“ Type: Other Ready Meals „
On a recent trip to Marks and Spencer's I was interested to see that they were running a meal deal promotion for 4 people. The deal included a main course, side dish, pudding and wine all for £15. There were several side dishes available including a medley of vegetables, roast potatoes and a dish of red cabbage. It was the red cabbage that caught my eye as I really love cabbage and thought the red cabbage looked different and was not something I had tried before. The red cabbage dish comes in a plastic container surrounded by a cardboard sleeve. The picture on the front shows a white dish full of a lovely rich red coloured cabbage. The uncooked cabbage doesn't look that appetising to be honest as it appears to be one large mass! The information on the front of the packaging tells me that a quarter of the pack contains 115 calories and a massive 15.9 grams of sugar! It is also high in salt at 0.8 grams which is 14% of an adult's recommended daily allowance. The main ingredient of this is cabbage (as you would hope!) it also contains apples, onions, redcurrant jelly, sugar and butter. Cooking the cabbage is really easy. It can be coked in the microwave or oven. It will take just 6 minutes in a microwave on full power or 30 minutes in an oven. I cooked it in the oven as I was already roasting a chicken. Once cooked the cabbage looked far more appealing than it had in its uncooked form! The sauce is fairly thick with a good rich colour. I really loved the taste of this cabbage although it is a bit on the sweet side! It is certainly very different to eating cabbage as I normally do, steamed with a small amount of butter. It is very rich and I think a little is enough before that sweetness starts to become too much! I bought a 600 gram pack and as it was part of a meal deal I'm not sure how much this costs if bought alone. I would buy it again but not on a regular basis as it has far too much sugar!
I love cabbage but don't eat much of the red cabbage because I think it's hard to cook and always tastes a bit too woody. I was in M & S recently though because I'd got a £10.00 voucher and I saw a plastic container with ready prepared red cabbage in it and a mixture of other things. It's made to be a side dish and there is enough for 2 people to have a portion each with a main meal. The cabbage has been dressed in a buttery red wine sauce and there are also redcurrants dotted in among the cabbage leaves. I did mine in the oven but you can also nuke this red cabbage dish, I was a bit worried about it drying out in the microwave though. When it was cooked the cabbage went lovely and soft buy kept a bit of a crunch to it, it's soaked up the flavours of the dressing beautiful and tastes nothing like the boring white or green cabbage you boil and chuck on your plate. I can taste how buttery the sauce is and also the redcurrant has gone quite strong while it was cooking and that gives the cabbage a lovely fruity taste. I don't see the point of the cubes of apple because it's gone soft as it was cooking and doesn't taste of apple anymore anyway. I'll deffo buy this again. The pot was £1.99 and that's quite reasonable when you remember it's M & S prices and they don't usually bear any relation to the other supermarket prices. Serving 2 I suppose that's not too bad but I was the only one who liked it so some of the cabbage got wasted, and at that price that's not good!
ORIGIN OF THE HUMBLE CABBAGE ============================= Did you know where cabbage was originally found growing? No, well it used to grow wild on the seashores of England, Denmark and Southern Europe. There are various species of cabbage including green, savoy, chinese and red. NUTRITIONAL CONTENT ==================== Cabbage is rich in vitamin C (a single cup of shredded raw cabbage will produce 22mg of vitamin C). It is low in calories (a single cup of shredded raw cabbage has approximately 24Kcals). Thiamin, riboflavin and potassium are also found within our humble cabbage. The outer leaves (which admittedly I throw away now because our rabbits died a couple of years ago and therefore there are no animals left who would like to eat them) are also rich in nutrients. And, lastly, cabbage provides essential fibre which we all need in our daily intake of food. So, therefore, cabbage is really good for us. Now, as a child I hated cabbage, hated the stinky smell of it cooking and it wasn?t until my early 20?s that I started to eat the stuff! Mostly, it was green cabbage and savoy cabbage that I ate. But, in recent years, I have started eating the red variety ? either cooking it or crunchy in salads. This product is also suitable for vegetarians. THE PRODUCT ============= A few months ago I was in Marks & Spencer (yes, I just love most, not all, of their food) and came across a ready made red cabbage dish. The red cabbage is in a plastic container which can be cooked either in the microwave or the oven. It also contains apple, onion, red wine and redcurrant jelly. It weighs 300g which is enough for two people but, and this is great for me as my husband doesn?t like it, this dish can last me for two days! I have an 850w microwave and if I use half of the ingredients then it will only take 2 minutes to cook. It takes approximately 20 minutes to oven cook on Gas Mark 5. But you must remember to pierce the film before c ooking. It can be frozen on the day of purchase (don?t they always just say that!) but you must use it within one month and thoroughly defrost the product before use. If you have cooked it but haven?t used all of it then keep it in the fridge (once it has cooled though) and keep it to eat later on either in a salad or by itself. Half a pack contains 175Kcals and 5.0g of saturated fat. So therefore although the cabbage and other ingredients are low in calories and very nutritional, this product does contain some sugar and butter. For those of you who are on the Slimming World plan, 150g (half the pack) is 7.5 ?Syns?. There is a cardboard sleeve covering the plastic container. The background colour is a blue/purple colour and shows a white bowl containing the red cabbage. Looks quite ordinary, nothing special. When you take off the outer packaging and pierce the film covering it doesn?t look too good either ? looks a bit stiff looking. However, once you put it in the microwave and it starts cooking, the smell of the red wine and redcurrant jelly fills the air, you can?t smell the sweaty sock type smell of the humble cabbage. Once you take it out of the microwave, stir it around with a fork before putting on your plate. Now, several of you might think that it doesn?t sound very nice but let me tell you once you put that forkful of red cabbage into your mouth it is simply delicious. The cabbage tastes buttery and you can detect the taste of the wine and redcurrant. It is simply delicious and totally mouth watering but is also sweet! It is one of my favourite dishes. So, if you want something a bit different from just ordinary, plain boiled cabbage then try this. HOW MUCH IS IT? =============== It costs £1.69 which may sound expensive but believe me it is worth paying this to give yourself a treat now and again and to try a different taste with cabbage. CONCLUSION ============ If you or your kids don?t like cabbag e then why don?t you try this? I am sure your kids would love it as it is just not like eating ordinary cabbage, it?s like eating something really naughty and who would ever have thought that cabbage could be naughty!!!!