As a blogger, I’m very lucky to be sent products to sample, and as a family who enjoy trying out new things – especially food and drink, we graciously accept them. I thought it would be an easier read for you all, to have a round-up post each month, and so here is the March edition of “Food & Drink We Sampled This Month”
Apple & Blackcurrant Appletiser
Appletiser is one of my dad’s favourite soft drinks, and I remember the small bottles we used to have of it for sale behind the bar (I grew up living in pubs!) I was sent a couple of bottles of the new flavour – Apple & Blackcurrant, and my intention was to use it to make some non-alcoholic cocktails, but time ran away with me, and we ended up drinking it straight! It’s available in the classic 750ml bottles and is 70% juice. It contains no sugar or preservatives so is a guilt free treat! It’s priced at just £2.49 and you can find it at your local Sainsbury’s.
If you love blackcurrant flavoured drinks, you will enjoy this flavour from Appletiser! I love the fizz of this drink, and the good blackcurrant taste – it’s nice to have an alternative fizzy beverage other than the usual coke or lemonade. I’m sure that this drink will be a feature in summer soirees this year, so watch out for when I do use it as intended!
Charlie Bigham’s Pies
I’ve not heard of Charlie Bigham’s before, maybe because they’re not available in my usual supermarket, so we ventured to Waitrose to spend the vouchers we were sent. (You can also buy them at Sainsbury’s and Ocado). There were two traditional pies (i.e., with a pastry top) – Chicken & Mushroom and Steak & Ale. The cost was £7.50 per pack, and each pack had two pies – perfect for two. As well as pies, they also sell other meals including curries and pasta dishes, which I would definitely give a try next time we shop in Waitrose.
You can freeze the steak pie, but not the chicken, and both are not suitable for microwave cooking due to being made with some raw ingredients. Both hubs and myself preferred the chicken and mushroom over the steak and ale, but that’s not to say that the latter was horrible. Food reviews are all a matter of taste aren’t they? The pastry was flaky and buttery, and the fillings of both was plentiful and tasty. They are a lovely luxury product, served in ceramic ramekins (which of course, you can wash out and keep to make your own individual pies!)
Burts Lentil Waves
When it comes to savoury snacks, crisps are at the top of my list! I love the satisfying crunch and there are lots of different flavours these days. As well as regular potato crisps, Burts Chips also make lentil waves… made with lentils…crazy! They have a healthy twist containing 40% less fat, a low glycaemic index and less than 99 calories per bag. The whole range is seasoned with delicious natural flavours and free from MSG, hydrogenated fat, artificial flavourings, colourings and any other nasties.
We tried three flavours – Thai Sweet Chilli, Sour Cream & Chive and Lightly Salted. All were full of flavour, moreish and crunchy – the perfect savoury snack! My personal favourite was the Thai sweet chilli. They are 20g bags, and I hope that they introduce bigger bags that I could use when having a party as I think they would go down really well!
Just Drink Aloe
I first tried an aloe drink at Taste of London last summer, and really enjoyed it so was looking forward to trying out the three flavours that Just Drink Aloe sent us to try. Aloe vera is said to boost the immune system, enhance antioxidant effects of vitamins and aid IBS and Crohn Disease. Aloe vera is also rich in 18 amino acids, 20 minerals and 12 vitamins. The origins of this brand is also just down the road from me in Essex!
The bottles were generous 500ml, and the flavours we sampled were Lychee, Passion Fruit and Strawberry. You can also buy original, mango and pomegranate. I loved that the aloe vera pulp was in the drinks, but this might be a weird texture for some! I found the lychee to taste very medicinal which was disappointing, and the passion fruit one was very watery. The strawberry was my personal favourite, and I would like to try out the original flavour too. My husband thought that the lychee had a great flavour – so it goes to show how all our taste buds vary!
Kingfisher + The Spice Tailor
Saturday night was just my husband and me, as my son had gone to stay with his dad. I had been sent an Indian kit from BzzAgent which provided us with vouchers to buy Kingfisher beer (India’s #1 beer), a glass to pour it into, and a curry kit and naan bread from The Spice Tailor.
Indian food is one of our favourite takeaways, and we occasionally cook a curry from scratch. The Original Tikka Masala kit was pretty awesome – it came in three packets, all fixed together with a instruction card. To start, I cooked off the herbs and spices which smelled amazing, before browning off chicken and adding the two sauces. It was really quick and easy to prepare, although, the smell of the spices did linger for a couple of days! I can’t wait to try out the other flavours from The Spice Tailor and they made a change from the regular stir in sauces.
To go with the curry, we cooked some rice and heated up the naan. Served with some crunchy popadoms and the Kingfisher beer, it was a delicious Satruday night in! I’m not a big beer drinker, but hubs loves a beer, he thought this lager was had a nice smooth taste to. Not too sweet and not too dry and went well with a curry.
So that’s the food and drink we sampled this month! Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?
Review Disclosure:We received these items to try out at home. All thoughts are our own honest opinions.