June 23, 2016

Remain

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.

– John Donne

Karen
June 17, 2016

Uborkast 07

I forgot to put this here! It seems not to matter, because 14 people have at least started to play it, though they may have stopped listening when we started the Nashville series 4 spoilers. Sorry about that.
Nas

Karen
June 15, 2016

The Almond Milk Project: Tesco Almond Unsweetened

This week’s almond milk gets its review outing poured atop some revolting banana-flavoured weetabix. As a result, it was necessary to sample some of it neat, to experience its almondyness unblemished. What do you mean, you think I should be ensuring consistent review conditions to ensure a fair and balanced playing field? What would you know about such things? Leave me alone.

tesco almond unsweetenedAppearance: slightly thicker than the average, and with a slight yellowish tinge

Flavour: a relatively gentle flavour of almonds in this one, which is surprising as it comprises 2% almonds so you’d expect it to be twice as almondy as the Rude Health.

Mouthfeel: a little lacking in substance, but on the whole it’s not an unpleasant transition for those who are used to cow’s milk.

Sweetness: none at all, which can be quite startling if you’re unprepared.

Nutrition:

(per 100ml) CME (Cow’s Milk Equivalent)
Energy 18kcal 47kcal
Protein 0.4g 3.6g
Sugar 0.1g 4.8g
Other carb 1.2g 0
Fat 1.1g 1.8g
Fibre 0.4g 0
Salt 0.1g <0.05g

Price: £1.49.

Pete
June 8, 2016

The Almond Milk Project: Rude Health Almond Drink

Back in February, out of curiosity, I decided to try almond milk on my cereal instead of regular old cow’s milk. Though strange at first, Karen and I have quite grown to like it, and since then we’ve bought a carton nearly every week. The range of different varieties is broad, and I don’t think we’ve ever had the same product twice.

However, our latest purchase is actually the same one that kicked this whole experiment off. Which made me think “hmmm, if I’d been reviewing these almond milks as I went along, then that would have been a really good project for the blog.” Well, you know what they say, the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, and the second best time is now.

rude health almond drinkAppearance: very much like regular cow’s milk, perhaps a little waterier

Flavour: a strong flavour of almonds in this one. As I mentioned, this was the first almond milk that I tried back in February, and I found it to be initially overwhelming. It made me wonder if I had made a big mistake, and this whole almond milk idea was a folly, but by the end of the carton I was definitely coming around.

Mouthfeel: very pleasant, very milky, not too thick, not too thin. This one is thickened with rice (14%) and contains 1% almonds.

Sweetness: nothing is added, but the rice content does lend it a certain natural sweetness.

Nutrition:

(per 100ml) CME (Cow’s Milk Equivalent)
Energy 56kcal 47kcal
Protein 0.2g 3.6g
Sugar 4.7g 4.8g
Other carb 5.8g 0
Fat 1.49g 1.8g
Fibre 0.2g 0
Salt 0.1g <0.05g

Price: £1.99 RRP but we got it for £1.49 on special offer.

Conclusion: I rate this one quite highly. Once I got over the initial almondiness, I started to enjoy the boldness of the flavour. However, it’s also very ricy, which doesn’t work in its favour.

Pete
  • Comments: 3
  • belatedly catching up and properly touched. If you're game, I'll happily run Reading with... - swisslet
  • Listen to the podcast, and send us a question for Bernard. - Karen
  • What's a guy gotta do to get a neat vodka 'round here? - MrD
May 3, 2016

Uborkast Episode 4

Featuring Karen’s neat handwriting, Bernard’s fake burp, and Pete’s cover of Pulp’s Birds In Your Garden. Enjoy…

Karen
April 17, 2016

Uborkast Episode 3

In this episode, Karen and Pete discover how little they can remember about Game of Thrones; mention going to the tip several times, and swear more than once. There is an in-depth interview with Bernard, a much better version of the Pina Colada song, and more than enough discussion of black toenails and wet nursing.

Karen
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  • OK - you hooked me. You don't need to send me a blackened toenail, although I am honoured... - Swisslet