Friday, 17 February 2017

Nak'd Lemon Drizzle Bar

Lemon is often a tricky flavour to play with. So many times have I eaten something lemon flavoured, for the word flavour to be an exaggeration! Instead, your tongue is left assaulted by citric acid so strong it could burn a hole through steel. If by some miracle this is not the case, then you are probably left wondering where exactly this lemon is. 

So, as I read about Nak'd Lemon Drizzle bar, you can obviously understand this feeling of cautious excitement and hope that I had building within me. Lemon Drizzle, when done well, can be a thing of beauty with its tangy sweetness, perfectly balanced to create a pure flavour sensation. But how well would this translate into a Nak'd bar? I was about to find out. 

As I opened the cheerful and rather snazzy yellow packaging, I was unsurprised to see the typical looking Nak'd bar. It was the incredibly fresh and zesty smell that surprised me--An enticing aroma to say the least! I bit into the bar with an unrivalled enthusiasm and was certainly not disappointed. The bar was fresh and moist and squidgy, just as a Nak'd bar should be. And the flavour was pretty darn good aswell, it tasted like an actual lemon drizzle cake. 

To say I was blown away, would be a good description of how overjoyed and shocked I was at this taste sensation. The citrus worked nicely with the subtle nuttiness of the base part of the bar, I really wasn't expecting this to work so well and compliment eachother like this, but they certainly did! The nuttiness was very subtle and created an almost cakey flavour. I don't know how Nak'd do it, some sort of sorcery I can only assume!



So it is safe to say, that once again, Nak'd have absolutely outdone themselves in terms of flavour innovation! I look forward to all future endeavours. 


 Rating - 9.5/10 

Calories - 133 per Bar 

Vegan - Yes 

Buy Again? - Yes! Yes! YES!!!

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Perkier Cacao Cashew Bar

I am quite familiar with the Perkier brand, with its wide range of gluten free foods. I've always admired the way that they make gluten free products more accessible in supermarkets whilst not limiting themselves to this market. 
They manage to provide a wide variety of products ranging from porridge oats, to cereal bars, and much more. Most of their products are also vegan which always makes me happy, so I thought I would finally get round to reviewing this interesting little bar. T

his is similar in style to a cereal bar, probably because it is basically a cereal bar... Anyway, what makes it different from your Frosties cereal bar, is that it is loaded with vitamin E and antioxidants-- which we could all benefit from I'm sure! 
Thankfully, Perkier have also realised the important of having things tasting great whilst being nutritious. They have packed their bar full of flavour so that it doesn't feel like a chore eating it like health products have a tendency to do. 




The cocoa flavour is rather subtle so if you were expecting a chocolate bar then you will be in for a bit of a shock. Personally I prefer this as it gives me a feeling of health, like I am a zen goddess who drinks kale smoothies twice a day, when in reality I sit there eating two bars of chocolate a night with a vegan cornetto, but I digress. 

The bar is quite earthy and nutty in flavour, this works well with the crunchy chewyness of quinoa. This bar is surprisingly filling considering it looks quite small so I am quite impressed overall! 


Rating - 7/10 
Vegan - Yes 
Calories - 144 per Bar
Buy Again - Yes

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Marks & Spencer's Vegan List - Part 2



Smokey Bacon Lentil Tubes



Lightly Salted Popped Potato Chips



Coconut Rice



Garlic Roast Spiced Cauliflower



Quick Roast Onions and Butternut Squash



Mexican Rice, Quinoa & Avocado



Plain Soya Pot



Coconut Cream Frozen Dessert



Watermelon & Dragon Fruit Lollies



Fruit Fritters with Coconut Caramel Sauce



Mixed Vegetable Masala


Super Rice & Quinoa

 

 

Super Grains & Beetroot

 

 

Mediteranean Orzo & Buckwheat 

 

 

Vegetable Couscous

 

 

Lentils & Wild Rice

 

 

 

Various Dairy Free Milks

 

 

Tinned Vegetable Curry

 

 

Dairy Free Chocolate Box

 

 

Iced & Spiced Buns

 

 

Belgian Chocolate Mini Corn & Rice Cakes

 

 

Fizzy Orange Popcorn

 

 

Dairy Free Chocolate Easter Eggs

 

 

Dark Chocolate with Clementine



The Dark One Chocolate Bar



Rose & Violet Dark Chocolate



Dark Chocolate with Liquorice & Blackcurrant



Intense Dark Chocolate 85%



Dark Chocolate with Chilli



Dark Chocolate with Raspberry



Kentish Bramley Apple Hot Cross Buns



Sea Salt and Black Pepper Crisps


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Good Hemp Milk

There are so many dairy free milks currently available that it can be a little difficult to know which is the right one for you. Whenever I go to the shops, I find myself overwhelmed for choice, but ultimately going back to my favourite which I've religiously drank for almost a year.
But it is time for change. We are in a new year, Britain is leave the EU. America has a new president, and once again, we have a female Prime Minister. So I thought, why not try a different milk in my coffee?
 
Was that not perhaps the most inspirational and life changing thing that you have ever read about milk? Anyway, it was rather a coincidence when I was contacted by the kind people at, "Good Hemp" , asking if I would like to do a blog post on them. I jumped at the chance for it simply had to be serendipity. I myself didn't know much about Good Hemp, so I thought that I had best do a little bit of investigation! 



Good Hemp is a nutritious dairy free alternative to milk. Made from the natural goodness of hemp seed it can be used on cereals, in tea, coffee, natural protein, porridge, cooking or simply as a refreshing drink on its own.
Just one 250ml glass provides 50% of your recommended daily intake of Omega 3, which many experts believe can help support good heart and brain health and circulation.
There are currently 3 varieties in our range all of which are naturally high in Omega 3 and are fortified with Calcium and Vitamin D2.
 
  • 100% Natural Ingredients
  • Free from Dairy
  • Free from Lactose
  • Free from Soya
  • Free from Nuts
  • Free from Gluten
  • Enriched with Calcium & Vitamin D2
  • Natural source of Omega-3 & 6….just one 250ml glass provides 50% of your recommended daily intake of Omega 3
  • Suitable for Vegetarians & Vegans

 
But then I was a little stumped, shall I create a recipe? Or shall I simply see how well Hemp milk works in place of dairy milk or another milk? I decided on combing the two somewhat creating the ultimate weekend breakfast! 
 
We shall start with the healthy sustenance which has been a staple part of many diets for hundreds of years. A bowl of porridge. Yes this may not be the most difficult or convoluted of recipes that you could show off on Masterchef, but really, unless you are being judged by Greg and John, who can be bothered with all that drama? So I decided to keep it simple yet full of flavour! 
 
Erin's Hemptastic Porridge
 
50g Oats
250ml Hemp Milk
Agave or Maple Syrup
Seasonal Berries
Toasted Coconut Flakes
Flaked Almonds
 
1. Throw the oats and the Hemp milk into the pan and simmer.
2. When it is the desired consistency, add in some coconut flakes, but leaving some for garnish.
3. Remove from heat and pour into your favourite bowl.
4. Drizzle your preferred syrup to suit your taste.
5. Toss on the rest of the flaked almonds and toasted coconut and berries!
6. Enjoy! 


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Graze Pick a Punnet



The idea of a Graze box was quite a revolution when it came out all those years ago-to have healthy snacks delivered to your home when you choose. Each box tailored to fit your lifestyle. The addition of frivolity involved in not knowing what you are going to get created a unique selling point for the brand.
I always found it to be somewhat annoying though. You would finally found a punnet of flavour goodness, and you would have to wait another six months before you would get it again! Yes, that may have been all part of the Graze fun to open the box and be surprised at what little delights awaited you, but when you had a craving for a specific punnet. That sense of excitement tended to fade when you got something you were only okay with.
But alas that problem has been somewhat rectified with these individual Graze boxes which you can buy. There are only a limited selection of flavours currently available, but this is still pretty brilliant.
As you all probably know by now, I have a ridiculously sweet tooth, so it’s unsurprising that I decided to go with the sweeter boxes over the savoury ones. The two that I’ve tried so far is the, ‘Cocoa and Vanilla Protein Flapjack’, and the, ‘Chocolate Cherry Tart’.

Cocoa & Vanilla Protein Flapjack
 
I found myself checking the ingredients of the flapjack repeatedly. Worried in case I had missed some vital non-vegan ingredient to ruin my excitement, but to my intense surprise, there was none! So I allowed myself to get excited about this Cocoa and Vanilla Flapjack!
The packaging is rather lovely, it comes in the classic Graze style with natural looking sturdy brown cardboard. The decoration on it is nice and quite snazzy with the various fonts. The flapjack came sealed in a little plastic container that you could easily open and see the three little slices of flapjack in.
The serving size does look a little lacking, but do not be fooled, it is incredibly filling. Presumably due to the high protein content. I enjoyed them with a cup of coffee, it made quite a pleasant addition to my morning ritual. They were fresh and soft with a nice chewy texture. The flavour of the oats was good and worked well with the sweet vanilla and smooth cocoa taste. It had an indulgence about it without being sickly or cloying. A problem I often find with flapjacks!
Overall I really liked these Cocoa and Vanilla Flapjacks and was impressed by the flavour!



Dark Chocolate Cherry Tart

The Dark Chocolate Cherry Tart was an interesting box of treats. As with all Graze products, the packaging was a delight to look at and recyclable, so all is good on that front. The punnet contained a selection of whole pecan nuts, dried sweet cherries, and dark chocolate buttons. This made for a taste sensation, which although not quite like a Dark Chocolate Cherry Tart, it was still very nice.
I never thought that I would be such a big fan of pecan nuts, but they were actually delicious! They have a unique flavour which lends itself to desserts, so it is unsurprising that Graze decided to utilise them here. The dark chocolate was of a high quality and must have had a decent cocoa content. Lastly the dried cherries. These were sweet with a strong flavour, I did have concerns that these may have been sour, but thankfully they were delicious!
Overall I enjoyed this punnet, and can imagine that it would make for a tasty topping to a bowl of porridge! Or just a little snack on its own.