Thursday, 9 April 2009

[Review] Laura's Idea Calzone and Seaweed Salad

I was in Kingston early this week and popped into Food For Thought to get something quick and easy for dinner. As I was looking in the fridges I came across the Laura's Idea range, which had everything from vegan breakfast pots to sushi rolls (which I avoided just because they were so big!). Unfortunately not all of their products are vegan, but they definitely offer a lot to choose from and the labelling is very clear to read.

After a lot of umming and ahhing I decided to go for the Vegan Calzone and the Seaweed Salad, which were both priced at £2.50 each. It does sound quite expensive but they were large portion sizes and it's premade food, so it's bound to cost more than if I made it myself.

I didn't fancy having a cold Calzone so I popped it into the oven for 10 minutes. I thought it was delicious, even though the majority of it was grated carrot. A bit more tomato and other vegetables would have been nice. It didn't have cheese in it, and didn't taste cheesy but it did have a nice gooey texture to it, which reminded me of the Calzone's I've had in the past. The only thing that I found a bit odd was that the filling wasn't wrapped inside pizza dough but inside a pancake. Don't get me wrong, it tasted nice inside a pancake, but pizza dough would have been even more tasty and perfect comfort food. Mmmm dough.

Laura's Idea - Vegan Calzone

The Seaweed Salad was really good, definitely my kind of salad because it wasn't full of leaves! There was lots of seaweed in there, which you're probably thinking 'well duh' but I can't count the number of salads I've had where I've ended up playing 'spot the main ingredient' because it's practically non existent. It had plenty of carrot (yes more!) and a little bit of rice too. It was different to normal plain, boring salads and it was nice and filling too. Both the products also looked delicious, which is always a bonus.

Laura's Idea - Seaweed Salad

After doing a little bit of research online (which took me a while because their website doesn't have much information on it at all) it seems that this company only has products in the London area, but if you can prove me wrong let me know. I've only seen these products in Food For Thought and the Whole Foods in Clapham. There also appears to be a lot of mixed reviews on these products. I've seen a lot of complaints about the cakes and deserts but a lot of positive reviews on the savoury dishes. Try at your own risk!

I can only say positive things about Laura's Idea so far and look forward to trying more things, even though Laura seems to be slighty obsessed with grated carrot. It was a nice change to veggie burgers and falafel and definitely a far healthier option than the street of takeaways right by my house! Worth a shot if you want something quick and tasty when you're in a hurry.

1 comment:

  1. Oh god... I love those calzones! I lived in London from 2005 to 2007, and I'm still missing them terribly! I'm thinking of trying to recreate one, but I know I'll never be able to get it exactly right. Le sigh..