What do you do if you can't be bothered to cook something from scratch and can't be bothered to go out and get a takeaway and bring it home?
For years we've had Hermolis as an option in the freezer. The company produces a range of kosher main meals that can be heated up in the oven or microwave.
Hermolis is of course also known for its hospital and airline meals, sometimes they can form the bunt of jokes but from personal experience, I've never had a problem with them.
Recently I decided to put a home meal to the test.
So I choose sliced lamb with macaroni, peas and carrots. Priced at around £8, it is one of their more expensive frozen meals you can buy.
Each meal is sealed twice, making it 100% kosher and avoiding any problems when it comes to cooking it in unsupervised places.
Hermolis suggests cooking it in the oven for 45 minutes or between 6 and 9 minutes in the microwave.
I opted for 10 minutes in the microwave which seemed to result in the meal being fully cooked and not overdone.
So what do you get? Well there's 4 good sized pieces of lamb with little fat on it. That's good, you've not paying a premium to get the fat. Then there are the peas and carrots and equally they were quite decent. And then there was the macaroni. Well, not so much macaroni, more like fusilli. And two colour plain as well as green. That was also quite tasty.
Presentation is ok, albeit a bit too packed with everything which doesn't leave room for putting any condiments on the side. Maybe they could design the packaging so there is place to put in some sauce if you want without it having to dribble down the sides.
After all, you don't want to empty everything, put it on the plate and then do some washing up. The reason for the meal is you want something with no fuss to eat and enjoy.
Another downside with the two layer sealing is that it can be quite difficult to remove evenly without spilling food from the sides. A better way to remove the layer and get at the food should be looked at by Hermolis.
But that aside, Hermolis might be knocked by some and forever associated with airline and hospital food, but its lamb meal for eating at home is a serious delight.