This weekend was a big one for us because it was Dave’s birthday and the Super Bowl, all on the same day. Plus, we finally made it to Costco UK after not having been since October! I know: crazy! In the last few months we have shopped more at Costco in the US than here in the UK. To be fair, we weren’t actually here all that much more than we were in the US, so there’s that. It’s nice for things to finally be back to normal for us now and part of that is stocking up on everything at Costco. We spent a small fortune, but now have a full pantry and freezer. Now I feel like everything really is back to normal!
Rodeo Joe’s Jalapeño Flamers – So, even though we are in London, we do still watch American football each week, especially when it is something like the Super Bowl. Of course, here the Super Bowl doesn’t start until midnight. In any case, if you’re going to watch football, you really need some manly snacks, like jalapeños! These are a really good version of a stuffed jalapeño popper. These are made with half a jalapeño that has been filled with a soft white cheese and then rolled in a tortilla chip crumb coating. Yum! They don’t specify what the soft white cheese is, aside from saying it is a full-fat cow’s milk cheese. No matter what the cheese actually is, it all goes together to make a really delicious jalapeño treat. They’re not crazy spicy like these things can be sometimes. I don’t know how they do that; perhaps it is a specific mild type of jalapeño. It’s nice though because you can enjoy the taste of all of the parts – jalapeño cheese, and tortilla chip coating – and enjoy it as a whole medley of flavours without feeling like your mouth is going to catch fire. Well, you as long as you wait for the cheese to cool a bit before popping it into your mouth, otherwise, it is like eating lava. Possibly one of the best things is that these are a breeze to prepare. You can cook them right from frozen in just 15 minutes. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Honestly, I’m not even going to go into the nutrition information. Just suffice it to say, you are eating something stuffed with cheese, this is probably not going to be a big hit with with any diet plan. But every once in a while, you can have a little treat, right? If either of us drank beer I imagine these would be good with that too. But as it is, they are a great accompaniment to a night of American football (or your sport of choice) watching. We’ve also tried the mozzarella cheese sticks and onion rings from the same company and they were pretty good too, though the onion rings weren’t our favourite. I have written about these before, but I wanted to mention that they now have a much more convenient resealable bag. They’ve done away with the big, space consuming cardboard box and just have the resealable plastic bag now. It was much easier to find space in the freezer for these and I don’t have to worry about them getting freezer burn or putting them in a separate Ziploc now. Aside from having these while watching sports, we sometimes prepare just a couple of them when we are having a steak or burger because they go well with those and it’s a nice addition to the meal. It would probably be really yummy to cook a couple of these and use them to actually top your burger too, though I’ve not tried that. 1.2 kilogram package for £8.29. Item #: 0074332.
Minstrel Grated Mild Cheddar Cheese – To go with our jalapeño poppers and Super Bowl watching, we had some nachos as well. Such healthy eating! So we had to buy this giant bag of shredded cheese so that we could make our Super Bowl nachos and have plenty of cheese to do it properly. The cheese is a mild cheddar that is shredded with a big grate so it still has good melting qualities without being too fine and powdery. If we were in the US, we probably would have gone with a Monterey Jack cheese or the Mexican mix that Costco has instead, but that’s less of an option here. At least, we couldn’t find that at Costco . And I will be honest, the extra cost of buying a pre-shredded cheese is worth it to me. The amount of cheese you need to make nachos is not something I want to grate by hand. The mild cheddar was nice for the nachos because there’s enough flavour but not so much that it stands out. And of course, it melted beautifully. That meltiness is what makes it work so well for something like nachos too. It is a big bag of cheese though, there’s no getting around that. I always end up freezing part of these big bags and it is always fine afterwards. Depending on what you are using it for you might not even need to defrost it before you add it to your dish. Of course, this much grated cheese will never go to waste in our house because it is also perfect for making grilled cheese sandwiches. Since the cheese is grated it melts much quicker than slices, so by the time your bread is nicely golden brown and delicious the cheese is creamy and yummy too. By the way, everything but the refried beans in our nachos came from Costco: Kirkland Signature Tortilla Chips (£3.69 for 1.1 kg bag), Kirkland Signature Organic Medium Salsa (£4.99 for 2, 1.08 kg bottles) and Calavo Guacamole (4, 227 gram pouches for £4.99). 1.5 kilograms for £5.59. Item #: 0000731.
Bigeye/Ahi Tuna Loin Steaks – We got these to have for Dave’s birthday because they looked so gorgeous and fresh in the package. And, it turns out, they were as tasty as they looked like they would be too. The only problem, if you can call it that, is these steaks were big. Really, really big. Like certainly big enough for four, not just two. We ended up searing them and cooking them until they were warm all the way through but not so long that the centre changed colour. The meat was really tender and had a great fresh taste too; nothing at all fishy tasting, thankfully. We don’t often see such great looking tuna steaks at Costco but when we do we often pick them up because we like fish and tuna makes for a nice change from salmon or some type of white fish like cod or halibut. If you cook tuna right, it still has a tenderness to the meat and a clean taste. It’s just a tragedy though if you overcook it and you might as well eat tuna from a can. When we cooked them originally we had them with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus with a nice blob of wasabi butter on top of the steaks to add a bit of flavour. These steaks were so big that we ended up having a nice big piece left over for another meal. Of course, then I was stuck trying to come up with some way to use them without reheating them. So, we decided to make a nice big salad and sliced up the cold tuna steaks and put them on the salad. Yum! The tuna was just as good the next day and was great on the salad. 1.52 kilograms for £25.82; £16.99/kg. Item #: 0003759.
Skittles Crazy Sours – Okay, as I mentioned it was Dave’s birthday this past weekend, so I let him get some treats when we were at Costco. Dave loves sour candy but has a hard time finding ones that meet his high sourness standards. He really considers these Skittles to be tangy but not really sour. So much for the “crazy sour” part of the name. So, pretty much to him they are fruity and taste like regular Skittles just with a bit of added tanginess, but not full on sourness. According to him, these are okay, but probably not something he will be rushing to Costco to get again. The good thing though is that they come in the little bags for immediate portion control and portability. We buy things like this and candy bars at Costco because it is so much cheaper than getting them at a regular store or someplace like 7-11 or the convenience store of your choice. I like that they are in these handy little packages that make it easy to take with you when you go to work or are going to be on a plane for a while, things like that. The downside of course is when you buy something, like this, that you are less than in love with, you still get stuck with 36 little packages of Skittles anyway. Of course, it isn’t like these are repulsive or anything, just not a new favourite for anyone here. I don’t eat Skittles, so Dave’s gotta finish these all on his own. 36, 55 gram packets for £10.69; £0.30 per packet. Item #: 0163011. +VAT