For the past few months’ I’ve been spending more time having fresh home cooked meals than I have just bunging something in the oven. Part of this is a bid to be healthier and rely less on convenience food, and the other part of it lies in the fact that when you’re cooking with another person it instantly becomes more fun than fresh cooking on your own.
Tomato based products like passata, chopped tomatoes and puree’s are absolute staples in my cupboard and if I have less than 2 of each in there I do get a bit worried and run off to Tesco at the first chance I get – sad but true. So when the wonderful team at Cirio* contacted me and asked if I wanted to try out some of their products I couldn’t accept fast enough. As I go through them so often I tend to opt for own brand/ cheaper versions of tomato based products so it was a massive treat to get decent branded products.
I was pretty overwhelmed when I opted the box with three different types of chopped tomatoes (basic, with basil and with onions and garlic), passata, pizza sauce, variations of plum and chopped tomatoes and bottled passata. The later may seem like such a simple thing but it’s actually changed my life, I’d forever open a carton of passata and not use it all, put it in the fridge then end up throwing it away, so having it in a bottle so you just use what you need is such a clever idea.
Over the past month or so I’ve done a lot of cooking from Tomato and Garlic infused chicken to a Bacon wrapped lasagne and almost every time I do so I find myself reaching for something from the Cirio collection, so much so that it’s making me sad that I’m coming to the end of my items. I used to think you couldn’t tell the difference between a 30p basic’s passata and a branded version but I can wholeheartedly say there’s a difference and when you’re making fresh food it pays to go branded as you can taste the freshness of the tomato’s and I found when I added herbs and spices they infused into the food much better.