“ Brand: Cauldron / Type: Vegetarians „
Something new for the summer from Cauldron - Sundried tomato and basil tofu salad toppers!
I bought my 125g packet from Morrison's for £1.99 and they were in the vegetarian section of the fridges. Some of the packets looked like they'd leaked a bit and when I got mine home it also looked like it might've leaked but I couldn't find where the hole was.
They come in a plastic tray (recyclable in some areas although the plastic film isn't) with a recyclable cardboard sleeve. Currently (June 2009) they come with one '2 for 1' dining voucher printed on the inside of the sleeve. You need two of these to claim the offer.
They're suitable for vegetarians and vegans but the allergy advice warns that they contain soya, sulphite and were produced in a factory that handles wheat and gluten.
According to the packaging, they're suitable for home freezing.
When I first peeled back the film they needed a good mix as some sauce/herbs had collected in middle. They didn't have any strong smell.
Each piece of tofu was a beige colour with little flecks of red and green on them. They looked ok but not that appetising.
They're ready to eat so you can eat them straight from the pack, chuck them on a salad, put them in a pita or whatever you fancy!
I would say one packet is only enough for one person.
When eaten cold they crumble easily in the mouth and aren't chewy at all. They're very greasy though and, in my opinion, a bit bland. They're not very tomato-y but you can definitely taste the basil. There's a slight tofu aftertaste which you'd expect. I had half of the pack in a tomato pasta salad and it didn't stand out or improve the salad in any way.
I decided to try warming the pieces up to see if this would improve the taste. I cooked them for about 30 seconds in microwave and their texture became slightly more rubbery but they were still very greasy. They did taste a bit more tomato-y though.
Hot or cold, I ended up with a greasy feeling mouth and lips and when I put my plate in the washing up bowl I could see exactly how much grease there was - it was all floating on top of the water!
Overall, they were ok but nothing special. I had expected them to be really nice so I was disappointed that they weren't, I expected more of a tomato flavour and much less oil. I probably won't be buying these again as there are much tastier things I can top my salads with.
Tofu (water, soya beans, calcium sulphate, parsley, red pepper, basil), Marinade (vegetable oil, sun dried tomato paste [sundried tomatoes, vegetable oil, salt, white wine vinegar, natural garlic and oregano flavours], black pepper), basil infused vegetable oil (vegetable oil, basil, salt), natural colour: paprika extract, basil flavour, yeast extract.
(per ½ pack)
Energy - 633kj/153kcal
Protein - 5.9g
Carbohydrate - 1.3g
of which sugars - 0.3g
Fat - 13.8g
of which saturates - 0.5g
Fibre - 0.8g
Sodium - Trace