The Classic Taste of Caviar

I was recently sent some Amur Beluga Caviar by the wonderful team at Caviar Classic, a caviar company based in London. I was excited to try this because I usually only have fish eggs at a sushi restaurant or a tiny bit of caviar as part of a canape at a networking event.

The first time I have ever had caviar I was 10 years old and it was a gift from my uncle who lives in Moscow, Russia (I was a lucky child) and since that time don’t think I’ve ever had the chance to just have caviar in my fridge, waiting to be consumed. So I have to admit I took my time before I tried it, I just loved opening my fridge to my jar of luxury caviar…it made me feel so glamourous. But eventually the temptation to actually eat it was far too overwhelming.

Caviar fresh from my fridge

Caviar fresh from my fridge

My 10gm jar came with a spoon, perfectly formed to dip into these edible “pearls” of yumminess. I initially struggled to open the jar and panicked, would I forever have this jar in my fridge as some kind of culinary ornament? Thankfully after a few twists and turns I was finally able to see what I had been missing. They were beautiful, glistening in the light ready to be eaten just as they were. I didn’t need anything else, I didn’t need a blini base or glass of champagne (even though I had a bottle in the fridge ready and waiting), I didn’t need any vodka to drink alongside it was perfect just as it was.

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Amur Beluga

Amur Beluga

Amur Beluga

A smooth and creamy texture which melted on my tongue with every mouthful. If you are not used to caviar you might find that it’s a bit salty but that shouldn’t override the main flavour and overall taste sensation. However if the salty flavour is too much for you then perhaps an accompanying drink might help, such as champagne or vodka (assuming that you drink). One thing that I will say is that some people write-off caviar because of what it is (fish eggs) or because have tasted the wrong type for their palate. Once you find the right kind of caviar for your palate you will really enjoy it (I hope).

I enjoyed this treat and it really is a treat. We often associate caviar with luxury and decadence, rarely would I even consider purchasing caviar to have at home unless it was for a very special occasion.  Caviar London is bringing high quality caviar to consumers at reasonable prices, it’s affordable foodie luxury. It is also worth mentioning that the caviar is ethically and sustainable sourced which is vital to know when consuming this type of food product. The Amur Beluga caviar which I was sent to review starts from £19 but there is a variety of caviar on the Caviar Classic site to choose from.

Treat yourself to something special, you deserve it!

Let me know what you think if you do get a chance to try some caviar. Tweet me or tweet @caviarclondon

Mr Filberts Nutty Delights

Our Fabulous Foodie, Angela Patricot reviews Mr Filberts nuts and seeds which were sent to her by Mr Filbert’s lovely team.

With so many wholesome, no-additives snacks already on the shelves, it can be difficult to make your mark, but Mr Filbert’s new products seem to be doing just that.

I tried the Chilli & Fennel mixed nuts, Sea Salt & Herbs mixed nuts, and Honey-Roasted Seeds. The packaging is appealing: vibrant but earth-like colours will make you grab them off the shelf. Will the tastes within stand up to the appeal outside?

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I was interested to try the Fennel and Chilli because, as although a lover of chilli, I am pretty ambivalent about fennel. From the first mouthful my mouth turned into a pit of fire from the chilli and, so although the chilli was clearly in attendance I didn’t pick up on the distinctive aniseed flavour of the fennel. So if you’re a lover of fennel, you might be disappointed.

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The Sea Salt and Herbs pack is original. Not often do we taste the wonderful aromas of Provence on something as inconspicuous as cashews and peanuts thrown together. Oregano and basil are deliciously savoury, aromatic with a hint of sweetness, but the sea salt doesn’t come through. The mixed seeds bag was more along the lines of what I expected when I embarked upon this odyssey of nuts and seeds. I enjoyed the delicate crunchiness of the honey- roasted seeds and, safe in the knowledge that seeds are good for you, I munched on the whole bag in one go. Though at over 300 kcal, this pack is a calorific bomb. Guilt-free snacks, these are not, but they do burst with freshness which will make you come back for more.

Find out where to pick up a packet of Mr Filbert’s nuts on www.mrfilberts.com