Food cupboard reviews

Kohinoor Dal Makhani

Published on October 28th, 2018
4 out of 5

Has a baked bean texture but with smaller beans. Not too salty at all – a common failure among dals – if anything actually slightly on the bland side. It’s always tricky to review a side dish. Pictured here is half of the dal, along with fried courgettes, brown rice and Caribbean pork steaks. Unlike… [Read More]

King Pot Noodle Original Curry flavour

Published on September 9th, 2018
3 out of 5

Nice curry flavour, not too hot. Think of a coronation chicken sandwich without the chicken… or the sandwich. Mango sauce provided gives a nice undertone of sweetness and clovey goodness. King size doesn’t seem much more filling than a standard pot noodle – I’m gonna have to double check the grams of noodles and compare!… [Read More]

Batchelor’s Pasta ‘n’ Sauce Smoky Cheese & Pancetta Flavour

Published on September 2nd, 2018
3 out of 5

Pretty painful instructions. Add 250 ml of water, 100ml of milk, 10g of butter (optional), put in a large bowl, apply microwavable film (?!), pierce holes in it, microwave for several minutes and figure out when to stir twice during the cooking process. But I’m impressed with the end result. It has a nice smoky… [Read More]

Naked Rice Japanese Katsu Curry

Published on August 12th, 2018
3 out of 5

Easy prep. Choice of three consistencies – thick and intense, medium (recommended), and thinner sauce, based on how much water you put in. Quantities look rather timid when you take the lid off. It has real chicken in it – but less than 2%. Nice curry smell permeates the air. Rice is cooked ok, I… [Read More]

Batchelors Pasta ‘n’ Sauce Tomato Basil & Mascarpone

Published on July 29th, 2018
3 out of 5

In the interests of a good review, I followed the instructions to a T. Oven hob, measured quantity of milk, heat through for specified time, serve. A faff, and more washing up than I’d like, all for… crunchy pasta. And boy, is there a lot of it! Take a look at the last couple of… [Read More]

Pot Noodle Chicken & Mushroom

Published on July 8th, 2018
4 out of 5

Ahhhh, the humble pot noodle. A classic. The epitome of student munch. We know it’s not haute cuisine. We know it’s not particularly healthy. But by golly, it’s a British institution, and it will continue to feed students long after Brexit does or doesn’t happen. As the name suggests, it’s a pot of noodles. The noodles… [Read More]

Kohinoor Bombay Egg Curry cooking sauce

Published on June 17th, 2018
4 out of 5

I saw this in Tesco and just had to give it a try. At £1.49, it’s a decent sized sauce that opens nicely from the packaging. No eggs in it, of course; you’ll have to hard-boil these yourself. The shelling is a bit of a pain but this isn’t pitched as a quick, easy meal! The… [Read More]

Wat Kitchen Chicken in Chilli & Thai Basil sauce with Noodles

Published on May 27th, 2018
3 out of 5

Expected this to be a pot noodle but actually needs microwaving. Opened the box to find two pouches, one of noodles and one of the chicken in sauce. Looked around in despair for some scissors but no need – the pouches are easy-tear. Noodles are satisfyingly chewy and thick. They’re coated in a sauce with… [Read More]

Heinz Macaroni Cheese

Published on May 13th, 2018
3 out of 5

2 servings. Microwavable. Ring pull lid. Nice and easy. Bit of an odd cheese sauce – slightly unpleasant aftertaste. Still, I ate it all. Can’t have been that bad. And it went down very quickly despite it being two servings!  

Pot Pasta Creamy Carbonara

Published on May 6th, 2018
4 out of 5

Remove the lid, disappointment – hardly anything in here! Add hot water, stir, leave for five whole minutes. Pleasantly surprised when I returned – the pasta comes out normal size! Sauce is deliciously thick and creamy for a “just add water” dish. Nice bacon flavour, though no visible bits. I wondered if there maybe wasn’t… [Read More]