Pudology Millionaire’s Pud

Ingredients
Chocolate topping – coconut milk, dark chocolate (sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, soya lecithin, natural vanilla flavouring), water, sugar, Madagascan vanilla extract.
Caramel sauce – soya milk, sugar, vegetable margarine (palm oil, rapeseed oil, water, salt, emulsifier: mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids, annatto, curcumin, natural flavouring), natural caramel flavouring.
Biscuit base – flour blend (rice, potato, tapioca, maize, buckwheat), vegetable margarine (palm oil, rapeseed oil, water, salt, mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids, annatto, curcumin, natural flavouring), sugar.

I really wanted to love this pudding. I mean it’s chocolate and caramel pudding; surely, there’s nothing not to like. But, it really depends on how much you like the flavour of coconut. I found it overpowering and unpleasant. Allergy Dad however thought this was delicious.

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Delphi Meze (Felafel and houmous)

Ingredients
Houmous – chick peas, sesame seed pulp, rapeseed oil, lemon juice, olive oil, water, salt, garlic powder, preservative E202.
Felafel – chick peas, broad beans, onions, parsley, potato, dried coriander, cumin powder, garlic powder, baking powder, black pepper, salt, vegetable oil, lactic acid, preservative E202.

Allergy Little and I were spontaneously invited over to our friends’ house to play the other day. Obviously, we take our food with us as it’s just not fair to expect others to accommodate our food needs, and anyway I was feeling very smug as I had this Meze pack in the fridge. I grabbed Little’s packed lunch, a pack of Aldi rice cakes and the Meze. Unfortunately, the idea of the Meze is better than the execution. The houmous pot doesn’t have a sealed lid, although the felafel pot does, so the houmous leaked in my bag. Not good, but the houmous tasted fine. The felafel were sealed in, but unfortunately were inedibly dry. A gluten free ready to eat lunch option is definitely a good idea, but this is not the solution.

Booja-Booja Rhubarb and Vanilla Fool Truffles

Ingredients – chocolate (cocoa solids, cane sugar, vanilla), coconut oil, cane sugar, rhubarb, cocoa powder, vanilla extract

After the Vantastic hazelnut truffle disappointment, I decided it was time to try Booja-Booja truffles. Booja-Booja did everything right that Vantastic did wrong; the packaging was so beautiful that these could be a gift and the flavour was, well it left me speechless.

This is a problem if you want to write a review so I decided to recruit some Allergy friends to taste test them for me. “I don’t like truffles that much,” said one sceptically then she ate it and made foodgasm noises. We decided that these truffles have a Willy Wonka character as the flavour is revealed in three stages. Firstly, there is the bitter dark cocoa dusting then the smoothness of the truffle. Finally, there is the acidic bite of the rhubarb as a final note. The truffle sceptic was fully converted. The rest of us just wished I had bought a bigger box.

Easy Bean Chickpea Crispbread (Seeds and Black Peppers flavour)

Ingredients – chickpea flour, buttermilk, rice flour, salted butter, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, golden linseed, nigella seed, baking powder (mono calcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch), water, sea salt, black pepper.

Dear Chickpea Crispbread. It’s not you. It’s me. In the past, I would have revelled in your buttery crispness. Unfortunately, now I hardly eat any dairy foods (I’ve even got some different vegan cheeses on order at the mo), and your butteryness is frankly a bit nauseating and overly rich in an artery-clogging way. But it’s not you, it’s me. I would have enjoyed you in the past, but now the hit of dairy was so extreme that I could barely taste the other flavours, except when I got a bit of nigella seed stuck in my tooth. But it’s not you, it’s me. You need to find someone who will love you as you are, and I will wait patiently for a vegan version.