I was recently contacted by Pellatt Gift Baskets here in Montreal to see if I wanted to partake in a cooking challenge. I would be provided with a beautiful gift basket from Pellatt, and provided another to give away to a lucky reader. But… I would have to create a meal using ALL the ingredients in the gift basket. Now, I don’t know about you but if I’m watching Chopped, when they open their baskets I always try to think about what I would make if that was me and… I always freeze. BUT I knew I would have more than 20 minutes to come up with my idea so of course I agreed!
I checked out the Pellatt website, and was delighted to see the high quality of the gifts they offered. I received my basket in person and was not disappointed.
My basket included Clockwise: Sprucewood Handmade Cookie Co. Cocktail Cheddar Shortbread, Sahale Snacks Sing Buri Cashews (with pineapple, peanuts, lemongrass & mild Chinese chili), Moskonisi Olive Oil, Coco Mira Hazelnut Crunch (buttery toffee, Belgian Milk Chocolate and hazelnuts), Wildly Delicious Dried Tomato Tapenade, Tishbi Fig Cabernet Confiture, Petite Maison by Wildly Delicious Finishing Salt, and Margarets Artisan Goji Berry & Pistachio Crisps.
Now, what would you make?
I started off with a salad. I melted down the Fig Cabernet confiture and combined it with the olive oil to make a fantastic dressing. I crumbled the Goji Berry & Pistachio Crisps over top to add some crunch, and finished it off with a sprinkle of salt. It was very good, and the fig cabernet confiture in particular really shined. I used spinach and rocket as my greens to match the strong dressing.
Next I took those beautiful cheddar shortbread cookies and pulsed them into crumbs. I stuffed some chicken breasts with a combination of the tomato tapenade and cream cheese. After they were stuffed, it was off to a quick dip in some egg and a generous coating of the cheddar crumbs.
Lastly, I cooked up some carrots and combined them with the gingery, spicy cashew nuts. The ginger and chilli played off perfectly with the carrots.
Last up? Dessert!
Those hazelnut crunch cookies were delicious enough on their own, but crumbled on top of some mocha ice cream? Wow! They cookies crunched up even more, and the combination was delicious.
So – would you have done the same? I was pleased at how it all came together. Of course, it’s easy when you have great ingredients. For me, that’s what I loved most about the gift basket. Sometimes you buy gift baskets, and when you actually look at the individual ingredients you are disappointed that they aren’t higher quality. In the Pellatt basket I received everything was of really high quality, and I would not hesitate to send this as a gift. The food really was great!
Readers, if you are a resident of Quebec or Ontario only, you have the chance to win your own Pellatt Gift Basket! Simply follow Pellatt on Twitter and like their Facebook page. In addition, please leave a comment stating your favourite basket from the Pellatt website. I will post the winner in two weeks, and ask them to contact me in order to receive their gift basket! Stay tuned!