Yesterday I was walking past our front door when I noticed a whopping great box on the front porch. Damn postie - that lazy #@&*! never rings the doorbell. He just either dumps and runs, or leaves a card and then I have to wait till the next day, then trek to the post office to pick up my parcel. It really makes me cross. Hmmph.
Anyway, I had no idea what it could be, so I was a bit excited to open it up - it was like a mystery birthday present. Inside was this basket, all done up with cellophane and a yellow ribbon:
I was still none the wiser, and ripped off the cellophane to find this:
Ha! I'd completely forgotten that the lovely folks at Sirena had emailed me a couple of weeks back to ask if I was interested in some samples of their Tuna & Rice instant meals, Tonno e Riso. The picnic basket, tablecloth, champagne & glasses and set of cutlery was a really nice touch.
To be honest, I wasn't expecting all that much from the product. As it happens, Sirena is actually my preferred tuna brand and I get all stabby when my local Coles doesn't have it on the shelves, forcing me to buy some lesser quality fish. But you know...this is a packaged meal thingie, and I'm not a huge fan of those.
I figured I'd give one a test-run for lunch though, so I grabbed the Puttanesca flavour and (of course!) flipped the package over to the nutrition panel. The stats looked good:
Fat 13.3g (only 1.5 saturated and zero trans-fats)
So far, it was ticking all the boxes. Next I hunted down the ingredients list, and here was a pleasant surprise: There is nothing but real food in this package! There's no artificial flavours and the only colouring added is natural - from paprika. The rest is tuna, rice, veggies, stock, spices and some extra virgin olive oil plus sunflower seed oil.
I whacked it in the microwave for 30 seconds, gave it a stir and tucked in. My tastebuds were happy. This one had an authentic puttanesca flavour - I'd have added more chilli personally, but I guess not everyone's a fan. The tomato, olives and capers were pretty well balanced with the tuna and it was a serving that would satisfy me for lunch, probably with a piece of fruit afterwards.
The verdict? It gets the thumbs-up from me. I'll be sticking the other three varieties in my desk drawer at work for emergency meals. I reckon they'd even be fine eaten cold, so if you were out on the road for the day, you could chuck a fork and one of these in your bag and you'd have a decent meal.
Disclosure: This is not a paid post. I did not receive payment or other remuneration for writing this post, although I did receive a free sample of the product. The opinions expressed here are my own and are given frankly and honestly.