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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Sorted Food Tweet!

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

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Thursday I’ll be reviewing the Brecon Food Festival I went to with Greg recently, then there’s another #StrictlySupper… I wonder what that could be??

Thanks for stopping by, see you Thursday.

Rich
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Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne

Forgive me readers for I have sinned…. it’s been 9 days since my last proper post!

Keri, Alice and Ben ready for Michael Jackson meets Meat Loaf

Keri, Alice and Ben ready for Michael Jackson meets Meat Loaf

The world has gone mad, since my last post I’ve had wheelchair melt down’s, I’ve been working on a new business start up, watched a fantastic Michael Jackson and Meat Loaf tribute act with Keri, Ben and Alice, visits from both Hayleigh and Stacey, updated to Windows 10 ( 🙁 ) oh and I may now soon be running one of the pool leagues I play in with Keri…. are you tired yet, you should be…. I am 😯 !

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne - In it's tin

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne – In it’s tin

Anyway, the truth is I’ve been finding blogging a bit difficult in amongst ll the silly grown up s**t I’ve had to do! And I could even have been accused of losing a bit of motivation, until last night. I suppose I’ve had a bit of a realisation that sometimes you just have to stop, you can only do what you can do. I finally got to have a catch up with Greg over a meal and a beer last night…. not the best steak I’ve had (ok I’ve only had two) but it was a good night. Our catch ups are often very cathartic, well for me at least

9oz Sirloin Steak From Weatherspoons Aberdare.... a bit fatty and not nice to eat on this occasion

9oz Sirloin Steak From Weatherspoons Aberdare…. a bit fatty and not nice to eat on this occasion

So on to today’s review, we’re looking at Tesco Everyday Value Tinned Chilli Con Carne.  Before I start the review you can read how I made Mags Cheats Chilli Con Carne or read my review of Asda Chilli Con Carne and Boiled Rice.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne - Information on the back of the tin

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne – Information on the back of the tin

You can see the ingredients and nutritional information above, in case you can’t read the key ingredients were:

Tomato Purée, Red Kidney Beans, Beef, Rehydrated Onion, Red Pepper, Green Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Garlic Powder, Cumin Powder

Ding dong! These are pretty much the ingredients I use to make my Chilli Con Carne’s bar the Rehydrated Onion (I use proper onion) and I don’t use Green Pepper, you can’t say fairer than that! However, there were some ingredients I wasn’t so familiar with:

Textured Wheat Protein, Malted Barley Extract, Modified Maize Starch and Colour (Paprika Extract).

If you know what any of them are please let me know because I’m baffled! The can contained 400Kcal, 10.2g fat (of which 4.4g was saturated) and 2.4g of salt! I’m going to learn what all these mean in time, if you know share your knowledge with me!

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne - Served with quick cook boiled rice

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Tesco Tinned Chilli Con Carne – Served with quick cook boiled rice

My mother and I have had this several times, as you can see above we’ve eaten it with rice, I’ve also had it with chips. It’s a really nice quick and easy meal, takes little effort to cook as it can be heated in the microwave or in a sauce pan and is tasty. Taking into account everything, and, very importantly its price I’d score this one an eight out of ten.8 starsMy only one drawback is the texture was a little sloppy at times, the kidney beans didn’t stand up very well and the meat was a bit mushy. That being said, it was just up my street with my teeth and my irrational fear of choking. I’d definitely buy this one again because it had a depth of flavour you wouldn’t expect from such a shop’s own branded ready meal, especially not one in a tin. You could pick the earthy cumin out and there was a slight spice that wasn’t too “smack you in the face” but was more of a gentle cwtch (hug to all your non welshies).  Well done Tesco, you’ve done good!

I bought that one because it’s a break from the norm, what’s next (shrugs head) who knows? I will, I promise, be braining you my Mystery Bag Meals post this week, it’s written up and waiting to go, and later on in the week sharing with you mine and Alice’s Pasta Disaster!

New Time-Saving Tuesdays Logo

New Time-Saving Tuesdays Logo

Thanks to Dave again for another fantastic logo, I don’t know where Wheelie Good Meals would be without you for your logos and Greg for his photography!

For now remember to visit us on our social media pages and come back soon and we’ll make more Wheelie Good Meals (you’ve got to love a catchphrase)! Happy Days (oops that’s two)!

 

Rich 😎

Mystery Bag Meals Logo

Are you Ready, Steady… Then Let’s Cook Some Mystery Bag Meals

Mystery Bag Meals Logo

Mystery Bag Meals Logo

Ok you’ve guessed it Mystery Bag Meals is based on one of my favourite all time cookery programmes Ready Steady Cook. It was hosted by Ainsley Harriott (and Fern Britton) and featured a round where chef’s aided by a celebrity had to cook meals from a bag of ingredients. There were different types of bags, these included:

  • Classic Bag – The original format where the contestant brought in a bag of ingredients costing up to £5.
  • Budget Bag – Similar to the ‘Classic Bag’ but the ingredients could only cost up to £3.50.
  • Bistro Bag – Ingredients worth £7.50.
  • Gourmet Bag – Worth £10.

These four are going to be the basis for my new Mystery Bag Meals feature. I want people to email mbm@wheeliegoodmeals.co.uk stating the ingredients they want me to cook with. Anyone can get involved from my friends and family to anyone reading the blog…. or people who love Ready Steady lol. Every fortnight I’ll put up on facebook and twitter what the theme is for the next Mystery Bag Meals – Remember you don’t have to buy the ingredients just state the following:

  • The ingredients
  • How much each one costs
  • Where you priced them from

The ingredients will be bought by a friend and provided to me on the day I’m going to cook them. I’ll cook the recipe within a set time limit:

  • Classic Bag – 60 minute – up to £5.
  • Budget Bag – 30 minute – up to £3.50.
  • Bistro Bag – 1 ½ hours – up to £7.50.
  • Gourmet Bag – 2 hours – up to £10.

I know Ready Steady Cook had a set time frame for all their bags but let’s be honest they were professional chef’s I’m not. I’m cooking in my house with a million things going on, let’s make it realistic.

Mystery Bag Meals - Store Cupboard Essentials

Mystery Bag Meals – Store Cupboard Essentials

I will also have a series of store cupboard essentials to use… like the show, I managed to find a list online of all their store cupboard ingredients… it was huge, I’ve whittled mine down to.

  1. Bread
  2. Milk
  3. Eggs
  4. Self Raising Flour
  5. Spices
  6. Dried Herbs
  7. Olive Oil
  8. Salt and Pepper
  9. Tomato Purée
  10. Caster Sugar
  11. Balsamic, Malt, White and Red Wine Vinegar
  12. Soy sauce
  13. Tabasco sauce
  14. Worcestershire sauce
  15. Baking Powder
  16. Butter
  17. Wine
  18. Potatoes
  19. Onions
  20. Garlic

Melanie from Melanie’s Food Adventures has kindly given me the ingredient list for my first bag…. it’s a Classic bag, the ingredients are below and came to £5.

Mystery Bag Meals - Ingredients For The First Challenge

Mystery Bag Meals – Ingredients For The First Challenge

If the ingredients come over the allowed price some will be left out (so for example I may only use a third of a pack of beans rather than the whole pack), come back Saturday to find out what I did with them, it’s a good one.

I have always loved Ready, Steady Cook and am watching the re-runs now on The Food Channel it’s quality tv and should never have been axed. It’s where I first saw lots of chef’s including two of my favourite television chef’s Brian Turner and James Martin.

Mystery Bag Meals - James Martin and Brian Turner Two Chef's From Ready Steady (picture from www.wphcancercharity.org.uk)

Mystery Bag Meals – James Martin and Brian Turner Two Chef’s From Ready Steady (picture from www.wphcancercharity.org.uk)

Three mentioned before I go, massive thanks to Dave Hole who has created a load of logos for me recently and, in all fairness, to tight deadlines for me… I know I’m a nag, and he’ll never know how greatful I am for his work…. Thanks Dave. Secondly congratulations to my friend Rhys Robers for being chose as the Labour Party’s candidate to be the next Cynon Valley Assembly Member, you can read Rhys’ blog here

Lastly, a big happy birthday for tomorrow to one of my best friends, the one and only (cue Chesney Hawkes) Greg, “Parker, Edgar Linton, 8 Ball, Wesley” Davies boy! Hope you have a cracking one you deserve it

See you all on Tuesday.
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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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See you soon

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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