Discover Isle of Bute Gift Box : Review

About

IG : @visit_bute and @butekitchen_

Welcome to our delicious taste of Bute!

Visit Bute along with everyone on the island would like to share with you some tantalising and downright crummy items that have been provided by our small local providers.

Our stunning island is only around the corner (90 mins from Glasgow and you can be on the beach eating an ice cream!) So please visit soon. We are perfect for a day trip or a long weekend.

The Delivery

I received a box at work, and spotted it said “Bute” on it so I couldn’t wait to get home and open it.

This is the inside of the box, and under all the cardboard straw there were more goodies.

The Goodies

Are you ready to see all the amazing goodies? continue reading 🙂

Isle of Bute Cheeses : Largie

About : Largie Cheese is a Caerphilly cheese, made on the Scottish Isle of Bute. It is an Artisan, hand made, from pasteurised milk and vegetarian rennet. The milk is sourced from Largievechtrean farm who have a single herd of Holstein Fresien cows.

FB : @butecheeses

Recently I have started to try different cheeses, as there are so many and I have always just stuck with the main ones so I couldnt wait to try this one.

I opened the packet and it smelled ok, so I grabbed the oatcakes that were also included in this and cut a few slices and took a bit without the oatcake and with.

Lets start with the taste on its own, this was really creamy and had a lovely subtle flavour….and with the oatcake again mmm so good.

I had more of this the same day, as I really did love how creamy it was and its nice flavour.

If you like cheese you will love this!

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ritchie’s : Oat Smoked Scottish Cheddar

About : Carefully chosen Scottish Mature Cheddar is enhanced with careful smoking to achieve good permeation of the smoky flavour, but not so strongly as to mask the taste of the cheese

IG : @ritchiesofr
FB : @ritchiesofrothesay

Another cheese woohoo I was spoiled and the “oat smoked” really got my taste buds tingling as I couldn’t wait to try it.

I cut the packet open and instantly was hit with the oat smoked smell, this was so good completely different to the first cheese I tried so just like the first one I grabbed some of the oatcakes that were included and started tasting.

On its own it was lovely and the flavour was very nice, the oat smoked gave it a lovely taste and again with the oatcakes again it was mega mmmmm

You have to try this cheese!

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Butes Fruits : Lemon & Lime Marmalade

About : Bringing you the Fruits of Bute…..Jams, Chutneys and Preserves inspired by seasonal produce from the Isle of Bute

IG : @butesfruits_

I love a good marmalade, and when I saw this I knew I was in for a great treat.

I decided to make myself a wee snack to have while watching Netflix, and this is what I made.

Firstly on its own, this was an explosion of flavour in my mouth. It had the perfect mix of lemon and lime, not one of them stood out for me more than the other.

Now on toast, ohhhh just as nice and just and mmmm

I highly recommend you try this if you love marmalade, as its really good and when I do visit Bute I will be sure to get some more.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Ritchie’s : Oat Smoked Salmon

About : Specially selected fillets, dry-cured and lightly smoked over a traditional fire of oak dust, then finally hand-sliced. Delicate and buttery with good length of flavour.

Occasionally for a Saturday breakfast I will have salmon cream cheese on a bagel, so I was happy to see some Salmon included in this gift.

As always I tried it on its own first and it was very fresh and excellent flavour, I could easily see myself buy this again and again.

Now with the bagel…

This was so good and mega moreish, everything you could taste and worked amazing together.

Fresh, tasty and very morish.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sheese : Sweet Chilli Spread

About : Our creamy spreads are a spreadable dairy- free alternative to cream cheese. Original, garlic and herb and cheddar style

IG : @sheeseuk

When I saw this at first I thought oh this could be very interesting, so again I had to try it on its own and with some of these amazing oatcakes.

WOW this was very very very mmmmmmm it was very smooth, creamy and the sweet chilli flavour was subtle but just perfect.

I have to admit half of this was finished in the one sitting, I really loved this!!!

This is another one I will be looking out for and getting again.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mount Stuart : Tablet

IG : @mount_stuart

Firstly how cute is the packaging for this? its super cute!!!

Tablet is something that is easily started and finished very fast for me, as I have very sweet tooth.

I opened this cute package, and saw the tablet inside and it looked and smelled amazing.

It would be rude not to eat it, so I took a piece and took a nice big bite.

Perfect! perfect texture, sweetness, creamy so so so good!

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Butes Fruits : Tomato Kadundi (Indian inspired Chutney)

About : Bringing you the Fruits of Bute…..Jams, Chutneys and Preserves inspired by seasonal produce from the Isle of Bute

IG : @butesfruits_

This was another little surprise I was happy to see, as since I am cooking more I am sure I can use this in a dish.

I tried this on its own to start with, and just like the marmalade this was packed with amazing flavour.

Once I use this in a recipe I will post it on my blog so keep a look out.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mount Stuart : Oat Cakes

As you have seen from the previous photos, these oatcakes have been put to good use with all the cheese etc that was included in this Bute box.

These had the perfect texture, not too soft or too crispy, they melted in my mouth and have a lovely flavour and worked really well with everything in this box.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Mount Stuart : Shortbread

I love shortbread, its fluffy, sweet, buttery and yum so I was excited to try this.

I opened this and oh the lovely shortbread smell hit me, and my mouth started to water.

I took a bite and it was so so so good! the way shortbread should be just like I said fluffy, sweet, buttery and very very moreish.

Half of this was gone within 15 mins of opening it 🙂

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

Firstly a massive thanks to @visit_bute and @butekitchen_ for this lovely box, all the items were amazing.

I loved tasting them and trying them, and finding new products.

I had planned on picking a favourite from this box, but to be honest I can’t every single item was great.

This box is available to buy from Bute Kitchen. A small social enterprise set up to promote, develop and employ local producers. It would mean the world to them if you take them in any posts as well as Visit Bute.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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The review posted was not influenced in any way just because it was gifted, all comments and thoughts in this blog post are my 100% honest opinion.

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Healthy Fried Sardines With Hamada Soy Sauce : Recipe

Ingredients

• 30g Small Dried Sardines
• 1 tbsp of Hamada VII Less Salt Soy Sauce
• Sesame Seeds (Appropriate amount)

Method

  1. Heat the frying pan.
  2. Toss in the dried sardines and fry for 3 minutes.
  1. Add Hamada VII Less Salt Soy Sauce and fry till they become crispy.
  1. Plate up, sprinkle some sesame seeds and serve.
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Whoops Desserts (Motherwell) 2021 : Review

The Delivery

The guys at Tartan Social have teamed up with Whoops Desserts again, and asked if they could send me a sweet treat.

By now you all know I have a sweet tooth, so I said yes and choose the cookie dough.

If you havent checked out my previous review of Whoops check it out here but after you read this one 🙂

The Goodies

The Perfect Pair Cookie Dough

I was asked what treat I would like, but to be honest I could have easily said the whole menu as Whoops has many many many tasty treats….but I finally opted for the Cookie Dough.

As soon as I opened the box I was hit with the lovely sweet cookie smell, and the smell of warm chocolate and instantly my mouth began to water.

After all the photos were taken, it was time to dig in.

This was bliss! every bit was perfection for me! sweet warm chocolaty cookie goodness!!!

I could have easily had 3 of these thats how good they are.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

Firstly a big thanks to Tartan Social and Whoops again for this lovely sweet treat, it made my Friday night extra special 🙂

If you have a sweet tooth like me, you need to check these guys out and I promise you you will love everything.

I am adding Whoops to my Top Spot page.

My Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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The review posted was not influenced in any way just because it was gifted, all comments and thoughts in this blog post are my 100% honest opinion.

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