About roadee

Member since 4/16/2013
Occupation: Dietitian/Foodie
City: Vancouver

I'm a foodie who lives in Vancouver and is currently taking cooking classes. My favourite places in Vancouver are the Granville Island Market, Kitsilano Beach and Chocolate Arts.

Favourite food: butter
Favourite piece of kitchen equipment: wooden spoon
Favourite cooking shortcut: food processor
Favourite meal(s) to prepare: soup
Recipe that you have always wanted to make but have yet to attempt: florentines

Comments by roadee:

  • OIKOS SuperGrains Greek Yogurt
    It was great having the opportunity to try this product. I really liked the fact that they are sold in a four pack and the price is reasonable. The grains and flavour are at the bottom of the container so it makes it a little tricky to mix everything together within that small container so you have to be careful. I liked the thickness of the yogurt and the taste. I didn’t find it too sweet. I like the fact that the grains in the yogurt weren’t gummy or taste stale and feel like this is better than some other yogurts I have tried that have grains added. But it’s still not the same as having the grains added right before eating (so they don’t get soggy). I’m not sure if there would be a way to change the packaging so that the grains could be packaged separately and then added right before eating. I think this is a great product for people who want a healthy snack option or something quick for breakfast. I would recommend it as a yogurt that has texture for people who are looking for that sort of thing but I still think that added grains separately would offer a better overall experience.
  • Liberté Greek Seeds & Fruit Yogourt‏
    It was great to have the opportunity to review this product. First of all, I really like the originality of the idea and the interesting flavours. I can honestly say that I haven't tried pineapple & banana flavoured yogurt before. I really think the tropical flavours lended themselves well to the yogurt. I also like the fact that the yogurt comes in a larger sized container. I grew up on the 175 g single serving tubs of container and the sizes of yogurt just seem to be getting smaller and smaller. The size and richness (2% M.F) of the yogurt makes is substantial enough to be a small breakfast as you head out the door. I thought the seeds were an interesting idea and is a good way to change things up. However, I do agree that the cost of the product is quite a bit more than the alternatives so I am not sure if it's worth paying more for something that I could just do myself (and have the seeds stay crunchy). Having said that, I think the idea is great and perhaps if packaging changed so that the seeds were packaged separately and people could add it themselves (similar to how you can add granola to store bought yogurt parfaits that you might buy at a coffee shop), that would make a huge difference. Would I buy it again? Maybe if I had a discount coupon (because I do like the flavour and the larger serving size) or if I wanted to keep a couple in my fridge as 'breakfast/on the go snack emergencies' (i.e. when I have no time to make anything). Otherwise, I would just buy a large tub of plain yogurt and mix in my own granola.
  • SodaStream - sparkling water maker
    I have always wanted to try a SodaStream machine but didn't want to fork out the money in case I would be disappointed. I was so glad that I got to try this machine out for free! I love the slim and small footprint of it so it doesn't take up a lot of space. And it was really easy to use. I like the fact that I can have sparkling water on demand and in a way that is more environmentally friendly because I am not recycling a ton of bottles. I just fizzed up some water and added some orange juice to make a fruit juice sparkler. I also used it to make mojitos (which I love making in the summer). The SodaStream machine fizzed up my water really well and when I tasted it against San Pellegrino (which is the sparkling water I usually buy) it tasted identical. It definitely makes drinking water a lot more fun but I'm not sure if the novelty would wear off on me after awhile. I would have to drink sparkling water on a regular basis to make it worth it. But I think for people who drink sparkling water on a regular basis, or don't drink flat water (because they find it boring) that this would be a good thing for them to try.
  • Truvia® calorie-free sweetener
    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try this product. I first heard about stevia years ago when I was working in a diabetes centre and a client asked me about it. Back then it was still fairly new. Truvia looks very similar to sugar (it's granulated) which is quite different than other sugar substitutes that tend to be more powdery. It tastes very sweet compared to sugar. It does, however, have a bit of an aftertaste (which is common among sugar substitutes). Erythritol (also a sugar substitute) is also mixed in which might be where the after taste is coming from. I used it in my morning coffee thinking that the strong taste of coffee would help to mask the aftertaste somewhat. It did to a certain degree. I wouldn't be opposed to using it but I think there are other sugar substitutes that have less of an aftertaste. I think it might appeal to individuals who would prefer a sugar substitute that comes from a 'natural source', however it is still refined and does have an aftertaste compared to other sugar substitutes.
  • Omega Crunch flax topping
    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to try this product. I have to admit that I never tried flax seeds before because I couldn't be bothered to grind them up. This product is great because I don't have to do that. The flax seeds tasted delicious on their own! I really liked the sweet cinnamon flavour. It went really well with my oatmeal, offering a hint of sweetness without requiring me to use any additional sugar. I used the plain flax topping in yogurt, the roasted garlic over mashed potatoes and the roasted maple in a sweet potato and quinoa salad and in butternut squash soup. It provided a nice 'chefy' garnish on top of the soup and mashed potatoes and added a crunchy texture. It definitely elevated the dishes over all. Plus it's healthy! These flax seed toppings were a lot of fun to use. I would definitely choose this product over buying regular flax seeds just because they are so easy to use and the different flavours make a nice addition to many dishes. It's also an easy and tasty way to get more fibre and omega-3s into the diet. True, it's more expensive than just getting plain flax seeds at a bulk food store but I see myself using this product a lot more than regular flax seeds (which would have to be ground up and used before they go rancid) which makes it worth it. I would definitely recommend it as an option to people who are interested in trying to get some additional fibre and omega-3s in their diet since they are so versatile.
  • Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts
    I have heard so much about hemp hearts over the years and I am so glad that I finally had the opportunity to try them! They taste similar to sunflower seeds except I find them to be creamier. I used them in my oatmeal, in yogurt and on salad. I basically used them the same way as I would other nuts and seeds. Because of the creamy texture, I figured they would lend well in pesto as well. I often use walnuts instead of pine nuts because they are so expensive and felt that the hemp hearts worked just as well! I'm glad that I had a chance to try them because I learned that I can use them a variety of ways and the fact that they are high in omega 3's, omega 6's and protein is a nice bonus.
  • City Snacks - freeze dried fruit
    These City Snack fruit snacks are a lot of fun. The texture makes me feel like I'm eating cheesies but I'm actually eating pears (or half a pear) which is way healthier. I love the fact that it's a fruit snack that is fun! Just as fun as eating cheesies or chips in my mind. I see this being a good product for people who would like a healthy snack option, or something light and portable (camping, hiking, etc). I have to say that the texture also makes it easy for people who might have teeth issues where eating raw fruit or dried/sticky fruit might be an issue. Overall, a great product and one I would recommend from a health standpoint. The only criticism I can make is that it's quite a small amount and I didn't find it all that filling in terms of a snack. I wish there was more in the package or maybe the option to buy a bigger package (regular dried fruit goes for around $3-5/bag so wouldn't mind paying a little more for a larger amount).
  • Catelli Gluten Free Pasta
    Thank you for letting me try this product through the product review club. I boiled the pasta for 6-7 minutes and tried it with a simple tomato sauce. I really wanted to see how it would compare to regular wheat pasta. I have to say that I was very impressed with this product. It tastes and feels just like wheat pasta! It was al dente when cooked and didn't have a different flavour compared to other gluten free pastas that I've tried. I find that pasta made with rice flour doesn't have the same structural integrity and corn pasta sometimes has a bit of a corn taste to it. But the Catelli gluten free pasta tasted just like regular pasta. They have done a good job with their formulation. For $2.99 a box, the price is on par with other gluten free pastas that are available in the market. This is my favourite gluten free pasta at the moment and I would recommend it to people who are trying to avoid gluten.
  • Clover Leaf Tuna Salad Kits
    Thank you for letting me try this product. I have seen the small tins of flavoured tuna in the grocery store but never knew that they came packaged as a tuna salad kit. I have to admit that I have a tendency to buy plain tuna (because it's cheaper) but was curious to try this out. First of all, the packaging is so cute in that in comes with a pack of crackers, a small spoon and a napkin. How cute is that? Second, I didn't realize that these small tins of flavoured tuna have a peel off lid (i.e. no sharp edges) which makes it perfect to pack as a snack or for picnics. I have to admit that I wasn't a big fan of the crackers that it came with as I found them a little too rich. I would probably buy the flavoured tuna and just pack my own crackers rather than the tuna salad kit. But I can't believe that these flavoured tuna tins have been under my nose the entire time and I never stopped to give them a chance. Now that I realize that they come in such easy packaging, I'll keep some on hand when I want to add some tuna to a salad or on days when I don't have time to pack my lunch - I'll just pack some bread/crackers, tuna and a piece of fruit and I'm good to go. I'll probably only buy the flavoured tuna salad tins when they go on sale because they can be more expensive compared to their plain tuna counterparts. But it'll be a nice option to change things up and for a quick, easy and portable snack idea.
  • Red palm oil
    I used the red palm oil three different ways. First, I spread it on a piece of bread (like I would with butter - I put it in the fridge first so it would solidify) and noticed that it had some grassy flavour notes to it (similar to olive oil). I also used it to caramelize onions and brown beef when I made a beef stew which worked out well and I also fried an egg with it (it turned my egg quite yellow). I found it to be quite versatile from a cooking standpoint. I provides the flavour notes of olive oil (when dipping bread), the heat stability of a vegetable oil and can also be used as a solid fat. However, it's bright orange so it might not lend itself well to the appearance of the dish depending on what you're making. From a nutrition standpoint it is more saturated than vegetable oil so I can't recommend it to people who are watching their cholesterol levels. I'm also not a fan of the packaging as the lid on the jar didn't seem to form a tight seal and I tended to get oil on my fingers whenever I opened and closed it. I probably wouldn't use it again as I tend to either use either butter (for flavour) or vegetable oil (for high heat). Although red palm oil has some good things going for it, I can't get over the fact that it leaves my food looking bright yellow.
  • Chia seeds
    I've heard of chia seeds but have never had the chance to try them. I'm so glad I got to try them through the product review club. They had a slight nutty taste but what I noticed the most was the gel-like texture (similar to tapioca) when I added liquid. I really didn't know how to eat them so I made the chia seed cereal recipe that was on the back of the bag (a combination of chia seeds, hemp seeds and milk). It was kinda like a chia seed oatmeal which was quite good. I also tried them on their own as a cereal which reminded me of cream of wheat but with a more gritty texture. I actually liked them the most when mixed with oatmeal because that's what I eat most mornings and it's a nice way to add some omega-3's and extra fibre (plus the oatmeal provides a creamier texture). I also learned that it can be used as an egg substitute (1 Tbsp chia seeds + 3 Tbsp water = 1 egg) which worked well in a muffin recipe that I tried. It's nice to know that I can always use chia seeds for certain recipes if I am short on eggs (and it's also a good substitute from a heart health perspective). It's a great way to add some extra fibre and omega-3's into my diet and it's easy to do. I also like the fact that it comes in a sturdy, resealable pouch. I would definitely recommend chia seeds as a healthy option for people who want to get more omega-3's in their diet.