“ Brand: McCain / Type: Carrots „
I had been impressed with my recent purchase of McCain microwaveable baby carrots and green beans so was looking forward to trying another from the range, namely the Baby Carrots, Baby Corn and Red Pepper variety which looked absolutely delicious on the packet. My eyes not being as good as they were didn't spot the fact that these are dressed in a 5-Spice sauce until it was too late, now I am not keen on this at all but the other veggies I tried had a delicate and barely there sauce so I thought I might as well try it being as I'd bought it.
Cooking in my 1000W microwave took less than five minutes and within a couple of minutes the smell of 5-Spice was apparent, much to my disgust. When I poured the veg onto my plate I was impressed with the vibrancy of the colours but disappointed that I couldn't smell any of the fresh looking goodies, only the weak yet pungent aroma of the sauce.
The vegetables are cooked beautifully, the carrots are a little harder than I would like personally but I suppose they are cooked to still have bite as most vegetables should be. The baby corn is wonderful, crisp and sweet with a really very fresh texture and taste. Likewise the red pepper, which is by no means by favourite vegetable, was cooked well and hadn't gone slimy as happens to this particular vegetable often if it has been frozen and then cooked.
The problem for me was the sauce, and really this is a purely personal problem as I'm sure those of you who enjoy the 5-Spice flavour will enjoy it on this dish. It's by no means overpowering but I thought the aniseed flavour overwhelmed the vegetables too much, this was probably what McCain were aiming for in all honesty but it somewhat spoiled the vegetables for me.
I had my vegetables with a steak fillet and they complimented the meat perfectly, I had made gravy to go with my steak so poured a little over the veg to diffuse the sauce a little, this worked well and after dousing it with my special thick gravy the main thing I could taste was the different flavours of the vegetables themselves rather than the powdery vile taste of 5-Spice.
Each pack contains 65 calories and 0.3g of saturated fat, it will also provide one of your all important 5-A-Day. Mine cost me £1 when the vegetables were on an introductory offer in Morrisons, I believe the full price is £1.49 which is reasonable if you like this particular variety, although I won't buy this one again purely because I don't like the sauce they have added to otherwise excellent vegetables.