Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Chicken and Chorizo Paella

This was a surprise for me because my mother bought it while out shopping with her friend one day. I didn’t know what to expect if I’m honest but I thought I’d give it a go…. it’s rude not to 😆

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella in it's packaging

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella in it’s packaging

The package weighed 330g which obviously included the packaging but I had my doubts as to how filling it would be, I was wrong it was really filling and certainly enough for a light lunch. The Paella can be warmed, see the cooking instructions below:

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Cooking Instructions

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Cooking Instructions

The cooking instructions were easy to follow, and were very informative, they helped you to cook it from frozen or from chilled. The only negative would be that they didn’t take into account a lower wattage microwave…. like the one I bought off Noah when he dismantled his ark 😉 !

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Ingredients

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Ingredients

The ingredient list is also excellent because it doesn’t contain anything that I hadn’t heard of and the majority of them I’d used myself in previous recipes. The list was quite mouth watering really, it was almost as good as the meal itself.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Nutritional Information

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella Nutritional Information

You can see above the nutritional information, but you can find an easier to follow version on the front of the package in the image earlier. This was cheap… I’m not sure if my mother would have bought it otherwise 😆 but it was well worth more than the reduced price.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella ready to eat

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella ready to eat

Here’s the Paella in all it’s glory, did I enjoy it… hell yeah! It was a warm, sticky and comforting. There was a depth of flavour that the Chorizo brought to the party while what I can only describe as the zingyness of the sun-dried tomato paste. The warmth came from smoked paprika, chili and turmeric while the Basil presence bought a slight anise flavour. I thoroughly enjoyed this as you can tell and for the price and for the ease of cooking would give it an eight out of ten.8 stars

We’ve got Strictly Suppers #3 Quick Step Leftover Fish Cakes coming up on the weekend and then a review of Princes Chicken in a White Wine Sauce on Tuesday.

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Had the pleasure of seeing one of my oldest friends (not in age of course in friendship duration) Marc one of my best friends from school and his mother Tuesday, it’s been a long time but it’s good to catch up.  Hayleigh and Dave called up on Monday too, that was also lovely, it’s nice when people you don’t see often come to see you.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken and Chorizo Paella

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Time-Saving Tuesdays – Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto

I’ve gone in a different direction today for my Time-Saving Tuesday’s post. I saw Sorted Food host a Question and Answer session on twitter recently so I asked them what their favourite Time-Saving gadget was in the kitchen and they said the microwave… so in honour of that here is my Homemade Microwave Tomato Risotto.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto Ingredients

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto Ingredients

Here are the ingredients for the risotto. They’re quite easy to get hold of, I used Arborio Rice as that’s my preferred rice grain for risottos. There are two standout ingredients are Sun-dried tomato paste from Sainsbury’s which I use regular basis. The other key ingredient was a soft Brie style cheese from Pant Mawr Farmhouse Cheese. It’s a cheese I bought from my visit to the Brecon Food Festival, a review on that event to come.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto - Pant Mawr Farmhouse Cheese

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto – Pant Mawr Farmhouse Cheese

The cheese is stunning, it’s soft and has a nice strong taste, but a cheese that anyone could eat even if you weren’t a cheese lover.  The recipe I adapted this from used Mozzarella but I chose to use the cheese from Pantmawr Farmhouse Cheese instead, but you could use Mozzarella.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto - Adding Onion, Rice and Butter to start the process

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto – Adding Onion, Rice and Butter to start the process

First thing you need to do is prepare all the ingredients, blitz the onions in a food processor, weigh the rice and butter. You can also measure out the vegetable stock at this point and grate or food process some hard cheese. The hard cheese I featured in the picture of the ingredients is not the one I used, this like the Pantmawr Farmhouse Cheese, was bought from the Brecon Food Festival. I was going to use it but I thought I’d use one cheese at a time. Put half the butter, the rice and the onion in a large microwaveable bowl.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto - Microwaveable dish covered and ready to cook

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto – Microwaveable dish covered and ready to cook

Cover and cook in the microwave on high for 3 minutes, remember that as I always say kitchen equipment varies in temperature and how they are used so use my times as a guideline.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto - Adding Stock and Tinned Tomatoes

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto – Adding Stock and Tinned Tomatoes

Take out of the microwave and stir in the stock and the tinned tomatoes.  Add some water to the tin of tomatoes once you’ve emptied them into the bowl, slosh the water around to ensure you have all the tomato in the risotto. The original recipe uses Tomato Passata but I didn’t have any so I used tinned tomatoes and the Sun-dried tomato paste. Place back in the microwave and cook uncovered for ten minutes on high power.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto - Adding Caws Preseli Cheese and the Sun-dried Tomato Paste

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto – Adding Caws Preseli Cheese and the Sun-dried Tomato Paste

Once the eight minutes is up, take out of the microwave and give it a good stir. Then add the soft cheese and the Sun-dried tomato paste and stir through thoroughly. You need to break the cheese up into small chunks and so that it distributes throughout the risotto, place back in the microwave and cook for 8 minutes.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto - The risotto relaxing before final stages of cooking

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto – The risotto relaxing before final stages of cooking

Take out of the microwave and let it rest for a few minutes, do nothing to it because it needs to sit and relax. At this point all the flavours are settling down and getting to know each other.

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto - Adding the hard Cheese, Basil and butter before serving

Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto – Adding the hard Cheese, Basil and butter before serving

We’re now at the final stages of the process, stir in the remaining butter, hard cheese and the basil. Season give it a good stir, leave it for a couple of minutes to allow the hard cheese and the butter to ooze through the risotto.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto

You are ready to serve now, I served mine on a plate, but I’d probably use a bowl next time and decorate with a bit of basil… you know my mother she loves a bit of green. This is a stunning recipe and I really enjoyed making it, I’m going to turn the leftovers into Arancini so keep your eyes peeled for that. You can download a step by step guide to my recipe here, give it a go, it couldn’t be easier.  This can be served as either a starter or as a main course, I had it as a main course.Sorted

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Here’s the tweet I received from Sorted food… not sure the ready meal reviews would be popular with them 😆 .

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Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie

This is another one of Heather’s brilliant bargains… oh wait that sounds like a feature on its own lol. This was Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie, I’ve never really had a Cumberland Pie before, so was looking forward to it, something new is always good.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie in it's packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie in it’s packet

The packet describes the pie as being:

beef mince, carrots and onions in a comforting gravy all topped with fluffy mash and crispy cheese breadcrumbs.

So what’s the difference between this and a Shepherd’s Pie you may ask, well there doesn’t appear to be one other than a layer of breadcrumbs. For more information on Cumberland Pie click here.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie ingredients on the packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie ingredients on the packet

I know the picture is blurred above but you can find out more about it and the cooking times by visit the NuMe website. I’ve messaged Morrison’s and asked them about the ingredients I’ve talked about in earlier posts. Here’s the reply they gave me to my tweet.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie - Tweet from Morrisons

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie – Tweet from Morrisons

The reply is clear enough and makes perfect sense, I just wish there was a way of passing this information out to the public so we knew what we were eating.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie nutritional information on the packet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie nutritional information on the packet

The nutritional information is quite good in this with it having 297calories and fairly low levels of salt and sugar. The cooking instructions were clear and easy to follow, though you wont get a picture off me for them because they were partially obstructed by sale barcodes. To find out about the cooking instructions visit the website mentioned above.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie - Ready to be eaten

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Morrisons NuMe Cumberland Pie – Ready to be eaten

This was great, really tasty and a pleasure to eat. The gravy was deep and rich, the minced meat was easy to eat, the carrots and onions were easy to eat. The mashed potatoes was fluffy and not heavy and claggy like some other ready meals, the breadcrumbs were crunchy and cheesy and added a different dimension to what was in essence a Shepherd’s Pie. I thoroughly enjoyed this and would certainly buy it again, oh wait I did on the weekend lol with that in mind I’ve given it seven out of ten.7 stars

I’ve got a few good posts coming up, Strictly Suppers #1 will be out on Thursday, then we’ve got a review of the Brecon Food Festival which Greg and I attended on the weekend and then next Tuesday a Tomato Risotto cooked in the microwave.

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Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015

Why is Sunday 5th July significant you may ask, well it was Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015…. and yes, Greg and I were there 😀 !  You may remember Greg and I went last year, if you don’t you can read my review here

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 - Greg and I on our annual visit to Aberaeron

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 – Greg and I on our annual visit to Aberaeron

As we drove down to Aberaeron the weather was appalling, it was belting down and if I’m honest I had my doubts about whether going was a good idea, but thankfully Greg as always brought common sense to the party and we off we went, worst case scenario we’ve just gone for a drive and end up having food in a restaurant somewhere!

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 - The wonderful sunshine highlighting a great view

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 – The wonderful sunshine highlighting a great view

As you can see the weather ended up being glorious, it was equally as good weather wise as last year if not better. When we got there we were told that it had been pouring down and people had been taking shelter under arches and doorways, while stall holders took food and drink to them 😆 .

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 - Chef Stephen Terry working his socks off

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 – Chef Stephen Terry working his socks off

The first thing we did was make a beeline for Stephen Terry’s (The Hardwick Abergavenny) stall, you’ll remember that we met Stephen in last year’s festival but Stephen and I had been tweeting together for a couple of years. Stephen as always was working flat out assisted by some friends and young assistant Will. Stephen’s food was as always sensational, Greg and I tried frittata and Gazpacho which I’d never tried before and wonderful fish with different types of salads including a fantastic potato salad with a chorizo crumb.

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 - Chef's cooking up a storm

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 – Chef’s cooking up a storm

It always amazes me how many top quality chef’s are at this festival, there are more here than I’ve ever seen in any other event. Chef’s who are friendly and personable and take the time to talk to everyone. There were more chef’s this year than last year and the variety of produce on offer was unbelievable.

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 - A picture of myself with John from Teifi Cheese

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 – A picture of myself with John from Teifi Cheese

One of the first things I bought was cheese from John of Teifi Cheese, I bought two lots of cheeses from John a goats cheese and a cheese which was advertised as being “Britain’s Smelliest Cheese” – I can see why. The cheeses were for my Brother-in-law Graham and I, they were excellent, really distinct flavours and very enjoyable.

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 - Lots of fantastic wine on display from Gwinllan Llaethliw Vineyard

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 – Lots of fantastic wine on display from Gwinllan Llaethliw Vineyard

Greg and I also met the family behind the Gwinllan Llaethliw Vineyard which is situated at the foothills of the Cambrian Mountains in Aberaeron. Richard and Siwsan and their son Jac were a pleasure to talk to, Richard basically woke up one morning and decided to open a vineyard and the project grew from there. Their wine was excellent and of course, it wouldn’t have been right if I hadn’t bought a bottle to sample…. you know me it’s all in the name of research. I bought the 11% ABV Solaris it was fresh and flavoursome, not too dry but not overly sweet, a real gem and one I’d buy again.

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 - The Black Mountain Smokery's stall

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 – The Black Mountain Smokery’s stall

I also bought Smoked Dragon Sausages from the Black Mountain Smokery based in Crickhowell, the sausage was stunning, if I’m honest I ate it on its own but I’m going if I get the opportunity I’m going to put it in my Schwartz Sausage and Butterbean Stew or it would be ideal in my Stunning Spiced Sausage Stew. This was a better year for us in many ways because we knew what we were doing, we even got to sit and have a beer in the Harbourmaster which may I say, is quite accessible and has a lovely view.

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 - Greg and I with Nathan one of the organisers

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 – Greg and I with Nathan one of the organisers

Some people remembered us from last year and some people were aware of Wheelie Good Meals, Nathan who Greg and I are pictured above with is one of the event’s organisers and he had read last year’s review. It was a pleasure to meet him and everyone involved, they are so passionate about the event and it’s a credit to them…. even with a downpour 😆 . If there is ever anything that I can do access wise or through Wheelie Good Meals I’m only too happy to help.

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 - The talents of Aberdare Boy Chris Summerhill

Cardigan Bay Seafood Festival 2015 – The talents of Aberdare Boy Chris Summerhill

The day was rounded off by a performance from Aberdare boy (and friend of mine I’ll have you know) Chris Summerhill, he had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand… well not literally because they were all full up on the fish they’d eaten but you get my jist!

This was a fantastic event and one that has grown in so many ways from last year, it appeared to be a bigger festival while still keeping it’s friendly personal feel – I honestly can’t speak highly enough of it and all those who take part in it.

Thanks to Greg for his company, for playing chauffer and of course for his photography skills… and for his photography last year too. I know sometimes he may feel put on but I do appreciate it…. even if I don’t show it all the time.

Thanks for your time and come back on Sunday for the first in my Mystery Bag Meals feature…. what will it be, wait and see!!

Rich 😎
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Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot

Tuna Infusion with Soy and Ginger and Mushroom Couscous Steam Pot

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - Front Of The Package

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – Front Of The Package

I’m sorry that there was nothing coming last week, I’ve had a hectic few days, including a visit from my lovely niece Alice. You’ll probably know by now that Alice has been partying studying in France for the last ten months through her university course, but now she’s home! I’d missed her, although, if I’m honest, I probably spoke more to her when she was in the land of onion and garlic than I ever did when she was home 😆 . We did lots of cooking while she was up, some was very, very successful – some was utterly disastrous… you’ll know about it all soon enough 😆 !

This review is the other John West Infusion Pot I bought, you’ll remember I reviewed the Infusion Pot which was Tuna with Coriander & Cumin and Lime and Coriander Cous Cous.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - The Two Pots

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – The Two Pots

This was a great quick and easy snack, I really love the idea of the two little pots and with the tuna, it ticks all the boxes for me. This one was a bit of a surprise because it has mushrooms in it… come all we all know I don’t like Mr Legumes, but taking one for the team I decided I’d buy this one and review it.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - The Back Of The Package

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – The Back Of The Package

The instructions are easy to follow, they’re exactly the same as the other one we’ve reviewed in the past. As I’ve said in my previous post it is a glorified pot noodle really J it’s made in the same way… simple!

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - The Couscous Before The Water

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – The Couscous Before The Water

Water is added to the dry couscous and the lid is replaced it only takes about five minutes once the lid is replaced. Open the tin of tuna, I’ll admit it doesn’t look the friendliest, some would say it looks like cat food but trust me it doesn’t taste like it.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - The Tuna, Soy and Ginger Before Mixing With The Couscous

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – The Tuna, Soy and Ginger Before Mixing With The Couscous

When the five minutes is up mix the two together, you can, like me eat it from the pot or have it in a nice little bowl… you choose! Below you can find the nutritional values for this Steam Pot, each pot contains 413 calories and 10 grams of fat (1.4 grams of saturated fat) and 1.4 grams of salt.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - Nutritional Information

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – Nutritional Information

This was an excellent quick and easy snack, it’s quite filling and takes next to no time to prepare. The packaging describes it as

Tuna flakes with a little soy sauce and ginger infused extra virgin olive oil (5%) and mushroom couscous

I love the whole soy ginger flavour combination, I’ve used it before in Soy Chilli and Ginger Trout Recipe. I can’t say I noticed the mushrooms in this recipe so they didn’t really bother me lol

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot - Ready To Be Eaten

Time-Saving Tuesdays – John West Tuna Infusion Steam Pot – Ready To Be Eaten

A year ago today we launched our Ready Meal Monday feature, so it’s only fitting that this is a good product to review for Time-Saving Tuesday. Come back Thursday for “Something Fishy 2015”!  I’m also embarking on a new feature called Mystery Bag Meals coming at the end of the week, we’ve got a shiny new logo for the brilliant talent that is Dave Hole and a set of ingredients for the lovely Melanie from Melanie’s Food Adventures

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Rich

Ps…. I know my time keeping is sometimes rusty but this was written on Tuesday but for some reason it didn’t post…. grrr 👿 .
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