“ Brand: Sun Grown / Type: Other Ready Meals „
When i first tried this i loved it, beautiful flavour and for so little money so i went out and bought quite a few packets. The other morning i opened a packet and poured it in to a jug so i could make my lunch, but not only the cous cous came out the packet there was also a lovely great spider!I am terrified of spiders and this experience has put me off cous cous and opening any packet food again.I think whoever made this product should be aware of this so it doesn't happen again. Does anybody know who i can contract?Thanks c
I haven't had cous cous in ages but when I read a review on here the other day about it I started getting a craving and luckily found a box in the cupboard, it's one of the cheap brands Tesco have started selling and is Lemon And Coriander flavour. I had a sachet for tea last night and thought it was yummy and well worth the 80p for 2 large sachets of cous cous.
Each sachet is big enough for 2 people but there's only me that likes this flavour so I left half and had it cold a bit later. As soon as you add the boiling water to the dry cous cous you get a wicked lemon and herby smell coming through and it killed me to wait for the 5 minutes you have to leave it to absorb the water and fluff up. The grains of cous cous seperate nice and it's easy to get a nice soft bitty texture to it, that's good because a lot of cheapo cous cous brands have it all sticking together and that makes it taste proper crap. This one tastes like it should cost more than 80p!!!
The flavour is proper nice, the main flavour was the coriander and I was surprised about that because it smells madly lemony and the lemon taste is quite faint. It's there like a citrus smell instead of actually tasting of fresh lemon but that's wicked because lemon gets a bit overpowering and I thought it was quite nice to have the more herby taste instead. I love the texture because it's soft and delish, it's more filling than it looks and hasn't got any gritty texture like a lot of cheap cous cous brands have got.
I enjoyed this cous cous big time and even the half I had cold was yummy, the lemon flavour comes out a bit more when you leave it to go cold but the coriander is deffo still the strongest flavour. I had mine with a chicken breast and some sweetcorn and enjoyed it loads more than I thought I would, the flavour is nice and strong but tastes fresh and delish as well.
I think the way to look at this cous cous is that it's a wicked change from pasta or noodles, you can buy plain cous cous and add your own flavour but there's no point in doing all that when you can buy it ready done like this.
Recommended..... delish and mega easy to cook.
Tesco, along with their Value range, have also adopted a few 'Discount Brand' ranges, and one of these in Sun Grown. One of their products is their lemon and coriander cous cous. Normally, we just have plain cous cous, but bought this for a bit of a change. It only cost 49p, so looked to be a bargain.
The packet comes with two sachets inside, each one serving two people. To make it it's really easy, as all you need to do is add 160ml of water to the mixture. They recommend you add a little oil or butter, and stir the contents of the bowl. It should take about five minutes for the cous cous to absorb the butter, and then you're ready to eat it.
The problem comes with the eating. While the notion of having lemon and coriander flavoured cous cous is still an appealing one, the flavours involved here were rather horrible. I found the lemon rather overpowering and it came through strongly on the initial taste and the aftertaste. The coriander flavour was hardly noticeable at all, and the consistency of the cous cous itself was a bit mushy, despite us havign followed the instructions to a T.
This was surprising, as we had really looked forward to eating this. The packet promised so much, especially as it didn't seem to contain artificial flavourings where the lemon and coriander were concerned. There were natural flavourings and some lemon peel, as well as some dried coriander, but the whole thing was completely disappointing.
The majority of the contents are plain cous cous and perhaps the problem lies partly with the quality of it. I suspect we will have a go at making our own flavoured cous cous at some point. As I said, the notion of these flavours together is a good one. Perhaps it's just best if we add the lemon and the coriander to our own cous cous to try again.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this at all. Despite following the instructions, we found this really hard to finish eating, despite the fact that I usually polish off whatever I'm given, whether I'm particularly fond of it or not. This says a lot for me really. I won't be buying this again, and I don't recommend that you do, either.
Couscous with a hint of lemon and coriander
My teenage kids play a lot of sport and do a lot of training and are always hungry. Even after a big dinner my son often wanders downstairs an hour or so later and cruises the kitchen looking for more to eat!
Recently while shopping, as usual in the local Tesco, I spotted "Sun Grown" Lemon and Coriander Couscous, one of the products labeled "Discount Brands at Tesco". Now when I first spotted this is was around 49p a box and now it has gone up to 80p. However even at 80p it seems good value.
I thought I would give it a try as we like Couscous and I normally make it myself, but am always on the lookout for quick, convenient and nourishing food for the teens.
The green box contains two sachets of ready mixed and flavoured couscous each containing 100g. Each 100g packet, the instructions advise serves 2. I would disagree here as my son can polish off one pack himself and would probably manage the second if given the chance!
The preparation is extremely easy - Empty the contents of one sachet into a bowl add 160 ml of boiling water and an optional 2 tspn of oil or a knob of butter and stir well. Leave to stand for 5 minutes to absorb the water. Fluff up with a fork to separate grains and serve.
Once all the water is absorbed you are left with a lovely fluffy couscous with a hint of lemon and coriander. The flavour is fairly subtle, but strong enough for the couscous to be enjoyed on its own.
My son has also discovered that it is even more tasty if he cubes some cheese and adds that to the hot couscous!
Each 100 g serving contains:
3.8 g of protein
24.5g of carbohydrates
1.5 g of fat
4.9 g of fibre
0.3 g of sodium;
so for 40p you get a fairly healthy and filling snack - the addition of the cheese obviously makes it more filling and will add calories and fat!
I would recommend this as a store cupboard essential for hungry teens.