Reviews by Chris Ashton

Jake & Nayns’ Mexican Chicken Burrito

Published on July 4th, 2020 Jake & Nayns

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

Charlie Bigham’s Moroccan Chicken Tagine

Published on June 27th, 2020 Charlie Bigham

I’ve recently moved to an area that has a Waitrose. There’s an entire fridge section dedicated to ‘Charlie Bigham’ meals. I thought he was the bloke who wrote Black Mirror. A man of many talents then…! These are all marketed as high quality, low effort meals for two. Unlike other Charlie Bigham meals, you can’t… [Read More]

3 out of 5

Sainsbury’s Spaghetti with Spicy Meat & Vegetable Meatballs

Published on June 23rd, 2020 Sainsbury's My Goodness!

The ragu is not rich, it’s basically tinned tomatoes with some garlic. It’s not bad, but it’s nothing special. There’s a pitiful quantity of cabbage, which just about tips the balance for it being 1 of your 5 a day. The meatballs allegedly contain beef and pork, but all I can taste is vegetable. It’s… [Read More]

3 out of 5

Waitrose Nasi Goreng

Published on May 26th, 2020

Simple to cook, clean, good recyclable packaging. The only faff is the ‘plastic insert’ used to separate the sauce and the rice – but the result is worth it. Has a real, unexpected kick to it. You can see the flakes of chili on the chicken and throughout. A little beyond my comfort levels to… [Read More]

4 out of 5

Heinz Cream of Chicken Pot Soup

Published on May 8th, 2020

£1.40 from Tesco at time of writing. A tin (as opposed to plastic pot) of exactly the same stuff would be less than a pound. It’s certainly easier/tidier than a tin – 1m45s in the microwave, stirring halfway, and no pan to wash up. All of the packaging parts are recyclable too. But the soup… [Read More]

1 out of 5

ASDA Chicken Fried Rice

Published on March 14th, 2020

This meal self-effacingly refers to itself as a “SIDE”, which I think does it a disservice. There’s plenty of chicken, so this would be a reasonable as a main course. But at a £3.50 RRP, this would be quite a pricey main course – and a VERY expensive side dish, considering this is standard ‘ASDA’… [Read More]

3 out of 5

Merchant Gourmet Persian-Style Quinoa

Published on March 7th, 2020 Merchant Gourmet

If I had to sum this up in one word, it would be “roughage”. It feels very virtuous: lots of fibrous grains to chew on, packed with protein and low in fat. I ate it with some homemade sausage and pepper casserole, which admittedly looks awful in the picture. It ended up being a very… [Read More]

2 out of 5

Waitrose Vegan Mac & greens

Published on February 29th, 2020

At £3.75 RRP, and with no microwave option, this is a little on the pricy / faffy end. It never fully crisps up like an oven-baked macaroni cheese should, so loses a couple of stars for all that. That being said, it does taste nice: an umami-rich creamy sauce and a slight crunch of breadcrumbs… [Read More]

3 out of 5

Rustlers All Day Breakfast Sausage Muffin

Published on February 24th, 2020

A deliciously fatty, fast meal. It comes with the standard plasticy orange cheese, and a sachet of ketchup. Not quite the artery-clogging feast of the Feasters Premium Double Sausage Breakfast Bap with Cheese & Tomato Ketchup, but a similar result: meaty sausage flavour, filling, and a ketchup that cuts through the fat. The muffin has a… [Read More]

4 out of 5

Waitrose Chicken Katsu Curry

Published on January 4th, 2020

For a ready meal, this was the biggest faff to prepare. Your first task is to peel back the film lid, and remove the chicken breast with your bare hands, shake the rice off that had clung to it, and place it on a baking tray, which you should put in a pre-heated oven for… [Read More]

2 out of 5