News and events, and the Tostitos contest winner!

Congratulations to Kelly, who won the draw for the 2 bags of blue corn Tostitos and a lovely chip basket! I will be sending you an e-mail. I hope you enjoy them; personally, I find that blue corn chips have a slightly different taste than yellow corn tortilla chips and go really well with salsa, but doesn’t fit as well with cheese.

And now, here’s some news for you:

Tostitos contest

I have a lovely Tostitos gift basket to give away to one lucky person! To win two bags of blue corn Tostitos and a giant bowl to put your munchies in, simply reply to this post and tell me your favourite way to eat tortilla chips. If you prefer, you can e-mail me privately instead of posting here.

One entry per person, and you must be prepared to pick up the basket somewhere in the Edmonton area.

Blue corn Tostitos

Blue corn Tostitos

Edited to add: Whoops forgot to say when this contest ends! Deadline is end of day July 25,2010.

And the winner is…

Decided by random draw from the submissions, the winner of the five free loaves and two t-shirts from Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery is Nicole! I’ve sent you an e-mail and you will be contacted by Silver Hills to arrange for the delivery of your freebies. Congratulations!

Free bread from Silver Hills, and a review too

Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery, a company that specializes in organic bread made with sprouted grain instead of flour, recently gave me the opportunity to try a few samples of their bread. Their grain is sprouted in a 36 hour process from an Alberta farm run on wind energy, and all the bread is packed in biodegradable bags. Silver Hills says that the use of sprouted grain increases overall nutrition, triples the amount of fibre, and improves digestibility. It is sold within most of Canada and in parts of the United States.

For my test, I picked out a loaf each of the Squirrelly and Steady Eddie breads (I would have gotten one more type, but that was all that the grocery store had left in stock at the time). Each loaf has 5g of fibre per slice – quite a big number for a slice of bread.

Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery loaves

Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery loaves

The Squirrelly bread is made with sunflower and sesame seeds, and is a very thick, hearty bread. It reminded me quite a bit of the Cape Seed bread you can find at Cobs. The Steady Eddie is a plainer bread, but is still quite a dense loaf. It is also very lightly sweetened with apples. If I hadn’t known this already, I probably wouldn’t have been able to guess why the bread was just a touch sweet. The photo below shows slices of both loaves – the Squirrelly is on the left and the Steady Eddie is on the right.

Squirrelly and Steady Eddie

Squirrelly and Steady Eddie

While I think I prefer a less dense bread for daily eating (my usual brand is Country Harvest whole grain), I think these do make a nice change and is a great alternative if you are looking for bread with high fibre and more nutrition. I hope I see one of the other kinds in the stores soon as I’d like to give another flavour a try. They even have a gluten-free Chia bread now, but it is made in a non-dedicated facility so they do not guarantee that the bread does not have traces of gluten.

types of bread available

types of bread available

So how do you get a hold of your own free loaf to try? Well, there’s a couple of ways.

Free stuff method #1
Enter my contest! To win five coupons for free loaves and two t-shirts from Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery, simply:

1. Post a comment here. And make sure to include your e-mail address in the e-mail address line so that I can tell them who the winner is! If you don’t want to post a comment, feel free to send me an e-mail instead at bruleeblog@{no-spamming} (remove the stuff between and including the fancy brackets).

2. Talk about this contest on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc. and post a link to it here in an additional comment. No limits as to how many of these you do.

3. E-mail your friends and have them mention your name when they post their comment.

This contest closes at end of day June 5th and is open to anyone, but please only enter if you can purchase Silver Hills bread in your area as otherwise the coupons will be useless to you.

Free stuff method #2
Get one free bread coupon when you fill out a short survey over at

Disclaimer: I have not been paid anything to promote this product, merely given a sample to review.

Update: As of 2011 I have switched to using Silver Hills bread almost exclusively… my go-to loaf is the Big 16, although I will occasionally pick up some Mack’s Flax. I haven’t been able to try all the options due to lack of available variety in my area.

News and links – freebie edition

Want some food freebies? The pulled pork givewaway got me thinking about free things that you can pick up and I’ve collected a few food related ones for you here. Please note that most are for Canadian addresses only!