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Food Review: Sammy’s Organic Couscous


I bought the “French Provencale Style” one, though there seem to be many other different flavours. This was actually something of an impulse buy while grocery shopping some time ago – I picked it up from Woolworths, though there seem to be quite a few places from which you can order it online.

First off, it’s very good value for money. It’s very filling, and at 4 servings for a couple of dollars, it makes a great base for a meal. Secondly, it’s virtually instant to make (this particular type takes 6 minutes). And thirdly – it’s delicious.

Very quick, easy to make (and with nice, clear instructions on the packet!), and very, very tasty. I’ll definitely be buying it again.

Also, it’s important to note that this DOES contain gluten.

Food Review: Orgran Chocolate Muffin Mix

Anyone who knows me knows that, as a result of being both ‘economically challenged’ (i.e. a student) and a lover of making a mess in the kitchen, I rarely buy pre-made mixes for, well, just about anything. Especially baked goods, which I much prefer to make from scratch.


That being said, I bought a box of Orgran Chocolate Muffin Mix quite some time ago, and never quite got around to making them. Anyway, inspired by my newly-acquired silicone baking cups, and a desire for chocolate, I pulled out the box and set about making.

If, like me, you don’t have a hand-held electric mixed, don’t stress: it’s perfectly easy to hand-mix the batter, with no ill effects. Also, being that I can’t leave anything well enough alone, I added some vegan white chocolate chips – which had also been awaiting use for quite some time – and protein mix powder to the mixture.

The muffins took a little longer than the recommended 18-20minutes, but that could well have been my oven. The taste verdict is… fantastic. Unlike many gluten-free products, these were moist, slightly spongey, and didn’t have that distinct ‘not wheat’ taste. They were a little crumbley, but that could well have been my own addition. I have to say, they are incredibly rich. Like, have one with some soy vanilla icecream and you’d have one hell of a decadent dessert, sort of rich.

Verdict: More of a dessert than a standard ‘plain-fare’ muffin, but decadently rich and delicious. Moist, delicious, and very quick and easy to make. Probably the perfect ‘beginner to baking’ mix.

Overall rating: 9/10.

Also, I feel I should note that all of Orgran’s products are vegan, gluten-free, and basically free of all known allergens. And all the products I’ve tried have been fantastic, so definitely look into it for an easy alternative to making foods from scratch.

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