Recent Mini Haul

I bought these “new items to me” a little while ago but I wanted to wait until I had used them all before I posted about them.

Firstly the snack food. I love these pea snacks, they are so tasty! Aldi do their own version where some of the flavours are vegan too.

I used to have the Rhythm 108 biscuits in coffee shops (I think Costa do them) but I was excited when I started seeing these bars. They do a salted almond (pictured here) as well as hazelnut praline and a coconut bar. They are “fun size” but such a delicious little treat. They’re also doing mini truffle eggs for Easter which are supposedly available in Sainsbury’s but I haven’t seen them yet.

When I was little a fish cake was my go-to at the chip shop so I’m always looking for a good alternative. I like the frozen Tesco ones but I was excited to see these fresh ones from M&S Plant Kitchen range. I also like the fact they contain mashed beans, potato etc rather than a more processed meat/fish alternative. I’ll definitely be getting these again. But maybe I’ll have just one on my plate!

Gardein have been a top seller in the North American plant based food market for a number of years and have finally landed on our shores in Sainsbury’s.

The meatballs were great and savoury but the fennel seeds had that liquorice tang which I’m not a fan of. I’ll stick to my Sainsbury’s own brand I think.

The fishless filets, another Gardein product tasted very nice but were an odd size, sort of between a nugget and a filet.

These products were perfectly fine but as they are imported from America they are on the pricier side. I think in days (or years) gone by we would have rejoiced with the addition of Gardein to our supermarket shelves but now there are so many good British brands at reasonable prices that there’s nothing special enough about Gardein for me to justify the cost.

The last product we have is the smoked salmon slices from Sophie’s Kitchen. When I went into Sainsbury’s to buy some of these foods there was a sample stall for the shrimp from Sophie’s Kitchen. It was served in a Thai coconut curry and I couldn’t really taste much from the prawn/shrimp.

These slices are frozen and you have to defrost the whole pack when you want to use them which was a bit annoying. I first had these “as is” with potato and veg. They smell fishier than they taste although the flavour is not unpleasant. Smoked salmon has an odd texture anyway and this doesn’t match it perfectly but I think it is better served in something like a bagel than on its on.

To use up the salmon slices I used them in an omlette made with Organ easy egg and mushrooms and I think they worked much better this way. Again it’s not a product I’m going to rush out and buy again but it’s a nice option to have when you’re in the mood for it. I was quite chuffed when my Husband said he preferred my marinated carrot lox, but that is quite involved to make.

Have you tried any new foods recently? What did you think? Is there anything left that you still think we need a vegan version of? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Recent Mini Haul

4 thoughts on “Recent Mini Haul

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ooh I need to look for those little bars! I like the gardein fishless fillets I haven’t tried Sophie’s shrimp or salmon not sure they are for me but the M&S fish cakes look and sound good in fact I’ve liked all the M&S stuff so far. Have you tried the M&S sausages? Those & also the nuggets are a hit in our house with the grandchildren.

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    1. Yes I am a fan of the M&S stuff. I haven’t tried their sausages or nuggets. For sausages I’m a fan of the Sainsbury’s shroomdogs and for nuggets we tend to go for Fry’s as they’re easy to store in the freezer.

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  2. I’ve been wanting to try those salmon slices to use as lox, but it sounds so annoying to defrost the whole package. I would just want them on a bagel *sigh*

    I agree about the gardein meatballs. I got them once and wasn’t fan. They were too big, and there were a lot of flavors going on, which I think you either like or don’t. I prefer the Aldi or Trader Joe brands, which I swear are the exact same source.

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    1. We’ve got another couple of brands of smoked salmon in the UK but they’re a bit harder to find. If you’re going to use a lot of it I would just make a big batch of carrot lox and maybe freeze in portions

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