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A creamy, dreamy dressing to add flavour and flair to seafood, potato and pasta dishes.
Shake well before use and refrigerate after opening. It is normal for the coconut milk to solidify.
Contains New Zealand limes, coconut milk, soy and wheat. Nil gluten detected.
When I read the description "creamy and dreamy" I had to laugh because this seemed a slightly unorthodox way to describe a dressing. However, I admit that it was definitely creamy - it has the texture of a pouring cream which means it coats food well without landing in blobs as some dressings to. As instructed, I shook the bottle before using: this had the effect of mixing the ingredients well and ensuring that any solidified coconut would be thoroughly blended in.
The aroma when the bottle was first opened was quite tangy and the limes were the predominant scent. But when I tipped a drop on to my finger to taste, the coconut flavour came through to some extent. However, the dressing did not really taste of either lime or coconut. They had fused together to make a new flavour entirely which was unexpected but very pleasant. I was not sure whether or not I liked it, but a second taste assured me that it was very nice indeed.
The bottle - which is up to Barker's usual standard in terms of label artwork - offered several suggestions for use. We were having a variety of vegetarian dishes for dinner so I thought I would try it on the avocado, cucumber and capsicum salad. The main dish was baked home grown broccoli and broccoflower with pine nuts and a mild cheese sauce, so I added some of the coconut and lime sauce to the cheese mixture. There were also two small shop-bought salads (potato and kumara) which were each treated to a few drops of Barker's sauce as well. Nothing like trying it in a variety of ways!
The avocado, cucumber and capsicum salad tasted sensational - the sauce added flavour and brought the three vegetables together in a new and exciting way. I did notice that it was a bit runny, however, which I think was due to the cucumber. In future I will ensure the cucumber is drained and blotted dry before adding it. The biggest success was the avocado; it was an innovative and delicious alternative to my usual vinaigrette, and worth exploring further another time in combination with prawns.
The shop bought potato and kumara salads did not really taste any different. Possibly I did not use enough sauce to add significant flavour, or maybe the dressing that was already on them was too strong to accommodate another addition. I don't usually buy prepared salads, so I will not be trying them again in this way; one of my friends had arrived with them as his contribution to the dinner, so in effect I added them simply because they were there!
The broccoli and broccoflower bake was another story. The cheese sauce I had prepared was quite mild because I knew I was going to add the Barker's sauce as well. This combination was really nice. I did not tell my friends beforehand what I had added, so I was intrigued to find they were all way off the mark when asked to pinpoint the flavour. One thought I had used thousand island dressing although the dish was a mixture of creams and various shades of green with not a pink patch in sight. Another said it was tartare sauce! I told them in the end just to put them out of their misery. But this did show how well the various flavours had intermingled to create a new dish. The one thing we agreed on was that the meal was perfect.
I am going to try out some of the other suggestions on the bottle, and also as the sauce in a prawn cocktail. In the meantime I have another avocado which is almost ripe, so I know what I am going to use with that. Lunch tomorrow is sorted!
Barker's products are always on stock in my house, we generally always have at least 2 sauces on the go in our fridge, or some cordial made up, not only do the products taste great but through buying them you are supporting a NZ business. I was so excited to see that Barkers have done it again and released even more delicious items to their already amazing array of products, and seeing as these are dressings they couldn't have arrived at a better time, than just in time for Summer!
Like all Barkers products the packaging is eye-catching and creative, with images which really reflect the use of the products and the ingredients within. There are several suggestions listed on the label for which you could use the dressing for such as as a dressing for a kumara salad, or as a perfect partner on fish and other seafood dishes, though with a flavour such as creamy coconut and NZ lime the ideas really are endless! Another great thing about the bottle in which the dressing comes in (and like most other Barkers products) is that it is made from clear glass, not only does this mean it is recyclable but also that you can see how the product looks before buying and also you can tell when your supply is getting low!
Over the past few weeks I have used this dressing in a number of ways both on my own meals and also on those which I have served up to family and friends. After opening the bottle after first receiving it and giving a wee taste test on the end of my finger I popped it into the fridge, and on next opening I found that it had solidified slightly, obviously as a result of it containing coconut milk, however this proved to be no problem I simply gave it a shake and left it out on the bench for several minutes to come to room temperature while I prepared the rest of my meal and then gave it another shake and it was perfect once again. The texture of the dressing is lovely and smooth and creamy, the first thing I tasted is the zing and tanginess of the lime, which is surprising as the coconut milk is 62% of the ingredients! It's not long before you do start to taste the creamy coconut flavours coming through however! I have friends who are real fans of coconut and they loved this I had it out with a variety of other dressings during our monthly dinner catch up and everybody raved about this on their salad and said it's on their to buy lists for the Summer months.
Although this is great on salads, I have tried on both a green salad and also on a potato salad with great successful it is also a great addition and adds a whole new dimension of flavour to fish that has been dusted in flour and cooked in butter and it also makes a great dip to have with kumara chips when mixed with a little bit of greek yoghurt to thicken it up. Barkers have done it again with another great tasting product, I have seen some other great sounding dressing flavours of there's at Countdown which I can't wait to try out next!
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