You Haven't Lived Until You've Tried Spreadable Salami

25 March 2016

The wonderful people at Carnivore Club HQ kindly sent yet another box for me to try out. This month's supplier was Cobble Lane from the heart of London who have carefully selected a wide range of different cured meats to be featured in this box.

Instantly, I was drawn to the Nduja which is a spicy spreadable salami. Rolls off of the tongue doesn't it? And it didn't take long either to get to mine... There was a lovely selection of cured meats, from standard salami sausages to snack-sized salami. The range of flavours was impressive to say the least.

I love all things spicy so to see my box arrive in different spices was exciting. This chilli and oregano salami was perfect to cut up and sprinkle into a salad for a bit of texture and flavour. Definitely a winner in terms of versatility. 

Alternatively, the fennel and garlic salami was much more fragrant and perfect to cut up and snack on with a glass of white wine. Because the taste is so flavoursome, I found that it was better to have on its own (with wine to wash the palette) than it was to incorporate it into a dish. 

For those on the go, you could grab a Pepperami-style salami sausages to munch on the move. These little sausages are really handy when you are busy or if you just want to satisfy a craving.

I have had pork collars before and love these on toast as an alternative to bacon, with the advantage of not being fried and unhealthy for you. The best way to use Coppa though, would be to take it out of the fridge 15 minutes before using, just to let it warm to room temperature as it makes peeling it off the board a lot easier. I found that if I took it straight out of the fridge and peeled it off the board, it wouldn't come off evenly and it fell apart and ripped chunks out of other slices.

Now the piece the resistance in my eyes, was the Nduja. Who wouldn't love spreadable salami? The concept had never crossed my mind and I was intrigued. When I tried this first, I had kept the spread in the fridge. I would probably advise you to do the same as I did with the Coppa and take it out for 15 minutes before using it so it warms up to room temperature or it will be impossible to spread and will rip your bread apart attempting to do so. So make sure it's warmed so you can spread it easily. I loved the taste of the spreadable salami, it had a similar texture to pate but a bit rubberier. As it was spicy, it was also rather flavoursome. This was perfect on toast and great to snack on. It didn't take me long to finish the slab off because I found myself coming back for more.

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How A Dog Treat Can Feed A Person

I began working for a charity called Noah's Art in January of this year who aid vulnerable people with the help of animals and pets. This form of animal assisted therapy aid those in need, from those who are disabled and those who struggle with mental illnesses, to those who are just feeling isolated and alone.

At the same time, I was approached by the generous people at Top Collar to review one of their boxes. As a lover of dogs, I jumped at the chance to try the box at my next Noah's Art session with our lovely client; Whizz Kids. 

The subscription box is delivered to your door and its slim packaging makes these treats easily deliverable to those in apartment blocks, as it fits through narrow letterboxes. For owners, you can send in a photo of your beloved pet and have each monthly box personalised with a photo of your choice.

I used to be a proud owner of a beautiful Doberman with a personality dramatically different to that of its stereotype. I used to struggle with dry foods with her but as these treats smell so appetising, I found no difficulty in gaining the attention of the dogs.

It was a pleasure to see the children from the organisation engage with the dogs that were brought to the session. As many of the children were physically impaired, having a chunky dog biscuit to grab onto was really useful for their hand-to-eye coordination. As the dogs were so desperate for the treats, we would also use this as an opportunity to have the children teach the animals discipline, which in turn made these children feel valued. Something that I strongly believe helps a child grow.

I was also sent treats that tasted of a Sunday Roast, something my friend's dog found irresistible. So irresistible that he completely neglected the fact I was so kind to give him the treat in the first place and instantly assumed the whole bag was his. Something that made retrieving my treats from him impossible. You win this time, Alfie!

So you see how a dog treat can feed more than just a dog? It can feed creativity and awaken confidence in those who never thought it was possible. Helping the children build their own skills meant that they learnt how to relate to the animals and communicate their emotions openly and honestly. 

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