How are we all doing?
I'm doing well, thank you for asking.
I have been spending a lot of time reacquainting myself with the kitchen. I have fallen in love with cooking all over again and now, I see it as more of a privilege than a chore for the most part. It has been interesting experimenting with different ingredients, flavours and spices and every time something turns out well, I literally lose it.
Anyway, despite all of that, sometimes I just don't have time or the desire to cook and I want to grab something quickly. As someone who is seriously intolerant to milk chocolate, cheese and cream, I have found myself leaning more towards vegan products than ever during this period. I am not someone who orders in, really, so I like to buy everything I think I would order in advance from shops. If you're similar to me in these respects, perhaps you would find the below reviews helpful.
Scoiattolo's Grilled Vegetables Organic Ravioli
I was drawn to this pasta because of how minimalist the ingredients list was. The pasta is made from buckwheat and is stuffed with a delicious combination of vegetables.
I am sure the packet will say something like "Serves Two" but honestly...truly...the pack can feed one person comfortably.
The fact that the pasta was made from buckwheat was comforting. I've tried cooking with buckwheat flour and it was tear-inducing. It was a hot, slimy mess. I take full responsibility for that, however, because judging by this pasta, technique is everything and I clearly didn't have that. The pasta does not have the typical texture of your 'normal' wheat flour; it is more doughy and overcooking it will create more than a mess than if you were to make that mistake with wheat flour pasta. Please do not cook this for longer than five minutes.
The mix of vegetables is very good. There is a vegetable in there that presented me with an issue, and I can't put my finger on what it was. It seemed impossible to break it down with teeth alone and I ended up having to go against my principles and chew less when I could feel it lurking around in my mouth. Taste wise, I had no complaints. That heavy feeling that sometimes comes after eating too many carbs didn't come - buckwheat!
I bought this packet from Sainsbury's. I am unsure as to whether or not it can be purchased elsewhere. Let me know if you decide to give it a try.
Food Heaven 'Heavenly Whipped' Cream
How many of you trawl through endless aisles in supermarkets trying to find a whipped cream that can be good to you? One that won't have you balled up in the corner or scratching like crazy? I may be able to help you.
A few months ago, I found a vegan whipped cream in Tesco and I snatched a can from the shelf like somebody was chasing me. It is only shame that stopped me from buying another five cans.
This period, I have eaten this whipped cream with a homemade peach crumble and a vegan brownie that I may review at a later date. I cannot lie to you all, I do have discerning tastebuds, and I can't taste that much of a difference between this cream and dairy whipped cream. I think this is a very worthy substitute. I finished the can within three days, but I did have help.
Many vegan substitutes in the supermarkets are packed with sugar to make up for the lack of God-knows-what. I don't know why the balance still has not been figured out, because I have visited several restaurants that offer great vegan desserts with acceptable sugar levels.
This whipped cream didn't taste very sugary, and for that, I am thankful.
Everyone has the right to enjoy a good pudding. Go on. Try it. Tell me what you think afterwards.