Product Type: Colman's Spices & Seasoning
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Colman's Season and Shake - The taste of the Med in a bag!
Colmans Season & Shake
Member Name: miffy1
Colmans Season & Shake
Advantages: Easy to prepare. No additives. Tastes great!
My family love Mediterranean quisine, and I usually cook from fresh, but sometimes if I am in a hurry, I do resort to convenience foods.
I'm sure most people have seen the somewhat annoying advert for Colman's Season and Shake packets, with the silly woman embarrasing her kids by dancing round whist shaking the bag of chicken. Yes, she annoys me too, but when you see that bag being opened, and the succulent chicken coming out onto the plate, then the power of advertising does rather take over, so it certainly made me want to try it!
Anyway, I had a look in the supermarket and found the range of Season and Shakes and went for the one in the advert, Mediterranean Chicken.
The picture on the front of the packet shows the picture of the chicken ready to cook in it's plastic bag and then underneath, the finished chicken in a casserole, which does look appetizing.
On the back of the packet it gives a list of all the other ingredients you need to make the dish on the picture - a couple of tomatoes, a courgette and a red pepper plus 4 chicken breasts, is all you need to complete the recipe, so pretty easy.
Cooking the recipe couldn't be simpler....you are provided with a plastic bag, which comes rolled up with a small plastic tie to seal it up. All you do is dice the vegetables and chicken, add the content of the packet, seal the bag with the tie and give it a good shake. Place the bag onto an oven-proof dish and cook in the oven for about 40 minutes at the recommended temperature.
This seemed all too easy, so I was expecting the finished dish to taste a little artificial, but I was pleasantly surprised! When you open the bag (you must be careful not to scald yourself as the steam is very hot!) you can put the contents into a casserole dish to serve, the chicken is lovely and moist and the aroma is wonderful. It all tastes really succulent and spicy, without being too hot and it really does have the flavour of the Mediterranean! I served it with a jacket potato, but I guess pasta or boiled rice and a green salad would work too. My family all loved it, and I would certainly buy it again. I think I'd like to try the others in the range too.
Colman's Season and Shake come in several different varieties: Mediterranean Chicken, Rustic Chicken, Sausage Herb, Paprika Chicken, Garlic and Roast Chicken, and Lemon Dill and Salmon. I think I may just have to work through the lot!
They are so handy to have in the store cupboard too and since they are small packets they don't take up too much room.
On to the ingredients....
I have to admit to being surprised when I saw the ingredients list, as I was expecting all sorts of E numbers.....but I am happy to say that I was wrong in my assumption! All you get is a lovely array of herbs and spices!
Potato Starch,Tomato Powder (21%), Salt, Potato Flakes, Sugar, Spices (7.5%)(Paprika, Garlic, Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper), Flavouring, Yeast Extract, Onion Herbs (2.8%)(Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Bay Leaf), Vegetable Oil.
The cost of packets of Season and Shake are about £1.46 - £1.49 and are available in most of the suupermarkets.
I would certainly recommend trying them out. They take minutes to prepare, cook quite fast and really do taste wonderful!
Summary: Makes really lovely food that looks as good as it tastes.
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