If you’re looking to stock up on candy for trick or treaters, you should think about heading over to Costco in the next week or so. There’s even a coupon in the current US coupon book for the large sized candy bars. Of course, you do have another weekend to go, but you don’t want to get stuck with the less desirable treats, like Tootsie Rolls.
Oebel Stollen – I know it isn’t a favorite for a lot of people, but I really like stollen. It’s kind of like the German version of panettone, which I absolutely love, but a little more dense and not nearly as tall and certainly much sweeter. This stollen is filled with sultanas, candied lemon and orange peels, almonds and even some hazelnuts, plus it ha a thick filling of marzipan running through the center. And of course there’s the generous regular and powdered sugar sprinkled on the top to make it perfectly sweet. It’s sweet and nicely fruity, but the nice thing is that it isn’t cloyingly sweet, despite the fact that there is all that powdered sugar on the top. The delicious cake is perfect with a cup of tea or coffee, or even a glass of milk. Costco in the US usually has some form of stollen, to get your fill of German fruitcake for Christmas, but maybe not this same brand. However, the stollen that I’ve purchased at Costco US is really excellent too. Between this and the panettone that I bought a few weeks ago, I’ll definitely be able to get enough of the fruity little cakes for Christmastime. I can never decide which one I like better – panettone or stollen. Both of them are the perfect sweet treat with a big glass of milk or a cup of tea mid-afternoon. Plus, this year the stollen has the added benefit of getting me all in the mood for our Christmas trip to Berlin. While the one kilogram size is not small by any means, if you store it properly in an air tight container, it will last for quite some time and still taste as good as when you first opened the package. 1 kilogram for £4.49 (US: $7.07). Item #: 0087515.
Real Deli Sweet Potato Pakora – We bought these right before the coupon that is available now (well, through Sunday anyway). I have to admit that these are way, way better than I thought they were going to be when Dave picked them up. But after we tried them, I had to admit that they were delicious! And if you’re a vegetarian, you’ll be happy to hear that these are suitable for you too. The little fritters or balls are made from sweet potato and chickpeas along with a variety of authentic spices like garlic, coriander, cumin, paprika, and red chiles. These are a great addition to dinner, especially if you want to have a meat-free meal and have something with a lot of flavour. We tried them with some couscous which was pretty good, but I think they’d be good for a non-meat version of spaghetti and meatballs too. I think you could serve them on a salad too. Of course, they’re also just good by themselves or with a little bit of chili sauce or harissa to dip them in, so they wold be great for an appetizer if you were having a party. They say that you can eat them cold, but we didn’t try that. They are easy to heat up since they are already baked. You can either pop them into the microwave for a couple of minutes or you can put them into the oven for about 10 minutes. 500 grams for £2.99 (US: $4.71). Item #: 0116153.
Real Deli Falafel – We bought these because we had a coupon to get the Falafel for £1.00 if bought with a package of Sweet Potato Pakora. Falafel are little balls of chick peas and vegetables with some spices added in to give them some flavour. These have the added benefit of being baked, not fried, to be a bit more healthy. Luckily, we like the Sweet Potato Pakora because the Falafel is not so good. It’s really, really dry. Almost painfully dry. Dave managed to choke them down without a sauce or anything, however, I couldn’t manage it. So, I used my Greek yogurt to make a spicy dip. The dip helped a bit because it gave them some much needed moisture and an added bit of flavour. However, without the dip they were pretty dire. It’s not that the flavour is bad, it’s actually quite flavourful, but the dryness is unbelievable. We tried cooking them in the oven and the microwave, both suggested prep methods on the package. But really, there didn’t seem to be any difference in the moisture level or the texture once heated up no matter which method we used. Dave was joking that they had to entice people into buying these because they were so untasty. I think he could be on to something. But if that is the case, they should think about giving them away for free. As you can probably guess, I wouldn’t suggest buying these. And, I certainly won’t be buying them again…even if they are free! 500 grams for £1.00 (£2.59 – £1.59 coupon when bought with pakora) (US: $1.58). Item #: 0060630.
Del Ugo Fresh Tagliatelle – I love these dual packs of fresh pasta that they have at Costco. You can get a nice variety of ravioli as well as this tagliatelle. I like that they are easily freezable too. For instance, with the two packages of tagliatelle, I cooked one right away and then put the other one in the freezer to make later. The package from the freezer was still really nice when we cooked it too. And since you can cook it straight from frozen, it doesn’t even add that much more hassle (no thawing or anything required). The pasta is really nice and is so easy to cook from fresh, truly taking just a few minutes when added to boiling water. I know that the traditional way to eat tagliatelle is with thick sauces like a Bolognese sauce, and of course that would be great with this. Of course, I also like it with simple stuff like butter and garlic. Or, a nice cream based sauce. I’ve had really good luck with all of the Del Ugo fresh pastas that I’ve tried through Costco and the tagliatelle is no exception. I think they also have a few different pasta sauces available at Costco too. I might try those next time as well and see if their sauces are as good as their pasta. 2, 500 gram packages for £1.99 (US: $3.13). Item #: 0117347.