22 November 2019

Minty Muddle Chocolate Round (Waitrose) By @Cinabar

My niece regularly adds a chocolate pizza to her birthday or Christmas wish list. It isn’t something that needs to be baked (but how cool would that be) it is essentially a circular slab of chocolate that looks like a pizza. They must be good though, as it has been requested multiple times! This Waitrose Minty Muddle Chocolate Round is a similar concept, it is called a “round” but on the back has segments (slices) for easy sharing.

I love chocolate mint, it is one of my go-to flavours, up there with cinnamon spice which is my ultimate favourite, so this seemed the perfect place to start. Once out of the box this Minty Muddle Chocolate Round smells delicious, lots of minty tones and plenty of chocolate. I used the back as a guide and shared it out into portions. The pieces look quite cute with plenty of white chocolate drops and dark chocolate crumb sprinkled all over.

The chocolate is substantial and quite thick, I love the mix of textures as the dark chocolate sprinkles were crispy and the white’s chocolate drops were soft. The chocolate consists of both swirls of dark and white chocolate but because of the mix tasted mostly like milk chocolate, but does look pretty. The mint flavour is well balanced and there is plenty of peppermint and it works perfectly in conjunction with the chocolate.
I think this Waitrose Minty Muddle Chocolate Round would make a perfect stocking filler, a bit of a novelty for sure, but nicely designed and good quality chocolate with well balanced flavours.

21 November 2019

Mighty Pea M.LK - vegan and nut free (@NLi10)

So. You don’t want to use dairy milk, but you also want to avoid nuts - what options are there? Well - soy milk exists but tastes like the water used to recycle paper. How about you pea on your cornflakes?

I’d not seen this before, and I figured it would be worth a few cheap pea jokes so gave it a shot - and actually it’s pretty decent.

It’s white not green, and it tastes like a really mild pea soup might. I’ve not poured that on my crunchy nuts yet though.  It’s an enjoyably different flavour too, and I need to try it in more drinks before I pass judgement on that angle.

It’s got things in that are good for you

And it’s got friendly messages about how it’s good for animals, and actually uses less water than almond milk - but I’d have to do research on that.

And it’s similar enough to skimmed milk in texture and looks that the pictures of the stuff itself were not very exciting.  We don’t go to Sainsbury’s very often so I’m not sure that I’ll become a regular (almond milk is my default now), but it’s certainly made a fan out of me.

If you are looking for a dairy alternative then give peas a chance. 

20 November 2019

Bachelor’s Super Noodles BBQ Beef (Tesco) By @SpectreUK

Being a snack food and beer blogger and also keeping my weight down with exercise and watching my calories can sometimes be a bit of a bind. I've just looked at the calories in this Bachelor's Super Noodles BBQ Beef and they're pretty high. I used to not care and overeat all the time, but since this second knee operation, my surgeon badgering me about keeping my weight down, and the fact that even after a year of rehabilitation I still have marked limitations on a knee that's muscles now look pretty much exactly the same as the other knee… I have to keep my weight strictly down in the future. There isn't a heck of a lot of fat anywhere anymore either, apparently muscles are pretty heavy too!

With this BBQ Beef Supper Noodles I'm just going to fry up some mushrooms in sunflower oil and have a piece of toast on the side, and then have my usual apple and high protein yoghurt for afters. Been as though my stomach seems to have almost disappeared after months of constant exercise, I can't eat half of what I used to anyway, as I get comfortably full really easily now.

On opening the pot there was some seasoning, dried peas and diced carrots on top of the block of stringy noodles. After preparation with freshly boiled water, stirring and leaving to stand for a while, there was a good smoky sweet barbecue smell from the reddish noodles in the pot. On taste I was actually surprised how good this Bachelor's Super Noodles BBQ Beef is. I guess I'm still stuck in the generational thinking of noodle pots being wet and relatively tasteless. There was a good smoky barbecue flavour from the noodles and sauce, with an almost caramel sweetness into the aftertaste. These noodles went perfectly well with my fried Mediterranean seasoned mushrooms and piece of toast on the side. I'd certainly recommend this for a quick and tasty meal for someone on the go!

Information on the pot;
The 75g pot contains 354 calories, with 15g of fat, 3.8g of sugar, and 1.49g of salt. Please see photograph for ingredients.

19 November 2019

Cadbury Dairy Milk Orange Snowman (Ocado) By @Cinabar

There are quite a few Christmas chocolate novelties out this year but most of them I have seen in passed years. Chocolate Santas, reindeers etc, even Cadbury Snow Balls have all made reappearances. I’m not complaining, just looking for something different in amongst the crowd. This will be the first time I’ve tried the Cadbury Dairy Milk Orange Snowman, although I think I have had the non fruit version before now.

So the Snowman is quite smart looking under the wrapper, not that well defined in features but modern looking with a smart scarf. The filing isn’t light and airy like I had hoped it would be, it is quite a thick mousse filling, firm and chunky. I was pleased with the flavour, the sweet Cadbury chocolate coated a rich and fruity orange filling that was sweet and tasty with lots of citrus zing. Chocolate and orange is a classic flavour combination and it seems to be more popular than ever this year with Orange Twirls and quite a few other goodies coming out for Christmas, I can’t argue with it as it works very well.
This Cadbury Dairy Milk Orange Snowman is sweet and fruity tasty treat, and would make a nice seasonal pick me up as an alternative to a full size chocolate bar. As the filling is quite thick it is filling too and it makes it a more satisfying treat.

18 November 2019

Limited Edition After Eight Mint & Mango-Pineapple (B&M) By @Cinabar

After Eight Mint & Mango-Pineapple

I think it is fair to say if you had asked me what flavour I predicted After Eight would launch in the run up to Christmas I would have guessed orange. With Orange Twirls and Terry’s Chocolate Orange Muffins at Costa orange is turning out to be the flavour of the season. Just to clarify by orange I mean just orange, as fruit and mint would be odd wouldn’t it. I was wrong, by quite a long way, they have launched After Eight Mint & Mango-Pineapple Limited Edition. It is a brave choice, and to be fair it sounds like quite an exciting new variety to try, let’s just hope it works.

After Eight Mint & Mango-Pineapple

The inside of the packet is the usual layout, with chocolate thins in dark envelopes decorated with a gold clock design. They look just like regular After Eights and don’t have a strong aroma. The texture too is identical to the normal chocolates but the flavour is far from the usual. The first taste is mint and it is quite strong, but close behind are the mango and pineapple and in there sweet juicy tones. I took a moment to allow my taste buds to adjust and found myself wanting a second chocolate. Mint and fruit both in strong proportions but the combination was fab.
Nowhere in my head did I think these After Eight Mint & Mango-Pineapple thins could possibly work but against all the odds they do. They are actually fantastic, with a new flavour combination that seems to mix tropical fruit and mint in a way that makes you think of an exotic fruit cocktail with a load of mint leaves stuffed into the glass. Refreshing fruity and I’m going back for a second box.

17 November 2019

BOL - Spanish Bean & Veg Paella (@NLi10)

Winter lunches can be hard.  Sandwiches lose their appeal as November appears, and there is only so much soup that one person can consume.  When doing an Ocado shop I spotted some meal pots that I bought for my partner.  She liked them, but isn't a massive fan of large amounts of veggies where as I quite like that - so I decided to give the final pot a go.

BOL have decided that the best way to ensure that this looks cool and makes it to you in one piece is to layer the ingredients and then you can cook them nicely without making a mush.

I'd heard from others about meal pots that lose their crispiness, but that didn't happen here - texture was still varied!

What you end up with is a big steamy pot of veg and beans and rice and some lovely flavours.  Do I miss that odd tangy bit of sausage or sun-dried tomato - sure! but then this wouldn't be veggie friendly and would probably turn into a homogeneous mush of single strong flavours.  I'm sure that you could sprinkle in chilli flakes or similar to add pizzazz.

As it stands though this was a charming little winter lunch - one I'd have to be organised about though as work only currently has one microwave and the queue is never short.

16 November 2019

Harviestoun Schiehallion Beer (Waitrose) By @SpectreUK

I don't often write about lagers, but this one is highly vaunted, so I thought I better give it a go! Schiehallion is an idyllic mountain in Scotland. This Harviestoun Brewery lager has taken its name from that mountain, suggesting an intrepid side to this wheat malt and lager malt 'Champagne of Lagers'. Anyone who calls their beer the 'Champagne of Lagers' must be pretty confident that people will like it. I don't actually like Champagne, so I'm glad its not involved in the brewing, however, I know what they mean. It also won the WBA World's Best Pilsner Award in 2008. So that's a bit of a hint there…

On opening this 4.8% volume lager I could smell the wheat malt and the yeastiness almost immediately, with the lager malt at the back of the aroma. On pouring this bright golden Schiehallion I noticed it wasn't as bubbly as lagers often can be. On taste this lager has an initial light citrus crispness with the wheat malt nosing its way through the hoppy bitterness, and the slightly sweeter lager malt coming in towards the aftertaste. This is definitely a fulsome flavoured craft lager and a delight to drink. Rather than one of those belly burping mass-produced lagers I served to many a guzzler when I was a barman way… way back when!

15 November 2019

Christmas Spiced Cappuccino (Costa) By @Cinabar

As much as I love a seasonal menu in a coffee shop I am aware they usually arrive loaded with cream and syrup and aren’t the healthiest thing. They are good fuel for Christmas shopping though as everyone needs a treat after that. One of the more easy going sounding drinks from Costa this year is this Christmas Spiced Cappuccino, it doesn’t have cream but it made with seasonal spices and has cinnamon sprinkles on top.bI love cinnamon.
I found this drink easier to have with a savoury sandwich than say the lushness of the Irish Velvet Latte which is more of a dessert drink. Well a dessert in drink format I guess.
The Christmas Spiced Cappuccino has some of my favourite spiced running through it and the tones of cinnamon and nutmeg make it a wonderful warming drink that does taste of Christmas. It still very much tastes of coffee though which is sometimes lost on the more elaborate drinks.
Although there is sweetness with this Costa Christmas Spiced Cappuccino the drink isn’t overly so and I say that as someone who doesn’t take sugar in coffee. The spices enhance it, I love the mix of cinnamon in this drink and found it a wonderful winter warmer. I do think there is a place of cream and syrup but this may well be my drink of choice this season with its fabulous spices. Christmas in a mug.

14 November 2019

LoveRaw Butter Cups - Peanut & Hazelnut (By @NLi10)

After the abject disappointment of the Hershey's Halloween offering I decided that I'd invest in some more me peanut consumption.

Here we have a LoveRaw Peanut butter cup - and I say invest because these are £1.99 for two!

It's raw, dark chocolate so it's vegan (and so nice) and the peanuts have nothing nasty added to them.

They look a little dry and unappetising copmared to the pack shot so I'm wondering if these got heated in transport.  But! They taste great and have a real peanut flavour which the Americanised ones just can't come close to.  And these are satisfying to eat - you don't feel like you need a 2nd right away - well... 

We did have a 2nd right away as we cut them in half!  Again this didn't really travel well - a little more card to protect them may be necessary.

The hazelnut one was basically a Nuttella cup and given the choice the one I'd gravitate towards most again.  At £1 per cup it's quite hard to justify as an impulse buy from Holland & Barrett but I'm sure it'll happen occasionally.

13 November 2019

Kolibri Cardamom & Chilli (Degusta) By @SpectreUK

Keeping with the theme of trying to warm myself up with food and drink, I thought I'd try this Kolibri Cardamom & Chilli drink. This carbonated spring water drink is blended with Cardamom and Chilli natural extracts, and lemon juice. There is also a fun, or a slightly complex, depending on how you look at it, Kolibri Drops container to tailer your drink with added syrupy sweetness. As you can see from the photo below, you have to use the screw top of the glass bottle to push down on the top of the Kolibri Drops container to release the syrup. Make sure you tip the carbonated blended water from the bottle into a glass first and then tailor it with the amount of Kolibri Drops you want to add. As you may have guessed, I'm an all or nothing kind of person, so I dumped the whole container into my waiting blended spring water filled glass.

I tasted the transparent blended carbonated spring water first before adding the syrup, and it tasted like liquidised curry. Or rather like those weird shaped things that flavour the rice before you add the curry sauce. I have a habit of burying the cardamom pods in the rice by mistake and then biting into them when I least expect it. The intense flavour always catches me and makes my face twist and I always say "Blurrgh!" when it happens.

The transparent blended spring water changed into a rather pleasing golden colour once I had added all of the Kolibri Drops. The added syrupy sweetness changed the flavour markedly to a much sweeter curry type flavour, which was instantly rather refreshing. Being alcohol free and at only 36 calories with all the Kolibri Drops added, this drink would be really ideal to wash down a good curry and popadoms meal. I can see myself routing out another bottle or two to try that out.

12 November 2019

Pip's Hot Chocolate Coins (@DegustaboxUK) By @Cinabar

Pip's Hot Chocolate Coins

Part of the inspiration for the start of this blog was an at-work quest for a decent hour chocolate, and it has always remained a keen topic for us here at Foodstuff Finds. I actually had started to believe I was super fussy with hot chocolate and have even been known to tip mugs of the stuff away as I didn’t think the drink was worth the calories. I know, proper drama queen. So when I found a selection of these Pip's Hot Chocolate Coins in my latest Degustabox I have to admit I was cautious about being too excited.

My first thought was that they looked too small to flavour a mug of milk but as I took the wrapper of i realised they were actually quite chunky, think the tardis or something. I heated some milk and when it was hot added in the Pip's Hot Chocolate Coin and stirred. It took a little while to start dissolving but did and once it began to then melted and mixed in easily, I gave it a little whisk with a fork too. The drink looked dark enough and I hoped for good flavour too.
When it came to the taste test it passed with flying colours. The flavour of the drink was rich and chocolatey, there was lots of soothing cocoa and just enough sweetness for my tastebuds. It is soothing rich drink which is what I think a hot chocolate should be. I found myself looking forward to the other Coins included in the box and even checking out the other flavours available on their website, to see what they do. Black Forest looks like it will be in my Christmas list!

11 November 2019

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Muffin (Costa) By @Cinabar

Terry’s Chocolate Orange Muffin

As we were in the town centre this weekend we deiced to visit Costa for lunch and some hot drinks. I spotted these new muffins in the cabinet when I was queuing and decided I would add them to our order, I can’t resist something new and it sounds like such a lovely combination. The man in front of me in the queue said he had heard about the new Terry’s Chocolate Orange Muffin but that he had asked in several stores and not found them until now, he also ordered two.
The Terry’s Chocolate Orange Muffin consists of a chocolate orange flavoured sponge, a chocolate orange filling, a dollop of chocolate icing (no orange) and of course a slice of Terry’s Chocolate Orange. They look lovely, and are in a blue and orange Terry’s branded wrapper too.
I started by plucking off the Terry’s Chocolate Orange and starting with that, for me Terry’s chocolate Orange has a strong association with Christmas, they are a proper stocking filler. The chocolate orange sponge was lovely and moist and very flavoursome, the balance of orange was perfect, sweet and fruit and lots of mellow creamy chocolate. The two flavours go together very well and I would happily have this again. The only thing I would have changed is the filling inside the muffin had a mild chocolate orange flavour and it was begging to be replaced with a strong zingy orange jelly flavour. This might not have been completely in keeping with the original Terry’s Chocolate Orange but it would have been yum!

10 November 2019

Hang On - This Isn't Chicken! Plant based tikka pieces (from @Ocado) by @NLi10

So - we've established that This Isn't Bacon, but what about Chicken?  Is this close enough to pass for chicken?

They've been smarter with this - it's not plain old chicken in chicken shaped bits - it's all cubed and ready for the BBQ (which is totally happening in the future with this).

Luna wanted me to prove that it wasn't for her - and was satisfied that it wasn't chicken.

A box is two portions - but really you could sit and eat a whole box without effort.  But what's it like.

Arty food shot! Definitely not my TV unit at all...

It looks more like meat than the typical Quorn versions, and it certainly has the good texture and flavour that you'd expect.  It's not going to fool many people though - but I do think it's probably a step too meaty for my partner to consider eating.

Give the choice I'd have the not bacon, but the not chicken is probably a lot more versatile so I'd get through more of that.

And as both are still on special offer at Ocado (at least they are when I write this) I'm already making plans for more.

9 November 2019

Hook Island Red Beer (DiscoverBrew) By @SpectreUK

Hook Island Red Beer

A little while ago I was sent a box of beer from DiscoverBrew after Cinabar had won a competition. As far as I'm aware this Hook Island Red is the last of the beers in that box. Not that I've avoided it, as I have a special love for spicy red rye beer. This 6% volume Hook Island Red was produced by the Five Points Brewing Company, in London. It was brewed with Chinook, Columbus and Simcoe hops, as well as malted barley and my much desired rye. We have an estate called Ryefields nearby, and whenever I pass it, it makes my heart sink a little as there must have been rye some time ago instead of houses there.

Anyway, on opening this Hook Island Red, there was the expected spicy aroma from the deep red beer inside the bottle. There was also something else though, I could swear there is some chocolate malt in there too. There must be chocolate malt in there, because right at the back of the smell there are lightly roasted coffee undertones. The sweet chocolate malt flavour is predominant from the first taste and then the spiciness from the rye kicks in, which mixes with the three herbal hops and is finally followed by roasted coffee into the aftertaste. This is a very complex beer indeed. I just expected a spicy red rye beer, which of course I would love, but the chocolate malts ensure that this beer is definitely a pudding beer to be enjoyed on its own or with a good chocolatey after dinner treat.

8 November 2019

Fry’s Raspberry Cream (B&M) By @Cinabar

This is another of the interesting Foodstuff Finds I had at the new branch of B&M which has opened up locally to me. This follows on from the re-release of the classic Fry’s Orange Cream, which came back without too much fuss from the brand but lots of excitement from chocoholics that liked the retro bar. I had searched for this Fry’s Raspberry Cream bar in Poundland where I had been told it was an exclusive, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it in B&M instead. Perhaps the exclusivity was time limited.
The bar looks bright in its dark pink multipack and maintains the classic style retro branding from Fry’s. Inside there are three bars, again in style with the brand. I think the original Fry’s Raspberry Cream bars were pink inside but there ones, like the Orange, have a white filling surrounded by dark chocolate.

I think I had been expecting an overly sweet and fruity flavour, and although this bar is sweet, with plenty of berry taste, it was subtler than I thought it would be and there was even a hint of floral to the taste. The flavour was far more grown up than I thought it would be, and the chocolate worked like a treat with it. I loved this bar, I don’t remember the original well enough to compare the flavour but this version was perfect for me. The raspberry was yummy, the delicate flavour was much appreciated and the chocolate flavour blended perfectly with it. I wonder if they will bring back the Five Centres back?

7 November 2019

Wait - This isn't Bacon?! Plant-Based Rashers - Vegan (from @Ocado) by @NLi10

I like to try things that bridge the gap between carnivores and plant eaters, and the one thing that no one can get right is bacon.  Proper bacon has to have so many different properties - including it's crispiness and smell that it's almost impossible to nail.  The closest i've had before was basically spam fritters (but vegan).

This isn't bacon aims to take the prize.  The fact that they put a window on the packet and it looks like something from a museum biology section is not a good first take.

These guys decided that what vegans actually want is pretend meat, then they admit that what they want is stuff that is like meat, but not sliced pig.  This is a good sign.

The fact it needs oil is a bad sign - the marbling of the 'meat' should provide that.

It looks like pickled herring or some other odd fish.

Yup - this is kippers.  Smells like bacon though.

And it goes quite crispy (note I added another one) but ends up basically like jerky.

My review in balanced meal shocker (yup - that's a chicken Pieminister as a side dish)!

And it's great.  Not 'oh this is all they had', but genuinely great!  It's not bacon, but if you had a slightly tougher salted fish in mind then this is basically the vegan version of that.  And I can fritz one or two up and add it to any meal I'm cooking for my veggie partner and have a guilt free meat-like experience while still secretly hugging the pigs.

I don't think it passes for meat (but in the same way the stuff off the Vegan Grindhouse food truck doesn't but no one actually minds), but I think it's something that has flavours that even the most blood-thirsty carnivore would enjoy.  Especially if it's next to a lovely pie.

6 November 2019

Gunpowder Green Tea (@DegustaboxUK) By @SpectreUK

Gunpowder, treason and plot! I may have missed the boat with this Pure Leaf Gunpowder Green Tea as Bonfire night was on the 5th November, but I'm sure Guy Fawkes and his mob wouldn't have minded having another day to blow up parliament in 1605. With the farce that British politics has turned into over the last few years, some people are possibly thinking they wouldn't blame him today either…

This Indonesian long leaf Gunpowder Green Tea was picked, rolled and dried, and added into sixteen pyramid tea bags. After a few minutes brewing in my trusty Captain Cave Man mug, there was a predominantly smoky and also leafy green tea aroma from the deep brown tea. The plastic container the tea pyramids came in didn't recommend adding milk, so I didn't. Besides, milk in green tea is a bit of a no no. I gave up adding sugar in tea long ago, and I only add a teaspoon of sugar when I'm really ill and off food, which fortunately is rare. Besides, adding sugar in green tea is also probably a bit of a no no. On taste this Gunpowder Green Tea has a rich almost sweet smokiness to its flavour that is very pleasant. This green tea should go very well with my lunch or dinner to help with my digestion.

5 November 2019

New Cadbury Orange Twirl (Co-Op) By @Cinabar

New Cadbury Orange Twirl

The hype about this New Cadbury Orange Twirl has been unprecedented. I have asked so many local shops if they have it in stock and all have replied something along the lines of no, but if only I had £1 for everyone that asked I’d be rich! On a special stop off at a local Co-Op to check there too I finally had success. The man in the shop said he only put the box out 30 minutes ago and I had the last six bars from it. Weirdly they are on offer at two for £1, but they really didn’t a special deal to make this chocolate bar sell out.
The bars themselves are in a twin pack which has an orange coloured section highlighting the limited edition nature of this bar. I unwrapped the Cadbury Orange Twirl and could already pick up on the chocolate orange scent. The bars themselves looked like regular Twirls, two sticks of flake style chocolate with a milk chocolate coating.
The chocolate has the usual crumbly texture and thick sweet melt of a Twirl, but the flavour is backed up with oodles of orange. It is a sweet and fruity flavour and the richness of the chocolate is broken up by a lovely shot of citrus. I thought it was a well balanced bar that was distinctively Twirl but still worked like magic with its orange twist and it gets the thumbs up from me. I can’t remember ever seeing a limited edition Twirl before so I do understand the mass search for this chocolate bar and I do think it is worth it. Hopefully this bar becomes a bit more easy to find as time goes on. Have you managed to find one yet? What did you think?

New Cadbury Orange Twirl

4 November 2019

Irish Velvet & Cream Latte (Costa) By @Cinabar

Costa Irish Velvet & Cream Latte

There has been some controversy at Costa this year with its seasonal Bonfire Latte selling out of most branches before the end of October, and a week before Bonfire Night. Even their social media accounts tried to state that a Bonfire Latte wasn’t related to Bonfire Night and it was simply an autumnal drink; face it guys you need to put you hands up and admit you just didn’t order enough syrup. However they have now launched their Christmas menu early to compensate so I’m still happy but this meant I got explore new drinks.
The first drink to catch my eye is this new Irish Velvet Cream Latte; which was even advertised on a poster on the door. The new Irish Velvet Cream Latte comes topped with cream and a pretty gold coloured white chocolate star on top. I started here with spoonfuls of cream which is always a nice way to begin. The drink itself is a good balance of Irish Cream flavours without being too sweet. It is made with a syrup so there is sweetness but the tones of whisky flavour (no alcohol) and nuttiness blends with the coffee really well and shines through. I have to admit that Irish Cream wouldn’t normally be my first choice for a coffee flavour but i thought this addition works really well, so much so I’d have it again. I feared a sickly over sugary drink but ended up with a grown up flavour that works really well, lovely and soothing. And no I don’t think it is too soon for festive goodies like this Irish Velvet Cream Latte, but lets hope the stock last until Christmas for Costa.

3 November 2019

Eating vegan food, but still eating great food (@NLi10)

As I'm not a vegan, but I often eat like one, I have the wonderful position where I can try things that are meat-like without feeling bad in either direction.  Oumph is one I've meant to write up before - as the bag shows it's basically like the little bits of chicken you pull off BBQ wings.  I can't be bothered with bones so this is perfect for me (and the chickens).

One big frozen bag is maybe 4 portions.

Here we see Asda classic - crispy potato letters.

And these are excitingly veggie too - no hidden shellfish to floop my stomach!  3 mins cooking time means I bought these as a hot snack for when friends come round.  This rarely happens so lets eat them alone!

My letters say Miao although looking at it now that may be an upside down W

Lots of soya and wheat & perfect on their own or with even more soy sauce.  Yum.

Side note - I tried to pan cook these a different day (the chicken ones) and used a new oil that I got - unfortunately it was designed for salad dressing and kinda went a bit wrong and made the house smell of burnt plastic for a week.  Oops!

Here we see some frozen Oumph - it does look a bit meaty.  My partner had a single bite of this (she's veggie) before deciding that I'd have to eat hers too.  I gave her extra gyoza as compensation.

It's great though - pre-marinaded means you have to make sure it doesn't burn to the pan, but the flavours and textures are awesome.  It's showing up in a few restaurants too now so you can even try it out and about.

Here we see some deftly timed gyoza.  These were also a little too real for my partner who gave me back some of her portion as well - bonus food is always good!  I did have to double check the package myself as the smells and tastes are very authentically Japanese.

So - if you want things that are a little different to veggie burgers and pasta - then these are OK - if your target non-meat person doesn't mind that they are a little too authentic in places.