By Veggie Tom
I’ve tasted Cauldron Halloumi & Harissa Falafel Bites… should you put a pack in the trolley or leave them on the shelf?
Cauldron Halloumi & Harissa Falafel Bites blurb reads: Cauldron Halloumi & Harissa Falafel Bites are inspired by an authentic Middle Eastern recipe and flavoured with cumin and coriander. They are ready to eat straight from the pack as a terrific moreish snack, or part of a mezze with friends.
OK: Falafels are one of the veggie foods that meat eaters are often fond of too. These fried balls of chick pea, flour and spices lend themselves to variation – and Cauldron’s delicious-sounding Halloumi and Harissa Falafels certainly talk the talk.
The tasting note: And they walk the walk. These are moreish inside and they cook to a decent crisp on the outside. The Harissa adds some nice warmth, and while you won’t find your teeth sinking into lovely big chunks of Halloumi, the cheese definitely adds something.
The ingredient list: Chickpeas (50%), Halloumi cheese, (19%), contains: cow, sheep & goats milk, onion, Harissa paste (6%) red pepper, tomato puree, water, olive oil, red wine vinegar, rapeseed oil, garlic puree, coriander, spices, modified maize starch, salt, lime juice, wheat flour, rusk, yeast, salt, parsley, sunflower oil, coriander, cumin, black pepper, raising agent: sodium bicarbonate.
Harissa? Not just any spicy sauce – Harissa is a uniquely deep and rounded chilli paste which originated in Tunisia. There’s no single definite recipe, but garlic, coriander, caraway and rose petals are among the ingredients which give different versions their character.
Can you eat it? Fine for veggies, but not for Halal or Kosher users or if you’re avoiding: wheat, gluten, milk, lactose, onions, yeast and garlic. Made in factory that handles egg & soya.
Should you put it in the trolley? These are excellent falafels – the Halloumi adds a lovely texture and the Harissa lends a touch of spicy heat.
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