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La Mack goes butternutty


quick, tasty

pricey, not readily available

Recommendable Yes:

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Well KMís found another delicious treat for herself. Thing is, itís a job finding this little meal in M&S and many a time has she been disappointed. Today, though, there were *two* in the fridge. Shock horror I didnít have to fight for the last one!

* What is it? *

Itís from the vegetarian range in Marks and Spencer and can be found in the refrigerated section along with all the other veggie options. Itís a fairly small roundish shape and has a purple colour cover with NEW written in a green bubble at the top left hand side.

* What do you do with it? *

Simply slide off the cover Ė inside the risotto nestles in a white plastic dish. The product can be microwaved:

5 min Cat B 650W
4 min Cat D 750W
3 and a half min Cat E 850W

Remove the sleeve, pierce the film and cook on high. Half way through cooking time peel back the lid and give it a stir.

I always cook mine in the oven which ensures itís heated all the way through and as it only takes 18 mins on GM5 (190C, fan 165C or 375F), itís not too long to wait. Once itís ready remember to give it a stir through, whichever way you decide to cook it.

* Smell *

A slight smell of garlic but overall very wholesome Ė like home cooked soup!

* Look *

The butternut squash is a bright peach colour, to complement that the green of the spring onions shows through underneath and thereís ample portions of both. However the mushrooms have turned the arborio rice a grey colour and without the colourful vegetables this could look very bland. The butternut squash is crunchy to the taste and roughly diced. There are also white onions in there and the pumpkin seeds which are flat and brown. The mushrooms are cut very finely.

* Taste *

Oh itís really quite delicious! The rice is in a white wine sauce and is creamy yet with the hint of garlic and onion itís also got a kick to it. The creamy, softer ingredients are a good contrast to the denser squash and pumpkin seeds, which are both crunchy and rougher. To finish off there are some herbs sprinkled in to give it some extra flavour Ė parsley, basil and thyme. I couldnít actually taste these but they are visible in the leftover sauce!

* Nutritional info *

This is a 335g box. Itís 370 calories and 13.4g fat. Salt is 2.3

* Contains *

Cowís milk

* Further info *

Marks and Spencer plc
PO Box 3339
CH99 9QS

* Overall *

The only negative with this is that itís not suitable for freezing. However as I usually eat mine within a day or so of buying it, this isnít really a problem! Also, Iíve searched at least four Marks and Spencers and this product isnít that easy to find, they just donít seem to stock many at a time! The price again isnít cheap Ė itís £2.99 but when I think how much a restaurant in London would charge for a risotto, well that puts it in perspective.

I do recommend this but will take a star off for the price. Itís a treat for now and again and perhaps a light lunch or evening snack Ė but definitely not a main meal (for the Mack, at least!).

I love this so much Iíve eaten about five of these before I could even think about writing a review! Iíve been so greedy Iíve been quite unladylike and just scoffed them. So this has been my first time of savouring it, thinking about what Iím eating and really enjoying the taste!

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Punkychik 10.12.2006 16:02

being a vegetarian, im well acquainted with the M&S vegetarian range. I love this, but whenever Ive eaten it, the butternut squash hasnt been crunchy :-S its been soft. Hannah xxx

L0BSTER_QUADRILLE 24.11.2005 19:53

I'd love to try this !!! MMMMM

KarenUK 28.11.2004 18:02

That sounds gorgeous!!

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