Happy Easter all! I hope over this long bank holiday weekend, you’ve all managed to let out your inner Bruce Bogtrotter and indulge in too many Easter eggs and hot cross buns. Seriously, who can’t love Easter? You’re surrounded by chocolate, daffodils, newborn lambs galloping around fields, almost better weather, and family walks and meals.
With plenty of recipes and menus featuring lamb, we decided that on Friday we’d opt for a mock lamb casserole with a German twist. As part of a taster kit from More Than Meat, which came with a variation of meat-free alternative products, we decided that the More Than Lamb Casserole was the first on the list to try out and dig into. One thing to mention is that all the products arrive frozen by courier on a Friday morning, which I thought was brilliant, this means you’re in no rush to use up the products immediately and they are guaranteed to stay fresh. Therefore, that is something to bear in mind, if for example you’re ordering to work, as you would ideally need to be able to use a freezer. A fridge is also a feasible option but then of course, you’d need to use the products up accordingly once they’ve defrosted.
Another thing that stood out for me was just how great the branding was, and how adorable the packaging is in particular on this product, not to forget that it’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans to enjoy too! When it came to cooking, it’s probably been one of the least messiest and time-consuming meals I’ve cooked all year- it’s a case of having three saucepans doing their own thing on the hob. The beauty of the More Than Lamb Casserole is the fact that you can also choose to microwave the meal too. Absolutely brilliant, and with minimal mess as well as a short cooking duration, this is the ideal meal after a busy day at work when you just need a hassle-free but nutritious tea.
The German twist for this dish is introducing the knödel which are large dumplings made up of dough from grated raw or mashed potatoes, eggs and flour. They are the absolute best gravy soakers, and delicious with any rich or hearty casserole. As knödel are super soft, you can choose to mash them up to look more like mashed potato.
The biggest test the meat-free casserole had to endure was the taste test of Nathan, who loves eating meat, so when the verdict came back with thumbs up and absolute silence whilst scoffing the casserole, that in my eyes means it’s passed with flying colours. I thought the taste was absolutely spot on with a rich taste of red wine and tomatoes, and the texture of the mock lamb (made up of wheat protein with chickpeas) was beautifully accompanied by the giant white beans, carrots and celery.
Throughout the whole process, from start to finish, we also had Cuthbert making sure we did everything correctly and as the instructions told us to do; probably hoping for a little taste here or there.