We try before you buy.
I had a wonderful email from David Hutchison over at 5 Crossroads Cake Kitchen to tell us about his new range of gluten-free quiches. He offered to send a bunch over for us to taste test and four of various flavours (they come in chicken, vegetarian, salmon and bacon and egg) were supplied, plus a ham and vegetable one with a crust. Such bounty! And they were still warm from the oven. To top it all off, we got a bunch of sweet little Christmas mince pies for dessert. The troops arrived promptly. I got them to email their thoughts:
Graphic artist Andy McGregor grabbed a vegetable quiche. "Kirsty [his workmate] said the mince pies were delightful. I had a piece of the quiche . . . and it was pretty tasty. Maybe even tastier than my lamb korma . . . and that's saying something."
Reporter Aaron Leaman said: "I taste tested the ham and vegetable quiche. I thought it was delicious - a generous, wholesome filling complemented by light, flaky pastry. One slice was very satisfying. The vegetable filling was quite chunky, which I loved. My only suggestion is perhaps the quiche makers increase the portion of meat in the filling. I would definitely buy it."
"Delicious," business editor Andrea Fox said of the bacon and egg. "Light but stuffed full of lovely eggy flavour and good quality bacon."
Said reporter Jonathan Carson: "It's jam-packed with veges, but a little light on meat and flavour. The mince tart is nice . . . full of spice. It's pretty much everything you want in a Christmas nibble."
"Generous filling, but needs more seasoning," said the editor's personal assistant, Marie Ward. She spoke for several people on the salt/pepper count. "It smelled so yummy that I couldn't resist a piece for an early lunch."
"It's a little bit bland," reporter Kashka Tunstall said. "It's well cooked and solid, but the veges are lifeless and flavourless, a little watery even. But as for the mince pies, these are divine. Crumbly, delicious, melt in your mouth bite-sized morsels of pure Christmas cheer."
Reporter Nicola Brennan-Tupara didn't like the vege quiche at all: "This had absolutely no taste and I couldn't eat more than a bite without smothering it in salt."
Farming reporter Ali Tocker has some specific advice: "Make sure you heat this in the oven - then you'll be able to enjoy the real, fresh bacon and egg ingredients. If you use the microwave, you'll regret it as it will be rubbery and revolting."
The quiches, both crustless and gluten-free, sell for $15. The mince pies are $18 a dozen. They're available now. Deborah Sloan
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5 Crossroads Cake Kitchen has a $15 voucher to give to five readers. To be in to win, send an envelope with your name, address, phone number on the back to: Tempo 5 Crossroads Cake Kitchen giveaway Waikato Times Private Bag 3086 Waikato Mail Centre, Hamilton 3240 by October 22.
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