Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice

Hello again, carrying on from last week’s #TST (yes I’m hashtagging it now) cheating theme, here’s a Cheat Chiken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice.

I can’t claim credit for this one, this was my mother’s idea! I’d bought the Chicken Tikka Masala some time ago and it was sitting in my cupboard, my mother (with the Time-Saving theme in mind) had bought me some sachets of rice.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala and John West Egg Fried Rice

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala and John West Egg Fried Rice

I was going out to my local for a quiz the other night and needed something in a hurry that would be fuss free but would fill me up ready for a few pints. My mother remembered that these were in the cupboard so cooked them for me.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala Tin

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the Tesco Chicken Tikka Masala Tin

This can be cooked in the microwave 3 minutes for 800W or 2 ½ minutes for 900W. You can also cook it in a sauce pan on the hob, it takes about 4-5 minutes, stirring regularly, obviously all times vary depending on appliances (blah, blah, blah). It is described on the tin as

Chicken breast pieces in a medium curry sauce with yoghurt, double cream, tomatoes and aromatic spices.

There is a warning that says:

Caution: Although every care has been taken to remove bones, some may remain.

I don’t know what to make of this, I am scared of bones, in any type of meat. I’ve been known to leave a piece of fish if I find a bone because of my throat and my massive fear of choking – I think I was once quoted as saying

“I’d rather be shot than choke to death”

Extreme I know but it’s my worst nightmare, I remember going to a conference with my mate Adrian and another friend Derek. Derek was diabetic but (in the words of Marjorie Dawes from Little Britain) “Oh man he loved de cake”. He couldn’t get enough and consequently ended up having a bit of cake lodged in his throat, it took him ages to clear it and was very scary…. I don’t think that’s helped my irrational fears either! Right now I’ve scared you witless (or bored you) let’s move on…

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the John West Egg Fried Rice Sachet

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Back of the John West Egg Fried Rice Sachet

The rice was a John West sachet, the cooking was simple, for a 750W microwave you had to

1       Squeeze the rice to separate the rice

2       Tear or cut the top of the pack to make a 2cm opening

3       Stand pack upright in a microwave and cook on FULL POWER for 90 seconds. Leave to stand for 30 seconds

4       Remove the pouch from the microwave and tear or cut open the top of the pack.

5       Empty the rice on to a plate and fluff up with a fork

The curry was tasty, the chicken was tender and succulent. The pieces were small enough for me to manage them (hence the spoon in the photo below). The sauce had quite a deep flavour , it was tomatoey and had a great background heat from ginger , garlic and paprika. The rice went well with it, it was fluffy and soft, it wasn’t claggy and difficult to eat.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice Plated Ready To Eat

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Chicken Tikka Masala and Egg Fried Rice Plated Ready To Eat

All in all this was a great success and a great idea by my mother. I’ll be trying more meals in tins in the future. Come back next Tuesday to see more Time-Saving ideas. Don’t forget if you have Time-Saving ideas please get in touch, you can never have too many ideas!

If you really like Chicken Tikka Masala and want to make it yourself, check my recipe out for a Leftover Chicken Tikka Masala. Thanks for reading, see you later on in the week with another recipe!
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Time-Saving Tuesdays – Time-Saving Ingredients

Since February 2008 cheating in cooking has become cool… why because Queen Delia says so in “How to Cheat at Cooking”.   Don’t take me dubbing her as Queen Delia as an insult, it’s merely a testimony to how highly I think of her…

I have always had long standing regard of Delia Smith, she released a book and a television series which involved learning how to cook an egg. I think that’s phenomenal – people would love that nowadays. It’s something I’d like to do with Wheelie Good Meals and have talked to friends and fellow Wheelie Good Mealers Alice and Greg about in the past.

So how do I cheat save time. Well I do it in several ways, the first one is my cheats Shepherd’s Pie that I’ve created .  You all know I love my Shepherd’s Pie and I cook it on a regular basis but my infatuation for my Cheat’s Shepherd’s Pie comes from my time in hospital. I’m not one of these people who moans about hospital food because Prince Charles Hospital food when I was in five years ago was pretty good. The Shepherd’s Pie however was, in my opinion a tin of mince, and some mashed potatoes…. so that’s what I eat now when I’m in a hurry and I’m looking for something substantial.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Ingredients I sometimes use for Speedy Shepherd's Pie

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Ingredients I sometimes use for Speedy Shepherd’s Pie

You’ll see from the image above that there is a tin of Minced Meat, a tin of carrots and a packet of mashed potatoes… for me that’s my luxury Cheat’s Shepherd’s Pie. I love… yes love… tinned Minced Meat and a Jacket Potato, I scoop out the flesh and mix it with butter and seasoning and then put the meat over it. It’s my inverted Cheats Shepherd’s Pie. – trust me, when people say “ooo tinned mince, stay away” they’re wrong! You can get bad tinned mince and good tinned mince but so far Princes and Asda are my favourite. Off the back of that I have my Cheat’s Fish Pie which I’ve featured on the blog in February. This recipe is using cheats ingredients (pictured below) and is not only a guaranteed success but a family fave!

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Cheat's Ingredients for my Cheat's Fish Pie

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheat’s Ingredients for my Cheat’s Fish Pie

There are lots of jars available, I use loads in my recipes, there are just some pictured below:

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Various Jars containing Time Saving products

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Various Jars containing Time Saving products

I buy them from various shops but the top two in the picture above are the two I use on a regular basis (oh sugar, you know that already!) I’m not afraid to cut corners, well unless it’s in my wheelchair then I try and go around them properly)

          No wait, who am I kidding my door frames and doors are apauling I can’t drive for toffee or so may parents tell me!

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Proof I can't cut corners

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Proof I can’t cut corners

The picture above shows my living room door – you’ll see the dents in the door frame and the hole in the door. I’ve always said “Bad Driving and Brute Force Gets Me Through Everything” (incidentally the tie helps me open the door, in case you were wondering)!

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Cheats Ingredients For My Pesto Double

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Ingredients For My Pesto Double

Even Michelin Starred Chef’s use readymade pastry! The picture above shows I have used has been adapted from the picture used in my Strictly Supper #4 – Pesto Double. There are two Time-Saving Ingredients I swear by in this picture the Jus Rol pastry and also the two readymade Pestos!

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Various Sachets containing Time Saving products

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Various Sachets containing Time Saving products

There are so many other cheat s and Time-Saving methods out there from sachets that include herbs and spices for a particular dish, to microwaveable rice and pre-cooked lentils. Don’t think that I’m saying the above pictured items are all you can use because they’re not – I use other ingredients of a similar nature and I don’t see anything wrong with it. Remember you’re cooking for you, not Greg and John (Masterchef reference there)! You’ve only got to impress you and your family so don’t worry about what you use!

What are your favourite Time-Saving Ingredients, let me know… Check back on Friday for our latest recipe, remember to visit my social networking pages as I share lots of recipes from other blogs on there on a regular basis. You can find links to my social networking on the left hand side of the page.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Norman Zebra

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Norman Zebra

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Hayley JHedgehog

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Hayley Hedgehog

 

 

 

 

 

 

Massive thanks to Melanie from Melanie’s Food Adventures for Saturday’s post! You can find her Hedgehog Traybake here, if you like that then you’ll love her Zebra Cake here give them a go!  I’ll have my take on Jo Pratt’s Sweet ‘n’ Sour Chicken for you later on in the week – that’s one of my mother’s favourite Takeaways

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Comforting Classics – Cheats Fish Pie

I asked Alice this week what she wanted me to cover for the blog this week and she chose this one… so Alice this is for you!

Recipe 25Before I go into the nitty gritty of this recipe I should say it marks the start of another new feature of Comforting Classics, meals, ideas that are Comforting food to everyone.  I’m not going to give this a particular day just as the mood takes me… after all we all know I’m a bit pants at keeping to a schedule.  I’m proud to say that this is my 25th recipe for the blog, I know that’s a total lot of toff to most people but I’m proud of it so there :p lol (so proud I did a stupid graphic) 😳 !

This is one of my favourite recipes, it’s warm, Comfortinging and uplifting. It’s really, really, quick and simple and can be made in next to no time. It also freezes well. I cooked this for Stacey following on from Stacey’s Brocliflower Cheese Bake.

The ingredients are simple, I’ve used Prepared Mashed Potatoes and a Fish Pie Mix (I’ve got mine from Tesco but they are available from other stores.

Cheats Ingredients For The Comfort Classics - Cheat’s Fish Pie

Cheats Ingredients For The Comforting Classics – Cheat’s Fish Pie

They are ideal for people who are in a hurry, and for people who perhaps don’t want to buy the full set of ingredients. I sometimes frowned at these sort of ingredients because they were a “cop out” but having used them and seen the benefits they are ideal for quick cooking and great for people with some disabilities who may have difficulties in mashing potatoes or skinning fish.

Ingredients For The Comfort Classics - Cheat’s Fish Pie

Ingredients For The Comforting Classics – Cheats Fish Pie

The ingredients are simple, you can leave out the herbs if you don’t have them, you can add garlic and mustard if you like but it may be too strong. I don’t use cheese in my fish pie as a rule but you could use it in the mashed potatoes if you wanted to. The ingredients are simple and this is reflected in the amount of equipment and utensils I used.

Equipment and Utensils For Comfort Classics - Cheat’s Fish Pie

Equipment and Utensils For Comforting Classics – Cheats Fish Pie

This is a fairly straight forward process, I wasn’t sure where to start but I did it by chopping the spring onions finely, you can do that using a knife or with a food processor, I used a food processor so they were ooober fine. After that I made a roux by melting butter in a pan and then mixing in flour and stirring it into a paste. Slowly add in the milk, it’s sometimes better to take it off the heat to avoid lumps, once you’ve done that add the herbs. Cook until it becomes thick and unctuous, all the flavours should meld together and become one big happy family.

Different Stages of Assembling The Cheat’s Fish Pie

Different Stages of Assembling The Cheats Fish Pie

Place the fish in to the pie container (in my case it’s a loaf thin)  😀 then pour the sauce in and give it a little mix to ensure equal distribution of flavours. Cook the mashed potatoes as per the instructions on the reverse of the packet, once I cooked the mash I added seasoning and butter and milk to make it a bit more luxurious. Once the mashed potato is cooled place it on top of the pie dish and then cook for twenty minutes, it is important to fork the mashed potato through to give “sticky up bits” 😛 so you can get a crispy topping on it.

Mashed Potatoes Instructions For Comfort Classics - Cheat’s Fish Pie

Mashed Potatoes Instructions For Comforting Classics – Cheats Fish Pie

As you can see below, I’ve just served this as it was but you could serve it with broccoli, peas or even a garden salad (what ever one of those are) 😉 .  This is meal is quick and easy and ideal for a night where you’ve not got much time on your hands, this is something I make on a Tuesday night before I go to pool quite often.

Comfort Classics - Cheat’s Fish Pie

Comforting Classics – Cheats Fish Pie

Don’t forget to download our step-by-step recipe from the link here. I know it’s bad manners to rave about my own food, but hey what the heck!! This was fab, as I’ve said earlier. I’ve cooked different variants of this, some with mustard, some with cheese but this is my basic recipe and I love it, I usually make a large batch and freeze it. Next up as part of my Time-Saving Tuesdays Feature I’ll be reviewing John West Tuna Infusions Steam Pot.  It’s quick, easy, and most certainly Time-Saving, come back and see what you think!  Following that we’ll have another Comforting Classics my (Shepherds Not Cottage) Shepherds Pie 😀

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