We had the pleasure of meeting some of the Belazu staff at Taste of London this year and we teamed up with them recently to give you the chance to win some amazing prizes. Belazu have been so generous and have sent us extra quantities of their lovely products so that the Team here at ProWare could taste and enjoy them too!
We wanted to see what all the hype was around the company that has been bringing Mediterranean & Middle Eastern ingredients to tables since 1991.
Here’s what we thought to the wonderful pesto, pastes and vinegar that we have had the pleasure in trying out:
Anyone could be fooled into thinking that this is a basic Italian basil pesto. Belazu describe it as a classic and we agree, no kitchen should be without a jar! The aroma of the basil is fantastic and even used for a quick and simple snack with linguini the Parmigiano adds a rich nutty flavour which compliments the pine kernels beautifully.
This sun-dried tomato pesto is blended with sweet oak smoked paprika to give it an amazingly rich flavour. It went down a storm when we used it as a dressing with roasted vegetables and can be used between layers of potato gratin to create a wonderful side dish.
Bold, fruity and smooth this sweet and sticky Balsamic Vinegar is fantastic. We enjoyed it with a bit of oil on focaccia bread and to drizzle over caprese salads but can be used for dressings, marinades and sauces.
We used this Verbena Harissa to add a real zing to freshly cooked new potatoes and they went down a storm at a family barbecue alongside Portuguese spiced chicken, lamb kebabs and salad. Yum!
Last but by no means least we tried this Rose Harissa Paste which is one of Belazu’s signature ingredient and best seller. It really did add a kick to plain cous cous and a simple yoghurt dip, the slow burning chilli will add depth of flavour to any dish.