Things have been rather busy here lately. In between trying to unpack, organise things, find my craft supplies, do some work, cook, clean, and alternately swearing at the internet, my laptop, and the phone signal (it’s shockingly bad), I’ve been feeling a little lack-lustre.. It’s hard to feel inspired when you’re down to your last carrot and up to your elbows in boxes.
However, something arrived in the post which has inspired me a bit more…
A gorgeous box of goodies from InSpiral!!
What pushed me to make a purchase, was their amazing offer – You can buy a box of 7 bags of kale chips, for just £10! (Normally £15.33).
Now, I’m a bit of a kale-chip fiend, so there was no way that I could resist this deal! (As you can see, I’ve already demolished 3 bags of chips, and started on the 4th! What can I say, they’re very more-ish)
The flavour I opted for is their “Purple Corn” variety, which is gorgeously “cheesy”. I’ve tried making my own version of these (I even bought purple corn powder too!) but I’ve yet to make any which come close!
I took this opportunity to grab a few other InSpiral goodies too…
I love seaweed, but I very rarely use it. So I decided to try a bag of Dulse seaweed. One of my favourite salads from InSpiral is their carrot and seaweed salad, so I think I might try to do my own version soon!
Raw garlic crackits are another favourite of mine (along with their herb and tomato ones too!). I always have a hard time picking just one box, but I exercised some restraint this time and only picked up the garlic ones. These are lovely, crunchy, and delicious. They’re perfect for topping with raw (or not!) dips, spreads and other toppings, but mine rarely make it that far. I tend to just grab a nibble straight from the box, or break off a chunk to snack on in the evening!
I also grabbed a bag of these, which I’ve never tried before. I’ll write more about these in another post 🙂
As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to grab a bag! I first tried Durian at the raw-fruit fest I attended, and if you’ve never tried it I highly recommend it! I’m going to write more about this in another post too, so stay tuned :).
And finally, I treated myself to a raw chocolate Ombar, which you can read more about here :). I thought I’d do a quick little review of this, since I love them so much.
I’ve always preferred raw chocolate to “normal” chocolate, I just think that the flavour and texture is so much better, not to mention far better for you. Ombar’s go one step further too – all of their raw chocolates are organic and also contain live bio-cultures. Oh, and they’re rather tasty too.
I’ve tried a few different flavours, but this time I decided to go for a “strawberries and cream” bar, which contains strawberry powder and coconut cream.
These bars aren’t segmented into squares, but into strips. Which can make it very difficult to eat just a small amount at one time… But I do try, just to make it last longer.
The bars have a rich, smooth texture. The kind you’d expect from milk chocolate, which is a nice treat for vegans! The taste of strawberries isn’t very strong unfortunately, more just a slight tang. But I still enjoy the flavour. It’s not a very sweet chocolate, more creamy and mild. I normally like my chocolate a bit darker than this, but if you liked milk chocolate then I’m sure you’d like this top :).
Overall, I probably wouldn’t buy this flavour again. Not because I dislike it, but more because they have so many other flavours that I’m keen to try instead :).
I plan on reviewing the rest of these goodies tomorrow, as I have lots to do and unfortunately can’t spend all day blogging!
I’ll leave you with a quick snap of my raw-inspired dinner from the other night –
Spiralised courgette noodles, with soaked and chopped dulse, mushrooms and grated carrot. Tossed with a little olive oil, liquid aminos (similar to soy sauce), garlic, lemon juice and black pepper..
Served with a tonne of mixed salad leaves, rocket, iceberg, parsley and some chickpeas. Gorgeous! I think I enjoyed this meal more than any I’ve had in ages! So light and fresh. Thanks for the inspiration Inspiral! <3
~ Have you ever tried anything from InSpiral? What did you think?
(Oh, I finally updated my “About me” page! It’s still pretty much the same, but no longer talks about Pixie Produce (which is what this blog was previously called). Now I just need to update the banner!)