When I was a single parent and money was tight…well, tighter than it is now…I would often buy a few bags of frozen Quorn mince to use for my bolognese sauce. Grace and I could never tell the difference. When we moved in with Ross, I used it on him once or twice and he didn’t notice either!
When Quorn asked us to come along to the Kids Cookery School in London, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. All I knew was that Grace would be able to muck in and make some delicious recipes whilst my Mum and I drank tea and chatted with the other bloggers (I have to admit to being rather envious of Grace off baking!).
I have to say though, that I was really interested to find out a lot more about Quorn from their Home Economist, Alison. She was full of knowledge and I was fascinated by some of the facts and figures that we were given. For example, did you know:
- Livestock cause 14% of GHG emissions but Quorn has over 90% lower emissions than beef
- Global demand for meat is unsustainable and rising but Quorn is a definite sustainable alternative to meat
- Heart disease and obesity is globally endemic but Quorn has 90% less saturated fat than a meat spaghetti bolognese (so I was causing some good when I used it – aside from my bank balance!)
- The unique ingredient used in all Quorn products is called mycoprotein – a nutritious, edible fungi similar to mushrooms and truffles
- Quorn is low in fat and calories and is a good source of protein and fibre
- Quorn absorbs flavours when cooking easily, making it fast and versatile
- Quorn burgers and sausages can be served every day as they are not classed as processed meat
I have to say that my experience of Quorn has always been positive but I wasn’t aware of just how many products they actually made. These include bacon rashers, hot dogs, sausage rolls, scotch eggs, chicken pieces, grill steaks, sausages, burgers, escalopes and roasts. All completely meat-free. A number of their products are also gluten-free and some are vegan.
We were served a number of different dishes which were potential ingredients for a children’s party – these included chicken pieces in lime and coriander (my favourite!), hot dogs (which really tasted like hot dogs!), cocktail sausages, sausage rolls and scotch eggs. But the difference was the nutrition value – far better for you!
Meanwhile, whilst we were all nattering and munching our way through the party food, Grace and the other blogger’s children were out the back in the kitchens preparing two tasty dishes using Quorn ingredients.
The first was a pizza – Grace made hers in the shape of a heart – using quorn ham, chicken pieces and lots of different other ingredients including peppers and tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. The second recipe meant that Grace had the opportunity to make bread rolls – which she was thrilled about. She chose one Quorn chicken burger and one Quorn mince burger to put inside her rolls. She couldn’t wait to try it – and munched her way through one of the burgers as soon as we got back to the car!
All in all we had a lovely day out. The PR’s who arranged the event were really accommodating and so grateful to us for turning up (I wouldn’t have missed it) and Alison from Quorn was so friendly and knowledgeable. Grace has now decided that she would like to start eating Quorn a lot more due to it’s nutritional value and I have to say that this event has really boosted my opinion of their products – they have definitely encouraged me to start using it on a more regular basis. Thank you to them all for a wonderful afternoon.
For more details and photographs of the day, pop over to the Quorn blog.