Last year I discovered the company Gordon Rhodes and their delicious range of spice rubs, crumbs, cooking sauces and stuffings when at the BBC Good Food Show in Harrogate. I remember buying three of their cooking sauces: a chilli con carne one, another one for pulled pork and a curry one. All turned into mouthwatering one-pot meals which my family loved. I enjoyed them so much that I had to buy more and was so pleased to find a couple of my local farm shops stock their products.
Last Christmas I tried out Gordon Rhodes’ bread sauce mix and some stuffing. It was a quiet Christmas with just the four of us and I didn’t want to be making everything from scratch. I felt as if these products helped me to cut corners without compromising on quality and taste.
I follow Gordon Rhodes on Twitter and often tweet about how I enjoy using their products in my cooking. They had asked their followers to post photos of a dish they had created using one of their products as an ingredient in a Christmas leftover dish. They would choose which dish they liked best and the winner would get a hamper of their complete range of products. What a fantastic prize that would be. Two days after Christmas and we had my sister in law to visit. I didn’t want to just serve her slices of leftover turkey and ham so I thought of a way I could turn my leftovers into something a bit more special. I love baking pies and had some leftover shortcrust pastry in the freezer, some turkey and ham, some veg, the Gordon Rhodes stuffing and bread sauce that was leftover. I had the idea that the bread sauce would act as a thickener for a sauce in the pie along with a bit of stock.
I was over the moon when Gordon Rhodes said that they liked my idea of using the bread sauce as a thickener in the pie and that I had won the hamper! I couldn’t believe it as I knew how much fun I would have creating dishes I had not made before with the products I had not seen before in their range.
A few days later my wonderful parcel arrived. It came beautifully packaged in a cardboard hamper which I’ve kept in my cupboard to use again.
About a month later after getting my prize I still have one packet of stuffing and three of the spice mixes yet to try out. It will be interesting to see what I can come up with.