“ Manufacturer: Island Delight / Type: Pie „
Whenever I'm in a supermarket I always get myself a pastie of some kind. I love pastry products although I know they're bad for me! However I hadn't ever seen this Island Carribean style pattie before and to me it looked like an interesting pasty and priced at 64p to try it out I bought one!
The pattie sits inside a see through, bright green and blue oblong wrapper. On the front I'm told it is Island Delight Caribbean Style Vegetable Pattie which is a slection of tender mixed vegetable cooked in a special blend of spices, encased in a short crust pastry and that it is medium in the spice stakes, that it contains no hydrogenated fats, that it is Vegetarian society approved and the best before date is stamped on there. Other information on the back of the wrapper includes heating instructions (15-20 minutes from chilled in the oven or 30-35 minutes from frozen or in the microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds and of course it can be eaten cold), I'm told it is suitable for freezing, ingredients and allergy advice are given, there is a nutritional rundown on there and finally contact details for Cleone Foods are listed (the manufacturer of this product). Nice easy to open packet this is and it's informative enough too!
Well it's bright yellow, quite thick and in a half moon shape. It has no smell to it really when you open the packet and like the cooking instructions say you can eat this hot or cold.
However this really did get a big thumbs down from me! Yellow in colour, I expected the pastry to be tasty but all it is, is a rather stodgy pastry that isn't anything like shortcrust I've ever tasted as it is rather dry and flavourless. It just tasted thick and was hard work to digest (heating this up though may help that though). The ingredients inside were plentiful but small chopped. 28% vegetabes were potato, swede, opinion, peas, carrots, green beans, broad beans and sweet corn and were moist and blended with a gravy sauce (making the whole lot a brown in colour) and further blended with herbs and spices, and a hint of garlic. The vegetables (what there was of them) tasted ok but I couldn't recognise them really as they were like mush. I didn't find this spicy either and don't know where that would come from as no chilli was mentioned in the ingredient list only mustard powder.
For me the pastry was just bland and heavy and the inside contents didn't look so great although it was moist it needed more omph against the weight of the pastry. It lacked seasoning and lacked a vital kick I feel that it needed. I expected more from it and it never delivered for me!
This product contains: Wheat gluten, celery, mustard soya.
Nutritional Information Per Pattie (140g):
of which sugars: 5.2g
of which saturates: 11.3g
Salt equivelent: 1.4g
Available in all good supermarkets etc.