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Wild and Game Sausage casserole

Wild and Game aims to bring great British game to a wider audience

To me game meat has always been associated with country living and to some even quite elite living however game meat offers a more dynamic, wide selection of tastes for meat lovers like myself.  When Wild and Game sent me a range of sausages and pies to review I was excited, I have always found game meat to have richer depth of flavour than the usual mainstream meat counterparts like beef, lamb and chicken.

Wild and Game is a not-for-profit food business which aims to turn the UK into a nation of year-round game eaters by taking much-loved recipes and recreating them with game as a key ingredient. Their product range is quite wide and includes pies, sausage rolls, sausages and even raw game meat with more products in development including pheasant lasagne, burgers and pate, and game ready meals. Their products low fat, free range and are supplied frozen so that they can be made available all year round, not just in game season.

“We would love to see game such as pheasant eventually becoming a common sight in UK supermarkets.” – says Steven Frampton, who runs the business with Michael Cannon.  “We’re not doing this for profit, but because we genuinely want to put game more fully  on the nation’s menus. The business grew out of trying to find ways to make game more attractive to people by putting it into products that they already know and love. We want to make it as easy as possible for people to buy and eat game.”

Well it certainly worked for me. The pies and sausages are packed full of flavour and make a great alternative to standard meat products. I really enjoyed the steak and ale pie.

wild and game steak and ale pie

Pheasant, Steak and Ale Pie

I made a delicious sausage casserole with the pheasant and venison and pheasant and white wine sausages too.

Wild and Game Sausage casserole

Wild and Game Sausage casserole

Juicy and flavourful these are excellent sausages! I shall definitely be keeping game meat on my home menu from here on out.

If you would like to try any of Wild and Game’s products visit https://www.wildandgame.co.uk/.

This is not a sponsored post, all items were sent as a gift to review.

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vapiano wardour street

The Vapiano Experience

I recently had the pleasure of being invited to review Vapiano as their guest with a companion. I was excited to receive this invitation as Vapiano had been on my list for a while, having seen it come up on my timeline organically on numerous occasions. It seems to be a popular restaurant, particularly with millennials in London and since I’m technically a millennial (anyone born from 1981) I had to be part of the Vapiano cool crowd too! Vapiano specialises in fresh pasta and pizza, made to order while guests wait so there is a “self service” element. Orders are paid for by smartcard so every guest gets their own bill which means that there are absolutely no awkward “split the bill” moments.

We arrived at the Wardour Street branch and were welcomed warmly with a full explanation of how the system works:  after deciding on your table and reviewing your menu you go to the appropriate food station and make your order with the chef who then cooks your order in front of you. You can make specific requests pertaining to ingredient inclusion which means that they can adapt dishes to your taste.

vapiano wardour street

vapiano wardour street

I had olives to nibble on before eating my strawberry spinach salad which consisted of fresh spinach, strawberries, goats’ cheese, red onions, pine nuts, raspberry-maple dressing. This was a surprise favourite! I had no idea that strawberries would work so well in a salad.


My companion had a hearty looking Caesar salad with generous portions of chicken.

Here’s a clip from the pizza station!

My risotto gamberetti e pomodoro made with king prawns, onions, tomato sauce, fresh basil pesto, a splash of white wine and Grana Padano D.O.P was tasty, wholesome and moreish. I requested for mine to be extra spicy and it certainly lived up to expectations.

vapiano risotto

The simplicity of each dish combined with the fresh ingredients makes their dishes a winning combination.

Vapiano doesn’t purport to be a high level Italian food connoisseur brand but they do good food well at a very reasonable price with fresh tasting ingredients and really generous sized portions. I eat with my eyes (which is why as a child my mother would sometimes say that my eyes are bigger than my belly), when I see food being prepared I just want more of it.

For me the next thing that Vapiano needs to do is launch an onsite hotel/BnB service so that I can live on the premises for a day or 2 and just eat. I wanted to order everything but alas time and physical restrictions meant that I couldn’t!

The atmosphere is warm and comfortable and layout is very easy to navigate. The service was very good and not just for me (as a reviewer), I made a point of taking notice at how other customers were being treated and from what I could see there is a generally friendly and prompt service.  It is perfect for casual dining, quick lunches, catch ups with friends and family.

Visit the Vapiano website to find out where you can try the Vapiano Experience.