3-star reviews

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

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

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

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

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

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

Waitrose Vegetarian Jackfruit Biryani

Published on December 28th, 2019

As an out-and-proud meat eater, and lifelong Indian food fanatic, I was highly skeptical of how jackfruit might stack up against, say, chicken tandoori. Peeling back the plastic, I thought there had been some mistake – this actually looks like chicken. Great big chunks of white matter, complete with strands of muscle. It does such… [Read More]

3 out of 5

Pot Noodle Sticky Rib flavour

Published on December 21st, 2019

When I think of sticky ribs, I picture 4th July in America with a Budweiser and  a TBC So you can imagine my surprise when I tasted this and found it’s more like a Chinese takeaway. Which, come to think of it, is more of a British staple than American style sticky ribs. So I’m… [Read More]

3 out of 5

Tesco Thai Green Chicken Curry with Jasmine Rice

Published on December 7th, 2019

Bastard hot (temperature wise). Somehow retains its heat for ages. Do not eat in a hurry. Strong Thai flavour. Not much chicken. Separate compartments keeps the rice really sticky – but may also serve as a disguise for smaller portions. I’m onto you, Tesco! Tasty, but I was still hungry afterwards.

3 out of 5