“ Manufacturer: Cauldron / Type: Pates „
Before writing this review I thought that I would take a look at the website, as I'm interested in Cauldron as a company, believing their foods help to make a vegetarian lifestyle more interesting. I was impressed with the site and learned that this company began twenty five years ago when they learned to make tofu from soya beans. They have now expanded and still produce tofu products along with falafel, many foods for the vegetarian including a good range of pates. The company claims to offer vegetarian foods containing imaginative and interesting ingredients which are healthy. All products are non genetically modified and some are organic. Cauldron has friends in 'The Soil Association' and 'The Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom.' The website: www.cauldronfoods.co.uk is comprehensive and even supplies some unusual recipes. It's well worth taking a look. The packaging of their products, it's claimed, is 95% recyclable and Cauldron are hoping to improve as soon as possible and make their packaging 100% recyclable. What I miss most about eating meat is not a juicy steak or lamb chops (I'm pleased to say!) but foods that are quick and easy. I miss the convenience of being able to open a pack of ham and just place a slice into a sandwich. I like cheese but get a bit fed up with having this on toast. So when I spied Cauldron sun-dried tomato and basil pate in the chilled vegetarian section of the supermarket I thought it was well worth a try. I usually have this on toast or on a French stick. I don't find it delicious but it is nice and definitely interesting and makes a good option for a quick snack. It is also a handy thing to have on the table at parties, especially as I find among my guests an increasing number of vegetarians. It also is ideal to have around at barbeques with the salads and sides. It's quite thick and crumbly but easy enough to spread. The taste of the sun-dried tomato is immediately identifiable and this gives it it's Mediterranean taste. The basil wasn't as easily tasted but I don't like too much basil, just a hint for me. The down side for me is that once opened it needs to be eaten within 24 hours and as I am the only one in my household to eat this I usually throw half of it away. It is not something I would want to eat every day. This of course, is inevitable if you don't want your food to be too heavy with preservatives. INGREDIENTS: I am not going to list all the ingredients as there really are many in this small tub but it contains chickpea, sun dried tomato puree, basil puree etc. I have already stated that this company does not use GM ingredients. It is made in the U.K. and is Vegetarian Society approved. *It also contains: Egg, Milk, Soya and Sulphite. I purchased this from Sainsburys in a 115g container, priced at £1.49. This must be kept refrigerated.