“ Brand: Waitrose / Type: Pates „
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I ate an awful lot of aubergines. I'm sure that had some impact on her preferences now - she, too, loves aubergine. She's also a big fan of anything spicy, especially peppery, and 'bread-and-butter'. 'Breb-a-bubber' she calls with increasing levels of insistence, but she's happy with anything bread based... sandwiches, pizza, toast, pitas... it all goes under the same umbrella term.
I saw this pate, and as it's chock full of veg and other goodies, with a peppercorn crust, it seemed exactly the sort of thing that she would enjoy while giving her lots of vitamins and minerals. I might even like it myself.
The ingredients are:
Full fat soft cheese, aubergine (17%), whipping cream, oven roasted red pepper puree (6%), oven roasted mushroom, red pepper (5%), sun-dried tomato paste, wheat flour, bulghur wheat, pumpkin seeds (2%), maize starch, milk whey powder, salt, dextrose monohydrate, basil, pasteurised free range egg albumen, stabiliser carrageenan, garlic puree, antioxidant sodium citrates and ascorbic acid, cumin, red chillies, black pepper, green peppercorns, pink peppercorns, onion seeds.
So not suitable for vegans, and it does also contain gluten, but it's packed full of veg.
It comes in two blocks, like slices from a bigger block. The black plastic packaging is divided in two, with a narrow wall just under the cardboard sleeve. This means that you can open only one half at a time, helping the pate to keep longer. Packing is kept to a minimum - there's nothing extranaeous.
The pate itself is quite firm. It has a pleasant salmon colour, and bits of veg (especially the red pepper) are clearly visible, there is also a generous smattering of seeds. The peppercorn crust is thick enough to be discernibleon eating, but not so thick that it's difficult to eat. The pate spreads well on bread or toast, but it can also be picked up in slices or lumps, for eating with melba toast or breadsticks. The scent is mildly spicy, with a good waft of aubergine and red pepper. The flavour, however, is mostly aubergine with a hint of chili and also a strong black pepper element, not overpowering.
In case you're wondering, my daughter loves it, and I like it too.