I bought my Birds Eye smoked haddock with cheese and leek fish cakes at my trusty local frozen food discount store at the very reasonable price of £1 for 2 packs of 2 fish cakes. I like fish cakes but sometimes find them a little bland so with them being smoked and the addition of the leeks and cheese these sounded like a good idea.
They come in a cardboard box approx 9cm by 17 cm and on the front there is a very tempting picture of a fishcake with a chunk taken from it. There is the word NEW splashed across one corner, so I assume these are , well, new!! It also states they are a source of vitamin B12, which is needed by the body for healthy nerves and the development of blood cells, each fish cake contains 20% RDA of B12.
When I take them out of the pack (there is no additional packaging for those that may be interested, just the cardboard box) they are a vivid orange colour, at this stage there is no real smell to them.
It is recommended they are cooked from frozen and can be grilled, shallow fried or oven baked. In the grill they take 15 minutes, fried 12 minutes, in the oven slightly longer at 20 minutes. I did mine on my George Foreman grill and they took about 10 minutes.
As they cooked I could smell a leeky, cheesy smell and the smoked haddock was definatly overpowered by that.
Once cooked, on cutting into them I found a crisp breadcrumb which was now golden as opposed to orange with a light fluffy mixture inside. Still the main smell was the leeks and cheese.
On tasting however the smoked haddock came into its own, it wasn't overpowered by the leeks and cheese anymore but complimented by them. It wasn't over smoked either it was a delicate flavour.
On reading the ingredients I was dissapointed to find there is in fact only 16% fish of which 8% is haddock and 8% smoked haddock. There is 7% cheese and 6% leek, the majority of the fishcake though is water and potato.
Each fish cake weighs in at approx 80g and contains 190 colories and 10g of fat, and this is if they are grilled. It states all bones should have been removed but take care in case some got missed. I didn't find any in mine!
All in all they are quite tasty, they make a nice change from regular fishcakes, but within 30 mins of eating them I have had terrible heartburn, so they won't be a regular feature on the menu in this household.
I love to try new products. Especially food products. Even more especially when they are on either buy one get one free or a similar good deal. So when the latest Safeway flyer came through my door a little while ago, I quickly looked to see if there was anything interesting. I did spot one thing that caught my eye. Something new. It is made by Birds Eye so it can?t be too bad. Its fishcakes (yes I know .I cant really get excited about a fishcake normally) but these are just a little different to any I have tried before. They are ?Smoked haddock, leek and cheese? fishcakes. I put these on my shopping list and went off to Safeway for a little mid week shop. I found them easily enough. The Safeway I shop at often takes a while to get some of the newer products in, but there they were in the freezer on the end of the isle. In the flyer, it priced them at normally being £1.09 but for the special offer they on sale for 69p. I thought at that price they have to be worth a try. When I got my purchase home I decided to have them for my lunch that day. I opened the box, which is very similar to all the Birds Eye fish cake range with the exception to it being mainly green. On the front was a nice little picture of two of the fish cakes. They looked very nice round and golden. Covered in breadcrumbs. One cake was cut so you could see what?s inside. It looked very much like a potato rosti with shredded potato. There were little bright green pieces of leek and some little yellow pieces, which I thought were proberly the smoked haddock. . Each fish cake grilled contains 790-kj/190 kcal. The box also goes out of its way to ensure you that the product is a source of vitamin B12. You can grill them for about 15 mins. Fry them for about 12 minutes or oven cook them for 20 mins. I decided to grill mine. While this was happening I laid the table and I included a note pad and pen. So I could take notes, as I was sure you might like to be informed.
I sat down at my table with the cooked product and the box to compare them. The out side did look very much the same, with the entire breadcrumb coating a nice golden brown. I took my knife and fork and began to cut. The knife crunched its way through the outer coating. Mmmm nice. I parted the two pieces to see the inside. Ahh uhmmm oh dear! Uhhmm no! I?m sorry to say it looked nothing like the picture, all nice and shredded. This was more of a soggy mashed potato. It was sort of a slightly yellowish colour. It did have little bits of what looked like leeks, or maybe onions but they weren?t a nice bright green. They were just a very onion looking white. I took a nice long sniff at it. The first thing to attack my nostrils was a definite Smokey smell, not too strong but quite definite. It was followed by the distinctive smell of onion or leek whichever the case might be. It didn?t smell at all fishy. I took my first bite. Like the smell the first thing to hit me was the smoky flavour not a fishy smokey flavour just Smokey. As I chewed, I did then get a taste of leeks followed by a taste of cheese. It wasn?t until I took my second bite that I could actually taste the fish, but it did come. It was quite mild. Altogether they weren?t to bad tasting. In fact they were quite nice. Not fantastic but nice. The only main problem I found was after I had finished my lunch I could still taste the smokey taste. After about an hour later I found it necessary to clean my teeth and give myself a mouthwash to get rid of the smokey taste. My final analyst of this product is. All in all it wasn?t too bad and for the price of 69p for two in the box, it was quite acceptable. I don?t think I will be paying £1.09 for them and it has to be said. Do not expect the inside to look anything like the product on the box. I would recommend them as an OK thing to have for a change, if like me you can get them for a lower price. <