“ Brand: Asda / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I love cous cous, rice and pasta and things that really are quick to prepare, eat and fill me up! I love coriander and lemon in things and mixed with cous cous that seemed a tasty treat to me so when I saw this in my local Asda stored priced at 55p I couldn't wait to buy and try it!
Slightly different to the packaging shown at the top of this review as it has recently changed. It is now a bright yellow, oblongish packet with a photograph of the Cous Cous on a piece of cooked salmon on the front of it and I'm told it white writing it is Asda Coriander & Lemon Cous Cous, the weight is listed which is 110g, I'm told it boils in 7 minutes and is suitable for Vegetarians and that it contains less than 3% fat. On the back of the packet other information includes a recipe to use this with, with chicken, I'm told how to cook it (7 minutes in a saucepan on the hob with 200ml of water), ingredients and allergy advice is given, nutritional information is listed and contact details for Asda are given. Nice enough, easy to open packet with enough information on it for my liking all very well laid out.
The Cous Cous Itself:
Well open up the packet and your met with lots of very fine cous cous which of course is a Durum wheat semolina and it's a cream colour. This has small little flecks of dried coriander in it in abundance and a heavy aroma of lemon to it. I mixed it all up with 200ml of cold water as advised which all it took was a quick stir to mix it well and then brought it all to the boil. When it came to the boil I simply simmered it for a further 5 minutes. I did need to add more water than recommended as it absorbed it fast but it still didn't taste cooked but that never altered the overall cooking time and in 7 minutes my home had a lemon and coriander smell to it and I was greeted by fluffy beige coloured cous cous that really does look and smell rather pleasant.
However although it was a fluffy texture wise it was soggy. Flavourwise there was a bit too much lemon in it for me making it a little on the sour side and the coriander although well blended really was too much as well. In short I found this foul and that all the flavours didn't combine well.
Now I ate my as a side dish to a piece of meat and all I can say is that if you want to try this I would use it on fish or chicken and would actually think that the lemon in this may accompaniment fish rather well. However I won't be eating this awful, sad offering again. Too soggy and actually too flavoured in a weird way for me. I hated the strong ingredients in a plate of mush!
Gluten, Milk And Wheat.
May contain traces of nuts and/or seeds.
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
Energy: 136 Calories
of which sugars: 2.2g
of which saturates: 0.2g