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So many Free From products are filled with unnecessary crap - random ingredients (prune juice in gluten free bread, anyone!?) and preservatives with names I can't even pronounce. So it was a refreshing change when I had an email from Jools at Nowt Poncy introducing me to his new gluten free range of sauces.
The name says it all - there really is Nowt Poncy about these sauces. They are made with simple, honest ingredients and they are deliciously tasty too. I was very kindly sent some samples of the gluten free tomato and basil sauce, and the gluten free curry sauce to try. So what did I think?
Nowt Poncy gluten free curry sauce
For the curry sauce I decided to mix up a basic chicken and sweet potato curry using (for two people):
- Four chicken thighs (skinned and boneless)
- 1 red onion
- 2 small sweet potatoes
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 2 tbsp FAGE 0% Total Greek Yoghurt
I diced the chicken thighs and sweet potatoes up, and finely chopped the onion. In a little bit of coconut oil I fried the onion, chicken and sweet potato for 3-4 minutes and then covered them in the sauce, plus half a jar again of water. This I cooked gently under a lid for about 40 minutes and it was delicious, served with a dollop each of the yoghurt on top.
I didn't know what to expect from the sauce as it said it was a hot curry and I'm normally a mild-to-medium kinda girl, but it was delicious. It was bursting with flavour and not too hot - it had a gentle heat which built up the more you ate, so the yoghurt came in handy to stop it becoming too overbearing.
Nowt Poncy tomato and basil sauce
With the pasta sauce, I opted for a simple recipe: gluten free fusilli, the Nowt Poncy sauce, and some parmesan cheese on top. For me, a pasta dish like this is one of life's simple pleasures. To make it even better, I made some gluten free cheesy garlic bread with a Schar baguette, which I used to mop up the leftover sauce.
And the verdict is?
I really loved these sauces! Not only for the product itself but the ethos behind them. Quoting from the Nowt Poncy website, I think this sums it up:
"Our 'Nowt Poncy' sauces are made with love and with care. We use them too and want every jar to invade our senses and remind us of those lazy days away. Our sauces are good honest food made with great ingredients, organic where possible and sourced from small business and suppliers."
If you spot these anywhere, I really would give them a try. The curry sauce was my favourite and it's unlike any curry I've had before, I'd definitely buy it again.
Discount on orders!
Just for you lovely readers, I've managed to source a 10% discount for any new customers who wish to try the Nowt Pouncy sauces (this isn't an affiliate link, it's just a gesture of kindness because I really do think these are worth trying!). Just enter IMNOWTPONCY2 at the checkout.
Thank you to Nowt Poncy for sending me some samples of their sauces to try. You can find out more about them and order on their website here. For more than four jars email Jools directly on [email protected]