“ Manufacturer: Levi Roots / Type: Sauce „
After recently reviewing the pouring/marinade sauce in this particular range, I was delighted to see this particular sauce being sold on offer at my local Asda recently, not being one that passes up a bargain I of course threw a jar in the trolley to see what it was like!
The sauce I will now review is - "Levi Roots - Caribbean stew".
I have to say I really didn't know what to expect or if I would even like it, but hoped that if it was good and well received (by my husband!) as the "Reggae, Reggae sauce" had been I could be on to a bit of a winner.
The sauce itself comes within it's own clear glass jar (recyclable), with the label holding all the obligatory information needed. Brand name, product name, nutritional information, product description and a picture of the sauce made up in the stew with fab picture of Levi Roots' shadow framing the whole label (Dragon's den investee!).
The sauce is of course visible through the jar and this in itself looks dark and full of spice's, with there being plenty of larger "lumps" there too, making this look substantial on it's own, let alone once added to the meat and vegetables.
There is a recipe on the back of the jar to get you started, which advocates adding chicken as the base meat for the stew, but after much contemplation I decided to add this sauce to pork loin steaks, A, as I felt a bit adventurous and B, because I have no chicken!
The sauce, when poured over the steaks, is thick and very dark brown in colour, there were plenty of dark "bits" which I have come to the conclusion were the spice's, and the lumps I mentioned before I have deciphered to be tomatoes' and spring onions, which (alongside with the scotch bonnet chilli's) are the base to this fantastic sauce.
The smell of this sauce cold is a mixture of the aforementioned "Reggae, Reggae" sauce and strangely enough minestrone soup, with the blurb on the side of the jar stating that this is what the Jamaican's refer to as "brown stew".
Once the heat hit's the sauce though, I found my whole house filled with a delicious and stomach grumbling smell, that seemed a little spicier than when cold, but just as alluring.
The taste is again sensational, and can I say a triumph with the pork steaks! (Lol!).
The sauce des tend to run little thinner once warm, but still clings to the meat enough to permeate the flesh with some warmed though not great spiciness, this job is left for the sauce itself.
The sauce almost tastes meaty on it's own, with there being a brief few seconds before the chilli's kick in, not mouth scorching and toe curling hot, but enough to pack a punch and satisfy my husband who is a self confessed vindaloo addict, but also me who can only usually managed one up from a korma, and this in turn is thanks to not only the heat, but the spices adding so much depth of flavour.
The nutritional information is as follows -
Per 100g (just under 1/3 of a jar),
2.1g of which sugars,
0.7g of which saturates,
Allergy advice states that this product may contain traces of peanuts or tree nuts.
For more information on this visit - www.reggae-reggae.co.uk
Price wise this was bought for £1.00, and full price is available for around the £1.50 mark, though I have to say although I do love a bargain, I would probably buy this at full price too!
Thanks for reading x