Friday is here! I haven’t been feeling too well the last few days and also found out that I have to go for a CT scan as a follow up from my two x rays, so that’s fun.
On a lighter note my review for you today is all about vegan party food, I know that the major events have come and gone but who doesn’t like mini sized food on a regular basis? Today I’ll be reviewing wontons, churros, pastry rolls and pinwheels. Yes, you can have it all!
Tesco’s party food section doesn’t have much that I can eat but it does have these crispy sweet and sour vegetable wontons, I wasn’t sure I wanted them but I bought them anyway, just to try. There were very crunchy, and because they are wontons, there is that little pinch of pastry at the top. I found that there was a little too much pastry compared to filling, even if the taste of it was quite nice. The vegetables inside are quite sweet, I wouldn’t have noticed the sweet and sour if I hadn’t read the packaging, I just thought it was a pretty bland sauce with a handful of crunchy vegetables. I wouldn’t buy them again to be honest. I bought the 180g box as part of a 3 for £4.50 deal with the next item on my list.
Ingredients: Vegetables (38%) (carrot, cabbage, bean sprouts, onion, spring onion, sweetcorn), palm oil, red chilli, spirit vinegar, sugar, cornflour, garlic, salt, soya bean, chilli, wheat flour, fructose syrup, white pepper, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, filo pastry contains: water, wheat flour, salt, palm oil.
The reason I went to Tesco in the first place was to buy these churros, vegan friendly churros! I have eaten them before but that was a while ago so I stocked up with two boxes. They are absolutely delicious, the outside is crispy but they are soft when you bite into them. The chocolate and hazelnut filling is amazing and the cinnamon sugar adds another layer of flavour. I love these and I am definitely going back to buy more.
Ingredients: Water, wheat flour, sunflower oil, sugar, fat reduced cocoa powder, modified potato starch, salt, hazelnut paste, emulsifier (sunflower lecithins), cinnamon, flavouring.
Another party food item I picked up was these Cheezly and pickle rolls from Holland and Barrett, another item that I looked at when I brought it home and thought ‘why’? Sometimes I get so caught up in the novelty of being able to eat something that I just have to buy it. I don’t even like pickle! The cheese was creamy and nicely flavoured, the pastry was soft and flaky. The pickle was sharp, sweet and a little crunchy, and even though I didn’t like the taste I appreciated it’s partnership with the cheese. I paid £3.99 for the 350g pack.
Ingredients: Puff pastry: (wheat flour (flour (flour, calcium carbonate, niacin, iron, thiamine), vegetable oil (rapeseed/palm), water, salt, emulsifier: mono and diglycerides of fatty acids, natural colours: annatto, curcumin; natural flavouring). filling: onions, sandwich pickle 9%: (onions, sugar, water, cauliflower (contains sulphites), malt vinegar (from barley), gherkins, date purée, tomato purée, spirit vinegar, carrots, modified maize starch, salt, apple purée, acidity regulator (acetic acid), barley malt extract, garlic purée, colour: plain caramel, onion powder, spices), potato, non-hydrogenated vegetable fat (sustainable palm), potato starch, coconut oil, soya protein, yeast extract, wheat starch, natural flavourings, salt, thickeners: carrageenan, locust bean gum; soya protein, wheat flour (flour, calcium carbonate, niacin, iron, thiamine), calcium phosphate, onion powder, dried yeast, rapeseed oil, spices, sugar, lactic acid, natural colours: carotene, annatto.
The last item I picked up was also from Holland and Barrett, the cheezly, bacon style and cranberry pinwheels. I was really looking forward to eating these but I couldn’t help feeling that the pinwheels would be better as parcels, the pastry which sticks out felt like a waste to me. They tasted salty, smoky and sweet, they were lovely. The pastry was crumbly and the filling was soft. There weren’t too many in the pack and they were a little expensive to be a regular purchase but I’ll happy buy VBites party food every once in a while. I paid £2.99 for the 150g pack.
Ingredients: Puff pastry: (wheat flour (flour, calcium carbonate, niacin, iron, thiamine), vegetable oil (rapeseed/palm), water, salt, emulsifier: mono and diglycerides of fatty acids, natural colours: annatto, curcumin; natural flavouring). filling: water, non-hydrogenated vegetable fat (sustainable palm), cranberries (8%), wheat gluten, soya protein, potato starch, thickeners: locust bean gum, carrageenan; salt, dried yeast, yeast extract, calcium phosphate, natural flavourings, sugar, preservative: potassium sorbate, lactic acid, onion powder, colours: carotene, iron oxide.
I hope you’ve had a great week