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.

Promo : Gifted

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.

Foodies100 Index of UK Food Blogs
Foodies100

Home by Nico “Cooking Bangkok Thai Street Food” : Review⠀

GIFTED


The guys at Home by Nico asked if I would like to receive their Bangkok box to try, and do a wee review I gladly accepted and looked forward to the delivery.

With Home by Nico’s cooking at home experience, the menu changes monthly so that you are always exploring new cuisines from around the world. If you are vegetarian don’t worry, as they have a vegetarian experience to.

Within the box there is an easy instruction book, which I found super simple to follow so if I can manage so can anyone. ⠀

With the Home by Nico experience, there is full UK wide delivery, so where ever you stay you can enjoy a great meal at home and experience food from around the world. The best part is once your order has been delivery it can be stored in the fridge for 48 hours before you eat it, so you can always save it for some weekend cooking 🙂

£60 inc delivery (4 course menu and a bottle of wine for two)⠀

The delivery

As you can see its a massive box, and extremely well laid out, great presentation and probably the best home delivery you will ever see as I can’t fault anything about it.

What I got in the box : ⠀

  • Menu⠀
  • Cooking “Bangkok” cooking instructions booklet⠀
  • Your starter, main, sides and dessert⠀

Obviously, depending on the month the style of food will be different but this month was Bangkok.⠀

Starter

Tom Yum Soup

I have never had Tom Yum Soup before, so I was looking forward to try this.⠀

I opened my cooking guide book and followed the instructions, as this was heating up the smell was amazing and my mouth started to water.

After the given time, and a few tastes to see if it was warm enough I poured it into a bowl and sat down to enjoy my soup.⠀

This was sooo good and I am not just saying that the flavour was really nice and it had a small kick. I could have easily had more of this, and could easily have this on a regular basis and that’s saying something as I am not really a soup fan but this was soo good.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Main course

Panang Chicken Curry

To start with for this one, I had to remove the chicken from the container and place in the oven. Once that was nearly ready, to start preparing the sauce and vegetables….and sides (next Instagram post for the sides)

The smell from the chicken cooking and then the sauce was really good, my mouth was watering and I was wishing the timer would hurry up and finish.

The pressure was on, as I wanted to plate this up and make it look as good as I could as it was really quality food, mega tasty and I wanted to make sure I did it justice.

Plated up, photos taken….time to dig in.⠀

The sauce with the vegetables, chicken or combination of both wow!!! I was very impressed with this, and finished everything again just like the starter I could have easily had seconds!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The Sides

Steamed Jasmine Rice 

This was super easy to cook, a quick 2 to 3 minutes in the microwave and done.

I tried this on its own to start with and it was very soft and had a great flavour, and mixed with the main course sauce or chicken etc all the flavours worked extremely well.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Crispy Pork Pad Thai

The guide book said “it’s intended to be enjoyed cold” so U plated it up as nice as I could and put it aside till everything else was ready.

This was very nice, for me it needed the pork to add a little more flavour…but that’s a personal preference. Mixed with everything else, again very nice.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Desert :

Coconut & Cardamon Rice Pudding
with optional Salted bean curd caramel and exotic fruit compote⠀

I was starting to feel very full, but I had one more dish to prepare and taste.

This sounded very nice, with and without the optional ingredients. For me, I knew once the rice pudding was about ready I would add the caramel into the rice and mix, as I have a sweet tooth and this would make it extra nice for my personal taste.

WOW! perfection! bursting with flavour and very nice! I then added a little of the fruit compote and took a bite…again this worked very well with the way I had prepared this.

I finished it all.⠀

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The wine and cheese

The Cheese: Landana 500 : pineapple & nigella chutney with water crackers⠀

The Wine: Le Sentier Blanc 2018 (Gascony, France)⠀

Now, who doesn’t love some cheese and wine? we all do….I actually didn’t have this when my Home By Nice arrived I saved it for the next night as I was so full from my amazing 3-course meal.⠀

This was a nice little extra and added to the meal, the wine was very nice….very light and worked really well with the cheese and crackers.

Keep watching my posts for my pics for every part of my Home by Nice experience.⠀

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall :

Note : Just because this was gifted, that has not influenced my thoughts in any way. The above is a 100% honest review of the delivery and food.

Firstly a big thanks to Home by Nico for letting me have a restaurant dinning experience in my own home.

Secondly this was really professional, from the delivery, the layout of the box to how easy it was to make all the food.

I highly recommend this!!! and I cant fault any part of it. Service was top, presentation was top and the food was very high quality and mega tasty.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Foodies100 Index of UK Food Blogs
Foodies100

Kimchi Cult! (Westend, Glasgow) : Review​

14 Chancellor Street
Glasgow G11 5RQ

V: 17th June 2018      T:  0141 258 8081  W: www.kimchicult.com

Child-Friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I have had here on my list to visit for about one year, a food blogger recommended it to me so I added it and finally I got round to taking a visit.

Kimchi Cult is very small, and can only sit maybe 20 people max but from what I saw it does more deliveries. The people who did sit in came in, ate and then left so the turn over was always fast.

The Food…

Starter

Pulled Port BOA £4.00

IMG_1602.jpg

This looked nice when it arrived, and for £4 it was a perfect size.

This was really nice, full of flavour and I could have easily had two….but I was saving myself for my main.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Main Course

Kimchi Cheeseburger £7.50
Beef burger topped with Kimchi, cheese and mustard.

IMG_1605

Let me just start by saying when I saw the cost £7.50 I was very sceptical, thinking this is a pub burger cost and pub burgers are not good.

After my first bite, I knew this was no pub burger as it was very very good. It was juicy, nice flavour and perfectly cooked.

My only issue was not enough cheese on this, I think with just a little more that would have helped.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Overall

Overall my first visit was a good one, for the quality of the food and the cost this is a place you have to visit.

I will try a few other things next visit, as I will be going back.

See you soon guys!

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

 

Foodies100 Index of UK Food Blogs
Foodies100