Tesco Fruit & Veg

I’m the first to admit, I’m a recent Aldi convert (sorry Tesco). However, having a £2 voucher from The Orchard at Tesco for fruit and veg, encouraged me to try for free from Tesco this week. I bought a bag of pepper stir fry, an aubergine and a pack of 3 peppers. A pretty standard part of my weekly vegetable purchases. There was a good selection in each area of what I was looking for, and each item was easy to find. The dates on the items were good, however I intended to eat the stir fry over the next 2 days anyway, and do not bother too much about dates on other fresh vegetables. Eat until mouldy.
I was pleased to see that the packaged peppers had a variety of combinations available, therefore I could avoid buying my least favourite colour. I eat peppers regularly and so 3 for 99p is very good value for me. They are regularly roasted in my household and accompany a variety of meals. Aubergine was firm and a good size. Both the aubergine and the peppers are still fresh 5 days on – as evidenced in the photo!
The only reason that my review is 4 stars instead of 5, is the lack of peppers in the stir fry! Generally this would not be a problem but I feel it is a stumbling block when it is advertised as a mixed pepper stir fry! It is a good amount of stir fry for 2 in one sitting, but also keeps well when splitting it over two days.

Tesco Finest Flowers

I saved my Orchard fresh flowers voucher for Mothers day and went in search the day before. There was a wide selection of flowers still at my local Tesco Extra, although they had definitely been picked over! I spent a long while searching as I was looking for a bouquet with a fair few still in bud so that Mum got the most out of them. I also wanted a bouquet with a variety of flowers in it. I settled for a Tesco Finest bunch, priced at £20, and with my voucher tried them for less at £15.

I liked the Spring-like packaging of the bouquet (as did Mum) and Tesco did also offer a wrapping service which I chose against as I would be storing them in water overnight. The flowers were brightly coloured and eye-catching which I knew my Mum would enjoy.

Tesco guarantees that their fresh flowers will last at least 5 days. I saw the flowers today, 5 days on, and they still look just as fresh. The lilies are all out, other than one and the bouquet is beautiful and bright. Mum was chuffed!



Tesco Healthy Living Indian Spiced Vegetables

When deciding which product from the Tesco Healthy Living range to trial, I decided on a ready meal. Mainly as I am not a huge fan of tinned soup, but also because I rarely eat ready meals. As a vegetarian, I was disappointed with the range, and was left no choice but to purchase the Indian Spiced vegetables. The product was on offer at £2 and therefore with my £2 voucher I tried it for free! I have never previously purchased Indian spiced vegetables, and I do not recall seeing them offered in another range. However, as a non ready meal shopper, I may just have not noticed them previously. I am not into spiced food that is ‘hot’ but felt reassured as the packaging states that the product is mild.
For those that are calorie counters, the packaging clearly gives the number of calories on the front, in addition to the standard nutritional information. I liked that there was a clear description of the vegetables contained and also a bright photograph. The cooking instructions were easy to follow, and the product can either be microwaved or oven baked. I chose to cook mine in the oven, and this did not take much longer than it would have to microwave.
The spices smelt appetizing before, during and after cooking. There was an even mix of vegetables and a fair amount for a meal (although I did have garlic bread with mine for a carb element)! The product was enjoyable, however for my taste the yoghurt was needed as I found the spices to be a bit more than mild!
I would buy this product again, however after getting about halfway through the meal, I decided that it would be more appropriate as a side dish between two people. Enjoyable as it was, I found that I got a bit bored and although I was not full, there was too much of the same.
I am glad that I am a member of The Orchard at Tesco, as it is unlikely that I would have purchased the meal otherwise.