Food cupboard reviews

Sharwood’s Curry & Rice Chicken Tikka

Published on July 25th, 2020 Sharwood's

I did not have high hopes for this. The portion size when you lift the lid is tiny. The rice looks like a meagre bowl of rice crispies: small, crunchy and yellow. But worse than that, you need a degree in mathematics to follow the instructions. “Fill to the fill line”, it says patronisingly, like… [Read More]

2 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

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

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

Wai Wai Beef Casserole Noodles

Published on November 2nd, 2019 Wai Wai

Look at the pictures – that steak was delicious, but I take full credit for that. Noodles were a little overcooked but that’s because I was preoccupied with the steak. This ended up being a really full-flavoured beef broth. But it’s incredibly difficult to review something that takes second stage to that gorgeous steak. All I… [Read More]

4 out of 5

ASDA Curried Chickpeas

Published on October 26th, 2019

About 2 mins in the microwave. Difficult to get out of packaging without scaling fingers – whole pouch gets hot! Verdict? “Tastes like Christmas”. Specifically, cinammon, cloves. Also cumin. Nice flavour. Mild. Goes well with a main course.

3 out of 5

Pasta ‘n’ Sauce Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Published on October 19th, 2019

A little bit of a faff – have to measure out water and milk and waste a saucepan (the washing up! 😫) Ends up being FREAKIN’ HOT, so watch your mouth. Tastes good, if a little al dente in texture.

3 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

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

Published on September 14th, 2019

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]

3 out of 5