Enquiring minds want to know….

Other bloggers get cook books to review, cases of barbecue sauce to enjoy, pastas to play with….

I get nothing.

I've had offers; but nothing ever materializes.

It could be because I'm not a proper food blogger:

I've never made a fancy torte for Daring Bakers (mon mari is Type 1 diabetic; I worked too hard to get back into a size 8 (or 6) to eat an entire gateau myself).

I don't make complicated dishes with long lists of ingredients (at least not often – we're busy.  I make things other busy people can do easily).

I don't use prepared sauces and or other ingredients (I started not using them because they weren't available here… now it's habit and I like to know what I'm eating) so why would companies send me any…

It could be because I live in France.

I've had emails offering me cook books to review (I dearly love cook books.  I have several hundred) I accept the offer and send my address.


I was offered a free subscription to a cooking magazine.  I accepted the offer and sent my address.

Nothing – although in this case I received a follow-up email 2 months later asking how I liked it…. I said I never received it.  I was assured several issues would be sent immediately.

Still nothing.

This all came out on Twitter a few weeks ago.  There was a post by Jeanne, of Cook Sister regarding 'freebies'. 

I said I had never gotten a 'freebie'.

Much sympathy was expressed from many bloggers.

And one offer for some free stuff.

I was offered my choice of sauces to try from Very Lazy.


And they sent it!!!!!

All the way to me in French farm country!

I have my first freebie.

Then the question…..

Mon mari actually asked me: What are you going to do if you don't like it?

Good point.

Being a freebie virgin, I hadn't thought of the consequences.


I pondered this a bit.

I decided that, as they actually hadn't asked me to review the products, if I didn't like them I'd just send them a thank you, telling them my opinion and not doing a post.

If I liked them, but wouldn't use them (tasted good, but too full of mystery ingredients or salt for me to incorporate into our diet), I'd do a post explaining that.  Remember, I don't normally use prepared food – and that includes pre-chopped veggies.

These were good.

Really good.

Both the sauce and the garlic have all natural ingredients.  Not one single thing on the labels that was not actually something I could buy at the supermarket.

Chicken Chausser

The only change I made to the recipe was to leave the chicken in bigger pieces and to use fresh tomatoes – this being summer, me having an over-productive garden and all.

When I make it again, and I will, I'll serve it with pasta.  The suggestion was to serve it with potatoes, but there was such a wonderful sauce, it really cried out for pasta.

As it was, I was forced to just finish it off with a spoon…..

I only added 4 ingredients to the sauce: chicken, onion, tomatoes and mushrooms.

It was ready in 20 minutes.

Mon mari loved it.

What more could one ask for?

As to whether or not Food Blogger Freebies are good or bad….

This one was good!


Food Blogger Freebies: Good or Bad? and Chicken Chaussuer — 8 Comments

  1. Congratulations on your first freebie. I have been blogging for less than 2 years now and I haven’t had much luck either. I got a pull man loaf pan once that I can make bread to feed about 30 people. Used it once that’s all. I am glad you liked what they sent. I don’t like to use prepared food either.

  2. Great to have a first “freebie”! I too have been promised book review, free gluten free bread etc. but nothing has materialized. I always think it is because I live in Canada. And like you, I make everything from scratch, so it is wonderful that you liked their product.

  3. Those bums have never even offered me anything. I’m sure it’s because I have so few readers. But your decisions about what to do in case of not liking, etc., is just what I’d do. I don’t put negative reviews on my blog. As my mother used to say, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

  4. Champa, I’ve been blogging a bit longer…. just seems like nothing gets to France LOL
    Ina, that’s probably the reason – that and making stuff from scratch…
    Zoomie, negative doesn’t do much for me either. And silence can be so eloquent..
    Val, yeah…. it was fun!
    manningroad, and it was good – the best part!
    Magic of Spice – it was a first.

  5. Hi there
    Thanks so much for the great review. We have a view on negative feedback, it is not about it being negative but rather constructive. We love doing blogger reviews because we know that most bloggers are real people with busy lives so they are the ideal target market for our products. If they share with us ways to improve our products, what a bonus! Indeed, we can’t tweek every product in line with every comment, but we can get a general consensus and use this knowledge wisely, because we do want you all to love what we make with you in mind.
    So all you lovely ladies (and men – I can’t tell from your handles) above, if you want to review our products please let us know – we are on twitter @verylazyfood.
    And a BIG thank you for taking the time to review and post this review, it’s lovely and the photography is great. We are really thrilled.
    Best wishes,
    Very Lazy