We caught up with celebrity chef Marion Grasby to find out more about what she loves to eat, and how she designs her Marion's Kitchen range of meal kits.
How much goes into developing one of your meal kits?
I personally design, create and source producers for each of my products. I’m very proud of the fact that each product starts out in my own home kitchen and is made using real ingredients I would use at home. I basically start with my own home recipes and then build from there. The time it takes for a product to go from a little creative spark in my head to appearing on supermarkets shelves can be anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. It just depends on how long it takes me to get the flavour and ingredients right…because super tastiness and awesome ingredients are everything! Oh and it always takes a while to get my mum’s approval LOL. She’s my number one product taste tester…she’s brutally honest!
Do you find young children enjoy spicy and exotic flavours more than people expect they would?
I’m amazed at how some little ones are completely unfazed by spicy or exotic flavours. I once had the cutest little miss 3-year-old at one of my food shows who polished off a bowl of super spicy Thai green curry and then asked for more…much to her mum’s surprise! But just like adults, all kids are different and they all like or dislike different things. Wouldn’t it be a shame if we were all the same?!
Do you have a go to ingredient that always makes a meal amazing?
Lemon or lime juice. The acid perks up any dish and is actually a great way to reduce added salt. Just squeeze a few drops over a dish instead of adding a sprinkle of salt…you’ll be amazed at the difference!
Marion's new range of FRESH WRAPS includes Malaysian Satay, Korean Chilli & Sesame and Cantonese Hoisin & Garlic. RRP $5.79 and available in Woolworths in July.
A new range of all natural and gluten free WOK HITS stir-fry sauces are also being released including three options: Korean Chilli & Sesame, Thai Sweet & Sour, and Vietnamese Lemongrass & Garlic. RRP $4.29 and available in Woolworths in July.
In addition, new flavours are being added to the famous cooking kits, including: Thai Yellow Curry and Cashew Chicken Stir-fry. RRP $7.30 and available in Woolworths in July.
The Marion’s Kitchen full range includes: Thai Massaman Curry, Singapore Laksa, Malaysian Curry, Pad Thai, Thai Red Curry, Thai Green Curry, and San Choy Bow.
For more information, visit: www.marionskitchen.com.au