Sunday, 16 November 2014

Howdah review& go get your snack on!

I'm a snack loving girl. Yes, yes, I love a good hearty meal as much as the next gal but when there's snacks about....well, they may not last very long with me about! When I'm doing my impersonation of a sofa sloth, my go to snacks are the usual crisps and chocolate...but even I know that although tasty, they're not doing my health any favours. 
I was so happy to discover Howdah, their snacks contain NO additives or preservatives even though they're full of great taste. Their products are produced in India, using locally sourced ingredients which is what creates the wonderfully authentic flavours. On weekends when T and I are in full snacking mode or in the evenings after work when we're having drinks with friends, it's nice to have something different to nibble on. Howdah's snacks hit the spot when you want something different to a packet of crisps or peanuts. 

They have a range of six snacks, including Onion Bhaji's, Peppered Banana Chips, Bombay Puri, Bakarwadi Bites, Peanut Pakoras and Masala Banana Chips. 
I have been munching my way through them and have so far tasted the Onion Bhaji's, Peppered Banana Chips and Bakarwadi Bites. You can read my review of the Onion Bhaji's here. 
The other day the lovely Howdah people sent me these to try -

I think my favourite is the Banana Chips; crisp and salty with lots of black pepper to kick your taste buds and make you salivate. They're very moreish, so it's good that there's lots in the packet! They're unlike other banana chips I've tried, because they're not that sweet and they're more crunchy, like potato crisps. 

I was initially unsure if I'd like them as in the past the banana chips I've tried were just hard chunks of banana that left me feeling sick after a while from all the sugar. And then of course there's some brands that use honey so aren't even vegan! A banana that isn't vegan?! What is the point?! So these VEGAN Peppered Banana Chips were a wonderful delight, spicy and oh so tasty when dunked into guacamole....or even baked into cookies?!...more on that later!

I was a lucky girl and got to sample the Bakarwadi Bites too. I can honestly say I'd never eaten anything quite like them, and I mean that in a very good way. They're like tiny crunchy sweet and spicy pastries...sort of.

 I really recommend trying these, when I was gobbling them up I kept tasting hints of coriander and cumin and then waves of chili, all mingling together in a warming mix of spices. Serious yum. 

I love that all of their recipes are traditional and authentic, handed down through different generations. It makes me feel cosy and happy because it brings back memories of baking at home with my mother, using recipes that she had collected from her family. I remember the smells in the kitchen that wafted through the house, tempting my brother and father in from the garden when tea time rolled around. 

Food is important, and a love for good food brings people together. When I think about my parents house, I immediately think about the kitchen; the wonderful food and all of the family sat around the large table, sharing stories from the day. One of the most valuable things my mother has taught me is the importance of cooking with good quality ingredients. I try my best to stick by this advice, from vegetables right through to the snacks I buy. This is why I love that Howdah only use fresh herbs and spices and flours in their range, not only does it make the products taste better, it's also nice to know you're not filling up your wonderful body with lots of rubbish artificial flavourings. Win win!

Now then, if you haven't already tried some of Howdah's snacks I have quite the treat for you! The wonderful people at Howdah have given me One of each of the Six snacks to give to one of you lovely people! 

To get your hands on these all you need to do is leave a comment below, or tweet me @CountryGirlBlog and I'll pick a winner at random...the old fashioned way out of a hat! Let me know your favourite vegan snack, your prefered type of hummus or simply that you'd love to eat your way through all these fab treats! The giveaway will end Sunday 23rd and I will announce the winner on Monday 24th, bright and early in the morning to chase away some lucky persons Monday blues.

I will also be posting the recipe for Chili Chocolate Cookies with Peppered Banana Chips next stay tuned!

Happy eating! x


Tea and Sympatico said...

I recently discovered some crisps made from pasta called Pastinos that are definitely a new favourite snack.

Poppy Richards said...

These look yummy! Fingers crossed!