Steak Pie Review | Aberdeen Angus Steak Pie | Damn Delicious

Review of Damn Delicious’s Aberdeen Angus Steak Pie

Medium (3-4 people) Aberdeen Angus Steak Pie

About a week ago, I received a fantastic food parcel from Damn Delicious! Yum!  So much amazing food to sample…we’re all big carnivores in our family, so I was particularly looking forward to doing these reviews*.

Damn Delicious | Food for Review | Aberdeen Angus | Pork

I was finally able to sample the Aberdeen Angus Steak Pie with my family on Friday evening.  The pie I was sent by Damn Delicious was the medium one (1lb) for 3-4 people.  You can see on the picture below that it’s a good-sized pie, with a generous layer of puff pastry and a deep Aberdeen Angus Steak filling.

Damn Delicious | Aberdeen Angus Steak Pie | Fresh from the Oven
The Aberdeen Angus Steak Pie, straight from the oven
Aberdeen Angus Steak Pie | Damn Delicious | Slice
Pros
  • LOTS of Aberdeen Angus Steak filling – this is a rich, deep, pie
  • A generous layer of flaky, light, puff pastry over the top of the pie, but no pastry underneath.  So: no soggy pastry and all the depth is meat!
  • Rich, delicious flavour, perfect seasoning and the steak was allowed to shine
  • About the right size for 4 people
  • Arrived by courier delivery, in insulated packaging with ice blocks and clear instructions that it could be frozen on the day of receipt
  • Simple packaging, minimal waste, contents of packaging clearly visible
Cons
  • No re-heating instructions on the packaging (I took a good guess at 180°C – fan assisted – for 20 mins, and it worked out fine, but it would be useful to have specific instructions on there)
  • The meat felt a little bit dry – I’d have liked a bit more gravy in the pie.  Having said that, the taste was delicious and no space was wasted with gravy.  The full depth of the pie was meat! Can’t argue with that 🙂
Overall

A delicious pie, packed full of scrumptious Aberdeen Angus Steak.  At £8.25 for the 3-4 person sized medium pie, it’s not something you’d have every day, but given the quality and quantity of meat it contained, it’s worth the cost as an occasional treat. The flavour was fantastic.  Despite the fact it could have done with a bit more gravy, I would definitely have it again.  An indulgent treat rather than an everyday pie.  Scrumptious!

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Wonderful Pistachios | Wonderful Almonds | Review

Product Review

Wonderful Pistachios | Wonderful Almonds

I have received these products free of charge with a request to review them on my blog.  This is an honest product review and reflects my opinion (and those of my family members, who have also sampled the products).  I did not receive any payment in exchange for the review.

Wonderful Pistachios | Wonderful Almonds

It felt like Christmas this morning when, having accepted the request to review ‘Wonderful Pistachios’ and ‘Wonderful Almonds’ a few days ago, a packet arrived in the post with a selection of packs of these delicious snacks.

I received three packs of Wonderful Pistachios: No Salt, Salt & Pepper and Sweet Chili.

We are very fond of pistachios in our house so my daughters and husband descended upon these goodies like gannets! I would like to say I showed more restraint, but I was so excited and keen to tuck in that I only just remembered to take photos of the packs first.

Wonderful Pistachios | ReviewI didn’t expect to like the ‘No Salt’ variety as I am a bit of a salt fiend, but these surprised me.  They were beautifully roasted, the delicious natural flavour of pistachio being allowed to shine.  No need for additional seasoning here.

The ‘Salt & Pepper’ variety was quite peppery.  I liked the flavour as I am fond of black pepper, but my youngest daughter found it a bit too strong – this didn’t stop her from devouring nearly half the packet in no time though! I did find that the pepper ran the risk of overpowering the natural pistachio flavour a little, but loved the fact that it was a different take on pistachios than the usual salted varieties you find in the shops.

The ‘Sweet Chili’ variety was the most surprising.  I wasn’t sure whether sweet chilli would work with pistachios.  Would the flavour completely mask the taste of the naturally delicate and sweet pistachio nut?  I didn’t think so, although my husband felt that the chilli did over-power the natural almond flavour a little.  He did, however, still enjoy them.  They were delicious.  On a very picky note…why ‘chili’ with just one ‘L’?

The packs I was sent were a good size at 150g – more than enough for four of us to graze on during the course of the day.

The ‘No Salt’ and ‘Salt & Pepper’ varieties are available in 150g, 250g and 500g packs.  The ‘Sweet Chili’ variety is available in 150g and 250g packs.

Additionally, Wonderful Pistachios are also available in ‘Roasted & Salted’ variety, but I did not receive these to sample.

Wonderful Pistachios are currently available in the UK at Waitrose, Ocado, Julian Graves, Holland & Barrett, Tesco and Sainsbury’s.  At £3.59 for a 250g bag (Ocado), I feel these are good value and priced at a comparable level to other pistachio products on the market.

I also received two packs of Wonderful Almonds, both in ‘Roasted Salted’ flavour.

Wonderful Almonds | ReviewThese came in 200g bags – a very generous amount as there are only so many Almonds I can eat in one sitting.

Information on Wonderful Almonds is more limited online and as far as I can ascertain, they are currently only available from Ocado (£3.25 for a 200g bag).  They are also shown on the brand website as being available in ‘Raw Natural’ and ‘Blanched’ varieties, though I haven’t sampled these.

I generally prefer Almonds in a sweet setting, e.g. honey-roast, so would probably not go out and buy these to snack on.  Having said that, they were very tasty.  The salt was well-balanced in order not to over-power the natural almond flavour.  The roasting was perfect and maintained the delicious sweetness of the almond inside.

If you are fond of Almonds, I would definitely recommend trying these as an alternative to sweet ones, especially if you are looking for a different nutty snack to offer for nibbles at a party, for example.

Overall, I enjoyed all the products I sampled in the ‘Wonderful Pistachios’ and ‘Wonderful Almonds’ ranges.  My personal preference is for the pistachios, particularly the ‘Sweet Chili’ variety.  Having only ever eaten salted pistachios previously and being a huge fan of pistachios anyway, it was great to discover different flavours that I wouldn’t have associated with pistachios before.  I will definitely be buying these again!

Food Glorious Food Recipes | Rhubarb Crumble Cheesecake | REVIEW

Recipe Review:

Food Glorious Food Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble Cheesecake

When I watched the TV series Food Glorious Food, I was struck by the uniqueness of this Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble Cheesecake, so I HAD to try it for myself!

This recipe was easy to make (though the way it was written made it not as easy to follow as I’d have liked – I kept having to read it through and go back & forth to get the steps into my head in the right order) and the result looks and tastes delicious!  Thoroughly recommend it! 🙂

Food Glorious Food Recipes | Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble Cheesecake
The cake is still a bit runny here because we couldn’t resist eating some of it, even though it was still a bit warm. You can see towards the back of the slice where it had cooled down more, how it will look when it’s set – the ricotta gives it a crumbly/grainy consistency. Delicious!!!!

 

Small alterations I made to the original Food Glorious Food recipe:

I didn’t use any food colouring – it might not look as pretty without the pink swirling through, but the taste is just as good!

I didn’t add the ginger to the crumble topping (because I’d forgotten to buy any!) but, to be honest, I found that the ginger biscuit base gave it plenty of ginger kick already, so I’m not sure it needs the added ginger – unless you’re a huge fan of ginger, that is.

Food Glorious Food Recipes | Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble Cheesecake