Thursday, 17 September 2020

Wiltshire Farm Foods 4

Recently I have had the Cumberland Pie. Oh my goodness - this was dreadful so I am not even going to bother to score it. If I had not had baked beans with it I would still have been hungry. Where did they get the meat?

I also had Faggots in Gravy with Mash and Peas this week. This had to be microwaved for 12 minutes. Can you imagine what 12 minutes does to frozen peas? The faggots were dreadful: another one to avoid.

It seems to me that WFF have a motto. "Cover everything in a sauce or gravy and people will not know what they are eating".

Well, at least I tried their food. The sad thing is that my sister bought some of these in for our 91 year old mother who was a good cook. She has not said what she thought of them.

Also Syrup Sponge and Custard - no, just no.

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Wiltshire Farm Foods 3

I have had a few more meals since my last post. Also, my reviews were slow to appear on the company website although most are there now.

The Beef Bourguignon was disappointing. The meat (what there was of it) was tough and unappealing. The mashed potato was OK and the red cabbage was nice.

  1. Taste 7/10
  2. Presentation 7/10
  3. Texture 6/10
  4. Value 6/10
  5. Hunger satisfaction 5/10

Total 62%

The Bakewell Tart was disappointing too and the pastry was soggy.

  1. Taste 7/10
  2. Presentation 7/10
  3. Texture 4/10
  4. Value 8/10
  5. Hunger satisfaction 6/10
Total 64%

The Vegetable Curry was nice if a small portion (for me). I had a waffle and ice cream for pudding (not from WFF) and an hour later I was hungry again.

  1. Taste 9/10
  2. Presentation 9/10
  3. Texture 9/10
  4. Value 9/10
  5. Hunger satisfaction 6/10

Total 84%

The Chocolate Sponge was fantastic.

  1. Taste 10/10
  2. Presentation 10/10
  3. Texture 10/10
  4. Value 9/10
  5. Hunger satisfaction 10/10

Total 98%

Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Wiltshire Farm Foods 2

Today I didn't feel like cooking so I had Lancashire Hotpot followed by Lemon Sponge and Custard for lunch.

I enjoyed these. I would have been proud to have presented a guest with the hotpot had I made it myself. It wasn't clear that there was much meat in it but enough got stuck in my teeth! (No fault of WFF). There was plenty of potato and the slices are far better than the potatoes on the previous meal.

The pudding was fine, not huge, but adequate. It is an important point that - had I cooked one myself (larger) - I would have had 'seconds' so, as I only had one, it was better for me.

Hotpot 98% thus

  1. Taste 10/10
  2. Presentation 9/10
  3. Texture 10/10
  4. Value 10/10
  5. Hunger satisfaction 10/10

Pudding 90% thus

  1. Taste 9/10
  2. Presentation 9/10
  3. Texture 10/10
  4. Value 10/10
  5. Hunger satisfaction 7/10

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Wiltshire Farm Foods 1

I have recently become a customer of Wiltshire Farm Foods. I am a good cook but, sometimes, I do not want (or have not got the time) to prepare a meal.

Today I went out with my camera to do some photography 40 minutes drive away so I thought it was an ideal opportunity to try out a meal as I did not get back until 12:45. I opted for Pork, Leek and Mustard Casserole. It needed to be microwaved for 10 minutes in my 950W machine.

Keep in mind that this cost a mere £3.75 I felt it was a decent meal. In fact the meat casserole was very acceptable. The broccooi and carrots looked appealing (very green, small florets). The (new) potatoes did turn out rather rubbery but were not disgusting. The portion size was fine - not huge but realistic.

Here is a scoring system!

  1. Taste 9/10
  2. Presentation 9/10
  3. Texture 8/10 (potatoes)
  4. Value 10/10
  5. Hunger satisfaction 9/10 with a pudding of my own

I originally gace Texture 7 and Value 9 but the 86% total was actually lower than I felt it deserved but I didn't want to be too generous for this first taste test. So the revised score give a result of 90% which is fine.

I am not sure when I will have the next one but there are two other meals and 2 puddings in my freezer.

Monday, 17 August 2020

A faster laptop Windows 10

When I 'stopped' work in March my school laptop (i.e. as in, I use it mainly at school; but I own it) was fine. Since then there must have been more than one update and Norton 360 has replaced my previous version of Norton AV. The laptop has been booting slowly (boot time was 1min 48secs, although Last BIOS time was 3.2 secs) so I took all the steps I know and found others on the internet.

Nothing has really helped. At the suggestion of my IT guru [he knows who he is!] I have sent off for 8GB more RAM from Crucial. Having had the back off to check for dust (and having added RAM to a previous laptop) I am expecting to install the extra RAM in a few days with few problems.

I will let you know how it goes.

EDIT: The RAM arrived and I installed it. There was no great increase in boot speed.

Friday, 7 August 2020

House Building

Continuing my theme of things I believe are wrong I should like to cite house building. In my area far too much farm land is being given over to housing. Also, new road building leaves pockets of land which cannot be farmed and which will ultimately be filled in with housing.

I realise that the are very recent new regulations aimed at revitalising town centres and I hope these work. I doubt they have been brought in because we cannot go on importing food (food miles etc.) and letting down farmers in the UK who - let's be honest - have had a very raw deal.

Not everyone can live in the countryside.