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Snacking on Sushi

Taiko Foods is a leading sushi manufacturer in the UK. The company was started in July 1997 to meet the growing demand for Far Eastern Cuisine in London.

To stay authentic as possible, much of the Sushi is hand made.

Their main customers include Waitrose and Pret A Manger.

To eat Sushi correctly, one must dip only the fish into the soy sauce and then eat each piece as one. It is not recommended to dip the rice into the soy sauce, as the rice has already been flavoured and it is important to enjoy the rice taste as well as the taste of the fish. With Maki or roll pieces, the pieces can be dipped into soy sauce however the person wishes. Between pieces of Sushi, one should eat a small piece of pickled ginger to the palate.

I purchased the Taiko Irodori Sushi box which came supplied with Pickled Ginger, Wasabi and a very salty Soy Sauce.

Salmon & Cucumber Chumaki

Veg Roll, tasty but couldn’t identify any of the individual flavours.

Salmon, Red Pepper & Rocket Chumaki – Sesame seeds were very overpowering, tasted like they had been toasted for a little too long.

California Roll – Again the sesame seeds spoilt this for me

As a snack this pack was enjoyable but I have tasted better pre packed sushi, I think the sesame seeds really put me off as they left a burnt taste in the mouth.

Waitrose Love Life – who needs coffee?

As a self-confessed Coffee junkie I’ve been trying to make an effort to cut down my consumption which lets be honest can’t be doing me any good, I would say I drink on average 12 mugs a day at home, 4 large starbucks at University and copious amounts of tea which is also not great.

I do enjoy hot water with lemon but sometimes it get’s a bit boring so during my latest shopping trip I picked up a few boxes of herbal tea and the first one I’ve tried is the Waitrose Peppermint, Nettle and Ginkgo infusion. The tea is naturally caffeine free so I do expect some caffeine withdrawal symptoms.

Waitrose say it’s Refreshing and uplifting with the aromatic warmth of ginger.

The ingredients are 40% Peppermint Leaf, 30% Nettle, 20% Ginger Root and 10% Ginkgo.

The actual teabag is nothing special, it’s a regular standard looking bag, although it does look like it has been made with recycled paper.  Each box comes with 20 teabags and at a price of £0.99 it’s quite good value in my opinion.

I let the tea infuse for 3 minutes, the recommended time is between 2 – 5 minutes depending on the strength required.  It is also suggested that you drink the tea without milk.  I drank my tea without milk or sugar.

The only flavour I could taste was the peppermint, I didn’t get any of the ginger flavour coming through at all but I didn’t actually mind as the tea was a nice change.  At the time of writing this post it was 12.49 on a Sunday and I’d only had one coffee, one herbal tea and 3 glasses of water and I had the most awful headache which I’m assuming is the caffeine withdrawal?

I do like this tea and will continue to mix and match with the other flavours I purchased.  If anyone has any recommendations I’d love to hear them.