Aceitunas Manzanilla y Couchillo

This is from the new Tapas range from Tesco. A selection of manzanilla and couchillo olives dressed in oil and parsley.

These were very nice, certainly more flavour than the standard green and black olives you usually find in supermarkets.

Wild Rocket

Found this at my local Tesco.

It’s a packet of unwashed wild rocket.

Certainly felt a lot fresher than the stuff in bags (and I hope a lot less chemicals too).

Of course the obvious thing to do is not buy the stuff, but grow my own rocket.

Cooking Chorizo

In October last year I blogged about how Tesco were going to stop selling their cooking chorizo.

Only a couple of days ago I mentioned cooking Chorizo Frito al Vino using Tesco’s Cooking Chorizo.

You can imagine my disappointment that my local Tesco is discontinuing to sell the cooking chorizo.

I’ll have to start using the dried version.

Well imagine my delight when they started to sell it again.

Cooking Chorizo

For dishes such as  Chorizo Frito al Vino and Paella it works much better than the dried version. It is easy to slice and cooks really easily.

Why so expensive?

The other day I made some Chorizo Frito al Vino and I used some Chorizo that I had bought from Morrisons. It had cost £1.99.

I was therefore surprised to see in Sainsburys when I wanted to buy a very similar Chorizo sausage that they were charging £2.99. It was even more expensive from the deli counter where it was £3.49.

I don’t know it if it will be a better Chorizo sausage, but if it is similar then a 50% markup is terrible.

Still missing the (fresh) cooking chorizo from Tesco.

Tesco Barbeque Moroccan Style Lamb Chops

Tesco describe their Tesco Barbeque Moroccan Style Lamb Chops as

Delicious lamb shoulder chops, with a Moroccan style marinade, ideal for a family BBQ

Well were they?

They are easy to cook, from frozen in the over for about twenty five minutes.

Tesco Barbeque Moroccan Style Lamb Chops

Well let’s just say they are only £2 per pack. The lamb shoulder chops are not the best cut of chops available and the marinade was okay.

Let’s just say for £2 they were value for money, but if you are looking for high quality lamb, look somewhere else and making your own  Moroccan marinade.

Mango

Got some “Ripe and Ready” Mangoes from Tesco and was surprised by how sweet they were, in many ways too sweet to eat.

Going back to melon…

Gü Chocolate Trifle

Generally I don’t like shop made trifles, as in the main there is an articial taste to them, particularly chocolate trifles. The cream always has a tang to it that I really don’t like.

Generally I don’t have the time and patience to make my own (and also I am the only person in the house who likes trifle, so making a big one is not on the cards either).

Now and again I buy individual trifles, notably Tesco Finest and Morrisons The Best individual sherry trifles which are not that bad for shop bought trifles.

Recently I have bough a three pack of Gü Chocolate Trifles.

Gü Chocolate Trifle

Their website says about their trifles and why you should buy them…

1. The intensity of the 53% cocoa chocolate ganache.

2. The softness of the chocolate sponge.

3. The decadence of the lightly whipped cream.

4. The silky-smoothness of the chocolatey mousse.

I did enjoy them and you can tell that as I bought them again. They are by no way perfect, but when you want a quick chocolatey snack and want to avoid the artificial twang that you find with many chocolate desserts from the fridge, then chocolate trifles from Gü are just the job.

What no chorizo?

Only a couple of days ago I mentioned cooking Chorizo Frito al Vino using Tesco’s Cooking Chorizo.

You can imagine my disappointment that my local Tesco is discontinuing to sell the cooking chorizo.

I’ll have to start using the dried version.

Tesco to end trade with Zimbabwe

Tesco to end trade with Zimbabwe

The BBC reports on how Tesco responding to political and consumer pressure it to no longer source products from Zimbabwe.

Supermarket chain Tesco has announced it will stop sourcing products from Zimbabwe while “the political crisis persists” there.

The retail giant buys around £1m ($1.9m) worth of goods, including vegetables, from Zimbabwe.

Tesco said it was looking for other ways to support workers there.

This is an example of how political and consumer pressures can force business organisations to change the way in which they do business.