Reviews by Chris Ashton

John West Creations Salmon with Wild Rice & Lentils, Honey & Ginger

Published on September 14th, 2019
3 out of 5

This dish has lots of salmon – big chunks of it. The salad itself is very sweet. But otherwise is nice and healthy, with plenty of lentils and chickpeas. It’s definitely not very big overall – more of a side dish than a main. Think this was just under £2, which for salmon is not… [Read More]

Wasabi Chicken Kastu Curry

Published on September 7th, 2019 Wasabi
3 out of 5

Disclaimer: I bought this in Sainsbury’s, not at Wasabi. Think it’s awesome that that’s even a thing. Battered chicken is not very reliable when it comes to microwave instructions – many manufacturers wuss out and force you to use the oven – but not here. Wasabi may have specified a long cooking time (6/7 mins… [Read More]

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Beef Hash

Published on August 31st, 2019 Sainsbury's Taste the Difference
4 out of 5

Tasty, good chunks of beef, nice crunch on the potatoes, polenta makes the gravy nice and thick. Generous portion for one. Only has an oven cook option, and definitely not healthy, but good comfort food. A slow-cook, indulgent treat.

Loyd Grossman Pasta Italia Tomato & Chilli

Published on August 22nd, 2019 Loyd Grossman
3 out of 5

Unlike a Pot Noodle or a bang-and-zap microwave meal, this thing actually requires cookery. Think butter, water, and careful stirring, and all the washing up that goes with that. If I’m already cooking, I may as well go the extra mile – so I roasted a duck leg. Then I opened the only other tin I… [Read More]

Mama Cup Chicken Flavour Noodles

Published on July 20th, 2019 Mama
2 out of 5

Good portion of noodles. Amazed that all the water got absorbed – check that fill line! A little bland at the beginning, but a subtle chicken flavour coming through. But salty towards the end. “Textured soy protein”, rather than real chicken. Maybe I’m spoiled by other pot noodles LINK. But they’re really unappetising looking, and… [Read More]

Naked Noodle: The Big One Fiery Chicken Panang Thai Egg Noodles

Published on July 13th, 2019
2 out of 5

Given the sheer size of this pot (and the name, “The Big One”, which is a promise it had better well keep), I was disappointed to open the lid and find only a small mound of noodles at the bottom. I had a choice of 3 fill levels depending on how thin I wanted my… [Read More]

ASDA Vegetarian Mac ‘N’ Cheese Leeks

Published on July 6th, 2019
4 out of 5

Bought this, reduced, and spontaneously, when I already had far too much in my shopping basket. Never go to ASDA when you’re hungry and you’ve just been paid. This would be a decent main course on its own, but I thought I’d have it as a side dish with my lasagne & salad. In a… [Read More]

Ko-Lee Bang! Bang! Noodles Chicken Feel Good Flavour

Published on June 29th, 2019 Ko-Lee
3 out of 5

You know how those Beano and Dandy comics grabbed your eye as a kid? Well, the same trick works on adults, so long as food’s involved. Yes, the packaging is a trifle ‘sudden’, and once I saw the claims of “Feel Good” flavour, I had to give it a go. The prep Battle through the… [Read More]

Tesco Finest Cottage Pie

Published on June 22nd, 2019
3 out of 5

I may be the only person in the world who had this with charred broccoli and ranch dressing. It was a winning combo though. I apologise for the particularly bad second picture, which may have been somewhat distorted by the beer or two I’d had beforehand. It tasted better than my photography would suggest. A… [Read More]

Sainsbury’s Spaghetti Meatballs

Published on June 15th, 2019
3 out of 5

This didn’t look very appetising in my local supermarket – a splat of tomato on some rather fake looking meatballs, under a pile of spaghetti that will inevitably disintegrate on heating in the microwave. Still, I fancied something Italian, and I thought I’d review this for the benefit of you, my lovely dear reader. First… [Read More]