I'm usually not too crazy about meat replacements, as in a slab of soy on your plate. Don't like soy, for a reason, this is for another blog. I'm very interested, though, and always look out for good replacements, as I don't eat a lot of meat. Some of them have the right ingredients, lots of vegetables and not too many perservatives. But often they contain gluten, so that's a no-go for me. So I just stick to the real thing instead, real meat, in small quantities, organic.
Last week I was intrigued by this seaweed burger sold at the Jumbo. I love everything seeweed. Not only because of the flavour, but also because of its health benefits. It contains lots of iodione, calcium, iron, to name a few. Most of us are deficient in iodine, which is necessary for a good thyroid function. This particular burger was also gluten free! The ingredients also looked promising. But the flavour.... I would have loved this one to taste good but it was a bit disappointing. It was very peppery, or, there was something spicy about it that was overruling the seaweed taste. I can handle some spiciness and found it intriguing that I could not find anything on the ingredients list that could cause the spiciness. Maybe, maybe, without the pepper (or chili?) it would have been alright? Maybe a bit more herbs to enhance the flavour?
Anyway, I always try to highlight the positive rather than the negative, so here might be the solution: my husband ate the other burger (very brave I must say) and he added some mayonaise. He said it was 'not too bad' with mayonaise. So, I will give it another try in a few weeks time and will try it with mayo. I would love this brand to be successful, because this is just what I'm looking for in my food: nutritious, healthy, fair, environment friendly. Way to go Olijck! May my little tiny blog help a lot ;o)