The DELICATESSEN range includes Five pasta choices, four risottos, five olive choices, two olive oils and a balsamic vinegar.
But what you don't see in this description in the quality of the products. For example the Balsamic vinegar from Modena in Italy is aged in wooden barrels for ten years according to local traditions. This gives the vinegar a sweet mellow taste and glossy colour. The extra virgin olive oil is made on a family-run olive estate near Palmero in Sicily and is winner of a Great Taste award. The packaging exudes style too and looks lovely on your kitchen shelf.
So you know that they do work for charity and the bottles are beautiful on your shelf - so what about the taste?
Firstly we used the olive oil and balsamic to make a dressing for a salad, then a mix for dipping bread, then the oil oil on bruschetta.
The Sicilian olive oil has a lovely light fresh green taste, so fresh you can almost taste the olives, whilst the balsamic is sweet and dark with a mature kick.
You certainly realise that these products are quality products, it's all in the taste.
We were also sent the Porcini Mushroom Risotto to try. So quick and simple to make in under 20 minutes, the creamy risotto made with Carnaroli rice was lovely topped with parmesan cheese. A great kitchen standby when you have 'nothing' in the cupboard. I served it with a garlic ciabatta and a fresh tomato salad.
I certainly recommend the products I tried based on taste, design and the charity angle.
On a final note I will leave you with FoodHQ’s MD, James Tyler who says “We wanted to create a signature brand that people could trust. Black Dog combines authentic provenance at an affordable price. What’s more, given the fact that the British are such a nation of dog lovers, I’m sure the rescue dog element will prove popular too”.
I can't wait to try the other products. Which would you like to try?