Well, I imagine that this will be a busy shopping weekend at Costco since the Easter holidays are coming up next weekend. So, I’d be prepared for crowds. Here in the UK we have a lovely four day weekend that I am really looking forward to! Also, don’t forget that there is an active US coupon book as well as a UK coupon book too, so be sure to check out what’s on sale before you go.
Ryvita Crispbread – I so thought I could be a lady that crunched (that’s the commercial tag line), but I don’t think I am really. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Ryvita, they are little crispy cracker bread things that are made with some serious amounts of fibre in the form of wholegrain rye and pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds and oats. It’s not that they are really horrible or anything, but they definitely need something with some flavour on top of them. I’ve tried them with some smoked salmon, ham, Swiss cheese, and the La Roulle cheese that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. All of those were tasty for sure, but at that point the bread is just something to transport something to your mouth. I have also tried them without anything on them and they are very dry (as you would expect) and don’t have a terrific taste by themselves. I think they work best with something a little moist as a topping. For instance, the soft spreadable cheese was perfect for them because it has a lot of flavour on its own and it is also fairly moist to help with the dryness of the crispbreads. The good news is that they won’t crumble and crack all to pieces like lesser crackers, so you can put something even fairly heavy on as a topping. Neither of the flavours really stands out as my preference, but they are both a good fibre source for a little afternoon snack. The good news is that these are a real bargain at Costco. Most of the other supermarkets sell a single 200 gram box for £1.45, which would make a total price of £5.80 for four boxes or £1.85 more than at Costco. That’s like getting a whole box free when you shop at Costco. 4, 200 gram packages for £3.95. Item #: 0111841.
UPB Peking Duck Spring Rolls – These are a nice little appetiser or snack since you can cook them right from frozen in under 30 minutes. The rolls contain shredded Peking duck, spring onions, carrots, and hoisin sauce. When I first opened the box I was confused because I thought there would be a little pouch or two of hoisin sauce to dip the rolls in, but that isn’t the case. It turns out the hoisin sauce is incorporated into the filling for the rolls. The rolls have a nice taste with a decent amount of duck and a lovely tangy sweetness from the hoisin sauce. My only disappointment was that they still looked a little pale after cooking but were crunchy on the outside. The spring rolls are hand made and filled with natural (real) ingredients with no artificial preservatives, flavouring, or colours. I like that you can just cook up a few to add to a meal or a salad or bowl of soup. 30 rolls, 1050 grams, for £6.95. Item #: 0087232.
Stoeffler Flammkueche, Tarte Flambée D’Alsace – I picked this up because I keep seeing it when we’re shopping at Costco and finally decided that it looked worthy of trying. And I’m really glad I gave it a go because it is yummy! Obviously I didn’t look at the package too well because I had thought that it was just one but I was pleasantly surprised to find that there are actually two little tarts in the package. I don’t know technically what makes a tart but this is basically a flat bread or pizza-type crust topped with cheese, creme fraiche, finely diced bacon and onions. It was absolutely delicious. When you cook it the topping gets all creamy and has this lovely smoked taste from the bacon and a bit of a grilled taste from the crust. So good! They are definitely thin and you really need to kind of roll it or fold it to hold it when eating. We had ours with some veggies but it would have been perfect with a nice salad too. You could probably also slice it up sort of like a pizza and serve it as an appetiser or starter. Depending on the flavour, it might also be a nice side for a bowl of soup. This is certainly something I plan on picking up again. 2, 350 gram tarts for £3.99. Item #: 0106879.
Bearfields Prime Gammon Steaks – This was another delicious impulse purchase on our last trip to Costco. We hadn’t been planning on getting ham at all but I thought this little package was really nice for our family of two since it was just four ham steaks. Dave and I both really like ham but it is kind of impractical to make a ham for just the two of us. To get a decent ham, it seems you have to get a pretty decent sized one, and that usually means that we run out of our desire for ham before we actually run out of ham. To prepare the ham you just put it under the grill/broiler in the oven for about 12 or 15 minutes. The only other preparation you need to do is to score the thick rind on the outside of the steaks. When you cook it the rind gets a little crunchy and the ham stays delicious and moist. The steaks are really thick, most likely thicker than you would probably cut a slice off of your ham. Dave and I were both totally amazed by the absolutely delicious taste and wished we had bought another package. I’m sure that since we liked it so much it won’t be available the next time we’re shopping at Costco; you know how it is. We had the steaks with vegetables and mashed potatoes but they would have been incredible on a sandwich with big thick slices of homemade bread. 4 steaks, 908 grams, for £5.99. Item #: 0003882.
Ma Boul’Ange Chocolate Chip Brioche Rolls – I mentioned these briefly in my post about the current UK coupon book since they have a 20% off coupon right now. I love brioche. I know I shouldn’t because it is practically all butter but naturally that just draws me to it even more. And then these little rolls have the added yummy chocolate chips too. So, given all of that, I could hardly pass them up, right? In the one big bag at Costco, you get two smaller bags of 12 rolls each. Each of the rolls is individually wrapped which makes them perfect for grabbing to take to work for breakfast or a snack. I’m confident that you could freeze these if you wanted but they have a shelf life of four to six weeks, so you can probably snack your way through them in that time. One of the good things about brioche is that it is so rich all on its own, you don’t need to add anything like butter or jam or even toast it because it is so good right from the package. Since they have a coupon right now, the price is just £2.63. The coupon price is an excellent deal I think, since that is just £0.11 per roll; you’re not buying anything at Starbucks or a bakery for that price. 24 rolls for £3.29. Item #: 0105327.