Product Type: Sainsbury's Spices & Seasoning
Newest Review: ... (9%), Butter from cows milk, salt, white pepper ~~Allergy advice; contains milk~~ Rumbledethumps costs £2.00 from Sainsburys. Considerin... more
Ooh, Pardon Me!
Member Name: plipplop
Advantages: Tasty, cheap, filling
Disadvantages: Dull for some tastes
If your attention was drawn to this opinion by the rather strange product name, then you will be sharing similar thoughts to those I had when I was shopping in Sainsbury's this week. (i.e. What the f**k is that?) Well, intrepid reader, let me tell you all about it.
Rumbledethumps is a traditional Scottish recipe, made from a combination of potato, swede and savoy cabbage. Literally translated, I am led to believe that rumbledethumps means "mixed and bashed together". So there. The swede and potato are sliced, cubed and then mixed with slivers of the cabbage. The whole ensemble is then topped with cheddar cheese and baked in the oven. The resulting product is a crispy, cheesy sort of vegetable bake, but without any tomato sauce.
I was attracted to the product because I am often on the look out for (comparatively) healthy snacks that will fill me up at lunchtime and take no time to cook. Although not a vegetarian, I do like a lot of vegetable dishes and because the weather has been quite cold this week, I also wanted something hot. More appealing was the complete absence of onion - a personal dislike of main, but often an essential pre-requisite in veggie dishes.
The dish is very easy to cook - simply preheat the oven to 190 degrees, take off the foil lid and then cook for about 25 minutes. Once the stuff has cooked, it forms a lovely, bubbly cheese-topped bake that turns dark orange and brown. I fully expected to find that most of the potatoes would be stuck to the bottom, but was pleasantly surprised to encounter no problems in getting the stuff onto my plate, and I duly tucked in. Please note - this product cannot be cooked in the microwave. Not only is it presented in a foil dish, but also the crust simply wouldn't turn crusty in a microwave oven and things would stay soggy. Ewww!
The smell of the cheese is perhaps the most instant thing about this dish. As soon as I opened the oven door, I was greeted with a strong smell of buttery, cheesy potato - very nice. The finished product is quite strange - unlike a mash, where everything mixes in together, with the Rumbledethumps, the cubes of vegetable remain intact and the only thing that really binds things together is the melted cheesy crust. Although the top is very crusty and dry, the bottom of the dish tends to retain some of the juice from the swede and cabbage. The overall combination works well - the distinctive taste of the swede certainly sticks out, and I generally liked the different combination of vegetables. I love oven-baked foods that have melted cheese all over them and this one went down very well indeed.
The packaging suggests that this dish is great as a main course or as an accompaniment to meat. The latter is certainly true, but I'm not sure about the first. As a main course, I would find this rather dull. It also claims to serve two people. Rubbish. It's fine as a snack, but definitely needs something else if you want to eat it as a meal. The serving size (450g) is probably enough for two as a side order but only enough for one as a snack.
The product is suitable for vegetarians. Allergists will welcome the information that the product is gluten free, but it does contain milk.
The cheese obviously adds to the overall fat and calorie content, but I don't consider this to be a hugely unhealthy dish.
The very simple ingredients list actually begs the question of whether it's worth buying this when you could make it so easily yourself. My main reason for buying was convenience - I certainly wouldn't go to the trouble of doing something like myself just for a quick lunch. At £1.69, I think it's quite cheap as well - much tastier than a boring sandwich and a prepared sarnie will set you back £2.
I'll definitely buy this again, if only because I'm lazy like that. Taste good. Costs little. Nuff said!
Summary: A hearty Winter snack
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