2021 Ice Creams #2: Asda Birthday Cake Ice Cream

This one is a bit of an odd entry…

Asda Birthday Cake Ice Cream
Asda Birthday Cake Ice Cream.

…because we’ve had two varieties of it this year – they’ve seemingly changed the recipe. The first variety contained actual chunks of cake within the ice cream. Geth was a big fan of that one but I wasn’t so keen – I didn’t like the soggy texture of the cake chunks. They then switched to a variety that didn’t have the cake but had chewy candy sprinkles in it instead. The taste of the actual ice cream hasn’t changed – it’s nice, but a little too sweet for me. There are other flavours of Asda ice cream that I much prefer.

2021 Ice Creams #1: Jude’s Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream

I’m finally getting round to logging this year’s food collection! I probably won’t get it finished until we’re into 2022 though…

A quick note about why I do these yearly food logging series: it encourages me to try new things. I have various issues around food tastes and textures and am very much of the ‘I know what I like and it’s not much’ school. I don’t consider this a bad thing, but I do like to search for possible new favourites in a ‘safe’ way (i.e. food type I know I generally like, particular version I’ve not had before).

2021 was all about the ice cream. This was actually because 2020 was all about the ice cream and for 2021 I decided to make it official. I waited until spring as it’s very much a seasonal food for me, but there were still a lot I ended up trying this year!

Jude's Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
Jude’s Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream.

The first one I tried was this vegan chocolate one from Jude’s. As it’s vegan, it’s made with coconut milk – which I wasn’t sure about when I first had it, because I’m not a big fan of coconut and it meant that it didn’t melt in the way I expected – but I had it a few more times during the summer and it ended up growing on me. I quite like it now!

Eine kleine Pause

I know I said I’d start the next food log series this week but I’ve decided to have a week’s break before we move onto the 2021 series. This week is all about Sunday’s cakes, anyway!

Pecan cake
Geth bought the ‘four fancy cakes’ package for lunch on Sunday so that we could both try a bit of each. This pecan cake was very nice, though I’m not normally much of a nut fan.

2020 Pestos #17: Belazu Traditional Genovese Pesto

This is the last pesto from 2020. Next week I’ll be starting my 2021 food series. Very nearly caught up!

Belazu Traditional Genovese Pesto
Belazu Traditional Genovese Pesto.

(Another ’empty jar’ photo. Clearly I was hungry enough to forget to take a picture before I cracked the jar open!)

This pesto had a good taste but the texture was a little on the wet side for my liking. Still a nice option!

Coincidentally for the day I am ending my pesto series, I have been inspired by a cookery show I was watching earlier today to try making my own pesto soon. I don’t know if I’ll be able to make something I like more than my favourite jarred versions, but I’m going to give it a good go!

2020 Pestos #15: Gomo Pesto Alla Genovese

I have never met a pesto alla genovese I didn’t love!

Gomo Pesto Alla Genovese
Gomo Pesto Alla Genovese.

Um, until I tried this Gomo version, that is.

Don’t get me wrong – it’s not horrible – but it was just a bit too rich for my palate, and didn’t seem to have that nice sharpness that the best varieties do.

I’ll log another Gomo pesto next week that I enjoyed a bit more!

2020 Pestos #14: Sacla Vegan Tomato Pesto

Another inclusive option in Sacla’s tomato pesto range!

Sacla Vegan Tomato Pesto
Sacla Vegan Tomato Pesto.

This one is fairly similar in strength to the vegetarian version I logged last week, but has a slightly different taste due to its lack of dairy ingredients. It’s nice but not quite as flavourful as I would like. However I’m not the target audience, and it’s great that vegans have a red pesto option as well!

Back to the basil stuff next week…

2020 Pestos #13: Sacla No. 6 Organic Vegetarian Pesto

A great alternative to the regular version of this pesto is available for strict vegetarians, and I tried it out when I found it in a supermarket last year…

Sacla No. 6 Tomato Organic Vegetarian Pesto
Sacla No. 6 Tomato Organic Vegetarian Pesto.

I’m not as strict with rennet-derived cheese as I used to be, so I’m happy to eat the regular version. However, for vegetarians who are strict about this issue, this is a great alternative. The flavour isn’t quite as strong and tastes a little washed out, but it’s still very recognisable as red pesto.

There’s also a vegan version, which I’ll log next time!

2020 Pestos #12: Sacla No. 2 Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

My second favourite pesto, but also the one I’ve loved longest.

Sacla No. 2 Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
Sacla No. 2 Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto.

I’ve fallen in and out of love with the Sacla Classic Basil Pesto over the years, as the recipe has changed so much. The tomato version, on the other hand, never changes, and so it has stayed a strong favourite of mine (I had it again tonight). When I was little and first discovered it, it used to be called ‘red pesto’, which is generally still the term I use.

There are lots of red pestos out there, but supermarket ones tend to taste a bit bland, like generic tomato pasta sauce. The Sacla version is sharp and rich and tastes exactly right, which is why no imitation has ever beaten it for me.