Alan Rosenthal's cook book is available to pre-order on Amazon and hits
the shelves this October
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'Nourishment for the Soul' is the encouraging aim of these delicious one-pot
meals inspired by stews from around the world. If it's tasty, healthy and
extremely convenient you are after, it's well worth stocking up on a few
pots of Stewed!
Chef-founder Alan Rosenthal started selling his slow-cooked stews at London
farmers' markets just two years ago, after getting the idea on the Circle Line. Now he's stocked in selected Sainsbury's and Waitrose stores as well
as through ocado.com, and has just written a cookbook called 80 Irresistible
Stews and One-Pot Wonders. If his shop-bought recipes are anything to go by,
this publication will be well worth a look.
WandsworthSW18.com's Editor, Louise Salmon, tried four versions of Stewed! with members of her family over the last couple of
days, and can report that they went down fantastically well with the young,
old and middle-aged alike. Flavours were full and each stew contained generous chunks of ingredients. We tried the following:
* Hungarian Goulash Stew. The British beef, sweet paprika, red pepper and
potato combination results in a comfortingly sweet Goulash, while the kidney
beans add a bit of bite and contrast.
* Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Feta Stew. This was particularly more-ish and
full of flavour. Good hot or, on a hot day, cold.
* Chorizo, Chickpea and Pork Stew. A hearty one, this. The chorizo adds some
welcoming spice, while the chickpeas and pork provide the heartiness.
* Thai Green Chicken. Stewed!'s latest offering. The combination of Thai
spices, chicken, vegetables and coconut milk are just as good as the best
we've had in Thai restaurants.
We thought all the Stewed! pots made for a satisfying lunch and, padded out
with rice and bread, a delicious and quick dinner. At under - and in some
cases, well under - 350 calories per pot, they are also a winner for anyone
watching their weight.
Stewed! can be heated on the hob or microwaved. For those of us who like to
know where our meat comes from, they contain only British beef, chicken and
pork. Another interesting fact is that all Stewed! lines are preservative,
additive and gluten-free, and apart from the Chickpea, Sweet Potato and Feta
are also dairy-free.
If all this is sounding somewhat like an advert, it's simply because it has
been very difficult to find fault with these little pots of goodness.
Who would have thought ready-made stews from a pot could taste this good?
They are a fab idea and we shall definitely be stocking up for those days
when you just don't have the time or energy to start making a meal from
Louise Salmon WandsworthSW18.com
June 14, 2010