20 October 2017

Ambrosia Deluxe Custard (@Morrisons) By @Cinabar

We don’t have custard very often, so I thought we might try out what looked like the poshest canned variety and therefore we went for; Ambrosia Deluxe Custard. Its deluxe nature comes from the recipe containing West Country Cream, and clotted cream at that.
The can got poured into a pan and heated on the hob. While it was cooking I could see that the custard was thick, and we poured it over some steamed syrup puddings. Spectre had enough to completely cover his, he is a bit of a custard fan.
I found the custard to be of a very good flavour. The taste was richer than regular custard and the vanilla seemed to be more developed. Reading the ingredients I was pleased to see that it is a proper vanilla extract rather than an artificial flavour and I think this really helps. The custard was extra creamy too, and the West Country Cream shone through making this seem like a proper treat.
I was impressed that I could tell the difference between this and regular custard and I have to admit I did like the thicker texture and more indulgent taste. As I said we don’t have custard very often, so I think I will be buying this again. If you are going to do it, you may as well do it properly.

19 October 2017

Las Iguanas - Beetroot, Avocado & Cranberry Ensalada (@NLi10)

We are big fans of Las Iguanas - from the cocktails through to the puddings - but I’d not had a reason to visit the new Birmingham branch on Temple Street until we were looking for somewhere diverse enough to take a group of work people before the theatre.

On the new winter menu there are a few choice selections - including an epic salad with Beetroot, Avocado, Cranberry sprinkled with candied spiced almonds, and if you pay extra some grilled chicken!

Look at that - it’s fantastic! It has a whole head of nutrients and is certainly filling with the avocado and chicken. This is also on the fast lunch menu so I could happily eat this everyday if there was a Las Iguanas at work.

And to follow this we got given a small Basil quiche on our way into the highly amusing play we all went To see.

18 October 2017

New Marmite Biscuits (Waitrose) By @SpectreUK

Marmite is one of those products people either love or hate. I should probably start this blog with a disclaimer; I don't like Marmite. Although I know that sounds a little off to be blogging about something flavoured with a product I don't like. I also haven't liked all of the Marmite flavoured products that have recently came out, such as; Marmite Cereal Bars, Marmite Truffles, and Marmite Chocolate. However, for some reason I absolutely love Marmite Crisps. I just can't have enough of them. So, I keep trying with other new Marmite products… Marmite Biscuits can't be all that bad, can they? I do like oaty biscuits, and these are oaty biscuits that are flavoured with Marmite. So…

There was a smell of Marmite when I opened the first mini packet of four Marmite jar shaped biscuits. I popped the first biscuit into my mouth and found that it had a decent oaty crunch. There was an oatiness to the flavour to start with, and as the biscuit bits washed around my mouth the saltiness from the Marmite flavouring came through, and then the full Marmite taste kicked in - and kicked pretty hard too! I'd certainly recommend trying these Marmite Biscuits with a slice of cheese and maybe some butter. The oatiness and saltiness should compliment the cheese. It probably doesn't matter what cheese you have, but I reckon the stronger the better if you don't want to be too distracted by the after Marmite kick. I don't mean that in a bad way… it's just that people either love it or hate it!

Information on the packet;
The 120g packet contains 5 x 4 packets of biscuits, with 122 calories per 24g packet, having 4.4g of fat, 1.3g of sugar, and 0.5g of salt. See photograph for ingredients.

17 October 2017

Nestle Whip - Delicious Caramel (Poundland) By @cinabar

Following on from the Delightful Mint Whip review last week, I am now trying out the other new flavour in Nestle’s Whips range (AKA the new but Walnut-less Whips). I think the thing that surprised me most with the Mint Whip was there was nothing on top, I wasn’t expecting a walnut, but some kind of decoration. This Delicious Caramel Whip too is naked, and looks like something is missing.

Now as this is a caramel flavour I did wonder whether it would contain an actual layer of caramel inside the whip, but it turns out it is purely a caramel flavoured whipped filling. I opened up the wrapper, these are individually packed inside the box, and bit into the chocolate and found the light brown colour whip inside. The flavour of the filling isn’t too strong, but the caramel aspect was very tasty. It had a rich burnt sugar taste, and reminded me of honeycomb pieces. It was a very tasty and sweet Whip, and went perfectly with the thick chocolate casing. It made a lovely treat to snack on and is perfect for caramel fans, despite there technically not being any liquid caramel inside. There are only 136 calories per Whip, so there is no need to feel too guilty either.

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