08 July 2016

Food & Drink - This Month I've Been Trying...

This month I've been trying...
granoVita Mayola, £2.19/280g
This a vegan alternative to mayonnaise. This smells and looks exactly like traditional mayo, but I found it had a slightly plasticky taste, which is quite off-putting. I used it to make potato salad. I don't think I'll be using it again, unfortunately!
Water, sunflower oil (40%), flaxseed oil (5%), deionised apple extract (5%), modified maize starch, soya protein isolate, salt, acidity regulators (acetic acid, citric acid), stabiliser (xanthan gum), mustard flour.
Tesco Free From Strawberry & Vanilla Cones, £2/4 cones
These vegan-friendly ice-cream cones were really pleasant, although I wasn't too keen on the cones - they have an unusual texture and a sort of malted taste. Otherwise, you wouldn't guess these were dairy-free!
Water, Sugar, Maize Flour, Coconut Oil, Glucose Syrup, Lupin Protein Isolate, Strawberry Pulp (3.5%), Maltodextrin, Dextrose, Concentrated Strawberry Juice, Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithins, Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Maize Starch, Colours (Concentrated Beetroot Juice, Beta-Carotene), Stabilisers (Carob Gum, Guar Gum), Salt, Palm Oil, Flavouring, Acidity Regulators (Calcium Hydroxide, Carbon Dioxide, Citric Acid), Vanilla Powder.
Tesco Meat Style Burgers, £1.50/8 burgers
These were so realistic to a classic burger, that I had to double check the box! Great news for meat-eaters, as they'd be hard pushed to notice the difference. These remind me of the patties McDonald's use in their single cheese and ham burgers, as they are quite thin. These would work really well in a meat-free breakfast muffin.
Rehydrated Textured Soya Protein (55%), Rehydrated Textured Wheat Protein (26%), Onion, Wheat Gluten, Egg White, Sunflower Oil, Soya Sauce, Sugar Beet Fibre, Flavouring, Stabiliser (Methyl Cellulose), Soya Protein Concentrate, Garlic Paste, Malted Barley Extract, Onion Powder, Salt, Maltodextrin, Black Pepper, Rehydrated Textured Soya Protein contains: Soya Bean, Yeast Extract, Water, Rehydrated Textured Wheat Protein contains: Wheat Gluten, Soya Protein, Wheat Flour, Rice Protein, Stabiliser (Dicalcium Phosphate), Salt, Soya Sauce contains: Water, Glucose Syrup, Soya Protein, Molasses, Soya Bean, Wheat, Colour (Caramel), Salt.
Linda McCartney's Vegetarian Country Pie, £2/2 pies
These vegan-friendly pies were a little too meat-like in taste and texture for me, but great for meat-lovers looking for a healthier alternative. The pastry was really good and the pie was filling. I think the addition of mixed veg within the pie would be great.
Filling (52%) [Water, Rehydrated Textured Soya Protein (22%), Onion (20%), Savoury Stock (Water, Yeast Extract, Salt, Potato Flake, Maltodextrin, Sugar, Sunflower Oil, Malted Barley Extract, Flavourings, Onion Powder, Caramelised Sugar Syrup, Black Pepper, White Pepper), Cornflour, Rapeseed Oil, Fortified Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Red Wine, Tomato Purée, Garlic Purée, Thyme, Salt, Malted Barley Extract, Flavouring, Black Pepper], Shortcrust Pastry (32%) [Fortified Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Palm Oil, Water, Rapeseed Oil, Salt, Wheat Flour, Raising Agents: Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate; Emulsifier: Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids], Puff Pastry (16%) [Fortified Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Water, Palm Oil, Salt, Rapeseed Oil, Emulsifier: Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids].

What were your new food and drink discoveries this month?
Emma xxx


  1. I way prefer vegetarian burgers to the real deal, I'm not a huge fan of meat but can't give it up completely for health reasons at the moment. I'll be tracking down those burgers! x

    1. Yeah, I never was a fan of meat textures, so it's great to have these alternatives to choose from. Hope you like them! Tesco have a huge range of meat-free and free-from products. xxx

  2. Such a great idea for a post series and I like that you always give an honest opinion, it’s refreshing! The ice-cream cones sound pretty good, it’s nice to see Tesco providing free from options. My latest food related discovery was an American diner opening up in my nearest town, we visited this weekend, and enjoyed the family friendly atmosphere as well as the lovely themed menu. :-) xx

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    1. Ooh, the diner sounds great! I love things like that. When we were on a cruise with Royal Caribbean, they had a Johnny Rocket's 50's diner on board, which was ace! xxx


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