23 November 2017

A Very Lurpak Christmas (@NLi10)

Birmingham town centre has lots of promotional give-aways and odd Free food sometimes, some more tenuous than others.  Here we have the prime example of some free biscuits - to advertise the butter that they used to make them.

And they are pretty decent biscuits too, with spices and mince meat in them to taste all Christmassy.  Apparently there was a giant tree too as part of the stall but I failed to notice that.

I’m not sure that this will make me more likely to choose Lurpack when baking the Christmas treats, but all this festive good cheer can’t hurt can it!

22 November 2017

Off The Eaten Path Crispy Rice & Pea Chips Sour Cream & Black Pepper Flavour (Sainsbury’s) By @SpectreUK

Always on the lookout for alternative snacks to crisps and nuts I found these Off The Eaten Path Crispy Rice and Pea Chips in the local supermarket, which are Sour Cream and Black Pepper Flavour. It did make me smile when I read the back of the packet, as it stated "Surprisingly tasty snacks made with real vegetables." This amused me firstly because the manufacturer was surprised that they had created something "surprisingly tasty", and secondly that these rice chips are made with "real vegetables", as opposed to the fake ones you get on tables in department stores, I suppose?!

Anyway, these rice chips are made with green and yellow peas with a sprinkling of cracked black pepper. On opening the packet I could at first see that they were pretty funny looking rounded crisps (see photograph). Not particularly appetising looking I must say. Perhaps that's where the manufacturer's surprise came from when they dared to bite into their first rice chip? In texture these rice chips are very crunchy. Not too tough on the teeth, but they wake you up when you eat one. Eating two at a time would be a bit ambitious. There's a taste of rice first which quickly mixes with the cracked black pepper. There follows a pleasant two stroke pea flavour, which merges back into cracked black pepper and rice into the aftertaste. Considering how oddly ugly looking these rice chips are, I did rather like them. I found them quite moreish in a weird kind of way. Besides, black pepper flavoured snacks generally go down a treat with me. They usually go well with a beer, you see… There are also Pea & Pinto Bean Snacks available, and I wonder if they're funny looking to?

Information on the box;
The 120g packet has 127 calories per 30g serving, with 11g of fat, o.6g of sugar, and 0.3g of salt. No artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives. Suitable for Vegetarians. Please see photograph for the ingredients.

21 November 2017

Walkers Japanese Sweet Wasabi and Ginger Sensations Crisps (@Morrisons) By @Cinabar

You can’t say we don’t get a good variety of crisp flavours in the UK. I often find flavours even now that wow me and are just varieties I haven’t tried before. Walkers are excellent for this and yet again they have surprised me. Japanese Sweet Wasabi and Ginger sounded like a very intriguing combination.
Now I have a love hate relationship with Wasabi, I think it burns my nose and I can barely tolerate the hot stuff, but I still love it. This gives the slightly odd look of me with watering eyes if I eat it in a restaurant but despite the tears, I am thoroughly enjoying it. I don’t have the same relationship with chilli, I’d much rather just have a medium heat with that. Wasabi though, hot is more. For those who don’t know what it is the nearest equivalent is a hot Japanese version of Horseradish sauce. Place a generous dollop on sushi and allow steam in the nose to form.
Anyway onto these crisps, we sat down to share these with lunch and my mum said she’d taste one before having any on her plate. She said it was too hot, and choose not to have any. This interested me and I was looking forward to some Wasabi heat. I took some for my plate and ate one. It was lightly flavoured, a vague hint of Wasabi and a subtle touch of ginger. If I had to be honest it was shockingly plain. Now my mum has decent tolerances of heat so I was confused by this reaction. It was hot she claimed again. I munched my way through a few more, then I hit one, one that was tangy and spicy and bursting with Wasabi goodness and flame. Now I know what my mum had meant. The seasoning was completely unevenly split, and this meant that in my portion there were a few super spicy heavenly crisps and the others when compared directly to them were as dull as anything. This is very unusual for Walkers, so I may have to treat myself to another bag and hope this one was just a bit unlucky with the seasoning.

20 November 2017

Turkey and Bacon Club Sandwich (Costa) By @Cinabar

Tiz the season to be jolly, and the season for the Christmas sandwiches to hit the shops. This year I thought I’d start off by trying out the new Club sandwich from Costa. As a club sandwich there are three slices of bread and two layers of filling, the first one being sausage and bacon, the top layer being turkey, stuffing and spinach. Not sure where the spinach fits in on the usual Christmas dinner, but I was pleased to see some green in there and I would have been more wary if it turned out to be Brussel Sprouts!
Thankfully the bread on this sandwich was smaller than regular bread, which meant that the tower of sandwich before me was more manageable. The sandwich was toasted by Costa, and this gave the bread a lovely texture. This was still a very indulgent sandwich and a meat lovers dream. There was turkey, bacon and sausage all making themselves known, and it had a very substantial feel. I loved the meaty taste, and it was filled with the flavours of Christmas. There was a lovely aftertaste of stuffing and cranberry and both added a good hit of herbs and sweetness. As someone who loves a mix of textures I felt the toast and all the ingredients made this very enjoyable to eat. This is my first Christmas sandwich of 2017 and it is going to be hard to beat!

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