Product Type: Sainsbury's Spices & Seasoning
Newest Review: ... (9%), Butter from cows milk, salt, white pepper ~~Allergy advice; contains milk~~ Rumbledethumps costs Ł2.00 from Sainsburys. Considerin... more
Are You Ready to Rumble?
Member Name: skidd
Date: 30/08/07, updated on 02/09/07 (216 review reads)
Advantages: Quick easy and delicious
Disadvantages: Could do with a little more cheese topping
My recent attempts at healthy eating having left me bored and craving some calorific comfort, I decided that I would throw caution to the wind and indulge myself! This dish is just what I needed and I didn’t feel a trace of guilt as I tucked into it.
*****SAINSBURY’S RUMBLEDETHUMPS -THE FACTS ******
This dish is descibed as “ inspired by the Scottish recipe, a combination of potato, swede and savoy cabbage topped with mature cheddar cheese” and there is 450g of it to enjoy.
** Nutritional Information **
Sainsbury’s rate most of their products on a Wheel of Health on the front of the packet, a system providing an easy check for customers. This works on a traffic light coding – green for “go-go”, amber for “go- go in moderation” and red for “no no not too much of this” This product has only one green (sugars 6.3g), two amber (234 calories and 14.4g fat) and two red (saturated fat 10.4g and salt 2g)
The fibre content is 3.8g
All this seems very satisfactory in my current state of craving!
** Allergy Advice **
The only allergy warning is “ contains milk”. It is suitable for coeliacs.
** Vegetarian? **
The dish is suitable for vegetarians but not for vegans.
** Cooking **
The dish is from the chilled range but can be frozen as long as it is thoroughly defrosted before cooking. Once thawed it must be consumed within 24 hours. Not suitable for microwaving ( it comes in a foil dish), it oven cooks at 190C/gas 5 in 25 minutes
***** MY EATING EXPERIENCE ! *****
This is a dish I have enjoyed many times. The nearest equivalent I have ever tasted is ,what may be the English equivalent, Bubble and Squeak, and this brings back to me childhood memories of our Monday meals when the remnants of the Sunday roast would all be chucked in the frying pan to provide a satisfying, ever so slightly greasy delight!
Of course this is an up market version of the dish my Mum used to serve up. It isn’t a mash but tiny cubes of swede and potato which complement each other perfectly being slightly different in texture. The strips of savoy cabbage give it that extra little flavour and excitement, whilst the melted cheese gives it, what I can only describe as that extra mmmmmh factor!
It’s billed as two servings but I didn’t share! In fact I ate the lot together with two slices of cold roast beef, Branston pickle and cherry tomatoes, the latter being a token gesture to healthier eating. It really made a meal of it. My only slight criticism is that I would have liked a little more cabbage and a lot more cheese but if you, like me, have a particular liking for melted cheddar you could sprinkle a few more gratings over the top before cooking.
Having stuffed myself like this with a dish with such a graphic name as Rumbledethumps, I suspected that I might suffer some digestive repercussions but, at the risk of giving too much information and offending any readers of a sensitive disposition, I remained flatulence free!
***** THE VERDICT *****
I know I could make this myself and for a lot less than the Ł1.49 it costs, but this is quick, easy and delicious. It is also quite versatile in that it can be teamed up with many different foods to make a complete meal . It is, for example, a worthy companion to bacon and eggs and a healthier option than chips! It’s definitely a standby I love to have in the freezer for those moments of calorific comfort eating and who can really claim they don’t occasionally have such cravings?
***** EPILOGUE *****
I was so intrigued by the name Rumbledethumps, I wondered if it was a bona fidae old Scottish dish , as claimed, or a Sainsbury’s invention. I therefore dabbled in a little Googling and was amazed to find pages upon pages of references! Even Wikipedia has a refererence so it must be true! It’s described as a dish from the Scottish borders with Colcannon being the Irish equivalent and Bubble and Squeak, the English. An alternative from Aberdeenshire is known as Kailkenny. Strangely enough I also found a site which claimed it as a Cajan dish and Cajun cuisine originates from French speaking immigrants to the Louisiana area of the USA!
There are hundreds of recipes on the net and I trawled through many to find they all had pretty much the same ingredients including the Cajun variety. However all included mashed potato (not cubed), all included onion ( not present in the Sainsbury’s version) and none contained swede! So maybe Sainsbury’s nutritionists were exercising a little poetic licence when introducing this to the range as Rumbledethumps after all!
Summary: A tasty and versatile standby
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