23 March 2018

Nescafe Gold White Chocolate & Pistachio Mocha (Morrisons) By @Cinabar

I like to take these instant drinks in for work, as we unfortunately don’t have a posh coffee machine in our office. These sachet coffees mix up simply with only the need for a kettle and hot water. We normally buy the lattes and the cappuccinos, but quite often there are interesting Limited Edition flavours, such as this new Nescafe Gold White Chocolate and Pistachio Mocha.
One cold afternoon I put the kettle on and poured the contents of the sachet into my mug. Now the there is a trick to making these drinks, and it is about stirring it twice. I like to add water and stir, then wait a minute. The water line will have gone down a little, so I top it up and then stir again. This makes the drink perfect for me. Once it had cooled a little, I don’t add milk, I took my first sip. The flavour was surprisingly delicate. I think I was worried that it would be over sweet, or that the nut flavour would end up with that weird marzipan taste. Thankfully it was a subtle but proper flavour of pistachio and just a hint of sweetness and creaminess from the white chocolate, and lovely tones of coffee. Not a strong flavour by any means, but an easy to drink tasty coffee combination. Perfect for soothing away a chilly afternoon.

22 March 2018

Morrisons Chicken Katsu Pie @NLi10

Mmmm - Pie!

While I realise I should have reviewed this on the 14th March, it was a Wednesday and I don't do those.

While my partner was away I took that opportunity to try another meaty pie from Morrison's. 

A Japanese inspired Pie is right up my street.

And although it just looks like any brown curry pie the flavours are surprisingly sophisticated.  It has the gravy curry flavour of Katsu, and has decent lumps of chicken.  The shortcrust pastry is really nice too - although some of that may be down to the fact there was still a little oil on the baking tray from a previous meal so the bottom of the pie was lightly fried (amazing).

Something that would cause me to make a special trip to Morrison's? Maybe, but not quite up to PieMinister standards.

21 March 2018

Kings Rib Eye Flavour Biltong (Sainsbury’s @Kingssnacks) By @SpectreUK

I've tried Beef Jerky before, but never Biltong. Looking up the difference between the two on the internet, and it seems to be more around curing the beef to create Biltong with salt, vinegar and spices, whereas Jerky is usually smoked, Biltong is not. Kings have marinated and air-dried these strips of lean British and Irish beef to produce their Biltong, with the smokiness added as flavouring.
This Biltong is promoted as having "supreme protein", and there are a couple of recommendations for building muscle from sports professionals on the back of the packet. I guess it must be to do with the fact that 220g of beef was used per 100g "of finished product". So what happened, did they push a cow through a car crusher?
Anyway, on opening the packet there was a spicy and smoky beef smell, with paprika and red pepper predominately. On tasting the thin strips of slightly reddened beef the spices shone through to begin with followed by a light smokiness to the beef, and then quite a sharp saltiness and perhaps a hint of rosemary moving into the aftertaste. There was a mild heat from the red pepper and paprika to these faintly chewy flavoursome strips of beef. I'd certainly have this Biltong again as a beefy snack with my lunch, especially on the side next to my tuna sandwich for some surf and turf action after a session at the gym.
Information on the packet
The 35g packet has 266 calories per 100g (less than 95 calories per packet), with 3.98g of fat, 5.9g of salt. This Biltong is gluten and allergen free. Ingredients included; beef, sugar, salt, spices, herb, dried red pepper, dried onion, yeast extract, preservative; potassium sorbate, and smoke flavouring.

20 March 2018

New Cadbury Cupcakes With Flake (@Morrisons) By @Cinabar

I found this by scanning the new products section on the Morrisons website, and then added them to my basket. Anything new and chocolatey is a win for me, and I love Cadbury products. When the New Cadbury Cupcakes With Flake arrived the packaging made them look fairly generous in size, but when unpacked from their plastic box I realised they were actually quite a bit smaller than I thought they would be.
Inside the box were two cupcakes, in purple paper cases, topped with a chocolate frosting and of course a piece of Cadbury Flake chocolate. I gave one the the taste test and found them to be full of lovely chocolate flavour. The sponge was fluffy, sweet and rich, and the fondant icing was sugary with a good cocoa base. The Cadbury Flake was a nice touch, but that was where the theming with Cadbury ended. The chocolate flavour in the sponge and the icing was tasty, but it was quite a generic flavour, and not particularly that of Flake, which I always think is quite distinctive, it isn’t quite the same flavour of Dairy Milk. So the cupcakes are nice, and a good chocolate treat, but apart from the the Flake topping, they aren’t themed that strongly.
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