We just celebrated “Meat Weekend” at the Hugzilla compound, and with the delicious scent of sizzling smallgoods in the air, the three males in my house have never been more interested in my blog. In fact, they have never been interested in my blog. Ever.
Because mama’s blog literally brought home the bacon.
I was recently invited to an event hosted by Oliving at Hans, a new range of healthier choice smallgoods and deli meats. Inspired by the Mediterranean diet, Oliving by Hans products have a significantly lower saturated fat content because some of it has been replaced with olive oil. Less saturated fat, same taste. All good.
So, why is this important? It is super-important to me because my notoriously fussy two year-old survives on a diet that can best be summarised by the following food-pyramid infographic, so having a healthier option is always a good thing.
And then there is my husband, a man who scoffs at salt-reduced, thumbs his nose at low-fat and sniffs at anything new-and-improved with suspicion. For the record: during our entire weekend feast of food this man had NO IDEA these smallgoods were a healthier choice option, because they taste just as good as traditional-style deli meats. *insert conspiratorial laughter*
A massive thank you to everyone who responded to my earlier
cries for help post, and shared their recipe inspiration, moral support and suggestions. Here are some of your ideas brought to life, ‘Zilla-style.
1. Mini hot dogs
These were a massive winner with the kids. Child #2 made his critique very obvious, devouring the cocktail franks and leaving the bread rolls completely untouched. In hindsight, I should have put strawberry jam on the rolls instead of tomato sauce. Mental note: stick laminated copy of food pyramid on fridge.
2. French onion soup and sour cream dip
One of the more dubious comments suggested I mix a packet of french onion soup powder with sour cream and “use it as a dip for the sausage stuff”. Verdict: Smallgoods were much yummier on their own, my children recoiled from the “weird looking white stuff” and even the dogs refused to eat the dip (or anything that had touched the dip).
Such is the respect for my skill in the kitchen that one of my regular readers suggested I “make a sandwich”. This same reader clearly has a high regard for my overall intelligence because she also added the helpful tip: “search for recipes on the internet”. Thank you, Constant Reader. I will make a note of that.
4. Bacon-wrapped kransky with brown sugar
I wasn’t entirely sure if I was being trolled with this suggestion, truth be told. I was promised an ecstasy of taste-bud delight and it didn’t fail to disappoint. Sugar and bacon truly are a match made in heaven. Go figure.
5. Alphabet meat
Then there was the downright bizarre. “I think you should cut up the various sausages into the individual letters of the alphabet. Then digitise each meat letter and write one of your typically witty and insightful blog posts – but in meat”. The same comment also went on to quote the philosophy of Marshall McLuhan and briefly pondered matters of existentialism. He lost me at digitisation, but here is the Hugzilla logo. In Polish salami.
6. Fancy chopping board and sprig of rosemary
I got a lot of “fake it ‘til you make it” advice, and one of my favourites was to chuck a whole bunch of stuff on a fancy chopping board and add a sprig of rosemary. It has since come to my attention that this has a fancy name: charcuterie. Meat on plate.
7. Failed experiment in meat-cake
Fuelled by a few of glasses of Friday-night vino, my friends goaded me into creating a meat cake inspired by this M&M’s cake. The less said about it the better. In true ‘Zilla style I ran out of ingredients halfway through and had to rip apart one of my son’s preschool art projects to procure the ribbon that held it all together. It was a FAILURE from start to finish, and literally the DUMBEST thing I’ve ever done. DO NOT try this one at home, folks.
Here is a short video of the event I talked about in my last post. The bar with the business shirts. The purple haired bartender with hipster beard. Lots of happy, well-fed bloggers!
Oliving By Hans Giveaway
The Oliving by Hans products will be available in the deli and dairy section of Woolworths, Coles and IGA by the end of October, and you can find more information here. I also have four $30 Coles vouchers to give away. All you need to do to enter is comment below with YOUR most impressive dish.
1. Competition closes 5pm 28th October 2014, and is open to Australian residents only
2. FOUR (4) winners will each win a $30 Coles voucher. Hugzilla blog accepts no responsibility for prizes sent by Oliving by Hans.
3. To enter, leave a comment below with your most impressive smallgoods dish. This giveaway is based on a game of skill and the four most creative responses will be selected as the winner.
4. Only comments left below and not on Facebook or associated social media accounts will be included in the draw.
5. Winners will be announced on the blog and via Facebook. Winners have 7 days from the end of the competition to claim their prize. Unclaimed prizes will be forfeited.