New Norfolk sauce brand makes quick dinners a breeze
PUBLISHED: 20:46 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 20:46 05 April 2018
Bace promises to take the headache out of preparing meals.
Beans with Benefits…Peas with Perks…are you intrigued?
These are just two of the flavours available in the newly launched range of healthy fresh sauces from Bace, cooked up from scratch by food lover Suzy Smith.
Working alongside husband Steve from kitchens at Crusaders rugby club in Little Melton, Norfolk, Suzy is realising her foodie dream, and hopes her unique products will help her customers put dinner on the table in record time.
Coming from a family of great home cooks, Suzy says she’s always felt at home by the stove, but healthy eating became top of the agenda once she and Steve started a family. “It was important to me to raise my children so they were eating a healthy diet, getting lots of vegetables instead of concentrating on fruit which has loads of sugar in it. Children will easily eat loads of strawberries but I wanted to educate their palates!”
Bace sauces have been inspired by Suzy’s journey to feed her children nutritious, wholesome food. Each recipe contains chopped, sautéed vegetables and blended pulses, sourced locally from Hodmedod’s, and can be eaten alone, or used as a base for loads of dishes.
“I do a green sauce (Peas with Perks) which is like an ultra-healthy mushy peas. It has spinach, fava beans and green split peas in it, with celery and onion and garlic. You could have it with some sausages or in a curry, or with some fish.
“Another one is made with carlin peas – I wanted to use British grains and pulses. Carlin peas are lovely. They’re a bit like chickpeas and have a really nutty flavour. They are in an aromatic blend of carrots, sweet potatoes and garam masala, ginger and lentils, so that one really lends itself to making a quick curry. Just add some chicken and maybe a bit of curry paste, or some vegetables. The sauce itself is vegan. All my products are vegan-friendly and a source of protein. They’re low in salt and have no added sugar, plus they’re full of fibre.”
Beans with Benefits is a sauce Suzy thinks will become a family favourite for many, being packed with haricot beans, tomatoes, red pepper, sweet potatoes, lentils, carrots, onions, celery, garlic and sundried tomatoes. “It’s a really nice, rich flavoured base and it’s lovely on top of a baked potato or you can put it into the base of a chilli on carne, with a cooked breakfast or use it as a pizza topping.”
Being so versatile, the Bace sauces lend themselves to busy folk who have little time to stand around chopping and cooking every night, but they’re ideal too for holidays – what could be more handy on the family camping holiday?
“We take all the prep time out,” Suzy says proudly. “All the chopping, sweating and simmering and blending. These take all that away. What I love is we’re surrounded by the most amazing producers in this part of the county so you can pair my products with local, fantastic sausages or bacon, gammon or even cheese!”
Newly initiated into Proudly Norfolk, Suzy hopes to roll her products out across the county this year and they’ll be available to try at an event on April 21 at White House Farm, Norwich. You’ll also be able to meet Suzy at Creake Abbey farmers’ market. “We’re really chuffed to be attending there,” Suzy beams.