Reviews by Chris Ashton

itsu hoisin duck bao buns

Published on March 27th, 2022

Not your typical ready meal, this! I’ve had bao buns in restaurants before and was keen to see how the microwave version would fare. The result is pretty good. The box contains 6 buns, and provides little microwave bags for each one. Just put a bun in the bag and pop it in the microwave… [Read More]

3 out of 5

Mindful Chef Panang Chicken Curry with Black Rice

Published on March 1st, 2022

It’s been far too long since I last posted a review. After all this time, what could have broken the deadlock? What meal was so interesting/controversial that I just had to try it, capture it, write about it? This one. Ladies and gentlemen, you are looking at a frozen ready meal for 1, at a… [Read More]

4 out of 5

Rustlers Sausage Muffin

Published on May 1st, 2021

Delicious! Muffin is nicely chewy, holds up well after being in the microwave. Sausage patty is nicely fatty and the cheese comfortably covers the whole surface area. Easy prep – 65 seconds in the microwave, job done!

4 out of 5

Wasabi Chicken Katsu Yakisoba

Published on April 17th, 2021

Surprisingly good value – I got this for £3.50. It is a large portion of food, and satisfied me fully for lunch. Considering this is a household name and not some own-brand, you get a lot for your £3.50. That includes rather a lot of packaging; a cardboard sleeve, then a plastic bowl inside another… [Read More]

4 out of 5

Charlie Bigham’s Chicken Thai Red Curry

Published on August 29th, 2020 Charlie Bigham

This is my third Charlie Bigham offering. I just can’t help myself when I see it reduced to half price (meals typically retail at about £7-8). Whilst I bought this on offer, it does feed two, so the £3.50-£4 RRP per person is comparable to standard ready meals. It takes a little more time than… [Read More]

4 out of 5

Charlie Bigham’s Goan Fish Curry

Published on August 1st, 2020 Charlie Bigham

My second Charlie Bigham meal – this time with rice. It’s already in better stead than the Moroccan Chicken Tagine. It comes with some foil you need to wrap around the curry and the rice, which are in two separate containers. It then goes in the oven for about half an hour. You can really… [Read More]

3 out of 5

Sharwood’s Curry & Rice Chicken Tikka

Published on July 25th, 2020 Sharwood's

I did not have high hopes for this. The portion size when you lift the lid is tiny. The rice looks like a meagre bowl of rice crispies: small, crunchy and yellow. But worse than that, you need a degree in mathematics to follow the instructions. “Fill to the fill line”, it says patronisingly, like… [Read More]

2 out of 5

Sainsbury’s My Goodness! Katsu Chicken Curry

Published on July 18th, 2020 Sainsbury's My Goodness!

The chicken is nice and juicy – but it’s not breaded, which for me is a KEY part of a katsu curry! Such a shame. I guess there are too many calories in breadcrumbs…! Even the sauce doesn’t taste like katsu – it has more of a lemongrass/Thai flavour. It comes with a sticky jasmine… [Read More]

2 out of 5

Sainsbury’s Chicken Coconut Laksa Noodles

Published on July 11th, 2020 Sainsbury's My Goodness!

Sainsbury’s has a real thing for laksa. Apart from the soup I reviewed in 2012, I haven’t seen it anywhere else. I think this is an iteration on the same product: a creamy, lemongrass-rich sauce with fresh vegetables and chunks of chicken. There’s more chicken than last time (though it still feels a bit mediocre)… [Read More]

3 out of 5

Jake & Nayns’ Mexican Chicken Burrito

Published on July 4th, 2020

This was nice and easy to cook – just open one side of the outer packaging to let steam escape, then pop in the microwave for 1m 30 seconds. The end result? A slightly daunting soggy/doughy looking wrap. But, taking a bite, it’s satisfyingly ‘full’ of filling, with a fair bit of chicken. It has… [Read More]

4 out of 5