Thanks to Redwoods I’ve been on a bit of a Festive Food Binge over the last few weeks. I was lucky enough to be sent the new selection of Festive Goodies they’re doing for Christmas, and I can now safely say that if dressed appropriately, I could easily be mistaken for Santa this Christmas. My belly has expanded greatly from all the good food I’ve been scoffing. I’d like to think I could slim down before the big day but as the new range was released into shops last Friday, I know I’d break any promises to shed the pounds.
If you haven’t heard already, here is what we’re being offered over the Festive period:
- Festive Cheese Selection (A selection of; Red Cheese, Blue Cheese and Cranberry Cheese)
- Smoked Salmon Slices
- Chicken Tikka Pieces
- Sausage Rolls
- Beef Pasties
- Bacon and Sausage Style Wraps
- Duck and Orange Pate
- Gammon Style Roast
- Sage, Onion and Cranberry Stuffing Bites
As there were a few really exciting bits, I wanted to experiment cooking with some of the stuff I was sent. I’ve got to say, some of the stuff I whipped up was definitely worth doing again!
These cheeses are fab. I was a big fan of blue cheeses and I love the blue style, I decided to make a blue cheese sauce out of it and poured it over some veggies which I served with the new Beef Style Pasties (photo and review below).
The other two cheeses I was a bit more experimental with. I sliced each wedge in half, dipped in plain flour, dipped into curdled soya milk and then dipped into a mixture of cornmeal, garlic powder and sesame seeds. I heated up some oil in a pan and fried on each side until the coating went a lovely golden colour and the cheeses were all soft and gooey in the inside. These were incredible and the cheese worked brilliantly. I was half expecting a gooey mess but they stayed together and were delicious! I definitely think the Cranberry was my favourite.
These would also be great on crackers.
Bacon & Sausage Style Wraps
I had these with my fried cheeses and they were quite nice. The directions said to bake them but I found they dried out quite a lot when I did this. I tried microwaving them for around a minute as well and thought this worked better. They were also nice cold. I think they would work okay cooked in the oven if you were to serve them with a roast, as covered in gravy they would get a bit of moisture back in them. Lovely accompaniment to a meal and would make nice little snacky food around Christmas time.
Beef Style Pasties
Oh my! These were incredible! The best vegan pasties I’ve ever tried. They really did remind me of the pasties I used to eat in my pre-vegan days. I loved them and they were definitely up there as one of my favourites from the selection. The pastry was perfect and didn’t go stodgy.
I served these with a big serving of mash potato and some mixed veg that I covered in a Blue Cheezly sauce. It was one of my favourite meals in a long time, quick, simple and delicious!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t as impressed with the sausage rolls. I think my oven may be partly responsible as they were slightly over-cooked. I personally prefer the insides of my sausage rolls to sort of be like sausage ‘meat’ rather than a whole sausage. They were still nice though and again would make great finger food as they’re nice and small and very moreish.
Smoked Salmon Slices
This was by far, one of the best experiments I’ve ever created. I was thinking long and hard about what to do with these. All I could keep thinking about when I thought of salmon was cream cheese. So I decided to make a Leek, Salmon, Cream Cheese and Parsley Filo Wrap. AMAZING! Absolutely amazing!
I fried up some leeks in oil with a bit of minced garlic. I chopped up the slices and popped them into a bowl. I mixed in the leeks and half a tub of Tofutti Cream Cheese, sprinkled in some chopped Parsley and I had my filling. Then I popped a few layers of filo on a baking tray, brushed on some melted soya butter, put a few more layers, brushed them with butter too and then popped in the filling. I clumsily wrapped it up and brushed on one last layer of butter before baking for around 15-20 minutes at 180C.
I can’t explain just how well this worked. The slices almost sort of melted into the cream cheese so the flavour spread throughout. It was weirdly fishy but in a really nice way. Definitely making this again.
I was a bit worried my experiment wouldn’t work out so I did try one slice uncooked. Lovely! Would make really nice little blinis for nibbles or a sandwich.
Chicken Tikka Pieces
Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of these as I was due to go on holiday and just quickly made a curried rice salad with these. They were lovely. Just like the other Redwoods Chicken Style Pieces but nicely spiced. Perhaps a bit too strong for me on their own, but mixed with the rice and some mayonnaise they were really yummy. Reminded me of the tikka pieces my parents used to put in my sandwiches when I was a kid.
Duck & Orange Pate
This was a little unusual but quite nice. It is very orange-y so if you’re not a fan of fruity, savoury type stuff, this wouldn’t be for you. I had it on toast for lunch yesterday and really enjoyed it. Would be nice on crackers served alongside the festive cheeses!
Gammon Style Roast
I had this last night and really enjoyed it. I will warn you, it is very salty but I do like salty things so it was a hit for me. I had these with a roast dinner but would also serve it with the classic ring of pineapple and chips, or would even be tempted to dip slices in batter and fry it up. Would make great spam style fritters! Very nice, something different to have with my roast dinner.
Gammon Style Roast and Stuffing Bites
Sage, Onion & Cranberry Stuffing Bites
These are just little balls of heaven! I had these with my Gammon Roast and they were delicious! There was plenty in the packet for all four of us to have a decent amount but they were incredibly moreish. Quite sweet but not too much. I love stuffing and have to say this is definitely a new favourite for me. I could very easily finish off an entire packet.
Overall, I think this is a great new range from Redwoods. I will be sad to see the Pasties, Stuffing and Salmon go after Christmas in particular. Definitely recommend you going out and trying all these new treats whilst they’re still around. I hope Redwoods will be planning to continue them next year!
One last big up for the Pasties! Served with Mash, Veg and Blue Cheezly Sauce!