As I mentioned here, the Husband and myself are not keen on celeriac and consequently have never given it to the kids before. The Husband would also prefer not to eat pearl barley, ever. You can imagine how much he had been looking forward to this meal!
My son was quite looking forward to the idea of eating Zombie Brains (all in the name I think). Every time I mentioned it to my daughter she just made a face, although said she was willing to try it even if it sounded gross! Normally when trying new things with the kids I include something in the meal that I know they will like, so in this instance I would normally have served the roasted celeriac with rice, potatoes, pasta, basically anything else. As I was pretty sure that I would never get the opportunity to try this again I just went for it. I did however have some leftover pancakes from lunchtime and some leftover fresh pasta (not home made) in the fridge on stand by. I was hoping their love of all things Minecraft (ie the Zombies) might see them through the tastes they were unfamiliar with or didn't actually like.
My son's reaction to the dish was "Mummy this is definitely. Disgusting". So after that praise for the meal I asked my daughter. "The best part is the celeriac, which I didn't think I would like, so I said it was horrible when I first tried it". Mmm, so not a total hit there either then, especially when coupled with "and the mushrooms are terrible". I did know she didn't like mushrooms, so no surprise there. In the end both standbys were used. I'm pleased the kids tried it and both made sure they didn't like it by having a second bite of everything.
The Husband's response was actually pretty positive "It isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be", but "we're never having this again!"
I actually quite liked it, though I think I would have preferred the Zombie Brain element as more the main part of a vegetarian roast meal. It looked like you were carving a joint (only a lot easier). We've been trying to work out what the roasted celeriac tasted like, and suddenly I realised it tasted a bit like Jerusalem Artichokes.
I feel bad giving a bad review for this, because we have tried a lot of Jamie Oliver's recipes and normally they are a hit with us all, which I think is why I went for it. Our favourite being his Yorkshire Pudding recipe, which is a total hit with the kids and pretty much every friend they've had over for tea!