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Culinary Review – heat and eat meals

Who loves convenient, healthy, fresh meals that are simple to store, heat and eat?  I know that a lot of the Eldernet team do.  Whether you work long days or live alone, sometimes just the thought of thinking what your going to have for your evening meal, let alone cooking it just for you can seem daunting.  There is a trend towards more convenient, healthy meal options. Advances in packaging along with vacuum sealing means that food is able to be kept fresh in the fridge for up to 7 days (be food safe – check the instructions ).  Alternatively you can put them in the freezer to eat later.  For the time poor, heat and eat meals can even be delivered to your door step.

The Eldernet team were able to put their taste testing skills to the test thanks to meals provided by Eatl8r.  Eatl8r provide heat and eat meals delivered to your door step.

KatKatharine’s review – Roast Hogget with Mint Sauce and Gravy

I tried the “Rose Hogget with Mint Sauce and Gravy”.  It came with pumpkin, peas and potatoes.

Meat: The hogget was lovely, really tender and not overcooked.

Gravy: The mix of the mint sauce and gravy together was absolutely delish, definitely a winner.

Vegetables: The pumpkin was really nice and soft and really tasty. The peas were just as I like them, slightly firm, not overdone. I found the potatoes slightly hard, I thought they could have been cooked a bit more.

eatl8r-roast-hogget

I would give this meal an 8/10 and would definitely recommend.

EstherEsther’s review – Cold Cut Meat and Salad

On first glance this is a typical “grandma” salad – exactly the kind of salad my 94 year old grandmother would make for my lunch on a Saturday afternoon! It was total nostalgia food, free of the latest craze of ‘super foods’ and ‘ancient grains’, just good basic tucker!

The serve was generous and the veges crisp (this was after the meal had been left in the fridge 24 hours after delivery). As you can see from the photo there was plenty of variety and what you might not be able to see is that there were two cold cuts – some moist, succulent chicken, and some generous, thick wedges of ham. And what a delight to find hidden under them some potato salad as well.

Given I’m a dressing and mayo fan I admit I added some honey and mustard dressing to my salad – this certainly added to the taste as far as I’m concerned, but given the mayo on the potatoes, the cheese and the egg it’s possible that others wouldn’t need to any anything as all those delish bits would be plenty of extra savoury flavour.

eatl8r-cold-salad

Really, this is the quintessential kiwi salad; whilst not using iceberg lettuce the fancy lettuce wasn’t that stalky, tasteless stuff and the leaves had just the right amount of crunch. I was most impressed too to dig deeper and discover some beetroot under my greens. I told you…kiwi as!

This earl8r meal is a great light meal and I am pretty confident that most seniors would find it’s just spot on for what they’d expect in a salad. Honestly, I couldn’t fault it and whilst not the trendiest salad I’ve eaten recently it was to trip down memory lane and totally satisfying!

9.5/10 (half a point deducted as it would be nice to have a wee bit of dressing of mayo provided!).

About Cheryl Tovizi

Cheryl Tovizi
Cheryl Tóvizi is the Digital Strategist for Eldernet. An experienced IT person with a strong desire to help make useful information easy to find. She is also a grandmother raising her grandchild. A lively 8 year old who helps keep her connected to the wonders of the world through the eyes of a child.

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