
I am passing this meme on to some other bloggers to find out what questions they would like answered. To join in you need to do the following:
- Post your whys – as many or few as you want
- Link your post to Mummy Central
- Tag five bloggers to keep this going or leave me comments below letting me know what your burning whys are.
I tag the following bloggers