I’ve worked with Iceland a couple of times recently and was very impressed on both occasions. The quality of the food was excellent and it has also been affordable. I was therefore more than happy to try the new luxury meat range. I was asked to choose one main and some sides. Don’t mind if I do!
It was difficult choosing from the range. It all looked appetising and reasonably priced too. Both Kate and I love French food so we decided to try the Poussins with bacon and mixed pepper. I hoped to find a couple of Gallic sides to go with them and was in luck. We added Dauphinoise potatoes and Chantenay carrots, sugar snap peas, Romanesco and red onion.
Despite views to the contrary, freezing doesn’t alter the quality or texture of meat. In fact, according to the Iceland site, there are several benefits. As well as reducing waste, it’s a natural process that people have been using since 1000 BC. I love discovering little facts like that!
I was really looking forward to trying the food, but had to be patient. The meat had to be cooked from chilled, so needed 24 hours to defrost. Still, the saying goes that good things come to those who wait!
After they’d spent a day in the fridge, it was time to cook the Poussins. In line with the cooking instructions, they took just under an hour. The kitchen quickly filled with a lovely smell and my stomach was well and truly rumbling!
The Poussins tasted as good as they smelled. The packaging describes them as ‘tender and succulent’ and, to be honest, I can’t think of better adjectives to describe the quality and consistency. Some frozen meat can be tough, but I think this has more to do with the original quality. We had no complaints here – this was spot on.
We also enjoyed the Dauphinoise potatoes. The sauce was rich and creamy and the flavour of the Gruyère cheese really came through. Similarly, the vegetables were great too. They tasted nice and fresh and had lost none of their flavour in the freezer.
I was very pleased with the whole ensemble. The different flavours complemented each other well and it was an enjoyable meal. I’m confident that the other choices in the luxury meat range will be just as good. I may well have to put that to the test too!
Disclosure: this is a collaborative post.