I hate cooking. It’s boring and it takes too long. I have the attention span of a squirrel so swirling veggies in a pot is definitely not my idea of fun. I lose interest. I’ve become an expert at collecting takeaways. I was rather surprised when McCain approached me to try out their new Veggie Sides and blog about the experience. This isn’t exactly a food blog and I’m by no means qualified to discuss cooking.
This is a geeky tech blog and I wasn’t sure how to test out these Veggie Sides and still remain relevant to my audience until inspiration hit me with a force most likely equated to that of a Stormtrooper Blaster catching the side of your arm.
Cooking but with a Star Wars inspired twist.
I decided to put together a Star Wars inspired meal for my friends. You can watch the final result here:
If you’re wondering how I did it? Well it was pretty simple:
Butternut Soup: I used the McCain Mashed Butternut (which comes in frozen pellets), microwaved it as per the instructions, added some full cream and then pureed it to make the soup.
Mains: I used the McCain Cheesy Cauliflower Bake (which was my absolute favourite out of the dishes) and the Spinach in Cheese Sauce. I paired these veggie sides with yummy McCain Veggie Burgers – useful because my best friend is a vegetarian. I then used a Mushroom Sauce for the veggie patties. I did buy the sauce and simply heat it in the microwave…. the lazy girl’s guide to adding sauces.
The best part about the experience? All the items cost less than R200 AND the entire meal took less than 20 minutes to cook. The McCain veggie sides were all frozen but taking them from frozen to cooked is so simple. The instructions on the packs make it easy enough to toss them in the microwave or oven. The items are absolutely delicious and taste like they were homemade from scratch. No one needs to know you had a little McCain help.
So what did I learn from this experience?
If you add some geekiness to cooking it actually is really fun.
McCain may be my new best friend (I’m basically living on their Cheesy Cauliflower bake now).
Okay cooking foodie friends. Your turn to weigh in. Any other geeky food suggestions I should try?
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