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Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - The Asda Meatballs

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – The Asda Meatballs

Here’s a bit different of a difference, my mother’s obsessed with these meatballs, she buys them quite regularly and either serves them as meatballs or squashes them into burgers…. bizarre I know lol!

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - Ingredients

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – Ingredients

I’m unsure whether this should come under the “Waste Not Want Not Wednesday” because these ingredients were leftovers from the Pizza Pies I made, but it’s also quick and easy so it’s a win win! Before we start cooking chop the chorizo, roasted red peppers and the onion, I’ve cut the onion into half moon and the chorizo into chunks.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - Frying the onions

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – Frying the onions

I had some Oil that came in a spray bottle, spray a light covering on the pan and heat. When the pan is warm add the onions and fry them until they start to soften.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - Frying the onions and chorizo

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – Frying the onions and chorizo

When the onions start to soften add the chorizo and stir, you’ll need to cook them until they start to soften and also the oil from the chorizo comes out.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - minced ground garlic and chili flakes

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – minced ground garlic and chili flakes

In a small bowl add 1 tsp of ground garlic and a large grinding of chilli flakes. Give them a mix and set aside.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - Adding the Minced ground garlic and chili flakes to the pan

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – Adding the Minced ground garlic and chili flakes to the pan

Add the chilli flakes and garlic to the pan and stir thoroughly to combine the onions, chorizo, garlic and chilli.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - adding the sun-dried tomato and char- grilled red pepper pastes

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – adding the sun-dried tomato and char- grilled red pepper pastes

Add the Char-Grilled Red Pepper and the Sun-Dried Tomato Pastes and stir thoroughly, allow the ingredients to mix together and get to know each other, the party is starting now!

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - adding the sun-dried tomato and char- adding the roasted red peppers

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – adding the sun-dried tomato and char- adding the roasted red peppers

Add the roasted red pepper and stir thoroughly to combine all the flavours, these are some of my favourite ingredients and it’s shaping up really nicely now.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - adding the sun-dried tomato and char- adding the mixed dry herbs

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – adding the sun-dried tomato and char- adding the mixed dry herbs

Add the mixed dry herbs, if you don’t have a packet of mixed dry herbs you could use oregano, basil and coriander in equal measures.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - adding the tinned tomatoes

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – adding the tinned tomatoes

Pour in the tinned tomatoes and mix thoroughly, allow everything to come to temperature. You can add water if you want more of a sauce, or add a bit of stock if you want to make some up with a stock cube.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - all the ingredients cooking away nicely

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – all the ingredients cooking away nicely

Allow the mixture to simmer and come together nicely, turn the heat down and just check it from time to time.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - the sauce simmering and the meatballs frying

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – the sauce simmering and the meatballs frying

Fry the meatballs in a pan with a small splash of oil, you want to cook them until they start to brown all over, you’re going to finish them off in the sauce so don’t worry too much.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - bringing the ingredients together at the end of cooking

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – bringing the ingredients together at the end of cooking

Once the balls are brown add them to the sauce and mix through when you stir everything, do it gently and to ensure that you don’t break the balls up.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - microwaveable basmati rice, a great accompaniment

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – microwaveable basmati rice, a great accompaniment

Serve this with some quick and easy basmati rice, use the type that you can cook in the microwave and it’ll be ready in next to no time.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - a microwave, a busy cook's best friend

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – a microwave, a busy cook’s best friend

The microwave is a great asset to a time starved family, I’m going to be featuring recipes that can be cooked in the microwave, like our Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto. If you’ve got any microwaveable recipes then get in touch, I’d love to see them and try and recreate them.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce -served and ready to eat

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce -served and ready to eat

I really enjoyed this, it’s very similar to the Sausage Meatballs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce I made in September last year. It’s really enjoyable, slightly spicy and a great to use the meatballs, they’re handy to have in the freezer , they can be defrosted and cooked quite easily.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce

I’m back to normal now, and on time 😆 what more can I do! I hosted a dinner party a couple of weeks ago, so I’ll be blogging about that on the weekend, more to come next week with a review and another recipe 😀Wheelie Good Meals Social Networking

I’m going to be doing lots over the next few weeks, so will keep you updated even hoping to finally get my youtube videos up and running… here’s hoping 😆

6 Nations Of Food

6 Nations Of Food

Have you been watching the six nations, I’m going to try and cook something from each of the countries involved so brace yourself for a bit of welsh cakes, pasta, toad in the hole, Kedgeree, champ and something French…. six nations of food, happy days!

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Mini Portable Pizza Pies

Merry Christmas, happy New Year and Happy Easter (oh wait we haven’t got there yet lol). It’s been a while since my last post, but I’m back, the beginning of the year has been slightly hectic but now things have calmed down I can start cooking… and eating again!

Visit To Old Trafford

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - Greg and I at Old Trafford

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – Greg and I at Old Trafford

We were only a day into the New Year and Greg and I were off to the Theatre of Dreams Old Trafford, home of our beloved Manchester United. We were lucky enough to get tickets for Manchester United v Swansea, a game that always weighs with us because Swansea is our local Premiership team.

My mother wanted us to take some food with us, so she suggested making these Pizza Pies, as she calls them. She’s been cooking them for parties for years for us, she also cooks them for me if she goes away so I’ve got something to munch on. It was my turn to make them this time, although I didn’t make the pastry – my mother is the queen of pastry so why reinvent the wheel, her pastry is better than anything I do. It was a short crust pastry, I can’t give you the recipe because she makes it by eye but there is a good recipe on the BBC Good Food website. The pastry was rolled out and cut into circles which were put in lined cake tins.

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - The pie cases before being filled

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – The pie cases before being filled

I made two types of Pizza Pies one with Chorizo and a little bit of spice and one with tinned potatoes and herbs.

Chorizo Pizza Pie

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - Ingredients for the Chorizo Pies

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – Ingredients for the Chorizo Pies

Other than the chorizo the ingredients are fairly simple mainly store spices and a few store cupboard essentials. It’s a quick and easy recipe to make and great to take away on trips or for parties, you can mix up the recipe, add more spice – other types of meat like cooked chicken etc.

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - Chopped onion and peppers for the Chorizo Pies

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – Chopped onion and peppers for the Chorizo Pies

The first thing you need to do is preheat your oven to 1800C, then you’ll need to chop all the ingredients. I’ve used onion, peppers and chorizo in this one, you can use any form of cooked meat, I’ve had some with chicken in and they were lovely. You can also grate the cheese at this point, it saves time later – grate enough for both recipes!

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - The process of cooking the Chorizo Pies

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – The process of cooking the Chorizo Pies

Here comes the easy bit, whack it all in a pan and away to go! Firstly add some oil to a pan and heat it up, then fry the onions until they start to soften (1). Add the garlic and cook that for a few minutes (2), then add the chorizo and the chilli flakes (3). Cook the chorizo for a few minutes so that the oils start to come out, stir regularly so that all the flavours get to know each other. Add the roasted red pepper and stir continuously so that all the ingredients are mixed together thoroughly (4). Lastly add the tinned tomatoes and stir thoroughly, allow to cook through so that all the ingredients come to temperature (5). Let the ingredients cook until they start to thicken, season and take off the heat.

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - Filling the pastry cases and topping with cheese for the Chorizo Pies

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – Filling the pastry cases and topping with cheese for the Chorizo Pies

Allow the mixture to cool first then spoon into the individual pastry cases, remember not to fill them too full as you’re topping them with cheese (1). Top each individual pie with a handful of grated cheese (2).

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - The Chorizo Pies read to be eaten

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – The Chorizo Pies read to be eaten

Place in the oven and cook until the pastry is golden brown and the cheese is melted. As all the ingredients have been cooked earlier you’re just cooking the pastry case and melting the cheese. Once cooked take out of the tray and place on a wire cooling rack to cool, you can eat them out of the oven but they will be hot, be careful because of the cheese.

Vegetarian Pizza Pie

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - Ingredients for the Vegetarian Pies

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – Ingredients for the Vegetarian Pies

These are not spicy, they’re more Italian/Mediterranean orientated… with potatoes! You can cook these in the oven at the same time as the Chorizo Pizza Pies, not to waste the oven heat. I’m also using a jar of Sun-Dried tomato paste from Sainsbury’s which is not in the picture

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - Chopped Potatoes and Peppers for the Vegetarian Pies

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – Chopped Potatoes and Peppers for the Vegetarian Pies

Firstly, like their non-vegetarian cousins to start this recipe you’ll need to chop all the ingredients. I’ve used onion, peppers and tinned potatoes in this one, you could add other vegetables like courgettes, carrots, butternut squash or fennel for example.

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - Store Cupboard Essentials, Sainsbury's Char-Grilled Red Pepper Paste

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – Store Cupboard Essentials, Sainsbury’s Char-Grilled Red Pepper Paste

There are two random in this recipe, there’s Sainsbury’s Char-grilled Red Pepper Paste, a product my sister bought for me years ago. It’s does what it says on the tine, it’s not so much of a paste as a purée and has the smoky taste of roasted red peppers, I use this in loads of recipes and always have a jar either unopened in my cupboard or open in the fridge, but if it’s open it doesn’t last long.

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - Store Cupboard Essentials, Mixed Herbs

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – Store Cupboard Essentials, Mixed Herbs

The other random ingredient is mixed herbs…. ok not so random you’re probably thinking but they are when they come from the dispenser above! Heather and her family bought it for me for Christmas it has a few different dry herbs, and a section for mixed herbs, it’s ideal for someone who has a small kitchen and doesn’t want to go to the expense or hassle of buying lots of herbs. It’s also great for someone who hasn’t got the time to mix all the dry herbs together – like me in this instance. If you haven’t got mixed herbs, you could use a packet of blogenese herbs or Italian herbs.

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - The process of cooking the Vegetarian Pies

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – The process of cooking the Vegetarian Pies

Again like the previous recipe, this is the easy bit, one pan cooking, what more can you ask for? Firstly you’ll need to add some oil to a pan and heat it up, then fry the onions until they start to soften (1). Add the garlic and cook that for a few minutes (2), once you’ve done that add the Sun-Dried Tomato Paste and stir through to ensure all the ingredients have combined (3). Give that a couple of minutes then add the Char-Grilled Roasted Red Pepper Paste and stir through to ensure all the ingredients have combined (4). Cook that for a few minutes then add the peppers and potatoes, these are already cooked so they won’t need long in the pan (5). Remember to stir continuously, next add your herbs and stir to combine all the ingredients in the pan – as I always say it’s like a party, you want to make sure all the guests meet each other (6). Lastly, add the tinned tomatoes and stir thoroughly so that everything combines really well (7).

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - The Vegetarian Pie filling thickening

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – The Vegetarian Pie filling thickening

Leave to thicken, season and take off the heat.

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - The Vegetarian Pie ready to be eaten

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – The Vegetarian Pie ready to be eaten

Repeat the same process as above, once cooled place the mixture in the pastry cases and top with cheese, cook in the oven until the pastry is golden brown and the cheese has melted. Once cooked take out of the oven and place on a cooling rack – or eat straight away if you dare!

Multi-Purpose

These are awesomely practical and massively tasty, they’re great for parties, trips or late at night when you come home from the pub.

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - Before they go in the oven

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – Before they go in the oven

You can use any hard cheese; you could grate Parmesan over or Gruyère for a more nuttier texture.

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - Freeze the leftover cooked Vegetarian Pie filling for use again

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – Freeze the leftover cooked Vegetarian Pie filling for use again

If you’ve got any leftover, put it in the freezer and you can have it again, you eat the vegetarian version with fish or meat, the chorizo version you can have with pasta or rice.

Mini Portable Pizza Pies - After they've been in the oven

Mini Portable Pizza Pies – After they’ve been in the oven

They can be frozen, eaten hot or cold and are great, as I’ve said in a number of different scenarios. They’re popular with lots of my friends and served Greg and I well when we went to Manchester.

Mini Portable Pizza Pies

Mini Portable Pizza Pies

I hope you enjoy these, give them a go, you can download a step-by-step recipe here, but be warned you’ll need paper in your printer! I’ll be back on Tuesday with a quick and easy pasta/rice sauce and then Cauliflower Cheese Burgers on the weekend… yep you heard me, Cauliflower…. Cheese…. Burgers (happy days!)

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Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Good morning all, sorry this is slightly delayed I was going to upload it yesterday in time for Blackpool Ballroom but had a million things to do, oh ok, not a million but it felt like 😆 ! This is based on Simon Rimmer’s Baked Cuban Chicken and Rice from Something For The Weekend. I’m using this as my recipe to represent the Rumba. There’s Rum in it and also the Rumba originates from Cuba. We’ve seen two cracking Rumba’s this season one from Helen and Aljaž in week 7 where they scored 31 dancing to Adele’s “Hello”. We also had an equally good Rumba from my personal favourite Anton and Katie in week 8; they danced to Shirley Bassey’s “Never, Never, Never”.

The Ingredients - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

The Ingredients – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

There’s rum in this recipe, my friends Kirsty and I are on self imposed bans from alcohol for four week (28 day ban) so having this in the recipe may have been controversial but the alcohol was burned off so it was fine. Why the ban, well it’s to try and become a bit healthier and to lose a bit of weight ready for Christmas. There are lots of ingredients in this recipe, don’t be fooled, it’s not difficult and I’m going to look at ways of making it easier, but it’s fairly easy in its self. My recipe is different from the original, you can find the original here but because of time and to make the process easier I’ve cut a few corners.

The process for making the stock - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

The process for making the stock – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

The first thing to do is to get the stock on, you can make your own chicken stock or use bottled stock but I put two stock cubes in a sauce pan in 1.5 litres of water, seasoned and left on a medium heat.

Chopping up the Sausage Mix ingredients - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Chopping up the Sausage Mix ingredients – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

The next thing to do is to chop the ingredients up, cut the chicken up and put that to one side and then chop up the chorizo, carrots and onion and set them to one side. At this point you can also weigh out the rice and set that aside, the rice for this recipe should be short grained rice.

The ingredients that flavour the stock - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

The ingredients that flavour the stock – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Once you’ve got the stock on you need to keep an eye on it and stir it from time to time to ensure the stock cubes have dissolved. For the spice mix add the above ingredients to a small bowl and mix.

Herbs, spices and seasoning to flavour the stock - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Herbs, spices and seasoning to flavour the stock – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

I didn’t use dark brown sugar, I used light brown sugar because it’s all I had – that’s what cooking is all about make do and mend, if you haven’t got something stick something else in. I also didn’t have paprika so I used Smoked Paprika. I had to go out and buy Garlic Powder and Onion Powder so that was new, I know they are used in a certain Fried Chicken recipe so I’ll be trying to recreate that too.

Herbs, spices and seasoning mixed with some oil - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Herbs, spices and seasoning mixed with some oil – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Once you’ve mixed all the seasonings, sugar, herbs and spices together add some oil and mix that through. You’re trying to make something that I’ve heard called slurry like the one in the photo above, excuse the belly!

Putting the Rum in Rumba - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Putting the Rum in Rumba – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

I used Tesco Dark Rum, I have only tried Rum once playing poker with Greg and two other friends some time ago, I can’t say it’s a drink I really like but you know me I wouldn’t say no. The original recipe asks for 50ml but we used 60ml, the glass I’m using is a glass I had from a friend Emma who sells Forever products, if you are interested in Forever’s Aloe Vera products let me know and I can pass her details on to you.

The process of flavouring the stock - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

The process of flavouring the stock – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

To the stock on the hob add the slurry and then pour in the rum and mix thoroughly, allow it to sit there on a low heat to burn off the alcohol and to let become friendly with each other.

Browning the Chicken - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Browning the Chicken – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Add some oil in a frying pan and fry the chicken until they are golden brown. I only had two chicken breasts; ideally you’d need 350g of chicken according to the original recipe. Set the chicken aside and let’s cook the sausage mixture.

The process of making the sausage mixture - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

The process of making the sausage mixture – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Firstly fry the carrots and onions; you want to cook them until they are soft. Once they’ve started to soften you can add the minced garlic and stir thoroughly, allow all the flavours to mingle and get to know each other. Then add the star of the show, the chorizo and cook on a medium heat until the vegetables have softened and the chorizo oil is oozing into the pan. Make sure all the ingredients are mixed through thoroughly, take off the hob ready and add to a bowl

The cooked sausage mixture in a bowl - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

The cooked sausage mixture in a bowl – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

At this point you can season the mixture and give it a stir, let all the ingredients sit while you add the rest.

Adding ingredients to the cooked sausage mixture - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Adding ingredients to the cooked sausage mixture – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

To the sausage and vegetable mixture add the rice, the beans and the tomatoes. The original recipe asks for long grain rice and whole tomatoes not tinned tomatoes, I personally hate the skin of a tomato so where possible I use tinned. The long grain rice situation was a bit puzzling, I used it because it was all I had, so I was intrigued to know why Simon Rimmer had specified Short Grain Rice, I did some digging. I’ve tweeted Simon Rimmer to ask what the reason was and will let you know when I have a reply back.

Spooning the sausage mixture into a casserole dish - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Spooning the sausage mixture into a casserole dish – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

After mixing the ingredients thoroughly spoon a layer on to the bottom of a casserole dish (again excuse the belly).  Simon’s recipe says to spoon half over, I didn’t do that I’ve layered it, next time I’ll do half the mixture.

Adding a layer of chicken to the casserole dish - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Adding a layer of chicken to the casserole dish – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

In my case next I added a layer of chicken, then spoon a layer of the sausage mixture and carry on repeating until everything is used up. What I’ll do next time is add all the chicken here, then add the other half of the sausage mixture.

Topping off the casserole dish with stock - Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Topping off the casserole dish with stock – Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice

Spoon the stock over the top of the ingredients, once you’ve done that place it the oven and cook for 45 minutes onwards. I cooked it for an hour and ten minutes, whether that was because it was long grain rice and it takes longer, I’m not sure but it took longer than the recipe said.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice after it's come out of the oven

Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice after it’s come out of the oven

You’ll notice I’ve used a different casserole dish in the picture above, why, because I stupidly put it in one that was too small 😳 . When you take it out of the oven you’ll get hit but stunning smells of the chorizo and the spices which will fill your room and, if you weren’t hungry already you will be now.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice topped with chopped Basil

Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice topped with chopped Basil

When its cooked sprinkle some basil over the top, the original recipe calls for parsley but I had basil, what’s a difference in herbs between friends?

Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice ready to eat

Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice ready to eat

I’ve served mine with a basil leaf (as always) because my mother’s drummed it in to me over the years that we need a bit of green. It was a stunning dish, warm in flavours with plenty of depth with the paprika and the chorizo giving it a mild kick of spice. I’ve never used cannellini beans before but they were lovely and the long grain rice worked better than I thought it would. This recipe is like all my recipes, take your time, if it takes longer than I’ve said it takes longer, I guarantee it’ll be well worth it. I’d certainly cook this one again, would I do it differently, yes possibly there’s a lot of processes which could be, well, streamlined but I’m not sure if you’d get the same end result.

Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice in all it's glory

Strictly Suppers 2015 #4 Rumba Chicken and Rice in all it’s glory

Don’t forget as always you can download my step-by-step instructions here. Next week for the fifth instalment in our Strictly Suppers range we’ve got Cha-Cha-Char Grilled Tuna Steak with a spiced soy, honey and ginger sauce and cheat’s mashed potatoes.

Mystery Bag Meals Information

Mystery Bag Meals Information

I’m back to normal now (normal, ok I know I’ve never been normal but you know what I mean) Tuesday we’ve got a review of Asda Beef Bourguignon with Red and White Quinoa. Don’t forget you can get in touch to give me a Mystery Bag challenge, see the information below. For now, have a good week and thanks for stopping by.Wheelie Good Meals Social NetworkingSpecial thanks to Kirsty for helping me cook this one and for taking the photographs for me and for Alice and Heather for suggesting the recipe. Fingers crossed I’ve got some news about a few new videos on the horizon! Enjoy cooking the recipe, if you make anything from this blog please let me know, also send in your thoughts, pictures, ideas – just basically get in touch via our social networking sites above! I hope you enjoyed strictly, I can’t say I’m disappointed in the result; it was long overdue, just a shame Jeremy’s gone.

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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 – Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese (Belated)

Ok, I know it’s not Tuesday but it’s not far off… and it’s worth the wait lol!  Today’s post is an interesting one, I’m not sure if it counts as being Time-Saving but we’ll give it a go!

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Front Packaging

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Front Packaging

Actually, thinking about it I suppose it is Time-Saving because it only takes about 30 minutes in total but you do have to cook it in the oven. On the plus side, it is just a case of whacking it in the oven and away to go, well apart from peeling the lid off after 15 minutes, see the cooking instructions below:

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Cooking Instructions

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Cooking Instructions

Like the Asda Pasta Bolognes Bake I wasn’t really looking forward to this one, and… like that post I was well and truly wrong! It was rich and tasty, here is the ingredient list and nutritional information.

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Ingredients and Nutriitional Information

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Ingredients and Nutritional Information

The package described this as being:

Macaroni Pasta in a spicy cheese sauce with Chorizo and topped with a Chilli Cheese Crumb

Time-Saving Tuesdays - Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Ready To Eat

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Rockin Chilli & Chorizo Mac Cheese Ready To Eat

This was another stunner, it was so tasty. It had spice, deep tastes of chorizo which was had tastes of smoked paprika. It also had the deep cheesey taste which made it comforting. It did have B3 and B1 (Niacin and Thiamin) as ingredients, so this provokes more thought. On the whole I’d give this a 6/7 out of ten, I’ve gone with 6 because it uses the oven but I’d certainly buy it again!6 stars

Greg Edgar Linton 8 Ball Davies boy!!

Greg Edgar Linton 8 Ball Davies boy!!

Later on in the week we’ve got my review on the Cardigan Bay Fish Festival 2015 and my dreams of expanding Wheelie Good Meals. Thanks for stopping by, good luck to my mate Greg for his tour of Under Milk Wood, I’m going today so I’ll let you know how it goes. Greg and I went to the Fish Festival again this year, you’ll see his photos soon!  For now, read last year’s Cardigan Bay Fish Festival Review.  Greg gave an excellent portrayal of Edgar Linton in The Caerphilly Players performance of Wurthering Heights – I’m very proud of him and I’m sure they’re all going to be amazing (The Butchers Arms Boy!)

 

Rich 8:)