Pudology Review

Pudology

While visiting the BLFW event a little while ago, we were so thrilled to find a brand there which was actively creating healthy, vegan and veggie friendly puddings. Pudology make some delicious little pots which are easy to serve and eat, contain no meat or animal derived products, and are also gluten free.  read more

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Melt in the Middle Quorn Burgers

Melt in the Middle Quorn burgers
We had these Melt in the Middle Quorn burgers on a disposable barbecue, and I have to say that preparing them this way probably contributed to making them Ll the more delicious. They work very well so long as you are careful not to let them burst while on the barbecue, something that can easily be done by mistake with your tongs.   The burger itself is chewy, pliable, and juicy Quorn. It’s the type of meat substitute I don’t mind eating – unlike many of the various formations, which can be far too bland. Inside the burger, after a couple of bites, you will find soft, melted, oozing, sweet cheese. It starts squeezing out with every bite as soon as you find it, which is really enjoyable. The sweet cheese and the smoky Quorn are then perfectly balanced, even to the point where it is almost a shame to put it in bread. We served them simply with a topping of halloumi, and they worked excellently. No extra toppings or sauce required.

They certainly don’t look like much on the packaging, and I would not have thought to try them at home. Like many of the newer Quorn products, they seem to be suffering from a bit of an identity crisis. They just remind me of the bland and stodgy Quorn I used to eat, and which I have vowed to avoid as much as possible. Who would have guessed that there would be something worth eating hiding away inside? read more

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Sainsbury’s Sweetcorn Fritters

Recently we tried the so-called Mexican sweetcorn fritters from Sainsbury’s, which comes as part of a range that we’ve been enjoying (particularly their nacho cheese parcels). They are rated as spicy on the packaging, but in spite of my dislike of spicy food, that didn’t put me off. You see, I’ve always been a fan of sweetcorn based fried goods. Sweetcorn fingers and similar items took the place of fish fingers when I was a kid, and generally speaking, I love the taste of sweetcorn no matter how it comes. Basically, I just had to know what these tasted like. read more

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Tesco Southern Fried Bean Burgers

Tesco Southern Fried Bean Burgers

When you read the name ‘Southern Fried Bean Burgers’, you expect something a bit obvious. A bit boring, even. Or at least I do. Just a simple burger is what I infer from that name – nothing very exciting at all. That’s why the team behind this product have really made a big mistake: because there is something really quite interesting about these burgers, that you would never guess at all from the name. read more

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Review: Linda McCartney’s Chana Masala Vegcakes

Linda McCartney chana masala vegcakes

I always like to try the new veggie burgers I see cropping up in the supermarket, and as this one has an Indian style flavour, I snapped it up immediately. J loves spicy food while I’m not as much of a fan, so we’re always trying to find something that has a nice balance. These burgers look interesting at least, with lots of seeds and different vegetables visible in the mix. I decided they would be perfect for an Indian-style wholemeal burger wrap, so that’s how I served them. read more

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Tesco Laksa Noodle Bakes

Tesco Laksa Noodle Crispbakes
These bakes were really quite spicy, which surprised me quite a bit! I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to spicy food, as J will happily tell you (he loves it – he thinks jalapenos are finger food). However, often you find that so called spicy frozen food doesn’t really live up to the name. this was not the case here! It was just about almost too spicy, but it was mild enough that I could eat the whole thing. The inside of the bake held a small amount of noodles only, perhaps due to the logistics of the recipe. There was a creamy texture, which verges on being slightly slimy. This was somewhat appropriate when considering the noodles, but do we really want slimy burgers? Anyway, there were also lots of vegetables in the mixture. Having said that, however, they did have a tinned texture or shape to them which put me in mind of school dinners. We had them in wraps rather than in a burger bun, and they were really quite squidgy once they had been cut up a bit. These were not the best product I’ve ever tasted, and I actually mostly forgot about them until it came time to do this review. For the novelty factor they are interesting, and they might add a little bit of life to meals that you barely have time to throw together. Other than that, there is not much to say. It’s not that I would never eat them again, just perhaps that I wouldn’t even remember they existed when I was deciding what to buy. Which is a bit of a shame, considering how different they are to what you normally see. I guess I’m starting to find what other food bloggers do: when you are trying to cook, and cook inventively, almost every day, shop bought food starts to become a bit boring. I hardly ever buy frozen food these days – our freezer is actually currently full of local cheeses that we bought in bulk – so I don’t see this one having much of a place in our future meal plans.   On the VegBurge scale, I give this…   Taste – 6/10 Price – 8/10 Rest of experience – 7/10
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Tesco Indian Potato Cake

Tesco Indian Potato Cake

The Tesco Indian Potato Cakes sounded interesting enough to take a stab at. Not only that, but they were on offer with most of the frozen vegetarian section, so it seemed obvious to give them a try. We quite enjoy a curry in our house, especially as J has Indian heritage, so combining curry spices with a burger sounded like quite a good idea. We decided to cook them up one day to make burger wraps, one of my favourite lazy meals from university. There’s not much to them – you need a burger, a wrap, some lettuce or other leaf, and mayonnaise. Sweet chilli dressing, sweetcorn, roast vegetables, and etc are optional. read more

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Iceland Spicy Bean Burgers

This week I’m taking a look at the Iceland Spicy Bean Burgers, which are available in the vegetarian freezer section and can be cooked either in the microwave or the oven. For the purposes of this review, I put them in the oven, although a favourite snack when I was a student with no money was to put them in the microwave. I would then cut them into strips, lay them inside a tortilla, and wrap them up with some salad vegetables. They are fine if done like this, but can be a bit soggy underneath if they get too damp. read more

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Sainsbury’s Mushroom & Spinach Bake

Sainsbury's Mushroom & Spinach Bake

It is perhaps debatable whether or not a bake qualifies as a burger, but based on the shape and the consistency, on this occasion I’m counting it. Particularly when it comes to being a vegetarian option, I think this one just fits the bill. The mushroom and spinach bake is available from Sainsbury’s, where you can buy a pack of four at once. They cook in the oven – I could say that they would probably do fine if microwaved, but I have never tried it, and I’m sure the breadcrumbs would suffer for it. They are quite “tall” compared to the average burger, and have a tendency to get a bit droopy in the middle once cooked – beware of them accidentally spilling out their insides before you even get them on the plate. read more

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Quorn – Southern Fried Chicken Burgers

One of the staples of the frozen section for vegetarians is Quorn, and although I’ve got a real love/hate relationship with it, I can’t deny that it comes in handy. Living with a meat-eater means that we can compromise by having something that is at least intended to be a bit like meat – and it’s an interesting exercise to see just how closely it hits the mark with someone who knows what it should taste like. For this review I’m looking at their Southern Fried Chicken Burgers, available frozen, which are the kind of thing you’d pick up for a proper burger in a bun or just to eat on the side with fries. The cooking time is around 16 minutes, which is a little better than some burgers from the frozen section, and could make them quite a convenient choice when you’re in a rush. Here’s what the burgers look like frozen, before going into the oven: read more

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