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Is ALL packet food crap?

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gameboy Wed 20-Aug-08 02:36:30

Have been doing my Tesco shop and for some reason found myself looking at packet rice/ pasta. I've never tried this kind of stuff, and although I know in theory I can knock up mediterranean cous cous or something, the chances are, that the day I want to do it we won't have any tomatoes / herbs etc.

So I just wondered if any of these things are at all nice and not too unhealthy?

(Hazy memories of Vesta Rice from student days haunt me...)

SuperBunny Wed 20-Aug-08 02:43:30

I think they're ok every now and then and are very useful as a back-up. I'd check the ingredients though - things like that tend to have a lot of salt in them but if it is a one-off it doesn't matter all that much.

SuperBunny Wed 20-Aug-08 02:44:32

I don't like the flavoured couscous though. I'd rather have the plain stuff but that's probably just me. I have a soft spot for Boxed Mac&Cheese blush

Overmydeadbody Wed 20-Aug-08 20:19:24

Just read the ingredient lists, that'll tell you more than any posts on MN could tell you.

It varies, obviously, almost all food comes in a packet doesn't it?

Overmydeadbody Wed 20-Aug-08 20:20:54

superbunny I prefer plain couscous too, with a nice thick spicy tagine to go with it!grin

SuperBunny Thu 21-Aug-08 00:58:58


nappyaddict Thu 21-Aug-08 02:55:06

i think they are a waste of money. we do have tinned custard though.

moondog Thu 21-Aug-08 05:59:35

Crap. Full of crap.
What is the point, when plain so much nicer? If I didn't have the works to go with it, I'd rather have plain rice with sesame oil and soy than weird packets.

BouncingTurtle Thu 21-Aug-08 06:04:44

I'd prefer to have the plain stuff and flavour it up myself with whatever I had in the cupboard.
Besides I really dislike peppers and these things inevitably have peppers in!

moondog Thu 21-Aug-08 06:06:32

My only exception is instant noodles of Korean/Japanese/Chinese ilk which I suppose are full of crapbut taste damned fine.

TheProvincialLady Thu 21-Aug-08 07:51:09

Oh no those packet pastas/cous cous are vile and full of chemicals. Definitely much nicer to have it plain or with just olive oil and tabasco if desperate!

LittleDorrit Thu 21-Aug-08 10:49:59

I agree - they always seem to taste a bit strange.
Moondog - I am the same - instant noodles are my secret vice !

moondog Thu 21-Aug-08 16:27:56

What is unforgivable is that a lot are endorsed by the very people who are telling you that proper cooking is easy.
Ainsley Harriott, Lloyd Grossman et al.
Whores. angry

mellyonion Thu 21-Aug-08 16:35:47

i can never seem to find plain couscous..its always flavoured....can you get plain in tesco?

Fizzylemonade Thu 21-Aug-08 17:16:04

Yes it comes in a packet! grin we have it.

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 21-Aug-08 17:37:41

A free couscous came with sainsburys magazine this month. it was utterly revolting - dds reaction was 'no wonder its free'

PoorOldEnid Thu 21-Aug-08 17:39:07

lol @ whores

I agree re packet noodles - wonton flavour

they are sooooooooooooooooo good

PoorOldEnid Thu 21-Aug-08 17:40:23

I make plain couscous with marigold bouillon powder and then a bit of olive oil stirred in at the end for the dds

couldn't be easier and is very 'store cupboard ish'

they have it with sausages etc

Mercy Thu 21-Aug-08 17:42:50

We had wonton noodles for lunch today.

Tbh I can't get remotely excited about couscous.

JudyJones Fri 22-Aug-08 17:40:47

DH and I always have some Uncle Bens Ready Rice in the cupboard -- I seem to remember the ingredient list was not as horrifying as I thought it would be. Ok, so it's pricey, but it takes literally two mins in the saucepan, can make a quite ordinary meal - like salad and cold meat - a bit special (both very handy when you come in exhausted from work) and proved a life saver when we had a vegan in the house for a few weeks...

BecauseImWorthIt Fri 22-Aug-08 18:01:23

I tried the free couscous from the Sainsbury's magazine, (normally a vehement rejecter of all things packeted, noodles excepted), because of this thread. I was actually pleasantly surprised. The ingredients list wasn't that bad either.

(Mind you, I did add butter and some hot pepper sauce!)

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 22-Aug-08 20:33:41

hot pepper sauce would have helped - fab accessory for camping.

AnybodyHomeMcFly Fri 22-Aug-08 20:36:18

I never usually make packet meals (smug) but when we were camping in the summer we tried the ainsley harriott couscous-es and I have to say they were really nice!

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