Christmas with Woolworths

Somebody, stop the clock!

I’m looking at my calendar now and it’s shouting that there are 26 days left of this year. How in the name of chocolate is that possible??!

The festive season has hit – and hard! Towards the end of November I had a (very) welcome 10 day hiatus from real life (as you can guess from lack of posts) and when I got back, apart from soaking in the Southern hemisphere’s sunshine-drenched days, I landed into a flurry of activity and excitement.

So much to do and so little time!


We cooked a lovely Food24 Christmas lunch on Friday at my editor’s house and invited a special guest whose restaurant, The Test Kitchen has just been named Restaurant of the Year by EatOut. Luke Dale Roberts , the talented chef and all round superhuman, has his own special Christmas range at Woolworths. We showcased that, together with Woolworths’ regular array of scrumptious Christmas offerings.

It was a day of wine, food and merriment! Take a look…

Right, so now there’s a 4 day interval until the next tray of mince pies Christmas party. *starts running on the spot*

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Food labels: Am I asking for too much??

I bought a copy of Woolworths Taste magazine last week and inside its plastic sleeve packaging, came a free sachet of Woolworths instant soup. I would normally have either given it away to someone or tossed it. (I loathe instant soup and I think it’s because the thought of it always conjures up images of nasty unnatural chemicals all lumped together into something resembling funky discoloured ground chalk). Gross.

Anyway, for some inexplicable reason I kept the little packet of powdered convenience cuisine and decided to try it for lunch yesterday, against my better judgement.

How did it taste?

As I expected, it tasted vile. It was supposed to be ‘creamy butternut’ but there was zero butternut flavour. I wanted to check what the ingredients were, to satisfy my heightened curiosity but… there were none to be found!

All the packet contained was a simple step-by-step method of how to prepare the soup, with a final step even telling the individual to ‘enjoy!’ Is that really neccesary?? I’m sure anyone old enough to boil a kettle knows hows to make instant soup!

Food labels

The thing that seriously irked me about eating the ‘creamy butternut’ soup, was that there was no indication anywhere on the packet explaining:

-What was inside it

-What the serving size was

-Nutritional value of the food

-Allergy warnings?!

Seriously, what are these people smoking? I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to sell any food item without this kind of information. (technically Woolworths are giving it away although the consumer has no choice but to take it if they want the damn magazine!).

Yes, I understand that the instant soup may be a ‘test’ product so not all the information is declared but still, not to have a general list of ingredients – is that allowed?!

I’m in the process of reading this and this to find out more about packaging laws in this country because Woolworths already seem to be misleading consumers with its food labeling. I want to know what I’m eating dammit!