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It pays to ask

I never knew there was a difference between almond flour and almond meal.

Almond Flour is made using blanched almonds.

Almond Meal is made using almonds with its skin.

The reason I say this is because Carrie Brown uses both in her recipes, but she will say weather you need almond meal or almond flour.

Well the other day I went to the supermarket to get JUST milk.  Well I came out with milk, but almond meal and coconut milk (they were on sale ok).

So what happened? Ok so as I mentioned they were on sale, but I have to tell you my story.  So I was done the dried fruit/baking isle.  I was looking at the almond meal.  It was on sale.  $8 for 400g.
I then got my milk and then went down the cereal isle to the check out.  The cereal isle in our supermarket is also the ‘health’ food isle (supplements, and gluten free stuff).  I stopped because I saw Almond Meal. Not only was it cheaper $6 for 400g, but it was actually almond meal (Woolies Macro brand).  The other almond meal I had in my hand (Select Almond Meal), I put back.

I then paid for my stuff and went home.

When I got home, I decided to email Woolies. I knew it would take a while for them to get back to me as it was kind of an obscure question/request.

Got back to me they did.  This is the email that I got back from them,

Dear Matilda,

Thank you for your email regarding our Select Meal Almonds 150g.

The Select Meal Almonds 150g are made with blanched Almonds, this has been confrimed by our Quality assurance department.

I hope this answers your enquiry.

Once again we thank you for contacting Woolworths and look forward to seeing you in store soon.

Kind regards,

Hollie | Supermarket Specialist Team
Woolworths Contact Centre

PO Box 8000, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153
t 1300 767 969

So it just goes to show, it pays to ask.  Now I know that the Almond Meal in the dried fruit section is not Almond Meal, but in fact Almond Flour! I was very excited to have my suspcions confirmed.

So yes, sometimes it pays to ask. Besides as I tell me kids, if you don’t ask, you don’t know, even if you think it’s stupid, it’s not, because to you it’s important.

So Ask.


Carrie Brown’s – Almond Pear Porridge

So I stumbled across this recipe of Carrie’s about a week ago.  I was going on a printing frenzy (testing out my new mono laser printer), and printing off heaps of stuff, a lot of this ‘stuff’ was SANE recipes by Carrie.

I already knew the Strawberry Seed porridge was a winner, cause I’ve made it a few times.  Mostly with mixed berries (just as good), and the other day with blueberries (use only a 1/3 of the suggested amount, I just found it ultra blueberry sweet).

Since I had all the ingredients for this particular recipe in my pantry already I thought I would give it a go.

I wont lie, I did make a mess. I have  tiny little food processor, so I had to do it in two lots.  At least I know I can easily half this recipe if I ever want a single serve.

Source: via Matilda on Pinterest

This breakfast is seriously filling.  It has a blend of flavours.  Yeah it’s very almondy, but I was surprised the coconut milk wasn’t overpowering (as I found in the strawberry seed porridge, where I had to sub normal light milk instead as the coconut milk was just too much). The almonds meal give it a really great texture too.  And the pears, yum!

I’d love to try this warm, I might have to give it a go when the weather cools down.