Review of Lidl Bramley Apple Pies

On a recent trip to Lidl I found myself in their cake section. Now, if I’m honest I didn’t expect to find anything suitable for a dairy free diet. I was proved wrong as their own brand apple pies were indeed dairy free. There was only thing for it accidentally place them in my shopping basket to try later on as a sweet treat.

I liked the simplicity the bright green colour packaging. To front of the packaging is a picture of their apple pies, one of which is open with its apple contents cascading out. I just wanted to dive in and give them a try. Onto the ingredients list wheat, sodium metabisulphite and sulphur dioxide are highlighted as allergens in the ingredients list. There is also a may contain warning for nuts.

On opening the packaging I was greeted by an aroma that I associate with apple pies. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. The apple pies are of a good size. To the top you have a slightly crunchy looking short crust pastry topped with a little dusting of sugar. This becomes thinner towards the bottom. On checking underneath a slight soggy bottom was noted. This got an immediate thumbs down from me as I don’t like a soggy bottom.

On biting into the apple pie I got a slight crunch followed by crumbliness then a slight sogginess from the pastry at the bottom of the pie. Onto the filling there was a good quantity of apple pieces coated in what I would describe as a lightly seasoned syrup. The apple was slightly crunchy and worked perfectly with the gluppy syrup. The flavour of the filling was very nice. It was slightly sweet from the syrup but this was nicely complimented by the slight tartness from the apple. I have to admit by being surprised by these apple pies. They were very nice but sadly their slight soggy bottom just let them down just a little.

So would I recommend these Lidl apple pies if you follow a dairy free diet? Yes I would despite the soggy bottom as it is great to be able to have an everyday apple pie. So thank you Lidl for producing an apple pie that I can have.

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Review of Tetley Green Tea

As a lady who enjoys her cups of tea on a daily basis I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. Yet for some unknown reason I tend to drink very little green tea. This is strange as it is a great tea to be enjoyed milk free so it is therefore perfect for dairy free me. I have tried a couple of brands of green tea of varying qualities. A friend kindly gave me a couple of packets of Tetley tea to review the first of which was their green tea.

I liked the simple design of the packaging with this tea. It was green with picture of a green tea leafs to the bottom and the Tetley logo to the top. Onto the ingredients only green tea is listed. There are there no allergens highlighted or any may contain warnings listed.

On opening the packet I was greeted by a fairly strong aroma a grassy meadow with subtle undertones of smokiness that I associate with green tea. This intensified slightly on my famous close up sniff test. I placed the teabag in my teacup and added my slightly cooled freshly boiled hot water. I left the tea to infuse with the hot water as instructed. The hot water soon changed to a light brown/green colour. The aroma from the tea did not intensify and remained the same, even on my close up sniff test. On sipping the tea I could really taste the grassy element with the smokiness element intermingled with this. In fact the grassiness element was slightly stronger compared to other green teas that I have tried. This resulted in a nice light and refreshing tea. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by this green tea.

So would I recommend this green tea, yes definitely. I liked the stronger yet subtle grassy aroma and flavour of this tea. It was a nice refreshing tea. So if you fancy a milk free tea, why not give this green tea a try. So thank you Tetley for producing a refreshing green tea.

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Review of Lidl Unsweetened Soya Milk

Well my mission to try some new dairy free milks has not been that successful. One of my favourite milks is soya only mainly because I personally find it easier to cook with. So when I saw that Lidl had their own unsweetened soya milk with their regular fresh milk I just had to give it a try.

I personally liked the packaging design with the red colouring to the top with the picture of milk being poured into a glass. The ingredients list is on the back of the carton with water, hulled soya beans, calcium phosphates, maltodextrin, stabilizer, gellan gum, natural flavouring noted. I’m intrigued to know what the natural flavouring is. The soya is clearly highlighted in bold as an allergen. There is no may contain warning. The milk is labelled as being dairy free and suitable for vegans.

On opening the carton I noted a slight nuttiness aroma to the milk. It poured easily into a glass and was the typical cream colour you get with soya milk. It was slightly thick in consistency but not creamy. On sipping the milk it was smooth in texture and tasted a little nutty very similar to other brands of soya milk I have previously tried. I warmed the milk for 90 seconds in the microwave ready for my famous Weetabix test. It microwaved well and did not separate, or form a skin to the top of the milk. It was absorbed easily by the weetabix. On tasting the Weetabix it tasted just as a Weetabix should the milk did not impact on its flavour. For me personally this is a big plus because a couple of milks that I have previously tried have made my Weetabix have a slight artificial sweet flavour.

So would I recommend this soya milk? Yes I would. The slightly nutty aroma and flavour was spot on. It wasn’t artificially sweet in flavour and had a nice consistency. So if you follow a dairy free or a vegan diet why not give this soya milk a try. So thank you Lidl for producing a soya milk that I can enjoy.

Review of Marks & Spencer Decaffeinated Earl Grey Tea

I am a girl who loves my cups of earl grey tea. It is my tea of choice and I am always on the lookout for new teas to try. On a recent trip to Marks & Spencer I yet again found myself in their tea section. I was running low on earl grey tea so I decided to grab a box of their decaffeinated earl grey tea to try.


I Liked the brown cardboard box style of packaging with the white box to the centre describing the tea. The simple light green stripe in this box and running down the centre was simple but somehow caught my attention. Onto the ingredients black tea 97.5% and bergamot flavouring is listed. No allergens are highlighted and there is no may contain warning. The tea is also clearly labelled as being fair trade.

On opening the box I was greeted by a sealed foil package containing the teabags. I like this as it keeps the tea nice and fresh. On opening the package there was an aroma of what I can only describe as a slightly artificial bergamot. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. However, on smelling an individual teabag close up this aroma seemed to be significantly weaker. I was a little disappointed by this as I had expected the aroma to be stronger.

I placed my teabag in my teacup and added the freshly boiled hot water to let the tea infuse with the hot water for the recommended brewing time. The tea infused with the hot water and turned to a medium brown colour. But what about the aroma? It predominantly smelt like an everyday black tea with only a hint of bergamot noted. On my close up sniff test the aroma didn’t change. If I was doing a blind test I’m sure that I wouldn’t have been able to distinguish as being an earl grey tea. On sipping the tea it tasted like a reasonable quality medium strength black tea, with a very faint hint of bergamot noted. That said it was one of the nicer decaffeinated teas I have tried as it didn’t taste to chemically which has been the case with other decaffeinated teas that I have tried.


So would I recommend this earl grey tea? This is a tough one if I’m honest. As an earl grey tea no. I’m afraid I simply didn’t enjoy anything about this tea from its aroma through to its flavour. As a decaffeinated every day tea probably as it is one of the nicest ones that I have tried so far.

Review of Swedish Glace Dairy Free Vanilla Ice Cream Lollies

I have to confess to being a tad excited about the sudden availability of new vegan ice creams that are becoming readily available. My personal mission is of course to try as many as possible. So when I heard that Swedish Glace had launched a dairy free vanilla ice cream lolly I just had to give it a try.

I liked the simple blue packaging with the picture of the chocolate covered lolly revealing its ice cream underneath. I knew what to expect and couldn’t wait to open that box. Onto the ingredients the allergens are clearly highlighted in the with soya in bold. There is no may contain warning. They are clearly labelled as being suitable for a dairy free, gluten free, and a vegan diet.


On opening the box I was greeted by 5 medium sized lollies in a simple white packaging with gold hearts. I personally liked the design. On removing this you find a chocolate covered lolly. The initial aroma is that of chocolate with faint undertones of chocolate noted. This aroma remained the same on my famous close up sniff test and on eating the lolly. On biting into the lolly I got a nice crisp crunch from the chocolate coating followed by the soft smooth ice cream centre. Onto the taste the chocolate layer was just right it wasn’t too chocaolately and therefore didn’t overpower the ice cream underneath. The flavour of the ice cream was spot on its subtle vanilla flavour that was clearly present but without being to artificial or overpowering the chocolate coating. If I am brutally honest I would have liked the chocolate coating to have been a little thicker. The subtle vanilla flavour worked well in combination with the chocolate outer coating. The combination of textures from the slight crunchiness of the outside chocolate layer and the smooth ice cream inside worked really well together.

So would I recommend these ice cream lollies? Yes I would. I enjoyed everything about these from their crunchy yet smooth texture and their subtle vanilla flavour. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, or a vegan why not give these lollies a try. So thank you Swedish Glacé for producing these lollies. I am sure that these lollies will make both adults and children alike very happy.

Review of Tea Tourist Subscription Box

Now I am a girl who loves her cups of tea. Not a day goes by when I don’t help myself to a cup of tea. It’s fair to say it’s an integral part of my daily routine. Blogging has enlightened my tea palate encouraging me to try a variety of new teas. I love tea subscription boxes as they are a great way to discover new teas. So when I was lucky enough to receive a free monthly subscription box from Tea Tourist I couldn’t wait to dive in and try June’s selection of teas. Tea Tourist is a Derbyshire based subscription service that sends you a selection of loose leaf teas that you might not find delivered to your door each month. They choose from a fantastic range companies around the UK which are usually independent or less known companies.

Onto the contents within the box. You get six packets of different teas which contain 3-4 cups worth of tea. You get a card detailing the information about the tea that you have received. Each tea has its own tasting card with details of the company, a little about the tea, how and when best to steep the tea and a section for you to add your own notes, creating a nice little reference guide.

Earl Grey Rose By Rutland Tea Company

I choose this tea first as it is one of my favourite teas. It is described as a bergamot flavoured brew with fruity undertones. This traditional black tea has been given a floral, citrus makeover with the addition of pineapple pieces and rose petals. It’s everything you’d expect from an Earl Grey and more!

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was greeted by a strong citrus aroma from the pineapple with subtle undertones of apple noted. I struggled to smell the bergamot. I added freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. I was a little disappointed by the aroma even on my close up sniff test I struggled to smell the bergamot that I associate with earl grey. The pineapple just seemed to take over. On sipping the tea it was sadly the same. The citrus element overpowered the bergamot. I love a cup of a nice cup of earl grey but this simply lacked any really flavour or aroma that I associate with a nice earl grey.

Flexibiltea by T-Tox

It is described as a refreshing blend of nettle, burdock root and jasmine flowers, this herbal infusion has a mildly sweet floral taste that warms the throat. It’s naturally caffeine-free making it perfect for helping you relax anytime of day or night.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning. On opening the packet a strong fairly intense aroma from the nettles with a hint of jasmine flowers and marshmallow. I struggled to smell the lemon verbena. I added slightly cooled boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The aroma of the nettle intensified and the subtle undertones of the jasmine flower and marshmallow seemed to be a little lost as a result. On sipping the tea the nettle was indeed the dominant flavour and seemed to overshadow the other ingredients which was a shame. Sadly, this tea just wasn’t for me.

Rhubarb and Vanilla Green Tea By Hooghly Tea

It is sweet, crisp and fruity blend of Chinese green tea, with rhubarb pieces and a dash of vanilla. A well balanced infusion whose initial tart taste is quickly followed by a comforting sweetness that goes well in any situation.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list or a may contain warning. On opening the packet a strong aroma of hibiscus and rhubarb the usual grassy aroma that I associate with green tea was lacking. I added the slightly cooled freshly boiled water to the tea and infused as instructed. The first I noticed was the delightful colour to this tea a delightful pink/purple. Then came the aroma the hibiscus and rhubarb took centre stage, very inviting. The only downside was that these seemed to overpower the other elements to this tea. On sipping the tea my experience was the same the strength of the hibiscus became very apparent and sadly seemed to mute the other flavours to the tea. If I did a blind tea taste I have to say I wouldn’t have been able to tell that it was a green tea. That said it was a refreshing and comforting tea that would be perfect in the colder months.

Time For Bliss By Caley’s Apothecary

An organic herbal blend packed full of sweet and spicy floral goodness. The combination of lemon verbena, lime flowers and rose petals delivers a brew that’s gently calming, subtly uplifting and blissfully mood boosting.

It recommends checking the Caley’s website with regards to possible allergens for this tea. Sadly, this was not helpful so I had to contact them via email. On opening the packet I was greeted by a delightful slightly citrusy aroma from the lemon verbena, lime flowers and subtle floral undertones from the passion flower and rose petals. I had hope to smell the cinnamon as I love it but it seemed to be lacking. I added freshly boiled water and infused the tea as instructed. On doing so the aroma of the aroma of the lemon verbena and lime flowers intensified. The subtle floral undertones were still present but that cinnamon was still lacking. On sipping the tea the citrus and floral elements were subtle and not over powering. It resulted in a nice light delicate refreshing tea. I think that it would be best suited to drinking cold with lots of ice.

Mint Chocolate By Cheshire Tea

A Great Taste Award – winner, this refreshing Rooibos blend is cool and creamy! Organic peppermint married with cacao deliver a sumptuous guilt-free pleasure that will lure you in. It’s the perfect after-dinner caffeine-free desert without sin.

Onto the ingredients list no allergens are listed and there is no may contain warning. On opening the packet I was immediately struck by an aroma that I associate with after eight mints. I couldn’t wait to try this tea. I added freshly boiled water and infused the tea as instructed. On doing so the aroma of the peppermint and cacao beans intensified further. They seemed to drown out the rooibos and calendula petals but to be fair I wasn’t that bothered by this. On sipping the tea the peppermint remained the predominant element with the cacao coming next. I could taste the rooibos element but this was very subtle. I loved everything about this tea it really did taste as good as it sounds.

Assam Tea With Vanilla By Pure Leaf

Made from the finest Assam leaves blended with Madagascan vanilla and marigold petals, this unashamedly strong black tea delivers a sweet twist on a traditional classic. The perfect morning wake up call.

There are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning. On opening the packet the I immediately got hit by the vanilla aroma. It was a little stronger than I had anticipated and slighted overpowered the aroma from the Assam tea. I added freshly boiled water and infused the tea as instructed. The vanilla aroma remained the same but the subtle undertones from the Assam intensified somewhat. On sipping the tea it tasted like a nice quality black tea with a vanilla twist. The vanilla was definitely present but wasn’t too strong and overpowering and worked well with the Assam. It resulted in a nice subtle sweet twist to this black tea.

So would I recommend this subscription box? Yes I would. I really enjoyed the opportunity to try a diverse range of teas that the Tea Tourist offers. It allowed me discover a new variety of tea companies without having to hunt them down myself. It’s a great and convenient way to try new teas.

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this subscription box to try all of the opinions are honest and my own.

Review of Alpro Go On Strawberry & Raspberry Yogurt

When I heard that Alpro were adding some new flavours to their Go On yogurts I have to confess to being a tad excited. So of course I had to buy a pot of the new strawberry and raspberry Go On yogurt to try.

I liked the style of the packaging. It is a simple round pot with the Go On logo on the side . On the lid there is a small simple illustration of the summer berries underneath a very tempting picture of the yogurt. Onto the ingredients list. The yogurt is clearly labelled as being suitable for a dairy free, gluten free and vegan diet. The only allergen listed is soya. There is a may contain warning for nuts.

On opening the yogurt I was greeted by a thick creamy yogurt. I was a little disappointed by the lack of aroma I was expecting to smell summer fruits. Instead I got a neutral aroma one would expect from a plain yogurt. The yogurt clearly consists of two layers the thick cream layer to the top and a compote style layer underneath consisting of strawberries and raspberries. On diving into the yogurt top layer is thick yet slightly creamy in texture. It has a nice neutral or what may be described as plain flavour. Underneath you get what I would describe as a fruit compote. This slightly sticky in consistency. The flavour of the compote was sweet with a slight tart undertone noted and the flavour reminded me of a summer pudding. The two layers mixed perfectly well together to produce a perfect pink creamy yogurt. The two flavours and texture of this yogurt work really well together. It sounds strange but it reminded me of eating the top two layers of a cheesecake. A bonus as it has a lot fewer calories. If I’m being picky I would perhaps liked just a little more of the berries.

So would I recommend this yogurt? Yes I would. In summary it’s nice to have a nice thicker and creamier yogurt that is dairy free. So if you are dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet why not give this yogurt a try. So thank you Alpro for producing a new yogurt that I can enjoy.