A little summer shake


mason jar

I think being from the southern hemisphere eating el'fresco in the sun is built into my DNA, it seems only natural as soon as the sun starts to shine to unpack the garden chairs and enjoy a relaxed meal in the cool evening breeze. We have been lucky enough to have had a few pleasant evenings already this year and we have jumped at every single one as most Brits ( and expat in my case) know that they can be few and far between, however this shouldn't damped the fun whatsoever.

outdoor toddler

I always like to prepare something fresh, lots of salad and lots of colour and big on flavour. I was recently sent a OXO Shake and Flavour starter pack which included 7 different seasonings which are all MSG free (a must for us) and I was very eager to try them out. Our house is a bit of a mix, I'm a veggie although John is not and Mr A is somewhat undecided so I cater for everyone as I am a true believer in respecting everyones personal choices, luckily John does do his little bit by ordering the high welfare meat from Able and Cole. He was keen to try out the Southern Chicken flavour on his chicken breast and there was thumbs up all round, especially as it didn't add any extra time to cooking the meal but did add a lot of depth.

el fresco

eating el fresco

I decided to go with some roasted veggies with Italian herb seasoning and a roasted portobello mushroom topped with goats cheese - so good and the added seasoning made it that bit more interesting and was so quick and easy to use, literally just sprinkled it over the veggies before popping them in the oven. The little man really enjoyed the homemade potato wedges with a very light dusting of Garlic and herb seasoning. All of this went down well with some sparkling apple juice and ice, the perfect way to cool yourself down on a warm day

portobello mushroom and goats cheese
Roasted veggies with portobellos mushroom topped with goats cheese 

I have to admit I use very simply ingredients and try let the natural flavours show through although it is nice every now and then to add that little something to transform it and add to the overall dish, and I can see myself using them in future meals over the summer.

pretty colours

This post is part of a BritMums project with OXO Shake & Flavour. Shake & Flavour seasoning granules can be sprinkled into food during cooking or before serving. Find out more about the Shake & Flavour varieties here


  1. that looks really tasty. I don't suppose you know whether they are gluten free?

  2. These sound like a great way to add a little flavouring to simple food x

  3. mm, now i'm hungry! i don't normally use seasonings like this on things but i'd definitely try some of the garlic and herb on some potato wedges.

  4. I was looking at these the other day and wondering what they were like!! Might have to try them out x

  5. I've never heard of these! sounds fab! x

  6. Such a genius idea, I like the way you've used them for all diets too.
    Thanks for taking part in the BritMums OXO challenge

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