By David Scott
Gosh! is a new range of meals loaded with ingredients from the growing list of superfoods such as beetroot, chia, flax, kale, linseed, pumpkin, spinach and quinoa. However, the really notable thing about the Gosh! range is what they don't contain. Its free-from range avoids the 14 most common allergens – cereals containing gluten, eggs, milk, soya, nuts, peanuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, lupin, sulphur dioxide, crustaceans, fish and molluscs. The range is therefore suitable for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs and fully accredited by the Vegan Society, Vegetarian Society and Coeliac UK.
Gosh! boldly claims that its foods will take you on 'a culinary journey, brimming with a new freedom in what was once a "dry and samey" food category'. We were able to try most of the range and it would be fair to say that they divided opinion in our household. Please bear in mind that my wife usually has the better palate and is almost always right.
The Mixed Seed Quinoa, Carrot and Coriander Bakes with a minted pea centre are described as perfect for a lunchtime or evening meal. We had them with spicy rice and vegetables. They had a satisfyingly crunchy exterior and the minted pea centre had a good flavour and the texture of mushy peas rather than a purée. My wife thought that they were absolutely delicious and that there was no need for any kind of sauce. I found them dry and a bit samey.
The Sweetcorn and Quinoa Bites with a hint of harissa and paprika had an unfortunate appearance straight out of the packet which I won't dwell on. Once cooked they were appealing, bite-sized portions which my wife ate cold with hummus and described as delicious, flavoursome and crunchy. I had eaten them hot from the oven and found them lacking in spice. Our two-year-old twins also turned their noses up at them.
The Chickpea Courgette Moroccan Spiced Bakes, topped with harissa peppers, were less popular with my wife as she dislikes harissa but the texture was pleasing and they went well with another generous dollop of hummus. Sadly, I found them dry.
The Mushroom, Puy Lentils and Butter Bean Burgers are billed as a new take on the traditional veggie burger. I must confess to not having tried these as I dislike mushrooms, puy lentils and butter beans, so my wife ate both burgers but found them to be disappointing on the whole. The main issue was that the particular combination of ingredients made for too soft a texture for a burger.
As my wife is a long-standing vegetarian and lover of healthy foods and therefore has a much better frame of reference, I leave her to provide the final word. I generally avoid veggie burgers and the like as I find them dry, heavy and too salty. The Gosh! range is different; much lighter and fresh tasting and full of good things. While I didn't enjoy the entire range, I would definitely add the bites and the bakes to my regular shopping list.