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The inspiration for this salmon product comes from the Mediterranean where sundried tomatoes, olives and garlic are available in abundance. Once the ingredients are all combined, they are cooked slowly so that all that delicious flavour is locked in for your enjoyment.
I am always looking for quick, easy, healthy meal ideas that I can just rip into last minute when there is no time for anything else. Having been through every possible "tinned tuna" in my working life for lunches I thought salmon could be a way to spice up my options and add a wee bit of luxury to my otherwise boring lunchbox.
The packaging gives you a feel for the ingredients and instantly gives you a sense of freshness, quality ingredients and flavour that you would hope is delivered. And in this occasion it absolutely delivered on everything I was looking for in this Sealord Sundried Tomato Tapenade Salmon; simply delicious.
I was nervous at the olives as I am the first to admit I am not into olives as much as the next person but the hero, other than the salmon of course, was the fragrant flavour of the sundried tomatoes which absolutely shone through. The garlic undertones of course lifted the flavour and overall I really love the texture, the amount of salmon and the flavour.
While I only had this a top a leafy green salad I can absolutely see multiple uses for this product, stirred through fresh pasta would be absolutely amazing or even atop some large croutons as a sort of canapĂ © would be a quick and easy option for someone having a get together with friends.
Overall this ticked all the boxes for me and I will definitely be adding a few of these to our pantry staples.
I have tried many of the Sealord pockets since they first came on the market, and always have a couple in my pantry these days to use as the base for a meal in a hurry or for a lunchtime snack. I love the convenience of being able to have them readily available at any time. Having said that, I have a cat who should have been called Houdini as she can locate fish no matter how it is packaged and has been known to rip open a Sealord packet and devour the contents. I don't know if she can actually read the label, but she knows it is food - so I have to be careful that I store my packets with that in mind.
I was looking forward to trying this product, one of the latest in the range, and I was not disappointed. One packet is just enough for a meal for one, or for two people if it is served with other items. We liked the review pack so much that I went out and got another one so we could try it a second time. The first time we tried it, I divided the contents between two wraps and added onion, avocado, fresh basil, fresh parsley, tomato and lettuce. I was going to use some chutney but there was more than enough "sauce" in the salmon mix so the only extra I put in was a little freshly ground pepper.
The wraps were delicious and we certainly enjoyed them. There was just one point that my friend brought up. She loves salmon, and although she was enjoying the meal immensely, she was not able to recognise the salmon component as there was so much tomato flavour. Her comment was that if she is buying salmon she wants it to taste of salmon, not of an ingredient that could be any fish at all or even meat.
The second time we tried it was on a "pizza base" made from two wraps, one on top of the other. Here the tomato flavour really came into its own. We used a packet of the salmon spread on the base and then added chopped spring onions, mozzarella, some strips of capsicum, and half a dozen olives. We still could not isolate the salmon flavour but in the end it did not matter: the combinations were simply delicious. Just before serving, I put some avocado on top as a garnish and can confirm that there were no leftovers - to the great disappointment of my feline Houdini who had been hoping we would drop some!
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