Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Exceeding Expectations


It is easy to think that all products of the same type are, well, the same.  Over the years however I have discovered that this is not so.  My early experiences of bland Indian simmer sauces were blown out of the water by the amazing authentic taste of Sharwood's curry pastes.  After years of assuming all gin is equal, Bombay Sapphire and later experiences with Hendricks and Tanqueray proved that no they are not.

Recently in an effort to get both more fish in my diet and more protein in my lunches I decided to add tuna to the mix.  In my mind tuna from a can was a slightly grey, mushy substance, best mixed with loads of mayonnaise and other flavourings on a sandwich. But people had been talking about Sirena tuna for awhile, so I figured I would give it a go - if only for the retro mermaid bedecked tin.

From the moment I opened the can I could see the difference.  It was pink, it was clearly a solid bit of fish.  And the taste.  This is no overly fishy bad canteen sandwich filling.  This is delicate and delicious and I love adding it to my salads for lunch.


So once again, my expectations have been exceeded in the best of ways and I'm feeling all the healthier for it.

Have you tried Sirena tuna (or Sharwoods or Bombay Sapphire) and did it change your previous opinions?  And have your expectations been exceeded by something recently?

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    1. I'm so glad I finally got around to trying it!

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  2. I haven't had Sirena in ages, but have heard people rave about it!

    Will put some in my shopping trolley when I'm at the supermarket next :)

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    1. It was just on special at my IGA, I now have vast quantities in the cupboard. :)

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  3. Love Sirena tuna. But I have been eating Safcol. I love it! A good tuna makes the world of difference.

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    1. Oh, I might have to try Safcol after my Sirena supplies run out. It is certainly a new world to what we used to eat as kids at school.

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  4. I haven't tried any of those brands! I'll have to look out for Sharwoods - but do agree that brands make a big difference, for some products at least, and can add enormously to the pleasure of a meal when you get the right one! Glad you've had such a good find with tuna.

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    1. Oh yes, do try Sharwoods. I did a vegetarian rogan josh the other day, it was spectacular. I had cooked enough to allow for leftovers - we didn't have any leftovers!

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