Reviews by Chris Ashton

Cup Noodles Teriyaki Chicken

Published on September 23rd, 2022

Quite watery. Noodles are softer than Pot Noodle. Teriyaki flavour is quite subtle, but pleasant: an undertone of ginger, garlic and soy. No actual chicken to speak of – and if you read the back of the packet, it covers itself as “chicken flavour noodle soup”. There’s not much of a garnish, but there’s a… [Read More]

3 out of 5

Quorn Mediterranean Wonder Grains

Published on September 16th, 2022

Can be eaten cold, but obviously I’m going to follow the directions and microwave it 🔥 19.5% Quorn pieces. Quite bland. The Quorn pieces don’t taste of much – and I usually think they taste great and work as a fantastic substitute for chicken in stir fries. In microwave form, they’re slightly mushy and they… [Read More]

2 out of 5

Tesco Lamb Rogan Josh with Pilau Rice

Published on September 9th, 2022

Lovely packaging. It ‘snaps’ in two so you can cook the rogan josh first, which takes longer. The plastic also peels away nicely. Really generous portion of rice – it’s about what you would get from an Indian takeaway, or about as much as I’d usually prepare for myself. The lamb has that deliciously rich… [Read More]

4 out of 5

Ed’s Easy Diner Mac ‘n’ Cheese Burger with Bacon

Published on August 28th, 2022

Just look at it – this is glorious. Why make do with ketchup, mustard or mayonnaise when you can wet your burger with something that would normally be considered as a side? This £2.20 burger from Iceland certainly looks the part. The bacon is streaky and browns surprisingly well in the microwave. The bun is… [Read More]

4 out of 5

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

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

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