Product Type: Ainsley Harriott Ready Meals
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Ainsley Harriott Spice Sensation Cous Cous
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Ainsley Harriott Spice Sensation Cous Cous
Advantages: tastes great
Disadvantages: dry on it's own
With the warmer weather coming up and the barbecues being dusted off and being brought out of the shed, I always find my shopping takes a slight turn and I start buying more couscous to go with the salads and barbecues.
I never used to eat couscous, thinking it was bland and tasteless. On going to a friend's barbecue last year I saw a bowl of colourful looking couscous that actually looked appealing. I have never looked back since realising couscous didn't have to be bland and horrible.
Obviously you can buy plain couscous and add your own spices etc to make it flavoursome. Ainsley Harriott's spice sensation couscous has just the right mixture of flavours that makes an interesting addition to my salads and side for the barbecue meats.
Packaged in a cardboard box with two 100g sachets hidden inside, I believe you are getting great value for money at £1.17 for the two packs. I find one sachet once made is more than ample for a side dish for a family of four when served with a meal.
The packaging is very sleek and classy with black and yellow colouring. It's not very summery so you wouldn't look at the packet and think it would be good for the summer months, but that's not a bad thing on the manufacturer's part as this would be great all year round.
Each sachet is very simple to make, needing only to mix with boiling water. If you've never made couscous before you won't realise how simple it really is and can be made in a matter of minutes if you're looking for an extra to the meal.
There are simple instructions on the packet, but basically put the couscous grains into your serving bowl and pour the required amount of boiling water over the grains.
Give a quick mix with a fork and then cover with a plate and leave for ten minutes. When you go back to it you'll see that all the grains have absorbed the water and you have a dish of couscous looking at you. It's recommended that you fork through the mixture again to separate the grains.
The packet will tell you to serve immediately, but I have found through eating this on many occasions that this can either be eaten immediately or indeed left to cool and placed in the fridge to be eaten a another day and it'll still taste just as good.
On first appearances when the couscous is made, you will see lots of different small pieces of dried vegetables. I can never taste these when eating so it's a good way to sneak something into fussy mouths. The couscous hides courgette, tomato, carrot and onion, but sadly not in enough quantities to count towards your five a day.
The couscous looks very dark and almost curry looking, but it's not an unpleasant appearance when placed on a plate.
The smell that comes from the couscous is quite a fragrant sweet smell. It does smell inviting and pleasant.
Taste wise this couscous has lots of different flavours going through it. There is a slight hint of spice and heat to it but nothing major.
I find some couscous can be quite dry when eating without anything else, and sadly this one is just as dry as all the rest I have tasted in the past. I find a good way to combat this is to make sure it is eaten with something else or add a slight dressing to the plate.
Couscous isn't at all bad for you in the grand scheme of things. Each 100g packet of this will provide 123 calories and 0.9grams of fat. Eaten in proportion couscous is a good side dish. It's not so good however if you're allergic to wheat, milk and lactose, durum wheat, or maltodextrin.
Overall I highly recommend you try this brand of couscous if you are looking for an alternative to your dinners. It's a fixed staple in my cupboards especially in the warmer weather months.
Summary: a great couscous
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