Friday, 19 February 2016

Unicorn Black, Robinsons Brewery - Beer Review

I like dark beer, and Unicorn Black from Robinsons Brewery is one of the best stouts I've had for a long time.

Unicorn Black is delicious, and pleasantly thrist-quenching for a stout.
It poured a dark brownish black in the glass, with a slight sugary brown head.
Aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, and roasted malt.
I thought it had quite a strong flavour of black liquorice, and a touch of roasted malt, coffee, and dark red fruits. I really liked the strong liquorice taste.
It had a perfect balance of sweetness, and a bitter slightly citrus flavour to the finish. 
Mr.R also thought this was a very decent stout, and we'll definitely be buying this brew again in the future.

Delicious! Perfect for this cold snowy day. 😋

From the label -
A modern twist on an aged old recipe, Unicorn Black is a dark, mysterious, ebony coloured stout with a distinct aroma of roasted malt and chocolate.

Rich, full bodied and deeply satisfying, Unicorn Black delivers a palate of roasted coffee and peppery hops leaving a robust after bitterness. It is perfectly balanced with a hint of sweetness.
4.1% Vol. 
Hope variety, Goldings. 

Delicious! Perfect for this cold snowy day. 😋

Unicorn Black from Robinsons Brewery is so good I felt it deserved to have two photos on this blogpost - even though they are fairly similar to each other. 
I was too preoccupied enjoying the beer to spend time taking photos. 
Have you tried Unicorn Black, Robinsons Brewery?
What did you think of it?
Are you a dark beer drinker?

Aldi Supermarket, Rotten Mouldy Tomatoes, and Bad Customer Service

A few days ago, after we'd been out visiting family, on the drive back to our house we popped into an Aldi supermarket to purchase a few things.

Among various other items we purchased was a pack of six tomatoes.
When we got them home and took them out of the packet 3 of them were rotten, covered in mould. Nasty!

I shared a photo of the rotten Aldi tomatoes on the companies twitter and facebook accounts.

I received a reply from Aldi on twitter and facebook, which said the same thing, ''We're sorry to hear this Laura, please return your proof of purchase and packaging to store for a full refund!''

What a joke!
I replied saying that it would cost me more in petrol to return the rotten fruit, than the original cost of the mouldy tomatoes; 58p for the pack of six.
I never heard anything from Aldi again.
But looking at the Aldi hashtag on twitter, I saw that lots of their customers have been treated equally badly, or in some cases worse than I was.

I am unimpressed with the attitude of Aldi bad customer services.
I expected more from them. They're behaving just like the big four supermarket chains in the UK. Which is why I don't shop in them.......

Mouldy! Just bought 6 tomatoes from Aldi, 3 of them are rotten, covered in mould. Nasty! 👎😷💩

I've never had a problem with shopping in Aldi before this. 
I like, or should I say I used to like shopping in Aldi. 
And Lidl, I'm a big fan of the smaller shops, with less choice (the big four appear to give you more choice, but it's all the same products, but in tons of different size jars etc. so there's not really a lot of choice, just aisles and asiles of variations on sizes and pakaging to get you to buy more and make them even more profit).
Oops, rambling, a bit, I also like Aldi and Lidl for their better value products, there's less faffing about, shopping is quicker, and usually their products are decent quality.

So, I'm not writing this blogpost because I dislike the lower priced supermarkets. Or because I am a snob.
I just wanted to share the fact that despite buying six tomatoes from Aldi, I couldn't make for lunch that day, what I wanted to because I only had three tomatoes that were useable.
And if I'm sold six of something, then I want to be able to use, and/or eat, six of something, not three. 

Right, that's the end of my Aldi tomato woes, and it wasn't all rotten tomatoes, we did buy lots of wine in Aldi too - which was completely mould free, thankfully.
Do you shop in Aldi?
Have you ever unpacked your shopping to find Aldi has sold you rotten mouldy food?

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Nacreous Clouds - Absolutely Stunning Sky

About a week ago, we were up and out early to take the dogs to the beach.

Beautiful colourful clouds, on the drive to the beach this morning. No filter. 😍😍😍
I shot this photo as we drove, through a very dirty car window. Not bad eh?

Barley, our rescue and Lurcher, and Porter, our rescue Rottweiler, are both crazy about the beach. Literally.
They always know when we're going to the beach, beacause they see the rucksack with their balls etc. ready for the car drive.

On this particular morning Barley and Porter seemed even more excited than usual, they were jumping about all over the place, and they whined the whole way to the beach. Thankfully it's only a ten(ish) minute drive.

Anyway, it was during the drive that I noticed how beautiful the sky looked.
It was still fairly dark as we drove along towards the beach, the sun had yet to rise, but the clouds were quite luminous, they looked as though they were backlit, and reminded me of a rainbow.

I've never seen clouds like these; rainbow-clouds. Beautiful. 😍🌈😊
On the beach, just before sunrise 

I tried to take some photos as we whizzed along the coast road. I only managed to get one that was in focus.
And I took a few more photos once we were all down on the beach.
The sun was rising, which changed the colour of the sky, but the clouds were still so beautifully rainbow coloured.
Maybe that's why Barley and Porter had been over-excited on the drive to the beach - because they were in awe of the gorgeous clouds? Hehehe!

It looks beautiful. But it was brutal. Never experienced such strong bitter winds on this beach before.
Necreous clouds, stunning sky at surise

Windswept, sand-covered boys. 🐕🐕
I had to include a photo of Barley and Porter - complete with nacreous clouds in the distance

Later on when we were back at the house, I shared some of my cloud photos on IG (InstaGram), which is where someone told me they were called nacreous clouds.
I hadn't known their name before. I can never remember the proper names of all the different type of clouds.
And I don't recall ever seeing nacroeus clouds before either.
The clouds made for an absolutely stunning sky, which made my morning, as I am a bit obsessed with clouds, stars, the moon - the sky in general really.
Are you a cloud obsessive?
Have you ever seen nacreous clouds?

Friday, 5 February 2016

Wooden Hand Brewery, Pirate's Gold - Beer Review

We drank this beer last Summer, but from what I remember it was an quite a light drink.

It didn't pour into the glass as golden as the name may suggest, it looked more like a traditional English bitter, not that that's a bad thing necessarily.
It had aromas of sweet malts, hops, and yeast, basically it smelt beery, with a touch of caramel, nuts, coffee, and a vegetal smell.
On the palate it was lightly fruity, with a slight tart taste, plus flavours of toffee, nuts, biscuity malts, and apples. The apple flavour reminded me more of a bitter.
The finish was distinctively hoppy and sweet malt flavours, and quite dry. 

Wooden Hand Brewery, Pirate's Gold, was a drinkable beer, but I doubt we'd buy it again.

Wooden Hand Brewery. Pirate's Gold, 4%

From the label -

Pirate's Gold
Easy Drinking pale coloured ale, a tempting hop aroma with light fruit notes. 
Strong malt and hop flavours with a dry tangy fruit finish. 

This beer contains Maris Otter malted barley, torrified wheat, crystal malt, amber malt, English and European hops married with a fine English ale yeast. 
Best served slightly chilled. 
Brewed and bottled in Truro, Cornwall. ABV 4%

Wooden Hand Brewery
Grampound Road
Nr Truro

We weren't overly impressed with this Cornish beer - the label was probably the most interesting thing about it.
Have you tried Wooden Hand Brewery, Pirate's Gold?
What did you think of it?
Would you drink it again?

Friday, 22 January 2016

Delicious Homemade Griddled vegetable Pizza

We don't eat pizza often, but when we do it's always homemade.

A few days ago Mr.R made this seriously tasty pizza. He used puff pastry as a base, and topped it with a rich homemade tomato sauce, and lots of lovely griddled vegetables, including aubergine, courgette, onion, mushroom, sweet chili peppers, and cheese. Perfect!

Homemade pizza; homemade tomato sauce, topped with lots of griddled vegetables and four different cheese. 😋

It may not look particularly tasty, but that's because I'm not good at taking photos of food - I blame the strange colour light in our house. 
But believe me, this homemade pizza tasted absolutely delicious. 
Do you make your own pizza?
What's your favourite pizza topping?

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Primula Cheese Selection - My First Ever Competition Win!

I've recently started doing online competitions.
And after entering just a few comps, I won. I won!

My first ever competition prize was cheese. Well, sort of. It's cheese, but not as I know it.
One day last week a delivery man rang our front doorbell, and handed me a large package. Oo-er missus, let me rephrase that, he handed me a large parcel.
The parcel contained a cool bag, inside which were several Primula cheese products.

My first ever competition win! 👍 Not sure what to do with though, because we don't really eat processed 'food' like this. 👎 Appreciate the end though. 😬

I was seriously excited and pleased to have won something; I was jumping up and down with joy, even though I'm not a Primula cheese eater.
I only entered that particular competition because I thought comping is a numbers game, so the more I entered the higher my chances of winning.
I just wanted to win something, anything, and then I'd just enter competitions for things I'd really like to win - a new TV would be good after our Rottweiler attacked ours and smashed it several months ago.

My first ever competition win! 👍 Not sure what to do with though, because we don't really eat processed 'food' like this. 👎 Appreciate the end though. 😬

So, I won some cheese, well sort of, it's hardly a deliciously tangy mature cheddar, but I do truly appreciate my first ever competition win.
But we don't really eat processed food, Mr.R cooks everything from scratch using real food ingredients, so I knew we wouldn't be eating my first competition win.

So what to do with my cheese win? We definitely didn't want to eat it, but I couldn't throw it away - I don't like to chuck food out - however unlike real food I think it is.
We offered it to a friend, but he declined. Hahaha!
So we eventually gave it away to a family member, she was very pleased with the cheese, so at least it's not going to be wasted, or thrown in the bin.

My Primula win included -
Six tubes of different flavoured cheese; Light Cheese, Cheese with Ham, Original Cheese, Cheese with Chives, Cheese with Smoked Salmon, and Cheese with Prawns.
Three tubs of different flavoured cheese; Smoked Cheese, Cheese with Onion, and Cheese with Chilli.
Three Microwaveable Dips; Cheddar and Roasted Garlic, Cheddar and Habanero, and Cheddar.

My first ever competition win! 👍 Not sure what to do with though, because we don't really eat processed 'food' like this. 👎 Appreciate the end though. 😬

So after only entering online competitions for a very short time period, and only entering a few individual competitions - I am a winner!
I won! Yay!
Now I've got my first win, I'm going to concentrate on winning that new TV - wish me luck.

Disclaimer - I'm writing this blog post under much stress; seriously noisy neighbours, loud music is blaring through the walls, and a Rottweiler who really doesn't like loud music so he is very stressed, poor thing, so that's the reason for any spelling and/or grammar mistakes. My head is banging, I can't concentrate properly.
I could have left this for tomorrow, but I just wanted to get it finished and online.
Do you enter online competitions?
What have you won?
Or, if you're not a comper, do you eat Primula Cheese products?
And if you do, what do you think of them?

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Box Steam Brewery, Derail Ale, India Pale Ale - Beer Review

We drank this Box Steam Brewery India Pale Ale last Summer.

Box Steam Brewery Derail Ale pours amber gold in the glass, with a small cream head.
Aromas of hops, floral, sweet malts, biscuits, grass, and citrus zest.
Flavours of sweet malts, caramel, and an orange hop bitterness to finish.
Medium-bodied, drinkable, but quite a light beer.

Box Stream Brewery. Derail Ale, India Pale Ale, 5.2%

From the label -

Box Steam Brewery Est 2004

The Taj Mahal of traditional India Pale Ales - full flavoured yet perfectly balanced, with a subtle aroma. 5.2% ABV
Ingredients; water, malted barley, hops.
Steam brewed in Wiltshire

Talented as he was, Isambard Kingdom Brunel didn't get everything right. If his fame rested solely on the steam locomotives he designed for the GWR, his reputation might have been derailed long ago.

Brunel's engines Thunderer and Hurricane proved to be less than reliable and were swiftly replaced. A small blip in the great man's career - but more then enough to inspire the name of this pale ale. 

engineered by hand

We've won so many awards we can't show them all here. You can view them all at:

Box Steam Brewery,
Holt, Wiltshire BA14 6RU UK.
+44(0)1225 782700
Do you like Pale Ale?
Have you tried Box Steam Brewery, Derail Ale, India Pale Ale?
What did you think about this beer?