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Meal Review: Roast Hogget and Mint Sauce and Rice Pudding

I tried the Roast Hogget and Mint Sauce. It was a great lunch on a chilly day.

First, the meat – the meat was nicely cooked and thankfully not chewy at all (usually my #1 complaint about hogget), the meat was tasty and the mint sauce really complemented the flavours.

The veges were the best part! There was plenty of roast spuds – but also some pumpkin and parsnip! The ratio of roast veges to gravy (very important in my books) was perfect. There were two fresh veges too – silverbeat and carrot. Both still retained some crunch and colour (which can be a real issue when reheating) and ensured that the whole meal had a variety of colours and textures.

If I were to be super fussy my only comment was that there was ‘just enough’ gravy and sauce – I’m not sure for real sauce lovers if this would have been enough. That said, no-one wants a meal swimming in sauce! Perhaps you could purchase extra sauce, if it’s your thing?

Overall, I’d say this meal reminded me of a Sunday dinner at Grandma’s that had been reheated….not quite as good as fresh from the kitchen – but really close! I’d totally eat this again.

Oh, and I also had some rice pudding! YUM – I think it’s pretty hard to mess up a rice pudding and this seemed to be the case here. I ate mine cold (cost that’s how I prefer it!) and it had a really nice apricot glaze/sauce. It was a generous portion (I ate half of the provided 2 part pack) and it was easily enough to satisfy my mid-morning sugar low and kept me going (with no lunch) until the 3pm school pickup. Totally recommend.

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About Esther Perriam

Esther Perriam
Esther Perriam is a Director of Eldernet. She’s worked in the business for over 15 years and has been lucky to visit many of the older person’s services around the country. She’s never short of an opinion on…pretty much anything. Esther really loves reading and you’ll see plenty of book reviews authored by her. As a mother of two children there’s not much free time but if there is she also enjoys cooking (for grown-ups, not the kids!) and anything beach related in her spare time. Esther has presented at conferences around New Zealand and is happy to be contacted in regards to speaking or presenting at your event.