25 September 2021

Bitburger Beer (Germany) By @SpectreUK

Bitburger Beer (Germany)

Bitburger Is Germany's No. 1 draft beer. Well, that's what it says on the can anyway. At 4.8% in volume this Bitburger is in a 330ml can, rather than draft, so hopefully it will be just the same No. 1 quality. Although having said that, I couldn't compare even though I'd like to. I haven't been to Germany since I was a young lad, and haven't any plans to do so in the near future. We have a friend who has just taken his whole family over there to escape the deprivations from Brexit. Cinabar is part German, so you never know…

Anyway, on opening the can this Bitburger certainly had a cheerful fizz. Cheerful as the sunny afternoon outside. This lager beer shined golden like the sun as I poured it into my waiting beer glass. Bitburger Brewery was founded in 1817 in Bitburg, in Rhineland-Palatinate. A premium pils, Bitburger has a malt pilsner aroma with a touch of floral hops. There is a tart spicy bitterness from the floral hops to start with in the taste, followed closely by an almost sweet malt biscuit flavour from the pils which runs into the aftertaste.

This is a really flavoursome beer and I can certainly see why it is so popular. If I was in Germany I can see that I would drink this Bitburger on a regular basis. I reckon it would very well with most German dishes. Anything from their huge sausages (!) to their Schnitzels.

24 September 2021

TGI Fridays - Spicy Chicken Sharing Pizza (Iceland) By @Cinabar

TGI Fridays - Spicy Chicken Sharing Pizza

Earlier in the week I wrote about the fab Ed’s Diner Waffles I found in Iceland, from the restaurant but now available frozen. This isn’t the only new restaurant branded food I found at Iceland. I also picked up this TGI Fridays Spicy Chicken Sharing Pizza, which is based on their restaurant menu but now available as a frozen but heat at home pizza. Th box looked very posh appealing and it has been a long time since I last went to a TGI Fridays but as today is Friday it seemed like the perfect night for pizza. I opened up the box and GI Fridays Spicy Chicken Sharing Pizza inside had a decent amount of topping, quite a few chillies and a good amount of chicken.

TGI Fridays - Spicy Chicken Sharing Pizza

Once out of the oven I had a slice (with some coleslaw) and was impressed with the flavour. The base was a decent thickness, crispy on the outside but still soft inside. There was lots of topping and these had melted well on top. It was tasty to eat and the chillies were perfect for me, building up spice and flavour. There was plenty of heat but not so much I couldn’t the other flavours too. I’d definitely be having this again, and seeing what other varieties they have in the new TGI Fridays range.

TGI Fridays - Spicy Chicken Sharing Pizza

23 September 2021

Boddington's Berries - The Blackberry Conserve (@NLi10)

 It's very hard to do some flavours of Jam justice.  Take the Blueberry Jams we looked at a while ago for example - the real thing just has more flavour.

All Blackberry things have to compare to the Black Current cordials like Ribena in my head - even though they aren't really that similar.

While at Screech Owl Sanctuary in Cornwall (amazing place if you are nearby) I spotted this in the gift shop for my lunches.  A lovely, locally made, Boddington's Berries Blackberry Conserve.

They have a website - and I'm pretty sure we drove past them at some point!

And it's amazingly rich, and really high quality jam!  It went really well with crumpets, and is something I'm certainly looking forwards to eating more of. The flavour was deep and fruity - this wasn't your sugar only store jam.

A great souvenir from our time at Screech that will hopefully last well into Autumn.

22 September 2021

Walkers Thai Green Curry Flavour (Tesco) By @SpectreUK

Walkers Thai Green Curry flavour

These Walkers Thai Green Curry are another flavour supporting Local restaurants. I do love a Thai Green Curry, I even had one last night with a little rice. I don't eat much rice these days as it seems to blow me up and make me feel over full. I love a Thai Red Curry too, so maybe Walkers will make a crisp flavour of that next.

Usually when Walkers come up with a new flavour emulating a meal, such as the recent Fish and Chips flavour, the crisp's taste is pretty much spot on. So I'm looking forward to trying these Walkers Thai Green Curry flavour. On opening the packet there was a familiar smell of Thai Green Curry. A familiar aroma that reminded me of my meal the night before.

On taste there is the flavour of Thai Green Curry, not unlike my last meal. There is the creaminess, with strong lime leaves and lemongrass, as well as coriander. There is also a good deal of spiciness too, with a warming chilli heat. These crisps are very tasty indeed and I'd certainly have them in again.

Information on the packet;
The 25g packet has 128 calories, with 7.3g of fat, 0.5g of sugar, and 0.29g of salt. Please see photograph for the ingredients.

Walkers Thai Green Curry flavour