The Patchwork Traditional Food Company started making pâté in North Wales over 25 years ago. Since then the range has expanded somewhat and they send me some samples to try out.
Shepherdess Pie (£3.99)
There are times when having a ready meal in the freezer solves so many problems, and Patchwork are a company making some interesting products of this type. We tried the Shepherdess Pie, which cooks in about fifty minutes in the oven and serves 2. It’s a vegetarian dish, with broccoli, asparagus and green beans covered with a sweet potato mash with some Stilton as a garnish.
We liked it, finding it a good portion for two, not too sweet despite the sweet potato, nor swimming in fat. Definitely one to look at having in the freezer, for those days when walking to the sofa from the front door is about all you can do.
Vanilla Pod Ice Cream with Anglesey Sea Salted Caramel Ripple (£5.75)
Patchwork’s range of grown-up ice cream flavours steers away from the tried and tested, with this vanilla and salt caramel ice cream being the only one of their range without a touch of alcohol. Salt caramel is swirled into the vanilla ice cream: we found the ice cream itself to have a lighter taste, reflecting that it was made with milk and whipping cream, and the salt caramel itself to be a good example of the sticky delight that it is.
We tried both the brown lentil pâté with mushrooms (£5.75) astonishingly good. Rich, almost meaty with a smooth texture reminisicent of a traditional Brussels pâté. Delicious and very highly recommended. Snowdonia Cheddar with Welsh Ale pâté (£4) was rich with a sharp kick to the flavour. Very good indeed, with the kick in the taste is a welcome surprise; it tastes rich, so a little goes a long way.
All foods are delivered frozen, by overnight courier.
Many thanks to Patchwork for my samples.