Freelancers snack time has become freelancers dinner time this month! I usually profile snacks I can munch at the desk, but when I am finished at the desk, or just want something different to do - I cook. I am by no means a foodie, but do enjoy cooking when recipes catch my eye, and of course it gives mum a break as well.
My target this time was Schwartz Grill Mates - I was itching for the chance to try a packet out as they sounded so yummy! There are 4 different flavours to choose from - Deep South Brown Sugar, Cajun Marinade Mix, Mojito Lime Marinade Mix, and Smoky Texan. What you get is a sachet of powder which you simply add water and oil to, to make your marinade.
I used the Smokey Texan Marinade Mix, and did deviate from the instructions a little, as I opted for a 15 minute marinade of my chicken breasts in the fridge (packet suggests 15 minutes, or the fridge overnight). Once my chicken was marinated, I set about making the rest of the meal - this time rice, with tomatoes and peas. I turned on the grill to full to start, then turned it down once the chicken had started to sizzle.
I popped the chicken under the grill and turned and basted it every 4-5 minutes until it was cooked. Although the packet suggested using 2 tablespoons of marinade for basting, and binning the rest, I decided to use more to see what depth of flavour I got.
The instructions were clear, and I was confident cooking with this product. The end result smelt yummy as well, and I think using the extra marinade gave it a bit of a kick/heat to it which we all liked. A big thumbs up for the chicken, but I have to hang my head in shame, as I cook rice A LOT, but on this occasion it ended up as over cooked mush!
A rice fail, but the Schwartz Grill Mates were definitely a winner -and best of all Mum has gone off shopping so might come home with another one to try.
*this product was not sent for review, it's just one of my favourite new discoveries.
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