Review – Amy’s Kitchen

Written by Lauren. Posted in Food & Drink, Reviews

Amy’s Kitchen is a family run business that produce a range of vegetarian ready meals made from all-natural organic ingredients.  Amy’s Kitchen was founded shortly after Amy was born 23 years ago by her parents, Rachel and Andy Berliner, who suddenly didn’t have the time to produce healthy, organic meals on a day to day basis.  The meals range from Burritos to Pot Pies and include lots of classics such as macaroni cheese and lasagne.

We received three vouchers to spend at our local stockists but were disappointed to discover that the stores closest to us didn’t offer a wide range of Amy’s Kitchen products.  I had looked on the website at what we could choose from but found that we could only get the Gluten Free Bean & Cheese Burrito and the Rice Mac & Cheese.  The range is new to the United Kingdom so more choice will be avaliable in due course.

Both these meals were gluten free so Amy’s Kitchen not only suits vegetarians but also other dietary requirements as well.  We were a little shocked by the nutritional information because of how big the company seemed on healthy eating.  The Rice Mac & Cheese stated that it was 20% of the typical adult guideline daily amount (GDA) and seeing as it was a small portion it wouldn’t have been classed as a filling main meal for me.  It was however delicious.  It didn’t taste like a ready meal and the flavour was really strong in comparison to other macaroni and cheese ready meals that I have eaten.

I absolutely can not stand beans so even though I cooked both Gluten Free Bean & Cheese Burrito’s I couldn’t eat more than one mouthful so it was down to the Hubby to be the taste tester!  The first thing that he commented on was the size.  They are quite small and even though he does have a large appetite and needs to cut his portion sizes down they were merely snack sized.  Upon cutting one open we discovered a lot of beans and the Hubby mentioned that they tasted a lot more of bean than they did of cheese.

Overall they are a great alternative to other ready meals but I still would class them as a ready meal.  They are good for speedy meals when you really don’t have time to cook but I wouldn’t use them on a regular basis especially as the choice in stores is very limited at the moment.

I did not receive any financial reward for writing this review. However, we did receive the product for review purposes. This post is my own honest opinion. For more information please see our Disclosure Policy.

Review – Tyrrell’s Hand Cooked English Crisps

Written by Lauren. Posted in Food & Drink, Reviews

Whilst I was away my parents and I were delighted to receive some Tyrrell’s Hand Cooked English Crisps to taste and review.  They are hand made in small batches on a farm in Herefordshire and are what I would call “real crisps.”  They are cooked with their jackets on and have nothing artificial added.  They are vegan friendly and a lot of them are also gluten free (check the label.)

Tyrrell’s Hand Cooked English Crisps offer a variety of products including the Potato crisps, Vegetable Crisps, Furrows Potato Crisps, Nibbles and their Proper Popcorn.  We received Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar, Sweet Chilli & Red Pepper, Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper and English Summer Barbecue flavoured Potato Crisps and the Sour Cream & Jalapeño Chilli Popcorn and Sweet & Salty Popcorn flavoured Proper Popcorn.  I got my team of tasters ready and set to work.

On first impressions of all the Potato Crisps everybody loved how crunchy they were and the flavour that leaving the skins on had produced.  We all agreed that the first mouthful could come across as bland but as you put more and more into your mouth you realised that the flavouring was perfect because it wasn’t too over powering.  The Sweet Chilli & Red Pepper were everybody’s favourite with the newest flavour English Summer Barbecue coming in at a close second.  After a few mouthfuls of them both you suddenly received a kick from the flavouring.  My Mum commented that the Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar could have been more vinegary but I disagreed being a lesser fan of salt and vinegar anyway.

We moved on to the Proper Popcorn and started with the Sweet & Salty Popcorn which everybody loved.  The texture and fluffiness of the popcorn was spot on and the mixture of sweet and salty was perfect.  It was so yummy that three pairs of adult hands ended up fighting for what was left in the bowl.  We then moved on to the Sour Cream & Jalapeño Chilli Popcorn.  Again the texture and fluffiness was spot on but I really didn’t think the flavour suited the type of food.  It would have been scrumptious as a Potato Crisp flavour but I really didn’t like the feel of it mixed with the feel of popcorn.  My Mum agreed and my Dad finally agreed after taking a few handfuls to make sure.  All three of us said when we heard the flavour that it didn’t sound right but my friend Sarah said that she thought it sounded really tasty so I’m sure she probably would have loved a bit of the action!

As a huge fan of “real crisps” these were a huge hit in our house and one of my favourite things, that will stand out on any shelf, is that the packaging is really quirky with humorous images of older folk.  Tyrrell’s advertise on their website and their packaging for “English Eccentrics.”  They have a section of photos and anecdotes with monthly competitions with prizes such as the photo being made into packaging for a Tyrrell’s flavour.  Full details of all of the Tyrrell’s products and flavours can be found on their website.

I did not receive any financial reward for writing this review. However, we did receive the product for review purposes. This post is my own honest opinion. For more information please see our Disclosure Policy.

Review – Plum Breakfast Pouch

Written by Lauren. Posted in Food & Drink, Reviews

We were asked by Mummyz wordz to review the new Plum breakfast pouch.  We received the prune, peach and baby rice breakfast.  It is the first breakfast pouch that is dairy and gluten free so suitable from 4 months and during early weaning.   The flavour didn’t appeal to me whatsoever but thought I would give it a whirl after all it wasn’t my opinion that was needed.  They are made from 100% organic ingredients and full of complex carbohydrates that leave babies fuller for longer.  They contain no added salt, sugar, additives, artificial flavourings or colours.

Spike loves food.  He grabs at his bowl and gets super excited at meal times.  Sometimes he acts like he is never fed when I’m being too slow with his food.  Except that is at breakfast time.  We have struggled to find anything suitable for breakfast that he will actually eat.  We offered it to him for breakfast and I have never seen him eat so fast.  He absolutely loved the flavour.  I had heard that it was really runny but found that it was a really good consistency and we didn’t lose any off the spoon or make a mess.

The pouch is absolutely brilliant for mess free ,convenient feeding.  I simply squeeze the contents onto a spoon so there is no messy bowl  which is excellent when on the go.  However we don’t do many breakfasts on the go so I am simply saving on washing up!

They are slightly more expensive than the breakfast alternatives but they are organic which always adds to the cost.  These were a huge hit in our house and the knowledge that they are 100% organic and have no added nasties makes the slightly more expensive price tag worthwhile.

I did not receive any financial reward for writing this review. However, we did receive the product for review purposes. This post is my own honest opinion. For more information please see our Disclosure Policy.

Review – Ella’s Kitchen Stage 1 First Tastes

Written by Lauren. Posted in Food & Drink, Reviews

We were asked by Mummyz wordz to review the new Ella’s Kitchen fruit pouches. They only contain one fruit so they are perfect for babies first tastes.  There are 4 different fruits in the new range: apples, bananas, mangoes and pears.  We were sent apples and bananas to taste test.

Ella’s Kitchen was set up by Ella’s dad and his passion for the younger generations to eat better food that is healthy but appealing and tasty at the same time.  The food that they produce from stages 1-3 are 100% organic and the packaging clearly states the following:

  • NO added sugar, salt or water,
  • NO additives or thickeners
  • NO E numbers or GM
  • NO gluten, wheat, dairy or lactose
  • NO lumps or bits and nothing artificial
  • JUST yummy organic food for babies
  • I contain naturally occurring sugars
 

The pouch is absolutely brilliant for mess free ,convenient feeding.  I simply squeeze the contents onto a spoon so there is no messy bowl  which is excellent when on the go.

Every time I have given my children an Ella’s Kitchen pouch they have both wolfed it down so I was keen to see what they thought of the new range.  First up we tried Bananas, Bananas, Bananas.  The texture was just right for early weaning, I have often tried to mash a banana up for him and failed to remove some lumps or added milk and made it too runny but this sat nicely on the spoon and was easy for him to eat.

Spud thought it was juice so asked to try some, expecting him to turn his nose up at it when he realised it was baby food.  He squeezed a mouthful out and was a bit shocked that it wasn’t juice but then did a huge grin and said “oooh yummmmy mummy!”  Unfortunately for Spike he now had to share his fruit pouch!  Even though they are aimed at babies and their first tastes it is evident that it is also the perfect way to get older children to eat one of their 5 a day!

The next day we tried Apples, Apples, Apples and had the same reaction from both children.  Even after finishing his whole dinner, Spike still wanted more of the fruit when it had run out.  They are slightly more expensive than the fruit pots that we normally buy but they are organic which always adds to the cost.  These were a huge hit in our house and the knowledge that they are 100% fruit and have no added nasties makes the slightly more expensive price tag worthwhile.

I did not receive any financial reward for writing this review. However, we did receive the product for review purposes. This post is my own honest opinion. For more information please see our Disclosure Policy.