2-star reviews

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 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

Waitrose Korean BBQ pork with sticky rice

Published on November 23rd, 2019

The plastic peels away nicely, unlike a lot of rubbish ready meals nowadays. And it’s clear, which is better for recycling. So far so good. Having said that, there’s an odd black plastic insert you have to remove halfway through cooking. It keeps the sauce away from the rest of the food, but it’s fiddly and… [Read More]

2 out of 5

Pot Rice Chicken Risotto

Published on October 12th, 2019

First mouthful very salty. This turns out to be a little ‘bomb’ of flavour powder that hadn’t been mixed properly. (I did stir this thing, several times). Tastes like mushroom soup. But even with that texture, the rice is still quite chewy. Claims to have 2% chicken, but I couldn’t find any. VERY hot. Burned… [Read More]

2 out of 5

Mama Cup Rice Vermicelli Shrimp Tom Yum

Published on September 21st, 2019 Mama

This was pretty poor. First of all, it’s wrapped in an unnecessary layer of plastic. I’m trying to get more eco conscious and this really isn’t helping. The pot seems way oversized for what noodles are in there, but this is an illusion and it does actually fill up and absorb the water well. But… [Read More]

2 out of 5

Mama Cup Chicken Flavour Noodles

Published on July 20th, 2019 Mama

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]

2 out of 5

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

Published on July 13th, 2019

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]

2 out of 5

ASDA Toad in the Hole

Published on April 27th, 2019

Sausages are bland, bready and tasteless. The batter is a bit crunchy on top and doughy underneath. Disappointing.

2 out of 5

Tesco Hearty Food Co: 4 Bean & Cheese Melts

Published on March 9th, 2019 Hearty Food Co

I saw these in the freezer section of my local Tesco and had to give them a try. 25-30 mins in the oven, and these little pale pillows of goodness fluff up into some awesome looking crispy pastries. The problem began when I cut into one. There’s an immense air packet inside each one; the… [Read More]

2 out of 5

Mug Shot Roast Chicken Pasta

Published on February 9th, 2019

“Fill to 15mm from brim and boiling water. Stir thoroughly”. As you can see, it doesn’t apply to my Mr Handsome mug. This ended up being a weird soupy broth for my pasta, which somehow managed to stay crunchy despite the ocean of hot water each pasta tube was now sitting in. I was hungry,… [Read More]

2 out of 5