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      07.09.2009 15:30
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      Give em a go

      I like to have a variety of different foods in my freezer that can be thrown together with something else and cooked really quickly. Recently I was in Morrisons looking for something to fill this role and I came across Ross Fish Cakes. No I have had these before but for some reason i'm usually drawn towards fishfingers instead. So I thought it would make a nice change.

      That night I was planning to go out and didnt have alot of time so I decided to have fishcakes, chips and mushy peas. What I like about this meal is it can all be put in the oven and left to cook without having to be checked on every two minutes.

      Cooking instructions: Cook from frozen ensuring that fishcakes are piping hot.

      *Ovenbake*
      Preheat oven to 230c.450f/Gas Mark 8. Remove all packaging and place fishcakes on a baking tray. Cook for 12 minutes.
      For Fan Assisted Ovens reduce temperature by 30% and reduce time by 2 minutes.

      *Deep Fry*
      Preheat oil to 180c. Gently lower fishcakes into hot oil and fry for 4 minutes.

      *Pan Fry*
      Preheat 1 tablespoon of oil in frying pan over medium heat. Place fish cakes in pan and cook for 6 minutes turning occasionally.

      *Grill*
      Preheat base of grill pan under a medium heat. Place fish cake on hot grill pan and return pan, close to heat and cook for 8 minutes turning occasionally.

      I can only comment on the ovenbake technique as this is the way I alsways cook them. That way they dont need my undivided attention. I have a fan assisted oven and they are always cooked thoroughly within 10 minutes. The breadcrumb coating has a nice crispy texture and the inside is nice and soft but not soft enough that it goes mushy. There is also a bit of a kick to the flavour which I think has something to do with the pepper in them and some of the other herbs. I really like these fishcakes and at 99p for 4 they're a bargain. It think it would be better though if they were a little bit bigger, it doesnt take long before all four are gone, They taste great with chips or in between 2 slices of bread and i'm sure theres plenty of other ways to eat them.

      Ingredients:
      Minced Whitefish (33%), Partially Reconstituted Dry Potato, Coating (Wheat, Flour, Yeast, Salt, Turmeric), Colours (Paprika Extracts, Curcumin), Vegetable Oil, Salt, Parsley, Pepper Extracts, Parsley Extracts.

      Allergy Advice: contains fish, gluten, wheat and yeast. Also there may be bones.

      In each fishcake there are 76 kcals, 0.4g of sugar, 2.9g of fat, 1.1g of saturates and 0.5g Salt. There are also no artificial colours and each pack contains 336 grams.

      I would recommended these to anyone after a quick meal who is not to fussed about them tasting wonderful. They are quite nice, they fill a hole and they're are inexpensive. Plus i'm pretty sure kids will love them.

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      10.07.2009 10:20
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      A fairly decent fishcake

      I wanted a quick uncomplicated tea last night so I put 4 of these in the oven, along with a couple of potato waffles. I also cooked some beans on the hob.


      Packaging.

      The fishcakes come in a box with a picture of some fishcakes, chips, peas & tomato sauce on the front. The familar Ross logo appears on the back & front as well as on one side. One side contains the nutritional information & ingredients, another the quality guarantee and Ross Careline details & a third side contains cooking guidelines. The box contains 8 fish cakes


      Nutritional Information: per fish cake, oven baked {per 100g as sold in brackets}:

      Kj: 318 {741kJ}
      Calories: 76 kcal {177 kcal}
      Protein: 3.4g {8.1g}
      Carbohydrate: 8.9g {19.8g}
      of which sugars: 0.4g {0.5g}
      Fat: 2.9g {7.2g}
      of which saturates: 1.1g {2.7g}
      of which trans: nil {nil}
      Fibre: 0.6g {1.5g}
      Sodium: 0.20g {0.46g}
      salt equivalent: 0.5g {1.2g}

      Ingedients:
      Minced fish (33%), partially reconstituted dried potato, coating (wheat flour, yeast, salt, turmeric, paprika extract, curcumin), vegetable oil, parsley, salt, parsley, pepper extract, parsley extract

      Allery advice:
      Contains fish, gluten, wheat and yeast


      Cooking Guidelines:

      Grill: Pre-heat the grill. Cook for 8 minutes in total, turning occasionally
      Oven: Pre-heat the oven to 230C/450F/Gas Mark 8 and bake for 12 minutes on the top shelf. Reduce the temperature by 30C & cooking time by 2 minutes for fan ovens.
      Shallow fry: Heat 1 tablespoon of oil, and fry on a medium heat for 6 minutes, turning frequently
      Deep fry: Pre-heat a pan 1/3rd full of oil to 180C/350F and fry for about 4 minutes


      Price:

      At the time of writing I paid £1.25 for the box of 8 fishcakes from my local corner shop.



      Taste:
      The fishcakes are under an inch in thickness & about 2 - 3 inches across. After cooking, the coating is fairly crisp, although it can get slightly hard if you cook the fishcakes for too long. The filling is a sort of grey-white colour & you can't really see where the fish ends & the potato begins.

      The fish doesn't really have that much of a flavour. You can more easily taste the potato, parsley & pepper, although none of these is particularly overpowering either. I added some vinegar to the fishcakes to see whether that might bring out a little of the fish flavour but it had no effect. Still, the fishcakes are fairly pleasant in a blandsort of way rather than being something strongly flavoured.


      Opinion:

      The fishcakes are not that large so even having four of them, along with a couple of waffles & beans wouldn't constitute a large meal for those of you with a healthy appetite. As I said, they're pleasant enough & I should think the fact that they're not strongly flavoured would mean that most kids will eat them without a murmur. The fishcakes contain almost 3g of fat if oven baked so I'd recommend that's how you should cook them given that the adult Recomended Daily Amount for fat is 70g. Shallow or deep frying will obviously add to your fat intake so if, for example, you're cooking 4 fishcakes you've already got almost 12g of fat before you even add in the fat from the frying pan or deep fat fryer & whatever potato product you're having with your meal.

      As fishcakes go, these are decent enough, but if you're looking for something with a bit more taste then you maybe need to go for a better line of fish fingers.

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      02.02.2009 16:00
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      A good standby, but you'll probably need more than two to fill you up

      COST: 99p for 4 cakes (Ross' own price, January 2009)

      NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per fish cake, oven baked):

      Calories: 76
      Kj: 318
      Protein: 3.4g
      Carbohydrate: 8.9g
      - of which sugars: 0.4g
      Fat: 2.9g
      - of which saturates: 1.1g
      Fibre: 0.6g
      Sodium: 0.20g
      - salt equivalent: 0.5g

      INGREDIENTS:

      Minced fish (33%), partially re-constituted dried potato, wheat flour, yeast, salt, turmeric, paprika extract, curcumin, vegetable oil, parsley, parsley extract, pepper extract

      ALLERGY ADVICE:

      Contains fish, gluten, wheat and yeast

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      I'm not normally a fan of fish cakes and rarely buy them, but the other day I spotted some in my local village grocers, and some kind of strange feeling of fancy for them came over me. I was quite impressed with the price at 99p for 4, so I bought 2 packets and on arriving home, stashed them away in my freezer.

      Ross Fish cakes come in a small-ish cardboard box. The front of the box has a turquoise panel on the left, above which is the standard Ross logo. On this turquoise panel are claims that the product contains no artificial colours or flavours, a description saying "golden crispy breadcrumb", and instructing to oven grill, deep or shallow fry. To the right and on a green background, is a plate containing a few chips, a few peas and 2 fish cakes, one of which has been sliced in half. In dark blue lettering above the food it says "4 fish cakes", and in the bottom right-hand corner is a red on bright yellow banner saying "Great value, 99p". The rear of the box contains exactly the same information and image as the front, only arranged in a slightly different order.

      The side edges of the box contain (in very small letters), a Ross guarantee of satisfaction and their contact details, detailed nutritional information, ingredients and cooking instructions which are as follows:-

      GRILL: Pre-heat the grill, and cook for 8 minutes in total, turning occasionally

      OVEN: Pre-heat the oven to 230C/450F and bake for 10 minutes

      SHALLOW FRY: Heat 1 tablespoon of oil, and fry for 6 minutes, turning frequently

      DEEP FRY: Pre-heat a pan 1/3rd full of oil to 180C/350F and fry for 4 minutes

      I felt like having some of the fish cakes this evening, and opted for the shallow fry method, as in the past whenever I've grilled or oven-baked fish cakes, I've found them to come out very dry. On opening the pack, I was greeted with 4 small fish cakes, probably half an inch all round smaller than a standard frozen beefburger, and about half an inch thick. The coating was dense and a dark, synthetic yellow colour; no fish, or any other for that matter, smell emitted from the frozen product.

      Following the frying instructions, the coating on the fish cakes browned nicely, and didn't burn (as I find can easily be the case with breadcrumb-coated items). Whilst cooking, there was no fish smell - just the aroma of breadcrumbs frying. I found I had to add another teaspoonful of oil during the cooking process, as they had absorbed the first lot and the pan had become very dry. The breadcrumbs stayed nicely in place, with no stray bits falling off, and turned a nice golden colour instead of that vile orange shade that some other breadcrumb-coated products have.

      Once cooked, I served the fish cakes onto a plate with raw tomatoes, cooked frozen peas, and a few new potatoes boiled in their skins. The contrast of colours and shapes on the plate looked rather attractive, and I settled down to eat. I wanted to get a good idea of what the fish cakes tasted like for this review, so I ate the other things first and saved them for last.

      Once all the other items had been eaten, I cut one of the fish cakes open. My knife crackled nicely through the crispy outer coating, and the potato/fish mixture inside appeared generously dotted with little bits of parsley. The potato was soft, and I did at long last detect a slightly fishy smell.

      Taste test time! I chewed for a few moments on the first mouthful, and noted that the breadcrumbs were crispy rather than hard. There wasn't a very distinctive fish taste, but I could clearly see a reasonably generous portion of flakes of fish mixed with the potato. I can only assume that the flavourings overpowered the taste of the fish, as the peppery-ness is quite strong. Also, Ross don't say what fish is in this product, and chances are fair that a very mild-tasting breed, variety - or whatever you'd call it - is used.

      That first mouthful was rather bland, apart from the pepper flavour, but as I continued to eat, I began to notice a slight yet distinct fish taste, that wasn't in the least bit unpleasant. As is my nature, I gobbled the whole four fish cakes down in no time (awww I know I'm greedy, but they are very small!), and was overall pleased with the results - very well worth 99p.

      I'd guess it's intended that 2 fish cakes should be a standard serving, but I personally think that wouldn't be enough for most adults' appetites - a good serving for a child though.

      All in all, Ross Fish Cakes are a little superior to other mainstream brands of frozen fish cakes, and if I ever feel in the mood for them again (plus I still have another pack stashed in the freezer), then this would be the brand I'd turn to above the others that I've tried.

      At first glance, the calorie content seems quite high, but if you eat 3 or 4 of them, the total isn't too bad for the main part of a meal. They do have a reasonable protein content, but watch that salt and fat - I can't think how it's necessary to include 20g of salt and 2.9g of fat in each fish cake! Of course, the fat content will increase if fried; frighteningly so if deep-fried.

      Thanks for reading, and not quite but almost full marks to Ross! They lose a point for what I feel is unnecessarily high salt and fat levels.

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