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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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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Sainsbury’s Greek-Style Vegan Cheese Review

We’re slowly working our way through all of the new vegan cheeses at Sainsbury’s, and today we’ll be reviewing the Greek-style. Read on to find out what we thought and get some recipe ideas.

Texture

The texture was quite solid and a little crumbly – we’d say it was more like a soft cheddar than a really crumbly cheese like feta. It isn’t an unpleasant texture, but it’s not 100% authentic either. Held up well when cut into cubes.

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Taste

We thought that this cheese tasted very similar to the Wensleydale-style, minus the cranberries. It was creamy and slightly tangy, with no unpleasant aftertaste. Again, it was nice, but didn’t really remind us of dairy Greek cheeses which are usually much saltier. If you weren’t a fan of the berries in the Wensleydale-style cheese, then we’d definitely recommend giving this a go as a plain alternative.

If you’re looking for a 100% realistic vegan feta, then we’d recommend trying checking out Better Fetter from Lettices, which we recently reviewed. Sainsbury’s are offering a perfectly nice everyday version that we enjoyed, but it probably wouldn’t fool a non-vegan.

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We used cubes of the cheese to top a cooked pizza and it tasted great, especially with a drizzle of garlic oil. We reckon it would also be tasty as part of a salad, or sliced on top of crackers. We’ve heard it melts pretty well, and it seems solid enough that you could grate it if you wanted to.

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Sainsbury’s Wensleydale-Style with Cranberries Vegan Cheese Review

Time for our second review of the new Sainsbury’s vegan cheese range, and this time we’re trying out their vegan Wensleydale with cranberries. You can read our review of their garlic and herb soft cheese here. This cheese was one of the most impressive looking in the range, but how did it taste? Read on to find out.

Texture

We thought the texture of this cheese was really impressive, and very similar to the dairy version. It’s slightly crumbly, but still slices well and doesn’t fall apart completely. It was packed with cranberries which were well distributed. We’re not sure how well it would melt, considering the cranberries, but this type of cheese is generally designed to be eaten on crackers, so no big problem.

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Taste

The taste was creamy and slightly tangy – we thought it was fairly authentic. It tasted more like a slightly unusual variety of dairy cheese than an obviously vegan option. The sweetness of the cranberries was a little overwhelming, and we’d be interested to try a plain version of this cheese.

We enjoyed the Wensleydale on top of crackers with a little red onion, to combat the sweetness of the cranberries. We probably wouldn’t purchase this regularly, but would definitely buy it as part of a cheese board for special occasions. It’s great to see a more adventurous vegan cheese that isn’t just Cheddar or Mozzarella style – we’d definitely recommend giving this a go if you prefer creamier cheeses.

It wasn’t quite as delicious or authentic as the garlic and herb soft cheese, but still tasted good – we’d give it 7/10.

Keep an eye on our blog for more Sainsbury’s vegan cheese reviews – we’ve got Greek-style and Cheddar with caramelised onion still to come.

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Sainsbury’s Garlic and Herb Dairy Free Soft Cheese Review (Vegan)

Sainsbury’s recently released several new coconut-based vegan cheeses, including Cheddar, Greek-style and Wensleydale. We’ll be reviewing them all, starting with this Garlic and Herb Soft Cheese. Keep an eye on our blog over the next few weeks for the rest.

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Texture

The cheese comes in a handy tub with a plastic lid, similar to options like Philadephia. It looks just like dairy soft cheese and is easy to spread. The texture is exactly as you would expect and it looks very realistic.

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Taste

We were really impressed by the taste of this cheese. There was nothing odd about it, (which can often be the case with non-dairy cheeses), it just tasted great straight from the tub. The garlic and herb flavour was delicious, and not too strong – there was still a ‘cheese’ taste underneath the flavouring. It tastes very similar to dairy versions like Boursin, and we reckon you’d struggle to tell the difference in a blind taste test. Everyone we’ve given this to has enjoyed it, vegan or non-vegan.

We tried the cheese on crackers and in sandwiches, but there are plenty of other ways we’re sure it would taste good – melted over pasta, for example. Sainsbury’s also sell a version of this cheese without the garlic and herbs, which would be even more versatile.

This product gets 10/10 from us – what did you think of it?

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Linda McCartney Vegetarian/Vegan Pulled Chicken Review + Recipe Idea

The new range of vegan-friendly products from Linda McCartney includes this frozen pulled chicken – quite different to anything else that’s currently available. We tested it out in a recipe that’s similar to the dish shown on the front of the packaging. Read on to find out what we thought.

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Cooking

We weren’t quite sure what to make with this, and settled on a lemon and garlic pasta dish. The packaging suggests that it would work well in curry, and we thought it could be great in place of tuna, in a dish like tuna pasta bake, thanks to the flaky texture.

We fried onion, garlic, and a little chilli, then added the pulled chicken and fried for about five minutes. We then added the recommended 50ml of water, along with salt, pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice and parsley. We cooked for another five minutes, but felt that the texture was a little chewy. Adding a splash more water and cooking for another few minutes made the texture more pleasant.

We mixed the cooked ‘chicken’ into cooked pasta and peas, added a splash more lemon juice and some black pepper, and it was ready to taste!

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Taste

The pulled chicken had a pleasant, mild taste underneath the seasoning. It didn’t especially taste of chicken, so could easily be seasoned and used in place of a different type of meat or fish. The pulled texture made an interesting change from the other fake meats available – some might find it a little too realistic!

There was a slight chewiness to the chicken, but it wasn’t unpleasant, and we’d definitely try this in other dishes. It’s a good medium between fake meats that come in solid chunks, and those that are more crumbly and mince-like.

If you’ve tried this vegan pulled chicken (we found ours at Morrison’s), let us know what you thought. We’ll be reviewing more of the Linda McCartney vegan range in the future, so keep checking back. View the full range here.

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Soyatoo! Soy Whip Spray Cream Review

Vegan squirty cream seems to be pretty hard to find, so we were excited to stumble upon Soy Whip from Soyatoo! in a local health food shop. We’ve also found it available online at Vegetaria. But is it worth buying?! Read on to find out.

We tested the cream on a simple hot chocolate. The picture below shows the cream immediately after spraying – it deflates pretty quickly, as you can see from the later photos. The can works in exactly the same way as dairy squirty cream, with a nozzle that can be rinsed after use.

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We’ve heard some reports of people having problems getting the cream out of the canister, but we had no issues. The packaging states that the product doesn’t need to be refrigerated, so we assume it works best when kept at room temperature.

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The taste was good, not exactly like the dairy version, but close enough to pass. There was a slight taste of soy, but we imagine that if you like soy milk, you’ll be fine with this product. It wasn’t too sweet, and the flavour was mild overall, so it’s a perfect topping for very sweet drinks and desserts.

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At £2 a can we felt the price was reasonable, and it’s the kind of thing we’d buy once in a while, more for novelty than anything else. Have you tried this product? Let us know what you thought.

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Taifun Tofu-Wiener Review (Vegan Hot Dog!)

After sampling a delicious vegan hot dog at a recent festival, we were inspired to try making our own. We picked up a pack of four Taifun Tofu-Wieners from Waitrose for £3.50. They sell a few Taifun products, including some different flavours of tofu.

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We thought that the hot dogs might need some seasoning, given the plain flavour that tofu normally has, but after consulting the ingredients were pleasantly surprised. The hot dogs are really well flavoured, and have an authentic look and smell straight out of the packet. Check out the ingredients below:

Tofu* 75% (Soya Beans* 55%, Water, Coagulating Agents: Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate), Cold-Pressed Sunflower Oil*, Soya Sauce* (Water, Soya Beans*, Wheat* Sea Salt),Oatmeal*, Sea Salt, Thickening Agent: Guar Gum*, Fenugreek*, Coriander*, White Pepper*, Black Pepper*, Sweet Paprika*, Hot Paprika*, Caraway*, Garlic*, Beech Wood Smoke, *Organically Grown Ingredients

How to cook Taifun Tofu-Wieners?

They were extremely easy to cook, although we did have to go to the website for instructions as there aren’t any on the packet. All you need to do is pop them in a bath of hot water for 3 to 4 minutes, until warmed through. They can also be eaten cold.

We went for the traditional option and stuck our hot dogs into buns, then topped with ketchup and mustard. You could go wild with toppings though – anything you’d have in a normal hot dog would be perfect.

How did they taste?

They were delicious! We really couldn’t tell any difference between these and a standard hot dog, and we doubt non-vegans would either. The taste and texture were both completely realistic. They were also more filling than expected – the picture below shows one hot dog broken in two, and this was more than enough for a snack.

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