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Review: Tesco New York Cheesecake

I received a £3 voucher as part of The Orchard at Tesco panel, this voucher was to be used as full or part payment towards something from Tesco’s finest* Chilled and Frozen Desserts, we decided to give their New York Cheesecake a go.

The New York Cheesecake can be found in Tesco’s chilled section for £4, we put the additional £1 towards it and made it a family dessert. The overall size of the cheesecake was good, there was plenty to go around my little family of 3 (over a couple of days) and can easily satisfy 6-8 people. As far as New York Cheesecakes go, this is one of the nicest shop bought ones I have tried for a while. We decided to team it with a few of Tesco’s fresh raspberries and a raspberry coulis (I am a raspberry addict) or you could drizzle it with cream.

New York Cheesecake

This was my son’s portion

The New York Cheesecake had a nice, firm biscuit base and the cheesecake itself was creamy, smooth with the right balance of sweetness; it wasn’t too sickly which I often find with shop bought cheesecakes. The whole family enjoyed it with my son asking for more, even after it had completely gone.

5 Puddings

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Review: Tesco Stir Fry Medley

I received a £3 voucher as part of The Orchard at Tesco panel, this voucher was to be used as full or part payment towards something from Tesco’s fresh fruit and veg range that I’ve never tried before, we decided to give their Stir Fry Medley a try.

The Stir Fry Medley was on as part of a 3 for £4 deal so we also decided to give their sugar snap peas and asparagus (which is for dinner tonight) a try but rather than filling my blog full of reviews about vegetables, I thought I’d keep it simple and use the item I bought and used as the basis of a meal rather than just an accompaniment. We turned this beautiful tray of fresh, crispy vegetables into a delicious, simple chicken stir fry.

The medley included baby corn, mangetout, broccoli, spring onions and a red chilli which is everything you need for the basis of stir fry. All the vegetables were fresh and looked so appetising (which is why we went for them). I teamed them with some garlic, red and green peppers, the left overs in a frozen stir fry mix, chicken breast and soy sauce then served with egg fried rice. The chilli packed a lovely kick the rest of the vegetables retained their crunch which made this dinner a real treat.

Stir Fry Medley

 

Overall I was really happy with the quality, quantity and price of the medley. We normally just throw some frozen vegetables into a stir fry so this was a real treat even though it was super sensible (and REALLY healthy). This is going to be a regular addition to my vegetable shop and will be replacing those frozen vegetables for this fantastic little set.

5 Puddings

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Review: Tesco beef steaks

I received a £4 voucher as part of The Orchard at Tesco panel, this voucher was to be used as full or part payment towards Tesco beef steaks (including counters but excluding mince and frozen).

I used my voucher as part payment towards two Irish Beef Sirloin Steaks which cost £7.81.

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My first thoughts when I purchased the steaks was how big they looked for the price, both were almost equal in size and they looked very tempting; certainly worth the money. The meat was a lovely red with just enough fat around the edge, no signs of any gristle.

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In my house steaks are always rare, unless my mind drifts off to a land filled with Unicorns and purple fairies then they end up medium rare. I fired up my grill, sprinkled each steak with a generous pinch of fresh black pepper and popped them under the grill for a few minutes each side. They were served with parsnip chips (I’m on a low carb diet), peas and a fried egg, eggs were done in coconut oil which I highly recommend.

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The first thing on the plate I tried was the steak, my ordinary dinner knife cut through it like it was jelly; no steak knife needed here! The taste of the steak was sensational, I’d say restaurant quality but obviously the compliment needs to go to the cow rather than the supermarket but well done Tesco for sourcing such a tasty cow. The only problem with the steak is that it had to end, I could have happily wolfed down a piece of that beast double the size.

Mr Chammy also really enjoyed his and when asked what he thought his reply was “It was tasty, why?”…eugh, men! There were no complaints from him though he did cut the small amount of fat off, trying to be good, which the cat was extremely happy about.

All in all I am very happy with the quality, price and taste of the Tesco beef steaks; I will certainly be popping back to for another lot of them – especially on March 14th 😉

5 puddings

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