Product Type: Ainsley Harriott Ready Meals
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Ainsley Harriott Cous Cous
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Ainsley Harriott Cous Cous
Date: 21/07/12, updated on 29/07/12 (130 review reads)
Advantages: Everything, I love everything about this one
Disadvantages: None at all
One of my most favourite foods is cous cous, I quite simply love the stuff. Usually I have just plain cous cous as a meal accompaniment and I really enjoy it but I have had the odd Ainsley Harriot offering and so when I spotted a range of his cous cous's in my local B & M store I picked up a couple in each flavour and the one I have just eaten and so am reviewing here, now is the lemon, mint & parsley cous cous.
This comes in a silver foil sachet that is black on the outside of it with a photograph of the cous cous on the front made up and a picture of Ainsley Harriot and in white and bright green writing we are told that it is indeed Ainsley Harriot Lemon, Mint & Parsley Cous Cous and that it is suitable for Vegetarians and that it contains no artificial colours or preservatives and is 'A vibrant citrus cous cous - perfect with fish and lamb' and that it weighs 100g. On the back of the pack other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice, there is a full nutritional chart stated, we are told how to make it up and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice enough and easy to tear open packaging this is.
The Cous Cous Itself:
Open the packet and you are met by lots of light green powdery mix which is of course mostly grains of cous cous with dried parsley, mint, and garlic powder and some dried lemon peel plus a few other things of course. To mix this up is so simple anyone can do it. I simply pour my dry mix into my measuring jug and add 160ml of freshly boiled water to it and leave it for 5 minutes. In that time the mix thickens and it drinks the water and is a nice, fluffy looking cous cous with a slight lemon aroma to it and the mix is rather green which did appear a bit odd at first lol.
Flavourwise the cous cous was lovely and I split the pack with my mate and had it with fish. The cous cous was slightly grainy and not too mushy and well cooked through with a gentle balance and not overwhelming flavour of the parsley and mint in the main with a gentle hint towards lemon and onion flavours too.
This simple tasted great and we liked the real balance of flavourings and the fact that we could detect flavours of so many things within it. This gets a huge thumbs up from us though and for half a pack of this it only contains 192kcal and 1.7g total fat so it isn't unhealthy and is rather filling too and I shall certainly buy this time and time again in the future.
I have seen this on sale in local supermarkets at around a pound a time though I buy mine in my local B & M store and it costs me 39p a time which is quite simply excellent!
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