Wicked Kitchen Red Velvet Brownie Review

Have you tried the new Wicked Kitchen Red Velvet Brownie yet? It’s one of two new sweet options from the range, which is sold at Tesco. If you’re not sure whether to splash out on the brownie, this review should help!

Price

The brownie weighs 390g and costs £4.50, which we don’t think is too bad. It might seem more expensive than other chilled cakes but pre-made vegan desserts are still quite rare, and this is the kind of thing you’d buy for a birthday or special treat. It’s also large and rich enough to serve a decent number of people.

Appearance

The brownie looks delicious straight out of the box. It’s a neat square that’s kept in shape by extra cardboard and is topped with red lustred cocoa nibs which make it look a bit fancy. There’s a good brownie to icing ratio and it’s easy to cut into neat pieces.

Taste

The brownie has a rich, chocolate-y taste without being overly sweet. The raspberry flavour really comes through in the chocolate and raspberry ganache. We’d say you only need a small piece, which makes the dessert go a pretty long way. The brownie is quite dense with a nice cake-y texture. We reckon any chocolate fan will enjoy this — so long as they like raspberries.

We enjoyed the brownie chilled but it can also be microwaved or heated in the oven — a nice option for cold winter nights.

Verdict

We really enjoyed this brownie and think it could make a great vegan birthday cake, office treat, or dessert for a family dinner. The price seems fair for what you get and the flavour is really good — we’re sure non-vegans would enjoy it just as much as vegans.

Have you tried the Wicked Red Velvet Brownie? What about the Charred Pineapple Dream Cake?

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Free From Italy Vegan Panettone With Chocolate Review

Have you been searching high and low for a vegan panettone? Or are you just looking for a tasty alternative to traditional Christmas cake? You’re in the right place! This week we were sent the Free From Italy Vegan Panettone with Chocolate to review — keep reading to find out what we thought.

Packaging

This panettone comes in this really nice cardboard box. It’s a good size (500g) and definitely looks fancy enough to give as a gift. There’s a nice label tied to the box with ribbon and this lists the ingredients and gives some details about the sourdough method which is used to bake the product.

Appearance

Once out of the box, the panettone looks good — it’s got some nice decorative edging and a good shape, with plenty of chocolate chips visible.

Taste

The smell of chocolate hits you as soon as you take the panettone out of its packaging and cutting into the cake reveals a generous number of chocolate chips.

The bread tastes sweet but not overwhelmingly so, and the chocolate chips are rich and delicious. You can definitely tell that the product is made using sourdough — it has a distinctive ‘tang’. Overall, we’d say the taste and texture are quite similar to a chocolate chip brioche.

We thought the taste was great — just sweet enough, nice and chocolate-y, and a good texture. If you’re not keen on sourdough then it might not be right for you, but otherwise we would highly recommend giving this product a try.

Where to Buy

You can buy the Free From Italy Vegan Panettone With Chocolate at selected branches of Morrisons this Christmas. It’s also available online via Ocado or the Free From Italy website. If you’re not keen on chocolate, there’s also a more traditional version which contains sultanas.

Are you a fan of panettone? Will you be testing one of these this Christmas? Let us know in the comments below!

 

The Happy Pear Shepherdless Pie Review

Waitrose now have a dedicated vegan fridge in many of their stores, and they’ve added some great new products to their range – including this vegan shepherd’s pie from The Happy Pear. Curious about whether or not it’s worth buying? We’ve put together a quick review to help you out.

The Shepherdless Pie is a good size for a single person, and could probably serve two if you cooked extra veg to go on the side. It looks really appealing in the box and the packaging is attractive.

Cooking

We chose to cook it in the oven, but there was also a microwave option which is nice and convenient. The cooking directions were easy to follow and didn’t need any adjustment.

Taste

The shepherdless pie tasted great – there was a nice mix of lentils, tomatoes, and vegetables for the filling, and a good amount of mashed potato on top. The seasoning looked like it might be a bit too much, but the flavour was actually perfect.

The meal is really tasty, but it’s also mild enough to be ideal for children or those who don’t like intense spice/seasoning. It’s a lovely twist on a warm, comforting classic, and would be especially nice on chilly winter evenings.

Price

The price at the time of writing was £3.60, which we think is pretty decent, and a makes it a little cheaper than the Wicked Kitchen vegan ready meals at Tesco.

Our Verdict

We give this ready meal a solid 5/5 and will definitely purchase it again. Great option when you’re in a hurry but still want something that’s tasty, healthy, and similar to a homecooked meal.

Have you tried The Happy Pear Shepherdless Pie, or any of the other new vegan products at Waitrose? Get in touch and let us know what you thought!

Tesco Meat Free Fishless Fishcakes Review (Vegan Fishcakes!)

Seen the new fishless fishcakes from Tesco and wondering if they’re worth a try? Check out the review below to find out what we thought of their appearance, taste, and texture. The fishcakes are available in the frozen section, come in a pack of four, and currently cost £1.75.
The fishcakes certainly look the part and we were excited to see if they lived up to their appearance.
The breadcrumb exterior both looks authentic and is pleasantly crunchy and well-seasoned. The innards once again look the part – however, this is where the similarity ends. Our disappointment was that there seems to have been little attempt to replicate the fishy flavour of the real thing. One imagines this might have been achieved with a dash of dried kelp, perhaps?

The potato content was fine, albeit quite ‘heavy’ in texture and we missed the smattering of herbs we would have expected, which, along with the slight scent of the sea, define the taste of real fishcakes. It reminded us of the core of a chip shop potato scallop except with a more glutinous quality and no sense of a flaky fish texture.

Overall, these are an adequate carbohydrate hit, with the crunchy exterior being their best feature. Smothered in salt and vinegar and tomato sauce, they would make an acceptable quick snack but don’t really match what we hoped for from a vegan fishcake. For comparison try Quorn Fishless Fingers – a much better simulation in our opinion.

Have you tried the Tesco fishless fishcakes? Let us know what you thought in the comments or on social media!

 

Tesco Free From Cheese with Peppercorns Review

Seen this fancy looking vegan cheese with peppercorns at Tesco and wondering if it’s worth buying? We’re sharing a quick review that should help you to decide.

The cheese is coconut-oil based, but also contains oats and soya. It’s currently priced at £2.50.

Sold in a pleasingly circular package, we think this cheese would work really well as a dinner party cheeseboard centrepiece – but it’s also fun for everyday snacking. The colourful mix of peppercorns on top look cheerful and classy.

We tested it both on its own and on cream crackers and liked it both ways. It has a pleasingly firm consistency but is soft enough to spread so could be eaten in little wedges (yum!) or on crackers. Although we tried it on plain crackers, we think it would also work well with saltier varieties.

The cheese itself is very mild but still has a definite cheesy flavour. It’s the peppercorns that give it that real kick and elevate it to something a bit more ‘wow’.

Would we buy it again? Yes, definitely – a good one to have in the fridge for snacking is our verdict.

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Eating Out Vegan in Liverpool: Our Kitchen Review (Guest Post)

When visiting new cities as a vegan, it can be difficult to decide where to eat. There’s the worry of vegan options, affordability, cross contamination and good service, but have no fear, Liverpool is more than prepared.

For years, Liverpool has been praised for its cultural excellence and quirky independent businesses, whether that be coffee shops, clothing stores or restaurants. Bold Street is where it’s at, a street filled with small shops, and speciality restaurants seemingly popping up all of the time.

This year has been particularly exciting, with LIV Organic, an organic and vegan supermarket, opening, as well as Our Kitchen, a vegetarian and vegan only restaurant with not a piece of meat in sight.

Our Kitchen Review

Our Kitchen Liverpool

Location

Located at the top of Bold Street, Our Kitchen stands out as an elegant and luxurious lunchtime choice. Its appearance is simple yet bright, with colourful lights on the ceiling and flowers on each table. Though it’s small, it feels open and comfortable, and the atmosphere is relaxed.

Menu

The large menu is double sided; one side for veggies and one side for vegans, a rare treat compared to the one vegan options you may find in many places, and there’s even a children’s menu with veggie sausages and more. Our Kitchen boasts a large drinks menu too, with their speciality being juice shots and smoothies. I braved the charcoal smoothie, and it was amazing despite the unappealing black colour.

Food and Pricing

The vegan menu offers a variety of options from small plates such as hummus and pitta or mini bean burgers, to buddha bowls and duck style stir fry.  The price is excellent for the standard of food, with small plates being around £4, and larger meals being between £6-10.

I have tried the black bean buddha bowl, a mix of beans, rice, veggies and sauce, which was so huge I couldn’t finish it. As well as the mini bean burgers which were amazing. I was given 3 bean burgers consisting of a bread bun, cheese and burgers, which were actually a fairly decent size for £4.50.

Service

Service is fast, I’ve been at quiet and busy times and never waited more than five minutes for my order to be taken, and no more than fifteen minutes for food to arrive.

Shop

At the back of the restaurant is a mini shop, with vegan wines, snacks and bottles of their smoothies and juice shots. I love this idea because it means you have the chance to pick up some treats after your meal or just pop in for a take-out smoothie.

I’d highly recommend Our Kitchen as a place to put on your ‘must go to’ list when visiting Liverpool, and definitely try the charcoal smoothie if you’re brave enough.

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Guest post by Emma Dukes – visit Emma’s blog here.

Tesco Vegan Ice Lolly Range Review

Wondering whether or not to try out the range of vegan lollies and ice creams available at Tesco? We’ve reviewed each variety to help you decide.

Tesco Free From Choc Sticks Review

These Choc Sticks are really tasty, with a thick layer of dark chocolate and rich, creamy vanilla ice cream inside. Swedish Glace sell a similar product, but Tesco’s are slightly larger and have more chocolate – definitely our preferred option. These go down well with non-vegans.

Tesco Free From Toffee & Vanilla Cones Review

These cones are a fun alternative to Cornettos. The ice cream tasted completely authentic, and the toffee flavor is sweet without being too sickly. The cone tastes a little ‘off’ and is crunchier than usual, possibly because it’s gluten free. The bottom of the cone contains a generous amount of chocolate.

Tesco Free From Strawberry and Vanilla Cones Review

Tasty ice cream with a strong strawberry flavour, these are perfect for summer. The cone has the same issues as mentioned above, but that doesn’t stop these from being delicious.

Tesco Free From Fruit Splits Review

These vegan fruit splits aren’t currently offered anywhere but Tesco and they taste pretty much identical to the dairy versions. Perfect if you’ve been missing these. The outer layer is nice and fruity, and the ice cream inside is sweet and creamy.

Tesco Free From Ice Lollies Review

These free from ice lollies are similar to Wall’s Mini Milks, with four chocolate and four strawberry in each pack. The taste and texture are authentic and they’re nice and creamy. Would be nice if a vanilla flavor was included too, but that’s our only complaint with these. Small size makes them perfect for kids.

If you’re looking for authentic vegan ice creams and lollies at a pretty reasonable price, we’d definitely recommend the Tesco range.

What did you think of these ice creams and lollies?

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Tesco Free From Jalapeño And Chilli Cheddar Review

It’s time for our second Tesco vegan cheese review. This time we’ll be telling you all about the Free From Jalapeño And Chilli Cheddar. This is an interesting cheese that’s pretty unusual – read on to find out if it’s worth buying.

Texture

The texture was good, and the cheese is easy to grate and slice. It’s not at all rubbery or chewy, so we’d say it’s pretty close to having an authentic texture.

Taste

The cheese has a strong cheddar taste, and the jalapeño and chilli flavouring isn’t mild. It might be too much for people who aren’t keen on hot foods, especially when eaten alone.

We thought it was really tasty when used on top of vegan lasagne, adding a nice kick that you wouldn’t get from a plain vegan cheddar.

It also tasted good on crackers, as a pasta topping, and in sandwiches.

We’ve seen a few complaints about it tasting too ‘chemical’, so there are definitely mixed opinions on this one.

Melting

Tesco Free From Jalapeno and Chilli Cheddar Melted

The cheese melted well, bubbling up nicely and going brown around the edges when done under the grill. We’d recommend using a medium heat to allow it to melt properly without starting to burn.

It also works well grated and melted into cheese sauce, and on top of pizza.

Should I buy Tesco Free From Jalapeño And Chilli Cheddar?

Overall, this is a really versatile vegan cheese that tastes good, has an authentic texture, and melts well. The jalapeño and chilli flavouring makes it stand out from other vegan cheeses, although some people might find it too hot.

Our score: 8/10

Definitely worth a try if you’re a fan of cheddar and fancy something a bit different.

Have you tried this, or any of the other vegan cheese from Tesco? Let us know.

We’ve also reviewed the Tesco Free From Grated Mozzarella.

Tesco Free From Grated Mozzarella

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