We love eating out, but sometimes when the weather is particularly Scottish we like to cosy up at home and have a picnic tea or some nice ready meal type food from Marks & Spencer.
I am known to be quite fussy when it comes to pre-prepared meals. I don’t like the chicken they use in a lot of the dishes, and I don’t like the synthetic tasting cheese sauces in meals like lasagne. If only there was somewhere that sold proper homemade meals that could be reheated…
Step forward Cook. I feel I have discovered the answer and I’m pretty pleased about it.
Our Cook shop is located in Morningside (in itself a great place to eat, and lots of independent shops to explore). If I was positioning it in the market I would say it sits alongside Marks & Spencer and Waitrose, they all offer what I’d consider higher end food (we like to go there for our ‘weekend’ food). While I’d say that Marks & Spencer have the best ready meals, closely followed by Tesco these days, they can still fall short. Cook exceeded my expectations and was significantly better than other ready meals I have tried.
When Jane from Cook explained everything was frozen, including the cheesecake and pate, I was sceptical. Having now tried and prepared many of the dishes, I can say with confidence that everything not only works frozen, but tastes completely homemade once prepared following the simple instructions.
So far we’ve had the Macaroni Cheese, always a good test I think as to how good a ready meal range is. Usually I find they are too saucy, lacking in cheese, and with a very fake taste. This one was full of pasta, and the top bubbled up with the cheese just like as if I’d cooked it myself.
The Lasagne was also very good indeed. Very rich, but just as if it had been made at home, which is really what you want from food like this.
I served the Lime and Pistachio Cheesecake at a family Sunday Dinner (which I had cooked myself!). Everyone really enjoyed it and complimented the strong lime flavour and the light, whipped top. I could have passed it off as my own, I’ll know for next time!
We haven’t tried the Dijon Pork or Chicken Korma yet, so much food, so little time. I have pretty high hopes though, I think everything is going to have that same homemade taste. Price wise, the ready meals are comparable to Marks & Spencer or Waitrose, so not something I’m going to buy to eat every day, but definitely affordable when you want to something really tasty to eat at home when you don’t want to cook yourself.